Friday, February 17, 2017


I love these images that Nicole Franzen and I made for Absolut Elyx over the summer. They feel so lush, a little sexy, the light pops, and the copper brings the glitz and the warmth. Also got to sample a few of those cocktails after we wrapped and, though I'm not usually a vodka drinker, they were so tasty. Can't argue with a cocktail after work... Also, when is February going to be over? Summerrrrrr miss you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Wedding

Getting married was the most amazing and intense thing I've ever done. It is so emotionally overwhelming, in the best possible way, but unlike anything I've ever felt. So much attention, so much love, so much stimulation, it doesn't stop, you never get a down moment or a breath, in fact, you start to think that maybe you can't keep up, and then it's over in a flash. I cried. A lot! Hahaha. My eyes the next day... ouch. And though we got married back in October, I am just getting around to posting this now, maybe for those reasons. It's a lot to process. It's a lot of feelings. And there are so many photos and they are all so heartwarming and give me the biggest grin every time I look at them. Our photographer, Carey MacArthur, captured it all so perfectly. All the feelings come back. I now totally understand, after a lifetime of hearing what it's like to get married, what it is like to get married. Seemed like the perfect post for Valentine's day. Cheers to love, friends. It makes us better people.

All the photographs below are by Carey MacArthur. She is a fantastic person, and does fantastic work, and you should contact her if you are looking for a photographer!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lincoln Black Label & Dreamy Photos In All Of The Blues

Sharing some images here that I worked on for Lincoln Black Label with Laure Joliet. This art direction, by Patty Brinkmann, was a dream and brought together all the things that fuel my professional inspiration. So many facets of my career and talents coming into play in one job. It was rooted in my favorite color palette, I got to use my fashion background, build a living room from scratch, explore luxury textures, and style a parts model. I love the path I'm on. I've missed my days in the fashion closet at magazines, but I do love lifestyle and interiors. Now that the two paths are starting to converge I see a whole new world of possibilities where my talents and interests can live together, instead of exclude each other.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Introducing: The PRETTY Prop Rental!

We're doing it! We're opening a prop house in Portland! I mean, we could just say that I'm going to start renting my props to other people... but opening a prop house sounds so official and businessy! And, it's pretty official. We've got a whole website and instagram and everything! If you're in Portland and need tabletop props, come find us! Cheers to 2017 adventures!

Friday, January 27, 2017

4 Secrets To Setting A Table // Architectural Digest

Discussed some of my process and pointers for setting the dinner table with Architectural Digest writer Kamala Nair this past week. Post up on their website!

Photography by Ryan Dausch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Italy: Masseria Moroseta

In the middle of endless olive groves and on it's own organic plot, the Masseria Moroseta in Ostuni, Puglia, was the first place that we stayed in Italy and a perfect one to relax and recharge. European countryside dreams coming true. It was designed with the perfect balance of rustic Italian countryside and minimalistic modern and around the intention that your visit be leisurely. Each room has antique beds with Italian linen sheets and a small outdoor patio, ours also had a working fireplace. There's a fresh breakfast in the morning, different breads and cheeses, my favorite combination was tomato focaccia and mozzarella, fruit and the option of eggs from the masseria's chicken coop or yogurt. The living room is comfortable and stocked with design books and magazines. They leave healthy cakes (like a whole grain, gluten free carrot cake) out for afternoon tea, and there's an espresso machine right there. It was too cold to swim, so I can't say much about the pool, but the showers are the waterfall kind and fantastic. And on top of all of that the owner, Carlo, is a really cool guy and will point you in the direction of a great meal, or a great flea market. Would definitely go back again.

Photos by me and Scott. (If they're really good, they're probably by Scott.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

8 Bowls For Your Winter Soup

I've been searching for the perfect winter bowls. A snuggly bowl suitable for a creamy pureed soup would be great, but it just wouldn't give ramen the brothy room it needs so would need a different size for that. And then a pasta bowl- too big and my eyes become bigger than my stomach, but too small and the meal feels sad. Starting to seem like there may not be one perfect size. May just have to get several! Some appealing options below...

1/ Sheldon Ceramics silverlake bowl.
2/ Miro Made This udon bowl.
3/ Golden Biscotti matte porcelain bowls.
4/ One & Many blue and white marbled bowls.
5/ Luke Eastop petrol crucible bowl.
6/ Koji Kitaoka fluted bowl.
7/ Irving Place Studio porcelain bowl.
8/ Sue Paraskeva sold by Herriott Grace stoneware and porcelain bowls.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Italy: Puglia

It was a hectic 2016! In all of the best possible ways (and some not quite so). The grand finale was our three week honeymoon in Italy, then home just in time for a restorative holiday season. Going through the photos now just makes me want to go back. I have a certain inescapable love for mediterranean Europe. Maybe (obviously) because my heritage is almost entirely Mediterranean.

We spent most of our time in Puglia, a more off the beaten path area of Italy where we could eat all of the foods, take in the sights, but wouldn't be tempted to run ourselves ragged. It was perfect. Beautiful weather in late October, mid 50s, sometimes 60s, sunny. Endless olive groves, fresh breezes, and views of the ocean. We went to a Saturday market in Ostuni, a Sunday flea in Lecce and Castromediano, and took long leisurely walks and car rides.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Light + Ladder

The below are from Light + Ladder's 2016 lookbook, shot by Nicole Franzen and styled by moi. I don't do lookbooks often, but I really enjoy them. The work of creating a limited series of photos to capture a brand's seasonal vision is so inspiring. You get to immerse yourself in their aesthetic world. Farrah Sit's use of geometry and volume is so simple, yet elegant, and elevates everyday items to another level. In fact, I now own one of those dark grey planters and my bedroom corner has never looked so chic.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Perks Of The Job

Work for cool brands, get to try cool products. So fun! An occasional and awesome perk of the job. Last year I got to work with several beauty brands that I admire (including NARS) and my clients are so generous, they generally ask if I'd like to take a few things home to try. How can I say no to that? I've really fallen in love with Sjal's face creams and serum but I don't see how I could justify spending $265 on a serum any time soon... so that was fun, but now it's over. Naturopathica's face cleansers are so creamy and hydrating feeling, like a warm hug for your skin. I use the oat cleanser in the shower and I use the sweet lupine as a make up remover at night. The packagings are so pretty, having them around the house inspired Scott and I to take some portraits of them. I also really love the ethos of these brands. Worth checking out.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dream House Manifest: Starting From The Ground Up

For the first time ever I get to decide what I want my floors to look like and that is exciting. It's the simple things.. No more yellow hardwood rental floors! It was high on the priority list and one of the first things we tackled before we moved in. Seems like once you've already set up all of your furniture and unpacked it's likely that it just won't happen. So first things first. Based on all my mood boards and the color palette for the renovation I really wanted to go dark. But it's a little scary, you know? You're gonna spend all this money and get it done and you're super committed... but you can't really know how it's going to look until they do it. And if you don't like it... yikes. But I did my planning and research and just had to trust. Spoiler: They turned out amazingly. I love them. And they feel so grown up. Owning a house, man, so much adulting. Small steps, leading us toward a big transformation. Some pics to follow, and a post on painting coming soon.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Holiday!

Wishing all of you a rewarding, relaxing holiday season filled with the simplest pleasures and the loveliest company!

Photos by Scott Rounds and styling by me.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Christmas Menu

I'm not religious but I do love the holiday season, it's filled with love and meaning. It's family time, time to be together, enjoy each other's company, put work and routine on pause, cook a large feast of a meal, and shower each other with gifts to show your affections. It's such a lovely and loving time of year. Hope you all enjoy your holidays, and eat very delicious things!! What are you going to make? Sharing our menu here:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Favorite Book Projects Released in 2016

I work on a number of cookbooks a year and the shoots are lots of work but also so fun. Usually longer than a normal editorial or commercial shoot, you really get a chance to explore a visual world and develop a story through the 50+ images. In the same studio with the same team all week, there's definitely a camaraderie, you're all in it together trying to make this manuscript and collection of recipes come to life. I love trying all of the delicious recipes after the shot is finished, I always learn new cooking tips and techniques from the chefs or food stylists, and to start from nothing and at the end of the several days of shooting have a whole collection of images, to have made a whole book come together visually, it's so rewarding. And then it takes a year or two until the book is finally released.

Sometimes the shoot feels like so long ago once you're actually holding the book in your hands! Getting copies of these guys this year is like being reacquainted with old friends. The anticipation is long in the cookbook world. And one really special, fun book that I got to style last summer that came out this year is not a cookbook at all- but a gemstone beauty book! There are more that I styled that came out this year, and there are more that I styled this year that have yet to come out, but these are my favorite books released in 2016 that I had the pleasure of working on. Very proud of them! They're good last minute holiday gifts too if you're still stuck and looking for ideas!

Aaaaand the favorites are:

Around the Fire by Greg Denton and Gaby Quiñónez Denton
Photography by Evan Sung
Argentine grill inspired Portland food is, I think, the slogan of their PDX restaurant OX, and is what the book is all about. It's very hard to choose a favorite recipe when they are all so amazing but I crave the lamb chop, couldn't stop eating the olive oil cake, and was blown away by the salt baked tomatoes. (Bonus emotional points: Working on this book helped me decide to move to Portland.)

Cúrate by Katie Button
Photography by Evan Sung
Legitimate Spanish recipes as made by Button and her husband Felix at Curate, their always packed restaurant in North Carolina. So much amazing eating on this shoot too! Surprisingly it was one of the side dishes that really stole my heart, the crispy white beans with rosemary. The rossejat also changed my life. Killer.

Elemental Energy by Kristin Petrovich
Photography by Alice Gao
This beauty book was so much fun to work on! Själ skincare founder Kristin wrote the modern girl manual for incorporating gemstones into your life and beauty routine. I didn't get to eat a lot of delicious, chef-y food on this shoot, as you can imagine, but I did get to take home some själ products to try and definitely not complaining about that perk.