holiday look
Monday, December 11, 2017

dress c/o || nude heels || bracelet 1 + 2 || earrings (similar) || lipstick + liner

Ever since I was a little girl I got a new Christmas dress every year. My sister and I used to go with my Dad and pick the prettiest (usually velvet!) holiday dress we could find to wear on Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day night. It was a traditional that I continued on as an adult and it still is one of my favorite traditions to look forward too. This gorgeous red lace dress is this years Christmas Dress and I must say, I feel just as beautiful in it as I did twirling in my velvet dresses as a child. 

If you have been following on Instastories over the weekend you will know I shot this look in my living room on Sunday morning. I tried Saturday afternoon but the sun decided to peek out from behind the clouds for the first time in what felt like weeks and casted a huge shadow on the wreath wall. I knew this dress was beautiful, but it wasn't until Sunday morning when I walked out to the living room (while footfall was on!) to ask my husband to shoot my photos and he jumped and said, you look incredible, sure I'll take them! I didn't even need to wait till half time... I guess I found my secret weapon!! 

I tried a new wrapping style this year, not very popular with the family (they think its boring) BUT I dont care, I think its cute! I have been seeing minimalist holiday decor on Pinterest and now I want to throw all my old decor out and start new, butttt I do got out numbered on that in the house so I will pick and choose my battles. Holiday wrapping is a battle I can win, an undecorated tress is not. 

Later this week I will have my Winter front porch reveal live, check instagram for a sneak peek! 

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Canadian Family Photos
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 all boots c/o Kamik

Denim, plaid, boots.... does it get any more Canadian than that?

With it being our first holiday season living here in Canada we thought, hey might as well show everyone that the Canadian stereotype is, true! I'd say we are the cutest bunch of lumberjacks if I say so myself :)

Typically in Arizona we would wear jeans, boots, and long sleeves just to sweat to death. Well, let me tell you the process for these photos. The first time we attempted the photos it snowed 8 inches, the second time it rained... all day! So, I decided to add an extra layer under our outfits and told the family to pretend we were back in Arizona sweating instead of freezing our butts off! Oh, how times have changed. 

My family is not the easiest to convince to participate in these types of photos. I made the mistake of planning the shoot on a Sunday (my husband does not participate in anything other than the NFL on Sundays) because that was after all, the only day it was 40 degrees and no rain in the forecast.  Not pictured in these photos is Stephen watching the Cardinals game on his phone and angrily glaring at me for making him do this. Hope you enjoy!

In the past we have relied on a tripod and self timer to take our photo but this year we convinced (or tricked!) my sister into coming over and being our camera holder. Next time we ask her I should probably have a Starbucks or  diamonds as a bribe! Trying to get the three of us to smile at the camera is worst than pulling teeth, not the easiest task to accomplish but I think she did pretty dang good job!

here are 5 tips to help your family take fun candid frame worthy photos:

1.  plan your outfits in advance! AND make sure you feel comfortable in them. I have always wanted to do extremely dressy photos but I know that Stephen would feel very uncomfortable in that setting so I tend to keep the clothing casual and comfortable. 
2. don't worry about always looking and smiling at the camera. some of my favorite photos of our family is when we are laughing at each other or making funny faces!
3. I love movement in the photos. walkings, laughing, twirling.... action shots are a great way to capture the moment. 
4. talk the photos up to the family a few days in advance. Sofia is always super excited for a few days leading to the shoot so when the big day comes she is ready and excited! Stephen needs a few days to mentally prepare so he's not a grouch monster that day.
5. just have fun! when you have children and dogs and a grumpy husband you have to have fun with it. being tressed or angry will show on everyones faces, laugh it off and stress about it later!

Side note, these photos are extra special because they are taken right on our property. This is just off the side of our drive way as you pull up to our home!

If you love our Canadian outfits you can find the detail below




kids fall style
Monday, November 6, 2017

Soaking up the last few days of the Autumn leaves has been our favorite thing to do. This is the first Fall season Sofia has gotten to experience, living in Arizona we barely had trees let alone trees that have leaves that change color and fall down! Besides the leaves falling another favorite part of Autumn has been the cozy sweater weather. Being able to bundle, layer, ad snuggle up in oversized sweaters is the best. A question I get asked often from people is, 'how is Sofia adjusting to the weather?' Well, she's loving it!

5 reasons we love Fall:

1. Raking all the leaves into piles then throwing them in the air!

2. Apple orchards are everywhere, we keep getting large boxes of apples and making apple pies, apple deserts, apple breads!

3. The many colors of leaves that surround the town. From deep golds to vibrant reds, burnt oranges and even purples. Looks like a scene out of the opening of Gilmore Girls!

4. Snuggling up with blankets on the couch and oversized cozy sweaters. This one is mostly for me, the layering of Fall clothes is my absolute favorite. It keeps us warm, well the 2 of the 3 of us warm.  Stephen is still not on board with the layering, he's still in the complaining its cold phase while Sofia and I are embracing it!

5. The smell of the brisk morning air first thing in the morning. The sun rises around 7:30 and there is usually about 15 minutes of glowing sunlight through the fields and the trees. Just as we are getting ready for the day the house lights up a gorgeous gold color and we try to get good vibes going! 

PS how cute is Sofias outfit?! Her skirt and sweater are from Tea Collections, an adorable childrens boutique inspired from countries all over the world. I am so in love with that little fox sweater, how come her clothes don't come in my size?! 


sweatshirt dress
Friday, November 3, 2017

sweatshirt dress // cardigan c/o // boots (old - similar)

When I was in Seattle I stopped in at the Nordstrom flagship store to see what I have been missing these last 5 months up here in the Okanagan. I came across this sweatshirt dress and instantly fell in love. I wasn't sure how practical it would be here since the weather is turning cold quickly but I took the chance and bought it anyways. Being cozy AND warm are two key factors that are making the adjustment to Fall a little easier and this outfit is both. Why have I never bought a sweatshirt dress before? These are a hit! 

I have had these grey OTK boots for a few years (you can see them here, here, and here) and honestly can't get enough of them! The ones I bought are out of stock but I love these and these, I think I might also need a black pair but maybe with a heel? Living in Arizona I never spent much on boots because there were only a few days a year I could wear them however up here boots have become a staple... looks like I will be shopping for more! 

Speaking of Arizona, I am actually on a plane there right now. I have 10 full days of work ahead of me and honestly am a little excited to be out of the cold and down here in the warm weather. I am looking forward to seeing friends, family, my clients and of course enjoying all the desert city has to offer. Make sure you are following along on instastories AND my photography instagram as well: @SteshaJordanPhotography



Sofia's bedroom reveal
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We have a special quest appearance today from a little miss who is more than excited to show off her own little Happy Place.  We have been hard at work trying to make Sofia her own little oasis where she can feel comfortable, spend her free time, and most importantly get a good nights sleep.  Her favorite color is pink (go figure!) but recently she likes to say it's teal so we tried to incorporate both colors as much as possible into her Happy Place!

When making the move up to Canada and during the building process I knew the exact dimensions of her room which helped with planning ahead.  This white canopy bed (similar) was actually my old bed from when I was younger. It had been sitting in my moms garage for the past 10 years, so when we pulled it out and dusted it off,  a bunch of warm feelings came rushing back. It was a bit big for the room, more so than we had planned but we improvised, I mean who needs a bed side table anyways?! 

Another feature we needed that was a must were book shelves! With a small room and an over sized bed I knew we had to get creative. I had these white shelves in our last home as a gallery wall full of photo frames. I decided to stack them one top of each other and place her books in the groves. It worked perfectly! Sofia is such a little reader. She reads allll the time. We don't allow tablets or iPads often so in her free time the kid reads as many books as possible.  I even found a few boxes of my own books form when I was a kid, we change the books out monthly so she never runs out of new stories!

Shopkins is a phenomenon taking over little girls everywhere. Sofia has been obsessed with collecting her Shopkins for years now. She has a full box of them she gets out and plays around with, now she can sleep on her very own Shopkin bedding! She is so good at keeping her room clean and making her bed every morning (mostly because someone asks her too!) and having a room she loves makes those chores much more enjoyable for her to do. 

Shopkins Happy Place pillow / purple pillow/ quilt set / jewelry box all c/o  Moose Toys