Define Being A “Mom”: Empowering & Sexy

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Good Afternoon Dolls! So, I have been contemplating whether or not I wanted to share these fun, insanely edgy, and sexy photos with you all! After all, I am mom. I was unsure if it would be appropriate or not? But, I started to think.. is that really the reason why I am avoiding sharing this shoot with you all?! No, its not. Honestly, I think to some degree.. I lacked the self confidence. Why? Well, becoming a mom is tough! It is not only challenging, but things change. I mean, lets face it.. you just grew a baby for nine months. Naturally, birthing your little one is one of the most beautiful and rewarding things. But, soon after you bring your little one home.. you cannot help but to be drawn to the mirror. You start to just stare, critique, over analyze, poke, and pull at the things that never once existed! You begin to reminisce about the girl you once were. Trust me, we all feel this way afterwards. It is normal. Now, I know everyone does not struggle with body image. But, more thank likely.. you are just a flat out liar. In most cases, all women are guilty of body shaming themselves.

Now before I move on, do not get me wrong! I felt absolutely AMAZING while pregnant. Honestly, I was so lucky and had such an easy pregnancy.. that I would have been perfectly fine with staying pregnant longer. I know everyone’s pregnancy experience is different. I also know there may be some women who will not be able to relate to this blog post. But, at the same time.. I hope this post ends up inspiring or reaching out to you all in some sort of way or fashion. So here it goes, the two words we all often use – “Mom Bod”. Oh, and the absolute worse – “stretch marks”! Seriously, I looked up every cream, oil, and remedy to avoid those little dreaded life changers. Oh, did I mention that there are many changes that come with becoming a Mom?! Haha. But, lets face it. It is the inevitable. It does not matter how many remedies you try or how much you lather yourself with over priced belly oils and lotion – you will probably still end up with them. Fortunately, they fade over time and you eventually learn to embrace them. After all, they are beautiful.. right?! You worked hard and you earned them. Not to mention, they become so worth it once you see the smile on your little one’s face. You cannot let them define you, but accept that they are just a small part in what you have accomplished. Now, that’s sexy!

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It is hard to explain, but there is something so sexy and empowering about becoming a first time mom. Like, at times I just think to myself.. “I’m a bad a** b*tch!” lol. It is so strange. You soon realize that all the initial insecurities you once had are irrelevant. I absolutely love being a Mom and my “Mom Bod”. Naturally, you will assume that your wardrobe will have to change. But, it does not have to! I have learned to embrace every single imperfection and curve! You soon realize that being a Mom is something to be honored and proud of! So, cheers to you. Now, go ahead.. be daring and celebrate your “Mom Bod” by wearing that sexy dress on date night or styling a fun photoshoot just because. After all, you are one bad a** b*tch! So, own it Mamma’!

P.S. – I must admit, I was a little nervous when asked to participate in this photoshoot. It was the first time being in front of the camera again. Not to mention, it was the first time shooting something like this since giving birth to my little boy. But, if you have the opportunity to do something like this – GO. FOR. IT! I had an absolute blast “bringing my sexy back”. Oh, and Brandi and Tregg sure know how to make a gal feel good about herself. I love you guys!

 

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XOXO, Britt

MUA & Stylist | Brand Zito

Photographer | 63Films

Venue | The Drifter Hotel

Baptism Celebration: May God Bless Avery James!

“For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.” 1 Samuel 1:27

Avery’s baptism was one beautiful day in which Gerard and I were surrounded by our dear family and friends! It was not only a special day for our little boy and the beginning of his relationship with God and the Catholic Church. But, it was also special because we would all be together at the very location where it all started. The moment where Gerard and I said, “I do”!

Baptism Venue | Holy Name of Jesus Church

Needles to say, I have been anxiously awaiting to share this beautiful celebration and all of the details with you. So, just scroll on down and take in all of this heavenly sweetness!

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I wanted the decor to be simple and elegant with a soft color palette consisting of white, ivory, pale blue, and some greenery. Not to mention, I planned this celebration at my house in less than a week considering my original plan did not work out as planned. However, I am completely in love with how it all turned out. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason!

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Now of course, it would not be a true Southern baptism without a seafood boil!

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My sweet boy had one lovely celebration! XOXO, Britt

Balloons | Bayou Balloons

Baptism Invitations | Lemon Grace on Etsy

Cake & Dessert Table | Chasing Wang

Florals | Christina O’Malley

Lollipops | Lolli Lollies on Etsy

Party Planner & Design | Yours Truly! 🙂

Photography | Theresa Elizabeth Photography

Mardi Gras: “Bites & Bubbly” Cocktail Party!

Hello Carnival People! I am “wildly” excited to share all of the special details about the bubbly popping cocktail party I just hosted celebrating my reign as Queen Morpheus XVI! I wanted to incorporate the Krewe of Morpheus’ parade theme, “Morpheus Goes Wild”, into all of the details of my party. At first, I found this theme to be a little bit challenging as I wanted to make sure I captured it perfectly and as elegant as possible. So, I had to really put some thought into every single detail. If you ask me, I totally succeeded! Hehe. What do you think?

So, it all started with designing the invitation. For some reason, this process always gets my mind going. I just loved the way they turned out! I thought they were regal, yet fun at the same time.

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Invitations | Cloud 9 Factory

I chose to host my party at Effervescence, which is an elegant champagne bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. Can you say FABULOUS?! Seriously, this beyond gorgeous space made planning my party even easier.

The venue was not only stunning, but the atmosphere and food was amazing as well. I was completely blown away! I had a variety of food selections which included Pommes Frites with Vandouvan Aioli, Cucumber Crudites, a Cajun Caviar display, a Briallat-Savarin Cheese Wheel, Royal Red Shrimp with Kaffir Aioli, Dry-Aged Prim Beef and Panisse Bites, Lobster and Avocado Lettuce Cups, and Wild Mushroom Vol-Au-Vent. Absolutely delicious! Not to mention, all of the food selections paired really well with a glass of bubbly.

Royal Red Shrimp w/ Kaffir Aioli | Lobster & Avocado Lettuce Cups

Oh, and speaking of bubbly! How fabulous are these gold, wild animal drink stirrers from Gnome Sweet Gnome on Etsy?! I loved how I was able to add this little wild detail to my party. Perfection.

Now, lets talk cake! How incredibly FABULOUS is this cake made by Nikki’s Frosted Fantasies? I had just the design in mind. And.. Nikki surely did not disappoint! I was looking for something simple, yet chic with a “wild” twist. She captured my vision just PER-fect-ly! I love every single detail. Like, who would have ever thought that the color black would be so “pretty”?! And.. just take a look at the marble detail on the middle tier along with the gold flaking throughout. I thought it all paired so well and complimented the selection of greenery and anemone florals. Not to mention, it tasted delicious. Seriously, this one takes the cake!

I also wanted to gift my guest with a little something to say, “Thank You”! So, for my party favors I chose Baby Champagne Bears from Sugarfina. I thought it to be only fitting! I finished this little gift off by styling them to coordinate with the party’s theme and decor.

I hope you love the party’s details as MUCH as I do! I had a blast celebrating my reign with all of my dear family, friends, and krewe members. If you happen to be in New Orleans on Friday, February 9, 2018, join in on celebrating Mardi Gras as the Krewe of Morpheus “goes wild” through the Big Easy. All Hail Morpheus! Cheers!!!

XOXO, Britt

Venue | Effervescence

Cake | Nikki’s Frosted Fantasies

Photography | Theresa Elizabeth Photography

Dress | Jovani 

Hair | Erin Richard

MUA | Jacky Martinez

Mardi Gras: Carnival Brownies!!!

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Hello Sweetness! As many of you know, it is “Carnival Time” down here in New Orleans! Not to mention,  Super Bowl LII is being celebrated today as well. Sadly, the good ole’ Saints did not make it this year. But, that does NOT mean there will be no celebration! Here, we celebrate everything. And.. that is why I LOVE the South!

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Anyways, I am attending a Super Bowl Sunday party at my friend’s house.. and did not want to show up empty handed. So, I put on my apron and started baking away. Since it is Mardi Gras, I thought it would be perfect to embrace it and throw together all shades of purple, green, and gold! Oh, and lets NOT forget the glitter – edible glitter. Hehe. Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy.

XOXO, Britt

Mardi Gras Sprinkle | Fancy Sprinkles Shop

Gold Edible Glitter | Bakers Bling Shop

Mardi Gras: Its Carnival Time!

Well, there is certainly MORE than one good thing about being a Southern girl from New Orleans! Where do I even start?! I would be here ALL day naming all of the fabulous things NOLA has to offer. More specifically, the holidays are not over after Christmas. Yep, that is right! “Its Carnival Ti-me!” Sure, go ahead and try to imagine me dancing around and singing – because that is exactly what I am doing right now! Hehe.

Now, trust me.. I go through an intense stage of mourning while taking down the tree and watching my husband remove good ole’ Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman from the front yard. Like, for whatever reason.. I CANNOT let it go! But as soon as I catch a glimpse of some royal purple, green, and gold.. I light up and suddenly have a smile from ear to ear. It NEVER gets old! Oh, and do not even get me started on king cake! GOOD-ness. My mouth is watering just thinking of all of the different varieties of king cake and delicious fillings.

Anyways, I have some BIG news! I am beyond thrilled to have the privilege of riding in a Mardi Gras parade this carnival season as a carnival queen. Yep, you heard right. It is with great pleasure that I formally announce my ascension to the throne as Queen Morpheus XVI. Naturally, a photo session was required. I mean who wouldn’t want to show off all of this bling?! Hehe. I chose my best gal, Theresa with Theresa Elizabeth Photography , to capture this special moment in time.

I am beyond honored and looking forward to this year’s upcoming carnival season. I hope for a safe, yet fun ride for all.. including my King, my court, myself, and all of my fellow riders as we celebrate throughout the city in true, carnival fashion on Friday, February 9, 2018! If you loved what you seen here, be sure to stay tuned as I will be posting about my queen’s party that I will be hosting this upcoming weekend. I cannot wait to share ALL of the details! It will be fit for a queen.. and sure to put you in a “bubbly” type of mood. 

I hope to see you all there as The Krewe of Morpheus “Goes Wild” and parades the streets of NOLA! Click here for the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule! #LaissezLesBonsTempsRouler

Xo, Britt

Make-Up Artist | Jacky Martinez

Hair | Chelsey Rae

Photographer | Theresa Elizabeth Photography

Dress | Jovani Fashions from The Red Carpet

King Cake | Hi Do Bakery

Venue | Il Mercato

Valentine’s Day: Cupid Approved Play Date!

Hello Love Bugs! I sure have a lot of sweetness for you. I love, love, love everything about Valentine’s Day! I just think it is such a cute, festive time for all of those who admire or deeply love someone. Obviously, my little boy is the king of “my” heart! So, I could not wait to share this holiday with him. I just love this little dude to pieces. I also enjoy dressing him up as MUCH as I can because one day I will not be able to do so. Like, the same day he thinks I am NOT cool anymore. Ugh. I am dreading that day by the way!

Anyways, I just adore the way this styled shoot turned out. I decided to celebrate the holiday with my sweet boy by baking some sweet, delicious treats for him. I also thought it would be a lot of FUN to invite over his precious friend, Grace, for a Valentine’s Day play date. I think it is pretty obvious that they both had a GREAT time! What do you think? I hope you are prepared for a sweetness overload!

Shop this look, here & here! | Shop Valentine’s Day suspenders, here!

I also picked up these adorable, yet affordable Valentine’s Day finds as well. Super cute! I paired it with a few warm accessories, since the weather has been a bit chilly. I like to make sure that Avery is not only the best dressed in his class, but also the most festive. Seriously, this little dude is bound to have all of the ladies falling head over heels in love with him this Valentine’s Day holiday! 🙂

Robot Romance Bodysuit, here! | Shop the rest of this look, here & here!

If you love what you see, I have provided a list of all of the other items pictured. Happy Valentine’s Day Loves! XOXO, Britt

Valentine’s Day Table Runner & Chairbacker | Pottery Barn Kids

Valentine’s Day Chairbacker Monogram | Monogram Express

Doughnut Floral Tower | Yours Truly

Valentine’s Day Heart Dress | Gap

Baby’s First Birthday Party: “Let the Wild Rumpus Start!”

Hello Sweet Mommies! If you are anything like me, your little one’s birthday party is so VERY important! Right?! Like, the moment I thought about my sweet little baby boy turning one.. I cried. And.. then I started planning his special celebration. I just knew it had to be PERFECT!

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Now, we shared a special celebration for my sweet Avery’s first birthday in August. So, this blog post is well overdue. However, life has been hectic and CRAZY! I am sure some of you all can relate. But, that is why taking photos of special moments like this is so GREAT. It is for those times when you want to look back and reminisce on precious moments to have as memories to cherish for a lifetime. So, if your little one’s special day is soon approaching or you just need some inspiration to spark your creative juices for an upcoming event, here is a little party inspiration.

Anyways, I am so excited to FINALLY have the chance to share this special day and all of the details! So, get READY for a ton of photos by the amazing Theresa Matherne with Theresa Elizabeth Photography. Theresa, you ALWAYS do such a wonderful job at capturing such precious moments throughout my family and I’s life! Trust me, there were so MANY cute moments from Avery’s first birthday.. that it was REALLY hard to narrow it down. I sincerely hope this blog post captures the festivity of the day.. and inspires you to get creative with your celebrations to come!

Banner | Wild Rumpus Boutique

If it is not clear, my son’s birthday party was inspired from the children’s picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. I just love this children’s book and its theme of mysterious, “wild things”. I thought it was a perfect fit for my little “wild thing”, Avery. I just thought it to be suitable! Like most, I had to have a pre-party photoshoot for my little guy that would get everyone excited about the upcoming event. I even made my little dude’s photoshoot smash cake all on my VERY own. For more photo’s of Avery’s “Where the Wild Things Are” photoshoot, click here.

So, for starters.. a party is NO party without fabulous invitations with cute wording that captures the theme! Like, seriously.. aren’t these invitations by Cloud 9 Factory on Etsy absolutely FABULOUS?! I just love collaborating with this creative gal. We just click! It is totally normal for us to get a little out of hand with our ideas. Nevertheless, the final product is ALWAYS so rewarding! I must say, I even blew myself away with these Pinterest worthy invitations. What do you think?

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Let The Wild Rumpus Start! Avery, King Of All Wild Things Is Turning One! Join us for a celebration and some mischief on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM! Please RSVP or We’ll Eat You Up!

I absolutely LOVE details! If you know me well, then you already know I am ALL about the details. So, I chose to add some festive ambiance to the fireplace with the photos from Avery’s “Where the Wild Things Are” photoshoot. I just thought it was a cute touch and a good idea of displaying his photos. Check it out!

Now, lets talk about this dessert table and backdrop. I mean, how insanely gorgeous are all of these desserts?! Like, my mouth is watering just looking at it. It was a definite that this table had to be nothing short of perfect. So, that is when I decided to have Sucré
create a cake, smash cake, and coordinating desserts to compliment the children’s picture book.

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The themed cake and dessert table was baked with every detail in mind and created by Chef Tariq and his amazing team of pastry chefs and artist. If you ask me, they did not disappoint and certainly captured it perfectly! From the strawberry cream cheese puffs with horns down to the mini cupcakes made to look like miniature versions of King Max’s crown, each and every dessert was created and inspired to capture some element from the children’s book. Oh, and lets not forget the assortment of tasty macaroons! Yum.

And.. some MORE goodies to “GNASH” your teeth into!!!

But, time for cake! Ya’ll.. this cake was E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!! I mean, it was so wonderful that I did not even want to cut it. Not only was it absolutely adorable, but it was tasty as well! I could sit here and go on and on about it. But, I think pictures speak more loudly than words. So, I will just leave this right here. Mic DROP!

Moss Cake Stand | Created by Me! 😉

Cookies | For the Love of Cookies

As for the dessert table backdrop, I did a little “DIY”. I hand painted and glued moss to each of these little wooden letters that read “Wild One”, which I bought from Michaels Craft Store. I also had my younger brother and a family friend help me with building the backdrop made out of dusty, old pallets that I gathered after our home’s garden was finished being installed. I mean, talk about #winning! Hehe. I then hot glued the moss covered letters onto the pallet wall and placed an assortment of grasses, other mosses, and green vinery throughout. I just love the finished product! Do you?

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I also hand painted signs to place throughout our home for the party. I did get a lot of my inspiration for these signs from Pinterest. I started by buying some plain wooden board signs from Michaels, paint pens, and chose some of my favorite quotes from the book. From there, I just started drawing away! I thought the sign below was a cute little detail to keep guest and any little “wild things” from going upstairs.

“Then far away across the world he smelled good things to eat!” Now, if you think the dessert table was nothing short of Ahhh-MAZING. Well, neither was my kitchen filled with hot and savory things to munch on! I loved working with Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering. If you think my creativity impresses you. Well, you have not yet met Kristin. She was AMAZING to work with! She was so helpful and took the time to listen to all of my ideas. I loved how she went above and beyond to name each individual food item after something inspirational in the book. If you do not believe me, just take a look for yourself. Warning!!! If you are hungry, I suggest you scroll on by VERY quickly.

Louisiana “Swamp” Meat Pies | Boudin “Bites”

Moss Ball | Assorted Salad Finger Sandwiches

Asher’s Fruit Bowl | Slider Station: Angus Burgers, Crab Cakes, & Cochon de Lait

Oh, and do NOT get me started on BJ’s “Sweet and Savory” Popcorn bar. I think this was the real hit with ALL of the kids at the party. Yep, that is right.. there was freshly popped popcorn accompanied by a variety of sweet and savory toppings which included assorted candies, chocolate pieces, and many more additional surprises!

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Refreshments served from a Rustic Pirogue

And.. we all know a house full of “Wild Things” deserves a specialty cocktail of some Sort. Like this wild juice called “Swamp Water”. How stinking cute is this drink??? I have to admit, this drink surely did have a kick and lived up to its name! But, it was a perfect way to top off a party. I think my guest would have to agree. Cheers!

Swamp Water Cocktail | Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering

In my opinion, a party is NO party without some fresh florals! I am a sucker for beautiful floral arrangements. Like, a total MUST or else. I wanted a whimsical, yet woodsy wildflower vibe. I felt like placing the florals in mason jars would give it a real masculine, yet rustic look. And.. I must say they turned out to be even more FABULOUS than I had expected. I have my talented cousin, Christina Williams McGrath, with Plantation Decor Inc. to thank for these little “WILDLY” cute arrangements!

And what would a party be without any photo props?! I just loved the way this photo prop turned out. Again, I have my younger brother and a family friend to thank for this also. I am too afraid to handle any type of tools or machinery that may consist of sharp objects! lol. However, it was fairly easily and all you need is a handy man or two, some wood, a hammer, nails, and some spray glue. I went online, found a cute photo, and ordered a large poster size off of Vistaprint. Super EASY.. and SUPER cute! I must say, this little cutie makes this photo prop even more cute. Would you just look at that smile!

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All of Avery’s party guest walked away with goodies as well! I created a table full of cute, little succulents from The Succulent Source. I just loved the way this table turned out! I loved all of the wild, but earthy elements that it brought to the party. I also paired it next to the same little teepee scene that I created for Avery’s “Where the Wild Things Are” first birthday photoshoot as well.

In my opinion, everything was absolutely perfect! Honestly, there is not one thing I would have changed. I am truly grateful for all of the family and friends able to come together and celebrate Gerard and I’s little boy! Again, I still cannot believe that I am the mother of a toddler. Seriously! How did this all happen so fast?!

I really hope you enjoy these photo from Avery’s “Where the Wild Things Are” birthday party! Again, thank you for subscribing. I truly hope you enjoyed this blog! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away! I would love for you to share your thoughts.
XOXO, Britt