Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Eugene Luxe Bridal Event

This last week was the 1st Eugene Luxe Bridal Show and with one my brides getting married in the Eugene area we decided to drive down to Eugene and check it out. And I'm not going to lie, I was quite impressed by the turnout. It definitely had more of an event feel to the whole thing. Music was playing, lights were dimmed and wine and food tastings were amazing. I was however disappointed with the amount of vendors who showed up. But because it was the first year I can only seeing this event grow as the years go on. I loved the bridal gown lounge and the bouquet display concepts but I think it could have been executed a little better. I think that the Portland version of this show would probably blow this one out of the water, just because there are so many unique vendors in Portland. I may need to treck up to Portland next week and check it out. But for now here are some snap shots of the Eugene show! 

a fun colorful bouquet from the bouquet display 
this bouquet would be perfect for a summer wedding 

great displays from Parties to Go

The Bride with a fun drag queen making an appearance 

Bride, her sister and bestie

A little fun in one of the rooms with a ballet bar and mirror 

the wedding dress boutique had a decent amount of dresses to look at and try on

The Pearl Vodka station was giving a tasting of  Wedding Cake Vodka
it was one of our favorite stops :) 

who wouldn't want to serve wedding cake vodka at their wedding? 

it over all was a successful night with some great idea's and a lot of fun. 
can't wait for Leah's Wedding! It's going to be stunning :) 

Hope everyone has a simply fantastic Wedding Wednesday! 

Monday, February 27, 2012

snap shots of my weekend

not going to lie. this weekend ended up being the perfectly lazy weekend i really needed. the last couple weeks have been a little crazy and when a couple of my weekend plans fell through i was almost relieved. Sometimes you just need a little down time and it is very nice to be up on a monday morning and not totally exhausted from the weekend. here are some snap shots of the couple things i did do this weekend. 

had a delicious yumm bowl. im obsessed with these things! 

indulged in this amazing $3.99 Chardonnay Pinot Grigio from Trader Joes. amazing. 

watched the beavers mens basketball game at flat tail and actually almost drank a half a glass of beer!
major progress for me :) 
also splurged on a yummy s'mores dessert
finally cleaned my room and got my jewelry hung back up in the proper places

and enjoyed my super clean room in the candle light.
not at a bad way to end the weekend. 
not to bad of a weekend at all. of course wishing i had an extra day to really be productive but I guess there is always next weekend :)

Hope everyone has a simply fabulous monday! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wedding Wednsday

This weeks post was originally supposed to be centered around flower girls. However, I found another super cute wedding film by Zach Boyce that I couldn't help but share. The wedding of Ed and Ruth is so completely adorable, cheerful and bright that you just can't help but smile when you look at the pictures or watch this film. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Check out more pictures from their big day over at 100 Layer Cake! 

Hope you have a simply Cheerful Wedding Wednesday! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

the year of change

change. who really actually loves change? well i guess some people truly do. But i like to know when change is going to happen. And I want to be the one making the changes. When life throws you those curve balls sometimes its hard to allow yourself to be okay with the situations you end up in, although this is life's favorite thing to do. and something you sometimes just can't avoid. but i do feel that change is right around the corner. and thankfully i am the one trying to make those changes.

I love this quote from (don't laugh at me) gossip girl "sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you wat to be." Honestly, this is something i try to do yearly. I try to evaluate if I am happy where I am at or if things need to change. Kind of a  time of reflection, a time to look back at the last year and try and figure out where I want to have my focus be in the next year. I know this seems like something I should have been writing about in January and I actually did take some time on my trip last month to write down 12 things for 2012 that I wanted to work on. And I am happy to report that some of those 12 things I listed are starting to take shape. I am ready for something new, I am ready for a new challenge and I honestly feel like is the year a lot of this is going to happen. It isn't going to be easy and somethings aren't taking shape as quickly as I would like them but I am trying to be patient.

Last April I wrote about how I was deciding to stay right where I was at. That for the next year I would keep doing what I was doing and see what opportunities might present themselves for the next year. And I'm not going to lie, last year was a year of more self discovery, a year of new friendships, and old ones coming to an end and a year with some hard lessons that needed to be learned. As usual everything happens for a reason. And since coming back from my trip I've had this immense feeling of happiness about my life. For the first time in awhile I feel like i'm making some progress in my long term goals and dreams and I am truly excited to see what happens this next year.

It's hard to sometimes see past the everyday life struggles but I keep trying to keep the end goal in sight.  I am blessed to know what I want to do and now it's time to put in the work and make things happen.

Sorry for random thoughts of my weird brain today.
 Hope you have a simply thoughtful Tuesday. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

my weekend according to instagram

this weekend was pretty much amazing...we had multiple friends visiting from out of town and staying with us which is always fun. It was relaxing, lazy, and yet super fun to catch up and have a night out on the town with old friends kinda weekend. Here are some snap shots from my fantastical weekend via Instagram :) 

finally got to meet ms mia and tiki and have a fabulous time at the pink out!

made a couple custom gift bags for the girls and their signed pink out shirts 

reunited with matty and it felt so good
giant moose at costco.. who wouldn't want one?
all my pretty ladies 
party time 
actually went through my julia child french cook book i've had for at least a year for the first time

made dinner last night had had this AMAZING OMG! Garlic Balsamic Dipping oil. To die for. 

 How was everyone else's weekend? 

Hope you have a simply amazing monday. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

moonbot studios

today i have a cute little video from moonbot studios. they have even been referred to as the "pixar of the iPad age". This cute little short film of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was so adorable that i just had to share it. hope it brings you a little happiness on this thursday. 

Have a simply amazing thursday

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Boudoir Shoots

warning: kind of a scandalous of a post today ;) but in the name of wedding wednesday's I must eventually talk about the boudoir shoots. the popularity of Boudoir shoots has grown immensely in the last few years. Women are embracing their sexuality and soon to be brides are finding these shoots and little black books the perfect pre-wedding gift to their man. Nothing like a little tease in the days leading up to your I-do's. Now, although these are growing in popularity there are most definitely the provocative bordering tacky boudoir shoots or the extremely classy almost artsy shoots. I'm sure you can already guess that I would suggest the classy, artsy route. These are pictures that you want to look back at when you are old and grey and still love, not be something you regret. You want to look back and feel like the pictures you took were classic and timeless..exactly like your wedding pictures. Thanks to pinterest I've been keeping track of some of my favorites to share. Feel free to check out my bored for the original sources! 

i absolutely adore this picture. the essence of class and sexiness all at the same time.

sexy silhouette

hello legs

another stunning picture. 
fun accessories 
beauty at any size and one stunning corset 
heart the bow
there are so many directions you can go with these shoots but most of all they should make you feel absolutely beautiful, stunning, and sexy. Pick the right looks for you and don't try to be something you aren't. These shoots should empower you and bring out that confident sexy women that is in all of us. And most of all have fun! don't stress yourself out over these shoots. The photographer is there to make you look your best and trust me if you have a good one they will. Do your research and be willing to pay for quality because lets be honest this is not the kind of photo shoot you want an amateur running.

Hope you have a simply sexy wedding wednesday! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

the day of love

oh valentines day. i kind of have a love hate relationship with this holiday. however, it is a day of love, regardless if that love is toward the love of your life or your family or your friends. it's a day to make sure the ones around you know just how much you love and care about them. and a reminder to not only tell them once a year on February 14th. 

for me, tonight will not be filled with any extravagant plans or fancy dinners or even an anti valentine regimen. It will be a nice quiet night making my favorite dinner and watching a movie. a night all about me and what i wanna do. one of the perks of being single :)

hope everyone has a simply lovely valentine's day.

Monday, February 13, 2012

a weekend at the Nines

this weekend was perfection.  we made our way up to portland for a nights stay at The Nines for a little belated birthday celebration for myself. I know, I know, a month in half later seems a little late but I was out of the country! Saturday was pretty much my perfect day. We did a little shopping, got our make-up and hair done and sipped on libations, and danced the night away. Here are a few snap shots from an absolutely perfect weekend. 

perks of staying club level - free libations 

finally got to use my new butter gold glitter nail polish
me and my amazing roomie
the bestie
my pharmacy boys
my girls

hope everyone has a simply wonderful monday! 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

todays obsession: Z Gallarie

last night i was lucky enough to be able to stop at Bridgeport Village to have a great catch up session with my bestie. It's always so nice to be able to grab dinner and a cocktail and just talk. but while waiting for her to get off of work I browsed some of stores. My last stop was the Z Gallarie. I love this store! No scratch that I am obsessed with it! And normally I am always finding something I wish I could get. But this time I walked in and I literally wanted to buy EVERYthing. I kept walking further back into the store and just going ooo ahhh...i must...i have to have this. It was pretty bad. I ended up just needing to leave because I was about to make about 500 purchases. But today I am still dreaming at some of the lovely things I saw. And I honestly may need to be investing in a new duvet cover from them. Because I found the perfect one. Take a look at some of the amazingness I wish was in my home right now. 

ummm yes please. I have a thing for white linens on the bed. But I love this light grey pattern. Its perfection. And hopefully will soon be on my bed. 

no words. 

How fun are these chevron plates! 

also love these 

this picture does this mirror no justice but it was STUNNING in person

lemon frames.

adorable vase

great chair

a more bold bedding option 

can you imagine entertaining under this pavilion? i can.

Sigh...thats what im dreaming of today. Someday right? Check everything out over on their website! 

Hope you have an simply absolutely amazing thursday!