Warning: This post contains excess amounts of cuteness!
Longtime readers of Lemon Stripes know that I’ve been wearing essie ‘ballet slippers’ on my nails for years. It’s my go-to manicure color and I have it on 90% of the time. So when my favorite nail polish brand reached out to partner with me for a spring shoot, I got way too excited and may have gone over the top.
My friend Eva and I decided to be super extra and throw a full-on spring tea party with some girlfriends and our daughters to celebrate the launch of essie’s tea party-inspired spring 2019 collection. We each picked our favorite color from the line to wear for the photos. I chose ‘stirring secrets,’ a light nude beige/pink cream. Shocker. Eva went with ‘tiers of joy,’ a periwinkle blue with some iridescent lilac tones.
The older girls all painted their nails with the collection as well. Amalia wasn’t quite old enough yet but she fully enjoyed the company… And the cupcakes. I seriously can’t wait to take her for her first manicure in a few years. She’s already into fashion and accessories, so I have a feeling she’ll be all over nail polish too.
The women in these photos are some of my closest friends, and when we get our kids together to play and they all have a great time, it makes me so happy. I’m beyond lucky to have found such a fabulous group of girlfriends, and the fact that our kiddos love each other too gives me hope for future play dates and maybe even a vacation together… Dare I say it?
At first, Amalia was a little shy, but after about 10 minutes, she was up and dancing like a maniac and running around with the other girls. Whenever she’s in a new situation, she sits quietly for a few minutes and looks around before deciding if she’s in it to win it or not. There is always this moment where I see her open up. She gets a look in her eyes and she is suddenly comfortable and happy.
A friend of mine recently told me that she’ll make a great CEO one day because she assesses every situation before she makes a decision and doesn’t just jump in blindly. I love that!
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we loved taking them.
Thank you to essie for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own. Photos by Julia Dags.