Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Roundup: Watercolor World

Lately, I've been feeling inspired by the dreamy qualities of watercolor. I love the beautiful pastel tones it can create and the elements of imperfection in its blotted application; it's almost as though a popsicle melted to create a gorgeous work of art, so I'm especially drawn to that kind of imagery during these hot summer days
1. ASOS One shoulder dress in rainbow smudge print,  2. House to Home,  3. Watercolor business cards by Jordan of Oh Happy Day!,  4. Dipped-die linens from Sweet Paul Magazine,  5. Echo Design textural ikat diamond scarf,  6. Watercolor fashion illustration by Silverridge Studio,  7. Kaveri shams from Anthropologie,  8. Color cosmopolitan wedges from Anthropologie,  9. Watercolor notecard by Rifle Paper

Thursday, July 28, 2011

In the Studio: Swanky bachelorettes

My sister, Saralyn and I are the Maids of Honor for our sister, Katie's wedding this fall. We're throwing her a super fun bachelorette party at a swanky hotel in San Diego for which I have created these invites for. I knew there was a lot of information and formalities I wanted to include so I played up all the text with font flourishes and a mix of serifed, san serif and script fonts. I didn't want to make it overtly girly so I created a staggered wood panel background with a decorative border and a splash of lady-like plumerias. For the back, I created a romantic heart and arrow with Katie and her husband, Justin's initials scripted across it. The black envelopes were fitting for the theme of the night which I addressed with a white ink pen, and I like that they're sealed at the side rather than width-wise

{ Victory Paper Designs }

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Killer cacti

There's so many lovely little details to ooh and aah over in this wedding tablescape from the uber fabulous Jesi Haack. The color scheme is so bright and vivid especially in the hot pink chiavari chairs! The little pink cacti name cards are the perfect touch for this desert wedding (note in picture 4: the name card is for Penny!), and the cake is probably my favorite part with its delightful painted chevrons, I wouldn't want to ruin it by eating it!

Jesi Haack Designs, Photography by Gabriel Ryan, Cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop, Florals and design by JL Designs

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gettin' ink done

I love the look of tattoos, but sometimes the anxiety of a lifetime commitment to an ideal prevents me from getting more (I currently have just one). So I pretty much can't get over the coolness of these temporary tattoo designs by Tattly. The designer humor is so clever, especially the skin tone Pantone color swatch!

Tattly via Design Sponge

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stamped with love

While running errands this past weekend, I came across a variety of inked stamp sets at Michaels (I swear, I could spend all day in that store just poking around at all the fun crafts they have!). I've really become enamored with the idea of personalized ink stamps, whether it be for labels or return address's like your own little block print! The stamps at the store were nice, but I haven't been able to get out of my head these return address stamps from Paper Pastries who I saw at the Renegade Craft Fair a few weekends ago. The fonts are so pretty and fun! As soon as I plant myself in a home that I know I'll be living in for more than a year, I'll purchase one of these and be sending out correspondence on a regular basis, I'm sure

Paper Pastries

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Roundup: I scream, you scream...

With a heat wave still blazing through parts of the country, (never hit here in's a moderate 60 degrees out right now) everyone seems to be clamoring for a way to cool off, be it air-conditioned compounds, swimming pools, or yes, ice cream; such a staple of summer and undoubtedly a welcome relief from the baking sun. Grab a scoop, won't you?

1. DIY ice cream holder from 100 Layer Cake,  2. Eat Drink Chic ice cream gift tags,  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Neapolitan dress worn by the gorgeous Blair of Atlantic-Pacific,  4. Ice cream truck photo by Eliza Claire,  5. Animal cracker ice cream sandwiches from Oh Joy!,  6. Vintage ice cream spoons from BeachHouseLiving,  7. SKYplay photo series by Horst via Double Takes blog,  8. Notched bowl from Pigeon Toe Ceramics,  9. DIY ice cream sandwiches by Twig & Thistle,  10. Betsey Johnson Sweet Treats tote via Nordstrom 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stella cake!

This is really cool, a citrus cake inspired by the Stella McCartney citrus tunic! So fashionable...and tasty!

Anthology magazineStella McCartney citrus tunic

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hotel room lust

I'm simply drooling over every detail of this scrumptious room at The Tides Hotel in South Beach, Florida. The design comes from the enormously talented Kelly Wearstler (who by the way, after viewing her portfolio is my new designer crush). I love the way she incorporates Hollywood Regency styling to a lux safari feel combining wooden lattice-work room dividers with gilden bamboo chairs and a graphic zebra hide rug. The touch of powder pink accents really make the room too. I pretty much would never want to go home if I stayed in this room!

Kelly Wearstler for The Tides Hotel

Monday, July 18, 2011

Puppy Love

This weekend Matt and I headed out to Half Moon Bay with our pup, Penny, in tow; it was her first trip to the beach and she wasn't as scared of the crashing waves as I thought she would be. We toted her around to the local shops and fed her table scraps at the local seafood eatery...she was loving every second of it. Every time we take her on a lil adventure she gets into lounge mode when we get home, curling up and drifting off to puppy dreamland instantly. I came across these doggie beds from See Scout Sleep and would love to have a stylish bed such as these for Pen after a long day of running around! I love the cleverness of having shrimp pictured on the smaller dog bed...for a little shrimp of a pup!

See Scout Sleep

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Roundup: Picnic time!

I've recently fallen in love with the idea of having a picnic. With the weather heating up and the lack of air conditioning in our apartment, it seems like a romantic notion to pack up a meal and enjoy it while relaxing on a grassy knoll somewhere. We could take Penny (my skiddish Chihuahua-mix puppy) and let her run around while feasting on baked goods and sandwiches and just take in the sun with no agenda. Yup, I've found a new summer afternoon pastime

1.  Connection Photography via Project Wedding,  2. Fleece blanket tote from Picnic World,  3. Bright Bandana Dress by Anthropologie,  4. Kate Spade rattan ring via Nordstrom,  5. Wicker picnic basket,  6. Veneerware round plates via Branch,  7. Picnic by William Inge,  8. Tear-off gingham napkins by Cox and Cox via Twig & Thistle,  9. Strawberry salad recipe via Hither and Thither

Thursday, July 14, 2011

That's a wrap!

Sticking with the whole repurposing and reusing theme, I couldn't resist posting these totally unique and colorful cloth gift wraps from Chewing the Cud! Printed on organic cotton with soy-based ink, these wraps are eco-friendly and reusable which is totally good for the environment. They're effortless and are like a gift in themselves! And they're based out of Oakland too, so hey, gotta give it up for the Bay!

Chewing the Cud

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chic repurposed chairs

I'm a bit of a chair fiend; if there's one item of furniture that I just melt over it's a good side chair. I love going to thrift stores and picking up shabby lil chairs and incorporating them into my home...I had this tacky green floral upholstered side chair for the longest time that I had to part ways with during my last move (much to Matt's delight) and I've been looking for some kind of replacement that could occupy a corner or hallway once we move into a bigger place. I'm pretty much in love with these repurposed chairs from Rubbish Rehab where they transform an old chair by repainting and reupholstering it to make it bright, fun, and totally chic. I'm bookmarking this for my future home.

Rubbish Rehab
via Alice in Designland

Invitation Crush

Big thanks to Kristen at Invitation Crush for the feature of Katie and Justin's wedding suite! Check out the full feature here!

Invitation Crush

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

In the Studio: Katie and Justin's Aloha Wedding Suite

I'm so excited to share with you an invitation suite I created for my sister, Katie's upcoming wedding! Katie and Justin were married last year in a courthouse wedding in Hawaii, where they are currently stationed in the US Marine Corps. Just before Katie was to be deployed to Afghanistan they tied the knot, their vows keeping them together overseas in a time of war. Katie returned home to the US in March where she reunited with her husband after 8 months apart, and now a formal wedding ceremony is in the works for family and friends to attend!

Originally Katie had asked me to create an illustration of her and Justin similar to the one I had created of Matt and me for Valentine's Day. I created a scene as the front of the invite with them standing on a beach in Hawaii with an iconic rainbow in the background. I tied in playful elements with hand-drawn banners and flowers and made it as a theme across the suite. Katie and Justin are so fun and laid back, I really wanted the suite to reflect that and have a bright and sunny vibe.

I'm so proud of my sister and the great things she's done thusfar in her life, and I couldn't be happier with her choice of Justin as her partner to continue that great journey with! Muah! I love you both! xoxo

{ Victory Paper Designs }

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pretty industrial necklaces

I came across these edgy baubles at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend and I've been having some total buyer's remorse because I didn't purchase but now I can't stop thinking about them! I adore the organic elements in the twigs and oblong stones paired with industrial metals and sweet pastel threads created by Cursive Design. Luckily, the fair's website has a page linking to all the vendors' websites so I still have a chance to grab my own! And you should definitely check out the list too, there were so many amazing booths at the fair, it was a sensory overload! I could have walked out with something from every booth, I was like a kid in a candy store! It was so inspiring to see so many creative artists and crafters running their businesses there, it's giving me a little kick in the ass to get my own online shop up and running, but for now I'm just trying to take it one project at a time...

Cursive Design

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Roundup: Owl city

I'm super stoked for the Renegade Craft Fair here in SF this weekend! This will be my first year going, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the handmade goodies crafted by my fellow Bay Area artists. I actually first heard about the fair, not through the local artist community, but through this wicked owl poster that I purchased through Poster Cabaret some years back; the fair uses the owl as their official mascot and every year they produce a new owl poster to represent the festivities! So I thought, what better way to kick off the fair weekend than to do a roundup of all things owl? I then realized that having jumped on that trend bandwagon, I have quite a few of my own owl inspired goods and whipped out my trusty iPhone camera to document them and share with you (some better quality photos than others). Here, gander upon my collection:

1. 3 owls wallet from Flight001,  2. Leather handmade owl purse from Joe Leathercrafts,  3. Owl lamp from Urban Outfitters,  4. Legend of the Guardians Beanie Baby,  5. San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair 2008 poster by Mat Daly,  6. (Right) Betsey Johnson owl necklace. Other necklaces sources unknown!  7. Owl pitcher...for the life of me I can't remember where this came from,  8. Owl ring source from Matt's mom!  9. Owl mug from Starbucks


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