Boudoir Photos

Getting married? Anniversary coming up? Or do you just want to take some sultry photos because you’re gorgeous?

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I have compiled a short checklist of what to look for when picking a professional to capture these intimate shots.

1. Be Picky: Find someone local with lots of reviews and a personal website. Don’t just book the first person you find. Take the time to do your research, scour the best deals and above all, make sure you actually like the pictures in the photographer’s portfolio.

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2. Pricing: The price range for boudoir photos varies depending on where you live, the number of photographers in the area and what you’re comfortable with paying. I’ve seen “Groupon Deals” for $50, but when you read the fine print that doesn’t always include your “sitting fee”, prints, retouching, etc. Decide on your budget and try to get the most bang (pun-intended) for your buck.

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3. Style: Some photographers do more soft light, sensual shoots while others are pretty hardcore and graphic. I’m not here to judge one way or the other, but just make sure that whatever you choose, you will be 100% comfortable with because if you’re uncomfortable, it will definitely show through your photos.

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4. Be Suggestive: Make a Pinterest board with posing ideas, camera angles, costume changes and background settings that you like. This was something that my boudoir photographer, Aimee, suggested and I absolutely LOVE her for it. During our shoot she’d pull up photos that I had pinned so we could try and recreate them.

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5. Perks: See if your photographer includes digital copies of your pictures with the photo session. My photographer not only included a CD with the photos, but also a photo book that I gave to my husband as a secret gift on our wedding day. It is the perfect present for your significant other…and my hubby always takes it with him on business trips.

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Photo Credit: Aimee Rossi, Visit Her Website Here

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Domaine Carneros

Is there anything more enjoyable than sipping some freshly popped bubbly? I think not. And while we are discussing the most delicious experience of the palate, there is a sparkling wine I would love to introduce you to: Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé.

The Château Society
The Château Society

The Domaine Carneros Château is nestled in the heart of Napa Valley. This California vineyard is easily one of the most beautiful settings I have had the pleasure to explore, and the experience is matched by the deliciousness of their sparkling wines.

Champagne with a view.
Sparkling wine with a view.

For those who enjoy champagne, I highly suggest the Sparkling Wine Sampler. They give you 4 glasses of blessed bubbly goodness. For those who prefer du vin, Domaine Carneros also has some of the most wonderful and complex red wines that are to die for!

Domaine Carneros Sparkling Sampler
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Sampler

I always like a little something to munch on, so try the charcutèrie plate or the soft fromages (my personal favorite) from their menu. They take walk-ins or you can call ahead and reserve a table. When visiting Napa Valley, this winery should definitely be on your list.

Take a nibble and sip some bubbly.
Take a nibble and sip some bubbly.

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Keratin Treatment

Does it actually live up to the hype? Is it worth shelling out hundreds of your hard earned dolla-dolla bills?

Well, when you wake up to a mane that makes Medusa’s hair look tame, you will try anything to manage it. These techniques may or may not include countless numbers of hair serums, “straightening” shampoo and hours spent straightening those tresses, but nothing has ever seemed to last. My friends have always described me as the girl with the “huge blonde hair” and given me endearing nicknames like “Mufasa”. Now that I have convinced you of my need for a real hair transformation, I will describe my experience.

Straight Hair, Don't Care!
Straight Hair, Don’t Care!

Thank god my new hair stylist (I just moved to SF) is a total doll, and the sweetest girl ever, because this appointment literally took 6 hours. We started with a set of partial high lights (I needed a little touch up) and I headed over to the wash basin. Oh, and that heavenly head rub/scratch you get while warm water courses through your luscious locks? Yeah, that place is my heaven. After that it’s the typical blow dry and I got to sit under one of those heat lamps for 45 minutes, which was the perfect timer for my daily online window-shopping habit. But once that’s done you have to sit and get your hair straightened about 7 times over and over.

Look at these straight locks!
Look at these straight locks!

Yes, this was a time-intensive experience (I can’t imagine how much her forearms must have ached the next day) and you can’t wash your hair for 3 full days, but it was worth every penny. My hair is no longer a frizzy mess and it looks great when all I do is blow it dry! I have never been able to just blow my hair dry and have it look this good! I am planning to get a second Keratin Treatment in about three months and I will enjoy running my fingers through my gorgeous mane in the mean time!

Hairstylist: Alexandra Drew (@Alexandra_Hairstyles on Instagram)

Where: Descend Salon (San Francisco)

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An Homage To Emily Post

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Emily Post is heralded as the queen of etiquette because she was the first to publish a book, Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage, with all the rules that women (and men) should live by to ensure that he/she was acceptable in society in 1922. She gives detailed instructions on everyday tasks, such as how to correctly write a letter, how to take off long gloves and how to set a table. Nowadays, you may scoff at these “hoidy toidy” rules, but she was the first to put pen to paper and actually set in stone what was then, largely unspoken rules of engagement. With her book, anyone who could read had the potential to become a gentleman or lady even if they had not grown up with careful instruction.

Emily Post
Emily Post

Today, people mostly use her “Etiquette” when addressing envelopes and writing formal wedding invitations. Her daughters and granddaughters have published updated versions of her books, have an incredible online (and printed) presence and created the Emily Post Institute, to keep up with the times, of course. I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with these gems because a little etiquette can’t hurt, right?

18th Edition of Etiquette
18th Edition of Etiquette

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Pink and Gold Wedding

As I am sure most of you can tell, my favorite color in the entire world is pink. Most of the time I don’t even realize that I pick out some shade of pink to wear daily unless someone points it out. It’s honestly just what I am naturally drawn to, so it only made sense that pink would be a prominent color in my wedding.

Now with such a bold hue, I needed to pick an accent color that wouldn’t try and overpower the pink and that’s why I chose gold. This was actually before Kate Spade started to make all of their postcards the same color combination, my wedding was on June 15, 2013 and I had a year and a half of planning before hand. So with that said, here are some little details from my fairytale wedding. 💋

Table Settings included Gold Chargers with our Monogram in Hot Pink Decal, Menu cards and gold napkin rings.
Table Settings included Gold Chargers with our Monogram in Hot Pink Decal, Menu cards and gold napkin rings.
Table Arrangements at my wedding in Paris.
Table Arrangements at my wedding in Paris.
Each Chair had a white slipcover & gold organza bow.
Each Chair had a white slipcover & gold organza bow.
Our wedding programs with my family's crest.
Our wedding programs with my family’s crest.

I hope you enjoyed these glimpses of what was the most beautiful day of my life, and I will include more pictures and descriptions of that day in future posts. Please leave me feedback if you enjoyed this post or if you have questions that I can help answer.

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