Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas 2017 Photos

My look:
Asos Dress (currently 30% off) // Steve Madden Heels // David Yurman Bracelets here and here // Honora Pearl Earrings

Shane's look:
similar Hugo Boss Suit //  similar Hugo Boss Shirt  (on sale) // similar Burberry Tie

Happy Monday! (JK this morning was so hard to get my butt in gear and back to work)

These photos were suppose to go up Friday, but I forgot to schedule the post and completely forgot about it over the weekend. I looked at my blog today and realized they never went up. Sorry about that. 

I am so happy with how these photos turned out. We were so lucky that we missed the rain. It started just as we were finishing our last few photos. We took these photos down on 5th Avenue here in Naples and at Hotel Escalante. We have taken many photos at that hotel over the years. The little alley way they have there is so perfect for photos. We actually almost had our wedding here. It was a bit too small of a venue for us, but it is so incredibly beautiful and unique. 

Next Sunday, {weather pending} we are doing my maternity photos! I cannot believe it is already time for them. I am 34 weeks today and definitely starting to feel some exhaustion. We had 12 people over for Thanksgiving dinner and while I didn't cook all the food, the entertaining, table setting, and what not was A LOT more strenuous than I thought it was going to be. Friday I was so tired I really could only hang out on the couch and relax. Learning to listen to my body and not push myself has been hard for me, but I am getting better each day. 

Now time to get those Christmas cards ordered. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xo, Alina

Photos by Jillian Lee

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Photo Inspiration

{This is probably one of my absolute favorite photos of us. Shane has it framed on his bedside table}

Happy Friday!

Today I am sharing our Christmas photos from two years ago. Some of these photos are my favorite that Shane and I have ever taken together. I love this location and the light was just perfect that evening. Unfortunately, they cut all the tall grass down in this empty lot so we haven't been able to take photos there again. 

Last Sunday we took our Christmas photos for this year. I haven't got any sneak peaks yet, but I am dying to see them. We took them in downtown Naples, on 5th Avenue. All the Christmas lights and decoration are up so I am excited to see how they turn out. 

The nursery furniture is being delivered today and I am dying. I cannot wait to get the room set up and ready to go. We only have about 8 weeks left until little man arrives. SO much left to do before that happens. 

Have an aweseome weekend and as always thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Photos by Jillian Lee

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas Photos

Hello hello! 

I am sharing our Christmas photos from last year today. We are taking our photos for this years Christmas card this Sunday and I am so excited. This year will definitely be a bit different because I'm almost 32 weeks pregnant at this point. I am looking forward to having those photos to look back on and to show Baby Smith one day. 

Jillian does pretty much all our photos and I love working with her so much. She knows how to direct us perfectly to get the right shot. I will definitely share the newest Christmas photos here when she gets them back to me. 

Most of the items I am wearing are old/out of stock unfortunately, but you can still get some inspiration from our outfits. Shane's outfit is pretty much all from Nordstrom and Vineyard Vines and they usually these types of basics in stock. 

Picking the perfect location for your photos is crucial. I usually spend a lot of time thinking about the location we are going to shoot at and if it will go with the vibes I am aiming for. These were taken at Koreshan Park here in Naples. If you live in our area I highly recommend it for any photo shoot. It has a rustic vibe that can't be really hard to find anywhere else around here. 

I hope you guys enjoy the photos and can draw some inspiration from them for your own Christmas photos this year. 

Thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Friday, October 20, 2017

Our Couples Shower

The Neapolitan baby shower

The Neapolitan baby shower

The Neapolitan baby shower

How cute are these blocks that Michelle made?!?! They were the perfect shower decor! I believe she found the DIY instructions on Pinterest. 

{Above and Below}
The absolute BEST girlfriends a girl could ever ask for. I love these ladies SOOO much! Some of them flew in from Chicago and Philadelphia just to be there and I couldn't be more grateful. 

Last Sunday two of my amazing friends Michelle and Shea threw us a couples shower and I wanted to share some photos from the party. My MIL had asked me a few months ago what my ideal shower would be and I said a "Non-traditional couples shower" and I feel so lucky that we were able to be surrounded by our closest friends and Shane's siblings to shower Baby Smith. It was SO much fun and turned out exactly how I had envisioned.  

Baby Smith got so many incredible gifts and books. He has a whole sports collection going already with gear for the Gator's, Fighting Illini, and the Cubs. 

I finally ordered his nursery furniture and we are nailing down paint colors this week. I decided to go with Pottery Barn furniture because the set I loved had many matching pieces. I have ordered so far this crib, dresser, and nightstand. I will definitely do a nursery reveal post when everything is complete. I can't believe I am already in the third trimester and little smith will be here before we know it! Time is flying by. 

Thanks so much for reading!

xo, Alina