Friday, April 29, 2011

Finally Friday

-- Did anyone else feel like this week lasted for 6 months? Maybe it was all the rain? It has rained every single day here for the last 1,038 days. Or something like that. And it's so cold I'm wearing a scarf and sweater. It's almost MAY! Enough already!

-- Speaking of May, only 14 days until I'm heading HERE to see THIS GIRL! Cannot wait! We are going to eat giant turkey legs, drink margaritas, do the whole JFK assassination thing (yeah, it's kinda morbid), try on wedding dresses for our imaginary weddings, boot scoot and bull ride, shop, watch Anne of Green Gables and do a doggie photo shoot. I'm not sure if a weekend is long enough, I might just have to move in.

-- Well, I missed the Royal Wedding. All of it. Slept right through it. I'm sad...yet well rested.

-- I did hot yoga (Bikram) for the first time in years last night and thought I was going to die.  I forgot what an intense workout that is.  It's also pretty disgusting when you think about it...so I'm trying not to think about it.  I'm considering sneaking in the room early next time and hiding a couple air fresheners in there.  For real. 

--  I made soft pretzels (from Annie's Eats) with honey mustard dipping sauce (from Companion Bakery) for the whole department as an afternoon snack this week, in honor of Admin Assistants Day.  They were SO good and SO easy to make.  However, I failed to mention to anyone just how easy they were (and I might have even mentioned that I spent the evening slaving away in the kitchen over the stove), so they all continue to think I'm some baking goddess.  I love that.  :)  Shhhhh. 

-- Sage says hi...now she wants a treat.


Happy Friday! 

Hope you all have fabulous weekend plans.  Stay dry out there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

You Capture: Pink

This week's "You Capture" theme is PINK
I took this picture a few days ago and think it's pink perfection.


Head over to I Should Be Folding Laundry to see all the pretty in pink entries.




Stephanie - Part 3

Here's the final installment of the "faux-to shoot" I did with Stephanie. 
To catch up, check out Part 1 and Part 2

When we were trying to decide what kind of outfits to do, I told Stephanie to look through her closet for something jewel-toned.  She ended up finding this amazing blue shirt that really brought out the color of her eyes.  I couldn't get over how incredible her eyes looked!  I told her she should invest in a lot more blue clothing!

I think the picture below might be my favorite one of all of the pictures we took.
Beautiful.
We even managed to get a few "sexy" shots.  I love these.
These pictures are all about attitude. 
I told you, killer eyes. 

Hope you've enjoyed! 

I had so much fun taking these pictures, I can't wait to do it again sometime!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stephanie - Part 2

Continuing on today with more photos of Stephanie from our "faux-to shoot."  To catch up, read Part 1.

We were on our way out of our Italian alley when we both spotted this cool black wall. 
We swapped out the scarf for some fun jewelry and the red shoes some classic black pumps.
The light in this alleyway was just gorgeous - creamy and diffused.
I love the way the photos turned out.
I also had a chance to play around with my editing and added some textures to the wall.
And of course, I couldn't resist doing some black and white pictures. 
I'm a complete sucker for beautiful black and white portraits. 
There's something about the lack of color that really makes you see the details.
Stephanie's eyes are amazing.

After the black wall, we decided to pump up the volume and add some bright color to our pictures.  I accidentally took a wrong turn on our way to the park and saw this amazing pink barn/shed/garage.  This was such an unexpected and awesome surprise.  I asked Stephanie to change into her red Cardinals shirt in the back of the car while I went to get us permission to photograph here.
I knocked on the door of the house and asked the owners if it'd be ok to use their pink barn as a background b/c I did not want to get us arrested for trespassing.  The owners were fine with idea, albeit confused about what we were doing.  However, they were also SUPER lonely or something and proceeded to spend about 20 minutes talking to me about this barn, whether they should paint it, Halloween parties, their health issues, etc.  Ugh!  Despite repeatedly just walking off, I couldn't get away from them!  Lesson learned...next time I'll just get arrested, it'll be much less painful.  :)
But it was worth it! 
I love the pink and love the way the red, blues and greens pop in these photos.
And bonus, right next to the barn was a wooden fence and a pile of firewood, perfect for sitting on.
Love love love love love love love these pictures.

What do you think?  Do you like them?



Part 3 (final installment) coming soon!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stephanie - Part 1


Remember back in January when I said that one of my goals this year was to do a photo shoot?   Nothing professional or for money, but just a chance for me to experiment with posing, lighting, backgrounds, composition, technique and shooting in full manual mode.  Well, right after that post my friend Stephanie offered to be my model for the photo shoot.  I was absolutely thrilled to have her because: (1) she's gorgeous; (2) she's fun and relaxed, so I knew I wouldn't feel pressured; (3) she thinks she's not photogenic and I was dying to prove her wrong; (4) did I mention she's gorgeous? 

So, we've been waiting months for the weather to finally get nice enough for an outdoor shoot.  We really lucked out because we picked one of the 4 sunny days we've had in St. Louis this spring, so the lighting was really beautiful.  We met after work on a Tuesday and headed into town to find some fun backgrounds.  To begin the shoot, Steph was wearing this great black dress with a red scarf and red shoes!  A girl after my own heart - I love love love red.  We found a couple awesome walls, one brick, one white and some ceramic pots and then started clicking away!  Here are a few of my favorites from this spot.

The brick wall really made the reds stand out.
Stephanie said she was a little intimidated by bright red lipstick, but I absolutely LOVE it.
I wanted to capture a bit of the sunflare we were getting that afternoon in these pictures.
Stephanie said these remind her of an alleyway in Italy. 
I couldn't agree more. 

I think I had about 500 pictures that I thought were awesome.  It was so hard to pick my favorites!

Can you believe she thinks she's not photogenic?? 
(I told her she's never allowed to say that again.)

I think the pictures turned out so beautiful! Not bad for my first "faux-to" shoot.

What do you guys think?

Who wants to be my next volunteer?



P.S. Lots more pictures (two more installments) to come!  Stay tuned!

I Heart Faces: Pets

Have you all heard of this website called I Heart Faces?  It's a photography website that hosts weekly themed-photo contests.  I've been following their blog for a while and love the idea (and really love all the awsome pictures they feature).  I've been very tempted to enter on previous challenges, but never thought my pictures were good enough.  However, this week's theme is "Pets" -- and I just so happen to have the cutest puppy on the face of the Earth, so, of course I feel like I have to enter!  So without any further ado (and it was so hard to pick a favorite picture), here she is in all her jumping happy glory...Sage. 

This picture just makes me so happy. :)

Head on over to I Heart Faces to see all the other animal and pet entries there!







Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

 We've been working super hard on our sit/stay
so we could bring you this very special message...


Love,
Sara, Mally & Sage

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sit...Stay

We've been working on our Sit/Stay because I've got something special planned...
you'll just have to stay tuned to find out what it is!


As of last night, they can hold it for about 2.5 seconds.

We're going to need to work on that.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It Ain't Easy

You guys, it is SO hard being this cute.
Being adorable is a full-time job.
And let me tell you, it's exhausting.
Just thought you should know.

Love,
Sage

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Arch Rival Roller Girls

Way back in February (seriously, how did it get to be mid-April already?), Ryan and I decided to go (ok, so really, I decided and forced him to take me) to a St. Louis Arch Rivals Roller Derby bout.  Yes, ROLLER DERBY!!  How freaking awesome is that?! 

And what is more awesome than going to watch roller derby?  I'll tell you...knowing one of the roller derby girls is more awesome!  For real!  Ok, so not really.  Well, kinda really.  Let me explain...

For about a year now, I've been Internet stalking friends with Courtney.  You can read her hilarious blog HERE (although, it appears as though she has gone on an extended blogging hiatus - please start blogging again Courtney!).  Courtney is a fellow lawyer and friends with a lot of my friends.  How our paths have never crossed is a mystery to me because she's awesome, and I'm awesome.  Naturally, we're destined to be besties. 

Anywho, Courtney is a lawyer by day, but by night, she assumes the alter-ego of "Mayor Francis Slayer," co-captain and lead blocker for The Stunt Devils.  Ever since I found this out, I have been dying to get to one of her roller derby bouts. 

Finally, one fateful February evening, it was going to happen.

We got to the arena a little early and caught the tail end of the first bout - Rebel Skate Alliance vs. M-80's.  This gave us some time to familiarize ourselves with the rules of the sport and have a couple beers, so we could really get into it. 
I think one of the best parts of Roller Derby are the names.  The first bout featured players like Stabby McCutcha, Chewblocka, Smarty McFly, Sue She, Science Friction, Badonka Bam and The Punctuator. 
The second bout was The Smashionistas vs. The Stunt Devils.  This bout had players like Shimmy Hoffa, Polka Dot Yur Eye Out, Deathica Steele, Grave Danger, Beretta Michaels, Punchus Pileup and Trippity Hooha.  I loved them all.
But of course, we loved "Mayor Francis Slayer" best of all. 
(FYI, for those of you not from St. Louis, the mayor of our great city is Francis Slay.) 
 
So, here's how it works. 
Each team has one Jammer. 
The Jammers are the scoring position on each team.
Jammers are designated by a star worn on their helmet.
The other positions on each team are Blockers.
The lead blockers are called Pivots -- they are designated by a stripe worn on their helmets.
Pivots control the speed of their team members and serve as
the last line of defense against the Jammer from the opposing team. 
The eight blockers, four from each team, make up the "pack."
The pack lines up in front, with the Jammers behind.
When the first whistle is blown, the pack, led by the Pivots, begins to skate. 
Jammers begin to skate when the second whistle blows.
Jammers then try to make their way through the pack.
Ok, stay with me, this is where it gets good.

Blockers try to keep the opposing Jammer from getting through,
while simultaneously trying to help their own Jammer.
On the first pass through the pack, the first Jammer to pass each member
of the pack while staying in bounds and without fouling becomes Lead Jammer.
A referee will point to the lead jammer as she skates to designate her status. 
Lead jammer has the strategic advantage of calling off the
 "Jam" at any time by placing her hands on her hips.
A jam lasts a maximum of two minutes, or until the lead jammer calls it off.
(Mighty Mighty Boston below...she's wicked fast.)
Jammers begin to accrue points on their second pass through the pack.
They receive one point for every opposing player they pass.
On the flip side, Jammers will not be awarded points if they foul the
opposing player they are passing or if either of their skates steps
 out of bounds while passing that opposing player. 
Jammers may also re-pass players to get points.
At the end of the 2 minutes, the points are tallied.
The players patiently await the results.
The "Jeerleaders" entertain the crowd.

And it all starts again! 
Pure awesomeness.
Other than the fabulous roller derby names, my favorite part was the blocking.
I loved the hip checking and tripping and shoving!
Maybe that's why I like hockey so much too.
Does that say something about me?
Mayor is a bad-ass blocker.
And I'm not just saying that because we're imaginary friends.
It was really fun to cheer for her!
Ryan, on the other hand, loved the Jammers. 
Particularly, this one.
Downtown Dallis.
I think he had a bit of a crush on her.

Unfortunately, Mayor's team did not win this night.
Victory went to Downtown Dallis and her Smashionistas.
But I did get the opportunity (post-bout) to meet Courtney and beg for her autograph.
It was surreal.

I've since heard that her team went on to win the World Championships
or something equally as awesome. 

My autograph just got way more valuable.