January 22

Nothing like some distressed wood to set off some fabulous Jimmy Choos, no? And you can pick up a pair for yourself right here.

More sparkly shoesday goodness:


Photographer: Michael & Anna Costa

Entertaining: Elegant Holiday Table

December 03

I  love an elegant holiday table and for this year’s inspiration, I was inspired by grey velvet, cotton (my stand in for snow which we very much lack in Santa Barbara), and of course deep red. Town & Country was once again kind enough to provide the rentals, including some fun new pieces I was very excited to use.

First up, the place settings. Here I used S.t Petersburg china paired with a Obscura charger which is clear with a thin silver rim. I paired it with elegant pearl handled flatware and feminine Cambria glassware.

For the arrangements, I used a wazon glass container and filled it with red cabbage roses, ranunuclus, cotton, brunia, stirlingia, and dusty miller.

In between, elegant taper candles added a traditional touch of elegance.

And finally, for chairs I used Town & Country’s new Cielo Blanco Louis Armchair. Here’s the rental cheat sheet for a party of 6 if you’d like to recreate the look at your own holiday dinner:

-6 Cielo blanco chairs

-1 8′ x 40″ table

- 8′ king drape

-6 obscura chargers, silver

-6 dinner plates, St. Petersburg

-6 dinner fork, salad fork, dinner knife, spoon

-6 red wine glasses, cambria

-6 water glasses, cambria

Special thanks to our sponsors Town & Country, Florabundance and Michael & Anna Costa!

And for more holiday table ideas check out:

Aqua & Red Holiday Table

Red & White Seersucker Holiday Table with Peanut Brittle Favors

Photographer: Anna Costa
Linens: La Tavola
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance

Real Wedding: Eclectic Pink Wedding at Ojai Valley Inn

August 27

I love an intimate celebration, and this wedding with its small count of just 50 guests, coupled with its romantic vintage vibe is simply lovely.

First up, the love birds: The bride wore a Melissa Sweet gown (no longer avalaible) and the groom wore a sweet gray suit that complimented the bride’s playful dress perfectly.

Dinner was held on a terrace at the Ojai Valley Inn. To personalize the long feasting table, the bride brought her family’s china all the way from Oregon.  Flowers by Lauryl Lane in a soft pink and peach palette with touches of gray finished out their table design.

Dahlias, ranunculus, scabiosa and succulents gave great texture to the flowers and created a romantic vibe for dinner and dancing. Congrats to the happy couple!

Photographer: Michael & Anna Costa
Cinematographer: Russell Fowler Studios
Flowers & Decor: Lauryl Lane
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Bella Vista Events
Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Invitations & Stationery: The Wedding Cottage
Hair & Makeup: TEAM
Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles
Groom’s Attire: JCrew

Wedding Editorial: Equestrian Elegance

April 09


This wedding editorial was designed by Ariel Yve and inspired by Ralph Lauren. Naturally a polo field made for the perfect backdrop (this is the same location that the royals played not to long ago).

For the tabletop design, rustic burlap was made feminine with an overlay of alencon lace from La Tavola Linen. To further play with texture, leather cord was used on the elegant paper invitations by Zenedia Designs.

For the wedding fashion, an elegant Ines de Santo dress was styled with a low chignon and Stella & Dot Jewelry.

For a bit of whimsy one cake display was set on a swing, while the other was placed on an elegant buffet with blue horse ribbons. Blue was also brought into the tabletop design with classic blue and white china. Thank you Ariel for sharing this inspiration and Michael & Anna Costa for the beautiful photos!

Photographer: Michael & Anna Costa
Design & Production: Ariel Yve Design
Invitations & Stationery: Zenedia Designs
Cake Baker: Pastries by Vreeke
Hair & Makeup: Brianna Stewart
Bride’s Dress: Ines de Santo
Bride’s Jewelry: Stella & Dot