Picnic at the Palace of Fine Arts

hers-  striped shirt: Gap // jacket: Zara // jeans: J Brand // flats: Loeffler Randall // tote: Rovimoss c/o his-  hoodie: Gap // jeans: Gap // shoes: Vans other–  blanket: Target // tray: West Elm // dog harness: Organic Pet Boutique

Photos by Christine Sargologos


Mike and I are really bad at taking photos together. I’ll take one of him and Lola or vice versa, but we have a hard time asking people to take one of us together. Weird coming from a blogger who has photos of herself splashed all over her blog, I know. So, when the opportunity came up to have our photos taken together as a family (for the first time ever), I kinda squealed.

For the shoot, I wanted it to be very us and casual. Picnicking in the park is one of our favorites things to do and something we miss the most about living in San Francisco. Being able to lay around at a park without people staring at you or thinking you’re homeless has got to be one of the best parts about living in a city. The views, the people, the ease of it all. I just love it. There are so many beautiful parks in San Francisco (Lafayette, Fort Mason, Alta Plaza, Alamo Square, Dolores to name a few), but we decided to shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts for obvious reasons. It’s picturesque and beautiful, yet still casual and very us.

I could not be more in love with how these turned out. Christine really captured who we are together (which is mostly Mike making me laugh) and as cheesy as it may sound, I’m so grateful to finally have photos of our mini family. A huge thank you to Christine!



  1. February 27, 2014 / 8:28 am

    These are adorable! You’re making me want to go visit this park and just lounge all day!


  2. February 27, 2014 / 8:53 am

    gorgeous pictures!! I absolutely love seeing your furry little one…she is just the cutest:)
    XO, Gina

    • Crystalin
      February 27, 2014 / 9:10 am

      Thank you, Gina! :)

  3. February 27, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Crystalin, I cannot even begin to tell you how fabulous the blog is looking! I’m obsessed with the editorial feel of your new images, You and Christine are doing an AHH-mazing job.

    p.s. Love that you and your hunny could get a few sweet shots together.


    • Crystalin
      February 27, 2014 / 9:31 am

      Thank you so much, Chelsea! It means a lot to me :)

  4. February 27, 2014 / 9:35 am

    So adorable! Love this! :)

  5. February 27, 2014 / 11:40 am

    this is so fun to see! The photos are gorgeous and so is your cute family! =D

  6. February 27, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    absolutely stunning! these couldn’t have turned out better. xx

    • Crystalin
      February 27, 2014 / 12:20 pm

      You da best, Kate!

  7. February 27, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    These photos are beautiful! What a great idea to have something you love doing together captured! Such a great shoot to always look back on :)

    • Crystalin
      February 27, 2014 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you so much! :)

  8. February 27, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    The Palace of Fine Arts is one of my favorite places in the world! I grew up a few blocks away (before we moved to Hong Kong anyway) and there are photos of me as a toddler there with my dad, and I also remember getting bitten by a swan once (they’re so much more vicious than they look! lol)

    Gorgeous photos! :)

    • Crystalin
      February 28, 2014 / 7:25 am

      What a great childhood memory to have! Yes, those swan are mean. I think one of them leaned in to Lola lol.

  9. February 27, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Love these shots Crystalin! Believe it or not, we have the same issue over here with family photos! We just hired a photographer to shoot the 3 of us and I can not wait to see the final pics. You all look fab!

  10. Jenna Losé
    February 27, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    So adorable! I need to meet Lola soon, she is too cute! Loving the feel of these photos too!

    • Crystalin
      February 28, 2014 / 7:23 am

      Thank you, Jenna! You’ll have to meet Lola soon enough :)

  11. March 3, 2014 / 6:47 am

    Great photos!!! So inspiring. I really enjoyed looking at them. Hope to see more!

  12. March 3, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    I’m obsessed! You guys are the cutest ever and these photos are to die for. Christine is amazing!! Your posts have definitely gone to the next level, my dear. <3

    • Crystalin
      March 3, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      Aawww Nat, you’re so sweet!

  13. March 8, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Such lovely pictures. Your really have captured the feeling of spring, love and just being. Nice!

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