light lab updates with blinds.com

You’ve heard me talk about Light Lab before, and to be fair, one of the best things about Light Lab is the, uh, light.

That said, the major light sources are three deliciously large skylights in the space, and as a photo studio, sometimes the light is a little bit too light and can create harsh hot-spots. Mmmm, not great.

Anne, Jayden + I went on a wild rampage trying to find a solution.. which was often Jayden climbing on the roof and covering the skylights with tarps during shoots. Super classy. So. It was time to find a permanent answer to our dilemma.

As I went on a Google run to try and find some possibilities, I came across blinds.com, and they seemed to have everything. “Surely they would be able to create something to handle our skylights that are 12′ off the ground!” I hoped.

I whipped up a quick email to inquire with their team, and couldn’t have prepared myself for the overwhelming response.

First of all, ‘they’ replied within hours. And by ‘they’, I mean Abigail. And by Abigail, I mean an insanely lovely gal who mentioned she followed me on Insta and already knew about Light Lab, too. Umm, I was half dead by this point. Then she suggested that we collaborate, and blinds.com create custom shades for us in exchange for some before / after photos and some honest reviews of our experience. Again.. totally blew my mind. I couldn’t handle it.

Abigail sent me onto her design team, AKA Danielle, who was also so amazingly helpful and kind that we couldn’t cope with ourselves. Danielle asked what paint color our ceilings were so that she could match the blinds to our paint shade. Uh. Are you getting how these people are literally unicorns?! I wasn’t really sure how ‘personalized’ an experience could be with something as vague as ‘blinds.com’… but my goodness. I now have two colleague / gal friends who I can’t stop singing praises about!

The Skylight Shades arrived in about a week after ordering them. Danielle worked with us to decide that the DiamondCell Blackout Cellular Skylight Shades were the answer to our problems, and you know what? They are.

They’re installed now, and oh-so easy to open and close, even with the 12′ ceilings. We have a handy little hook on a pole and can have them open / closed in seconds. Even light? We love you!

Blinds.com? We love you more.

Fun fact: you can snag 20% off your order at blinds.com with the code LIGHTLAB until March 10, 2017. Go, go, go! xo

two girls, one kit: the fold jacket from ayr

Anne + I are big on intentions. We love setting them, and we love checking in on what they were (or were not) as a project evolves.

Now that we’re two months in (!) with Two Girls, One Kit, we took a sec to gush over our growing excitement with this series, and also to really spell out our why. Our biggest why? To connect clothes with a feeling. How do I want to feel today? What feeling do these clothes create in me? And so, today is all about feeling confident and sexy.

The Amazing : AYR.. AYR stands for All Year Round and is all about independence.. both for them, and for us! AYR is high quality, low maintenance and for the gal who doesn’t like to be labeled. (Hello! That is all so me!)

The Common Piece : The Fold Jacket in Pale Camel. This loose and delicious coat might be the nicest thing I own. A flawless choice for both the minimalist (Anne) + maximalist (me).

My take : the Form jeans in Igloo + the Clean Shirt in Ice Wash

The Canadian Tuxedo (or, all denim everything) is a look I just can’t be mad at. It is relaxed yet intentional, (there’s that word again) stylish but approachable.

This ensemb makes me feel like I could walk into a business meeting and totally nail it.. or, waltz into a romantic dinner to sip expensive champagne and not feel out of place.

Sunnies are Ray-Ban Aviators, necklaces are from Azil Boutique.

Velvet sandals are Madewell.

My favorite part about this look is how bold it is, without being too overbearing. It demands attention.. but you can’t quite tell why.

Side note: the thick belt on this jacket is to die for!

Bando x Bing Bang rings.. part of my daily staples!

And now, for the jacket a whole different way…

Anne’s take : Le Square sweater in Latte + The Skinny jeans in Jet Black

Last week, Anne + I attended a fashion workshop at Light Lab put on by Catherine of the Life Styled called Fashion Feng Shui where she taught all about the different elements and how they related to fashion.

Catherine’s concept made so much sense to me, and also helped me better understand my ‘wood‘iness and Anne’s ‘water‘y ways. I’m loving the series so much! Be sure to follow along as Catherine unveils the other elements on her blog. It is a great tool to use as I dress myself each day.

Head to Anne’s blog to read more about how her ensemb makes her feel, and head to ayr.com to snag your own effortless, low-maintenance magic! You won’t be sorry. xo

Photos by Jayden Lee for Echo and Earl

sunrise engagement shoot at the parker in palm springs (courtenay + evan are engaged!)

Courtenay + Evan rendezvoused with us early one morning for a little sunrise fun in Palm Springs.

There’s something magical about the desert in California, and there’s something even more magic-filled about the incredible Parker, so we had an endless amount of backdrops to take advantage of and a sincere stash of love to capture, too.

Enjoy a few frames.. and Happy Valentine’s Day! xo

two girls, one kit: the wide leg pants and crop top from ripley rader

This week’s Two Girls post is a little bit spesh, if you ask me!

The Amazing : Ripley Rader Style … LA-based, LA-made, this brand is all about blending classic with eclectic, and I am 100% hooked. Anne + I got to visit the Ripley HQ and even hang with Ripley herself, [did you see my Insta post?] and we both fell in love with the clothes and the woman. Goshdarnit. To use one of her own words, she is succulent! 

The Common Pieces : black short sleeved shirtblack wide leg pants 

This week comes with a bit of a twist.

Both Anne + I chose the exact same pieces, and took them down completely different directions by styling them with other pieces we already had in our closets. BOOM! We couldn’t let things get predictable, could we?

My take : I got to shoot the incredible choreographer, Tricia Miranda, for the C&C 100 campaign a few months ago, and I fell in love with her style. I tried to channel 1/10th of her bad-assery with this look. What. a. babe.

Almost everything I’m wearing has been posted before in other Two Girls posts, but these necklaces are new bits o’ fun from Azil Boutique! Loving the layered in this moment..

Same / same … and yet so not / not.

Anne’s take : chic, sophisticated, classic.. with a turtleneck thrown on under the crop top to keep things classy! Gotta love her ways. (See her full post here!)

Would you even know we’re wearing the same outfit?!

And have I mentioned.. the pants are comfortable and completely wrinkle-free! Hello, travel pants! My new go-to, for sure.

Go do yourself a favor and hit Ripley Rader to check out every last delicious piece of magic available there.. you won’t be sorry! xo

Photos by Jayden Lee for Echo and Earl.

two girls, one kit: the fisherman cotton zip bomber from everlane

The Two Girls, One Kit look today is what I like to call my I woke up like this look. It is a little bit lazy, (good-lazy) and a lotta bit comfy.. absolutely perfect for my mornings when I stayed cozy in bed a few minutes too long and just needed the fast/flawless option.

The Amazing : Everlane. I’ve known and loved these guys for years now. When they first arrived to the scene, their model of Radical Transparency absolutely blew me away. I have a practice of being a conscious consumer — knowing where my clothes come from and supporting brands that provide fair wages, etc, but these guys set the bar so high. They make it out like it is easy to do what is right, and they empower their customers to surround themselves with education for their other shopping habits, too. I’m so grateful for these guys and love the standard they uphold.

The Common Piece : the Fisherman Cotton Zip Bomber in bone

My spin : the Stretch Ponte Crop Pant in black and the Heel Boot in black.

When I’m running late or feeling lazy, I love to wear almost all solids, (usually black, remember?) and keep things classic. With this look, I incorporated yellow socks to bring a bit of fun to the party, and a silk shirt with a pattern on it, too.. but more on that in a second!

(Chambray shirt is an old Everlane from long ago, sunnies are Karen Walker)

Another little I woke up like this secret.. my lash extensions. I’m totally hooked. For life, I think. The only makeup I have on here is a dab o’ lipstick. I actually do wake up like this, and it truly does increase my efficiency by 82%. At least.

They are totally worth the $50/month I spend. Not to mention, that blessed hour I get to enjoy with my eyes taped shut while I catch up on my favorite podcasts. Bliss!

Jayden says my shoes are so Australian. He’s right! They’re the sexier version of the Blundstone boot that every Aussie gent seems to wear. I ain’t mad to be compared to them!

(Remember this bag from the Thacker days? I still love it!)

The detailing on the Fisherman sweater really is divine. I’ve been wearing it non-stop.

OK, so now a bit on my ‘feature top’ — because I wouldn’t want to wear only solid colors now, would I?

This is a beauty from Leah Reena Goren that I snagged last year. I wear it at all the right moments.. because naked ladies always get attention, am I right?

That side zip on my pants! YES!

Annnnd I’m back to focusing on my cawfee.

You’d hardly know we’re wearing the same sweater, would you?

Anne’s take : the Heeled Oxford and the Foldover Crossbody bag in black

I’ll tell ya what, this girl is consistent!

Week after week, I think to myself, “How is she gonna make neutrals look interesting.. again?!” and then she nails it. I’m constantly amazed by the way she creates a chic, classic look that is completely different from the rest.

Anne went for flowy almost-all-white and a few accents to remind you it was intentional.

That Everlane bag sure was smooth and fabulous.. I left the shoot wondering if I had made the right picks!

How good is that look?! Well done, again! So effortless and chic.

 

We’ll be back next Tuesday with more Two Girls, One Kit! xo

Photos by Jayden for Echo and Earl.