Gift Guide for Your Besties

Or your sister, clients, gal pals, really all the ladies in your life will most likely gush over one or all of these items! I know I would squeal with delight with one of these if it was under the tree (hint, hint Mr. H).  All of these are small, local businesses (to CA) and no one is paying me to share this post. I just truly believe in these products and love supporting small businesses as much as possible.

First up we have the PERFECT gift for the gal that loves bath & beauty products – but also loves to DIY. These DIY kits come from Handcrafted Honeybee (my latest obsession) and they come in all different sizes and styles. From face masks to lip balms, and deodorants to bath salts. They have all your bath and beauty needs covered! Each kit comes with literally everything you would need as well. And my favorite part – when ordering online, you can totally customize each kit to the scent or ad-ons to fit your friends (or yours – let’s me honest) needs. All the materials used are 100% natural and great alternatives to chemical infused products.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Like You’ve Never Seen

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I recently was apart of such an incredible shoot. Not because the location was the “most amazing spot ever” or because we had professional models who regularly grace magazine pages. And not even because I had some killer DIY’s to contribute or mega sponsors to provide me all my favorite pieces for the tablescape. It was incredible, because well, the food was out of this world. And… it was just, real life. The location was my side yard. The “models” were just all us friends. The decor was simple, beautiful, and TOTALLY attainable by anyone (hello, Target and World Market). The centerpieces were so amazing because we used WHEAT, yes colorful wheat found at the farmer’s market – and cotton, yup, cotton. It was so fall/wintery, and incredible. I loved every bit of it. Oh, and did I mention the FOOD?! Continue Reading…

Join the Team!

Yup, that’s right! I’ve decided to bring on a few more people to the team to help us expand! It’s a new, frightening, nerve-wrecking thing. But I’m excited. It means a lot of new changes are coming and I could not be more thrilled.

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I’m looking for a couple of assistants who would be able to attend weddings primary on the weekends to serve as an extra set of hands on the day of. Experience in events would be helpful, but it’s not necessarily a requirement. If you have a good work ethic, great attitude, and can handle being on your feet for about 10 hours in a day – that’s about all you need! Also, a reliable form of transportation is a must. This IS a paid position – but I wouldn’t call it part time by any means. Right now, I typically have 2 weddings a month, 9 months out of the year. So very very part time. Weekend-time, if you will. But if you really excel, there is an opportunity to move to an associate position that would allow you to manage events on your own. So there is room for growth! I can’t wait to see how new additions can help the business expand and the new places it takes us. And I can’t wait to meet my staff! Is that weird? I haven’t met you yet, but I’m excited to meet you – whoever you are! Continue Reading…

Real Wedding: Claudia & Diego

Claudia and Diego are quite possibly to sweetest couple around. Like, for real. At one of our venue walkthroughs my keychain broke and my car key fell off in my car. My locked car, naturally. And these two stayed with me the whole time until the tow truck arrived. And when the tow guy got lost – Diego went out in his car and tracked the guy down! Like I said, the SWEETEST. Their wedding at McCormick Ranch in Camarillo was the perfect combo of vintage + romantic. And the florals were to die for!! Huge thanks to Camarie Photography for capturing this special day so well.

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Real Wedding: Sydney & Nick

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Sydney was the dream bride. She works in television as a director’s assistant. So basically she is a wedding planner for a tv show. I’m sure I’ll get in so much trouble for comparing the two. But in all seriousness – she creates timelines, budgets, vendor lists, etc. She runs the behind the scenes, keeping everything flowing and thinking of every possible scenario for potential problems that could occur. Which is pretty much what I do on the day of the wedding. She got it. And she was SO thorough and organized. And our emails felt like I was emailing myself! It definitely made the whole planning process so easy and smooth =)

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