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have a blonde holiday!

wishing everyone a holiday full of blonde memories…

the blonde photo 2009 holiday card!

once again, the super talented + fun quinn peyser has created a phenomenal holiday postcard for blonde photo! yay!

i’m officially closing down the office and heading out on the road tomorrow – traveling the up + down the east coast, visiting family + friends and celebrating the holidays! i’m sending out hundreds of these joyous little postcards, but if you’re not on my mailing list please enjoy this e-version and have a fabulous holiday season!

here’s to love, life, and memories worth capturing!

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the spirit of giving.

help me spread the love this season.

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above: feed 100 bag :: www.feedprojects.org

LEAVE A COMMENT, MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

with the holidays upon us, and christmas right around the corner, everyone is super busy preparing for their celebrations and gatherings with family + friends. however, no one works harder during this time of year than the charity organizations who serve the neediest members of our communities. i try to make charity work a year-round effort, yet the holiday season always brings the less fortunate to the forefront of my attention.

as i take inventory of all that i am thankful for this year, i also realize how much i have to share. i believe it is my civic responsibility to help my community, both locally + globally, in every way that i can. more importantly, i’ve realized along the way that donating doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant in order to be effective. in fact, i’ve been so impressed this season with all the creative ways that retailers are making donating *easy* for customers. i’m thrilled that williams-sonoma and other shops are enabling lots of people to donate a little (just $1!) to awesome organizations like st. jude’s research hospital at the register, and are raising millions. i loved how easy anthropologie made it for me to participate in their local toy drive by offering adorable stuffed animals for around $15 to add to my purchase at check out. and just this week i discovered that for the cost of the ingredients for a few batches of christmas cookies, i was able to purchase a feed 100 bag (above) from whole foods which will provide meals for 100 school children in rwanda.

i feel great about all the little ways i’ve helped to make a difference through these donations. however, what i really love is the ability to make a visible impact by volunteering. my favorite organizations to volunteer with are habitat for humanity (the dc chapter is amazing!) local food kitchens like miriam’s kitchen, and any organization that works with children + education. doing this type of work makes me happier than anything else – i feel fulfilled knowing i am making a positive impact through my efforts. i believe that everyone needs to feel a sense of purpose and a connection to the world that can be achieved through volunteerism, and that this work is essential to the human spirit.

because volunteerism is so important to me i love hearing the ways in which people give back in their lives. there are people who give their time, people who share their talents, people who donate money, and people who devote their entire lives to helping others. from the venerable duties of the hospice volunteers, to the incredible efforts of the food bank workers, the tireless social workers, the driven community organizers, and the quiet philanthropists everywhere – i applaud you, and i thank you.

i honestly believe we shape our lives by the choices we make. therefore, i choose to be inspired by that which is good in this world. 

so today i say to you: INSPIRE ME!

i’m asking that everyone leave a comment and share your feelings about volunteering. tell me about your favorite charity or organization or someone that inspires you through their service. or better yet, share a personal experience volunteering and how it made a difference in someone’s life. 

there are two reasons why your comment is important, check it out…

1) i hope to learn about some fantastic new charities + organizations and to be inspired by your stories of goodwill.  

2) i plan to donate $1 for every comment left on this post to one lucky commenter’s charity of choice, in their name!

so what are you waiting for? leave a comment, and then pass this post on to a friend, and tell them to leave a comment! remember, the more comments left the more i donate!

let’s make a difference together – one comment, one idea, one dollar at a time! 

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merry christmas! feliz navidad!

a very merry christmas and feliz navidad from kissimmee, florida…i snapped these pics last night in my grandmother’s neighborhood – enjoy!

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elf yourself!

happy holidays! 

please click here for hilarious holiday cheer. 

me + john dancing in the north pole.
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another holiday party.

friday night the mayflower was in full holiday swing…nearly every one of the 300+ revelers came bearing a present for the toys for tots program, which were gratefully accepted by the marine volunteers. the party was the perfect blend of class and sass – glammed up guests sipped holiday cocktails and enjoyed international cuisine before getting perfectly crazy on the dance floor – a great combination! highlights included professional tango dancers, a belly dancer, an impromtu rendition of soulja boy, and my personal favorite – the chinese lion dance!

enjoy!

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mistletoe + cocktails.

i had the pleasure of photographing the 5th annual mistletoe & cocktails party (for the second year in a row) at the paper moon in georgetown…it’s been quite awhile since i’ve shot a party, and it was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd…all the usual suspects were seen and noted and captured on camera, looking ever-so-glamorous and bursting with holiday cheer, or was it champagne…? nearly everyone asked where i’ve been and one guy even told me “it was an honor” to finally meet me, that i’m “like a legend.” LOL! the blonde photographer strikes again! hopefully the great pics from tonight will do me and my reputation justice…either way, it was a great night, thanks to all the santa-hat wearers and fancy holiday dresses, as well as dj bryan gomes who easily won me over by playing ice, ice baby…excellent! and even though someone referring to me as a “legend” is pretty awesome, the quote of the night still goes to the dapper young man (who shall remain nameless) who made my night when he hilariously described himself as “half man, half amazing.”

a big YAY for holiday parties!

the venue…
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the hosts…
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the santas…
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the ladies…
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the party…
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and, of course, the mistletoe…
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christmas time in the city…

it’s december! so i went out and bought a christmas tree – because yes, even single girls that live in studio apartments should have their own christmas tree. nevermind that i own no decorations (except for one tiny pair of peruvian dolls i bought in s. america) – little white lights alone look just fantastic on the lush green branches…
so i went to the garden district, my neighborhood urban garden shop, and selected a perfect little 5ft. fraser fir. everyone tried (unsuccessfully) to convice me to get a mini-tree, a tabletop-size version, but i wouldn’t have it. the tree looks perfect in my place and so far the cat hasn’t attacked it – although late last night i caught her drinking the water…

happy holidays!

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