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The #1 Reason Every Mama Should Do a Photoshoot with Her Baby

As we approach Mother’s Day and get ready to shower the most important women in our lives with love, lots of love, this sweet shoot from Miss Figuette is the perfect reminder to stop and smell the roses. Whether you are a new mom, prepping to snuggle in close with your babies, a seasoned vet or celebrating your leading ladies that have made you who you are, don’t forget to capture those gorgeous memories that literally go by at a million miles a minute.

Miss Figuette was born from the desire to capture the bonds that unite the families, free from the nonessentials and focused on what matters the most. We believe in slow living and take that approach to photography, documenting the beauty of the authentic moments on film.

This shoot captures Maria Guedes, a Portuguese fashion and lifestyle blogger and her sweet daughter Pia on a date.

Maria works mostly from home but due to her super successful blog she struggles to have quality time to be with her little ones. This shoot was the perfect excuse to log off for a couple of hours and be on a date with her daughter.

The subtlety of the blissful interactions between them shows the love they have for one another and the beauty of a cosy, slow monday morning.

This is the moment to reclaim time and spend it in whatever ways bring us happiness.

Photography : Miss Figuette | Stationery: Violeta Cor de Rosa | Film processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Mom and Daughter: Stylista | Swing: Seesaw

What to Make from this Weekend’s Farmer’s Market Haul

Firstly, I will be borrowing this cheese board menu idea. How cute? A must-pin. This entire spring gathering from Ariane Aumont of Le Picnic is farm-to-table at it’s finest and just inspired me to take my farmer’s market haul to the next level. From the table made pretty by Joy Proctor Design and The Ark to the artful ways of Susan Silverberg and Karina Puente, every scene from Joel Serrato has me craving more. See it all in The Vault!

From Joel SerratoI had the pleasure of helping Ariane Amount of Le Picnic with a recent celebration she had in her Ojai home to welcome spring. As a renowned chef and hostess, Ariane and her boyfriend Nick frequently invite friends over. After a Sunday trip to the local farmers market, Ariane created an amazing menu for the party. Guests were greeted with kafir lime and cucumber gimlets and jasmine green tea, galangal and vodka sips at the mingled in her backyard before dinner. Spring pea fritters with lemon creme fraiche and kimchi dust were passed on artisan wooden boards.

Guests sat for dinner on Arianes beautiful outdoor furniture – including a wooden table dresses in candlelight, artichokes, dogwood blooms and cabbage. The first course of spring leaf salad with long black pepper vinaigrette was served on artisan plates from the Ark. The second course, coconut rice and pork belly/ mushroom parcels with crispy shallots and sambal were delicately wrapped and tied in banana leaf. Tumeric and lemongrass cornish game hen with five spice roasted beets and pickled beet tops offered a beautiful pop of color as the entree.

For dessert, Arianes new Japanese shaved ice machine was debuted to create the most incredible ojai pixie kakigori with vanilla bean sweetened condensed milk, pistachio-almond constellation jelly, orange blossom pearls, roasted kumquat, and fresh mulberries. Guests were gifted beautiful seed packets with sketches of themselves by Arianes longtime friend Karina Puente. Each seed packet contained seeds to the ingredients that created the meal, offering guests the chance to plant the seeds and recreate the meal at home. Susan Silverberg, an attendee of the party hand calligraphed the menu and guests names at the party.

The Menu

Spring Pea Fritters with Lemon Creme Fraiche and Kimchi Dust

Spring Leaf Salad with Long Black Pepper Vinaigrette

Banana Leaf Wrapped Coconut Rice and Pork Belly
Mushroom Parcels with Crispy Shallots + Sambal

Tumeric + Lemongrass Cornish Game Hen
with Five Spice Beets and Pickled Beet Tops

Ojai Pixie Kakigoki with Vanilla Bean Milk
Pistachio Almond Constellation Jelly, Orange Blossom Pearls,
Roasted Kumquat and Fresh Mulberry

Photography: Joel Serrato | Calligraphy: Susan Silverberg | Food + Food Styling: Ariane Aumont, Le Picnic | Sketches: Karina Puente | Styling + Tabletop: Joy Proctor Design | Tabletop: The Ark

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Condo Living Can Be Luxurious and Here’s the Proof

All my gold dreams have been realized with this pretty condo that is literally trimmed in gold. And everywhere you turn, there’s a bit of fabulousness. We’re talking palm frond ceilings, the prettiest of bedroom chandeliers and a backyard perfect for entertaining. It’s a dream space that sparkles from the second you enter that teal door. See even more captured by Audra Wrisley in the VAULT.

When my husband and I renewed our rental lease a little over two years ago, we weren’t planning on going anywhere anytime soon. But then we ran into ‘our’ home about a month later: a super cute condo with a lush green backyard, within walking distance from restaurants, and just minutes away from the city. It felt so right that we decided to make an offer, and before we knew it we were home owners!

Our 1940’s condo is exactly what you’d expect it to be, with lots of character and funny little quirks. Full of doors of different heights, a vintage fusebox, an antique hot fan, we have it all. But there is also lots of solid wood, sturdily laid brick, and tons of other durable materials you just don’t see in most new buildings anymore. Although its hard to find the parts when anything breaks, it certainly has tons of charm, and we’ve grown to love it here!

Upon settling in, I made it a mission to combine our travel treasures, small design pieces and vintage finds, as both my husband and I love a clean simple look with pops of unexpected color. The large iron casement windows provide beautiful natural light during the day. These are one part of the original design we definitely don’t plan on changing, because there are such a cool historic feature! Continually inspired by travel and our backgrounds (my husband is from Holland and has Indonesian roots), we wanted our space to feel like us. As you can see, he has quite the obsession with maps and globes, which I can’t say I mind!

When first visiting, I immediately fell in love with the open kitchen. I’m obsessed with greenery and I honestly believe you can never have enough plants, so it didn’t take long for the kitchen to get its share. Perhaps my favorite part of the house is this ceiling, that we recently wallpapered with what we refer to as our jungle ceiling.

One of our first projects in the ‘new-old’ house as we like to call it, was exposing our bedroom wall with the original brick underneath. As our house was built before drywall, it was quite a messy process! We absolutely loved the look of the brick, and eventually chose to whitewash it in order to brighten up the bedroom.

The second project I tackled, was painting our house a simple cream throughout with a gold trim- a color combination that’s quite literally in my DNA. (I recently found out my Grandmother had a gold wall in her 1940s farmhouse!) The gold trim outlines the spaces, and provides that extra bit of chic I was hoping for.

When I couldn’t find a large enough curtain rod for the living room space, I decided to tackle what turned out to be one of my favorite DIY projects, and constructed one from PVF connecting pieces. After painting it with an ‘oil bronzed’ Rustoleum spray paint, it fits in with the original door knobs and fixture in the house, and makes the space look larger.

I opted for a bright look in our bedroom with the exposed whitewashed brick wall as the focal point in the room. and lots of linen, gold, and cream textiles to make it feel cozy. This is also my favorite spot for a ‘gallery wall’, and we recently installed a series from our Indonesia trip this passed summer. I love waking up to see some of our favorite travel adventures each day.

The backyard is the perfect place for long spring and summer nights to relax and hang out with friends. Our pup Garcia loves exploring, and it’s been so fun to have an herb garden of our own for cooking some of our favorite meals!

Speaking of Gold, learn how to gold leaf anything…

Photography : Audra Wrisley | Amsterdam Print: Rifle Paper Co. | Colorful Pillows: World Market | Curtain Tie Backs: Urban Outfitters | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Gold Paint : Martha Stewart | Hedgehog Measuring Cups: Anthropologie | Linen Sofa: Ikea | Lotus Light Fixture : World Market | Patio Furniture: Ikea | Patterned Rug: World Market | Pillows on Outdoor Sofa: Society Six- Thao Kim Trang | Vintage Blue Globe: Brooklyn Flea | Wallpaper: Graham & Brown

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