Holiday Inspiration + a Giveaway

Who doesn't love a festive, girly cocktail party??    

 Exactly.

That's why I got together with my favs, Stella Bloom Designs, Anna Delores Photography, and MJB Cakes at Whispering Rose Ranch to create a super fun holiday inspiration to celebrate the season with friends. We combined sequins, faux fur, plaid, leather (in the form of place cards by Jamie Ellen Paperie) and of course Stella Bloom Designs' gorgeous florals for a serious swoon-fest. Not to mention, the classiest of tabletop decor courtesy of Borrowed Blu and a swanky lounge area decked out with furniture from Pretty Vintage Table and cozy accessories by Pottery Barn.  The really fun part?? Amy and I got to model, drink the yummy cocktail by Savour This Kitchen and get decked out in the sparkliest 31Bits goodies!

Want to get your hands on some of those baubles? Lucky for you, we're giving some away (thanks to those lovely gals at 31Bits!). Follow the instructions below to enter to win a necklace AND bracelet in Ruby Sparkle... so appropriately "Marsala," if you ask me! 

Want to see more than this little teaser below? Head over to Style Me Pretty Living for all the gorgeousness. 

fresh picked citrus }{ styled shoot

I realize that the shoot I'm sharing today is represented on my homepage, but how could I NOT feature those images by Anna Delores Photography front and center?? Too pretty to pass up. 

Many of you have seen some of these images because, well, you're here and you probably past by the homepage before you took a slight right to arrive at the blog, but I think a collaboration filled with this much pretty deserves it's own post. So let's dive right in, shall we?

When Emily and I discussed this shoot, I decided that I wanted to do something that was filled with the happiness, whimsy and relaxed joy that comes with the lingering days of late summer. My sweet cousin who has a passion for lovely vintage goodies (if you're in town, check out her antique space in downtown Bakersfield!), had given me a set of 2 glasses and a juice carafe with the most adorable orange pattern around the center. I was immediately inspired and began to build the vision in my head around that little orange carafe. 

 

In addition to citrus and summer, I was inspired by watercolors and wanted to incorporate their soft romantic fluidity in some way. I did several watercolor paintings and then turned those paintings into the paper flowers that we placed on the bar cart. 

We enlisted the help of Alissa Bell Press to create the MOST beautiful letterpress invitations. I knew I wanted to add another watercolor element by way of the invitations, so I asked Alissa to leave a good amount of white space on the invitations. Alissa obliged and I had so much fun adding to her already incredible work. I enjoyed myself so much that I created two versions. 

And speaking of stationary to swoon over, Joelle from A Charming Occasion Calligraphy hand lettered the beautiful calligraphy for the place cards at the table. Love. 

The graphic pattern of the first invitation suite was taken from the pattern that I painted on the table runner... yes, I'm that crazy; I actually painted my own textile for this shoot. More on that DIY later ; )

The gorgeous flowers were so colorful and bright--they just made me happy and so in love with summer. They didn't stop at the reception table; Kissing Bees floral magic extended to the bouquets and the cutest little boutonniere. 

Between the hand painted runner, the watercolored paper flowers, watercolored invitations, custom ribbon backdrop, and the painted orange bentwood chairs, this shoot was certainly a labor of love. But, then again, I'm proud to say that I don't ever take on projects that don't turn out that way. I will sand, paint, stain, sew, build...whatever it takes to get the look just right. 

And just because my dear friend of 10 years is that pretty in a BHLDN dress and my grandparents property where I spent my childhood is that enchanting (need a rustic wedding venue in the central valley?? Let's talk) here are a few more of Emily Reiter's images to swoon over.