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Fashion! YSL exhibit at the SAM…extraordinary

 (Elisa Sherman) Fashion in its purest form. This curated exhibit was stunning to behold – we are so lucky to have had it at the Seattle Art Museum. We, the hubs and I, caught it in the waning hours as its run came to a close. The book, The Perfection of Style, was sold out (much like the tickets were within an hour after we picked up ours), but I was able to find the book in stock online at Barnes and Noble (back order at the SAM and on Amazon) here. I highly recommend – it has everything from the exhibit and more. A must for any fashion historian and lover of the art of fashion, in my opinion.

So, fashion is in my heart, if not in my closet at all times. I graduated with a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Textiles from Washington State University. The study of it fascinated me from childhood. The textures, the business, the artists. So while my career path has decidely gone in a technical direction, my heart beats a little faster at illustrations of some of the greatest couture ever created. And make no mistake, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the great artists in this arena that is fashion, couture. YSL are initials that live beyond his life.

This exhibit brings the full arc of what he brought to our lives. Grand at it’s minimum. Stunning is yet an understatement.

I didn’t take my big camera because I wanted to take it in…but as is so often in life, I couldn’t help but record snaps of my own. Come with me as I tour(ed) the fabulous views of what was exhibited.


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2016 in Review

 (Elisa Sherman)It’s been a year.

Massive love, happiness, fear, frustration and more ~ highs and lows. There haven’t been that many clicks of the big camera, that is for sure. But I always say, the best camera is the camera you have with you. And just like everyone else, I have my phone with me all the time. So, if I want to review the year faithfully – that is where I am going to look.

It was a lot of fun actually going through the year, reliving it a bit…from pulling over to capture a sunset, marking the first snow of the year, trying to capture a speedy little one, taking the ever elusive perfect selfie, maybe taking one or two or too many kitty cat pix, perhaps gratuitous food images(sorry! lol), lot’s of wedding prep, pix of Wade – so many lol, and so much more. The images that recorded life through the year tell the story of the year fairly well I think. Here’s to 2017 – who knows what we will see.

Leading off with the best of insta’s, more @elisasherman.

For the big camera blogs ~ Big Island, Pride, Wedding.

Now for the year in my life ~ 2016.

…someone may have gotten me this interesting sunny side up egg stencil? lol…


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There may be a few (or endless) snaps from our honeymoon location in Puerto Vallarta…

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House sitting…kitties. (we miss you Bonçuk! xo)

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Sunrise over the park…

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…did I mention kitty cat?!

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Paradise…well, Nuevo Vallarta – same same.

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…the hubs at sunset – xo

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…wedding gifts were fun, I’m not going to lie….

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…the cutest shower gifts…

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…lot’s of sunsets….

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Louise, close up!

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Selfie, because…

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First-ish snow of the year – yes, this is out of order…

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Magnets…

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Because – lol.

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The farm that would later be where we got married…

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The Grand opening of the 520…it was so cool to walk out over the lake…

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Crabs…or rather crab.

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Puppies seem appropriate?!

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First engagement ring pix…because, well endless wedding references and photos…I warned…

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At the gorgeous church in Puerto Vallarta…

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…this was a missed pic, that I love the colors – shall we call it art? lol…

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Those are just a handful of my faves…until the end of 2017….

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And the full year…start to finish…



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Endless Wedding Prep, Endless Honeymoon…

marriedpost-copySo I got married (Facebook photo and post courtesy of my wonderful new Husband, Wade Hasbrouck – xoxo). Yep. A big day. It went perfectly (everyone said yes, and I do!) and we all had fun – thank you to all of our friends and family, love you all – xoxo. Extra special thanks to all of the friends and family that pitched in to help put together the flowers, favors and big set up day of – we couldn’t have done it without you.

I did not photograph my own wedding – the fabulous Meredith McKee of Meredith McKee Photography did…see the day on her blog! Meredith captured all of our moments, almost rainy day and all. We cannot thank her enough.

However, I did snap lots of the details along the way leading up to the big event. We did so many fun DIY details ourselves that I dubbed #endlessweddingprepWE in the days and weeks leading up to the main event. I captured everything with my handy iphone and shared it via instagram. Our goal was to make everything very personal – from the airplane themes to the photo features.

As many DIY as there were, one of our favorite personal theme items was actually from our cake vendor Mike’s Amazing Cakes – who was able to perfectly create this super awesome cake and topper(which is a sculpture we get to keep!)…

Special thanks to #mikesamazingcakes for our delish cake and awesome topper! #WadeAndElisa @mikemccarey

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Wade, my new Hubby, was the master folder of airplane styled programs(and 80+ favor boxes scroll down a few pix)…they were on point!

Someone was a folding factory?? @wadehas #endlessweddingprepWE

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…believe it or not, I was head candy plane maker :) (these went inside our final favors)

#smartieair manufacturing complete…fleet ready for takeoff ? #endlessweddingprep #endlessweddingprepWE

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Speaking of favors, a little making of shot. Note the sectional chart boxes that the hubs had folded – aka airplane maps :)

Flashback to the favor making #endlessweddingprepWE

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Our theme and decor included lots of aviation items, but also included lots of reference to our combined passion of photography, ranging from decopage letters of our personal and coupled evolution…

Boom! Dècoupage master project completed? ? @wadehas #endlessweddingprepWE

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…Along with our travel photo as featured wall decor at our reception…

#WadeAndElisa photos on wall at the wedding ?

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…and even our own DIY photobooth…the Hubs set up with my camera…He clicked the shutter on our shots – so photo credit again, Wade Hasbrouck :)

#fiesta ? #WadeAndElisa #photobooth

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And of course the colors were red and TURQUOISE…I’ve been told that must be my favorite color – what?!? lol, yes.

Before… #WadeAndElisa #cravenfarm

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Looking back before the madness? #WadeAndElisa #cravenfarm

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To see anything we and a few other folks posted from the wedding, check #WadeAndElisa for instagrams, including the lovely sunsets and whatnot from our honeymoon:)

Memories?#honeymoon #nuevovallarta #puertovallarta #WadeAndElisa

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In closing special thanks to all of our vendors and honeymoon host for helping to make our wedding and honeymoon a great day, week and memory.
Cake: Mike’s Amazing Cakes
Flowers: Pike Place Flowers
Venue: Craven Farm
Photographer: Meredith McKee Photography
Day of Coordinator: Nancy Keith
Catering: Alexa’s Cafe
Honeymoon Resort: Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta

And additional details vendors –
Invitations, Programs & Thank You’s – Perfect Press & Merchants Design

Programs & Ty's #WadeAndElisa

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Personalized water bottles & Turquoise burlap – Oriental Trading

Personalized favor tags: Roberto Sand

Favor box tags (early favor protypes) #endlessweddingprepWE

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Personalized clothespins: Etched in Time

Personalized clothespins we used for placecards and photo wall hanging #WadeAndElisa #endlessweddingprepWE

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Some cocktail napkins with a plane graphic – no problem thanks to ForYourParty.com

Our napkins @foryourparty thank you! #WadeAndElisa

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Oh and for some quick super big poster boards? Walgreens! Ha :)

Big printing posters from Walgreens…yep #endlessweddingprepWE

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BIG Thanks to everyone!!!!

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To Orlando, with Love…

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…Love, always love, shall overcome.

With all the events that have abounded in the world of late, it’s important to remember what will triumph, what must.

Seattle Pride – Love is always felt at this event, and all the similar pride parades and festivals that happen all over the world every June…The rainbows shine, and the sheer love bonds us all. Pride parade is demonstration of all that is good, open and free amongst us. It is my favorite demonstration. I feel like it is all about promoting positivity and love. I admit I prefer this approach that always feels inclusive, and fun. I love to capture the joy and love every year.

Reflections in rainbow of years past – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

And 2016, reflections of the love we send out. With love, Seattle.


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Lava, Luau, Loco Moco & Love…Big Island Hawaii 2016

 (Elisa Sherman)So, where to start…

I decided last spring that I wanted to spend my next birthday in Hawaii…because, well, sun, beaches, sunsets and paradise;) It’s good for the soul, and glorious for the camera sensor.

It really is peaceful excitement when you first set foot in paradise, and this trip proved why in many ways.

Let’s get the big excitement out the way first, #engagement…it was perfect and photographic all at once. We were walking around the Japanese garden in Hilo. I was like, why aren’t you taking more pictures…?! LOL.

Then he gave me a gorgeous book of all the pictures and fun we have had together over the last 2+ years, a birthday present I thought…and wrapped it up with a perfect proposal. There is much more backstory to the what led up to that, but for now, we’ll just say it was a perfection in paradise.

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In photographs, the vacation bookends the perfect engagement setting with bountiful beautiful gazing sights. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellant!(serious Dengue Fever has the island in a current state of Emergency)…

From lazing on the beach, glowing crater, sea arch, and this apparent island specialty – Loco Moco, it just got better and better.


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Oh, and there was a luau, a sunset or two, a sunrise with steam rising, palm trees and waves…and even the southern most point in the whole U.S. of A…not necessesarily in any of that order…


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And maybe, some turtles, Banyan trees and oh yeah, that one Japanese garden…

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So much gorgeousness…it’s endless ~ enjoy the slideshow – xoxo…


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2015 in review

 (Elisa Sherman) 2015 is gone, another year in the books…

A year passed by, that was both fast and slow… A trip to New York to see Gaga & Tony, a singular capturing of music and lights, a long gaze of Pride & Love, a passage through the Gates of the Mountains, a border crossing visit to the new Canadian flagship in Vancouver, a road trip to the PDX to catch the incomparable Madge…so much. Some captured via the newly fixed fish – finally, many many other via iPhone old and new…some just in the brain cells.

According to Instagram, these were my most popular…

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Many images never rendered to jpg…but languished raw on my hard drive until now…thankfully a year passed, and this annual posting motivated them online…

My favorites across the sensors…


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~Full Screen link here – 2015 Year in Review~


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#LoveWins – Pride 2015

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#LoveWins…this was the hashtag that I used, instictively, the morning of the SCOTUS ruling ensuring marriage equality from sea to shining sea in the United States. For those opposed, it was controversial and mystifying. For the rest of us, the masses, we can celebrate, because, as it should #LoveWins.

Just 2 days after this landmark decision that guarantees marriage rights for all, Seattle Pride took it’s turn in the sun, to celebrate, to love, to bask in the glory. Even if it actually was a little over cast, the sun shown through. In this most recent set I pushed the exposure just a little further than is technically appropriate – purposefully. Love it, hate it, it is my artistic commentary on how I saw this day. For years past – enjoy the Pride Archives.

For now, join me in the afterglow – #LoveWins.

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Gates of the Mountains bursting in the Sun

…and through you go. So pretty, up from Holter Lake & dam up through the Gates of the Mountains and to Upper Holter Lake…all part of the Missouri River…on a bright 100 degree day…at 30 mph, it was quite nice:)

Bright, bursting sun in the sky, that ball of light…not to mention some thirsty mountain sheep (slideshow),that kind of look like deer or goats, but no, they’re sheep 😉 .


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Holter Lake & Gates of the Mountains, July 2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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NYC – Welcome to the Jungle

…the concrete jungle that is. So much of what hit my sensors (iPhone, big camera) screamed big city, big apple, classic, kitchy, reverent, New York City.

Last time, in 2014, it was a speedy spin through the city (link).

This time, bang bang – heat, humidity, tall sky scrapers, taxis abound, lights endless, building(s) everywhere.

New York City. One like no other. This trip, not unlike last years, was prompted by a show – this time a couple big name home town favorites, together in sold out landmark performances at Radio City Music Hall – the forever young – Tony Bennett, and the extraordinarily excessive Lady Gaga.

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It was fantastic. Check my instagram for more on the show.

Show aside, the city is rich with imagery, classic to kitch. Big and well bigger.

Until next time.


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New York, June 2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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White Reaper opens at Neumos in Seattle 6-13-2015

 (elisa sherman)Oh my…first post of the year at practically the half way point…oops! Well, I suppose I will start off with something fun:) I got the chance to come out to Neumos to help support my friends nephew’s band White Reaper. They were on tour here opening for Electric Six. So fun – and loud. Makes me think I might need to get back out there more…we’ll see! It was a family affair as my friends sister, the lead singers mom, was also came out here to Seattle for the show…good times.

They are fun young band…good looking young guys that clearly enjoy playing music. I hope to see and hear more from them – their newest record ‘…does it again’ drops this month from Polyvinyl records.

…my camera heads to big apple in a couple days, so likely images from the concrete jungle will follow next week, and then Pride the following weekend at the end of the month – rainbows will abound!

For now – enjoy the fun pix of @whitereaperUSA


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White Reaper at Neumos 6-13-2015 – Images by Elisa Sherman