Happily Ever Parker


Loving Lately

As much as I love summer oh man I forget how much I hate the heat. It's been triple digits in my town and they are expected to last all week and thensome. Woof! So we have been logging a lot of time in the kiddie pool. Well, Presley has at least, while we hide under the shade of an umbrella and let her pour water over our feet.

Here is a little round up of things I am loving to help beat the heat!

Peplum Cami
For years I have tried on various peplum tops because I love the idea of them. However when you're more than blessed in the chest area finding one that fits well is a challenge. I love love love this camisole and so wish it came in other colors. It has one small drawback and that is the straps are a smidgen too long and tend to slide off but it's not too bothersome. It's flowy enough but still rocks a great shape. (The photo really does it no favors but trust me and try it on!)

Graphic Tank
I can totally picture me in this top - snuggling my dog.
Krause Dress
I would love to wear this dress in some family photos but the reality is with that price tag it's never gonna happen! Also I would def close it more in front haha!

Gladiator Lace Up Wedge
Umm these may have to find a way into my closet.
ASOS fuller bust line
If you can't buy swimsuits at Victoria's Secret, ASOS is a great option with their fuller bust line. Plus they always have cute prints and great prices!

Now excuse me while I go eat another popsicle and hang out under the air conditioner!


5 Things Your Photographer Wants You to Know

 1. Relax

Whenever we take the time to dress nice and get together for a family photo, expectations are usually high. You want that perfect shot. I can't tell you how often I hear "oh we just need one good one". As your photographer I will tell you this, if I only produce one good one for you - I haven't done my job. We focus so much on the poses but in reality it's the candid shots that everyone loves. So let loose and don't stress. Taking photos is meant to be fun!

2. Embrace the chaos

Kids of pretty much any age have a penchant for not listening. I know this is nothing revolutionary. You want them cheesing right into the lens and more often than not they want nothing to do with taking photos. I assure you your children are not the first to shun my camera and won't be the last. The thing about children is that it is very easy to incorporate them naturally and candidly into photos. When the parent's start talking or giving directions it gets captured in the photograph, mouth open, eyes closed etc. So let your kids be kids and let's capture them exactly as they are. Unfiltered and real.

3. Don't come hangry

I can't think of many things I enjoy doing when I am hungry and having my photo taken is no exception. Because I schedule sessions close to sunset they usually take place around dinnertime. Do me a favor and make sure you and your clan eat beforehand. Hangry men (and children!) turn into grumpy subjects and often time I as the photographer, bear the brunt of a rumbling tummy.
(This is my husband so I am allowed to put him on blast :)

4. Love yourself

I love photographing children because they never complain about the way they look. Oh we adults are our absolute worst critics. We think our arms are too big, our wrinkles too deep. Anytime someone points out these to me (which I never notice!) I want to say love yourself! I get it, I too pick apart my photos but no one ever noticed my perceived flaws but me! Be kind to you.

5. Leave the props at home

I know this varies from photographer to photographer but for me I say ditch those props. In a Pinterest era it's hard to deny them but the photos that are candid and simple are my favorites. I'm not talking balloons and floral crowns (because I love all that if not encourage it!) but leave the signs and banners at home!

If you're a local to the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for a photographer, look no further!
Laura Parker Photography

A special thank you to Stephanie who gave me the idea for this post!


The Beach People

If you were to come inside my home one of the first things you may notice is I have an abundance of blankets. In every room, multiple textures, shapes and colors. So it probably comes as no surprise that beach towels are high up there with with things I really love. After all it's basically a blanket for the beach, right? In other words a combination of my two most favorite things.

Meet The Beach People, an Australian company founded by sisters Emma & Victoria who share not only the bond of sisterhood, but a serious love of the beach. With the support of their friends and family and a sell out first summer, they have expanded into much more than the original creators of the Roundie Towel.

The Beach People graciously gifted me two towels, a classic Roundie Towel from their volume two collection (The Paloma) and a Petite Roundie Towel for P (Oceanic Petite) and when I opened the package I was counting down the days to warmer weather and the coast. I know, same as every other day around these parts.

At first touch the towels feel more like a blanket - so obviously it was love at first sight. Made from a super soft cotton topped with velour and a terry reverse side for quick absorption it feels so much nicer than a towel. Lightweight too for carrying and perfect for wrapping around you or your little one.

The petite line measures 40" in diameter and the classic roundie's measure 60" it's the perfect amount of material. Even Finn circled around mine two times and laid down on it! With lots of design choices to choose from and a thick tassel border it's hard not to want one in every color.

The pricing on the towels is a bit steep with a Roundie Towel coming in at $110 and a petite at $79, but like with many things that cost more, quality really is king and these towels will hold up for years to come. We won't be limiting our use of these towels to just the beach, they are just too pretty to not bring to every outdoor adventure! Plus one of the things I love about a round beach towel is that when you hug it over your shoulders it covers your whole back unlike a rectangle towel. No more shivering!

Join the The Beach People's mailing list and get 15% off your first order!

 Wouldn't you know it that all the fog burned off and it turned out to be a gorgeous day!

The Beach People provided me a Roundie Towel and Petite Roundie Towel in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed here, as always, are 100% my own.