Inspiration Station

Made a mood board this weekend as step one of a special project I’m working on with an old friend I reconnected with after 10 years. Thanks Pinterest for 90% of the pics, you da you da best.

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Clockwise from top left– images via: mini air plant pods // Wilder by Whittard // white kitchen + colorful rug // iPhone case // colorful cake // chips // cleansing bar // bottles

Can’t wait to share about the project once it’s time! It’s going to keep me busy for awhile but I’m so excited.

Happy Monday!

#ohjoyfornod

Hi everyone! Did ya’ll have a good weekend? I spent all day Saturday helping my dear friend Pri (recipient of the appliqué onesies turned cupcakes) 😉 shop for her nursery. We hit up Target, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, West Elm, and best of all, The Land of Nod, where Joy’s collection launched just 4 days prior!

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So cool seeing everything in person– such cute bedding, toys, and decor, all inspired by her daughter Ruby’s transition from a baby room to a big girl room. Pri bought a few things from Joy’s line, including the cutest stuffed elephant ever… it’s covered in sprinkles!

#ohjoyfornod FTW! Happy Monday!

Life Lately

Last Thursday, Jessica (from Bramble Workshop) and I went on a field trip. We walked around LA visiting a bunch of cool stores (and oh, there are so many), got inspired, and enjoyed the perfect weather.

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First stop: CHAY. We both fell in love with this store…!

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Ack. Lurrrrve all this gold. For more pictures of the store, check out designlovefest‘s post of CHAY from last week, all floral-ed out by Moon Canyon Design)

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Third stop (second stop was the OK Store) was RTH. Upcycled robots + cement lightbulbs.

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Chair made out of horseshoes. People are creative.

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Perfect weather!

Today’s my last day working with Jessica. 😦 We’re still trying to figure out how we’ll continue to work together though, and she’ll be back in LA often enough for projects, so I guess it’s less a good-bye and more a see-you-later…!

A few pictures from our latest photo shoot for another DIY for designlovefest— a gorgeous amethyst mirror. I painted my nails for this one… -_- (too bad there’s nothing I can do about my veiny hands).

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Photos above by Brittany Wood. And a few behind-the-scenes pictures…

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Brittany and Jessica setting up

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Oops my chicken legs.

Finally, a few pictures of my first project with Oh Joy— a photo shoot for a DIY table runner with Joy’s gold confetti from her Target line. It was literally the first thing I did when I walked through her studio doors on the first day of my internship. Is hand modeling in my future? Ha. Photos by Casey Brodley.

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That’s all for now, folks. It’s been go-go-go and it’s gonna be another busy week. Let’s do this.

The Cream

As promised, some pictures from The Cream! It’s basically a huge showcase of vendors related to anything wedding: designers/planners, florists, musicians, photographers, videographers, bar/drinks, cakes/sweets, papergoods, accessories/dress/beauty, caterers, photobooths, rentals/blogs, lighting, andddd miscellaneous. WHEW. 900 tickets sold out!

My friend and I arrived at The Cream at 4:50pm (event started at 5pm) and the line was already down the block and around the corner! Yikes. But I knew it was gonna be a good night when I ordered fruit from the fruit vendor outside the doors of the venue (you know, the cart that has pineapples and mangos and chili lime powder and whatnot), and when I took out my wallet to pay, the dude said it was FREE! [[Well. I technically paid $50 for that ish because of the entry fee but STILL.]] And then, as we walked in, they gave us a cream puff. And it was delicious.

Sorry in advance for the picture quality– iPhone + very poor lighting inside + people swarming around = not conducive to great photography.

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Can we just start with this amazing space from Pow Wow Design Studio? It was right at the entrance of the Book Bindery, and my jaw just dropped at all the detailed crafting.

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UM the chandelier and giant macrame hanging? Perfection.

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Room Forty catering. I don’t remember what I ate. Just that it was delicious. PS- All the florals in the space were amazinggg. There were 8 florists (check them out here) and they kinda just killed it.

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This cozy pop-up tent space by Shelter Co. Everyone go check out their website and then let’s all plan a “camping” trip together okay?

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Sweet Emilia JaneSweet Marie Designs…!

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FLOWER WALL? I NEED YOU IN MY BEDROOM.

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Are you tired of looking at flowers yet? Yeah, me neither.

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This picnic set-up next to the tent (also from Shelter Co.) and florals by Brown Paper Design— lurve.

All of the above was in the first of two rooms of the venue (plus a few not pictured, including a vendor who was passing out mini churros and hot chocolate– best). I was already thoroughly impressed and in awe, and then we walked into the next room– and the space was like 5x the size. Ack. And thennnn I nearly shut down from sensory overload.

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Green Wedding Shoes designed one of my favorite spaces in the second room…

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Seriously, this wall was probably photographed 900 times (once by each guest).

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Drawers filled with flowers in the prettiest shades of pink. Genius.

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Earl grey ice cream from Sweet Lucie’s (with a surprise brownie from Sweet & Saucy Shop inside!). After this (plus sampling Hungry Bear Catering), I had to forgo Sprinkles, Bon PufKogi BBQ, Little Nelly Catering, Pharmacie (drinks), Ludlows (vegan/organic jelly shots– only in LA), and the Paella Project…. lest I hurl. Sad.

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This looked so delicious. Paella Project made 4 paellas throughout the night– organic green veggie, seafood, mediterranean, and shortrib.

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Grey Likes had a live calligraphy station!! Best idea ever.

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So beautiful. And so excited for the calligraphy workshop I’m attending in a few weeks.

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Kind of random, but Beach Cities Bag Toss had a cute space. I threw a bean bag. And it actually landed in the hole. Miracles do happen, folks.

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The 100 Layer Cake station was ridiculously popular with their DIY necklaces.

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This empty dance floor turned corayyyyzee later in the night. There was an epic dance contest, with the prize being a 6-night stay in the Dominican Republic.

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Left: Fabe & Adri (the Everly girls) with their organic Bon Puf cotton candy (flavors included Rose and Mango Chili). Right: We’re ALL Everly girls now ;). PS- I was sorely underdressed. The Cream was like a fashion show.

I know that was picture-overload, but it was seriously a small sampling of what was at The Cream. Also notable– manicure station from Olive & June, makeovers from Bare Minerals, several photobooths, and a pop-up store from Urbanic.

Overall a great first experience, definitely overwhelming but creatively inspiring. (Also, pretty much a groom’s worst nightmare). Anyone wanna go next year? 😉

A Dallop of Cream (a preview!)

You guys. After being completely out of commission for the last 2 weeks with the flu, I’m finally starting to feel better, and I am so glad my body decided to cooperate just in time for THE CREAM.

LA folks– did you go? It was my first time, and my mind was kind of blown.

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I’ll write a full post on Thursday about the craziness that was last night (check out the list of vendors here), but here’s my last picture of the night:

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A tote, my necklace from 100 Layer Cake‘s DIY station, calligraphy lettering by Mon Voir (hosted by Grey Likes Weddings), a bracelet from Beach Cities Bag Toss, and a flipbook that my friend Karen and I made from Flipbooth.

PS- Total coincidence– I signed up for Oh Hello Friend‘s calligraphy workshop (coming up in a few weeks!) several days ago, and it’s being taught by Mon Voir! EXTRA EXCITED NOW.

Tell ya’ all about The Cream once my brain and body recover (sensory overload + flu remnants). ‘Til then, check out #thecreamevent on Instagram– over 2500 hash-tagged pictures and counting…!

Happy Monday!

Bramble Workshop x designlovefest: DIY Wall Hangings

Designlovefest published another Bramble Workshop DIY this past Monday and I thought I’d share some pictures. Jessica made these pretty wall hangings made out of copper and yarn and we shot the pictures the same day as the dip-dye placemats (so yes, more hand modeling for me… ha!). Photographs by Brittany Wood; see the rest here.

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And here are some behind the scenes shots:

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Prepping all the materials for the shoot

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Above left: Promise I’m not pissed.. just focusing intensely on keeping my hands as still as possible while straightening out that copper wire. Above right: Yup… shooting the placemats at the same time. 🙂

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Closeup of the copper coupling

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Brittany working her skillzz. What a dreamy studio with the best light.

There’s another Bramble Workshop for designlovefest photo shoot coming up soon so look out for more DIYs in the next few weeks!

Bramble Workshop x designlovefest: DIY Dip-dye Placemats

Jessica from Bramble Workshop invited me to assist her at a photo shoot a few weeks ago for a DIY she did for designlovefest— these beautiful dip-dyed placemats. When I got to the studio, turns out they needed me to be a hand model. :O Err… woulda gotten a manicure had I known.

Check out some of the pictures below (more pictures here). Photographs by Brittany Wood.

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And here are some behind the scenes shots:

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We were pretty much on our hands and knees for the entire shoot 🙂

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Left: Table setting… on the ground. So much easier to take aerial photos. 😉 Right: Love the bleed of the dyes, especially the pink!! Such a great (and easy!) DIY.

Thanks for inviting me, Jessica! Check out more of Bramble Workshop’s DIYs for designlovefest below:

Bramble Workshop for Ella Moss

Just wanted to share about the latest project I worked on with Jessica of Bramble Workshop! She was hired by Ella Moss to make a backdrop for their spring photo shoot– and they loved her work so much that they also asked her to do the window displays of their Newport (Fashion Island) and SF stores! We made tons of paper flowers using a Cricut, glue guns, and sometimes paint. Though technically a “simple” project, it was incredibly time-consuming (as you could imagine) to put together the flowers, since each one had so many petals. Nevertheless, they turned out beautifully, no? I work for a creative genius.

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Photo shoot backdrop installed! Pictures above via Ella Moss’ IG here.

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Here’s the installation at the Newport store. Gorgeous. Picture above via Bramble Workshop’s IG here.

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And here it is at the SF store. Total flower count for the 2 stores– 546 flowers!! Thousands of petals. Out.of.control. Two pictures above via here.

The Chalkboard Magazine recently did an interview with Jessica at her studio and captured some beautiful pictures of the flowers, shown below.

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See the rest of the photographs (and read the interview) here! Next up– a potential project for my other workplace, Everly Clothing? Stay tuned. 🙂

Lurvin’: MUJI

I’m sure all of you LA folks are already aware of this, but the MUJI U.S. flagship store opened in Hollywood this past Saturday! My only time in a MUJI was in Korea, so I was excited about one opening nearby. Elizabeth from Flourish in Progress (remember her from this?) invited me to a press event the day before the grand opening, so we got to see/shop the store a day early (without the crowds and with a discount!). Thanks, E. 🙂

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They gave us free tote bags (pictured right) and a free planner. I think they offered the same to the first 1000 customers the next day as well! Hurray for free.

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Cosmetics + skin care. MUJI has the world’s best skinny Q-tips that are perfect for makeup detailing/fixing (which I originally found out about from makeup artist Renee at Beauty Makeup Studio).

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The meticulous organization… it pleases me so. As does the simplicity in design. And the neutral colors. And… okay I’ll stop.

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E, lookin’ cute in front of shower/bathroom essentials.

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These wooden utensils are from the line Found MUJI, which no other store in the U.S. carries– the line features “items from around the world, re-discovered and renewed by MUJI, to represent the roots and philosophy of our products.”

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Kitchenware galore

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More kitchenware + storage.

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Figured this post needed a pop of color. Hexagonal water-based ink double-ended pen… is the official name of these pens.

Other than the stuff pictured above, MUJI also sells furniture, travel items, food (the first MUJI in the U.S. to do so), and clothing (50% off all clothing right now!). The store is huge and definitely worth checking out. Prices can be a little steep depending on the item, but you’re paying for the quality and minimalist-but-functional design.

Parking is a bit of a pain– there’s an underground structure, shared with stores like CVS and Fresh & Easy, and it offers one hour free parking with validation. Anything longer, and it’s $8 (yuck). Nevertheless, worth checking out, perhaps for some last minute Christmas shopping? 🙂

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7021 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Tina Made it for Bramble Workshop

I’m so elated slash excited to share that as of this past Monday, I’m now an intern for Bramble Workshop!!! I’ll be working with Jessica, the genius behind BW, on random projects at random times (thank goodness for my flexible schedule) and I am so so so looking forward to it.

I originally came across Jessica’s work on Instagram because I kept seeing @brambleworkshop tagged in posts of various bloggers/creatives I follow. Anddd I kinda sorta fell in love with what I saw. Here’s a small sampling of her work below– IT IS MAGICAL. Check out more at her website (all pictures below from her site too).

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This insane wood + lucite chandelier for Oh Joy! Studio

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Here it is installed…!

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Urban Palate‘s tasting room

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Loving all the wood + pops of color

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Window display for Hermès

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Installed at the Costa Mesa store!

I love that she uses so many different media to create her pieces. Hoping to learn (and make) tons while I’m with her. My first day will be this Saturday– we’ll be making dreamcatchers. I know… dream job. But tonight, we’ll be going to this:

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Starting off the internship with a party. 😉 Looking forward to meeting tons of amazing people from amazing companies!

Have a great Thursday, friends!