Currently Coveting : Polka Dots.

•  08.March.2013

There is just something about spring that makes me gravitate towards polka dots. Maybe it’s their cheery nature, or the simplicity of their geometry, or just the fact that they are super cute on pretty much anything they appear.

I’ve loved the trend this season of mixing patterns, and polka dots are always a great place to start : juxtaposing them against florals or stripes or any other fun print you can pull from your closet. I feel like they instantly dress up any outfit, and seeing them on that dishware has me inspired to incorporate them in my next tabletop design.

Happy Weekend friends!

 

suit {madewell} dishware {crate and barrel} backpack {herschel} pouch {la garconne} keds {madwell} tshirt {comptoir des cotonniers} watch {kate spade} blouse {jcrew} ballet flats {zara}

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I absolutely LOVE this time of year. Award season is the best isn’t it?! Hours upon hours of watching stars come down the red carpet, “OOOH’ing, “AHHH’ing or “EWW’ing” over every last dress. It’s always so much fun to see what Hollywood’s elite choose to wear from one show to the next, and this year (although no BIG surprises) didn’t disappoint. After last year’s Golden Globes I juxtaposed some of my favorite gowns from the show with wedding cakes that I thought could have been directly inspired by the gorgeous gowns…see that original post here. I had so much fun creating that post last year that I thought I’d keep up the tradition.

Did you have any dress favorites last night? Anyone you were surprised to see win?? I CANNOT wait for the Oscars!

photo credit : all celebrity photos {Getty Images via } {pink cake} {mint cake} {peach cake} {gilded cake} {white cake} {berry cake}

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Holiday Color Gift Guide : Grey.

•  18.December.2012

We got back into town late this weekend from our trip to Australia, and although we had SUCH an enjoyable time (more to come on that soon!) there was a part of me that felt as though in the midst of being away we were completely missing the holiday season. I’m pretty sure it might have been the palm trees, beach sand and warm weather that kept me from feeling that holiday spirit (I’m a “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” kind of gal all the way), so when we landed back into the states and were instantly emerged in Christmas jingles, neighborhood lights and cool PNW air, I felt the holiday giddiness set in all over again and was instantly overjoyed!

Jet lag has been pretty wicked this go around, so all Adam and I could manage to do our first night home was lounge on our couch with hot chocolate in hand, while Christmas movies played back to back and our pup begged us for endless love pats. I couldn’t wait to get back to the blog today though and share my additional ideas for gift giving this season. I absolutely love the color grey (it goes with everything!) and find myself gravitating towards this beautiful color & its various shades all the time. Hope you enjoy the round up!

gift cred : HIM 01. {yuketen} 02. {puur co} 03. {imogene + willie} 04. {cb2} 05. {the sharper image} 06. {maison martin margiela} 07. {patagonia} HER 01. {rennes} 02. {confetti system} 03. {ferm living} 04. {totokaelo} 05. {howkapow} 06. {A.P.C.} 07. {shop terrain}

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Pic Me a Palette : A Dublin Engagement.

•  13.December.2012

Sharing a little sneak peek today of an image sent over by sweet Katie from an engagement shoot I had the honor of being involved in during my last trip to Ireland. Jemma’s beautiful cousin Louise and her fiance Conor were interested in capturing the beauty of their city during their engagement session (smart pair!). It was so much fun following them through the beautiful streets of Dublin, while assisting them with posing and making them picture perfect for their photo memories. Working with Jemma and Katie was a highlight of the day and I’m telling you if I could work with these gals all day everyday with couples as amazing as this one I certainly would!

I can’t wait to share additional images from this shoot in the weeks to come – isn’t Dublin a stunning backdrop?!!

photo cred : {katie stoops}

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Holiday Color Gift Guide : Red.

•  30.November.2012

I always get so giddy during this time of year! I love how the holiday spirit is palpable. How everyone prioritizes and focuses on spending time with the ones they love. I love the twinkling lights and the Christmas jingles; the holiday decor and how the air feels so fresh and brisk. I also LOVE sharing my favorite holiday gift ideas during this time of year! I’m back again, with some fresh color gift guides, and will be sharing a different color in each post leading up to the end of the holiday season. I hope these guides are helpful in your own gift giving this year. I’d also love to hear your favorite red gift to give if you’ve got one. Happy weekend friends!

gift cred : HIM 01. {bridge and burn} 02. {headphones} 03. {h&m} 04. {lacoste} 05. {cheap monday} 06. shoes {adidas} 07. backpack {herschel} HER 01. {creuset} 02. {madewell} 03. {kate spade new york} 04. {anthropologie} 05. {jcrew} 06. {joe kievitt}    07. {rag and bone}

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Cyber Monday.

•  26.November.2012

Did anyone hit those crazy after Thanksgiving sales this past weekend?? Adam and I found some great deals on a few sweaters and I nabbed a few thank you gifts I’ve been meaning to send for a while. The crowds were NUTSO though! So if you were one of the smart ones who stayed away from the crazy hoards of shoppers this weekend, don’t forget to get in on those great post holiday deals today! It’s CYBER MONDAY today and I thought I’d share some of my favorite savings and things I have my eye on from around the web. And you better hurry! Most deals end tonight at midnight! Happy shopping friends!

photo cred : magazine {kinfolk} birch tree print {assemble shop} vintage neckties {forage haberdashery} 2013 calendar {rifle paper co.} thermal leggings {thermal leggings} coffee cozy {the cozy project} bag {jcrew}

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Holiday Inspiration : The Outfit.

•  22.November.2012

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already here??! Happy Happy Turkey Day! Figured there no better way to celebrate the day than with a festive outfit for the occasion. My inspiration for wardrobe is a play on my holiday inspired tabletop from a couple weeks back – gold accents, mixed textures, eye-catching details. The holidays are the perfect time to pull that dressy piece from your closet that you’ve been hanging on to all year waiting for the perfect time to show it off.

photo cred : hat {kate spade} coat {see by chloe} bag {madewell} necklace {anthropologie}  sweater {TOAST} tights {tights} booties {rachel comey} lipstick {mac cosmetics} skirt {comptoir des cotonniers}

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Pic Me A Palette : The Dress Theory.

•  18.October.2012

Sorry for the minimal blog posts this week friends. I’ve been slow to get back into the swing of things since getting back home to Seattle on Monday night. Honestly, I’m just really really tired…do you ever feel that way?? Do you ever struggle to get back to your regular routine after time away? I never like admitting that I’m lacking motivation, and I’m not sure if it’s a direct result of fighting off a nasty cold that I caught while I was in Ireland, but I just feel a bit rundown. I’m hoping that a few days of rest before the weekend can help me regain some energy and get excited for the things coming up this fall.

Despite fighting off this wicked bug, I had the BEST day yesterday. Julie Harmsen is quickly becoming one of my most favorite people in the creative industry and any opportunity we get to work together feels like such a blessing. Julie had reached out to me a few weeks back and asked if I’d be interested in styling an upcoming bridal shoot for the lovely Camille of The Dress Theory. The Dress Theory is a brand new (and SUPER beautiful) bridal boutique here in Seattle, and just the mere thought of spending a day with Camille’s gorgeous gowns got me giddy with anticipation.

Yesterday I brought along a bunch of soft and lush furniture pieces from my SCOUT. collection, and along with floral beauties from Rachel of Finch And Thistle, hair and makeup from Jenny Bowker, an adorable cake from Cake Envy, Jules behind the camera & Camille’s super sweet puppy June, we set out to show off some of Camille’s prettiest pieces. I captured this quick pic of the beautiful Kaitlin during one of the shots and am SO SO happy with the choice of that dark grey backdrop…it looked absolutely stunning against Kaitlin’s ivory skin, gorgeous red locks and that Claire Pettibone stunner. I can’t wait to see all of the images from the shoot (capture a sneak peek over on Julie’s blog today!) and am so honored to have styled this fun collaboration. I hope you enjoy this fall inspired color palette too!

Stay tuned for some fun pictures from Lisa & Dave’s irish fete at the lovely Ballyvolane House coming up on the blog tomorrow!

photo cred : {jenn elliott blake via VSCO}

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Kinfolk Issue V. Part Two.

•  12.October.2012

 

Last week I shared some initial images from this fall camping PNW shoot with We Are The Rhoads for Kinfolk in this post and am thrilled to be sharing the second half of the images, as well as a video by Joel Clare today. As I mentioned before, this shoot was such a joy to be a part of and I hope to get the chance to collaborate with this amazing team again really soon!

I hope you enjoy the pics and video! Happy Weekend Friends!

Credits: Photography {Sarah & Chris Rhoads of We Are The Rhoads} Videography {Joel Clare} Wardrobe and Prop Styling {LIsa Moir} Props and Prop Styling Assistant {Jenn Elliott Blake, Scout.} Food Styling {Jenice Lee} Talent {Shara Lou, Michael Giroux, James & Katherine Moes}

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When I first saw the email in my inbox my heart literally skipped a beat. Jasmine Star is one of those people in the wedding industry whom I not only greatly admire but have always wondered what might happen if we ever got the chance to collaborate. Her email stated that she would be visiting Seattle for a brief respite (she lives in Orange County, CA with her adorable hubby JD and her even more adorable pup Polo), and that she was interested in collaborating together on a styled shoot during her time here. In a little less than 4 weeks time from her initial email, we were on set working creative magic, having loads of fun and soaking in the enjoyment of interacting with a fantastic team of creatives. I couldn’t be prouder of the end result of this shoot…SUCH a positive experience and the images turned out just as I had imagined them! YAY!

When I initially began designing this shoot (I shared my inspiration board a while back here), I knew that I wanted it to reflect an organic vibe and incorporate vintage details in a sophisticated, clean and polished way. I really wanted the shoot to reflect that homegrown, sustainable nature of the PNW, and wanted to inspire brides and grooms to create events that are not only beautiful, but are also environmentally conscious as well. As mentioned in a previous post, the dress (shipped from the UK and designed by artist Martha Webb – isn’t it crazy stunning!! The hand stitched detailing on the bodice left me in total awe) was one of the first inspiration pieces I found and I built the design around it. I loved the idea of keeping the overall colors of the design muted & neutral, while adding a couple pops of color with the burnt orange dip-dyed dress, as well as a deep mustard color to juxtapose the greenery and natural tones.

Through the use of cork (one of the most sustainable products on the planet) I created flower vases for centerpieces, intertwining tapered candles (held up by cork balls I sourced from Canada and then drilled holes into) and vintage amber-colored glass across the center of the tabletop. A hand-quilted table linen was created using cut pieces of vintage fabric and the expert sewing skills of my dear friend Andie Powers of Assemble. I envisioned the linen could be turned into a quilt for the couple’s home after their wedding day celebration again focusing on re-using and re-purposing items after a wedding day. I also really wanted to incorporate plants and herbs that could be replanted and loved long after the celebration was over vs. the more traditional cut stems that wilt quite quickly.

I really wanted to mix up the traditional place setting, using a cutting board as the dinner plate (inspired by my charcuterie experiences in Paris) and by using wood utensils in place of a more traditional place card. A hanging installation over the table was a must, and I’ve just been dying to incorporate macrame into one of my designs. With a BIG help from Mckenzie & her lovely hubby James, we were able to hang the installation the night before the shoot to save time and make sure it was just right…it is definitely my favorite aspect of the design. Mckenzie killed it on the florals….JUST STUNNING! Vintage pieces from my SCOUT. Vintage collection (the bamboo chair, dessert table containers & vases etc.) added that comfortable touch of character that I felt imperative to the design. One of my new treasured traveling companions is my Instax camera and I thought it would be the perfect replacement for the popular photobooth. Oh and that image of Amber sitting on the bamboo chair??? Va-va-voom! So in love! Speaking of Amber, she and James did a phenomenal job and were such a joy to work with. Their beauty definitely became the cherry on top of the design. Thank you both for your genuine smiles, laughter and hard work!

You learn pretty quickly in this industry that surrounding yourself with talented folks is pretty IMPERATIVE – you cannot do it all AND two (or more!) brains are FAR better than one. I think the thing I love the most about what I do, is reflected in those days when I’m amongst people who really ‘get it’ – who want to create something original & inspiring no matter the effort that goes into making it happen AND who are also nice, humble and generous with their time and talents. I had the greatest pleasure of working with a DREAM TEAM on this particular shoot (Mckenzie Powell did all of the floral designs – her interpretation of the vision was SPOT ON…I’m telling you this girl is one of the best in the biz! ; Sally Balt of La Happy did an impeccable job with all of the paper details, her calligraphy is my absolute favorite, with her white handwriting looking so pretty against those wood and craft paper pieces ; the UBER talented Erin Skipley did hair & makeup and I couldn’t believe with what ease she adjusted Amber’s hair & makeup for the various shots…she’s so so good! SUCH an honor to work with her! ; I really wanted to forgo a traditional wedding cake and was over the moon excited that Autumn Martin of Hot Cakes (a brand new dessert spot in Seattle) was generous enough to contribute her organic molten chocolate cakes & toppings as the dessert bar & favors. It didn’t hurt that we got to munch on all her goodies during the day…YUM! ;  Cast Iron Studios was the PERFECT spot for this industrial + sustainable styled shoot – their brand new location in Bellevue was a dream to work in and a special thank you to Dave for being ever accommodating of the long hours it took to produce the shoot.

For more images and details of this organic PNW shoot, check out Jasmine’s blog and the feature over on Style Me Pretty today!

**Also, an extra special thank you to my Mom who with her hippie-like precision helped me whip up those macrame plant holders and cork vases in a flash. Your creative talents and craftsmanship continually astound me Mom…thank you for your support! I love you!

 

concept, design + styling : jenn elliott blake | photographer : jasmine star photography | floral designer : mckenzie powell | paper details : sally balt of la happy | hair + makeup : erin skipley | wedding dress : martha webb | vintage rentals: scout vintage rental co. | custom sewing of table linen : andie powers of assemble | desserts : autumn martin of hot cakes | venue : cast iron studios | talent : Amber Anderson of SMG Models & James Powell

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