22 April 2014

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton Spring 2014

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Maybe it's just spring in the air, but lately I've found inspiration everywhere. For starters, what about these newly released images of Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton's spring campaign? These photos, beautifully shot by Peter Lindbergh and styled by Carine Roitfeld are everything-- just the kind of style inspiration I needed for the new season. From the ease of the styling to the fresh hair and makeup, not to mention the luscious leather bags, the whole campaign is simply stunning. I will definitely be living in this color palette all spring and summer long. (And trying out every vibrant lip color I can get my hands on!) 
What's inspiring you this spring?

xoxo, bri

10 December 2013

My Kind of Christmas Decorating

Last week, I stumbled across these photos on Pinterest and just had to find the source. As it turns out, they are from a Boston Globe Magazine feature, sharing the holiday decorating tips of one  of my favorite bloggers, Erin Gates of Elements of Style. Erin is an interior designer with seriously fab taste. Her chair (featured in this shoot), is actually the inspiration behind an upcoming chair makeover I'm working on that I'll make sure to share with you. And I'm sure envious of her black and white Hermes blanket!

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With her love of black and white and affinity for leopard print, Erin is pretty much my design soul sister. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her style transferred onto Christmas decor. My holiday style tends to include a lot more red (which magically becomes my favorite color come Thanksgiving each year.) But I will definitely be channeling this inspiration by adding fresh greenery and quirky touches like the pearls and plaid bow tied around the classical bust. Find more info in Erin's post
Do you have a theme for your holiday decor this year?

24 November 2013

Holiday Cards by Minted

Every single year at about this time, I find myself scrambling to put together our Christmas cards. In my experience, it always feels too early to think about the holidays until all of a sudden, I'm running out of time! Last year, the holiday season coincided with our crazy remodel and the busy season at my work, so let's just say that our 2012 Christmas cards never quite materialized. It was a bummer to not send out cards for the first time since we've been married, but I promised myself I'd make up for it this year!

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Ideally, I'd like to make my own cards. It's hard to find Christmas cards that meet my high expectations for design and paper quality. But although I have the design background and the resources, at this time of year especially, I can never find the time! That's where Minted comes in! Have you heard of them? With the holidays approaching, I thought this was the perfect time to introduce you to one of my favorite stationery companies. Minted is on a mission to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design. In addition to stocking truly original designs, Minted is also a haven for paper lovers like me. They print their designs on a variety of thick, luxurious paper stocks. And this year, they've even introduced foil pressing! All of this makes me one very happy customer!

I could browse their photo Christmas card designs for hours, (and sometimes I do!) but I'd love to save you the trouble and show you my very favorite designs available this year! 

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Since I haven't been able to find a standout photo of us so far, I'm also debating going the more traditional route with a photo-less card. A part of me feels like that when it comes to Christmas cards, most people look forward to seeing a recent photo. But these designs, especially the retro-inspired ones, might just win me over! They couldn't be more charming!

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I also want to introduce you fellow-readers-of-blogs to Julep, a well-designed blog created by Minted and filled to the brim with inspiration for home, weddings, and parties! You all know how much I love decorating for the holidays. Two inspirational DIY projects I've found on Julep for Thanksgiving are the Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece and instructions on How to Gold-Leaf a Pumpkin. Considering that gold-leaf and pumpkins happen to be two of my favorite things, the likelihood of me recreating these is about 100%! I look forward to seeing the Christmas projects and inspiration they post in the coming weeks!

All of the above designs are actually the ones I'm considering for our personal Christmas cards this year. I'd love to hear which ones are your favorites! And I'll make sure to share our Christmas card with you on the blog once they arrive! As this week is kind of the official kickoff of the holiday season, I wish you all lots of fun decorating, cooking, and watching favorite Christmas movies with your family and friends!

xoxo, bri

*Edit- Here it is... our 2013 Christmas card! I was very impressed with the quality of the cards and loved the foil pressing, but due to the cost and some issues with shipping, I can't say that I'd always choose Minted over some of their competitors in the future. Thanks so much for your input, and I wish all of you a holly, jolly Christmas!

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Full Disclosure: I partnered with Minted on this post and will be receiving credit from them in exchange.  I would be sharing this wonderful company with you regardless, but I try my best to be transparent regarding these things.  Thanks for reading! :)

I'm Back!!

I'm back!! It's true, I promise! I honestly never intended to take a break from blogging. But somehow, it's been almost six months since my last post. You know how in some seasons of life, six months can feel like a blink of an eye? That's where I'm at... I seriously find myself wondering where the time has gone! To catch you up, in the last six months I watched my little brother get married in Santa Barbara and celebrated mine and Brandon's third wedding anniversary with traditional leather-themed gifts and a mini-California coast road trip. Most notably, I started working a second job in June. (And on top of all of this, I still can't get over how time-consuming being a homeowner is!) My life is full, but in the midst of the busyness, I find myself feeling so blessed.

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Some Instagram snapshots from the last six months

As some of you may have noticed, I not only stopped blogging, but I kind of dropped off the face of the Internet. (Except for Pinterest, I can't imagine life without Pinterest!) Of course it's important to have a healthy balance of real life and Internet life, but although spending too much time on Facebook and other social apps can feel shallow, blogging has always felt different to me. The blog world not only offers me an outlet to express myself, but it has introduced me to real content and genuine people who I'm better for have meeting. Ever since "blogging" has existed, (R.I.P. my Xanga days), I've felt at home here.  Basically, I miss you guys. I miss this!

With the days of Google Reader behind us, I hope any regular readers that I had before will still read this. Is anyone still out there? I'm looking forward to getting back to my good old mornings of coffee and blog reading, but since it will take me a while to catch up, I'd love for you to comment and catch me up! Anything exciting going on these past six months!?

xoxo, Bri


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