Ashley Caroline Photography

welcome to the new LRW!

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WELCOME to LRW! I spent all day yesterday (and I mean ALL. DAY.) getting the kinks out of the new site so I could show you all…what do you think!?

So, funny story. Originally, I was going to work on the site this weekend to have it ready for Monday, but since I am the worst at delayed gratification, yesterday, with the slightest bit of encouragement, I decided to dive head first into working on the site. I thought, oh, it will be done in a few hours, no problem! I was wrong. I was sooooo wrong. I was still working on the site last night at midnight, and there is STILL more to do (for example, I don’t know why there are 2 of every top image for each post – working on it!), but like I said, no more waiting! Here it is in all its glory, and I really hope you love it as much as I do!

Special thanks to the most incredible graphic designer (though she is so much more) Patti Murphy, for the most exceptional logo and site branding. Please go hire Patti, she’s one of the coolest people in the world and she is so immensely talented. Thanks, of course, to Ashley of Ashley Caroline Photography for hooking me up with amazing pictures for my site! And thanks to Joe Power for helping me realize my logo dreams :).

Well, there you have it! And I can’t leave you hangin’ without my favorite links from the week:

Show me what you got! Starting TODAY and for the next 7 days, we’re wearing an outfit we’ve never worn before. Post pics to Instagram with the hashtag #LRWmademedoit. Can’t wait!

The 5 emails you should send.

This. Scarf.

SJP listed her West Village home! Anyone want to go in on it with me? ;)

So pumped for this. Last time I saw Courtney she raved about Lyft and now I want to try it!

A day in the life of a stylist. Damn. I think my video would be very different at this point. :)

Hope you all have an amazing weekend. Thanks for being patient as I sorted this all out!

xoxo

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image by Ashley Carloline Photography.

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We made it, friends! Friday at last. As soon as this post hits the web, I’m off to CT again for another weekend with my family. Raven has to work so he won’t be joining, but I’ll have my hands full with my two nephews (and access to my sister’s pool!), so I’m not complaining. Hoping to run into a field like the one in this picture. You can take the girl out of the burbs, but you can’t take the burbs out of the girl…

Have a great one, and here’s some awesome links from this week:

Serious business ladies drink it neat, on the rocks, or straight up.

Detergent that turns your clothing into an air purifier??

I want to live in this perfect teeny apartment.

A great alternative to place cards.

The 5 best fitness apps.

Subtly sexy shirt.

Sweet watercolor painting (cacti are everywhere!).

We need these in the US!

I’ve got my eye on this for a double duty cover up / date night dress.

image via Ashley Caroline Photography.

styled engagement shoot

Last month, on a rainy Friday, Ashley and I had the time of our lives shooting Alex and Evan, one of the most beautiful, friendly couples I have ever met (not to mention GENEROUS…I’ll get to that in a moment).

Ashley and I have had a blast working on shoots for LRW, and it was a light bulb moment when we had the idea to start working together. As a wedding and engagement photographer, Ashley constantly gets questions from couples about what to wear for their shoot, so it’s almost natural to have a stylist available to consult as questions arise.

Enter Alex and Evan. Two adorable people that combine to make a saccharine sweet duo. They’re getting married in October and agreed to be my guinea pigs for the shoot. THANK YOU ALEX AND EVAN!

If you read LRW regularly, you probably saw a couple private posts in May that we accessible only via password. Now I can finally show you what I was working on!

Behold, A&E’s outfit moodboards:

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SO, these might look a little all over the place to you, but they were very specifically based around an initial email exchange I had with Alex and Evan. I asked them what they like to wear, what their favorite pieces are, what they wanted to achieve with the shoot, etc.

In the end, A&E spent next to nothing on new clothing, and I’m thrilled to show off what we achieved:

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With the first look, we truly wanted to show A&E’s style. From my first email with them, they both expressed love for Chucks. That was all I needed to hear; I could picture Ashley capturing some adorable shots of their matching shoes  – and I wasn’t wrong.

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Alex’s favorite color is mint, so we added a blazer in that color and paired it with a wispy blouse and her favorite jeans. I love the unexpected (I use that word a lot but it’s true!) black cherry nail polish; it draws attention to her gorgeous sparkler.

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Her statement necklace was borrowed from a friend and brought the entire outfit together.

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My absolute favorite shot of the day!

For Evan, we wanted to show off his love for v-neck tees. The grey here is a welcome neutral that works with Alex’s outfit and puts the focus on them as a couple.

For the second look, we wanted to go off book and push the boundaries a little bit. At first, Ashley was a little concerned that the plaid pattern and the striped blazer wouldn’t match, but I pushed for it and in the end we were both very pleased.

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The blues in their tops are the same, and the large amount of white in Alex’s blazer evens out the look so the tops aren’t competing. Also, we like a little clashing now and again! This is the way to do it.

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Alex was such a trooper, she let me tie this scarf around her for 10 minutes, trying every way I knew. We tried a hair tuck, and I think she looks so sweet.

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It was a magical day, and I had the best time with these two, not to mention how wonderful it was to work with Ashley again.

I’m excited to announce (if you haven’t seen my fb posts!) that Ashley is now offering my styling services as part of her engagement packages! I would love to meet you and your fiancé, boyfriend or girlfriend and assist you with your shoot! If you’re interested, you can email me at littleredswell [at] gmail [dot] com!

Thanks for stopping by!

venue: Keeler Tavern

all photos courtesy of Ashley Caroline Photography.

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J. Crew shirt / Hudson Jeans (similar here)/ Rag & Bone booties / Giles & Brother Bracelet 

I like to pretend that I live in that brownstone. How cool would it be to live smack dab in the middle of the West Village, in a house? As Always, Ashley and I had a blast shooting together last week. I’m usually really self conscious about my appearance (aren’t we all?) but she makes me feel really comfortable and doesn’t laugh when I try to channel my inner Kate Moss. Thanks, Ash!

 

all images courtesy of Ashley Caroline Photography.

 

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