Flowers, Feathers & a Fuzzy Puppy.

happenstance designs Photoshoot, January. What a great way to start the year! I'm lucky to have talented friends. There is so much fun to be had when the right people come together. With a cute bungalow house as our set, unlimited handmade accessories to choose from, and a curious puppy sniffing the photo equipment, this shoot was bright and fun. You can't even tell it was pouring rain outside! First, a couple of behind the scenes shots: the designer Clarice and I prepping our model Alison.

Kona (the cutest Labradoodle!) likes to lick furniture. I guess he has a thing for texture.

Alison was an easy going model with amazing features- perfect eyebrows, full lips and fun freckles! And of course, the best hair ever. Look at the great feather headband and how it just pops against her dark hair. I don't know how she sat still for so long and kept that sweet smile. Yay for Alison!

I kept the look soft and natural. We tried to imagine the type of clients that would wear Clarice's accessories. Happenstance customers are easy-going, fun, pretty, and are able to throw on anything to give their look just a little extra pizazz. These looks were designed with a girl on the go in mind. After we polished Alison's skin with just a little foundation (really her skin was already flawless!), added a pop of pink blush and a natural soft pink gloss all we did between looks it change up the eyeshadow.

I love the flushed bridal face below. It was definitely my favorite look. If you're wondering, that's a Melissa Sweet bridesmaid dress Clarice wore for her sister's wedding. Isn't it cute?
And the easiest way to change your look from day to evening (perhaps you want a little more drama for your reception?) is to use a darker eyeshadow and thicken up the lash line with a heavier eyeliner. Be sure to blend and smudge your liner just a bit. Top it off with an extra coat of black gel based mascara to keep your lashes from flaking, then swap out for some sexy accessories and you're ready for fancy time!
The necklace is my favorite piece from Clarice's new collection. Imagine it with simple tee and a blazer for a night out. Or with a jewel toned cocktail dress as a guest to an evening wedding? So versatile!
Our photographer Paul Bothwell editted these next photos with a Poloroid finish in Photoshop. Try toning your own photos for that vintage finish! I thought the antiqued look perfectly complimented the fun feathery hairpiece and our cottage porch setting. The fabulous fabric flower belt made from ribbon, that is beautifully hand-beaded, can also double as a headband. A great gift for your bridesmaids- something they really can wear again!
All these beautiful accessories can be found at Lilac Boutique or Modern Mouse, both great little shops in our hometown of Alameda! Visit to contact Clarice. Maybe she can help you design your dream accessory for your big day?