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Monday, November 24, 2014

Making Time For Yourself

I'll admit, the last couple weeks have been pretty intense. Blah blah blah, we're all busy right? Especially this time of year! Sometimes it's hard not to get wrapped up in work all the time, especially when that daunting to-do list is staring at you (or emails can access you any time thanks to that smart phone that never leaves your side. GUILTY!).

In an effort to work more efficiently (therefore creating more free time for myself!) I've been trying to quickly recognize distractions I accidentally get caught up in. With most of my work being internet-based I've realized how easy it is to click on a link..and then another link..and then another link. Before I know it I'm reading Buzzfeed's 87 Things To Blah Blah Blah. Oops.

Quickly nipping a distraction in the ass helps me to get the job done quicker. And if I just really need a break from work I try to make my 'internet surfing' into something that could also be considered productive (Ex: pinning on Pinterest or reading blogs).

This past weekend I got to put on a pink lip, curl my hair (yes, I curled my hair right before these photos were taken. That's how great my hair is at holding a curl...), and have a fun brunch date with J. It was quick, and I returned to work when I got home, but it was so important for my overall mood to get out of the house and enjoy the little things. And if I start to feel overwhelmed, I remind myself of those little moments.

Also....this gorgeous bag I'm sporting? It's Nena and Co. We collaborated on a fun giveaway and one lucky winner will win their very own Nena and Co. bag, along with some Julie Ann Art goodies! Their bags are to.die.for so head on over to Instagram to enter!! xo JA

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 Lately I've been:

- Trying to find a new work out routine. I just recently stopped going to cardio barre, not because I don't like it but because it's just so expensive. Since I have developed a habit of working out regularly I want to see if I can discipline myself to exercise without a scheduled class. I'll keep you posted. ;]

- Looking for new Christmas ornaments. Any suggestions? I want some that are not, well, Christmasy. Nothing red. Nothing sparkly. More earthy and neutral

- Rocking my new Oh So Antsy earrings! They are hand-cut (Hand-cut!!! With a saw!! Boggles my mind!) state earrings, and I had to get one of California and one of Michigan obviously. I'm such a sucker for a unique stud earring and these are absolutely perfect for me. Want to snag a pair for a Christmas gift? JAA readers get free shipping with the code JAASHIPFREE. Aw shit!

-Trying to stay on top of everything. It's a busy time of year! Lots going on and I'm just doing the best I can over here. I use my busy bitch notepad every day and I have to say, it may be my favorite new product. Love checking off things on my list when I've completed them!

-Preparing for holiday shows! My first one is this weekend and as of today....I'm not ready yet. :] If you live in SoCal mark your calendar for these shows:

Oceanside, CA
Nov. 14+15

Long Beach, CA
Nov. 29 (11am-3pm)

Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 6+7

Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 13+14

Gonna be a busy season! Stressful and yet I can't wait! How are you feeling about the holidays? Ready? Stressed? Excited? xo JA

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our Wedding Portraits

Our wedding venue was pretty out in the middle of nowhere (part of what sparked our interest in it) so after the ceremony we didn't have to venture far to take some portraits together. Being wedding videographers ourselves, we knew how important it was to make time for pictures of just the two of us at the right time of day (not too sunny!) so we had no problems sneaking off for a bit to get some shots.

Our photographer, Heather, actually came out for our wedding from Michigan. I freelanced for her when I lived there and ever since then I knew I wanted her to shoot my wedding one day. I had complete trust in her and knew she would capture our day in a photojournalistic style. Nothing too posed, no props, just natural.

So portraits were easy and it was a great opportunity for us to relax for a second and let things sink in. "Omg we're married!! Omg I totally lost it during vows! Omg I can't wait to eat! Omg I love you!!!"

"Omg this is so fun, I can't wait for what's next!"

What was next? Sparklers? Snow? Pool jump?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

It really was the best, most fun day of my life.

Stay tuned!

(Photography: Heather Saunders Photography, Makeup: Brie Does Makeup, Coordinator: Vanessa Noel Events, Boutonniere: Delovely Details, Dress: Grace Loves Lace, Belt: BHLD, Suit: JCrew, Neckwear: Accents
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