Planning a wedding is fun.

September 16, 2010

Planning a wedding is fun.

There’s not much more to say than that. Ever since James proposed to me back in June, I have been swept away into this whirlwind of planning. But let me tell you, I am loving every second of it.

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a highly detail-oriented, particular person. Some part of me thinks that maybe you will enjoy reading about my planning, so from time to time I will post little things here and there about where I am in my process.

I read in a magazine that one bride said planning her wedding was “the greatest do-it-yourself project of her life.” I thought that was really funny. But probably really true.

Every time I get something accomplished, I feel so excited and I find myself looking forward to the next detail to be figured out. My friends and family joke that my wedding will be planned by Christmas (actual date is July 2, 2011)! Who knows? Maybe it will. All I know is that I am thoroughly enjoying the process.

Here’s a little snapshot of my wedding shoes I thought I would share with you. They are ivory to match my dress (which I unfortunately won’t be posting a picture of on here, but just imagine lacy, 1920’s-vintage . . Marlene Dietrich perhaps.)

Anyway, here’s to the months to come! Happy reading!


Love Photos!

September 14, 2010

Back in August, my amazing friend Nicholas took some sweet engagement photos of my dear James and I. They took place around my house, at some nearby railroad tracks and one of our favorite places to go . . . the Marin Headlands. I can’t choose a favorite, but here is one that James & I especially love!

Here’s a link to view all of the photographs, if you please!


September 14, 2010

On August 13th, I graduated from Nordstrom’s visual merchandising program. I learned SO much. Really. I never could have imagined how much I would learn! Here are some pictures of what I was working on all summer with the awesome team in San Francisco . . Enjoy!

The first day that I worked on transfers with Lisa! Introducing the TOMS wedge to Nordstrom.

Accessories Back Wall.

Matt and I worked on this Vitrine together. Vitrine is a fancy French word for tiny window.

Burberry window featuring the debut of Burberry makeup.

Christopher Bailey’s PA (Personal Appearance)!! Christopher Bailey is the Chief Creative Director of Burberry.

Anniversary Vitrine. Coming up with this concept was so much fun! I felt like the boots were running off to the Anniversary sale! And the girl is thinking, “Hm, which boot to choose? I love this boot. But I also love all these!”

I loved styling this outfit because I would totally wear it if I could afford it. Classic Stella McCartney.

Burberry Prorsum.

Burberry Prorsum in Left Market Street Window. August’s trim was inspired by Nordstrom’s 10-year collaboration with artist, Ruben Toledo.

Donna Karan in Right Market Street Window. One word : Obsessed.

All I did for this window was paint, but it was fabulous so I had to include it. Michael Bublé window.

We also installed special surprises all over the store in homage to Ruben. This girl had a GIANT paintbrush and birdcages all around.

This girl was my favorite. Stowed away back in Collector’s, she stood tall in her cage skirt base, with boots and bags all around. It is hard to see, but the fabric continues onto the floor with a transfer that reads “Where Art Meets Fashion”.

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So, there you have it. A little taste of what I was working on all summer long. Pretty cool, don’t you think? I know one thing’s for sure – I’ll never forget it!

Bouquets to Art

April 26, 2010

This last Friday I had the amazing opportunity to go see Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. My mom treated my sister and I to this fantastic visual feast and what a feast it was!

Bouquets to Art is an annual exhibit where floral designers enter the museum and create a unique piece inspired by anything in the museum, be it the building itself, a view to the outside, a piece of art, et cetera. Inspired designs varied from abstract to literal interpretations. The pieces were absolutely PHENOMENAL! Here are some  . .

This piece was made with over 500 CD cases!

A beautiful interpretation of a painting of a cotton picker in the red hot sun.

Bundles of flowers mimicing Wayne Thiebaud’s pop-art gumball machines.

Radiant Sarah in front of a Richard Diebenkorn.

This was probably my favorite piece. The gradiant of red, orange and yellow callas were reaching out of the confines of dark, burnt wood. It resembled a pillar of fire and was an interpretation of my favorite piece at the de Young Museum. The sculpture that inspired this is constructed from the charred remains of an African American Baptist Church that was burned down by arsonists. The piece itself is incredibly moving and I thought the floral designer did it great justice.

A literal, but exciting representation with painted agapanthus.

My favorite flowers of the night were these little mustard-colored orbs. They’re called pincushion proteas.

This sculpture was made from over 1800 mini carnations. Did you read that? 1800(!) mini carnations!

Definitely the strangest piece I saw! A horse head made out of what appeared to be reversed sage leaves. Who knows.

Stunning succulents!

Such a fun night! I will definitely be going again next year. Live music, a bar, and so many beautiful things to see! I really enjoyed myself. If only I could have taken some of those flowers home with me!

Mount Diablo

January 23, 2010

I love Mount Diablo.  The other day James and I foolishly sped off on the motorcycle in the freezing cold weather to make a little trip up there.  But it was definitely worth it.  Although it was pretty foggy, it was still such a majestic place to be.  The colors in the scenery and the rolling landscape are truly beautiful!

High Tea

January 14, 2010

Tea parties never go out of style.  I invited my grandma over for tea today to share in some delicious snacks, soothing tea and good conversation.  I love hearing about her past in retail, owning a store, and being a buyer . . and we never get bored talking about fashion!  It was so much fun!

Homemade lemon scones by me (another one of my baking escapades) and Sarah’s infamous lemon curd – boy, is it tasty!

Tea sandwiches! Yum!

What a fantastic day with a fantastic friend!

Bag Lady

November 19, 2009

Tonight is the SFSU Student Runway Fashion Show & Showcase in Jack Adams Hall.  Here is a sneak preview :

Four friends & I made a garment completely out of plastic bags for a recyclable, sustainable project.  75% are Safeway bags and the other 25% are from small stores that read “Thank You”.  The top has a braided piece that is attached to the bodice and criss-crosses in the back.  The bodice was fused with eight layers of plastic bags and designed using a repetitive pattern of the Safeway logo.  The skirt is a 45 inch double-circle skirt with an extra layer of pleated bags underneath to add extra pouf.  At the very bottom of the skirt we decided to add a braided hemline.

To see this piece and other cool creations, come to the fashion show tonight.  Tickets are only five dollars.  The doors open at six thirty & the show starts at seven.  I will be walking this piece down the runway as well as another piece that is part of a “Reptilia” collection.  More photographs to come later.  Hope to see you there!


November 10, 2009

The first experience I had at the symphony was amazing.  I was moved to tears the moment the music began.  Vivaldi & Tchaikovsky were definitely a good introduction.

The second experience I had at the symphony, however, was phenomenal. This past Friday James, Sarah & I all traipsed over to Davies Symphony Hall to hear Semyon Bychkov conduct a piece Rachmaninoff constructed to accompany Edgar Allen Poe’s The Bells.  There was a chorus that sang in Russian and it was all quite dramatic (& Russian, of course).

The second piece was his second symphony in A minor.  The moodiness, the romantic qualities, the crescendos – everything was right on, perfect.  I do admit . . . I was a little let down by the ending to The Bells.  I was expecting that climactic, dramatic ending of Rachmaninoff’s that I had so come to love.  However, the ending of the second number was the cherry on top of an amazing night.  Here are a few photographs from the evening.

The view from the balcony.

James & I.

Sarah & I.

Davies Symphony Hall.

Champagne.  I look so happy.

I was introduced to Rachmaninoff by a college friend and I immediately fell in love with this piece.  Once I get any sort of free time, I’m going to learn it.

Listen to it by clicking here.  My favorite part is around 8:25.  Enjoy!


October 24, 2009

One of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever been given came out of a mistake.  You’re probably wondering why I am putting up pictures of a piece of metal.  Well, let me tell you – this piece of metal is one of my prized possessions!

If you don’t know my boyfriend James, he used to work for his dad at Alpha Magnetics and they would cut magnets and make all kinds of things.  Before James & I started dating, a friend that worked with him told me that James had been distracted at work and made a mistake while working.  Metal flew everywhere and one of the pieces he picked up was this very piece.

He gave this to me nearly a year later and told me that the reason he had messed up that day was because he had been thinking of me.  I think that mistakes like this are the most beautiful kind and should always be treasured.  Every time I see this, not only am I amazed at it’s natural beauty, but I am always overwhelmed with emotion.  Truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Thank you, James.


October 18, 2009

These photographs were taken almost a year ago, but I recently stumbled upon them again & was immediately in awe of the stunning backdrop.  I remember my brother and his wife had their engagement photos taken here.

Last November, I took these photographs of my sister, Sarah, at the Legion of Honor Art Museum in San Francisco.  The architecture of the museum and the soft lighting that day made for an absolutely gorgeous setting!  Enjoy!

Thanks to my sweet Sarah!