Flower Bomb...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I've finally found my creative mojo and have been sketching up a storm ever since. Gearing up for the launch of my S/S 2013 Collection, I am inspired by the vibrant colors & floral prints from this fashion editorial. Absolutely STUNNING, indeed.

Here's a sneak peak of what I've been sketching...


Friday, February 24, 2012


Engagement Festivities...

Friday, February 24, 2012

Where did these past few weeks go!? I mean... I swear it was just last Saturday when we were all in full  gear prepping for our engagement party!! The photographer should be sending the photos any day now and I am anxiously waiting! Until then, I took a couple of pictures of some of the decor I created with the help of my wonderful fiance. He's truly amazing...and these pictures do no justice to the magical ambiance that took place that night, honestly. It was a beautiful night filled with amazing people. 

I really stepped up my arts & crafts as we were on a budget and well to be quite frank, I am a control freak and quite obsessed with details...hence my own stubby fingers creating everything but the cake & food. My mom's obsessed with food thus she took full control of that department and we had a deliciously gorgeous cake made from a local bakery in town. All the rest was up to me, and I was up for the challenge!

It was actually a lot of fun, pretty simple...and COST EFFECTIVE...smiles all around :)

I've been inspired by all things vintage and since I refer to our love escapade as "Vintage Love" that carried as the theme for our beautiful night. I will go in the order of the images above with a brief description of how I added little details to set the tone.

1. Tissue Paper Pom Poms - You can see a tutorial on how to make these here. I decided to unify my theme by tying burlap yarn and hanging them to the patio roof with a clear thumbtack. (Thanks dad for your strategic placements!) I wanted to tea stain them, but I just didn't have enough time...

2. Our Engagement Art - I've been in a painting mood as of late. This is only my second painting on canvas and I wanted to create something that embodied the moment he proposed to me. Happy on cloud nine...and still floating as I type :) .... We used the artwork to take pictures together & we displayed it by the cake & cake-pops! ( Thanks Brother - the cake-pop master who stayed up until 1am the night before the party decorating all 90 of them)

3. Handwritten Food & Drink Place Cards - I first got the idea when we finalized the menu. We decided to make all Indian food since it's my culture and my mom cooks amazing indian food. Being that most aren't familiar, I wanted to make sure everyone not only knew what they were eating but also learned the right terminology for it. That also sparked another idea...which was vintage beverage dispensers. You know, the kind you would see large portions of lemonade in...So I decided to make two "special" alcoholic beverages to put in the dispensers and came up with two special names!  The two cards above were from the drinks...hence the drink splashes on it..ha! The "Indi-Mex Romance" was a regular drink babylove and I drink... Whiskey, Ginger-ale, and Sweet lime juice. The "Sweet Sunrise" was Champagne, Pineapple Juice & Grenadine.  Both were a hit, and quite tasty might I add!
I saved the two cards so I can put it in our scrapbook I plan on making... 

4. Flower Arrangements - Since I've been obsessed with mason jars, I decided to use them for our table center pieces as well. Once again I used the burlap yarn and tied it around the mouth of the jar a couple of times and finished it off with an exposed knot. I added some floral arrangement crystals I bought from Michaels and topped them off with some mini cream colored carnations I scored from Fresh & Easy. They were quaint and beautiful. I placed them in the center of each table with amber color candles on either side.

5. Mason Jar Candles - Can we say obsession! ahhh I just adore these. My inspiration stemmed from mason jars first and everything else just followed suit. I used the same burlap yarn and made a handle with exposed knots on both sides. I then reinforced it with thin wire just to make sure the flame doesn't burn the yarn. I added the same crystals and a cream colored candle. Babylove put up white hooks all along the patio beams and we hung large and small ones all along. Once these babies were lit at night, the ambience was set.

6. HomemadeBanner - It's all in the details and I wanted a focal point as you walked out to the patio. We strung mini lights all along the patio and it just needed something else. I went to our local Joanns, bought 1 yard of burlap material, some letter stencils, and ivory acrylic paint. I Cut 6" squares and proceeded to stencil "Happy Engagement" on each. I then sewed a 1/2" seam on the top so I can string the burlap yarn through...and voila, a perfect banner that added that extra oomph I was looking for. Babylove strung it up with the lights and it was so pretty!! 

...And there you have it, a couple of rather simple DIY projects that made this evening personable in so many ways. I really can't wait to share the photos! Check back soon :)

P.S. I just want to thank my very special & amazing family(you too Jess) for all their help...I could not have done it without you!! I mean it was truly a collaborative effort and it meant the world to me!! Also to all those who came from far places to share a very special night with us...We love you!!

Vintage Love: Wedding Inspiration...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

With all the questions people have been asking me about the wedding, I figured I would start doing some research. Today I made concrete decisions on our wedding colors and flowers, I think. 

I am a neutral girl my default, therefore our colors will follow suit. In regards to the flowers, I fell head over heels in love with peonies....ahhh they are gorgeous!

Style Diaries : Sincerely, Jules.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Via - Sincerely Jules

Her style is damn good I tell ya! Every single outfit she puts together is mere perfection if my eyes...

See through me...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Via -Miss Alessia for Ben Trovato

I've been obsessed with all things vintage and this editorial styling oozed just that...


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Picture via - Pinterest

Happy February...tis' the season to embrace thy loves.

I am completely inspired by a post I read this morning from A Blog About Love. She had posted a letter from the book,  Steinbeck: A Life of Letters. I just had to share it as this letter below is so inspiring. It reminded me that we should never take others love for granted, as it is a quintessential part of life. We should always embrace love, in all its many forms, and pour it back into everything we do. 


New York

November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

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