Thursday, August 30, 2012

Favorite-Book of the Month-Cupcakes and Cashmere

One of my favorite bloggers, Emily Schumann, came out with her book in August! I got my hands on it before a trip and am so excited about it. I honestly didn't know what to expect, seeing as it's a bloggers book of collected blog posts. I loved what I saw and read when I opened it! The book is divided into seasons. Each season has some of her favorite posts/articles on party planning, beauty, holidays, home decor, and organization. 
I love that each season of the book has a list of makeup to splurge on and to save money on. Emily Schumann is a makeup genius, and I love being able to know from an expert what is worth the money and what isn't. It is also nice to have visual lists of season appropriate makeup. 

Emily has an amazing wardrobe and style skills that I have always been envious of. 
When I saw that she has a list of seasonal clothing to have at the beginning of each season and a list of all the staple items to have in a well built closet, I may have done my happy dance. I am one of those girls who is a compulsive shopper and just buys whatever is cute and in style. To be able to have a list of pieces to build timeless and seasonal outfits with that never go out of style is pretty good for my budget. Wardrobe Building Blocks for me is what made this book one of my absolute favorite things. 

This chart is probably the biggest money saver to ever be in my life.
I love Emily's photography and her eye for decor. 
I love the parts of her book where she shoes how she organizes and decorates
her home. She discusses her collections and how to collect things well in a way
that adds beauty to your home, not clutter. I feel like I need help in that area,
especially since it saves space and money in the long run. 

Overall I love the book and I feel its definitely worth the purchase. Some cool looking books like this aren't all that they seem, and aren't always as helpful but are just pretty. I also love Emily's writing style and her taste. I feel that she is all about staying classic and true to self through the trends and seasons, and I love how much this book shows that. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Thanks to all my friends (and the husband) who made this the most awesome night. 
I have been so blessed during these last two weeks because of all of you.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Music Monday

Loving the new Ellie Goudling single. Happy Monday! 

New Blog Look & New Product!

I am so excited the changes are finally happening with my blog and store!
Notice the new blog banner and buttons? They were created by amazing graphic designers! If you would like their info please let me know.
The contact button is the link to my Etsy shop!
Here are a few of the new products here today. More to come! 

To visit my shop click on the Contact button! 
Stop by to see more wonderfulness coming right up!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Quarter of a Century

Last Sunday I turned a Quarter of a Century.
I basically celebrated all week, with lots of ice cream, mail, and of course, the tattoo.
One thing I did not expect was a quarter of a century surprise party that was appropriately roaring twenties themed.
This is just a sneak peak (gotta edit the photos), but I couldn't help myself.
{I cannot wait to make this one of the men black and white!!}

He is such a keeper. I love him. 

Thanks to all who were involved! I am so blessed by such amazing friends. Love you all! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Old & New

Random fact about me, I am a musician and I may have went to music school.  
If you asked me five years ago where I would be now, I would have told you something completely different from what is actually happening. I probably would have been doing something musical for a living. Right now, I don't know how musical I will be anymore. Music school kinda took it all out of me. However, I do know it gave me a very valuable skill; how to let the creative juices flow in a short amount of time. 
As you know I am a growing Etsy shop owner, and it has been less than easy. It came really difficult for me, and as I learn how to be an entrepreneur and not be my generous "sure I will give you this garland i spent 20 hours making for five dollars and free shipping cause I love you" self, I am learning that in a lot of ways I need to grow up.
I'm not always the best at not procrastinating and not getting burnt out quickly. I am however, good at what I am in the process of doing; pursuing my dream job. Whether it's a full time even planner or not, I know that deep down I really am having a blast making things. You know you are when you wake up at 530 texting friends about their wedding decor you are making for them. 
All in all, as I build up this blog, this business, this new life, I get to learn all these new things. I used to be kinda freaked out I would fail, but it's not going to happen. I know it. Some doors close for me while windows open for others. Everyone gets to enjoy the new and better things in life God has for them, and thats awesome. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wedding for a free spirit

I recently had a dear dear friend of mine ask me to plan her wedding. After I was done squealing and doing my happy dance, I said yes as calmly and professionally as I knew how. So as soon as I got home I put together a pinterest board for her spring or summer wedding. I am super excited to see everything she is going to make. I love everything about what these are inspiring us toward: a day in a field under a tree that is very happy and full of love. If you are a flower child like my friend (and I), or you are engaged, be sure to check out my weding pinterest boards! 

For photo credit, please visit my pinterest board for links that will take you directly to the pictures source.