{Weekend Inspiration} Industrial chic

This past weekend I was really drawn to industrial looking items– lots of metal and steel. I also found myself gravitating towards neutrals and very simplistic design.

I fell in love with this print of California, highlighting LA, that I saw at my friend Meg’s house. Because I am moving to San Francisco in two weeks, I am especially into anything that reminds me of LA. I also loved how simple yet really beautiful the print is. I was so surprised and delighted when two days later my friend Kristen gave me the same print as a “going away” gift. She had seen me gushing over it at Meg’s and then she bought it for me, at Sugar Paper!! I’m so lucky!

The ram’s head was a nice surprise in the dressing rooms at “All Saints.” I think it would be cool as a coat hanger in a house. As previously mentioned (in almost every post that I write), I love anything having to do with nature and animals. I love how rugged this piece felt. It went really well with the iron doors that they have in the dressing rooms.

Lastly, I was inspired by this gorgeous “chandelier.”  This light fixture hangs above the bar at my favorite restaurant, Gjelina, in Venice CA. I love the filament light bulbs! There is something so cool about this kind of lighting. I always notice it when I eat there, but this time we were sitting right next to it at the bar, so I was able to get a great shot.

 

{Saturday’s Song} Love Song

Love Song

Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel
like I am home again. Whenever I’m alone with
you, you make me feel like I am whole again.

Whenever I’m alone with you, you make me feel
like I am young again. Whenever I’m alone with
you, you make me feel like I am fun again.

However far away, I will always love you. However
long I stay, I will always love you. Whatever
words I say, I will always love you, I will always
love you.

Whenever I’m alone with you you make me feel
like I am free again. Whenever I’m alone with
you, you make me feel like i am clean again.

However far away, I will always love you. However
long I stay, I will always love you. Whatever
words I say, I will always love you, I will always
love you.

~ The Cure

{Giveaway Winner} Lilly Wilton

My favorite part about doing a giveaway is informing the winner that she’s won. I love hearing their stories and sharing in their excitement. We recently did a giveaway, for a Doie Lounge Lilian robe,  with Style Me Pretty, TX. The lucky lady who won is actually named Lillian! We usually just send a quick tweet or do a short Facebook post when someone wins, but after a dinner with some friends the other night where everyone who was married shared their “proposal story,” I was inspired to find out the story behind this winner’s engagement.

I asked Lilly if she had any photos or anything that she wanted to share about the engagement and she sent some adorable photos as well as a tear inducing proposal video!

Proposal Video

Her Fiance is named Nick LaMedica and he is currently on tour with War Horse! They will have to wait until the tour is over to actually “tie the knot,” but they do have a date set for next summer.

Congrats to Lilly & Nick!

{The Perfect Treat}

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“I was looking for the perfect treat for my special bridesmaids to thank them for all the love and support they have given to me. When I came across Doie Lounge robes I knew I’d found the perfect gift! On May 26th, my wedding day, my bridesmaids all rose early with me to go on a nice relaxing jog. After our jog we all took showers and slipped into our robes to enjoy a beautiful brunch and a really relaxing few hours before the big celebration. They day was perfect and the lovely (and so comfy) robes were a bit hit! And a big thanks to Sara, for the excellent customer service!”

~ Leigh S. married  05.26.12 in Tacoma, WA

{Weekend Inspiration} Wedding at the Skirball

I am very aware that this “Weekend Inspiration” is very late… it’s almost the next weekend, but “better late than never.” I definitely wanted to share a few shots from this very inspiring wedding.

I had been to the Skirball center, in Los Angeles, before but I had never been to a wedding there and didn’t even realize that it was a popular venue. Jason and Michelle had lucked out with the gorgeous weather for their outside ceremony. They took their vows under an enchanting, beautiful, Chuppah filled with fresh flowers and a chandelier. The chandelier added some major elegance!

Michelle, the gorgeous bride, had a grand and dramatic entrance. Everyone was sitting at the ceremony site and she appeared on a walkway above and walked slowly (& alone) so that everyone could see her. She then made it down some pretty steep steps (brave girl) and walked past the entire crowd to the start of the aisle where she met up with her parents, who walked her down. I had never seen anything like that before and I loved it. I was inspired by how much thought went into the ceremony.

{Saturday’s Song} Us

Us

They made a statue of us
And it put it on a mountain top
Now tourists come and stare at us
Blow bubbles with their gum
Take photographs have fun, have fun

They’ll name a city after us
And later say it’s all our fault
Then they’ll give us a talking to
Then they’ll give us a talking to
Because they’ve got years of experience
We’re living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
We’re living in a den of thieves
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious

We wear our scarves just like a noose
But not ’cause we want eternal sleep
And though our parts are slightly used
New ones are slave labor you can keep

We’re living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
We’re living in a den of thieves
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious

They made a statue of us
They made a statue of us
The tourists come and stare at us
The sculptor’s marble sends regards
They made a statue of us
They made a statue of us
Our noses have begun to rust
We’re living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
Were living in a den of thieves

And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious

~ Regina Spektor

{Not Your Mother’s Honeymoon}

My boyfriend’s idea of a good vacation does not involve a beach and a fruity drink. Although that sounds divine to me, I can also get on board with a big adventure. This got me thinking that there must be tons of couples out there who want to do something different for their honeymoon. After researching several “off the beaten path” ideas, I narrowed it down to three very different experiences that all seem pretty unique to me!

Photo from the Kakslauttanen  Website

Spending the night in an igloo? Sign me up! At Kakslauttanen honeymooners (or anyone really) can choose from sleeping in a glass igloo where you can drift off to sleep while looking at the “Northern Lights,” or a snow igloo where you will be provided with an extra warm sleeping bag, a wool hat, and socks. This beautiful place is located in Lapland, right near the Arctic Circle. How cool is that?

 

Photo from the designhotels.com website

Reindeer games (literally) are’t your speed? Looking for something a little (ok, a lot) warmer that also involves an excess of wine? This place takes wine boxes to a whole new level. Endemico is located in the heart of Mexico’s Baja California region and boasts modern and luxurious “cubes” to stay in, overlooking the wine country. This might not be that adventurous, but it is definitely different!

Photo from the Mongol Rally  Facebook Page

This next one, the Mongol Rally,  is not for the faint of heart! In fact, they even have a warning on the website stating just how dangerous this journey is. If you can put your fears aside, this seems like the chance of a lifetime. It’s basically a drive for charity, 10,000 miles across Mongolia. The landscape is supposedly some of the most remote terrain imaginable and there is no real route– that is where the adventure comes in. I’m pretty sure if you and your new husband can navigate through this, it’s a good sign for life’s”twists and turns.”

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{Weekend Inspiration} Postcards From Berlin

This past weekend I started the arduous process of going through my apartment and packing everything up for my September move from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Rather than just throwing everything into boxes, I am determined to get rid of anything and everything that I don’t need, before the move. I’m definitely not a candidate for the show Hoarders, but I have let some things build up.

I started with my desk drawers, where I found some really cute postcards that I bought in Berlin last year. I remember walking past this adorable paper store and immediately falling in love with the prints that were on these cards. I had high hopes of framing them and mounting them on my wall, but instead they ended up in a drawer where I had completely forgotten about them.

Theses are my four favorites. I have every intention of actually having them framed and matted, for my new apartment, so that I can appreciate them daily. How cute would a variation of  these prints be on silk for a new robe?

{One Night in Ottawa} A Bridesmaids Story

I was surprised and delighted to find an email filled with photos, from a Canadian bride who I had worked with a few months back. When Ashley first wrote to me, she told me that she was getting married in Ottawa and asked if I knew how much the tax and customs charges would be. I had shipped robes to Canada before, but not for an entire wedding party. So, I went down to the post office to find out and they told me that they didn’t know and that it was something that Ashley needed to find out on the Canadian end. I don’t like “my” brides doing any extra work, but I let Ashley know the deal. She ended up being so exited about the robes that she said she would just go for it and pay whatever the extra taxes were going to be and that she would report back (which she did).

Photos by: Andrew Geddes, Union Eleven

I have never been to Ottawa and to be (embarrassingly) honest, I wasn’t sure where exactly, in Canada, it was located. So, I ended up learning a lot in this particular situation and I was excited when it all worked out. It was fun to work with Ashley and her photos show that it was all well worth it. 

Ashley got married at the National Gallery of Canada, on June 9th 2012. I thought it was really cute and different that she wore the same robe as her bridesmaids, instead of going with the traditional white robe– like the Lilian or the Bettina.

I normally reserve these types of photos for our Real Weddings Blog, but I wanted to show all of the photos, instead of just one.

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