February 25, 2010
February 23, 2010
February 22, 2010
I had such a phenomenal weekend, and spent most of last night and the better parts of this morning preparing some inspirational elements for my life and new endevours. Much of this inspiration stems from my visit to Soolip this past weekend, and the company of Sara Wolfram from OneLove Photography. I'll be posting a recap of Soolip and all the fun/inspiring things I saw, very very soon! Until then...have a fantastic, blooming Monday!
February 18, 2010
February 17, 2010
Before my boards are finished, though...I wanted to share an inspiration board that I came across on Snippet & Ink, one that I'm encouraging everyone to vote for as the winner of a board-to-shoot challenge. I hope my own wedding to take on this sort of theme one day, so let me know what you think (gorgeous soft pink, with dark/purply blues and gold accents...lovely!):
February 16, 2010
February 12, 2010
for the past few weeks, I've been slowly watching and reading an ever increasing amount of blogs tackling Valentines Day....arts and crafts ideas, dinner-out options, floral bouquets etc. As someone who loves all thing pretty, it's been a great year of fresh design ideas & inspirations to get a little creative. Here are some of my favorites:
2) These sweet "toothy" sentiments from Twig and Thistle are to-die-for. To me, a love note on ANYTHING is the perfect gift, especially when it's the first thing you would see in the morning.
3) JL Designs amazing Valentines Day bouquet collection...it transcends the boring floral norm, and gives you a choice of different designs for different tastes. I choose the California girl--I mean, who wouldn't want to have a few pieces of gorgeous fruit to share at the end of the night!
4) I'm of the camp that thinks chocolates are cheesy...but cookies? That's a different story, especially when they're shaped like hearts. These delectable Sugar Mamas treats are from the Heartbreaker Baker in Brooklyn, New York. Not sure if they ship or not, but I'd take them any day of the week!
5) And last but certainly not least....this lover of shoes found the perfect pair for the holiday from the Spring 2010 Melissa & Vivienne Westwood "Lady Dragon" collection, as originally seen on my newest favorite blog, Just a Girl in a City. They come in 7 different colors, and would be the perfect compliment to any sort of Valentines Day date!
All of the above being said, my objectionable and happy approach to the holiday hasn't always been the case...and in fact, until Valentines 2007, I had never had a "valentine" on the actual day. Even more frustrating, I have had the ominous pleasure of being broken-up with, not once BUT twice on the very day. Thankfully my most recent ex and I had an amazing dinner and snow day to break the cycle! To me now, Valentines Day has become a single girls celebration (not the Single-Awareness-Evil-Depression day as some make it out to be). More than ever, I'm proud to be single at 30...if nothing more than for the simple fact I've never settled, and I have the freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want. I'm not saying sometimes it doesn't get lonely, but...for the first time in my life, I'm pretty happy and very content...boyfriend or boyfriend-not.
In the rare has-happened-in-the-movies-case, if for some reason I get a Valentine between now and Sunday, Design Sponge hits the nail on the head for the perfect Valentines Day approach. I love the idea of a Snoop Dog teddy bear filled with cash and diamonds, but I'm OBSESSED with a perfectly bunched bouquet of flowers. Worried about what to say in the card? "Tu sei una stella...la mia stella! Cara mia, ti voglio bene."
Happy Valentines Day everyone! xoxo
February 11, 2010
for any of you who've worked retail, or perhaps have been folding laundry and watched a neatly stacked pile of silky or satiny shirts that you've so carefully folded, fall into a pile on the floor in a sudden rush that catches you off-guard...if any of you out there have experienced this annoyance...perhaps, then, can you possibly relate to the flood of thoughts and ideas creeping into my sleep last night.
February 10, 2010
i have been asking the same question of myself almost every day for the last two weeks..WHY THE HECK WAS I SO AFRAID TO START THIS JOURNEY BEFORE? Almost 6 months ago I read an article in Bride and Bloom that chronicled the life of Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty-founder-extraordinaire. I remember that day as if it were now, thinking and dreaming up a similar life for myself, wanting to rule my world and do things like wake up and read blogs/magazines, talk wedding shop all day, and design/design/design. Now, here I am doing just that, and I couldn't be happier.
February 9, 2010
February 8, 2010
aisles and aisles of glassware with pieces such as this adorable 1950's inspired malt/root beer float glass (made me wish it was 4th of July!)...
...Seer sucker! Don't worry... I immediately sent this picture to my friend Dave in Alabama who owns a few seer suckers suits to ask if he needed any replacement fabric...
...I love all of this! Rows and rows and rows of glittery fabric! and yes Halli and Doreen, some of these fabrics we already own (think kiss from a rose, billy-a-dit, and Joseph and his amazing technicolor dream coat)!
ahhh, downtown on a clear day is truly gorgeous. The day before, it had been pouring rain. For those outside of California, the day after a storm is always the best!
All in all, I had a fantastic week! Tomorrow I head up to Santa Barbara for my second major work day-by-the-sea, and this time we're heading to see a new event venue, visiting a local florist, and prepping for an amazing photo shoot at the end of the month. As my proverbial life question asks: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn't fail?". I think I've found my answer-nothing else but this!