What Happened to the Wonder?

Happy Thursday!

Yep. Thursday. Thats right, that means it’s almost Friday…. (cue some sort of happy music)

Today I have been a little insightful. Who would have guessed that a Thursday would make me think about life.

Awhile back, when I was living abroad, I created notes on Facebook being all insightful and deep. Yeah, doesn’t happen too often now, but looking back at these notes got me thinking…. Here is one of the little blurbs I wrote as a highschooler: What Happened to the Wonder?

“I wondered today, what was it like when I heard thunder for the first time. I thought, as babies, we have no idea what this monstrous sound coming from the sky is. And rain? Water falling from the sky. Think about it. ITS CRAZY!!!! The natural wonders of the world seem so everyday to us. What happened to the wonder? Why is it that snow and rain have become a hassle rather than a blessing? Maybe thats why kids have so much fun. They still have the wonder of rain and snow. They see it as an amazing miracle that is bestowed upon them. Why cant we keep this wonder as adults too? Maybe then we might enjoy life more.”

For real everyone. Why have we stopped being curious about the world? It makes you wonder how much happier we would be if we held onto that wonder and and amazement. I challenge you all… take a moment sometime this upcoming weekend to explore, be curious, and take risks! Act like a kid! Run through the rain (if applicable), explore somewhere you have never been, or even just take the long way to work (or wherever you are going) to admire the beauty around you. Take a moment to enjoy and experience your surroundings!

(my adorable nephew enjoying a moment up north at our cabin)

We are magnificent people and humans, just by being. Don’t settle for information. Strive for experiences!

You will never know everything, so why not try and explore and experience everything while you can?

Sorry for getting all “motivational speaker” on you all…just some thoughts running through my head today.

Hope you are all enjoying your week and have a marvelous weekend! I would love to hear all about your adventures!

‚̧ Amy

Anywhere but here…

During summer, really the only place I want to be is anywhere but Phoenix. With consistant temperatures above 105 it’s pretty miserable.

I got the chance to travel with a high school-age choir from my parents church. We went all over Southern California, where the girls preformed their show, served the homeless, and spread the love. Of course we ended at Disneyland… just had to! Here are some of my favorite moments I captured from our little trip ūüôā

New Digs

So I feel awful that I haven’t been on in awhile! Wedding season has taken over!

I am happy to say I finally got moved into my adorable studio/guest house, and am so excited to show you all a few of my favorite details. It seems when I moved in, I had all my little details put together and in their spot before anything else. I will say I finally did buy some silverware! Progress. ūüôā My Place may be tiny, but I am determined to make it adorable.

Enjoy!

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‚̧ Amy

Social Station! Your new best friend

Some of you may know, I recently have been working my little bum off to promote the next best thing for events in Phoenix! As a joint venture between Ventola Photography and Largo Photography, we bring you….The Social Station!

This sexy little number is not your run of the mill photo booth. It’s our take on photo booth fun, mixed with socializing.

Not to make this a total self-promotion post, which it is, but I would like to just get the word out about this amazing product, that all you Phoenicians should know about/utilize!  Find more info at www.yoursocialstation.com or email me at yoursocialsales@gmail.com!

‚̧ Amy

Going on a Vintage Hunt: Etsy Obsession

Who doesn’t love some great vintage finds? ¬†I could spend all day at thrift shop or vintage stores even just looking at everything! Today I¬†stumbled¬†upon something amazing! ¬†Aiseirigh Vintage¬†is this great collection of some adorable vintage pieces. I’m talking 22 pages of vintage wonderfulness….I couldn’t even make it through them all!

What I love most about this shop is that she took the time and care to do some beautifully styled shoots with some of her pieces. Sometimes shots of pieces on dress forms are just great and all you need (and she does have a lot of those, and they are wonderfully done!), but these romantic shots take it above and beyond, drawing me in that much quicker. Take a look at these breath taking photos by Purple Tree Wedding Photography.

1960s Crocheted Mod Wedding Dress-$325

1970s Prairie Strapless Dress- $202

Vintage grunge floral 90s babydoll dress- $225

Vintage 1970s Mini Buttercream Dress- $202

Now check out some of these other awesome finds in her shop! Only a small sample of my loves in this shop!

1960s Mod Nautical Dress- $88

Nautical Vintage 1950s Anne Fogarty of Sakfifth Avenue Dress- $202 

1960s Mod Cocktail Dress-$145

1950s Vintage Wedding Dress- $888

Vintage 1950s Coral Novelty Circle Skirt- $1557

And in the spirit of me yearning for fall and winter……

Vintage 1950s  Wool Saks Fifth Avenue Tan Peacoat- $485

Don’t forget! Friday is the deadline for the Lace Shift Dress giveaway! Enter HERE!

‚̧ Amy

100th Post: A Sparkle Affair + a Giveaway!

So it’s finally here! Number 100 has arrived and it’s bigger and ¬†more awesome than I had imagined!

You might remember our post a few weeks back giving you a glimpse at the new Katie Jean photoshoot that we did along with our friend Kym Ventola of Ventola Photography. She did such an AMAZING job with these photos and we just love her and her work! A great thanks to Kym, Rachel Wegehaupt (our model, actually featured on one of the very first posts) and Paige Ashcroft (hair and makeup) for making this shoot so fun and great!

We also have some brand new designs that we are introducing for the first time! So exciting!

So not only are we here to showcase the new photos and new designs, but also to introduce a very special Katie Jean Giveaway! One of our most popular styles, the Lace Shift Dress , (example pictured below) is up for grabs!

How to Enter 

1) Like ktjean designs on Facebook HERE

¬† ¬†2)Follow this blog with WordPress or Bloglovin’ ¬† or even via email

There are many ways you can enter and chances for multiple entries as well!

Additional Entries: (post each entry in a comment below so we can keep track)

– Follow ktjean designs on Pinterest HERE

– Follow me on Pinterest HERE

– Follow ktjeandesigns on Twitter HERE and tweet this: I just entered to win an amazing Lace shift dress from @ktjeandesigns!

– Share the link to this post on Facebook and tag Ktjean Designs

– Add Katie Jean Designs to your favorites on Etsy HERE

– Leave a comment on this post about your favorite dress from Katie Jean

For each entry, leave a comment on this post saying “I just followed Amy on Pinterest” or “I just added Katie Jean to my favorites on Etsy” ¬†etc.

Please put these in separate comments so I can count each entry separately. So that ton of different ways to obtain entries and have a greater chance in winning yourself a great custom Lace Shift Dress!

The deadline for all entries is 11:59pm on August 31st so get crackin!

So enjoy the photos and I can’t wait to see who wins! ¬†Don’t forget to tell your friends!

First up one of our new designs! The Ami dress is a new twist on the sleeved lace dress also recently introduced.  If you are interested in this dress send us a message on Etsy! Otherwise it will be listed in Etsy soon!

Our other new design is a sparkle skirt we like to call the Ava! This will also be listed in Etsy shortly. The lacy tank top is also available to order!

And now for the rest of  the wonderful pieces from Katie Jean! Enjoy!

Thanks again Kym for your amazing work! We LOVE working with you!

All photos courtesy of Ventola Photography

Behind the Scenes of a Katie Jean and Ventola Photography shoot…aka The morning of amazing creativity

So as you may have seen either on Facebook, Instagram, or here, Katie Jean teamed up with our great friend (and my other employer) Kym Ventola of Ventola Photography on Sunday for a new product shoot! We had so much fun with our friends Rachel Wegehaupt and Paige Ashcroft creating this wonderful creative atmosphere to display some old and new items from Katie Jean. ¬†Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming shoot from Ventola Photography and Katie Jean!

A friend of Katie’s making us some make-shift confetti!

We all had so much fun! Can’t wait for you all to see the wonderful pictures!

‚̧ Amy

It’s official…I need to be this man’s friend!

Bill Cunningham is probably one of the most inspiring and interesting people ever. I recently watched a documentary called¬†Bill Cunningham New York.¬†This 80 -something¬†man, roams the streets of New York, on a bicycle, taking pictures. Pictured of shoes, hats, legs, … Continue reading

GET EXCITED! Please. 100 Layer Cake Bridal Giveaway!!

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100 Layer Cake, the amazing wedding blog, is featuring a giveaway in partnership with Ouma, Mignonne Handmade, And Katie Jean Designs! Katie Jean and Ouma are each giving away $250 gift cards to their shops! And to top it off, … Continue reading