Recently I was given the opportunity to try on and shoot some amazing gowns from one of the leading retailers in Bridal A & Bé Bridal Shop. Needless to say I was blown away by all of their different selections of brands from Rue De Seine, Made with Love, Rish Brial, Galia Lahav, Hayley Paige just to name a few!
Being that I had recently been engaged to be married myself this was an absolute dream come true and perfect timing to start narrowing down my dream dress for my big day. A & Bé Bridal Shop is SO accommodating with which dresses I want to try, and if one of their 6 locations doesn’t have a certain gown, they do everything they can to get that gown sent to the store for you to try.
Below are some images from a shoot we did last fall in Death Valley. Man was I lucky to have such an incredible team to work with on this day. We endured 2 days of 115 degree weather, 4AM call times and lots of hiking to get these perfect shots. Hope you enjoy!
Stay tuned for my personal wedding dress hunting experience with A & Bé Bridal Shop.
xx Mad Maven
Wedding Gowns: A & Bé Bridal Shop
Photography: Dillon Ivory
Floral Design: Tess Made
Videography: Audrey Alba Films
Groom: Mark Daoust
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of host 12 of my favorite ladies to a day full of pampering and treats. Rumba Time was kind enough to treat us all to a manicure and pedicure as well as an amazing day with good people, sweet treats, wine, and best of all these beautiful new Rumba Time collection of watches and sunnies. The nail salon was Tenoverten at Platform in Culver City. This super cute boutique nail salon uses all non toxic polishes and products to assure a chemical free experience. Needless to say we were all in heaven! Unfortunately due to me hosting this event as well as getting my nails done I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I had planned, but here are a few below to showcase some of the product. I also pulled a few photos offline to show you just how cute Tenoverten is as well. Again a Huge thank you to Rumba Time and Tenoverten for having us and to all the ladies that put aside their crazy blogger schedules to come be there with me. SO MUCH FUN! I can’t wait until the next one!
xx Mad Maven
Rumba Time IG: @Rumbatime
Tenoverten IG: @Tenoverten
Before I re-cap all of my exciting Coachella adventures, i’d like to start with the opening of my Coachella weekend, My Ride to Coachella. I teamed up with this new amazing bus company called “Skedaddle”. They picked me up in LA at the end of my street and took me to The ACE Hotel where I was staying in Palm Springs. Basically you sign up and create your route on their website of where you want to go, usually if it’s something thats already an event like Coachella, it will be pre listed on the site. So you choose your location and destination like normal, and it creates a personal route for you to get to where you’re going! it’s so cool! and SO inexpensive. The bus that picked me up early Friday morning was a personal mini bus with about 5 rows of seating. I walked on, there was a VERY friendly driver and there was already Coachella music playing on the bus! Which made me very excited to get to where I was going. I said hello to the other 7 passengers on this particular ride and walked to the back where I had an entire long seat to myself! I couldn’t believe it! I was able to lay down and rest the whole ride! The entire bus had tinted windows that stretched along both sides, so you can imagine the desert view was just stunning. The ride was quick, safe, clean and so fun and relaxing at the same time! I would DEFINITELY get a group together next year to take Skedaddle to Coachella. My only real complaint was that the website be a little more user friendly. Some things weren’t as clear or obvious to me as a new user, but I guess thats something they can work on and fix. Also some of the email reminders were a little confusing as to where they were actually going to be picking me up, but the staff was so helpful and so kind, so the difficult part wasn’t very difficult for long. I look forward to working with Skedaddle again in the future! Maybe my next road trip to some remote cool shoot location… the possibilities are endless.Thanks Skedaddle!
Photographer: Champagne Cochran
Recently I had the pleasure of shooting some amazing gloomy beach day photos with Champagne in this super cute blushy salmon toned bikini from Somedays Lovin’, and can I just say i’m OBSESSED! Not only is this bikini completely flattering on the body, but it’s so comfy! I love a good high waisted bikini bottom, especially with a high cut hip line. It definitely helps elongate the legs if you’re a curvy woman like myself. Also this beautiful floral maxi cover up tied everything in just perfectly. What a beautiful day to shoot at the beach, even if the sun wasn’t present.
Recently I was fortunate enough to visit a new and hip little hideaway in Palm Springs with my three lady friends, it’s called “ARRIVE” and they just opened in February of 2016. Apart from the amazing location tucked away near the vast mountains of the desert, ARRIVE has all of the essentials a resort could ever need for customers to enjoy their stay without ever stepping foot outside the hotel.
Lets talk about the entrance, when you check in, you walk into what seems to be just the hotel bar, only to be greeted with a smile from the staff at the counter. Woah! the lobby IS the bar! not too shabby, check in, grab a cocktail and head on to your room. The room I stayed in was full of natural light, style and comfort. The interior was a southwest folk meets modern feel, there is free wifi, apple tv, direct tv and just about every single thing you could use to entertain yourself. The shower is a magical wet room with a rain shower head above. The king size bed was far more comfortable than I could have ever imagined.
What to do at ARRIVE. During the day what else would we want to do in Palm Springs on a warm desert day? Lay out at the pool of course!!! This (heated) pool is ALWAYS open to the public, which makes ARRIVE extremely friendly and welcoming to most anyone. The pool is a very large pool with sun bathing beds surrounding it. There are cabanas on a first come, first serve basis for free, for those who prefer less sun. They have bicycles on hand if you’re more the adventurous/active type, theres a section with bocce ball and ping pong tables as well. The pool side bar has cocktail service as well as food from “Reservoir” their in-house restaurant. The food is unbelievable! They have everything from tacos, to burgers, to hot chocolate! We ate there just about every meal of the day, and the kitchen stays open until 2AM! So after a fun night out in Palm Springs we came back, ordered some late night snacks and hopped in the hot tub.
Next morning. Wake up, and feel free to pop over to “Customs Coffee” ARRIVES in-house coffee shop! Where they serve organic coffee roasted by the local “Joshua Tree Coffee Company”. After taking a morning dip in the pool, enjoy breakfast at Reservoir! Aside from the rustic and beautiful decor, there are some MUST try items. The “Fried Chicken & Churros” “Acai Bowl” and the “Smothered Burrito”. Definitely pair those with a few mimosas and bloody mary’s of course!
Hanging by the pool and around the hotel was definitely SO much fun! ARRIVE offers giant gold blow up heart pool toys, (outside blowup pool toys are welcome!) Last but not least the “Ice Cream & Shop(pe)” also attached to ARRIVE they have several unique and classic flavors of ice cream to choose from along with every fancy ice cream topping you could imagine. Also found inside Ice Cream & Shop(pe) is a little gift shop with a bunch of quirky fun objects to purchase, I spent about 45 minutes just playing with all of the fun stuff.
Overall i’d rate ARRIVE the best new hip spot to hang in Palm Springs not only in the summer, but definitely in the fall/winter time. Follow ARRIVE on IG @arrivepalmsprings and stay tuned for some summer fun as they will be throwing some pretty rad events soon. Thanks ARRIVE! I can’t wait to come back.
First off, I’d like to say Happy Thanksgiving! November being my birthday month has always held a special place in my heart, and with that does Autumn. The colors changing in the trees, bright oranges, deep reds, and chartreuse yellow leaves with beautiful hints of brown weaved in between… the deep greens of holidays beginning to shine through. This inspired me to do a very warm and autumn toned theme to this editorial. This shoot is special to me, as I produced, styled, conceptualized and cried so many tears for this shoot. (this job gets stressful) haha, but also it’s special to me because it is the debut of my first real hat design collaboration with genius The Wise Hatter (Brandon Wise). Below is an array of colors, clothing, feels, and pilgrim like fashions, please take it all in and enjoy my little bit of autumn.
However you celebrate this season, make sure it’s with the people you love, give to those less fortunate, and tell a stranger hello, it really can make a persons holiday warmer. All looks can be shopped at the widgets below.
Photography: Stephen Paul Stocker
Hair Color: Anastasi Mortensen
Hair Cut: Kait Marie
I recently had the pleasure of shooting with such an incredible team for @freepeopleshowroom / @freepeople. @Champagneunicorns was the photographer, and @awildatheart did the styling. We also had amazing hats provided by @thewisehatter and @gladys_tamez_millinery. I hope you like the photos! All of these looks can be shopped below.