losing the baby weight

losing weight in my early 20’s was sooooo easy. if i wanted to drop 5 lbs, i would skip the chocolate or dining out that week and eat only popsicles…i know, not the healthiest of diets…delicious, but not healthy…young and dumb, who needs broccoli, right? fast forward to my late 20’s / early 30’s…age wasn’t slowing me down quite yet…still fitting into my size 6 pants…but i had to throw in a couple workouts to stay toned here and there, maybe shake it for an hour to yoga booty ballet, but everything stayed in check…no wiggle, no jiggle.

early 20s and skinny

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i’m not fancy

normally, i’m all about indie bands (please check out PHOX from my hometown of baraboo, wi..go, now, oh wait, no, no don’t do that…read this first and then go check out PHOX)…as soon as the band of the day starts to make its way to alternative nation, i’m on a search for the next group of bearded boys in raw denim…but then there are times when i get bored with everything…bands start to blend with the same sound, and i change the channel from sirius xmu to top 20…something completely different…enter iggy azalea’s newest song fancy…my anthem of summer…i hate to admit it, but you can probably find me in my car at least once a day rapping like the dude in office space, stuck in traffic on my way to work…but i’m a mom…and seriously, what mom raps…ok probably a lot of you, and that’s what makes you so awesome, but let’s get to the point of this post…the girls with glasses just recently posted this video, and i swear i’m rolling on the floor giggling…so watch the video below if you want to see a couple adorable mommas with cute top knots and thick rimmed glitter glasses…hopefully it will make your day a little better and you feeling a little happier inside…and if you have any bands you think i should check out…let me know guys!

photobooth nerdery

house of hipsters

ok, so you are really going to see my photobooth nerdery come out in this post…i apologize in advance.

this past weekend i got to to totally geek out at the international photobooth convention hosted by photobooth.net and  a&a studios in chicago, il. it was open to the public to celebrate the wonderment that is the photobooth, and man o man was it cool! i met so many booth nerds like myself! however, i think the proper term is “like-minded booth lovers” but i digress.

hidden face

artists, collectors, photobooth enthusiasts, and other owners flew into chicago to attend this great event…i was so lucky i was local and it only took me 36 minutes to drive into the city…and i found free parking…which is practically unheard of! the entire day was such a great experience…swapping tips and tricks, attending workshops, and just soaking in so much information from experts on the machines.

photobooth art

so first and foremost, where was it held? at a&a studios…owned by anthony vizarri (and his adorable wife andrea), together they have dedicated their lives basically to preserving the vintage beauty of photobooths and analog photography. they are also the guys that built my model 20 booth. anthony had 8 working booths…color, black and white, sepia and digital available to use all day long for free plus admission. each booth is vintage and has been restored by anthony and his crew. his attention to detail is incredible and what a unique experience to see these booths up close and together in one room! seriously, i’ve visited the studio a few times, but nothing like this…truly a once in a lifetime experience that i’m so thankful i was a part of.

classic model 11

rob's digital booth

the boy was ever so sweet to let me attend by myself, sans babies…i was able to spend the day really focused on learning. i sat in on a couple saturday workshops — photobooth art techniques taught by meags fitzgerald and photobooth anatomy & diagnosing problems taught by todd erickson.

Photobooth Convention 2014 - Chicago

the first of the two workshops, photobooth art techniques, was awesome and so creatively inspiring…i was unfamiliar with meags’ work until saturday. she is an artist out of canada (with an adorable top knot btw) and just published a book, “photobooth: a biography” that i purchased before leaving and have not put down since…chocked full of valuable information…her workshop also introduced me to the work of jan wenzel and his book fotofix (for which i’m on a mission to purchase under $200)

meags gave the class ideas and insight on the many ways to experiment with booth photography…how to magnify your image without using a computer and keeping it in focus, creating gradients and tints with gels, filters, photo collage, rearrangement, using masks and backgrounds, and even ideas for creating short stop motion animation.

photobooth love

my big question was how on earth do you create a full body image in four frames…she taught me that by griding out the cabinet with string just outside of the camera’s view and lots of patience and trial and error, it can totally be done. however, to add your feet you really must be ok with a bit of cut and paste. upon my return home and after the babes went to bed that night, i spent some time trying to perfect it…after an hour, came close and called it a night…i think i need a box instead of my stool…and possibly a bit of contortionism…and a tight shirt helps. i was wearing a denim shirt over my tank and when i bent down, the shirt shifted making an uneven transition between the 2nd and 3rd frame

vintage photomatic photobooth

i also met tim garrett who cofounded photobooth.net. the studio had a small gallery showcasing some choice pieces created by tim and other artists. he was kind enough to teach me the magic of how he created the image below, and also invited me to view an amazing mosaic of his wife that still is rocking my brains…it was such an honor to be in the presence of these artists. they were so kind and each one really took the time to listen and answer questions. what they create is pure magic that makes my heart sing.

artist tim garrett

during photobooth anatomy & diagnosing problems, todd erickson taught me so much i couldn’t write fast enough! todd owns photo booth memories out of st paul, mn…and he is a genius! one thing he really emphasized was his booth photos with take your breath away, and if you maintain your machine and follow his tips, you can have the same results. and his wife leslie is a super sweet 2nd grade teacher. they were such wonderful and nice people to meet.

some of his tips were to swap tanks 6A and 6B to make your clearing chemistry last longer…sooooo smart! add more bleach to the tank when you start to have dark streaks instead of changing out the entire tank. check your chemistry first in troubleshooting…developer should be all black, bleach should be orange, clearing should be white and toner should show your image. change the oil in your transmission every year…must ask anthony and rob when they think that needs to be done in my booth that is only used occasionally. use synthetic oil in the tranny…it needs a fresh quart. check the little things first before you diagnose a bigger problem. to remove the metal shavings out of the transmission, place a magnet in the drain hole. to get more contrast, use a booster in the second tank of the developer…sorry folks, i’m typing all this in here because i never want to forget the wealth of knowledge this man gave me.

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hipster vintage camerahipster photography and vintage camera

before i left, anthony gave me a couple a&a t-shirts and sold me a couple batches of chemistry. i left with a new found love for my booth and a desire to rekindle my passion for analog selfies. i can’t wait to try out a few of meats techniques and will be making a trip to paper source soon for a few new backdrops. i can’t wait to share more with you soon!

pretty little things

pretty decor for a house of hipsters

i’m addicted to shopping, i can’t help myself. just when i think i couldn’t possibly want or need another lamp, shirt, necklace, or chair, boom…i see it, and i need it more than life itself. a bit dramatic, sure, but there’s no judging here at house of hipsters

lately i’ve been trying to control my urges, so i’ve been making lists of links or pictures of pretty little things that call my name…the boy would be so proud of me. today i share one with you and will try to make this a weekly thing…although it may make me shop more…again, no judging

i hope you enjoy this happy little list of come hither…links are at the bottom.

enjoy!

lamp and eather poster from jayson home and gardenbright pillow from jayson home and garden and black and white striped traylet's all go to mexico shirt by rebecca minkoff and yellow skirtcashmere heart blanket from j.crew and tom ford lipstick in nude colorimogene + willy tote bag micheal kors aviator sunglasses gypsy water perfume from barneys and a white eames shell chairdwell studio brass side table and cowshed handsoaphouse of harlow shirt available at shopbop and pierre cardin brass lamp

1 – a pendent lamp for the mud room…love the gold inside

2 – a secret personal love of all things feathers

3 – normally I’m all black, navy, or gray but these colors…oh man, i can’t get enough of this pillow!

4 – a sweet little tray to keep all of your precious jewels and trinkets

5 –  rebecca minkoff wants us all to hop on a plane to mexico…seriously, this whole outfit! get in my closet already!

6 – this cashmere blanket would be great for cuddling with the little lady

7 – super serious now, no judging…i have a secret love for most things kardashian…not something i’m particularly proud of but it is a guilty pleasure…i love kim’s choice of a nude lip and this tom ford lipstick is just the ticket! buy it here…now

8 – imogene + willie have a great vintage look…can’t go wrong slinging this little guy over a shoulder. just add magazines, sunscreen, and headphones…instantly beach ready

9 – love the color, love the gold…seriously, enough said. classic ray bans style with a twist

10 – gypsy water is such an amazing scent…sometimes i go to barney’s just to smell it…yes, i am that person

11 – thinking this eames chair would go oh so well with the campaign desk on the catwalk i’ve been trying to style…more to come on this project

12 – this table! gaw! it’s brass, it’s white, it’s elegant and beautiful…put once, twice, three times a lady together and you have perfection in the form of coffee table

13 – i first smelled this hand soap at au cheval…they have it in their bathrooms…i couldn’t stop smelling my hands all day long. this has been on my list for almost a year

14 – this shirt would be perfect for this year’s lollapalooza festival but i’m a bit unsure about the bra situation…note to self, look at the u-plunge bra

15 – and last but not least, my holy grail…the lamp of all lamps…and i want two!!!!

a precious glimpse

boy superhero

boy superhero

 

man this little guy has my heart…it seems like yesterday i was holding his tiny body in my arms, spending my evenings rocking him to sleep. these days he pretends to be spider-man and fights darth vader in ominous battles filled with explosions and chase scenes.

today was one of his last days of preschool. he performed in the end of year recital and of course was the class ham…singing the loudest, clapping the loudest. i sometimes wonder where he inherited his extrovert personality…certainly not from his parents. last night we went to the welcome reception at the school he will be attending full-time come august. jamming his face full of cookies and gazing in wonderment at the art projects his future classmates hung on the walls. i watch him in these new settings, settings that for me as a child would have frightened me…he thrives in them…embraces them.

he explains to me how brave he is. not because he is conceited or arrogant, , he has no understanding of those traits. he has been told this by someone he loves and he truly believes it. sometimes it scares me…how brave he is.

roaming the new hallways, looking at the art projects, he was full of questions last night. “is that a pirate ship mommy?” “what is that guy doing?” “why is his mouth drawn like that?” “where are his eyes?” “can we go to the classroom?” it went on and on…his mind in full exploration.

lately he has been singing along to the songs we play in the car and yesterday he requested i play only german songs. der kuckuck und der esel, die hatten einen streit, wer wohl am besten sänge…and there were more questions in the car “mommy, do you have both hands on the steering wheel?” “are we going too fast?” “is that water tower moving?” “why did that guy honk at you?” “why is this road so bumpy?” “what did that sign say?” “can we listen to the hamster dance song now?” boy do i regret adding that song to his iPod playlist.

my love, every day i see small glimpses into your world. a world that is growing bigger, for a bigger boy.  i look forward to the time i get to spend with you. to listen to you. to play with you. to share with you. i love you my dear. you make me feel like a sweepstakes winner.