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We’ve Been In Paris!

We left last Friday afternoon for a whirlwind trip to Paris to wed + photograph our friends, Jess and Scott. And if you follow along with Jess, you may have known this already. The freshly wedded duo eloped, and we were so honored to be there and officiate (Scott) and photograph (me) the moment. We can’t wait to share our whole experience with you – that is, after we’ve finished sorting through hundreds of photos, mini Polaroids included! (The one above was taken on our last night.)

We’re fresh off a 9 hour flight (home again, le sigh), so pardon us as we revert back to English (it sounds so harsh after practicing their romantic language!), sift through photos and piece together Parisian posts that others can understand – you know, rather than the incomprehensible happy sighs that Scott and I have been exchanging since we landed.

Next week, we’ll share more, including our flea market finds (you know we had to fit that in!), too many photos and Scott’s take on wedding his first couple. We already can’t wait, but in the meantime, there are still a few other things we want to share with you this week – a (spoiler) sweet giveaway included!

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - August 15, 2012 - 6:38 AM

    Ooh, how exciting! Can’t wait to read more about it!ReplyCancel

  • Hails - August 15, 2012 - 6:42 AM

    so THAT’S where you guys have been!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 15, 2012 - 8:24 AM

      Hailey, we had to keep our lips zipped! It was really hard! We’ll need to grab TT this week, for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - August 15, 2012 - 7:41 AM

    I read over on Jess’s blog yesterday that this was happening and was SO excited for the whole lot of you!!! What an incredible trip…I seriously can’t wait to hear more from both couples =)ReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - August 15, 2012 - 8:21 AM

    WHAT?! That’s awesome. I’m insanely jealous and can’t wait to see more from your trip!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - August 15, 2012 - 11:49 AM

    Oh wow! That’s so amazing, what an incredible wedding story.
    I can’t wait to hear more about your stay in Paris, I’m attempting to save and do a trip (my first) next March.ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - August 15, 2012 - 6:28 PM

    QUOI??? Je suis trop jaloux!

    Next time you better go the long way round and pick me up first! Can’t wait to see your photos.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - August 16, 2012 - 6:47 AM

    I can’t wait to see all of your photos! My mom is from Paris so I used to travel there on a pretty regular basis. It’s been several years since I’ve visited and I’m itching to get back! I’m so jealous you got to go for such a cool occasion! :)ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - August 16, 2012 - 8:43 AM

    I knew you guys were out of town, but I had no idea it was this! So excited to hear more about how it went…and the photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 16, 2012 - 8:47 AM

    Two Pitties, we will have to dish on Friday!ReplyCancel


Bringing Nostalgia Back

It took me a good handful of years before I could accept digital photography into my life. Coming from a fine art background – having majored in it (photo media, specifically) and spending most of my days winding film to the sound of running water and holed up in darkrooms (mmm, loved that) – I didn’t actually learn digital anything until well after I had graduated. Even the few years following my education, I assisted the pros, all of them still using film. And to think, that was only 8 years ago!

How far we’ve come.

In any case, nothing beats the feeling of images in your hands, and I practically screamed that argument until I broke down and bought my first digital SLR in 2006. (Yes, only 6 years ago. And now the thing never leaves my hand, go fig.) So while celebrating our brother’s wedding a few months ago, you can imagine my immediate love affair with this cute, compact instant camera that a guest (now friend, hi, Jill!) toted around.

It’s a Fujifilm Instax Mini, and I love it. Scott loves it. Our friends love it, too, having seen some bizarre snaps left on our counter after a fun night on the patio. The day of that wedding, I picked up a pack of film from Target, and I planned on using it as my incentive to pull the trigger on the camera itself as soon as I got home. (Because, you see, why pay retail when we have Amazon?)

We stash the photos in a clear vase we keep on the console, and it’s always a fun conversation starter when guests sift through the shots – and we immediately apologize for the absurd amount of Jack’s silly mug. It’s almost embarrassing.

In any case, they’re a sweet reminder of our every day – from date days downtown, a good game of cards with friends or music in nights in the park. We’ve had a busy, fun August thus far, and we have a few more summer trips on the horizon (our annual anniversary vacation included!), so we hope to give it a good workout in the coming weeks.

The mini, sort-of fuzzy images feel nostalgic, and you really can’t beat holding a photograph. We’d also love to print our Instagram shots (you can follow us @yellowbrickhome) and display those in a cute way, too – this post is a great source, but we’ve yet to try any of those ideas.

How do you stash, store or print your photos? There are many creative ways to do so, but it seems that most of us are guilty of keeping everything in its original, digital form. Aah, how we yearn for the good ol’ days – you know, of ten years ago.

Nope, we weren’t perked in any way for the instant camera love. We just really, really… well, we just love our little Fuji.

  • Dina - August 13, 2012 - 8:29 AM

    My parents owned a polaroid camera which my brother and I used to fight over. I loved waiting for the film to develop and see what kind of picture I took. This camera looks like it would be a lot of fun.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 13, 2012 - 10:13 AM

    You know me and picture taking, but I WANT ONE! I’ve still got our girls + the babes photo on our fridge. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Ele - August 13, 2012 - 10:20 AM

    Oh my, now I’m totally lemming one of those cameras! Just what I need- between my DSLR and Instagram I’ll be drowning in photos if I add in this ;)ReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - August 13, 2012 - 10:52 AM

    So this post makes me think (yet again) that we should be real life friends. Hubster LOVES film, grew up shooting film and spent his high school in the dark room, and now uses a digital camera for our photography business because of economics. A few years ago a retro Polaroid gifted by his Grandma re-ignited his love of film. Now we own a ton of vintage polaroids, vintage film cameras and some new, fun toy cameras (including two of these Fujis) ;) There’s something about having an instant image (and not having to edit anything on a computer) that has made photography fun again. I love it because we’re better about documenting our lives and our vacations.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 13, 2012 - 11:13 AM

      Jill, our girls + boys were on the fridge for a while ’til we transferred them all to the console vase. Miss you guys!

      Heather, you make a great point – nixing the editing is so spontaneous and fun with this little guy!ReplyCancel

  • Helena - August 13, 2012 - 1:40 PM

    Ooh, I love this! I’m so tempted to get one of those cameras. I’ve recently been messing around with disposable cameras because I love having physical pictures (and, apparently, I hate the earth because disposable cameras are terrible). Perhaps it’s time to upgrade!

    I also love that you keep them displayed. That is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • caroline - August 13, 2012 - 11:57 PM

    something about instant cameras gets to me. I don’t own the instamax but I’ve played with it many times and I guess it’s that perfect sized photo and instant gratification that makes it all that much more fun. & what a smart way to showcase those photos. I have tons of polaroids and izone pictures (remember those?) that just sit in a box. how fun it’d be as a visitor to sit and flip through all those pictures. smart!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 14, 2012 - 4:32 PM

      Caroline, oh my gosh, I never had the izone camera, but I remember wanting one! Too funny!ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - August 14, 2012 - 5:44 PM

    This was the only thing I asked for for Christmas this year, and it’s so fun! I keep my photos in a grid under the glass-top Ikea desk I have in my office, but I love that you guys keep them in a container like that. So cool!

    I’ve been meaning to print some of my Instagram photos for months now. I need to get on that.ReplyCancel


Office Cupcakes

I’ve told you before that being home most days can be a funny, strange thing. I’ve been slipping from my hot-red lipstick routine a bit (I blame an abnormally warm summer for this), but I’ll never stop getting a kick out of Jack’s peanut butter eating, lip-smacking silliness.

Yes, I love being my own boss (the hardest one I’ve ever had, really), but there have been times that I really miss being around co-workers. Um, people co-workers. My boy, Jack, and his kitty sisters are great company – and I often kiss them throughout the day for “good luck” (Good luck kisses!, I say) – but when I’m being annoying, I wish they’d tell me. Or if they find my outfit especially flattering (or not), or if the tag on my tee is hanging out, I want them to say so. Or if I’ve just had a great idea, I wish they’d let me know that, too.

To remedy this, I’ve been trying to run more errands in the middle of the day. Scott has to remind me to do so – get out of the house!, he tells me. It’s good to see the sun (who knew?), and after all these years living in Chicago, I still love seeing so many people on the sidewalks, running their errands, at every hour of the day.

When my mind starts wishing for past, easier bosses (who knew I’d ever call them easy!) and co-workers I barely knew, it’s been a long week. Because even on so-called tough days (perhaps my accounting isn’t lining up, or my shipping supplies have just run out or I’ve about had it! with my writer’s block), I enjoy my work – and yes, I very much love my fuzzy companions at the studio. And when I’m feeling generous, I’ll reward them with belly rubs and spoonfuls of peanut butter. It’s my version of bringing cupcakes to the office.

Have a happy, sweet weekend!

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  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - August 10, 2012 - 8:18 AM

    Well, I can’t see the video because my company likes to block any and all streaming (and social media and anything related to wine). So maybe you can count that as another perk of your solo gig: internet freedom ;)
    Also, I’m sure you have lots of us “virtual coworkers” who peek in and say “hi!”
    I hope you’re having a great day. Yay Friday!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 8:55 AM

      Heather, you couldn’t be more right – my virtual co-workers are awesome, and your “hellos” really, really make my every day!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - August 10, 2012 - 9:06 AM

    I love doing this to/for my little pup as well! Dog’s tongues are seriously bizarre to me! Don’t let working at home get you down… every job, every where, has a slump but you’ll get through it with new routines :)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - August 10, 2012 - 9:45 AM

    THAT VIDEO IS FREAKING HILARIOUS! hahahahahaha. And Jack’s big ol’ tireless tongue scares me. YIKES! hahahaReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 10, 2012 - 9:50 AM

    Jillian, ha, I love you!ReplyCancel

  • emily @ the happy home - August 10, 2012 - 12:10 PM

    he is sooo cuuuuuuute. my fiance is the “work from home” half of our tag team, and his co-workers are a pitty and a chow chow. sometimes, i get really jealous of the fact that if he hits a block in his work, he can just get up and throw the tennis ball for the dogs for 20 minutes to loosen up the nuts & bolts! i love your idea of running errands in off-peak, midday hours. might start doing that myself in the office!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - August 10, 2012 - 5:49 PM

    Dog + PB is some of the best entertainment, ever. Dante trying to wrap himself in a blanket is something I never get tired of (and should really film one of these days!). My photog friends that do it full time feel the same way you do, and have created kind of a network so that they have someone to go to lunch with or grab coffee during the week, so they get out of the house too! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katharine - August 11, 2012 - 12:15 AM

    I can completely relate!! There are days when I realize that I’ve gone 10 hours without speaking to a single human being (but have had a few intense conversations with Zoe).

    P.S. I LOVE Jack!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - August 11, 2012 - 8:31 AM

    To those bosses that nix streaming videos, limit social media, etc., I say “iPad!” Seriously, is there anything more fun than watching cutie Jack slurp peanut butter? What a fabulous way to start out the weekend! Thanks for sharing the smile, Kim.ReplyCancel