of the various professional hats i wear, perhaps my favorite is stylist. being able to dream up a concept and see it through just makes me happy. a few months ago, i was asked to lead the creative charge for a fun project...the your dream bridal lookbook. the boutique, owned by kick ass new mama malinda macari {who came to the shoot with her months old son}, is in sudbury and offers a unique selection of bridal dresses. malinda carries dresses that are 100% focused on the bride, designs that are stylish yet allow you to be yourself. designers include truvelle {an exclusive to the boutique}, azul by liancarlo, lea-ann belter, laudae and more. but the best part? your appointment is in a one-on-one setting {yes, as in the boutique is completely yours!} so you get malinda's complete attention. make sure to keep reading because she's hosting a trunk show this weekend!


the shoot was a collaboration in the best sense of the word...every area including photography, styling, florals, hair, makeup, video and more was covered {thanks to natalie from in good company} so we all felt taken care of and were able to truly focus on our respective talents. we bounced ideas off of each other and the end result was really special. i left the shoot feeling creatively energized and when beth sent over the final images, my jaw literally dropped. just take a look for yourself...


ok so are your or someone you know getting married? because malinda is hosting a trunk show from may 25-27 for her exclusive designer - truvelle, and she has a few appointment times remaining. brides will be able to CUSTOMIZE a bespoke dress made literally just for you. this is an opportunity that doesn't come along often and i can attest to the truvelle dresses being equally as beautiful in person as they look in photos! make your 90 minute private appointment today here.

and finally, i wanted to give a shout out to the stellar team of creatives who helped bring this shoot to life. 

photography / elizabeth laduca
creative direction + styling / mStarr design
bridal boutique / your dream bridal
florals / wild folk studio
rentals / kadeema rentals
hair / maricruz hairstyles 
makeup / glamour cosmetics
models / maggie agency
shoes / bella belle shoes
rings / e scott originals
video / stop go love 
pr / in good company



the last stop in the #farmhousedialfano glitter guide tour...max's room and our bedroom! the former is probably my favorite in the house, the latter is my least favorite.

i'm constantly making little changes to max's room! both for functional purposes as she gets older and design-wise {cuz i can't help myself}. it's a small space but a happy and bright one that's filled with a mix of sentimental keepsakes and new items. because it's so small, i wanted to make a statement but due to its size, felt the room couldn't handle too much on the walls. we painted it benjamin moore patriotic white which is actually a very soft pistachio color and went bold on one wall with anewall decor's oh deer mural. max loves animals and some of her favorites are all in the incredibly beautiful artwork.

above you can see a couple very meaningful additions to the room...a romper that i wore as a baby and max wore in her newborn shoot {framed by framebridge} and a framed bunny print that hung in my room as a child.

more sentimental additions above include a pair of my toe shoes that we used for max's 1st birthday party, the first piece of clothing i bought while pregnant, a vintage dress gifted to max, her very first briar bonnets, and an old edition of house at pooh corner. 

and now onto our bedroom! we have a few things working against us.

1/ it's a rectangle shape which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing BUT the bed can only go in one place {across from some built-in shelving} which means you walk directly into a bed corner every day. and the rectangle shape is awkwardly split by the bed and the door to the bathroom.

2/ besides a bed, we haven't bought any furniture for the room {we moved in july of 2014} . which means we're using a mishmash of old dressers + armoires and they're not super functional in the space. 

3/ there's a very small, very narrow "walk in" closet. when i say narrow it means that when clothes are hung, you have to slide in sideways and try to view the clothes that are essentially in your face. 

4/ slanted ceiling above the bed.

anyways, we did paint the room when we moved in and i try to make it feel as cozy + comfortable as possible with bedding, pillows etc. but ultimately? it's not even close to where i want it to be. 

nightstand { similar } /  linen sheets  /  linen comforter  /  blanket  /  picture ledge  / hanging shelf { similar }

nightstand {similar} / linen sheets / linen comforter / blanket / picture ledge / hanging shelf {similar}

hanging shelf { similar } /  candle

hanging shelf {similar} / candle

and that’s a wrap on the glitter guide feature! naturally, things already look different around here, and i have {really desperate} hope for some additional projects this year (quartz countertops, new couch, new fan/light in the living room, additional storage options, bedroom wallpaper accent wall yada yada yada) but i'm glad you all got to see how the house looked in november when it was photographed.  AND i’m just about done with my former office which is now a playroom/office combo so stay tuned for that reveal. 

shop max's room + our bedroom below....all links are listed above as well. 

thanks for following along and be sure to check out parts 1 and 2

the entire glitter guide feature is here.  all photos by joyelle west

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