Hi! I’m Lyndsay Almeida, a lifestyle photographer based in sunny North Florida. My blog is full of photoshoots, crafty projects, outfit posts, photography tips, and rambles about my family and faith.
If we're going to be blog friends here are a few more things you should know:
I love Jesus Christ and strive to live a life that honors Him. My husband, Anderson, and I have the cutest little boy (Kingston Rock) in the world. It's true. There was a scientific study, and he won. I adore our little family!
I started Pink Coffee Photo five years ago; and as you can see, bright colors (and coffee) make me a happy girl!
Thrift stores are my favorite places to shop, and most of my "down time" is spent making crafty DIY projects.
Check out some of my favorite post categories on the right.
After years of resisting, I finally set up a Facebook business page over the weekend where I plan to post photo updates, photography tips, and ??? I have no idea what else! My biggest reason for holding out this long is because I didn’t think I could keep up with yet another website. Ahh! It kinda makes my brain hurt just thinking about it! But now that so much of the social media world is/can be automated, I’m excited to give it a try.
I love to shop! Getting dressed and putting outfits together is so much fun to me, especially when the outfits are for Kingston. Ha! He doesn’t really care what he wears yet and gets excited about dressing up and looking “handsome.” So I’m enjoying playing dress up with him while it lasts! (Leave me alone. I have one kid. He happens to be a boy. And I need to play dress up, so…) The only downside is when I go on a mission to find something really specific. It’s over. Nothing else will do. I don’t like to settle, and that makes things tricky, because I can’t always find what I’m looking for at the mall. And shopping at boutiques in our area is usually disappointing. Kingston and I walked the entire mall a few weeks ago looking for a pair of shoes for him. I could see them in my head, but none of the stores had them. Ugh! This is why I’ve come to love shopping online. Y’all. You can find ANYTHING online! Sometimes friends even ask me to search for things for them too. I’m telling you, me and Google are a good team!
So in the spirit of shopping and putting outfits together, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite places to shop online for little boys.
H&M – This is probably my favorite online shop for Kingston. We go to the actual store sometimes, but now that they sell on their website I usually just buy everything there. I’ve found that our local store sells out of stuff pretty quickly, but I can almost always find it online. Their pants fit my tall skinny boy great, but the sizing is a little weird. For pants and shorts we have to go down one size, but the shirts have a more standard fit. And I buy almost all of Kingston’s skinny jeans from the girl’s section here.
Zara – Zara is kind like H&M’s older, cooler, more refined cousin. Ha! I get a lot of shirts from this store, and they last forever. By the time he outgrows them they still have a ton of wear left. The quality is my favorite thing about Zara. And the shoes. Those are my other favorite thing. And their jeans fit really well too!
Target – We go to Target at least twice a week, but I rarely shop for kid’s clothes in the store. It’s easier to do it at home in front of my computer with no child in the giant cart saying he wants to “Go look at the toys!” We have a Target card, so shipping is free, and we get a whopping 5% off. I’ll take it! I usually only find a few shirts here and there, but this spring have come across a lot of goodies! The only downside to buying from Target is that every other kid we run into has on the same outfit. :)
Baby Gap – Best jeans ever! They always have fun, on-trend accessories too.
JC Penney – Yes. I’m serious. You know how I said Kingston and I walked the entire mall looking for shoes? Our very last desperate stop was JC Penney. I hadn’t been to that store in years, but a babysitter had just mentioned that she saw some great kid’s stuff there. I found the exact shoes I was looking for. And they were so cheap! A few stops before that I had almost settled for a pair that were three times as much as these. And as we were headed to the check-out counter I spotted a bunch of cute clothes too! But I was too exhausted to look. Next time we’re at the mall I’ll check it out, and I’m also packing some energy bars to keep up with my shopping buddy! Or maybe I’ll just eat my energy bar in front of the computer…
Etsy – Oh, Etsy! You are my other favorite. I know. I have like 5 favorites, but this site has the best toddler accessories. And I love supporting small businesses! I’ve found cute bow-ties, suspenders and hats here.
Okay – This could get really long and drawn out, so that’s it for today!
I picked out a few favorite pieces from some of these stores and added links at the bottom of the post if you’re interested.
Sunday afternoon we left church and headed straight for the beach. It’s a long 10 minute drive! Our first stop was The Flying Iguana, a new-ish Latin Fusion restaurant in Neptune Beach. We sat outside and shared a bunch of tacos (the Dirty South was my favorite) then walked across the street and played at the beach. Kingston rolled around in the sand, threw handfuls of the stuff at us, then dug a hole and curled up inside it. Ha! We were all covered when we go back in the car. ‘Tis the season for floorboards full of sand and shells!
You can find us here until September.
“Baby Beckham” (that’s what Kingston calls him) is about 15 months old. He was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) at 24 weeks gestation and had his first surgery at 12 days old. HLHS is a heart condition where the left side of the heart does not develop properly or continue to grow with the right proportions. For almost 2 months after Beckham’s birth things were relatively “normal” but that changed about a year ago. Since then Beckham has been in and out of the hospital a lot. At one point he was on life support for 8 days and underwent open heart surgery to repair his tricuspid valve.
Last fall his mom wrote this post. It’s long, and you will cry, but it will give you a very real look at what this family is dealing with. The extremely short version is that Beckham’s parents, Beto and Lindsey, were told they could take him home from the hospital in September. There’s nothing more the doctors can do. He is not improving. The only way to improve is through a heart surgery doctors have deemed him unfit for due to the extent of his brain injury.
We’ve never met Beto and Lindsey or Baby Beckham, but we pray for them often. They recently did a fundraiser with “Beats for Beckham” t-shirts, so I got one for Kingston. Every time he wears it we talk about Baby Beckham and pray for him and his mommy and daddy. My heart aches for this family and everyone who loves them, and I’m constantly inspired by the way they try to focus on cherishing each day and being grateful for the smallest blessings.
Lindsey recently wrote this: “We do not know how many days we still have with him. All we know is that we’re thankful for today.”
If you want to keep up with Beckham and his parents (so you can know how to pray for them) you can follow their Facebook page or blog.
Blazer – Thrifted
Top – Umgee
Jeans – Target
Bag – Betsey Johnson
Glasses – F21
Shoes – Thrifted (Goodwill for the win!)
I’ve been on the hunt for some gold and/or leather tennis shoes. These were sold out online, and our store didn’t even have them.
So I had my eye on these, but then took a quick trip to Goodwill and saw the cutest brand new gold shoes. For $4.
The search is over!
PS – I saw some cute ones here too if you’re interested.