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Wish I Was {Tuscany and Charcuterie}

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Today I find myself daydreaming about exploring chateaus in Tuscany. Sipping on a full body beautifully rich cabernet from an oversize, Olivia Pope style glass. Wearing the most fabulous outfit and overlooking the vineyards. Who’s with me? Sigh…

 


Paris by the Beach Wedding Shoot

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When the images from a recent shoot we collaborated on, showed up in our inbox we were beyond in love. I mean the details on this shoot are unreal! From the custom made structures, to the gorgeous chandeliers, and don’t get me started on that veil!! We had so much fun creating the invitations for this shoot, taking inspirations from french chateau meets glamour by the beach. So beyond fun with wax seal details and hand dyed silk ribbons, our favorites!! Not to mention the custom mini cakes with calligraphed flags to double as place cards!! yes and yes! Check out all the details over on Love Luxe Life, and the full list of dream team vendors below.

 

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Blushing Romance Wedding Style

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I can’t get enough of dusty pinks paired with soft greys. Here are some inspirations I put together for a  recent bride. I love the soft lines and delicate touches of pink paired with sleek but still romantic greys.

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Family Hike Day

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For this week’s Mom Monday post I thought I would share some shots from our family hike this past weekend. Truth be told we don’t do this often. In fact this was our first hike with Greyson. Hiking with small kids can sound daunting but as long as you pack a few of the essentials it’s really fun. When Sarah, our intern, turned senior designer, turned friend, asked if she could take us hiking to her favorite spot I said let’s do this! We piled in the car early Saturday morning and drove up to Chantry Flats for our hike to Sturtevant Falls. We scored a parking spot, which if you don’t get there super early in the morning, can be challenging. We strapped Greyson into the Ergo, and grabbed our backpack filled with snacks and water, and headed out on the trail.  There were several parts of the trail where we found ourselves crossing little streams, hopping from rock to rock which ended up being Piper’s favorite part. Our short but beautiful hike ended at the most amazing waterfall. We stopped here for a while, had snacks, enjoyed the relaxing music of the waterfall, and took lots of photos. The weather could not have been more perfect, sunny, crisp and cool but not too cold, and the water was high from all the rain we have had recently.

Hiking used to be such a big part of my life when I lived in Utah, but since moving to California, becoming a mom, hiking is something we really hadn’t done regularly. After this past weekend, I think we might need to do this more often. Getting the kids out in nature, and exposing them to the beautiful landscape that we live in is a must. A few tips for this particular hike. The beginning part of the hike is mostly downhill, so just prepare for the tail end of your hike on the way back, a short but steep hike up. This part is paved so it’s not challenging in that regard but something to be aware of for the kids. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks. For some reason our kids were starving almost as soon as we started out. Water bottles, and if you have, waterproof comfy shoes are great to have for the stream crossings. The Ergo was key for carrying Greyson on the hike. Hope you all will get out and enjoy the outdoors, no matter where you live. It’s such a great break from the everyday hustle and bustle, and a great way to decompress.

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Mommy and Me Shoes & Super Power Pancakes

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You guys the coolest thing happened to me last Friday. One of my all time favorite blogs, The Chalkboard Mag, featured my Sun Potion Adaptogenic Pancake recipe that I had shared on Piper Grey Life. It was one of those pinch me moments you know? Chalkboard Mag is one of the few blogs these days that I actually read religiously. They are my go-to health and wellness source with style. So excuse me for a minute while I do my happy dance. The pancakes are super easy to make, packed with super foods and adaptogenics and kid approved.  In other news I  discovered the cutest gladiator wing shoes from Cotton On Kids and some Birkenstock style shoes, that would make the cutest mommy and me looks. I mean can you even!? And don’t let me forget to mention Freekeh, the new favorite grain in our house. It’s super quick to prepare, similar to quinoa, high in fiber and protein, and super versatile, plus kid approved. Win win win! Happy Weekend my friends!


Deep Indigo and White Wedding Style

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We recently created the most stunning invitation suite for a couple getting married in Mexico. We used a deep inky indigo blue paired with softer navy watercolor textures and bright white cotton paper. I absolutely love this look. The deep blue lends itself to the ocean blue of Mexico, while the softer water color textures hint at the Mexico skies. It’s such a chic twist on a beachy vibe. Here are my inspirations for that couple along with a photo of the events card we created for them.

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Easy Green Breakfast Muffins

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I discovered green muffins from The Tribe a few weeks ago, and have slowly been perfecting my own spin on them. Infusing them with superfoods and adaptagens. They are so delicious and both my kids LOVE them. They are great to make ahead and then have a quick grab and go breakfast, especially on those mornings when you are short on time. We had a super late morning today in fact, and I just grabbed a few of these and we ate them in the car on the way to school drop off. Not picture perfect, but we do our best, right mamas? What i love about these is that the greens are raw, so you don’t have to cook anything in advance, and they are super easy to throw together. I love that they have so many health properties and a great way to start your morning. Here’s the recipe, adapted from The Tribe, with my own superfood twist.

Health properties include immune support, stress relief, digestive health, heart health, energy boost and tons more. With the combination of the Reishi, Tocos, Chia and Flax you have a winning combo here my friends!

 


Pink Smoothie Bowls & Rose Cocktails

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It’s no secret I am obsessed with the color pink. The shade of pink depends on the season and my mood. Lately all I want in my life is a dusty shade of blush with a hint of rose gold. This week’s Friday Faves are definitely centered around pink. From pink smoothie bowls to rose infused cocktails, gorgeous pink backdrops on a luxury vacation, to key pink items to add to your wardrobe under $100. I happen to have these pink and grey nike’s and they are the perfect mix of textures and the color palette is spot on. This blush pink cashmere sweater is gorgeous and under $100 it’s a steal! Happy weekend friends!


Wedding Colors, White on White

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For a while there was such a strong push for injecting color into weddings, since this was something so different than what had been done in the past. But recently there has been a return to the classic white color palette for weddings, only with a modern twist. Think layering different colors and textures of whites, to add interest and a sense of a more contemporary look. This invitation we did used blind embossing which is raised printing with no color,  combined with a neutral grey letterpress to complete the look. Here are some inspirations to help you get the look.

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Real Wedding {Little Palm Island}

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I am beyond thrilled that one of my favorite weddings of the year, if not all time,  is featured on Reverie Gallery. Jeff and Bob were a dream to work with, and really gave us creative freedom to capture them as a couple, and infuse the tropical chic vibe of Little Palm Island into the paper goods. We started with a custom watercolor letterpress save the date. The blue watercolor hinted at the turquoise blue ocean, and the palm trees set the tone for the destination. Next we created a custom calligraphed monogram which we used as a wax seal. We sourced bamboo thatched paper to serve as a backer for the invitation itself and wrapped it in a Japanese rice paper to create a big reveal for the guests when opening the invitations. We used hand calligraphy rather than a font to add to the custom and unique feel of the suite.

For the dayof pieces, we really wanted guests to feel like the wedding was a true experience. Guests were greeted with custom tote bags, and personalized hang tags on each. One of my favorite details were the custom door hangers for guests to put outside their hotel room after a long night. We continued the feel of the invitation on the menus which had the same bamboo backer and custom wax seal. We even had each menu hand calligraphed so they doubled as place cards! Such a gorgeous event for a gorgeous couple! Please be sure to visit Reverie Gallery for more of the details there.

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