Monday, July 28, 2014

Missi & Spencer's Wedding



Yay! It's official - Spencer and Missi are married! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Brooks! James and I are so happy for you two and feel so lucky that we were able to be apart of your special day. (And isn't Missi so gorgeous? I mean, look at that dress! I still can't get over how beautiful she looked on her wedding day.)

Missi asked me if I could make some decorations for her outdoor wedding, so of course I said yes. I was able to design a few banners and signs and had fun setting everything up. Before all of the wedding guests arrived, I was able to take some quick pictures. Take a look and Enjoy.



[Torrey, thank you for the awesome fringe backdrop - I've put it to good use!]









Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Baby 'Sail'ebration! - Sea Inspired Baby Shower



I had so much fun planning Tatum's baby shower and coordinating all of the details. I might have had a little too much fun because I ran out of time and had to throw out my idea of building a sailboat to put in my living room... It would have been amazing.

Thank goodness for my family who came the night before and helped me with last minute party preparations. We were cutting out banners, framing pictures, and rearranging the furniture. It is amazing the work that goes into getting ready for an event. I like to start planning a party 3 months in advance so I can take my time nurturing a theme and perfecting each and every detail. I slowly work on a craft every night when I get home from work until I get the finished product.

I think my favorite part of party planning is the decorating. This is the time you get to see everything come together and enjoy it all to yourself before the guests come. I love this moment. 

I tried to snap as many pictures as I could before the party people arrived. Take a gander and enjoy. 

THE PARTY DECORATIONS //

Decoration highlights to look out for - silver seashells, kraft paper signs, hand painted rocks, lots of tissue paper tassels, baby picture age guessing game, message in a bottle game, origami sea shells & boats, candy bar, and lots of greens, blues, and silver.









THE PARTY FOOD //

Party food details to look out for - kraft paper labels, lifesaver utensils, lots of twine, pineapple cream cheese dip, sand dollar cookies, pretzel roll chicken salad sandwiches, coconut cupcakes, ocean water, fresh fruit, and milk bottles for glasses.


Ocean Water // {lemonade | hawaiian punch}


Milk Bottles // {ikea vases | paper straws | twine}


Pineapple Cream Cheese // {cream cheese | pecans | pineapple top}



Sand Dollar Cookies // {snickerdoodles | sliced almonds}


Pretzel Roll Sandwich // {costco's pretzel rolls | chicken salad}


DIY BABY LEGGINGS //

My sister Alex is a genius and organized this fabulous DIY baby legging craft. No joke, she sewed about 20 baby leggings for the party guests to decorate. She not only made each legging, but she also cut out and sculpted each rubber stamp! She is so artistic and creative and is seriously always coming up with amazing craft ideas. I get a lot of my ideas from her and that is just one of the things that is so great about having her as my sister. Check out this amazing baby shower craft, by Alex Neff.






THE PARTY PEOPLE //

Check out the rest of the pictures on my Facebook album: j.mp/ShowerPictures





Monday, June 2, 2014

Sea Inspired Baby Shower Invite


For the past few months I have been dreaming up a baby shower for my sister Tatum. To be exact, I have been planning the party since January! Right when we found out she was having a baby boy I immediately started thinking of fun party themes and ideas. The theme for this baby shower came to me almost immediately. I knew it would be such a fun idea to throw a sea inspired party. The tricky part was defining the look and feel of the decorations. I didn't want something too beachy or too nautical but something in between - think mermaid inspired but with a boyish charm.

When it comes to a party, I feel like the invitation sets the tone and is the part that really starts the momentum for the event. I usually will think about the design of the invite first before designing the rest of the party. While designing this particular invite - it took me a little longer than I expected to come up with the right look and layout. I spent hours running thoughts and concepts through my head and even sketched a few different drafts until I came up with an inspired design. I think my favorite part about the invite is how the blue ombre pattern looks like waves on the bottom half but looks like scales on the top half. It really does set the tone and feel for the party. I purchased the kraft paper envelopes from Michaels, and the pearl paper invites from The Paper Store - I love how they go together.



While I was thinking up ideas for the invites, I realized that it can be a little tricky planning a baby shower for a boy. I learned that the key is to keep the mother in mind. There still needs to be a feminine touch that makes her feel special (take note of the pearl paper invites). So how do you tie in something girly? I started thinking about this and realized that Tatum needed a mermaid crown for her sea inspired baby shower! It is all about the little details. :)

This is my first time throwing a baby shower for a boy and I can't wait to see how it turns out. Surprisingly, all of the parties I have thrown have been for girls - actually let me take that back, I did throw a Hipster BBQ for James and it was pretty epic.

I will be sharing pictures of the party soon, so stay tuned!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tropical Favorites for the Summer

I have been loving the tropical trend for this summer and I can't get enough of the fun prints, bright colors, and yummy scents. Anything that reminds me of Maui or makes me feel like I am living near the ocean - count me in! 

James and I have been opening up our windows and doors during the day and it has been such an enjoyable experience. From our house you can hear the waves crashing and the birds chirping outside and you can even feel an occasional cool lake breeze. I just close my eyes and pretend I am somewhere exotic. 

I think that is my favorite thing about our home - that it feels like I am staying at a retreat. My home really is my getaway and I think that's how it should be.

Since the tropics have been on my mind, I thought it would be fun to share list of my tropical favorites for this summer (or year-round). Enjoy.

Pineapple Hat from Forever 21 //


I got this hat from Forever 21 and I am loving it so much! I think every girl should have a pink hat and pineapples are all the rage right now. :)


Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo/Conditioner by OGX //



This shampoo smells like you are washing your hair on a tropical island. I love the sulfate-free formula. It gently cleanses and hydrates for silky smooth hair.


Hawaiian Pineapple Facial Cleanser by Alba //


Okay, this is one of my favorite face washes right now. The pineapple scent is to die for and I love the way it makes my skin feel - nice and clean and doesn't dry me out. 


Coconut Body Lotion from Love & Beauty //


I got this lotion from Forever 21 and it is the perfect tropical lotion - it smells just like pina colada! I have repurchased it a couple of times because I use it so much.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coconut Lime Shrimp Soup


Holy Cow! I made Coconut Lime Shrimp Soup last night for dinner, and it was delicious and so easy to make! I don't know why, but I have always been intimidated at the thought of making homemade soup. The ingredient list for soups tend to go on and on and I fear that 5 hours later (if I'm lucky) I might have a finished product. 

James and I are a week into the Whole 30 Program. Even though it has been only 7 days, James and I are already feeling the positive effects of eating healthy. Actually James has been eating like a king! Every night he tells me that the dish I prepared was the best meal he has ever tasted. You can also hear him saying, "I never knew you could cook so good!". 

I never knew I could too. 

It has actually been a lot of fun planning meals, prepping food, and experimenting in the kitchen. I feel like within a week I already feel more comfortable shopping for fresh produce and meat. It is amazing what delicious meals you can come up with by simply using the right ingredients. 

I was so happy with the outcome of this yummy soup, I had to share it with more than just one person. And according to James, this was the best soup he has ever had. :)

So if you are intimidated by homemade soup, don't be. If I can do it, you can do it. 

Ingredients
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 medium cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies (10 oz)
  • 1 can coconut milk (14 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp Tabasco 
  • 1 medium lime, juiced (2 Tbsp)
  • 1 diced avocado
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot.
  2. Saute onions and peppers for 3 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  3. Then add garlic, tomatoes, shrimp and cilantro and simmer until shrimp turns opaque (5 minutes).
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and Tabasco sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
  5. Finish with lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy the yumminess with diced avocado on top.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunny Days Ahead




You know your ready for summer when your skin starts blending in with your white t-shirt! The sun came out last week and I was pretty happy about it. Since it has been warming up James and I have been taking walks around our neighborhood when I get home from work and it has been something I look forward to every evening. It feels so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors and wind down after a busy day. I have been trying to enjoy the quite moments I get with James and appreciate the time we get to spend together. It is amazing how life continues to get busier and busier and it is easy to fall into daily routines. I always have to remind myself to stop what I am doing and let James know how lucky I am to have him in my life. He is my best bud and my partner in crime. Boy I sure do love him.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Makeup Organization


I have been wanting to organize my bathroom - particularly my makeup. I have never really had a specific way I organize my makeup. I have always just used one container where I stash all of my goods. Through the years as I have collected more and more [you know how that goes] I decided that the one container method is probably not the best way to store my makeup. It also makes it hard to keep everything clean -- since all of my makeup is just thrown into one tub. 

So I knew I needed to find a new method that would work better for me. I needed something to separate my makeup but still kept things accessible and functional. Something easy to grab and use. 

James and I were at Ikea over the weekend, and I saw their pull-out storage line, Kupol. Right when I saw these I knew they would work perfectly to organize my makeup. They have them in different sizes and you can combine and stack them however you want! I also love their simple design and that they are easy to clean.

So I got to work and organized my make up into different drawers. I also labeled each drawer with chalkboard stickers that I got at Michael's. 





I am currently storing these containers under my sink and I love how easy it is to pull out whatever drawer I need. I think that is what I love most about these pull out storage containers. If I need my "face" makeup, I just pull out that specific drawer. 


And you can stack them however you want!


And yes, I have been hiding behind these babies the entire time I was taking pictures. :) How do you organize your makeup?