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06.24.13

BEST PALM SPRINGS HOTEL?

could this be my new favorite palm springs hotel? and that’s saying a lot because i am a HUGE parker fan (see here) my two best gal pals and i were driving back from ojai and decided to just keep driving through to palm springs. we had heard about this hotel called  and were dying to see it in person. we had one of those what the hell, let’s do it moments and ended up there in a few hours. just for the night.

the korakia pensione is a historic villa bed & breakfast. and it did NOT disappoint. we chose to stay in (hey you only live once) and it literally felt like we were transported to the mediterranean. the vibe there is super laid-back (no kids allowed)…it would be great for a getaway with your sweetheart.

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05.31.13

BROOKLYN BLOGSHOP!

each time i come back to the city i fall just a little more in love with the sights, the sounds…everything. but this time, something happened. i actually thought to myself, “i could live here.”  and really meant it. between riding the subway on my own, meeting friends for amazing meals, and wandering around brooklyn…this was one of all-time favorite trips to the big apple. of course having one really awesome group of students in our NY class didn’t hurt, either.

 vintage rentals’ studio is just one of those magical places. it is bursting with (all available for rent, new yorkers!) and always proves to be the perfect place to hold class. i love mixing and matching their to create our classroom.

created these floral arrangements with protea! they have such an interesting and unique shape, you can barely believe they are real.

most of us here at blogshop are pretty big confetti fans, so we had to give each student a pack of this silver & gold party from .

i think it would be fun to wrap a gift in these . they make them for several and they’re a fun memento.

and you know how much we love . they are definitely a part of the blogshop brand now.

i think these line posters are so cool. they make art out of mass transit routes in major cities, and we thought it was fitting to give each student the to hang. simple, clean design.

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mishel valenton makes and sells these gorgeous and colorful in her online shop, .

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the  line makes these sweet mini bow-covered that i like in black and white.

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these art-deco style are by , and i’m a sucker for gold and sea foam.

one thing i look forward to in NYC: eating ! they never fail to bring a beautiful presentation. this time we enjoyed strawberry ricotta flatbreads as a snack.

a while back sent me this travel  and i thought it would be a great thing to give our blogshoppers for when they travel, or to hold important things. they made us custom notepads and tucked in a red le pen to write down important thoughts.

those custom arrow framed and hanging pieces on the wall were handmade by our stellar decor team, !

and this iridescent rainbow …well come on, look at it.  on etsy makes these tiny guys. we gave one as a prize to a student, but i would love to have one on my vanity.

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thank you NYC, and really, i can’t wait to come back in august.

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05.23.13

FEELINGS. IN NEW YORK.

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two days to just wander around in new york really brought out something special inside of me. ideas, perspective, creativity. so much to look at, sensory overload. the girl singing loudly on the street with her headphones on, like no one was listening. people are all in their own world, with their own thoughts…but everything also feels full of togetherness and community. and then there’s me, feeling a cheesy sense of accomplishment when i travel on the subway successfully without getting lost. walking to my hotel in the pouring rain with a big smile on my face. analyzing everyone’s unique sense of style…the guy with the unicorn tank and cut-off denim and the girls with their wild hair. everyone moving so quickly, so confidently. everything feels so alive. the air is humid but matches the scenery perfectly.

i often think about moving to new york. i feel so inspired here. i wonder if it would have the same effect on me if i actually lived here? for now, i think i’ll just visit as much as i possibly can. did you see we are  so grateful for the opportunity to keep coming back to this wonderful place.

off to my parent’s house in chicago in the morning. my mom got a new kitten which should be fun. looking forward to the last leg of our east coast trip. then back to LA for what we are calling our “summer vacation” – taking july off from teaching…which is our first month off in TWO YEARS. crazy. under our belt feels pretty surreal.

05.22.13

MIXOLOGY EVENT

last week i posted this creative council video showing how to mix two delicious summer-inspired cocktails, and now i’m so excited to share with you where we got to drink them.

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there are few things in life more enjoyable than spending time with good friends, indulging in food and libations over laughs and conversation. combine that with a perfect spring night outdoors and it’s hard to top. i was fortunate enough to work with some ridiculously talented friends of mine to make this event happen. i wish i could relive the evening, but luckily and  were on hand to capture all the fun.

(watch at the bottom to see the whole thing come together!)

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michael antonia volunteered his awesome backyard for the occasion and outfitted it with a bunch of furniture from his company that specializes in mid-century modern pieces for events. the dude’s got GREAT taste and would make any party look rad.

and of course, the master himself  was on hand with  to mix us up some of the best cocktails i’ve ever tasted. he made 4 specialty drinks that evening (watch the video of our two faves here!)

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the party was small & intimate. only about 20 people that travel a lot and don’t have a lot of time to socialize with each other enough. i had illustrate an invitation that i sent out to the guests in their email (keepin’ it simple around here)

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she captured exactly what was in my head with these cocktail drawings!

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the space was filled with decor from the geniuses at , playing on the theme of the four elements: water, fire, wind & earth. they handmade these custom hanging mobiles and helped me style the whole thing…i believe they are selling those mobiles, you should email if you are interested in one for your home!

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i chose a vintage bohemian style dress. the party was so laid back, and i wanted to be able to lounge around on the rugs and feel comfortable. it was a good choice!

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created these stunning arrangements for the tables. i love her wild aesthetic & eye for unique pairings and textures…so good, right? they sure make you appreciate the art of nature.

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oh gosh, . i may or may not have eaten 6. if you live in the LA area you have to follow ricky’s to see where he’ll be popping up next. he set up his fish fry table of magic and we all went to town.

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all the beautiful for the cocktails were by , who  gorgeous table settings and flatware (and those sweet rugs, too!) i love how they mixed in some of their black forks with the gold ones. a nice twist…

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they have a new online  where you can buy some of their treasures. they also provided those adorable brass vases for the florals.

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the girls thought it would look cool to use terracotta bases as the plates for our fish tacos. put a piece of parchment paper on top and you’re good to go. festive, right?

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a special thanks to all my dear friends who helped me bring this party to life. watch this video that made to see the setup of the party…taco eating…rug sitting…friends…drinks and more drinks…

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cocktail glasses, flatware, vases and rugs by: 

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(this post is a collaboration with  by .)

05.17.13

GIVEAWAY / BLOGSHOP!

i’m so excited to be traveling back to my hometown of chicago again to teach blogshop, and i thought it would be fun to celebrate by giving away a spot for the video class!

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