Sweet baby boy :) Happy 7 Months!!

My my…the months have been FLYING by! How did my tiny little baby boy grow up SO fast?!? Happy 7 Months sweet boy…mommy loves you very much! You are the most amazing thing ever!!

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A collaborative effort :)

One of my most favorite things to do is to collaborate with other creative people. I whole-heartedly believe that two minds are MUCH MUCH better than one. πŸ™‚ So, with that – I was able to work alongside one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world!! Please allow me to introduce you to a beautiful woman – Meet Haddis Cristina Gammage

This beautiful lady is first known as my good friend and second as an amazing stylist and make-up artist! I was honored to be able to do her personal headshots last year (photo above) and THIS year, she extended a huge favor to me! I have been wanting to collaborate with her for quite some time and last month we put our skills together to work on a shoot! Cristina lent me her amazing styling skills and make-up artistry for a shoot that I did for myself (for my own portfolio as well as for my accessory line). We met on a beautiful day to brainstorm some ideas – I mainly had one idea…BOHO CHIC πŸ˜‰ and we rolled with it! We were incredibly blessed to work with a beautiful model – our gorgeous muse for the day was Miss Alex Kerfoot…a 16-year-old model-in-the-making πŸ˜‰ <—at least if Cristina and I had anything to do about it! LOL!

The following are some tiny sneak peaks of this beautiful shoot. I am nearly finished editing the photos (honestly…very VERY little was done to edit/retouch these photos – Cristina & Alex both deserve the credit for that!!)

Lastly PLEASE if you enjoy Cristina’s work…please visit her Salon in Gilbert, AZ called SALON ALLEGRA (we are in the works to get her up online) – until then, here’s her #602-705-7941 or e-mail her at hcstylist@yahoo.com – you will not regret calling her!!! πŸ™‚

❀ you Cristina!!

Onto the photos πŸ™‚

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31 Bits

I wanted to share an amazing site that I am fully supportive of! This year, I wanted to use my blog more as a place where not only I will share my own personal creativity – but that of others, and in this case not only creativity, but creativity for a cause. Please visit 31 Bits click hereΒ to visit their website. 31 Bits uses fashion and jewelry to help displaced women in Uganda earn an income, provide for their families, and learn a trade. I am ALL about their mission (and was toying with a very similar idea a few years back with some women in the Philippines) – so this cause is very near and dear to my heart. All of their jewelry is 100% recycled – which makes it even more awesome! Some of their pieces can be found in shops around the country, or you can host your very own house party showcasing their jewelry, mission, and stories. So please do visit 31 Bits and tell your friends about it! ❀ Sarah Bel

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First post of 2011

I haven’t been silent for no reason…in fact, I have been silent for one very incredible reason. A reason, I will in no way, shape, or form apologize for πŸ™‚ Here is my reason:

Meet Jack Benjamin Gray – our amazingly beautiful little boy. He was born 10/11/2010 at 4:32 pm – after a very short labor (my water broke at 9am, we were at the hospital and I was in bed by 10am, contractions started, epidural was put in place around 11:30, pushing began at 1pm – halted for about 45 mins since my Doctor was on the other side of town – haha :), then after a couple hours…our gorgeous 8lb 7oz miracle was born).

So, long story short…my silence has been due to the fact that for the past five months – my husband and I have been relishing every single moment raising and loving on our son. Parenthood is, in short, pretty amazing! We have been through the sleepless nights (seems like only yesterday) – and now we’ve settled into a nice routine. He’s a wonderful baby – always happy, always ready to smile and laugh, never too fussy (he only whines or cries if he really needs something πŸ™‚ ie: I’m dirty, I’m hungry, I’m tired, I’m bored…seriously πŸ™‚ And all in all – we have been blessed with an amazingly beautiful child. Sometimes I sit here and watch him sleep or play or laugh and coo and I think to myself…’I cannot believe he’s really mine!’

So, there you have it – yes, I will be back to blogging what randomness I have for the day, sprinkled with some great photos and or musings I have about life as a mom, and of course more of my creative projects (photography, art, jewelry making, etc), and the occasional rant or rave about any particular subject. For now, I simply leave you with one of my favorite photos from the past five months πŸ™‚

Jack at 3 weeks πŸ™‚

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it’s HERE! it’s HERE! it’s FINALLY HERE!!!!

What you ask???

THIS AMAZING THING!!! πŸ™‚ THE NIKON D700 and the full outfit I wanted for it (for now, haha) – it’s finally here and complete and my heart is swollen with happiness! You can call me silly, but I’m really excited to get to learning my new camera, lenses, and all it’s bells and whistles. I rented this camera a few times in the past for various photo shoots – to be SURE that this was the one I wanted and to be sure that I could handle a piece of equipment as big and expensive as it is (my armΒ  muscles are gonna rock after a few shoots! lol), and indeed I am completely and totally happy with this upgrade! So, I’m looking forward to learning all about it and capturing more new memories!!!! πŸ™‚

TAA DAA!!

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A quick little update and a fun photo-giveaway

Hey guys! So, again it’s been a while since I’ve been on here – anyhow, I just wanted to post a quick update on life…first of all, please check out my new website (things are STILL in the works, but I’ve got a little thing going on, and I’d love to hear some feedback).

Second, on the site – you will notice that I’m running a new SUMMER Photo Promotion – 10% off your session if you book between JULY 1st and SEPTEMBER 1st. That’s off ANY of the photo sessions (excluding weddings). I know it’s CRAZY hot here right now, and it’s probably the last thing on your mind to go traipsing around taking photos in the 100 degree weather – but to try and save you a little moolah – I thought I’d run a little special. The fall and winter months get booked up pretty fast (with people getting ready for Christmas Cards), so take advantage of the promo and you’ll get a great deal and some fun pics too!

And lastly – another photo-giveaway is in the works for the Summer months. If you go to my site under the CONTACT page and fill out your info…the first TWO blog readers that e-mail me with the promo code JUNEBLOG in the comment field will receive a FREE 60 minute photo session !! Your session will include sitting fees for up to 4 people, a print release, and a disk with 30-40 high-res photos for your viewing pleasure! πŸ™‚

So, mosey on down to my website and check out www.sarahbelgray.com

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An “age-appropriate” fashion post

Hey blog readers! Today’s post comes to you via some questions I’ve had coming in from friends about what is appropriate to wear for their age-range. I thought I’d break it down in decades, and use the same ‘basic’ pieces to serve as a base for each outfit. Today’s basics are jeans and a white button-down. There are about thousands of styles and types of each of these pieces…and the following are some outfits I put together which showcase those two pieces along with some various accesories to help you decide how to dress your age. Every woman, at every age, can be fashionable and trendy and yet age appropriate all at the same time. Hope this helps when your out on your next spree! E-mail me with questions or suggestions for future blogs!

TEENS: Teenage girls have ALL the right to try the latest trend and run with it! That’s the beauty of being a teenager. πŸ™‚ So, in your teens go for a look that’s more trendy and up-to-date…straight off the manequin at your favorite store and accessorize with bright, bold colors. I chose to suit my trendy teen in a pair of gray-ish acid wash shorts and topped it off with a slouchy button-down with a statement tee underneath. Layering is your friend, so try it out! Shoes and baubles are bright and loud just like the rocker chick you are – and a smaller cross-body purse is perfect for all your essentials! πŸ™‚

TWENTIES: In your twenties, there’s a lot of leway to continue on the trendy train πŸ™‚ however, with a more sophisticated vibe. I outfitted this fashionista in a pair of slimming and body hugging dark-washed jeans that sit right at her hip-line.Β  Topped off with a beautiful floral and lace cami and a comfy button-down. Her shoes are retro 40’s looking Louboutins so they have a throwback vibe with a modern twist. Her color palette is a lot more subdued than the gal in her teens, but her accessories are still trendy and up-to-date, just a bit more sophisticated. Her purse is another vintage type item – yet the whole look still screams young, hip, and ultra modern.

THIRTIES: The time for an all-over trendy look is officially out for the more mature woman in her thirties. This does not by any means say that it’s time to throw on the mom jeans and frumpy looks. Absolutely not…the woman in her thirties has so much more fashion to play with and in most cases can spend a little extra dough on her clothing to get better quality pieces that will last a life-time. She’s wearing a great pair of straight-legged dark washed jeans. Skinny jeans and jeans tattered with holes should be donated to your little sister by now. A killer pair of straight-legged jeans will make you look longer, leaner, and more put-together. The rise on your jeans now should be more mid (around 2-3 fingers lower than your belly button) this helps flatten your tummy and avoids any possible panty peek-a-boos when you’re bending down to pick up your little one. Also, a side note…it’s time to start wearing ‘women’s’ sizes now – if your pants are labeled with an ODD numer (1, 3, 5, etc) those are “junior” sizes – EVEN numbered sizes (0, 2, 4, 6) are considered women’s sizes, which you should now be wearing 100% of the time. These are cut more appropriately for a woman’s shape!! πŸ™‚ The blouse I chose for a gal in her thirties is less form fitting and flows away from the mid-section and instead of layering underneath – we’re now layering over your blouse with a navy cropped blazer that hits right at your hip. Your accesories are much more sophisticated now, a colorful clutch, a gold and precious stoned ring, a great pair of designer glasses, and a bright shoe will take your look and bring you more modern. The way to stay on trends when you’re in your thirties is to do it through your accessories. Stick to more classic cuts when it comes to your clothing, but feel free to experiment away with your accessories!!

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FORTIES and Beyond: The mature fashion-forward woman is on the rise! Women in their forties and beyond still want to dress like the age they feel and I’m ALL for it! This woman however is not about the trends or about the fleeting moments in fashion. A classic lady all the way – she screams put-together and well versed in fashion. Her look is always clean and sophisticated. Her jeans are, like the gal in her thirties, a great pair of straight-legged jeans – however with the rise up to her natural waist. Her blouse flows gracefully away from her not-so-favorite parts of herself, and she’s chosen a great berry colored jacket to top off her look. The quality of her clothing is much higher than every before, beacause she enjoys the comfort and the life-span of each piece. She doesn’t shy away from bright colors as you can see by her killer yellow-leather purse, but the style is more appropriate for a woman her age. Her accesories are minimal, yet each one still has a purpose to her look. She’s polished and put-together and every other gal respects her for her great fashion sense. πŸ™‚

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