Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. I know I am.
Have you ever wanted a portrait of you, your loved one(s), or a beloved pet, but you did not necessarily want to pay the price associated with most portraits? I am in the same boat. I knew I would like to get a nice oil portrait of Jordan and me at some point, but I thought that would be many years down the road. In fact, it probably will be many years down the road. However, Emily stumbled upon a nice alternative this summer when she and Drew vacationed at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, for a few days-chalk portraits by Arthur Smith! Arthur Smith is an artist primarily based out of Birmingham, but he spends a good portion of his summers drawing portraits in Point Clear at the Grand Hotel. His facebook page and his website contain more information about his work, pictures of his work, and his contact information.
Here is a quick summary of his work.
-Most of his portraits are 16×20 in size.
-A portrait with one person is $100. A portrait with two people is $150, or you can order two separate portaits for $200 total.
Although Mr. Smith often draws his portraits while the subjects sit for him in person, Emily and I just gave him pictures from our wedding to use. In no more than two weeks, he had completed all four of our portraits (Emily and I both ordered two portraits each-one of each of us and one of our husbands). Prior to completion of our portraits, Mr. Smith also met with us to make sure we were pleased with his work. Upon our approval, he added some finishing touches to our portraits, and they were complete!
Since the portraits are chalk, Mr. Smith does recommend framing your portraits, including glass and matting. One day, I might get nicer, more custom frames and mats for my portraits. However, for now, I just picked out some frames in stock at Michael’s (18x 24 frames) and mats that were in stock as well. Below are pictures of our portraits. What do you think? I am very pleased with them and am so glad Emily found out about Mr. Smith. It’s not everyday you run across a chalk portrait artist.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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For Christmas last year, my in-laws gave my husband and me a trip to the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club, & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama. We’re both pretty busy, and coordinating our schedules for some time “off” can be a challenge. With baby #1 on the way, though, we knew we had to do it soon! A few weekends ago, we were finally able to make it happen. We had a fantastic time and crammed in as much as we possibly could in a few days. This hotel would be a beautiful location for a wedding or honeymoon, and it provided a perfect little weekend trip for us! My sweet husband flew us down and back, but no, the plane isn’t ours:) Maybe one day!?
A closer view. I love that you can even see the backyard pool in this photograph. I’ve never considered myself a particular fan of aerial photography, but seeing Mobile Bay from above gave me a new appreciation for it!
Last aerial photograph, at least for this post:) If you look closely, you can see a sailboat in the upper left-hand corner. The variation in water color was amazing to me in these photographs. Love the green trees, too.
Once we landed, we headed to the hotel. Here’s what greeted us:
The flowers in the lobby were tropical and fun on the day we checked in to the hotel.
Here’s a close-up. Wish these were available at my local flower market! I probably would have no idea how to arrange them if they were, though:)
After checking in, we headed to our room. Even though we saved some time by flying down rather than driving, we were still tired from traveling.
Ahhh. Sweet relief for these tired travelers! In the picture, this bed doesn’t look very large, but it was a king sized bed. It was perfect for us!
This was the refreshment station in our room. I always appreciate it when hotels offer coffee and tea!
This tray of toiletries was available in the bathroom. I don’t often try hotel products because of my sensitive skin, but I loved the body wash and lotion. The tray was so cute, how could I not try something?
The hotel was completely booked while we were there. Despite the crowd, we were able to see and do everything we wanted to do on the hotel property. We also had no trouble catching the shuttle into Fairhope for a little shopping.
Thanks for looking!!! We’ll have more information on the hotel property in the next post.
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We always need more time! How about you? With the heat and humidity quickly approaching, we were desperate to reduce the amount of time we spend on daily blowouts before heading to work. The solution? FREESHAPE Quick Blow Dry by KMS California.
Don’t worry: when you purchase a bottle, it is full. The one in the picture is one that has been used daily since it was purchased. It really works! FREESHAPE Quick Blow Dry can be used right before blow-drying, or you can spritz your hair with it and let it air dry awhile before blow-drying. Either way, it has reduced the drying time on our hair. It also reduces some of the frizziness we’re both prone to when it rains and is exceptionally humid. So far, we’ve been able to use it alone when blow drying and styling our hair. No other products are necessary, although you might want to try your other favorite hairstyling products with it.
KMS California products may be purchased at authorized salons. Ours came from ULTA. Here’s a link to the KMS California salon finder so you can find a salon near you! Our bottle was in the neighborhood of $17.00 (can’t remember the exact price), and it has been well-worth the money.
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Does wedding planning, or life in general, stress you? If so, Blue Oil balancing concentrate may be just what you need! We were introduced to this Aveda product by Alexis over at Same Chic Different Day. It’s a combination of peppermint and blue camomile designed to refresh and soothe. The oil may be used for mental stress, repetitive movement stress, and tender muscles. Its scent is completely refreshing, and it also has a cooling effect (perfect for Alabama summers)! Blue Oil comes in a rollerball that fits perfectly into a purse, making it easy to carry and have on hand whenever needed. Consider adding it to your emergency bridal kit for the day of the wedding, giving it as a hostess gift, or giving it as a gift to your bridesmaids! It may be the best $15.00 you spend.
Aveda products may be purchased in the Montgomery area at Amplify Salon and Studio, Doug’s 2 Salon & Day Spa, 2940 Salon & Spa, and William Mason Salon (Prattville). If you’re not in the Montgomery area, you can find an Aveda location by entering your zip code or city and state, here.
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