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snow days {yay!} and wrinkles {boo!}

This morning, I was thrilled to discover that schools were closed for a snow day, or actually an ice day, here in Oklahoma. I called work and my kind boss told me to see how it was around noon and then decide if I wanted to come in late. Yay. I promptly went back to sleep for a couple more hours.

When I went out to start my car and let it thaw, this is what the ground looked like:


Are you northerners laughing?

But, there was still some ice on my little ol’ car.



Anyway, I survived the Great Ice Storm of 2011 {sarcasm} and headed in to work. :) But I did love the extra sleep!

In completely unrelated news…I turned thirty less than one month ago, and suddenly I have wrinkles developing on my forehead?!? What’s up with that???



Boo! :(


I noticed that I am sporting some sexy under-eye circles, too, in that first photo. I was sporting them in the second photo as well, but I photoshopped them out. I was too lazy to go back and fix ’em in the other one. haha.

Dumb wrinkles.


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Steve RiceJanuary 20, 2011 - 11:54 pm

lol…i went downtown yesterday and walked out onto the lake. THAT's ice! j/k. I am laughing cuz KC is getting hammered this winter (after I leave for WI). It's been snowy here, but not nearly as bad as i expected. They clear it so fast (for the next time), that it's easy to get around. Stay safe! Oh, and rock the 30's…they're the best…wrinkles and all! Ur still a hot mama, IMHO!

Kelly BeaneJanuary 21, 2011 - 4:01 am

Abi's school must have been one of the only one's that didn't cancel, craziness here I tell you. Sometime Oklahoma amazes me. I have to say that I am excited to get into my 30s. Of course I say that now. ;) And I must say I adore your beautiful wrinkles. So many stories and much character behind those little things. I already have some at 26. It'll all be alright. :)

you rang?

Not that there is a fiancé, or even a boyfriend, on the horizon for me; but after seeing this post on A Cup of Jo this morning, engagement rings are on my mind. I used to tell everyone and anyone that I wanted the hugest, splashiest diamond ring ever when I got engaged…something about how a guy should spend more on The Ring than he did on his car, signifying the perceived value of his relationship, blah blah blah. And it’s not that I don’t think that at all now, but over the past few years, my thoughts on engagement rings have changed some. I’ve never seen Blood Diamond, but I am aware that there are scandalous and awful things having to do with the diamond trade. And my overall style and taste has changed and developed to where I appreciate and desire more unique clothing, accessories, or whatever. So I guess it’s only natural that my ideas about what I want for an engagement ring would also change.

So, I ran a quick search on etsy {I mostly looked at emerald and jade rings, because I love the color green and think either one would make a cool engagement ring} and pulled these in about five minutes. They range from the ridiculous to quite reasonably priced.

First there’s this detailed sterling silver and emerald ring, which might just be a tad extravagant in the pricing…


Then you have this pretty thing: the most typical engagement-type ring of the ones I chose, except with an emerald instead of the usual diamond center stone.


I especially love this vintage ring. I love the idea of getting a ring that has been around for a long while.


Probably my favorite of the ones I saw today is this uniquely beautiful jade ring. Even though there’s a lot of heavy gold going on in the design, I would gladly sport it on my ring finger! :)


I had never heard of this stone before, but I thought this ring was oh-so-charming. And I love the thought that no one else would have a ring like it.


So, there you go. A round up of potential engagement rings from a girl who doesn’t even have a boyfriend! How’s that for random — and perhaps just a tiny bit wistful. ;)


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AnonymousJanuary 19, 2011 - 10:05 pm

I love the ring at the bottom! It is very pretty! I've always said because I've had to wait so long to find the "right guy" that I better get a BIG ring!!! We shall see if that's actually happens.

VictoriaJanuary 19, 2011 - 10:25 pm

I've always wanted a big ring, too. And, I'm not a big jewelry-wearer. I've also always wanted a Tacori ring. I love how they're a little vintage..anyway, I saw this on their fb page a few days ago and LOVE it for a diamond-alternative. I've always loved sapphires…good thing I was blessed with it as a birthstone. :)


~abi~January 19, 2011 - 10:33 pm

i love, love tacori rings!!!

JacquelynJanuary 20, 2011 - 9:44 pm

I love that we both blogged about wedding stuff in the past couple of days. Even though we don't have boyfriends. Um, God? Cool. Thanks. ;)

Kelly BeaneJanuary 21, 2011 - 2:34 am

I remember when you used to talk about having a huge ring :) I adore the third vintage one, of course that's probably because it's the most traditional… and you know me :)

the process of inspiration

This past Saturday, I did a portrait session for my friend Brandie that I just loved!!! I absolutely adored the entire process. The shoot was done in my house, utilizing window light from the double french doors in our dining room, and a gray paper background that I have owned forever.

I would like to explain a little about what inspires me. See, Brandie is a huge fan of the show Gossip Girl. She and my friend Jen both convinced me that I needed some Chuck and Blair, and Serena and Dan or Serena and Nate or Serena and whoever {but mostly Chuck and Blair ;)}, and some Upper East Side Fashion {yes, with a capital F} in my life. It didn’t take me long to become completely hooked. I started last year and went through all the seasons on disc, and now I am anxiously awaiting the return of new episodes! :)

When I saw the episode with Serena wearing this look for her mother’s wedding, I just loved it…


And in another episode, when Serena attended The White Party at The Hamptons, her hairstyle was simply stunning…


I suppose I filed those looks away somewhere in the creative recesses of my brain. But it wasn’t until I came across a vintage yellow dress with a cream lace overlay at a thrift store, that I became consciously inspired. I scooped up the dress, knowing full well that it would never fit me. Instead, I knew I would use it for a shoot. And I hung it on the door fame of my closet. It hung there quietly for months, silently challenging me to come up with a subject and theme for a shoot worthy of it’s uniqueness.

I’m not sure exactly when it came to me, but one day, it all just fell into place. See, I happen to know that my beautiful blond friend Brandie has a ridiculous girl-crush on Serena, and from somewhere in my brain, up bubbled the images from Gossip Girl that I had filed away months ago.

So, I did a Google image search and started a folder of actual inspiration photos. Next, I had to make sure the tiny-waisted vintage dress would fit Brandie. So, I wrapped a strand of ribbon around the waist, cut it to length, and made Brandie “try it on” one night at LifeGroup. :) It fit. Whew.

Here’s one of my very favorite shots we came up with on Saturday.

{I made the lace “headpiece” – just wide lace and a needle and thread. She’s just holding it here, but it could easily be bobby-pinned into the hair. Oh, and Brnadie made her black bead necklace.}

Now, I had also saved a few images of Blake’s/Serena’s “everyday” hair…


And when Brandie showed up at my house for the shoot Saturday, she brought a few casual outfit options. So we also did a casual Serena look.


Honestly, I was completely thrilled with the entire shoot! I will probably do another post sometime featuring more images from it. These were just two of my initial favorites. But seriously, I am like a kid in a candy store when I am executing a shoot that has been stewing in my mind.

One last note about drawing inspiration from whatever random source…..When I am inspired by a look or even another photo shoot that I see {all photographers are!}, I never try to replicate it exactly. Instead, I use it to get my creative juices flowing, and then go from there.

Anyway, just thought it might be fun to share a little bit about my creative process, as opposed to just showing pretty pictures. Hope you all didn’t find this post to be too boring. :)


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Kelly BeaneJanuary 18, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Absolutely love these images of Brandi! Great share!

allison harrisonJanuary 18, 2011 - 10:48 pm

i LOVE this!! YOU inspire me!!

JacquelynJanuary 19, 2011 - 10:03 pm

you did amazing. a-maz-ing.

~abi~January 19, 2011 - 10:34 pm

thank you, ladies. :)

LaurenJanuary 27, 2011 - 2:53 am

I love this post!! I think my favorite was the casual look..but I loved it all! It makes me want to get creative..

sometimes i am creative

So, last week I went over to my beautiful friend Cassie’s house to hang out and to put this together for her daughter Ari’s room…


{The top “Love You” thingy is a decoration I purchased at Hobby Lobby. :) Also from Hobby Lobby are the two little pink beaded hearts. The tissue puffs are from ihaveribbon on etsy and the paper lanterns are from etsy or ebay. The purple butterflies were already in Ari’s room, we just added them to this. The pink scolly flower on the wall was previously there as well. Also used: purple sequin ribbon, sheer pink ribbon, red furry wired ribbon, and red ribbon with white polka dots.}

Cassie’s daughter Ari just turned 7 in December, and this was my belated birthday present to her. She had been maybe just a little envious of this “mobile” I made last year to go above her baby sister Kayla’s crib.

{Here’s Cassie and her husband Daniel, when baby Kayla was still in her belly. :) -photo by me}

I was inspired by a favorite Oklahoman and blogger of mine, Ashley Ann at Under the Sycamore. Go spend some time on her site — you will be delighted with her charming home and adorable family!

Anyway, I was really happy with how both of the girls’ little projects of mine turned out! Sometimes I am creative, and then I look at what I created and I think, “I made that.” And I smile. :)


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Kathleen MillerJanuary 17, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Abi!!! You are absolutely one of THE most talented people I know! These are amazing and beautiful. Im blown away!!! We will be PAYING you to make something like this for baby Miller someday!

JacquelynJanuary 17, 2011 - 11:11 pm

Those look great!

cupcakes on my mind

This is my friend Brandie. She looks a bit like Sandra Bullock and a bit like Britney Spears, according to many people we meet whenever I am out with her. :)


She also makes a.ma.zing cupcakes that look as delightful as they taste.



Yep, these are cupcakes. So pretty!!! She made these for me for my Switch girls a couple of months ago. Aren’t they amazing?!? {If you are interested in ordering a cupcake bouquet for anyone, let me know and I’ll get you her contact info. They would make a perfect and unique Valentine’s Day gift. :)}

Happy weekend, friends.


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JacquelynJanuary 14, 2011 - 10:21 pm

Tell my boyfriend to order those for me.

Also, tell me if someone claims to be my boyfriend.

~abi~January 18, 2011 - 4:44 pm

haha! jaquelyn, that made me laugh. :)