Picture Time

It’s around this time of year that everyone starts taking family pictures in preparation for holiday cards. By the way, I love holiday cards and hope that people never stop sending them out (even though they probably will eventually because of the convenience and savings of doing them online)…but that’s a post for another day, I suppose.

Because I’m a crazy person, I start planning outfits for our family Christmas card photos loooong in advance. And thus, I’ve spent the last month or so hunting for the perfect dress for me to wear, and then everyone else’s outfits get planned around mine.

Through this hunt, I’ve found a couple new-to-me websites with some good choices. So I thought I’d share.

sailorette dress / gabrielle maxi // rest on your florals dress
komal dress // scenia dress // ruby dress
v-neck batwing sleeve dress // v-neck puff sleeve dress // floral lace scalloped hem dress

Between these three sites (and of course I looked at my normal stores as well), I found a lot of options, both casual and dressy. Some are more summery, but could instantly be “winterized” with some boots, tights, cardigans or scarves.

I ended up purchasing one from Tobi (and got 30% off when I signed up for free!), and am super happy with the dress. It’s great quality, exactly what the picture showed, and now I’m just hoping I can squeeze my post-partum body into it next month!

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  1. Leigh says:

    Thanks for sharing these new sites. I love the Sheinside lace dress…so classy! I always love checking out your blog πŸ™‚

  2. The best way to disguise a post-partum body is to hold your adorable baby πŸ™‚

  3. Erica Bellio says:

    My favorite of the ones you found are the v neck puff sleeve dress, so so cute! I am about to get one. I love the green dress too!

    your going to get me in trouble with the hubs! LOL


  4. what a cute selection of dresses! thanks for sharing!!

    im so ready to get back into the swing of (post-baby) shopping!


  5. Rachel says:

    Perfect timing for me πŸ™‚ I have a photoshoot next weekend and have been trying to figure out what to wear. The Sheinside website looks really interesting. I wonder what the quality is like because I can't believe that lace scalloped dress is so cheap! Thanks for sharing!

  6. sarah s. says:

    LOL.. I love that "everyone else's outfits get planned around" yours πŸ™‚

  7. Alba* says:

    Love the first one <3

  8. Sarah says:

    Can't wait to see what you picked out! I"m sure it will be fantastic and you'll look great! I am last minute and just now deciding what we should all wear for our family photos…

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Picture Time

On our first day in the Poconos, I mentioned we took some family photos. Since all of us are usually together only once a year, we have to take advantage of the opportunity and get a good photo for the family Christmas card. Yes, I had to photoshop everyone’s heads to get one photo where everyone was looking at the camera, smiling, standing up straight, and not blurry, but that’s beside the point.

Also, there are a billion more photos to go through and edit, but dude. My life is insane right now, and I’m lucky I got these two pulled into photoshop for a few touchups.

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Oh, and thank you to everyone who tuned into the BYU radio show yesterday! It was so fun to hear that some of you were listening! It was a bit of a shocker when I showed up and they told me their primary audience was middle age well-to-do men (the complete opposite of my target audience on this blog), and suddenly all my prepared notes were totally worthless; but the show went on, I babbled on for a minute about khaki’s and dark wash jeans, and hopefully all those silver foxes out there were satisfied. All of you? Were probably bored out of your minds. So sorry.

There’s quite a bit more to the story, but I’ll save that for another day. Because I think it deserves its own hilarious post.

Happy Wednesday!



  1. Ash says:

    Beautiful family picture! (You mean everyone didn't smile beautifully and correctly the first time? How atypical for family photo sessions! πŸ™‚

  2. Emily says:

    Beautiful family photo πŸ™‚

  3. jessiekays says:

    Your little one has such an adorable smile! He looks so happy.

  4. danab says:

    haha I thought my in-laws were the only people who photo shop heads to make the picture perfect! My family just goes with the idea that one screaming baby, or a 4 year old making a face, or grandpa blinking. . . gives the photo character ya know?

  5. The Packards says:

    You are just glowing! Great pictures!

  6. Packrat says:

    Wonderful pictures! Glad you survived the radio show. Would like to hear about it.

  7. Great pictures! It's always great to get these shots when everyone's together!


  8. Joeie says:

    Hi Merrick,

    I stumbled across your blog from a guestpost you did a while back on Audrey's "Putting Me Together" blog and I'm hooked!

    I love your refashions and your tutorials (though I know they must be time-consuming and a lot of work) are so thoughtfully written and helpful to baby sew-ers like myself.

    Your family is adorable πŸ™‚ and I'm definitely looking forward to your future posts. With another baby in tow though, things are probably going to get more hectic, so I hope you enjoy your time offline too!

    Thanks for blogging :).

    – joe

  9. Leanne says:

    You look gorgeous!!

  10. Naomi says:

    Your family is so beautiful!! And I never would have guessed you'd done photoshopping on the photos, they look great!

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