What a compliment it was to hear from Tiny Prints last month, asking me to style a holiday-themed session for them! I was partly in shock and at the same time SUPER excited!!

This shoot inspiration came from thinking about those of us out there who don’t get a wonderful Winter Wonderland where we live. I grew up on the east coast and after 12 years of living here on the west coast, and raising my family here, I’m finally getting used to the feeling of Christmas in the sun. I wanted to showcase that the spirit of Christmas can thrive even in Sunny California, without soft, white snow falling down from the sky.

I teamed up with freelance art director, Jennifer Lai Stern, and we took a trip to one of my favorite beaches in Santa cruz to set up a little boho/vintage holiday play date. The theme was tea party/hot cocoa and cookies, plus decorating a mini tree on the beach. We used the beach because we thought it captured the free spirit and wonder in the same way that christmas morning can for children and the parents watching them expereince it. We used our own kids and some of their friends from school to enjoy the play date. The beach was quiet. It was dead low tide at sunset and 70 degrees. It couldn’t have worked out more PERFECTLY for us.

Today, all of what went into this is up on the Inspired By This Blog. We are excited to share it with you and grateful to have been asked to be a part of it. xo

 

 

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PAPER GOODS, TEE PEE PILLOWS, BLANKET FROM TINY PRINTS

THE KIDS WERE DRESSED IN COZY NEUTRAL PALLETS FROM ZARA KIDS.

WILD ANIMAL ORNAMENTS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS GARLAND FROM WORLD MARKET.

GLITTER SNOW AND ASSORTED PILLOWS FROM WEST ELM