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Things I Love: Mish Mosh Edition XV

Well, I promised the shiny happy things kind of blogs would be back and here they are! Another fresh batch of Things I Love! And this one is oh-so-good!!!!! (Not that all arn’t, right?!)

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Pencils

I know I am usually a die hard Nars lip pencil kind of gal, but since I had to run into Ulta the other day because of a nail polish emergency (those totally happen!) and since Ulta refuses to carry Nars (I usually boycott Ulta for this very reason!), I was forced to peruse the other offerings for lip pencils. It seems all the major brands are getting on board with the chubby lip pencils and I LOVE it! I’m pretty sure I will never use an actual lipstick again! So, in my perusal, I came across the Chinatown pencil lines by Lipstick Queen (coincidentally, I really love their lipsticks too) and I fell in love with the ‘Catalina’ shade! As a lipstick loving gal, I am constantly on the hunt for ‘perfect bold reds’ and ‘perfect soft pinks’, the Catalina Chinatown pencil fits that latter category to a T! Super subtle for everyday wear and I’m pretty sure I’m now going to wear it everyday until forever! Bonus! They come with their own pencil sharpener too!

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 Moorea Seal

Little did I know, when my friend Jordan told me she was going to take me to one of her favorite boutiques in Seattle, that I would be walking into the very shop of the Moorea Seal brand that I have been lusting over for months via their Instagram! Color me oh-so-obsessed! I have been wanting so much of the gorgeous jewelry for a while now, so, of course, I went a little crazy and bought everything shiny in sight…and a beanie (because, hey, it’s fall and I was in Seattle) and some fun flash tats (because, helloooo, shiny!). I may or may not have added a bunch more of their pretty pieces to my Christmas list when I got home…okay, yeah, I totally did!

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 Sydney Hale Candles 

Soooo, I recently became hooked on searching through the Huckberry site for all things that the spouse would totally love (Christmas and her birthday are coming!)…and I found some fab finds for me too! Who knew I’d find something on a site geared towards all things vaguely outdoorsy…and not just in the tailgating section! They have a home goods section of their online storefront and I fell head over heels in love with these Sydney Hale candles. Probably because I am just coming off of that PNW roadtrip and still obsessed with the incredible smells of the redwoods and sea spray and everything combined that the scents of these candles were right up my alley right now. (And, we generally love all the woodsy/bonfire types of candles at the Miller homestead.) And, with pretty design to boot? Count me in! Andddddd they donate 10% of their profits to dog rescue?! Yup, I’m pretty sure I just found my new favorite candle company!

Sydney Hale Candles. (Amanda Lucier)

The PNW

I know you are probably wondering where all the photo goodness is from my #ambreetakesthecoast adventures are, but I swear it will be worth the wait after Brienne and I collaborate on the photo collection from our travels! So much pretty coming! But, I can already tell you I need to do this trip again! Maybe multiple times! I left a piece of my heart in the Pacific Northwest and I have to go back to explore it more! Probably with Bree, since it’s hard to get my spouse to leave state lines, but it would be amazing to bring her too. I think K would love it so! The smells. The sounds. The peace in the air. I have to get back there sooner than soon!

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What things are YOU loving lately? A new book, beauty product, song, you name it! Leave a suggestion of something I should check out in the comments! 

Wedding: Katie & Mike – National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

These two! Gah! Hello cutest ever! I already knew how cute they were from their engagement session (even when fast walking Mike leaves Katie in his dust during that whole romantic strolling part,), but being a part of their wedding day was a glimpse into a whole other level of love. And, not to mention, I left their wedding just wishing both of their families would adopt and keep me! Their joy filled day was one of those weddings where you could feel the love of everyone around them. You could see beauty of their families coming together. And I feel beyond honored to have been a part of it!

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Katie Glaser - October 15, 2014 - 6:35 pm

I am so in love with these!!!! Thank you so much!!!

Emilia Jane - October 17, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Beautiful! Love this wedding

One Hell of a Grandpa

I debated whether or not to blog about this, but I’m pretty sure at least half of my blog readership comes to the blog to catch up on my personal posts, not those filled with all the pretty wedding pictures, so it seemed I should at least address it. But, to be honest, I don’t have much to say yet…because it still feels like there is no way this could be real. That this nightmare is a reality. That seemingly overnight the world could be turned upside down. But, it IS real and totally awful and 100% heart wrenching.

Grayson lost one hell of a grandpa last week. One of his best buds! His ice cream eating partner in crime. The man who taught him to give high fives and right hooks. He will be missed so so so very much. 

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Needless to say, it’s been a rough couple weeks around here, but all the pretty picture posts (and posts where I rave about new favorite lipsticks and all that fun stuff) start back up tomorrow! I share this post not seeking sympathy, but because I can’t go on blogging about pretty pictures and shiny happy things without first acknowledging the very real parts of life happening in the background right now. And as much as we are having a hard time accepting it, this is the real stuff right now. (And, boy, am I feeling the importance of photos in our lives more than ever right about now! The above photo taken by the amazing Julia will be one that is treasured forever in our family and I am forever thankful.)

Katie Glaser - October 14, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Thinking about you and your family, and so sorry for your loss.

Ann Oleinik - October 14, 2014 - 4:51 pm

I’m so sorry to hear this, Amanda. We’re thinking of you.

Kerrie Gallagher - October 14, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Loss is real and needs a place to speak too. Love to you and your family

Robin Haberl - October 14, 2014 - 6:13 pm

I completely understand how you feel first hand from my own experience, and my heart aches for you and your family. But, I totally agree with you about how precious photos can be when it becomes one of the special memories we hold dear to remind us of those we have lost. Sending our love and prayers to you guys….

Christy Tyler - October 14, 2014 - 6:19 pm

So so sorry to hear this, love. Sending you lots of healing and love. Photos really are so amazing to have, especially in times like this. <3

Katie Jane - October 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm

I am so sorry, Amanda. Thinking of you and your family!

Eliana O'Keefe - October 16, 2014 - 12:50 am

Very valuable picture.

Engagement: Nikki & Ryan

Nikki was a bridesmaid in the wonderful Katie and Mike’s wedding (coming to the blog so SO soon, so keep your eyes peeled!) and I am absolutely ecstatic to be shooting her and Ryan’s wedding this coming year! This two are pretty much capital A- Adorable! And, oh my goodness, they have a capital A Adorable baby girl too (Believe me, I’ve seen pictures and I cannot wait to take pretty pictures of her on their wedding day!). Let’s just say I am counting down the days until their wedding!

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Nicole Boddicker - October 9, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Ahhhhh! I’m so in love! With them and him :) thank you so much!

Edie Lehmann Boddicker - October 9, 2014 - 6:00 pm

How can we get copies of ALL of them?!! Wow!

Hailey Fowles - October 9, 2014 - 6:23 pm

These are such wonderful shots!! It is hard to even pick a favorite out of all the pictures — GREAT and very photogenic couple to capture, as a viewer you feel all of their emotions. Awesome shots, awesome couple!!! :) xoxo

Edie Lehmann Boddicker - October 9, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Happy … Happy …. Happy …. Happy!

Annie - October 9, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Holy cow you two!! These are all absolutely gorgeous!! ❤️

Kathleen Boddicker - October 10, 2014 - 6:48 am

GORGEOUS!! GORGEOUS!! GORGEOUS!!

Emilia Jane - October 16, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Cuties! Love this session.

Wedding: Megha & Hari – Chicago Wedding Photographer

I have about a million things I want to say about Megha and Hari’s incredibly love filled and ever beautiful wedding day, but I’m pretty sure it would all come out sounding like nonstop oohs, ahhs, and ‘oh my god’s’ because this wedding….I can’t even! It isn’t just how ridiculously gorgeous these two are! Or how truly beautiful their love for each other is! Or how truly stunning their wedding was!!! Or how immensely meaningful and special their day was steeped in tradition and culture! Or how much their friends and families showed their love for them in every way over the course of their wedding! Or even how much fun their wedding was! It was every single one of those things all wrapped into one. And, most importantly, it was the fact that love and joy poured out of every detail, every moment, every hug, and every word of their wedding day. I have to say, it was truly an honor to be a part of and witness to!

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Natira - October 8, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Gorgeous!!!!

Lauren Fair - October 8, 2014 - 3:30 pm

STUNNING!!!! the colors and joy – and her hair! love!!!

Dipti Shah - October 8, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Beautiful!!! both are looking great. Dad & daughter dance picture very nice. I like it….

Nirali Sheth - October 8, 2014 - 5:01 pm

all of u looking rock.n both made for each other.

Christy Tyler - October 8, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Lady – you KILLED IT. Seriously – your work just keeps getting better and better. Really stunning! You could FEEL the joy in these! <3

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