lifestyle: jenna murillo

 

This gal is wildly talented, down to earth, and always-adorable! If you've noticed a new look to Nomadic Newlyweds (a classic new logo, some font changes and design elements) those are all thanks to the hard work & style of designer, and now our dear friend, Jenna Murillo! She's presently adding to her own brand and we're honored she chose us to capture lifestyle images of her working and hanging out, to match her beautiful new site! Lifestyle photography is an absolute favorite over here & coffee dates with friends are even higher on the list... so this was a delightful afternoon, to say the least!

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maternity: jessica & rob

 

Jessica and Rob (and fur-babies Rugby & Holland) are expecting a tiny human in May. Before they welcome their little bundle of joy they wanted to capture the excitement and the atmosphere of their home as they anticipate her arrival. 

They drank their morning coffees, read a little from their mom & dad-to-be books, played with their pup and new adopted kitten... snuggling, smiling and laughing the whole way through.

This was the first in-home maternity session I had photographed and I adore the cozy, authentic photos that we created. I cannot wait to meet the new addition - I'll update you with newborn photos when that day comes! 

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in home maternity
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family: the hinds

 

This beautiful babe was born in Germany and her very nomadic family recently made a move back to the states... From their stunning space and fluffy kitties to their good looks and their great big love for each other - they are a charming bunch, and I just have to share a few highlights from my afternoon with them!

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and one for the road - the beautiful babe got her hands on the car keys haha!

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lifestyle: whitney kinnison

 

My beautiful friend and fellow photographer, Whitney Kinnison, and I spent the day exploring downtown Kansas City (my backyard).... We battled some serious wind but we had awesome chats about the industry & life as we wandered around discovering location gems and beautiful KC rooftops! Here are a few snaps from the day:

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and just for fun... the lovely sunset after our session (from my loft window)!

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MUST-HAVES FOR A LUXURIOUS BEACH PICNIC

 

Stylish seaside soirees are some of our favorites and the winter weather has us dreaming of sunnier days ahead! These casually chic affairs are ideal for leisurely chats with friends, sipping champagne & catching a breath of fresh air. You're looking to throw a luxurious, insta-worthy beach affair and we've made it nice and easy. Just add some stylish snacks & you're good to go!

Classic White Umbrellas: White umbrellas, a beautiful beach basic. Start with these as you plan your soiree...

Gorgeous Glass Lanterns: Add ambiance to the scene with these fashionable flames!

Blush Watercolor pillow

Blush Watercolor pillow

Watercolor Pillows: Washed & watercolor-inspired, these pillows are perfect for adding soft hints of color.

Accent Acrylic Drinkware: A blue hue to compliment the colors of the sea + a sparkling cut to dress up these unbreakable tumblers!

Luxurious Linen Beach Blankets: Texture. Texture. Texture. (& a soft blue hue, too!)

Rose Minis: Welcome your guests with mini bottles of bubbly - we can't think of cuter placeholders!

A Beautiful Basket: A light and lovely spin on the classic picnic basket - this one has a particular seaside vibe!

Dinnerware: Sea inspired colors & asymmetrical edges - these are the perfect plates for a little pop!

Flatware with Flare: A little extra, sparkly flair to top the event off!

 

11 Lovable Llama Gifts

 

No drama, just lots of lovable llamas. These unique goodies are adorable, affordable and we want each and every one of them.  From fluffy to functional - this is the ultimate gift list for the llama lover in your life!

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1. Enamel Llama PinJazz up that jean jacket. Add a quirky little llama pin for pizazz!

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2. Llama Accent PillowCuddly & cute, this fluffy little dude will liven up your sofa!

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3. Llama iPhone CoverTake your llama buddy with you wherever you wander.

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4. Llama Wrapping PaperThe gift has gotta look good, right?

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5. Folk Llama PrintColorful & cheeky - a perfect addition to your office or gallery wall!

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6. Llama Birthday Card: A heart-eyed happy birthday.

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7. Cozy Llama SocksPom-poms, llama faces + pure cozy goodness? Yes, please.

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8. Llama Planters: These pin-worthy planters bring a little green, & a lot of character, into your space! 

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9. Gold Llama NecklaceConversation-starting accessory? We think so.

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10. A Llama Way From Home JournalDiary your dreams in darling style with this playful journal.

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11. Llama Travel Mug: We cannot esspresso how cute we think this one is!

 

10 Too-cute Cookies for 2017

 

There's no better way to bring a bit of play to your party than incorporating trendy treats. Thus the reason chic cookies are topping the charts for 2017 must-haves! 

From darling diamonds for the newly-engaged to tropical treats for any summer soiree, these are almost too darling to devour. Start dreaming up a just-for-fun fete so you can indulge in these tasty treasures!

1.   A Girl's Best Friend: Was it diamonds - or dessert? With these colorful cuties, you don't have to choose!

2.   Squeeze The Day: Take that lemonade stand to the next level with an extra dose of adorable!

3.   Purr-fections: Cute cat cookies. Need we say more?

4.   Chic Shells: Ariel approved, we adore these sea-inspired beauties!

5.   Fab Fruit: Vibrant & adorable, these fruit themed cookie skewers are way more fun than the real thing.

6.   Cacti Cuteness: Planted preciousness. We're succas for these stylish little sweets!

7.   Happy Hive: These beautiful bees brighten up any get together, they'll be all the buzz!

8.   Unicorns & Rainbows: Pure magic. This charming creature makes the ultimate cookie for the glitter-loving girly girl in your life!

9.   Sweet Dreams: Is it just us, or do these seem Audrey inspired?

10.   Rockin' Retro: Edible Nostalgia. These skates will boogie right into your heart!

 

5 Reasons to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

 
'Tis the season of S I M P L I C I T Y .

Have you heard of the new term buzzing about the fashion community, "capsule wardrobe"? I hadn't, but I'm now on board with the concept and am making it a reality in my (oh-so-small) new closet.

Capsule Wardrobe for Travel

The term "capsule wardrobe" was coined in the 70's (by Susie Faux) and has since had it's ups, it's downs, it's transitions and now, possibly, it's heyday!

Originally meant to be a year-round wardrobe of classic, quality pieces (adding up to about 12) - the term has shifted to a more approachable definition lately.

The current trend is having a well curated, (approximately) 30 piece wardrobe for each season - including shoes & bags! Everything should coordinate in a way that makes mixing and matching super simple.
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Minimalism is cool, yes. BUT that's not the only reason the capsule wardrobe is gaining traction in this day and age…

People are more concerned about their time. Whether you're a boss-babe (gal or guy) or an adventure-advocate, we're all looking to save time. Whether you need that time for productivity or for simply soaking up some sun, we're all in agreement that time is precious

And that, my friends, is why I'm on board with the trend. I've got a few more reasons as well…

5 Reasons to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

1.     It Saves Time

Limiting the time you fuss with your clothing gives you more time for your loved ones and more time for your passions. More time for living life.

It also saves you from "decision fatigue", freeing up your mind for creative and productive thinking. CEO's and big-wig-success-stories have been embracing a super-minimal trend for a long while. From computer guru Mark Zuckerberg to creatives like Matilda Kahl, many find it liberating to have a uniform. While I cannot get on board with a true "uniform", no matter how productive or creative it might make me, I CAN and will subscribe to a more minimalistic, mix-and-match wardrobe.

2.     It Saves Money

"Fast Fashion" is cheap, but it's expensive!! When you thoughtfully choose and spend on the few pieces in your wardrobe, you quickly find the desire to BUY BUY BUY has quieted! (Okay, not entirely - but it's a far less pressing voice when you have clothing that looks and feels great.)

3.     It Saves Space

Pretty simple one. Don't know about you, but I just don't have room for the mess of a wardrobe I've accumulated.

4.     It Saves The Environment!

Less shopping = less carbon footprint. (If you want to be extra kind to mother earth, give new life to previously owned pieces and shop vintage!)

5.     It Makes Packing a Breeze!

This one is HUGE for us. Last minute packing is usually a massive disaster that ends in 5 times the amount of items you need yet no actual outfits that go together. (Don't get me started on the amount of "overweight baggage" fees I've incurred thanks to last minute packing. It gets downright ugly, I tell you!). A pared-down, simplified wardrobe full of classic, well-fitting, thoughtfully curated pieces that all mix-and-match makes packing A BREEZE.

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Final Thoughts On Capsule Wardrobes:

A simple wardrobe is freeing. Employing this (somewhat) minimalistic plan to my own life has created room for living more fully, enjoying my travels & thinking creatively! Quality over quantity has always been important to me, but in recent years I’ve gotten carried away with quick & cheap solutions/outfits that have only cluttered and complicated my life. I don’t see myself ever going back to “fast fashion”. I’m sticking to a slim, mix-and-match, classic & curated closet.

Capsule Wardrobes Are Ideal For Travel, Travelers, & Anyone Seeking Simplicity For Living A Full Life!
 

Ham & Cheese Sandwich | Paris, France

Our weekend in Paris, France begins ideally as we emerge from the underground subway station…popping up into the hustle and bustle of the city we turn one slight corner and are watching the sun set, right through the glass pyramid of the Louvre.

Having only stood here for roughly 20 years, this clear structure has quickly become an iconic landmark for the City of Lights. Though its striking appearance is an obvious lure, the commissioning of this piece was of a practical nature: The museum’s main entrance could not handle the immense amount of patrons it welcomed each day. Now, the pyramid design allows for visitors to descend into the spacious lobby and then re-ascend into the main buildings – distributing the crowds efficiently throughout the museum. Reading about the Louvre on the train this morning, I learned that the pyramids designer, I. M. Pei, is also credited with having designed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio! Oooh-la-la! Sophisticated Midwest, taking notes from France!

Though we are exhausted from a day of navigating buses, trains and subways, (all in foreign languages, of course) we pull our suitcases along as we grab a seat just before the former royal palace and enjoy our first French sunset.

We don’t have the energy to rove about the city tonight but I am dead set on finding a shop with my favorite sandwich before I will retire. The Croque Madame. I dream of this savory delight. Literally. I wake up salivating, starving for this authentic, French, ham egg and cheese sandwich.

We snag a seat at a quiet café on the walk to our hotel and have our sandwiches delivered in mere moments. Not too shabby for our first day here… 

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