Totally Awesome

June 26

I put together this collage last night, and it seems especially fitting today given Prop 8 been put in the trash right where it belongs.

Photos, from left to right, top to bottom: 1.via Nous Vous 2. Andy Tye 3. via Dashed Lines 4. Marco Pece 5. Via 6. via Small Forest

Let’s Shop: Summertime Fun

June 10

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy for the long sunny days, endless excuses for margarita parties, and the opportunity to turn up the volume, and wear lots of color. I’m in love with this happy print dress by Modcloth, the most perfect summer sandals by Trina Turk, simple aqua necklace and hoops by Anthro, and of course this effortless chic and neutral beach tote by Jack Spade.

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Entertaining: A Coral, Orange, & Green Springtime Table

May 20

Ah spring, the time when flowers are at their best and some of the most coveted varieties are readily avaliable (hello peonies!). This table was inspired by a vibrant spring inspired dress I bought from Anthropologie years ago.

To translate this dress into a tabletop, I started with the flowers: poppies, peonies, local garden roses, ranunuclus, sweet pea, viburnum, and bluepuerm all from Florabundance. Blooming jasmine and citrus blossom clipped from my yard added a hint of white.

To recreate the floral look you will need:

3 6″ hammered footed containers from Jamali Garden avaliable here. Cut three blocks of floral foam to fit the containers and soaked in water. Place in your containers and start arranging.

Spring flower shopping list:

4 bunches pink garden roses

4 bunches coral charm peonies

4 bunches yellow ranunuclus

4 bunches light pink ranunculus

2 bunches bupleurum

2 bunches viburnum

1 bunch jasmine

3 bunches pink sweet pea

4 orange blossoms branches (substitute with other flowering branches if not available)

Begin by placing your branches to create the base shape, and then add in bupleurum and viburnum. Place coral peonies and garden roses slightly higher than your ranunculus and poppies to create depth to your arrangement. Place sweet pea in gaps and add in the jasmine as a final touch.

To add a more casual vibe to the table, use your napkins as as placemats for a pop of color. If you have brass goblets laying around like I do, use them instead of a traditional wine glass (mine are vintage). A fleur water glass (available at Anthropologie here) looks extra pretty when set with spa water with colorful wedges of orange, lemon, and lime.

And here’s a cheat for the rentals from Town & Country:

1 8′ king table

6 wrought iron folding chairs

6 white square plates

6 stemless wine glasses

6 pink fleur water glasses

6 dinner fork & knife

Linens from La Tavola:

1 8′ king drape, lacy pearl

6 tuscany camelia napkins

And a big thank you to Jess Wilcox for capturing these images on film! To see more of this table hop over to Grey Likes Weddings.

Photographer: Jess Wilcox
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance
Linens: La Tavola

Flower Chic: Visiting a Dahlia Farm

May 15

I’m so happy my farm to table editorial was published on Snippet & Ink yesterday (check it here) so I can finally share some of the gorgeousness I captured with the amazing photographer, Karen Wise.

Nestled just before the foothills of Carpinteria a variertable flower wonderland of dahlias of all types and varietes trive under the Santa Barbara sun. On this day, I was picking up flowers for a little engagement dinner for Samantha of Could I Have That.

Varieties grown here range from dinner plate to petite red lollipop dahlias like these guys.

For Samantha’s table I picked a variety of bright summer colors, bright reds, yellows, oranges, and fuchsias.

Thanks so much to John of Greenwell Floral for hosting my little editorial project. I will be sharing more of the farms we shot and, of course, the delicious dinner catered by the Duo in the coming weeks.

Photographer: Karen Wise
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Color Palette: Spring Pastels

April 03

I love the soft romantic colors of spring, soft pinks, purples in yellows… Above yellow takes centerstage and adds a pop of brightness.

Sage green is another lovely color on which to play aganist. For a wedding I could see using a sage velvet, milk glass containers and spring blooms like clematis, lavender, and ranunuclus.

Of course soft pink is a classic base color. You could drape your table in a soft pink and overlay a couple of layers of pink tulle for a slighty ballet-ish feel. Add in some muted white and peach flowers with a hint of yellow, and you’d have one pretty table. Would you use pastels for your wedding or home?

Photos: 1. Right: Unknown Left: Lilietne 2. Right: via The Alternative Bride Left: via Naughty Shorts 3. Right: Lynette Wills via Behind Ballet Left: Jeremy Harwell via 100 Layer Cake

Let’s Shop: Flower Power

February 21

I know I’m not the only one dying for spring time… I’d wear this flower power dress these insane gold bordered sandals, an orange and white hat, simple earrings and gold bangels. What’s your ideal spring time ensemble?

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Real Wedding: Modern Citrus in Montecito

February 18

I love a simple, and modern wedding, and this one held at the Monastery in Montecito, with its citrus and succulents decor, and small guest count (just 45 guests!) is right up my alley.

The bride wore a classic strapless gown by Va Lena Valentina.

And carried a bouquet with succulents, dusty miller and ranunculus designed by Blue Magnolia.

The 3 bridesmaids wore simple purple dresses.

The groom looking dapper in a Jonathan Behr Bespoke suit.

The wedding was held in the garden of the Monastery, high above Santa Barbara and featured ocean views.

Instead of a formal sit down dinner, the couple chose to throw kind of a cocktail party, with tray passed appetizers and a buffet of goodies for guests to enjoy.  Decor was kept relatively simple with bonsai and citrus trees taking the starring role.

The cake, by Christine Dahl, was decorated simply with buttermilk frosting and fresh citrus. Thank you to Patrick Moyer for sharing this simple, but stunning wedding with Santa Barbara Chic!


Photographer: Patrick Moyer
Bride’s Dress: Va Lena Valentina
Flowers & Decor: Blue Magnolia Events
Groom’s Attire: Jonathan Behr Bespoke
Invitations & Stationery: Minted
Hair & Makeup : TEAM Hair & Makeup