I'm going home this coming weekend. It's my dad's 65th birthday.... and he's retiring at the end of the year. We are celebrating both of these milestones as a family this weekend. Should be good fun.
I'm especially glad Sandy reared her ugly head last weekend and not this one coming up. Shew.
By the way - we faired just fine through the storm.
Our roof was apparently damaged a little. Around 12pm on Monday we realized there was a lot of water on the floor of our utility room (if it had to happen - I'm glad it happened in there!) So we have a leaky spot in the roof that the insurance adjuster will have to come take a look at... and a 5 gallon bucket now under a hole of soggy drywall catching the drips.
Other than that - we are all good. The wind sure did howl... and it rained like the dickens... but we had power and hot water the whole way through. And plenty of beer, batteries, crayons, coloring books, candles, flashlights, and did I mention beer?
It's been a nice loooong weekend having Clark home for 4 days straight. :)
Anywhoo.... back to my story.
I'm going back to visit my parents this weekend - and as is our usual custom - we ALWAYS try to arrange for a family photo op. Since this particualr get together is particularly special - we decided to actually compare notes on outfits for the photo ahead of time.
My sister in law, Lizzy - and I - being the more focused creative heads of state in our family - browsed on Pinterest for ideas and settled on a color theme of mainly neutrals with a pop of color.
Blues, creams and a splash of orange. Will make for a nice fall palatte.
In interior design, they always talk about the gallon, the quart, the pint. The gallon is your wall color, the quart is your trim - and the pint is your accent (sometimes this is conveyed with throw pillows or a singular piece of upholstered furniture and a small vase in the same color... you get my drift).
I like to think of dressing for photos in much the same way.
The gallon = the neutral base
The quart = the complimentary color to the base
The pint = a fiery pop of color
This is the quick iPhone snap I emailed to my mom and Lizzy after raiding our closets trying to interpret our Blue, Cream, Orange color scheme....
Clark will be wearing a white button down with small blue plaid pattern, a navy sweater vest, orange paisley tie and jeans. Macho has jeans, an orange and navy plaid shirt and gray Chucks. Wild Thing will be wearing a hand-knit masterpiece by my Aunt Susie - a cream cable sweater, skinny jeans, sparkly gold Mary Janes and an orange bow in her hair. I'll be wearing a pair of tall brown boots, a denim pencil skirt (with tights) a white turtle neck and and orange wool jacket from JCrew.
I think it works.
I'll be sure to post the final large family shot of all of us in our getup here for your viewing pleasure. :)
Hope this rationale helps you think about how to dress your family for your own group photos.
Promise - the next time I post about this - the photo won't be so ghetto.