It's not really a secret that I love holidays. I think having kids has emphasized this love by probably 1000x. I love sharing the things I did as a child with my own family and combining them with Chris'. I also love making new traditions that are just OURS. Easter is coming up and so styling these flat lays for some incredible shops was a huge honor. So grateful I have this job and people who believe in my work! Thanks for all of the support, friends/family/clients. It means the world!
When scouting out the location for the Duchess and Lion winter collection, Liz and I wanted to find something that felt wintery (it was the end of Sept). We traveled high up Big Cottonwood Canyon, a canyon just near Salt Lake City, Utah. There are several ski resorts, cabin developments, etc and we hoped to find the "perfect" place. As fate would have it, we found it! An old ski lodge (still operating, during the ski season) with all of the vintage interior and exterior details we were hoping for (just didn't know it at the time!). When we stumbled across this lodge we just KNEW. It was perfect. Fast forward a few weeks, a chilly and foggy October morning set the perfect tone for our shoot.
A year and a half old, and suddenly she doesn't seem like a baby anymore. It was out of no where, she just sprang it on me! She is feisty, opinionated, affectionate, playful, silly, and wonderful. She hasn't gained a pound in 6months but has gotten taller- she has lost almost all of her baby fat and is just a tall string bean now.
Since moving to New York City in December, I have been looking out for a great photographer to use for our family photos and for our children's bi-annual photos. Thankfully, I was able to connect with the extremely sweet and talented Stephanie Sunderland. She was beyond gracious, helpful, and fast! There is something to be said about someone who shoots quickly with children. I was so happy to have found her and plan to use her again and again in the future. The weather in NYC winter is cold so we stuck to an indoor shoot in our little Upper West Side apartment.
As we round the corner to two I wonder what kind of little girl she will turn into. She has been one surprise after another and I just can't wait to see what she learns next. Having two kids so close together has its ups and downs but I do love how it highlights each of their differences and strengths. I love seeing how they both see the world so differently and how they make it their own.
Moving to Utah for only a year (we didn't know it at the time) was one of the best and hardest things that I have had to do. On one hand, I met the most incredible friends, started styling, got to be back in the MOUNTAINS! and had a chance to live in our very first, most darling, home. It was so wonderful to live near family, watch my kids play in OUR yard, and be able to (start) decorating our very own home. On the other hand, having such wonderful support from friends and family- and being in such a perfect neighborhood and home- it was so difficult to say goodbye. I got a taste of what I had always "pictured" my life being and had to say goodbye before I even got the chance to complete my first full year.
As I mentioned, I had the chance to make some incredibly wonderful friends. I have never had any friends do for me, what this group of women did. I turned 30 back in October and they spoiled me rotten. A surprise dinner at one of the most delicious restaurants in the city, balloons, a cake bigger than most wedding cakes by my favorite baker, being surrounded by the nicest women, a flower crown/floral arrangement/birthday poster all made by hand for me, and of course the gorgeous tote I had been eyeing for ages. They made me feel loved and SPECIAL. I had never had anyone go to such lengths on my behalf, ever! It made me cry, I found out the very next day we were moving. I was so grateful I was able to enjoy the night with them before facing the sadness of moving away. Gosh, I am so lucky! It was not just the act and effort they put into it, but the fact that they love me as much as I love them! I would do anything for these women.
A girl cannot thank her friends enough. I LOVE YOU ALL. You know who you are. I am just simply grateful, still, 4.5 months later as I am quite late to posting about it. The power of friendship and how it can influence ones life is tremendous. Support, loyalty, LOVE, and kindness is just a fraction of what these women gave me in my short time in their neighborhood. I am hopeful I can make wonderful friends like these women here in New York City! And I know I will keep these friendships for life, tho I will miss seeing them so regularly.
I love having photos of my family. It is a LOT of work to get photos done but after all is said and done I feel like it's always worth the effort involved. In my ideal world, we would get family photos taken 2x a year (summer and winter) and the kids get individual photos taken every 6months. To a lot of people this sounds extreme (insert my husband here, ha!)--which it sort of is. However, I truly LOVE photos. I treasure every single one we have had done and it's one of the few things I really think is priceless. Documenting the lives of my babies and our family as we grow, progress, evolve, etc is precious to me! Luckily, my husband usually lets me get *almost* all of those photos done each year- which is something because he actually detests having his photo taken.
For our Christmas card photo this year I wanted to go a route I have never gone before. GLAM! I found a beautiful vintage maxi dress (and vintage skirt), got William tuxedo pants and velvet blazer, Nora had what I liked to call a "snow queen" dress, and Chris wore a suit. I typically plan our outfits the week of (!), I wish I could say I was better at planning ahead - I always have the intentions!! I always book our photographer and date about 4-6 weeks ahead and mean to shop in that time, but I tend to forget and then rush at the last minute.
We took these gorgeous photos in the snowy mountains of Utah. Living back there for such a short time, I wanted to have a family photo documenting what I love most - the mountains.
Happy Holidays! Love, The Spikers
Photos by Liz Williams of Lizzyography
Lick'd pops was one of my favorite projects to work on in 2015. These delicious popsicles are made from whole ingredients, no preservatives or chemicals - just simple, straight forward ingredients. If you're going to indulge in a treat, it should be a Lick'd pop! And I won't complain about styling food, because the biggest perk is taste testing!
Lick'd pops has staple flavors like Strawberry Basil and Honey Grapefruit (is your mouth watering yet?) but they also carry seasonal flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate! Who says popsicles have to only be a summer treat!?
Cutest little taste tester, my sweet daughter Nora. All photos are by Liz Williams of Lizzyography.