Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Last Night I failed You

Last night, I failed you. You needed a different version of me last night, and I failed. I promise with everything inside of me to do better next time; I’m willing and I’m capable, and I’m just so sorry my sweet child.

Last night my expectations far exceeded our reality. Often times there’s a number of variables that exist outside of our circumstance that weigh on me. They build. The build so high that I reach out for any sense of “normalcy” in a routine of ours; but you weren’t ready for this overnight. It was such an unrealistic expectation to expect so much of out of you in one moment. It was blatantly unfair, and I’m so very sorry. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Finding a Mentor

Hey all! Since stepping away from my other work and starting Ellie & June, I’ve been approached so many times from people with great ideas who just want to take that dive and are looking for advice. Originally I planned to write a post on how to create the supportive infrastructure to take that leap of faith. I came up with about 10 items but quickly learned I wanted to speak to each of them in more depth. As a consequence, I decided to break each item up into individual posts 🙂

When I first bulleted my list, I wrote “Find a Mentor” first.  To me the word “mentor” isn’t a phrase I use lightly. Here’s where I want you to pay attention: my mentor is not my exceedingly supportive husband. It is not one of my parents. It isn’t the most knowledgeable person I know. It isn’t my most successful friend. For the purpose of today, I say mentor in a professional context. This is someone who will inspire you to see the world in a different way. This is someone you work closely with, perhaps often. Think The Devil Wears Prada… except ideally in a healthier context.

My experience with my mentor had three characteristics that I’m writing about today: 1) My mentor didn’t appeal to me whatsoever in the realm of “failure or success”; rather his personal attributes exceeded the maturity of mine. 2) I offered to work for this person for free. I figured the rest out. 3) My mentor has no idea he was (and still is) my greatest mentor. For real.

Now let’s break those down. View Post


Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Artful Blogging

You guys… I am just so incredibly honored to have been featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Artful Blogging. This is such a beautiful magazine; packed with inspiration and the narratives of just wonderful and creative people. As someone who doesn’t come from this background at all, I’m just so honored to be included among such talented individuals. I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you who has stopped by my blog, my shop, or my Instagram account and followed along- truly, your support means so very much to me. Virtual glass tip 🙂

I was asked to write a piece about my Instagram account and how I got my start there. I wrote a little bit about my background, how I take my photos and why I like to/how I get into the frame.

The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels as well. If you happen to pick up a copy, I sincerely hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out their other amazing publications like Where Women Create, which has been one of my favorites for years!

All my love to you all,



Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Funny Things that drive new parents nuts

With another Fourth of July behind us, I have to pause and laugh at how uncool I’ve become over the years. Let me rephrase that: My coolness is like an inverted bell curve. It was high before kids, it dipped at ludicrous speed when my kids were infants, and now it’s back on the rise as they’re getting older 😉

Before I had kids I would glare at my husband on the Fourth of July like: All you bought were snakes and sparklers?! Get the f— out of here and go buy something illegal.

Then my daughter was born and she was a whole four months old for her first Fourth of July and I was like: Dear God I hope all the neighbors just have snakes this year. View Post