blog love: Shades of Gray

"hey you guuuuuys" (yes, like the Goonies), i'm so excited to introduce you to my last sponsor for the month of March, the lovely Amira from Shades of Gray. if she's new on your radar she won't be for long. this girl has some rockin' style, get's creative in the kitchen all while taking amazing pictures of the things that surround her: her man and her four legged daughter. whaaa? yep, read on...
xo TJ


What are five words to describe your personality? 
Weird, inquisitive, affectionate, spunky and passionate 

Why did you decide to start blogging?
Initially my little blog was just for family and friends. My husband (boyfriend at the time) Brandon and I took a 3 week trip to Europe and wanted to share our trip pictures with everyone back home. We got engaged while we were there, so it quickly turned into a wedding planning blog (still just for family and friends). After the wedding, I missed blogging and decided to continue to document my first year as a newlywed. About five months ago, I decided to go "public" with my blog and have absolutely fallen in love with the blogging community and have "met" some of the most incredible women. I'm hoping to print my blog at the end of the year so my husband and I will always have my memories and pictures in print. 
How did you name your blog?
It was originally called Wanderlust (a great desire to travel). Once I got married and became Mrs. Gray, I figured my blog could use a new name too. Thus, Shades of Gray was born. In the corniest way possible, my blog is a reflection of the different shades that make up ME, Mrs. Gray. 

What are some of your favorite blogs?
This kind of feels like choosing my favorite child! I have so many favorites. A couple of my daily reads are:

What do you do when you are not blogging?
I work full-time for a biotech company, and I'm also in grad school for Library Science. So when I'm not at work, or writing a paper, I really like to relax. I'm pretty much a little old lady trapped in a 28 year old's body. My perfect night consists of pajamas, lots of blankets, my favorite movie (or a good book), and some delicious food (because food makes everything better). I also really enjoy photography and trying new restaurants. 
You are quite the little traveler. What has been your favorite place to visit so far? 
Oh this is a tough one because the places I've been vary so drastically from each other. I think my favorite would have to be Venice, Italy. I spent three days there and they were filled with pasta, phenomenal views, old architecture and more pasta. Walking through the narrow labyrinth of streets, eating fresh bread and smiling at cute Italian boys is something a girl could get used to.  (Amsterdam reminded me of Venice in A LOT of ways, but we visited in the coldest part of December so that made it a bit less enjoyable than Venice.) 

Tell us a little about your tattooed hubby and four-legged daughter!
Haha, my tattooed hubby is Brandon. He's one of those annoying types that seem to do everything well. He had a trillion hobbies when we met (taught surf camp, tutored elementary students, sang in a band, restored old cars, welded and sold furniture) which made me feel like the most boring person alive. He is now an attorney practicing employment law.  We brought Lucy home about 4 years ago when she was a little tiny puppy and I've been wrapped around her tiny paw ever since. She's the sweetest, most loving dog you'll ever meet. But only if you're a human. If you're a dog she'll probably be really mean to you. She's kinda jealous like that and wants to be the only four-legged creature in our lives.
In one post you wrote hunky Ryan Gosling speaks librarian. Care to elaborate?
Haha, one of my readers pointed out a "Hey Girl" website geared towards librarians! Since I'm studying to be a librarian, this was the most exciting discovery I've made all month. (Maybe even all year.) 

You have never lived anywhere else then southern California. Where's one place you are dying to live? 
I would love to live on the East Coast just once in my life. Somewhere like New York City, or DC, or even a tiny town in Maine. I just want to experience a different culture than so cal. I also have dreams of experiencing the south. I want to sit on a big porch in the fall, drinking sweet tea surrounded by huge trees. I'm also curious about Portland, Orgeon and Austin, Texas :-) 

What are your future goals? 
First and foremost, I want to finish school. I'll have my Master's this December! Then I would love to get started on making little Grays :-)


yeah...i know, she's kind of perfect. now, what are you waiting for? go make Amira's day and check out her amazing blog!! 
you know you want to!


  1. Can't wait to check her blog out :)

  2. I shall indeed check her blog out

    Love those photographs


  3. i love amira! great post. especially because ryan gosling is on it too.
    xx jes

  4. hahahaha i am loving all these ryan gosling pictures that keep popping up everywhere!! they are so funny! and i am definitely checking out her blog! my husb and i LOVE southern california!

  5. We love Mrs Gray and her lovely little blog. It's quite addictive! ;)

    Amira, we can always help you navigate your way around either DC or any of our lovely southern states!!

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  6. aww! so cute! lovely blog!
    and i know exactly what you are talkingabout with that goonies quote, classic!


  7. Aw! I love Amira's blog! It was one of the first blogs I found when I started blogging and have been hooked ever since.

  8. Oh I love happy to have met her recently at the San Diego meetup.

  9. How fun, going over to check out their blog :)

  10. LOVE Amira!! We go way back (high school) and she really is this sweet, spunky, and beautiful in person. So glad she jumped in and started blogging "for real"! :)

  11. love this! going to check their blog out.

  12. I love that you're in library school! I work for a book publishing company, in the Education & Library department! Fun! Let me know if you need a good book : ) Are you concentrating on a particular age group?

    Also, I just posted pics of the details from my bridal shower/bachelorette. Check em out if you get a chance!


  13. I already love and follow Shades of Gray but it's awesome to learn more about Amira! And yes, I totally agree with everything you said in your intro about her blog :)

  14. lovely blog! Thanks for linking me over. And yes! I agree on being best friends, because goonies is one of my all time favorite movies. I was thrilled your opened your post with it. xoxo

  15. So sweet of you to share such lovey people!

  16. love getting to know amira! can't wait to go check out shades of gray :) thanks for the introduction! XO brynn

  17. If you want trees, come to Portland (I'm not in Portland, but pretty close). At least visit in early summer or early fall!

  18. Amira is awesome! Love love love her blog! Really glad you did this Q&A with her because I found out a lot more about her!


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