Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I was overjoyed to take part in Rue Magazine's first ever weddings and entertainment issue. Four of our ombre peony hair flowers were used to make a perfect little crown for the bride. I can't take credit for anything else in the shoot- that was all the genius of the vendors listed below! But I can and will say our little hair flowers were the cherry on the sundae, for sure :)
The ombre peony hair flowers can be clustered on the head (the more the merrier) or used to accent long wavy tresses. I loved how they switched up the bride's hair halfway through, giving a totally different look for the reception.
Inspired by This!
Production: Be Inspired PR
Venue: Hotel Shangri-La
Photography: Caroline Tran
Concept/Event Design/Styling & Coordination: Gather Events
Floral Design: The Vine’s Leaf
Catering: Contemporary Catering
Wine: One Hope Weddings
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Rugs & Pillows: Lulu & Georgia
Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine
Hair: Kacee Geoffroy
Makeup: Artistry by Danika
Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly
Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo
Hair Accessories: Petal and Thorn
Vintage Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn
Friday, June 7, 2013
Wow. I LOVE this little town, with it's cobblestone streets, fruit carts, friendly locals, and perfect longboarding waves. And sunsets, iguanas, sparkly sand and warm water. I could go on and on, but I'll just show you (warning, photobomb)...
Note: A big concern before coming was safety. Lots of well-meaning friends and family advised us not to go to Mexico. I totally get it, and respect those cautious travelers. But Mexico is a big, diverse country, and there are lots of very safe spots to travel. And sure, lots of very unsafe spots to avoid, too. I can only speak for Sayulita, but I felt extremely safe there. A few days in, and we felt like we knew half the village. It's a super tight-knit, laid back beach community. Our surf instructors also had our backs, and I knew they would take care of us.
For a mellow, convenient family trip, I HIGHLY recommend Sayulita. Everything was loads easier than Costa Rica- the plane trip was shorter, the weather milder, and Sayulita is a teeny tiny town, so everything is just a few minutes' walk away.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Hola! I'm feeling pretty refreshed, tan, and super sore from our trip to Sayulita Mexico. One week with no makeup, no hair products, no jewelry, no bra :) It was so lovely. Our bungalow was a 2 minute walk from the beach and we surfed/swam at least 2 or 3 times a day, so we lived in our bathing suits. I probably could have packed half as much as I did, but I am proud of the fact that we managed just 1 small suitcase and a few backpacks between the three of us. I'm getting the hang of packing, finally!
- lots of breezy sundresses
- couple board shorts and tanks
- three bathing suits (I'm glad I swapped out the one piece for a bikini at the last minute. I didn't see a single soul wearing a one-piece in Mexico! Even the grannies were rocking the two pieces.)
- a sun hat *
- one pair of flip flops
- my one and only pair of sneakers (never used them!)
- Kindle packed with e-books about North Korean politics and decluttering/minimal living (my obsessions of the moment.)
- rompers and sundresses
- bathing suits
- some toys and books (it's only a 2 hour plane ride, so just a few hot wheels cars, crayons, stickers, and duplo legos)
- extra shoes and hair bows (can't leave home without a hair accessory :)
- Me and Sisi shared the essentials (bug spray, kids' sunscreen, baby shampoo/body wash, aloe vera and coconut oil).
- I left my sonicare toothbrush at home, and opted to bring an old school toothbrush and floss. I liked it so much, that I decided to put my sonicare in storage when I got home!
- Ergo backpack (amazed that she still fits in it at over 36 pounds!)
- diapers and plastic bags for the poopy ones
- silicone bib
- a few glass baby food jars, spoons, and a metal bento box for eating on the go.
- coconut milk
- Tanka Bars
- Caveman Cookies
- Sea Snax
- lara bars
- my rad paleo chocolate chip cookies
- our favorite spices so we wouldn't have to buy them there to cook simple meals.
- Contigo water bottles (we just can't live without them!)
- copies of our passports
- Sisi's favorite ducky blanket (and a spare one, just in case something tragic happened :)
** The best thing about packing light is how ridiculously easy it is to unpack. Took me 20 minutes and 1 load of laundry. I have a strange habit of unpacking IMMEDIATELY when we return, no matter how late it is or how jet-lagged I feel. Anyone else who can't sleep with a suitcase full of dirty clothes??
I can't wait to share more pics from our trip! Stay tuned!