TGIF GOODIES | Pick Your Giveaway! + Polka Dots + Yummy Pretty Styling Props That Cost Next to Nothing!


So it’s late Friday afternoon and I’m about to hold a giveaway [the giveaway's up! ENTER HERE] but I need your help choosing what to giveaway — fret not, all will be revealed… but in other news first – anyone else F’ing obsessed with polka dots right now?

I got these shorts from Madewell over the weekend, I think they’re perfect for Alt Summit:


I’ve gathered up a few fun things since then, actually… which means it’s Pick Your Giveaway time!  

Let me know in the comments which of these two items below you’d prefer for the giveaway:

  1.  Rifle Paper Co. gold foil notecard set (8 blanks, 4 styles); OR
  2.  the bakers twine + gift tags set

Honestly I don’t know which one I’d choose, they’re both spectacular and I’ll forever rue the day I gave either of them away.

Part II: Summertime Fun with Pretty Cheap + Pretty Awesome Props!  

The swimsuit portion of today’s summer shoot by Limelife Photography can be blamed for stoking the polka dot embers of my at this point full-blown addiction to stuff with polka dots all over it.  It’s one of my healthier addictions tho so I’m not concerned.  But yo- can you believe Courtney of After the Engagement, the planner and stylist, picked up most of these things from Le Target?  I really try to resist going there too often but occasionally it’s IMPOSSIBLE to resist.  Especially if you have a summer shoot coming up and you need a polka dot swimsuit, pretty heart shades, neon pop bangles, a kiddie pool, funny swim floaties, sparkly golden earrings, popsicle forms, and his entire outfit…

^ That shot is magnificent.

From Courtney, the super thrifty polka dotted beauty above:

Collaborating with Limelife Photography on this shoot was so much fun.  They came to me with the idea of doing a fun summer anniversary photo shoot with a kiddie pool, blow up pool toys, and popsicles.  I always wanted to participate in a lake shoot, and thought that Poway Lake would be the perfect location for this.

I’ve never seen an engagement or anniversary or trash the dress shoot shot at a lake, especially not in San Diego, where we are more known for our beaches than lakes.  There is so much gorgeous scenery here, and there is just something special about bringing some fun props and bright colors to an everyday location such as this.  I am a huge proponent of accessories, so I knew that the sunglasses, jewelry, and headband would be just as important as the location.  

I found the sunglasses, jewelry, and Garret’s clothes at Target, and the huge floral headband was made by Bitty Baby Bands for the shoot.  I’m obsessed with Target, and could literally design a whole shoot around a shopping trip there.  I made the popsicles, and picked up the glass bottled cokes as a last minute addition.  I think of everything as an accessory- down to the drinks or food in a styled shoot.


Ok now it’s time to pick your giveaway!

  1.  the gold foil notecard set (8 blanks, 4 styles); OR
  2.  the bakers twine + gift tags set

Let me know your fave in the comments.  Once it’s clear which of the 2 you guys prefer, I’ll hold the giveaway in my Open Letter to ABC’s The Bachelorette, a post that is *this close* to being complete (thanks, perfectionism)!!

xo Alison

photography: Limelife Photography / planning & styling: Courtney of After the Engagement / hair flower: kristina tsiros, bitty baby bands / makeup artist: Gerine Coronado, Beauty By Gerine / props + threads: Target!

Label(s): Contests + Giveaways, {Engagement}, {Inspiration Shoot}

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  1. Laura Lynn on May 31, 2013

    Well since I didn’t win the powerball I think winning these babies will be a close second. Yes I am comparing hundreds-of-millions to awesome sauce stationary!!!!! I pick number one!

  2. love always here

  3. aimee steckowski on June 1, 2013

    wicked, wicked cool photoshoot LimeLife — loving the props!!

  4. Emilie on June 1, 2013

    The baker’s twine and gift tags is my favorite option for the giveaway ;)

  5. Alyssa Salter on June 1, 2013

    I totally am digging’ the stationary. And that shoot is so cute!!!!

  6. Nell Roberts on June 2, 2013

    One of the best styled shoots I’ve seen in a long time!

  7. Samantha Brooke on June 3, 2013

    I love both but #2 would definitely be useful for DIY crafts!

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  8. Danielle on June 3, 2013

    I one one thing in my life, a years supply of Perrier. I was so elated and over the moon, I handed them out to friends and strangers, the supply only lasted 4 months. If I won the Rifle Paper Co. gold foil notecard set, everyone will be getting letters from me in the mail this time! <3

    • Danielle on June 3, 2013

      *won (oops I was too excited when typing the above) :)

  9. Lena on June 3, 2013

    That shoot is so crazy adorable–and now I want a popsicle!

  10. rongrong on June 5, 2013

    You look so happy, I would like that

  11. MarylrubyUK on June 21, 2013

    both of you looking very happy ……… ya exactly couple look like that forever
    an awesome wedding videography just visit Moving Presentations London UK site

  12. frye boots sale on August 15, 2013

    I love both but #2 would definitely be useful for DIY crafts!
    Thanks for this opportunity!


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