KITCH

posted on: October 20, 2014

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As wedding gifts keep pouring in, I think we must have an entire Crate and Barrel store in our little apartment by now.

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I’m not complaining, but it would be nice to have a place for everything. Even if we could just expand the kitchen a tiny bit, that would make a huge difference. Ryan and I have been on a cooking kick lately with all these new gadgets but the minimal storage and counter space doesn’t leave much room for creativity. It’s doable but not very pretty.

Hopefully (sooner than later) we’ll move into a place with a bright and airy kitchen like the pics above. I love the idea of open shelves above the sink and windows, of course are an absolute must. But until then, we can dream… and work with what we’ve got!

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SUNSET CLIFFS

posted on: October 17, 2014

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Happy weekend!

01  Dreadlock Holiday | 10 cc
02  Heaven | Ebo Taylor
03  Take Ya Dancing | Say Hi
04  Heavy Bells | J Roddy Walston
05  Uncertainty | Jagwar Ma
06  Only in December | Gypsy & the Cat
07  Happy Idiot | TV on the Radio
08  Black Out Days | Phantogram
09  Disparate Youth | Santigold
10  El Micheles Affair | C.R.E.A.M.

THE RUCKSACK

posted on: October 15, 2014

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So my birthday is coming up…

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And if you’re looking to buy me the perfect gift, I’d love one of these cute leather backpacks! The whole idea of “hands-free” is becoming more appealing to me for some reason. Maybe because I like to have my camera with me. Or maybe I’m just getting lazier.

Either way, I’ve been shopping around for the perfect style and so far my favorites are these handmade, minimalist rucksacks by Etsy shop owner, chrisvanveghel. This more refined black bag by AlbertinaBoutique isn’t so bad either.

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MERCI BEAUCOUP

posted on: October 13, 2014

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Ok, my honeymoon hiatus lasted a little longer than planned, but I’m back now and it feels pretty good. To catch you up to speed, the wedding went off without a hitch. All of our favorite people were there, the sun was shining, and I didn’t even trip walking down the aisle. So overall, I’d say ninetwenty14 was a success! But now that everything is said and done, I want to thank everyone who helped make our wedding as amazing as it was.

Of course I’ve already sent little notes, hand-written from the heart, to all of our guests. Out of 75 people, only 16 of them actually live in San Diego. 16! We feel so loved knowing that our friends and family were willing to travel from Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado and Washington to celebrate with us.

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We also want thank our unbelievable vendors! I spent so much time researching the cream of the crop in San Diego’s wedding scene, and luckily, my hard work finally paid off. From the moment I woke up on September 20th, I knew we were in good hands. I trusted my people and just let them do what they do best. Everything unfolded so perfectly – I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

A special shout out goes to Bryan N. Miller, our photographer. Not only did he capture our day in the most beautiful light, but he also made me feel comfortable in front of the camera – something I never thought I’d say. Bryan made it really difficult to choose our favorite shots,  so get ready to be inundated with wedding pics over the next few weeks!

Oh, and if you’re wondering where I found these gorgeous thank you notes, the blush “Merci” is from Sugar Paper and the gold foil scallops are from Paper Source.

UPDATE : FINISHING TOUCHES

posted on: September 15, 2014

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Hello, long lost friend. So sorry for the silence around here, things have just been super busy for me. But amidst the craziness, I’ve been collecting ideas along the way and can’t wait to share them with you here in October :)

As of this weekend, I’ll finally get to enjoy the fruits of my labor. The wedding is on Saturday, September 20. It feels a little surreal after planning and anticipating a single day for a whole year, but surprisingly enough, I’m not freaking out yet. Everything seems to be under control at the moment – I’m just working on the finishing touches now. Let’s just hope the rest of my week continues this smoothly.

In case you missed anything, here are some of the lovely things that have inspired my vision:

PARISIAN PROPOSAL
WEDDING : MOODBOARD
LA VALENCIA
THE DRESS
BRYAN N. MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY
SAVE THE DATES
WEDDING : HAIR
WEDDING : FLOWERS
WEDDING : SHOES
THE MAIDS
WEDDING : JEWELRY
WEDDING : TABLESCAPE
GROOM STYLE
WEDDING : DETAILS
WEDDING INVITATIONS
MACARONS

 See you soon and wish me luck!!

*photo via The Sunday Sparkle

NEW AGENDA

posted on: August 18, 2014

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As you already know, I am down to the wire now. Between wedding plans, working full-time, and trying to keep up with the blog, I’ve been spreading myself pretty thin these days… And after giving it lots of thought, I came to the conclusion that 5 posts a week is just not realistic for me at this time. Everything I’m dealing with now is very time-sensitive and there are simply not enough hours in a day.

So I’ve decided that we’ll have a slight change in schedule around here. I’m not sure what will become of this little space over the next few weeks, but I’ll do my best to keep you in the loop :)

Hope you had a great weekend!!

THAILAND 06

posted on: August 15, 2014

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“There are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
-C.S. Lewis

MAGGIE WALLER : TYPE & TITLE

posted on: August 14, 2014

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I’d like to introduce you to my sweet new friend, Maggie Waller, the creative spirit behind Type & Title who inspires me to no end. She is a natural, a true artisan with a passion for typography and of course, the handwritten note. It was Maggie’s lovely lettering that first caught my attention. I found her pretty blog, then got hooked on her instagram feed. Finally, I reached out and asked if she would consider addressing my wedding envelopes for me. And when she responded with the sweetest email ever, I knew working with Maggie would be a walk in the park :)

Here are a few words from the creative lady herself:

“I am a designer & letterer and love it because I get to create beauty out of the ordinary.

I am inspired by nature, old things, and stories.

To me, design means communication.

The one creative tool/resource I couldn’t live without is pen & paper.

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Scandinavia — especially Norway to see the fjords. The landscape seems absolutely unreal!

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of sister bands: First Aid Kit, Haim, The Staves, Joseph. I’ve been chatting with my sis a lot lately and I think this signals some sort of unrealized life dream.

If I had to leave you with one bit of advice, in regards to living a creative life, it would be to take care of yourself. Get a good night’s sleep, take deep breaths, go for a walk. Feel every bit of your life to the fullest. Let your thoughts wander. Creative people put so much of themselves into what they do — being good to yourself will allow you to put forth your best work.”

Maggie’s appreciation for nature is so clear in her design style and I love that about her, along with the fact that pen & paper are her life lines :) But that last bit of advice is exactly what I needed to hear today (and maybe every day for the last six months). So often I find myself getting carried away with projects or simply taking on too much at once, that I forget to relax and just let my mind rest… I really need to start making sleep a priority!

Thank you so much for the inspiration, Maggie! And thanks again for adding the prettiest final touches to my wedding invitations. Everybody loves them!

Photo courtesy of Kendall Hanna of Kensfolk.

OLIVIA PALERMO

posted on: August 13, 2014

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As much as I hate to admit it, Olivia Palermo knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to style.

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She’s like a paper doll, fragile and petite. It’s as if she’s incapable of looking bad. So unfair.

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MACARONS

posted on: August 12, 2014

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As the wedding approaches, little details keep popping up that I hadn’t even thought of before. For example, the favors. We need something cute for our guests!

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I looked into a few different options, but everything seemed so cheesy. What’s the point in sending your friends and family home with a crappy gift that will just end up in the trash? Besides, personalized picture frames are just really not our thing…

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So after sleeping on it, I decided to play it safe and go with something edible: Lette Macarons. Everybody loves sweets, especially little French cookies delivered in pairs, tied with satin ribbon, am I right? Fluffy, pastel, perfection.

After all, we did get engaged in Paris – it’s just the right amount of cliché ;)

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p.s. My lovely friend and co-coordinator, Yuko gave me the Ladurée Sucré book shown above as a gift. It is absolutely gorgeous and I’m afraid to even take it out of the box! Thank you, babe! I will cherish this forever!