The Takeover

This past Saturday [houston] and I drove across town to my parents’ house for our family-style engagement party. Family members and guests-who-may-as-well-be-family from both sides came together to put on a fantastic celebratory feast for us, and we had such a great time. I brought home-made sangria and it proved to be a huge hit (that and my stuffed mushroom recipe).

But before we walked inside we snapped a few shots for the blog, and before I knew it I was being ambushed by my 3 year old niece (and light of my life), A. She looks exactly like I did when I was her age, so it’s like looking at a walking baby photo every time I see her. Whenever there’s a family get-together she attends, she not infrequently steals all of my attention.

Time with my niece comes before everything, so when she took over my outfit shoot before it could even begin, demanding to check out some rather interesting pumpkins on display outside of a neighbor’s house, I willingly obliged. Fortunately, [houston] snapped away during the whole thing.

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  1. 10.10.2011 / 12:14 am

    Awwwwwww, so sweet! And she is so cute! The pictures with the big eyes killed me. Hope it was a wonderful evening. 🙂

  2. 10.10.2011 / 12:52 am

    You look beautiful! I love that you posted the pictures with your niece, it shows not only your gorgeous outfit, but your beautiful personality too!xoxoxo

  3. Tracy K
    10.10.2011 / 5:10 am

    Aw such great pictures!!! I haven’t seen pooh in so long and she is so big now!! And you look beautiful….Hope the party was a blast.

  4. 10.10.2011 / 5:11 am

    The last one is my favorite! I can so see a similar picture of you and your own kiddo down the line some day 🙂

  5. 10.10.2011 / 5:20 am

    These photos will be super special when she gets older 🙂 I always wish there was more photos of me with relatives from when I was little. Helps remembering all the good times!

  6. 10.10.2011 / 6:06 am

    Awww! These pics are too cute. Your niece has such big pretty eyes! 🙂

  7. 10.10.2011 / 6:44 am

    Those are the sweetest pictures. You’re both adorable!

  8. 10.10.2011 / 9:47 am

    Ridiculously sweet! I also love how your wore rugged cowboy boots with a girly pink blouse. The metallic clutch is just the right amount of unexpected glam.

  9. 10.10.2011 / 10:02 am

    The Takeover:Top: Ann Taylor | Jeans: Paige (similar) | Boots: Lucchese | Clutch: ASOS | Watch: gifted Michael…

  10. 10.10.2011 / 10:26 am

    You look so darling with your niece. When are you going to have one of your own! Hehehe 🙂
    Cutest boots by the way, I am a huge fan. And congrats on the huge party! I hope you had a great time!

  11. 10.10.2011 / 1:56 pm

    Homygosh are these cute. You both look so content and happy!

  12. 10.10.2011 / 2:14 pm

    what a cutie pie!! I love it…
    …and I adore that shirt. Such a great color!

  13. 10.10.2011 / 2:21 pm

    Two blonde bombshells! I like how Arley has dibs on your pretty shiny sparkly purse. Girl’s got good taste, just like her auntie.

  14. 10.10.2011 / 2:41 pm

    What a little doll. Yay!!!!!! For the engagement party 😉

  15. 10.10.2011 / 2:54 pm

    What sweet photos and it made me think that’s what you will look like when you have your own little one! Thanks for sharing your engagement and parties with us.
    You look beautiful and glowing in these photos.

  16. Michelle
    10.10.2011 / 4:04 pm

    Sooooo cute! I didn’t even realize you stole her away for a photoshoot!

  17. 10.10.2011 / 5:09 pm

    That color looks amazing on you! Such adorable pictures 🙂

  18. 10.10.2011 / 5:15 pm

    She’s absolutely adorable! I say semi-candid shots can be more fun than posed ones anyhow. 🙂

  19. 10.10.2011 / 5:22 pm

    Awwwwwww your nice is soooo cutee!!!! I love kids and she is so sweet!!!!!!

  20. 10.10.2011 / 8:16 pm

    These photos are so sweet and beautiful! Your niece is such a lovely girl, I think that when she grows up, she´ll be as beautiful as you are 🙂
    xx Ivana

  21. 10.10.2011 / 9:38 pm

    What a presh little angel. I have three nephews and they are the lights of my life too 🙂

  22. 10.11.2011 / 1:20 am

    LOVE!!! She’s so BIG now!! I can’t believe it … I remember one year I was visiting and she was just a small toddler …. she really is a spitting image of the younger you. 😀 Congratulations on your wonderful engagement, honey!! I’m so happy you had a wonderful time with you and HB’s families!!!

  23. 10.12.2011 / 9:14 am

    Such adorable photos! I have such a soft spot for my cousins 3 year old daughter (I call her my niece). She too puts such a smile on my face. Hope you had a wonderful party, I’d love the recipe for your sangria! xxx

  24. 10.12.2011 / 3:31 pm

    Adorable photos! And i love your shirt 🙂

  25. 10.12.2011 / 5:09 pm

    How adorable is your niece? She’s beyond cute. Like your outfit too, am on the hunt for some silky shirts to wear with jeans!

  26. 10.12.2011 / 6:12 pm

    These photos really make me smile! Your niece is so adorable and pretty. And btw, LOVE the color of your shirt!

  27. 10.12.2011 / 11:29 pm

    Awww, cute. And I totally love the boots.

  28. 10.15.2011 / 1:36 pm

    The thing I liked best about these photos is that you appear to be “to-the-soul” happy. Your complete joy shines right through you and the lens captured it perfectly. You are both so beautiful.

  29. 10.16.2011 / 10:39 pm

    Your niece is beautiful. Love her eyes.Love your metallic clutch.

  30. 11.08.2011 / 10:40 pm

    my FAVORITE post from @PrttyShnySprkly — so cute! (she just needs a little of us on her feet!)

  31. 01.31.2012 / 2:32 pm

    I love the photo where you both have your backs to us, same hair, soooo cute!! Don’t you wish our hair color stayed the same as when we were young!! xx

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