Monday, July 14, 2014

love...

There is nothing as energizing, as confidence building, as sustaining as the power of love. Gordon B Hinkley j&h photography
j&h photography
all we can do is love each other. that's all we can really do.

Friday, May 30, 2014

summer lovin

These long summer days are really the best aren't they? We've been having a really hard time putting little j down to bed on time because we just want to spend every evening outside enjoying the fresh air. 

His grandparents got him a little motorized four-wheeler that he calls his moco-ize (motorcycle, you'll never hear me correct it, I'm holding on to this baby language as long humanly possible), and we've been watching him ride it around the backyard every evening. 

I've decided to slow down with photography a little bit; I'll only be accepting 2-3 jobs a month. I want a little more time to enjoy my family use our weekends for special outings with just us. I love my clients and am so grateful for them, and hope we'll still be able to meet the needs of those that come to us. 

keep casual with chucks and jcrew Life of a Passeri
keep casual with chucks and jcrew Life of a Passeri border=
Top: American Eagle $22 | Jeans: Jcrew via swap $20 | Shoes: Chucks via eBay $32
Glasses: Doce & Gabbana via Target

Thursday, May 22, 2014

lipsticks... splurge vs save


When I was contacted by Credit Card Insider to participate in their Splurge vs Save campaign, I knew right away what I wanted to feature.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a big fan of lipsticks. As a blogger & a photographer, I know the power a little color on the lips can do, especially in pictures.

When buying lipsticks, there are more options out there that could be realistically listed anywhere ranging from the super high end, to your cheaper drug store versions.

Generally speaking I myself might recommend buying the fancy brand for some of those staple colors that you know will always be in season, but 90% of the time, especially for colors that come in and out each season, I'll op for the more wallet friendly version. And while there may be some quality between brands, for the most part, I have been pretty impressed with the drugstore versions. Most of those big drugstore names spend a significant wad of cash of scientist and teams whose entire job it is to improve the quality of the product.

Some of my favorite drugstore versions include NYX, Cover Girl, and even Wet & Wild when I'm looking for a really pigmented color. Whenever I've find a color I just have to have in a pricier brand, I've always been able to find a close match in my drugstore standbys.

So next time you are in the market for a new lipcolor, give a drugstore version a try!

1. Laura Mercier $27   | 2. Yves Saint Laurent: $35 | 3. Clarins $32  | 4. Yves Saint Laurent $46
1. Revlon $7 | 2. NYX $4 | 3. Revlon $7 |  4. L'Oreal $8.50

Sunday, March 2, 2014

brickyard buffalo

brickyard buffalo sweater & pink jeans
brickyard buffalo sweater & pink jeans
brickyard buffalo sweater & pink jeans
brickyard buffalo sweater & pink jeans
Sweatshirt: Brickyard Buffalo | Jeans: Ideeli | Shoes: 6pm.com
I scored this sweatshirt on Brickyard Buffalo a few months ago for $16 bucks. If you haven't checked Brickyard Buffalo, they are an awesome sample sale site. I love that they offer so many lovely hand made items. Check them out if you haven't yet.

We're doing well at the Luczak house. Spring is in the air, and Japser started saying the words Luczak & Jesus, so we pretty much couldn't ask for anything more.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

man style: a different kind of wedding band

Hawaiian Koa Wood Ring at altinplace.com
Hawaiian Koa Wood Ring at altinplace.com border=
Hawaiian Koa Wood Ring at altinplace.com border=
Hawaiian Koa Wood Ring at altinplace.com border=
Hawaiian Koa Wood Ring at altinplace.com border=
Hawaiian Koa Wood Ring at altinplace.com border=
Ring: Altin Place c/o | Watch: Nixon | Glasses: Ray Ban | Sweater: Banana Republic
Jeans: Pac Sun | Boots: Nordstroms Rack
Last month, we had the opportunity to partner with Altin Place to review one of their beautiful Koa wood inlay men's rings.

Justin's has basically been wearing it non-stop since he got it. He loves that the high-quality titanium makes the ring ultra light, so it is extremely comfortable to wear. And the wood inlay is gorgeous. It is completely flush with the rest of the ring, and adds such an elegant twist from a traditional silver band. He's received several compliments on it from school, and I totally love it.

Altin Place gets their Koa wood inlays from Hawaii, and all come with a lifetime guarantee, so if the wood inlay is damaged or comes loose, they will replace it for the lifetime of your ownership! I love companies with high customer service standards. They also have a satisfaction guarantee across their product lines, so if you aren't 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can return the unworn item within 14 days, no questions asked.

I'm in love. Really though, the wood inlay is such a beautiful creative spin on a traditional ring for your man. So ladies, if you are looking to lay claim to your fellas, you should definitely check them out. Or check out their selection of women's jewelry for yourself!

They have some great options. Here, here, and here were some of our favorites for men.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

better than your pj's

leggings, leather jacket, tunic & booties, the ultimate comfy uniform
leggings, leather jacket, tunic & booties, the ultimate comfy uniform
boots: Jessica Simpson via 6pm.com | leggings: Joes via eBay | top: F21 | jacket: Soel Boutique
I dare you to find an outfit more comfortable than this. That's right. DARE. The gauntlet has been tossed. That is how comfortable I am in proclaiming that this outfit can transition from the playground to your bed with very little effort (or the other way around if you are more like me).

Because we all like to feel like we are wearing pajamas sometime. :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

a girl named silence.

Life of a Passeri, thrifted colf weather style
Life of a Passeri, thrifted colf weather style
Top: American Eagle (i know right?) | Sweater: Kohls back from my high school days (again, i know!)
 Jeans: Ideeli Sample Site ($20 bucks!) | Shoes: Anthro Sale: $40

Life has been more than a little insane recently. Since October, I went back full time, and then back to 3/4 time at work, got unexpected new responsibilities at church & work, fell waaay behind in editing client pictures, aaand this weekend, genius that I am, managed to stick my finger in a hand blender.

These, and many other little factors have contributed to my radio silence over the last month and a half. Now that some of those are a bit more under control, hopefully life may return to some kind of normalcy, whatever that means. :) How is everyone else surviving the new year?