Monday, November 16, 2009

Around My Town Part 1

With the winter season quickly approaching I thought it would be fun to head out with a dear friend and capture the city in photos before Jack Frost sprinkled his magic wand and covered it in a blanket of white wonderland. I always get so excited to get out into the big city around this time of year. The air has a different smell about it as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches. I live about 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and always find it a pleasure to drive into the city. Whether it be escaping to my favorite hotel "Hotel Monaco" for the evening or just meeting friends for lunch it is always pleasurable and such a treat. I took my camera along for 2 days of shopping, exploring and taking in this beautiful city. I will be posting part two "Holiday Store Windows" in a few days.
I have always loved architecture and have a sweet spot in my heart for the designs of times past. The craftsmanship and attention to fine detail captures my soul. I have taken photos of just a few of the historical buildings and landmarks you will see when visiting Salt Lake City. There is so much to see and do here, come for a visit sometime soon... xo, Alys

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


This past week our family has been celebrating "Birthdays" Aysha turned ten on Saturday. I cant believe she is a decade old. It seems like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the first time. We had a birthday party at the pizza parlor for her and then took all 13 girls to see the new movie Disney's A Christmas Carol. It was a blast! She had so much fun hanging out with all of her friends celebrating her special day.

Sunday came as a surprise, Baby Jasmine was born 4 weeks early. She is the most perfect baby ever! So precious and divine. It was so amazing to be able to witness her birth first hand and share in this miracle and experience. Life doesn't get much better than this! To all of you November birthdays out there... Happy Birthday! xo, Alys

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friendship, Food and Fun

A few nights ago I had a dear friend over for dinner & desert. I set the table using random items I have been collecting for a while and just love the way it all came together. I normally don't decorate with the color blue, however I just fell in love with these plates and had to see if I could mix them in for the evening. What a fun night full of good food, laughter, fun and friendship. Now to take it down and set my fall table... the warm colors of autumn are my favorite!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fall Time Photography

I know I have been posting alot of photos from my recent photography sessions but I couldn't help but share these with you. This little girl was so much fun to photograph and full of spunk and great ideas to make her look like a woodland fairy! I was so happy with how the pictures turned out. If any of you live locally in Utah and would like to have pictures done drop me an email or leave a comment. I'm off to my next session! xo, Alys

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spreading My Wings...

One of my favorite quotes is "First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down."-Ray Bradbury
The past few weeks I have been spreading & building my wings and exploring my new hobby and love for photography. I picked up this passion last year and have since been so excited to photograph a bride. This beautiful girl is Autumn, she was just married this past weekend. Autumn asked if I would shoot her bridals and wedding for her... of course I was over the moon with excitement and nervousness. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite photos from the shoot with you. Good reason for being totally MIA from the blogging world for the past month! I've missed you guys... I promise not to be gone for so long this time, I have so much I want to share! xo, Alys

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Memories & Madness

Memories and Madness sums up this past week perfectly for me. My daughter Aspen had her first day of Junior High. She is in 7th grade and as I walked through the school doors I felt as if I should have been the one registering for class not my daughter! I can't believe how the time has passed so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in History class writing letters to my boyfriend. "No Aspen..this is not appropriate 7th grade behavior... your mother was not a good example and don't follow in her footsteps... boys are bad, they have cooties, stay far far away from them!" With so much homework, projects and after school activities already this year I can tell it is going to be full of nothing but Memories and Madness!

Aysha also started 4th grade this year. What in the world has happened to my baby?! Thank goodness she still lets me hold her, love her and kiss her as much as I could ever want to. How in the world could I ever resist those dimples! She was so excited to get back to school and see all of her friends. Aysha is a social butterfly, she loves people and is very fun, caring and sincere.
My week was one of the very best of my entire life! Monday was alfresco dining with great weather, pizza, laughter, love and fabulous company...Tuesday was spent rockin out to my favorite band Depeche Mode at there Live Nation concert with my best friend... No, I can't dance or sing for that matter but I sure felt like a rockstar! Wednesday was Aysha's first soccer game of the season, She played defender and did great! Thursday retreating up at the fabulous new Dakota mountain lodge in Park City, relaxing for the evening and having the time of my life. What an amazing beautiful experience. Saturday was spent rocking out concert style again to an oldy but goodie Blondie. Incredible memories and good times spent with dear friends and treasured loved ones... I couldn't ask for a better week!
Picture was taken on my camera phone, sorry for the poor quality! But you can just tell I am having the time of my life, and blissfully happy! I hope your week has been filled with good times and fun memories to last a lifetime! We should all celebrate and cherish those that know us best and love us most. Looking forward to many more great memories...xo Alys

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Boudoir Queen

Dawn Younger-Smith muse/mastermind of the Boudoir Queen has become my latest fetish. Her divine and decadent one of a kind fashion designs are timeless yet with today's chic appeal. How could you not want to spend every second in these lavish designs. Made from antique/vintage European textiles, lace and notions each piece is a work of art. Styled after the Art Deco period the Boudoir Queen captures femininity and glamour with precise expertise. Dawn has a natural flair for combining both current and vintage trends in both high fashion and makeup to create the Boudoir Queen Style.

The Veronicas, The Citizens Band, Molly Sims, Patty Griffin, Anna Nicole Smith, Maude Adams, and Lisa Marie Presley are among other starlets that have been clients of Dawns. Her talents range from make-up artistry, model/muse to extreme fashionista. Dawn is charting her own course in today's fashion industry. Her style can be summed up as Norma Desmond meets Miss Havisham meets Rock n roll! Totally cutting edge and totally hip! Dawn has been recognized by several magazines and publications. Setting her own stage, and paving the way for fashion in today's market Dawns tattered decadent style is here to stay.

The Boudoir Queen website is a work of art in itself. A mini escape from reality to a place of wonder and enchantment. Fashioned after the French boudoir dolls of the early 1900s Dawns introduces us to a world of magic and trendsetting style. Do stop by and relish in the fabulous designs of the boudoir queen with me.

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