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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

Monday, November 3, 2014

Feeling Excited

Over the past couple weeks I have been tackling odds and ends to prepare for the release of the holiday line (today!!!). Somewhere between brainstorming promotional ideas and packaging a stock pile, I realized something...I felt something. Excitement. It was in that moment that I realized I hadn't felt that way in a while. Admittedly, sometimes work is just....work.

But as I continued to check off my to-do list as it got closer and closer to launch day, the anticipation built and I just could not wait to be able to share what I had been working on. Keeping things under wraps is hard. But it's also really inspiring to diligently prepare for something over a long period of time.

The time of year helps this feeling too, doesn't it? As the weather gets cooler and Christmas gets closer, there's something so significant about staying in and being productive. (Just remind me of that in the middle of January when it's high Valentine's season, will ya?)

The new holiday line features new holiday cards, along with some fun packaging stickers. And of course we can't forget...
I'm so excited to finally be able to share all these new goodies with you! You can view it here. I hope you find something to share (or use yourself!) this holiday season. And I'd love to hear thoughts! xo JA
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