Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 things i learned from my wedding day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Since I was one of the first in my friend group to get married, I often get called on for advice when a friend begins planning his or her wedding. Here are the top five things I tell my friends again and again. As advice goes, you don't always have to agree with it or take it, but these are my personal lessons learned.

1. It's not about you.

You might think a wedding is for the bride and groom, but you'd be wrong. Just like a funeral isn't for the deceased, it's for the grieving. This is for those celebrating, those uniting because of the two of you. This may be the only time in your life where your entire family is together. In the future it will be about what holiday is spent at what in-law's - enjoy being with everyone you love in one place.

2. Hire a day of planner.

I can't recommend this enough. I've been to a lot of weddings of DIY brides, where they plan to do everything themselves and hang their families with to-do lists. There is nothing wrong with this, unless it interferes with their enjoyment of the wedding day itself.

Sure, have your dad build you a dance floor, have your aunt do your alterations, emboss the hell out of those invites, but do not have Cousin Shirley pass out toasting drinks. If she's important enough to be there, she's important enough to toast right along with everyone else. And you know all those decorations you made by hand and put up? Someone has to take those down. The same people who got up at the crack of dawn to help put them up. The people who care about you the most are the ones willing to put in the work. Don't let them. These people deserve to be 100% present on your wedding day, let someone else carry the burden of the details and the schedule.

3. You're not wearing this dress for one day

You're wearing it for the rest of your life. If you're spending any money on photos, I bet it's because you're going to be printing these off, gifting them to friends and hanging them in your home. This dress will be on your walls, your kids will ask to see them, your aunt will pull them out when her friends come over.  These pictures will immortalize your gown and you'll be haunted by it. Pick a damn good one.

4. Take pictures of your dress

When shopping take photos of you wearing the dress before you decide. You may love the idea of one, but the subtle lace might not show up in pictures and instead be a little blah. I was split between two dresses but when looking at cell phone photos, there was a clear winner. Again, these photos will be around forever, so make sure it photographs just as pretty as you remember it.

5. Photos take longer than you think they will

Schedule a ton of time for photos - a ton. Also, write down in detail who you want your photos with, do this for your family photos and everyone else. I got a lot of group bridesmaid shots, but missed out on getting them one-on-one, this was a big bummer when I got them back (in defense, I didn't know I wanted this until after the fact). If you can manage, schedule a day after photo shoot with your husband, it makes it so you can spend all the time you want capturing great shots, with that handsome fella, in that gorgeous dress.

I'm sure I could come up with many many more do's and don't's, but I'll leave it with these five for now. Do you have any wedding advice you feel like you give over and over again? Please share!

(psst, if you're in the midst of planning your wedding, check Seattle BHLDN's wedding fair this Thursday, April 23, 2015 it's bound to give great ideas and serve as great eye candy!)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

get the look: ikea rast hack

Thursday, April 9, 2015

After searching high and low for affordable bedside table options we finally landed on this DIY version of the Ikea Rast drawers. It may not be the most original idea, but it is tried and true, and sure is a good one.  The dimensions were spot on; the small dresser took advantage of the remaining space on the side of our bed and gave us extra storage all at the low, low price of $35. 

There are many, many of these ikea hacks out there so this isn’t a new DIY, but I’d thought I’d share what went into ours and tips for success.


Painting: Use oil based paint and make sure to let cure for a week or two. Don’t place anything heavy on it for about a month. The oil base paint will provide a harder surface that is less likely to be damaged by rings from forgotten about water glasses, etc. 

Knobs: We got our knobs from Hobby Lobby, who has a fun selection. Be sure you go on a 50% week (knobs go on sale about every few weeks) and pick through for the goods ones. I found many with missing rhinestones- hold out for the best. If they don’t have as many as you need the store will give you a voucher to get the sale price on your next trip.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

pantry planning

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
We have one very ugly spot in our house, one of those spaces that collects junk upon junk. When we rebuilt this area (bathroom + stairwell), Billy and I disagreed. I wanted a pantry, and he wanted to keep it open. I gave in, knowing he'd realize that I was right later on and give me the green light, and my friends, that day has come!

The space is just under 3'x4' and will fit a small, walk-in, L-shaped pantry perfectly. Of course, it will be white and filled with glass jars brimming with flour, rice and sugar and will always be clean (psh).

The dream: 

The Space: (you were warned, I said it was ugly)

We had built the half wall for safety's sake when my brother + little kids stayed with us, which doubles the ugliness. You can see our the sketch of where the shelves will go and how deep they'll be. The space will be tight, but 100% effective. We found a wealth of knowledge about planning, and spacing via This Old House

We've actually had this project on our minds for a few months but were looking for the perfect door to start the project off we, something unique, but narrow. Originally, I was thinking an old bank or hotel door, but those seemed to always be too wide. Then we happened upon this narrow door at a local salvage store and we officially kicked off 'project pantry'. Next, we move some electrical around and start framing it out. Hoping to have 'progress' shots soon! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

london calling - artist residence hotel

Monday, March 30, 2015
When I first stumbled upon Artist Residence - London, a boutique hotel, I immediately started daydreaming about a trip to London just to step into this space. The hotel’s name speaks to the aesthetics of the interior, in fact, it was co-designed with artists. The result is something of perfection. A sort of lived in, collected, but still clean and simple vibe. 

I often joke with my friends and husband that Anthropologie is my happy place. If I could live in that store, I just might. I have the same feeling about this hotel, and not surprisingly they use many products from Anthropologie.  

So, Artist Residence, you are officially on my bucket list of places to experience in my life. I look forward to meeting you. Until then, thank you for the lovely interiors and inspiration.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

spring look - ballerina style

Monday, March 16, 2015
We've had an unusually delightful end of winter. The cherry blossoms are already blooming and the sun shining. Out come the dresses and away go the sweaters and heavy jackets. The countdown to spring has begun! I'm tempted to say spring is my favorite, but truth be told, the changing of seasons is my favorite. 

With that. Here is an outfit that I crave to throw on and run to the nearest farmers market. I must admit that I was slightly influenced by the new Cinderella movie. Guilty. But more so than that, my ballerina roots are always a strong influence.  I hope you are celebrating the changing of seasons in your small ways. 

Necklace: Pair with anything, any season, but the flowers make is especially appropriate for spring.

Sunglasses: I've had few pairs of 'expensive' sunglasses, and I have no idea where they ended up. Cheap, stylish, and in some ways, loseable sunglasses are my go-to. These are just a few dollars.

Market Bag: On the pricier end, but it is lovely, durable and shows Seattle spirit. A worthy splurge.

Shoes: These really put the 'ballet' into ballet flat.

Shirt:  A graphic tee pairs with a tulle skirt perfectly. This tee speaks to the indulgent nature of weekends.

Essie:  One can never go wrong with a pink mani, especially in spring.

Skirt: Can we talk about this skirt? I would be happy if a tulle skirt was the last thing I ever wore. It comes in a couple colors and I want to buy them all.

Design + Development: Revel and Design