4.25.2014

BRILLIANT!

Hey guys! Long time no blog!
As you might have noticed, there are some changes being made...
Bare with me while we get all the kinks worked out :)

I was kind of waiting to blog about something that really moved me
and let me tell you something,
I've got some GOODIES today!

Have you ever heard of Brilliant Earth 
They hand craft beautiful conflict free diamond jewelry
while simultaneously educating and supporting communities 
otherwised bombarded by the jewelry industry. 

Their designs are gorgeous, unique, and GUILT FREE.
Ugh, how awesome is that!?

Lucky for all of us, 
they asked me to be a part of the unveiling of their new collection
which launches TODAY!! 

The Windsor Collection
was designed with Old Hollywood in mind. 
Feminine, bold & luxe, any girl would be happy to tote around some of this sparkle!

The whole collection is divine, 




But "The Posie" is definitely my fave:

Classic, but grand. Simple, yet FABULOUS. 
If I got to do it all again, and this was the ring, here's what I would do :)



What do you think? What would YOU do with one of these pieces?
Want to see more? Browse their collection!

Happy Weekend, Loves!

1.08.2014

Mikey's Vintage Airplane Christening

See, with all those holidays, it felt odd to post 
all these fun non-holiday parties & designs I have been working on.

Now that we've got a clean slate,
I've got PLENTY 
in store for you.

First up, MIKEY!
My friend Effie contacted me to help her make
some invitations for her son's christening.
This girl knows how to throw a party
so to say I was excited to be a part of it,
would be a very large understatement.

She knew she wanted a vintage air/travel theme
and she was loving the vintage airmail stripe.
We played around with a few designs
until we ultimately ended up with this bad boy:




 




I mean, so cute, right!?
Effie's in New York so she took it from there, 
but was nice enough to send us all some pictures
of the event.
Here's what she had to say,

"Michael's Christening was a major hit especially the invitations! 
I kept to the vintage airplane/travel theme throughout the reception"

"The seating cards, located on a table labeled Check-In, 
were 'In-Flight Snacks' -  Peanut Bags with a Kraft luggage Tag with seating info."

 
"The Favors were located on a Baggage Claim Table 
and were glitter propeller plane ornaments. 
I baked airplane cookies and 
had chocolate airplane lollipops made to go along with the favors!"
 
 
 

 
"The Cake was a vintage suitcase 
with a fondant airplane 
which was designed to compliment the gorgeous invitation ;)"

 
" I made the centerpieces with vintage propeller planes 
with a canvas flag personalized with Michael's name and baptismal date. 
The airplanes were resting on Aviation and Map  
boxes made to look like old books."




 

"I also made the banner with Michael's name 
and airplanes painted on canvas flags"
 
  
 
" I had (his) christening shoes bedazzled with his initials 
because I couldn't resist a little sparkle...even if he is a boy!" 
 
 
 "I added a picture of Mike and I with the baby 
and Yankees player Mariano Rivera 
who happened to be at my dads restaurant and took pics with the entire party!" 



"My goal was for the party to have a classic and vintage feel with playful touches" 

I'd say she achieved her goal, right?
CHEERS to little Mikey, and his fabulous mama!


Love the invitation so much you want to plan a party around it too?
How perfect for you, they just got added to the shop
















 

1.06.2014

Happy 2014!

YOU GUYS!
I feel like I haven't checked in with you since last year!
(ba dum...)

You know, I really don't understand how all these profesh bloggers
juggle work, holidays, and blogging!
I'm clearly not the best at it.

Hope you & yours had a great holiday season,
I've got lots of fun things in store for 2014!

Can't wait to get it underway!

Here's whats been going on since last time:

 It snowed...



I baked and ate WAY too many goodies


Todd had a birthday :)




Christmas with the family!



Santa knew exactly what we wanted...


took my godson bowling for the first time
he loved it & literally beat most of the adults...



gave Porkchop a pre-midnight kiss for the New Year
 


It continued to snow...and my good friend Katie did her best to bail me out :)
 


pretty much hasn't stopped snowing
 

 but that wouldn't stop us from a themed birthday party!


nails and all!


Hope you guys are staying warm,
having fun, and ready for a FABULOUS year ahead!

xo

12.16.2013

Gaudy 2013

Happy Monday!

Man, the Holidays really do busy things up, don't they?
I've been hard at work on lots of custom orders (planning on sharing a few tomorrow!)
and then of course I had one of my favorite events this weekend as well,
GAUDY CHRISTMAS.

10 years ago, my girlfriends and I decided to start dressing like Christmas imbeciles,
and crusing the streets bars of Chicago.
This has grown beyond just the ugly Christmas sweater party
and is always the perfect gathering of most of my favorite people!

Here's the few snapshots I got this year:



My friend Claire & I glammed ourselves up and met everyone out...


Prizes went to those that participated best


A Pack of mustaches with a tag, "You mustache people to step their games up - looking good!"


A mini- bottle of Cinnamon Schnapps that said, "HOT DAMN! That is one good looking ensemble"




A mini- bottle of Peppermint Schnapps that said, "Oh Schapp!  Gaudy looks good on you!"





Some Atomic Fireball candies wrapped with a tag, "HOTTIE MCHOTTSON!  Way to spice it up, Fireball!"


Everyone was in their Gaudy best.
Glitter & Red Lipstick galore!
Love me some Holiday festiveness!

What did you all do this weekend?



12.09.2013

Deck the Halls

Hi again!
Sorry for the sparse posting at the end of last week.
Things have been crazy (good.)

What did we all do this weekend?
Our schedule was pretty free so I took advantage
and spruced the place up a bit.
Want to see?


at one point I had a runner I made from wrapping paper on our table...
all it took was one meal for that to be destroyed.
I'll have to work on this a bit.



















What about you?
Do you have all your decor up yet?
Is it a work in progress like mine?

Let me see!
xo