Audrey & Daniel’s Modern Botanical Invite

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From day one it seems Audrey (my now sister in law!) had the perfect vision for what her wedding day would be. The setting, the colors, the style – her idea was clear.  Meticulous planning, a keen eye for detail and her impeccable taste made that vision a reality when she married Daniel  on a beautiful day in September. Audrey and Daniel’s (who most people know as “Grub”) wedding was dreamy, elegant, fun, and so uniquely them.

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Audrey is immensely talented and I admire so much her creativity and personal style. Collaborating with her on this invitation was a dream in part because her idea was so refined. I chose a simple, all text invitation. It’s elegance is in it’s minimalism. We printed on a beautiful, heavy, cotton paper with a soft texture. The luxe paper elevated the simple design.

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The special “moment” of this invitation is definitely the vellum overlay. The rose illustration nods to the natural, botanical theme of the wedding and adds interest. The barely there names are a delicate and magical touch. I incorporated the floral graphic into the ceremony and luncheon insert to tie the theme of the entire suite together.

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Thank you Audrey & Grub for including me in your beautiful day. I’m lucky to have such crazy talented family members who are a ton of fun to work with.

If you’ve been following along you may have noticed this has been a big year for weddings in my family – 3 siblings just this year! I still have one more to post and I’m excited to share it.

Classy Confetti Wedding Invitation

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This pretty little invitation suite was created for my littlest sister, Elizabeth, for her wedding this past week. Her wedding was absolutely dreamy AND a total blast – a post about that coming soon – and I hope that these invitations set the stage for the great big party that it was!

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Because I was very involved with the planning of the wedding it was easy to nail down a look and feel that would match the event. I was going for something that would illustrate a fun celebration but elevated, and refined. The confetti in a gold and champagne palette did just the thing.

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I used simple geometric shapes to add a vintage, art deco feel. The classic script font added whimsy and femininity.

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The finishing touch was the shiny gold envelope liners. They really made the gold tones in the confetti pop and gave the suite the luxe, glam feeling I wanted to convey.

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Congratulations Elizabeth and Troy! I can’t wait to share more details from their great, big fabulous day next week!

 

 

Eleven: Stranger Things Halloween Costume

The Netflix series Stranger Things is what happens when TV looks at me and says “Thank you for almost 3 decades of faithful devotion – here is everything you want in a TV show.” 80’s nostalgia, golden age Steven Spielberg feel, badass kids, science fiction, cool small town cop, a moody emo kid, science fiction, The Clash – literally there isn’t anything I didn’t like about this show. Maybe Stranger Things was TV’s way of apologizing for The Walking Dead becoming unwatchable.

Thank you, TV.

The Stranger Things character I adored most was Eleven. The mysterious new kid in town with awesome telekinetic powers. She also loves Eggos, so we actually have something in common.

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I put together my costume using some items I already had and a few late night Amazon purchases. The pink collared dress was around $20 and the blue wind breaker  $12 on Amazon. The dress didn’t come with the smocking on the bodice which I decided was a SUPER important detail about an hour before our Halloween party so I sewed the “mock smocking” myself. That’s the thing with costumes of characters who wear “real clothes” – the little things can make a big difference. If you want to create this look yourself but can’t find a pink collared dress you can use any pink dress and add a dickie – it’s a real thing that is a fake collar you wear under a shirt or dress.

I didn’t want to pay $8 for tube socks so I got a pair of my husband’s and drew some (totally janky) stripes with green and yellow marker. My Chuck Taylor’s weren’t true to Eleven’s wardrobe, she wears white sneakers, but I figured they were period appropriate and still had the right feel to them.

Eleven is a little girl who’s been a prisoner of a government test facility her whole life so she doesn’t wear a lot of makeup. I used my Maskcara HAC palette to give myself some fierce highlight and contour for a realistic, sullen look. (NOTE: If you’re not familiar with highlight and contour it’s when you draw a new, BETTER face on top of your old face using light and dark makeup.) I gave myself a little bloody nose with some red lip stain and wore a blonde wig. If you’re a boy, just buzz your head.

Don’t forget an empty box of Eggos – It’s a fun detail that fans of the show will LOVE and totally get, plus it doubles as a purse for holding your cell phone, keys and candy.

Happy Halloween!!!

 

 

Beautiful Bohemian Bridal Shower

Two weeks ago my sister, Katie, and I spent 3 days together thrifting, spray painting and even doing a little macrame all to put together a beautiful bohemian bridal shower for our sister, Liz. The long days and midnight runs to our hometown Wal-Mart were all worth it to celebrate and honor our littlest.

Once we settled on our boho theme our plans came together quickly. I think having a clear vision of the look and feel you want your for party is one of the best ways to save you time and stress while planning. The more specific you can be the better. I learned a trick while working at Anthropologie assisting with displays that I find very helpful: When defining your theme try to put into words both what it is and what it isn’t.

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What it is: natural, light, feminine. What it isn’t: hippie, tie dye, ethnic.

What it is: Free People, Coachella. What it isn’t:  Co-op, Phish concert.

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You may recognize the space from my baby shower post . The room is on the upper floor of Dr. Christopher’s Herb Shop in Springville, Utah. The historic building is bursting with charm including the original tin ceiling. The Herb Shop rents the space for parties, classes and other events.

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For centerpieces we used flower arrangements and a mis-matched collection of votives, geodes, crystals, plants and drift wood. The vases for our flower arrangements are drinking glasses from Ikea that we spray painted gold. I love how the spray paint gave the glasses a studded look. The votives are from Oriental Trading – they’re affordable and versatile. They’re a great investment if you do a lot of parties. The geodes and crystals were loaned to us.

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We covered each of the tables with white linens. We were able to affordably make lace runners using curtain panels from Ikea. We cut each panel into thirds giving us 6, 19″ wide runners for just over $2 a piece.

These gold framed mirrors (they came with the space) provided the perfect backdrop for our food table. We draped the same material we used for table runners across the top and then added these cool carved wood string lights. Lastly we wired floral arrangements to the corners and center.

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Kate and I thought adding some macrame pieces would be a really cool touch. Literally our only frame of reference for what this would require was our mom saying she used to do it in high school. How hard could it be, right? We definitely underestimated how time consuming macrame can be. After 2 late nights following online tutorials Katie created two amazing pieces including this wall hanging.

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Every great event needs something special and surprising. We thought a “Bridal Throne” would be just the thing to be a fun focal point and make Liz feel extra special. The wicker chair was borrowed from a friend’s porch with a promise to return it in better condition than we found it. We sanded and spray painted it a crisp clean white and created a large floral spray which we wired to the back of the chair as a finishing touch. We hung a thrifted lace tablecloth ($3.99) and moroccan style lanterns for a backdrop and surrounded the throne with lots of potted plants. Can you even believe that gorgeous amethyst? (graciously loaned to us, unfortunately not for keeps.)

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We were able to do ALL the flowers for under $50. How? Costco! 3 of their “premium bouquets” provided enough florals for 5 centerpieces and 6 decorative sprays. This was my first attempt at floral design and I feel like I did alright. The loose, wildflower style we were going for was very forgiving when it came to putting together arrangements.The rich jewel tones of the florals were the perfect accent to our neutral color palette.

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The favor we sent our guests home with was these cute potted succulents. Did you know you can buy succulents in bulk from Amazon? Cause yeah, you totally can. They come right to your door for $2 each. A mini terra cotta pot plus more gold + white spray paint and there you have it.

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So happy we could shower this dream boat bride-to-be in a way as stylish as she is.

Portland

After a week of 115+ degree days here in Vegas I jumped at the chance to head up to Portland for a few days with Mike while he worked. Despite my hipster tendencies I’d never actually visited the land of all things local and organic. The city easily won my heart and I can’t wait for the chance to go back. This isn’t a definitive guide, with only 3 1/2 days to spend there and a two year old in tow, I hardly experienced all Portland has to offer – but here’s a little of what we did see and love.

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Multnomah Falls – A few minutes south of the city and well worth the trip. Super short and easy hike (walk?) to a great viewing area.

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Nong’s Khao Man Gai. Simple chicken and rice dish with a sauce that – to borrow a phrase from the ever eloquent Guy Fieri – takes you straight to flavor town. We ate here twice and took home two bottles of sauce. We visited the restaurant on Ankeny street but she also has a food cart downtown.

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The Max, Portland’s light rail system, made it super easy to get around the city. My son and I took it every day into downtown to explore. There’s lots to see and shop in the Pearl District (Powell’s Books is a must visit)  We also rode it out to the Oregon Zoo in Washington park. This was a great way to spend 1/2 a day.

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Salt & Straw makes handmade ice creams in a variety of uniqe flavors. We waited in line about 20 minutes, but in my opinion, no wait is too long. Do whatever you have to do to try this ice cream. Some of the flavors seem strange but they let you sample as many as you’d like so you don’t have to worry about ice cream buyers remorse. I got Honey Lavender and Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black pepper while Mike ordered Carmel Corn on the Cob and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle each in a freshly made waffle cone. I don’t just throw around the word “perfection” people, but this ice cream was it.

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Canon beach has been on my “must see” list for a while. Simple and beautiful, the magic of this place is undeniable.

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The little aquarium in Seaside ended up being the hit of our trip. Though humble and nondescript this charming place is a total gem. The highlight is the seal tank. The extra two bucks for a tray of fish to feed them is well worth it.

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Maybe the only thing wrong with Portland is there is TOO MUCH good food. You’re pretty much living in constant FOMO knowing you’re limited to just how many restaurants you can visit. Sizzle Pie was great and sells by the slice which is a real blessing when you’re impatient toddler requests “Pizza pizza pizza” for dinner.

My favorite may have been the food carts downtown. There’s an entire block of them in Pioneer Square. The choices are varied and everything looks & smells delicious. We decided on a bulgogi burrito from Korean Twist and a variety of dumplings from The Dump Truck. 

Skip Voodoo Doughnuts. I think the true test of a great doughnut shop is if they can get the simple things right – not how much crap they can pile on top of the icing. Try Blue Star instead and get the buttermilk bar.

Portland – 5 Stars, definitely would recommend.

The coolest dad gift 

Just before Christmas a friend of mine asked if she could hire me for a project. Her father in law had casually been making and selling his homemade hot sauce for a while but with his retirement approaching had decided to devote more time to the business. The bottle labels he was using were basic at best. For Christmas she wanted to gift him a professionally designed logo and branding identity and shiny new labels for his hot sauce. I thought the idea was fab, and when I saw the photo of him she wanted used in the logo I got very excited about the direction this project would go.

   
Clearly this man is a badass and my friend wanted to convey as much with the logo. She also wanted a modern, but down home feeling. 

  
I saw the finished product the other day and I love the way they turned out. Seriously, such a cool gift idea. What dad wouldn’t love a professionally made logo, business card, or website for their sweet little side project? 

  

Valentines for the socially awkward

Valentine’s Day is the worst. I don’t need to get into specifics – either you love it or you hate it. I fall into the second group – always have. Perhaps it all started in 3rd grade when my crush gave me this maddeningly vague Valentine card:

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I agonized over whether “You’re cool” was his way of saying “Be my Girlfriend” or putting me in the friend zone. I checked his signature and was pretty sure that “O” in his name looked a little bit heart shaped…intentional? No?

While I now realize his mom most definitely filled out those cards and gave zero craps about who got what pre-printed sentiment, the experience caused a lot of anxiety at the time. And isn’t the insincerity of the whole stupid day really what makes it so terrible? Expressions of love made only out of obligation?

So If you hate Valentine’s Day, but also don’t want to look like a jerk, You could give your significant other this card:

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Or if a big part of your socialization came from the characters on Seinfeld, (like me) you may be more interested in this one:

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Or maybe you’re one of those couples that is just killing it. You want a card that says as much, but in as few words as possible:

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The inside is blank so you can write your own message. Something like “That’s us, babe!” or “What does this mean? Who talks like this?”

If you like these cards you can download the files and print them yourself for free, just click the links below…but it’s up to you to figure out the whole double sided printing thing.

“I hate Valentine’s Day” 

“You’re the One” 

“#Relationshipgoals”

Happy Valentine’s Day or whatever.