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Last summer I had the privilege of doing a photo shoot with the AMAZING Jenni Hulet (from The Urban Poser) for the marshmallow chapter in her new paleo cookbook, My Paleo Patisserie. Jenni is an amazing cook/baker/creative, and as if that’s not enough, she’s also an amazing wife and mother!

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Here’s an “outtake” from the book! We had fun playing around with some Instax shots.

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I have to end this post with an additional teaser sharing 2 of my favorite photos from the book! Not only is Jenni brilliant when it comes to all things yummy and paleo, but she is also an INCREDIBLE photographer! She has an amazing eye, and the book is full of beautiful photos like the ones below. :)

I feel so honored to have my photography among Jenni and Ashleigh’s. Even if you’re not a baker you’ll want this book just for the beautiful photography and coffee table

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When Brandon and I were preparing for our New York trip, I knew I wanted to plan a photoshoot while we were there that just captured us taking in and loving the City and each other. We were lucky enough to book Sara Kerens, an incredible fashion photographer! You can check out more of her work HERE.

I don’t think we are Sara’s typical clients (you know…models!!) and I just still can’t even handle that she took our photos. (!!!!!) I love how classic they turned out! I also love thinking about our children looking back at these photos one day. :)

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I will forever cherish these photos. This was the trip that made us fall in love with the Big Apple.

1 | VOGUE March 2015

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Who runs the world? Kaylor. Ha! Kidding. Kinda…
This month’s VOGUE is a fun and inspiring read. Plus, nothing beats actually reading and flipping through a magazine.

2 | LOBS

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People are probably so sick of hearing about Lobs but I’m still so obsessed with them! I’ve always been a long hair girl but the look of a long lob is so chic. This felt like the perfect haircut to get after I turned 25 this year. It feels very adult but also super fun! Plus, if I decide I want long hair I’m not that far away from it at this length. (you can check out my lob HERE)

3 | BRICK WALLS

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I’ve always loved brick walls but thanks to my love for HGTV and pinning interior design on pinterest the love has turned into…LOVE LOVE. (Thats a thing…right??) I am constantly dreaming up plans for our current home and dream home. We currently live in a cookie cutter house but I love making areas of our home look like they have character.

4 | SMILEY THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER

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Smiley just might be my favorite “person” to follow on Instagram(@smileydog1972)! Smiley is a golden retriever that was born without eyes. His owner adopted him and trained him to be a certified therapy dog. (I CAN’T HANDLE IT!! TOO SWEET!) You can read more of his story on his owners website. Every time I see a post from Smiley on Instagram it brightens my day!

5 | Luxe in the Rough Earrings

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In case you couldn’t already tell…I’m a huge fan of my friend’s jewelry line, Luxe in the Rough! When we did the photoshoot I got to model a few of her pieces and fell in love with her Gold, Onyx and Labradorite earrings from her “Celebrate!” line. I’m already a huge fan of black, grey, and gold when it comes to my wardrobe so these are the perfect accessory for me! I also love that the labradorite stone has more of a grey color to it but when the light hits it just right you can see the blue. :)

PS – The 20% off Luxe in the Rough code for my readers doesn’t end until March 31st! Code: JBDay20

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I can’t think of a better way to end a blog break (hi/sorry/missed yall!!!) than with a GIVEAWAY! :)

My friend, Melissa Aulds (pictured below), just launched a new website for her STUNNING jewelry line, Luxe in the Rough. Luxe in the Rough Jewelry is an independent jewelry line designed and handcrafted by Melissa using gemstones, 14k Gold fill, feathers, artisan leather, czech glass and vintage finds. I’ve been crushing on her jewelry for a while now and I could not be more excited for her.

I had the honor of getting to photograph (and even model..WHAT?!) her Lookbook 2015 photos. I’m sharing a few of may favorites here today but you can check out the rest in the Lookbook HERE!! :)

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So…back to the giveaway!! YAY!

*Giveaway closed. Congrats Jessica Dromgoole!*

How to enter:

1 | Check out her website: luxeintherough.com
2 | Like Luxe in the Rough on Facebook
3 | Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite look is! (Mine is the Everyday Luxe and Mayan Gold..I can’t just pick one!)

BONUS ENTRIES!!

Follow Luxe in the Rough on Instagram
Pin your favorites from her website to your pin board
Subscribe to Luxe in the Rough Emails (She’s not a spammer ;) You’ll get the latest and greatest news on new product lines and sales!)

Comment letting me know if you do any bonus entries. Every bonus you do you get an extra entry!

*Giveaway ends Thursday at Midnight (PST) and the winner will be announced on Friday (3/13/15)*

ALSO!! Melissa is giving my readers a 20% discount code because she loves us so much: JBDay20

(expires 3/31/2015)

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On my recent trip to LA I was able to visit the famous Paul Smith wall. I knew my soon to be momma friend was finding out the gender of her baby right before our trip so I was eager to find out if it was a boy or a girl. :)

And…well in case you couldn’t tell…IT’S A GIRL!!! I am so excited to meet miss Sophia Grace Zoucha! I loved taking these celebratory photos of Lauren! Enjoy!

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1 | American Apparel’s French Lilac

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First of all I’m obsessed with the color Lilac in general. Second of all… LILAC NAIL POLISH. This was actually my first polish to purchase from American Apparel and I love it! I will definitely be buying more in the future. :)

2 | Joanna’s Signature Candle

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If you aren’t watching Fixer Upper on HGTV then you need to change that. I’ve been following Chip & Joanna Gaines since I saw the Fixer Upper preview a little over a year ago! I love their style and love for making old homes new again. Don’t be surprised if I move to Waco in the next year just to work with them. ;)

Anyways, THIS CANDLE. I love this scent. It’s very clean and smells just a great as Joanna’s designs you see on the show!

3 | Hey Cupcake!

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In June my husband and I got to go to Austin with his family for a little vacation. I was finally able to taste the famous, Hey Cupcake! I got the little sample pack because I’m indecisive and maybe I have a sweet tooth. ;) My favorites were the Michael Jackson and Red Velvet!

4 | Jean Vest

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My jean vest quickly became part of my summer uniform! I love how it can be dressy and casual all at the same time.

5 | Voluminous Miss Manga

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I definitely fell for the commercial and I have no regrets. This mascara is LEGIT. It makes my eyelashes so much longer! I highly suggest it if you have short eyelashes like me or just want to make your already long eyelashes longer because that’s fun!