Friday, July 18, 2014

Bridal Tea Party Lookbook Photos

Finally I get to share all the beautiful photographs my friend Angela took from our Bridal Tea Party Shoot. There are really sooo many good ones to share but I just chose a handful of my favorite as to not overload you with a million photos. Like I said in this post we combined a little bohemian look with a sort of bridal brunch/tea party look to create looks for Sunshine and Carousels. I've been working on all new accessories and designs all summer and they are in the shop now. I have completely overhauled the shop and updated it with new photos, branding and designs. It's been a lot of work but I'm excited for the new look and feel over everything.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peach Pickin' Paradise

When I married Josh I always heard stories from his family and him about peach season, the peach festival and peach picking in his hometown. Josh even has a peach festival shirt form 1983 that is his prized possession. He loves it so much I had it re-created for him last Christmas.  Now that I live in his small hometown I just HAD to go checkout what all these peach picking madness is all about. Josh's mom wanted to take Penelope and I tagged along. I let Penelope pick all the peaches for us and she loaded them up in a little basket and we took them home. We let them set out and ripen up a bit and then made peach pie and peach/cherry cobbler with them. The peach aroma filled up our kitchen. I think it's still peach season for a couple of weeks and in about a week the Johnson County Peach Festival begins here in our new small town in Arkansas but we will miss it because we're going on a beach vacation to the gulf shores. I guess I'll have something to really look forward to next summer because I'm dying to know what all the fuss is about.

I'm a city, as in BIG CITY, girl at heart (growing up in Houston and all) but there are a few special little things about living in a small town that I could get used to. I should write a post about all my big city vs. small town experiences so far because there's always a doozy like the fact that there are no matinee movie showings around here. I mean, I grew up where you can basically go to a movie anytime all the time. All these little things shock me all the time, so much that it's becoming comical.

I do believe peach picking is going to become a summer tradition and I don't mind it one bit.


Local Spots - Biscuit

During my trip to Houston recently we stumbled upon this huge store with a giant paint drip wall and we had to go in. I saw an adorable window display and got really excited for what was inside. I was not disappointed. Biscuit was filled with gorgeous colorful bedding and home decor and my mom and I were thrilled. I especially loved the kid section and the stationary party supply section. We looked through the baby items for inspiration and possible items to pick up for my brother and sister-in-law who are having a baby in December (I'm an Auntie for the first time!). I recognized several brands that I love. When I stumbled upon the black, white and gold section I was in heaven. Soooo my style right there. I wish I had been in the position to purchase home decor but I don't really need anything except for maybe our bedroom but I'm not sure what I want to do yet. I did pick up some stationary and a little bit of party supplies because I'm always up for that.

The employees were very sweet while we asked several questions and they let me know that their store was local and they were so helpful. I just love the styling and I'm obsessed with that green velvet sofa from the kid's section. They also offer design services through their store for those who are overwhelmed with design decisions and you can browse some of their room designs on their shop website. Inspiring for sure. If you're in the Houston area I recommend stopping by!

Happy Exploring.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bridal Tea Party Inspired Shoot

Eeek! I'm very very excited to share these photos of our Bridal Tea Party Inspired Shoot from a few weeks ago. These are just some of the photos I took during the set up while Angela was photographing everything. We collaborated on a big shoot inspired by a little boho wedding look and a beautiful tea party. We combined things we liked and decided on this look. I styled the table (as well as made all those yummy treats), styled the girls and did the makeup. Savannah a hair stylist did their beautiful hair and I chose what hair pieces went on which girls. Angela just sent me all the finished professional photos a couple of days ago and I will share all of those this week. I just wanted to share several photos of the table and a few of the girls during the shoot. I LIVE for styling so this was right up my alley.

I made some ombre napkins (DIY coming soon), petit fours, macrons and a small cake. Most everything from the table is from my own collection except the vintage teal and blue glassware which was actually from my mother's vintage glassware collection. It fit perfectly. I was SUPER inspired by our photo shoot collaboration and I can't wait to do more and more shoots from here on out. It was just the motivation I needed to get my creative juices flowing. I haven't been this inspired in a long long time...I'm so amped I can hardly sleep these last few weeks. My mind just won't stop. I hope you love what we did here and I promise lots of recipes and a DIY coming soon!