November 2011 Archive

The Inspired Guide {Wedding Vendor Directory}

Happy Monday, my sweet blogettes! Did everyone survive the long weekend? I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and you’re back at it today, ready to take the soon upon us December by storm. I have a full week of fun stuff ahead (including some finished house pictures, eeek!) but today I have a little something fabulous for all of you brides out there who may need a little help in the planning department. If you’ve yet to discover The Inspired Guide, then let me tell you, you need to head over there like yesterday to do so. And don’t worry, I’ll wait here ever so patiently while you go see real quick. Go ahead.


Created by Allison, the totally rad chick in that stunning frock above, The Inspired Guide helps all of you find vendors to bring your wedding inspiration to life, while, get this, searching by budget as well as location to find vendors that fit your needs, no matter what they are. No matter where you are planning your wedding, they have wonderful vendors to fit your style! They also have a Hand-Crafted Guide featuring vendors that are Engaged & Inspired approved. These are vendors that Allison has or would definitely work with in a second, so you know you are looking through the best of the best. How sweet huh?

Take it from me, a girl who really didn’t even break the ice into the vast ocean of online wedding resources during my planning process, that The Inspired Guide is exactly what you should be taking advantage of should you be a chick with a sparkly on your finger. Allison also offers Bride Love, a consulting service that offers budget help, vendor and venue suggestions, and help with inspiration! From one bride to another, Allison is there to work with you on whatever it is you need to get started or to give that extra push in planning your wedding. And with mad style like hers who could resist? Check out some of my fave shots from her wedding earlier this year. The stunning photos are from Jason + Anna Photography.


Here’s my listing too. All you wedding vendors out there, are you taking advantage of this incredible exposure opportunity?


Make today fabulous everyone! And be sure to head over and say hello to Allison xoxo

Thankful

Just a side note: Hi Everyone! This is Rhi here. Today is rather bittersweet as it’s the sweet Lisa’s final day assisting with the Hey Gorg blog. Over the past four months I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a bit about Lisa including her relationship with her kind boyfriend John, her goals and aspirations in the world of weddings and most of her, her enormous amount of passion for not only her work and relationships with others, but her unmistakable love and zest for life. I knew this day would come where I couldn’t keep her to myself anymore and so today marks her final Thursday post. I logged into my dashboard today to put her post live and my eyes instantly filled with happy tears. Lisa, you beat me to it; I tam thankful too. For you, and your hard work and the effort you put into all of your pretty posts and inspiration boards since you first started blogging for me this summer. How despite your school schedule,  you still managed to get posts done in time for me. But most of all, I am thankful for our friendship. I hope that I and the readers here have made you feel at home and that most of all, we will continue supporting and maintaining friendships with you long after your position here with me. We all adore you! xoxo


Happy Thanksgiving, you lovely Hey Gorgeous readers!

Today is my last post as Rhiannon’s blogging assistant, so I just wanted to let y’all know how much I’ve appreciated your sweet comments over the last few months. It was always so exciting and challenging to craft my posts during the week, and then be encouraged by your kind words and feedback. I also want to send Rhiannon a big virtual hug for giving me this opportunity–Rhi, you are fabulous and inspiring, and most of all, you are my dear friend. So, to all of you who have read my posts, left some love, and shared inspiration with me, and to Rhiannon for her friendship and support, I just want to say…


Happiest of holidays to you and yours! Come visit me on Something Pretty sometime. :)

Love,

Lisa

DIY The Perfect Mix Favors

I have to say I love me some Christmas time, guys. As much as I hate the cold, the business at the malls once November hits, and the “ohmygoditsallover” that seems to hit me at midnight on December 25th, I seriously live for the holidays and the sweet little traditions that mean so much to me. The other day I broke out the Balsam Pine candles so that our apartment can smell like an entire pine forest and I’ve been doing small happy dances through the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby. All of those ornaments and decorations are enough to give a girl like me heart palapations. So for all of you holiday lovers, and lovers of the coziness and sweetness that Christmas time brings, this craft is for you. By far this is my most fave DIY with Jenna to date. You’ll see why at the end of this picture-infused post. Enjoy your Monday, everyone!


{Step 1} Make sure you have all the supplies needed. Pictured is everything I used like small latch-top, seal proof jars from Hobby Lobby, hot cocoa mix, mini marshmallows, some pink linen fabric, mini candy canes, my hot glue gun, Ghirardelli chocolate peppermint squares, my shiny scissors and the prettiest little labels designed and printed by one of my lovely friends Ashley of Lemon and Lavender. Try to refrain from eating all of the needed chocolate peppermint squares. Seriously.


{Step 2} Scoop equal amounts of cocoa mix into each jar until about halfway full. I used two canisters of cocoa mix to fill the five jars I have so if you need to make these favors on a larger scale I suggest using smaller containers. Once your halfway full, place three chocolate peppermint squares on top of the hot cocoa mix. The chocolate really isn’t needed to make a cup of hot cocoa but man are these things good. And your friends will thank you when they find these little treats hidden inside.


{Step 3} Again, refrain from eating all the mini marshmallows. And use a spoon to scoop marshies until the jars are full.


Like so!


{Step 4} To make the pink linen covers, eye ball and cut out a square piece of fabric that will be large enough to cover the opening of your jars. Cut it out and fold it in half. Draw a semi circle with a pencil or white pencil crayon and cut out to make your circle. Place over the opening of the jar and close the lid and latch to create an air tight seal. See how fun this part is?


The fabric will ruffle slightly once it’s sealed in place which let’s be honest, looks pretty dang cute, no?


{Step 5} Add your “Perfect Mix” labels to the jars. I decided to tape the ones Ashley sent to me, on the sides of the jar over top of where the hot cocoa sat so they would stand out. I was sort of bummed out though because I really wanted to show off the backs of the tags where there are Kate Spade ish type stripes (look how cute these things are, below). I am telling you if you need fun paper products Ashley is your girl. You can check out more of her work here and visit her blog over here too.


Pretty pretty.


{Step 6} To make the candy cane hearts for the tops of the jars, hot glue gun together two small candy canes facing in towards one another. I have seen edible versions of these hearts made with melted chocolate in place of glue but I wanted these just to sit on top of the jars so I was a-ok with gluing my canes together. Then I glued the hearts to the tops of the jars.


I just love how these turned out :) so pink and pretty and soft of course!


But wait. I know you’re all thinking “Rhi, Rhi, Rhi, what is this Perfect Mix you speak of?” And well to be honest it could be the perfect mix of two people falling in love and getting married and having these hot cocoa favors at their wedding celebration. Or it could be the perfect mix of hot cocoa and a dash of a little thing I like to call yummy in a bottle. Aka kahlua. I’ll go with the later.


The Perfect Mix. I hope it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside this year during the holidays! Much love, beauties xoxo

Friday Wrap-Up


Happy Friday, beauties! Hope you all had such wonderful weeks. This week, for me was so wonderful in so many wonderful little ways. I had the week off from my gig at the floral salon which I surely missed, but the extra time really allowed me to get some work done, prepare for our big move (less than two weeks!) and even better, make some self-discoveries that I have to say, have been eye-opening and rather refreshing. Apb and I had a much needed date night on Wednesday and I think I fell in love with my sweet husband all over again, that’s how great it was to connect sans no phones at our fingertips. It’s also next to impossible to describe how beneficial it’s been for me to do this here and do this here too. I’ve been connecting with some people both personally and professionally lately that have really made me feel like everything is sort of where it needs to be.

And all seriousness aside, can I just take a minute to tell you how excited (ok I don’t have a word to accurately describe my true feelings but ‘excited’ will do) I am about this new home of ours?! I’ve been waking up everyday in similar fashion to a child on Christmas morning just thinking about all the parties, memories, and traditions we get to have, create and make in that snazzy house of ours. Can you all just move to Michigan please so I can have you over? Stay tuned for photos of everything finished, which I plan to post soon! In the meantime I am off to Traverse City to meet with some adorable clients. Who have hired this guy. Oh be still my happy heart. And do tell me, what are all of you fun loving people up to this weekend?

{Monday} Well this is actually a post from late last Friday night. But either way you should head over and check it out!
{Wednesday} Did you see the gorgeous bouquet from Shal and Arjun’s August wedding? I die every single time. Really.
{Thursday} Next week is the sweet Lisa’s last week with us here which makes me sad. But her post this week? So pretty.
{Prizes} We finally picked a winner from the Tasteful Tatters giveaway! Congratulations Halls in Love, please email me!
{Goals} I set mine for November and surprisingly, going public with them has held me accountable. What are your goals?

Lovely Links Around the Web

{Proud} Is what I feel when I think of this amazing chick and all the loveliness she’s made. Go be proud of her too, ok?
{Singing} That’s what my heart does with Miss Spade emails me. Well not Miss Spade herself but you get my point :)
{Excited} To get this little project underway. When you can’t afford what you want sometimes you need to get creative!
{Fringe} And I mean the kind that sit on your forehead. Still getting used to my new bangs, but seriously? I am in love.
{Drool} At least that’s what I did the minute I laid eyes on this stunning wedding. Clementines? Dahlias?  Just stop it.
{Brilliant} Anyone who thinks of this, is truly genuis in my books. Photo above from Melissa Schollaert Photography.

November Pearl Inspiration Board

Happy Thursday! Lisa here!

I don’t know about y’all, but I feel stuck in the middle of fall and winter. I love fall and am definitely not ready for it to be over, but with all the holiday stuff coming out early, I keep finding myself dreaming about snowflakes, peppermint, and Christmas songs. Today’s inspiration board is my attempt at tying the two seasons together by using a fall concept and a winter color scheme–ivory, pearl, and gray.

 {Pearl neckline: Postcards and Pretties| Pearl cake: Sweetapolia| Silver ampersand: Etsy| Bridesmaids: 100 Layer Cake| White pumpkin and silver tray decor: Craftberry Bush| Threaded pearl ring: BHLDN| Ivory bow heels: Zappos| Bouquet: Style Me Pretty}

My favorite picture from this board is that BHLDN ring…I think it would make such a beautiful, unique wedding ring!

How are you transitioning between seasons? Are you holding onto fall till after Thanksgiving, or are you too excited about winter to wait? :)

Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Lisa