Art Feature: Parima Creative Studios

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I Love discovering new original artist that have a great aesthetic and simple but pretty look and feel. I tend to gravitate to whimsy, pretty, somewhat abstract art with bold colors and patterns.

So of course I fell in love with Parima Studios’ creations when I first spotted them on Instagram.

I first spotted Patricia Vargas’ awesomeness when I spotted her flamingo print in someones IG post.  I instantly became hooked when I saw all her other creations. The best part is that you don’t need to break the bank for these original prints. They would add a great degree of classiness and POP to any gallery wall, desktop, or living space. Take a peek and snag your favorites!!

Her Inspirational Quote prints are great as well (above) as are her free desktop calendar downloads. I get mine every month! Here is the one for August

Keep up the great work Patricia

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*All photos images are property of Partricia Vargas of Parima Creative Studios

xoxo

Annaliese

Wedding Trends 2013: Mint

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Spring is in full bloom and along with it comes Wedding Season!!…Which is why this months theme is Wedding Trends! I am in love with all the fresh Minty inspiration popping up in the wedding scenes. So cool and classy, you can showcase the minty hues in modern, vintage, or classic styled celebrations. It can be your main color throb or a fresh accent. However you choose to use it, this color is definitely here to stay all year long!
Need a little inspiration? Check out a few different ways you can whip up a little mint into your wedding.
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Stay tuned next week for another Wedding Trend here on the blog!
xoxo
Annaliese
{Boards made by me on: Polyvore : Pictures from Pintrest}

“Oh Baby!” Shower


{all images by Vivian Sachs Photography}


Last weekend was our Baby Shower for the “Little Man.” I was so excited to finally celebrate his arrival with all our friends and family. To top it off, our friend and “go to” photographer, Vivian Sachs was there to capture everything.

Hubby and I started planning for the shower months in advance due to the fact that we had two big families and space would be an issue. I immediately went into design mode and for the past three months, it has been my little project on the side that gets my creative juices flowing. With Pintrest and numerous blogs for inspiration, and my handy/crafty familia at my side…I was really excited to put everything together.

Instead of going for a theme, I picked colors as my base and made a list of all the little details I wanted to add. I then started to think of how to make it all fit together.

Our Venue: Historic Adobe Building, Mountain View, CA

Base Colors: Navy Blue, White, Lime Green, Orange

Motif: Stripes, Chevron, Pops of Color, Playful


The sweets table was probably my favorite to put together since I just love eating sweets and treats right now =) On the table:

  • Chevron Cake made by my cousin Celine
  • Coordinating cupcakes also made by my cousin
  • SF Giants sugar cookies from Sweet Keiras to include mine and my husband’s vast enthusiasm for our bay area sports teams
  • Navy Blue M&Ms
  • Popcorn Cones filled with White Cheddar or Kettle Corn flavored popcorn. I made these using a simple template found here and bought some mini clothes pins from Michael’s and used a scallop punch out to cut out the tags. Double sided tape was the best at sealing the cones
  • Orange and Green swirl mini Lollipops with our custom Thank you sticker
  • Chevron treat bags from Shopsweetlulu.com which also had our custom Thank you sticker we ordered from Etsy’s The Preppy Lady Bug
  • specialty napkins we found at target and were on sale!

The streamer background was made by my family and myself. We were cutting and frilling crepe paper while watching all the torturous SF Giants playoff games. Since we had the shower at a historical building, we couldnt nail or hang anything from the walls or beams, so my dad and I constructed a simple pipe and drape using PVC piping. We actually made two backdrops. One for the sweets table and one for the Self Photo Booth. Want to make these cute frilly streamers? Here is the How to that we used!

The banners were made by mom using cream burlap and simple navy card stock. She drew and cut out the letters herself.


I really wanted a lot of stripes at the event and I tried to incorporate that into mini details like the straws and napkins. I was so excited to find this green and white strip overlay at a linen rental company so I paired it with a standard navy blue tablecloth for half of the guest tables.

I am currently obsessed with Geronimo balloons or anything that uses weather balloons…Just take a look at my pintrest page…I mean who isnt? So of course I used them as inspiration for our shower decor. I decided to do simple balloons for some of the centerpieces using a white weather balloon, Blue hanging tissue paper balls that I found at a typical party store and used more of the frilly streamers that my family had cut out for me. I just used glue dots (Zots) to assemble everything onto the balloon string and it worked like a charm

The second half of tables, we decided to do simple spray painted bottles with a single bloom. My Mom, Dad and Sister collected all the bottles I needed and my Dad spray painted them. The day before the shower, hubby and I picked up some coordinating blooms from the local farmers market and that was that.


My mom and I thought about doing a onesies table but not just with messy puff paints, I really wanted to try and make this activity practical and fun for the guests to make….mostly I really wanted the onesies to come out “wearable” for the baby boy. The result?? Remnant fabrics! we collected a bunch of remnant fabrics, threw in some fabric paints (the kids love those) and lots of scissors and a couple tubes of fabric glue and asked people to go to town. Above you can see only some of the numerous creative creations by our guests….Baby boy will definitely be wearing these. By the end of the event, the clothes lines were full of cute onesies.


Out of everything that resulted from the shower, the design, the presents, the food…everything, the guest book tree was my absolute favorite thing about the whole event. I ordered a digital graphic of a tree guest book (usually for weddings) from etsy seller little forests. and I printed out a 16×20 print at my local printers. We displayed it in a wood frame and had different shades of green ink pads next to it along with some sharpie markers. My sister used a little chalkboard to show the “How To” and everyone that came, made a little leaf print on the tree using their finger and wrote their name next to it. All the kids (baby’s cousins) did this as well and by the end of the day, the tree was covered in leaves. This piece of art will hang over the baby’s crib in his room. I absolutely love it.


Where there is a baby shower, there are games…more specifically, where there is a baby shower that my family is throwing, there will be games. My family loves games to a point where if there are no games at our party, some one will think something is wrong or we are not feeling well. With that said, we chose a few games play and with the weather being gorgeous outside, it made for a great setting. My sister thought of the game “Bobbing for nipples” for a set of guys to play which in itself was hilarious and gross. We also had teams of two play “feed the baby” blindfolded and for the kids, we played “Pin the baby on the Mommy”. It was so great to have a lot of kids there. They had a place to run around and play and I couldn’t help but think that soon enough, our little guy will be running around there with them.


Thanks to everyone that helped Daniel and I in throwing this baby shower…and most importantly to all our true friends and family who celebrated with us. It means the world to us that our baby boy is surrounded by such wonderful people

xoxo

Anna & Daniel


*All Image Credits to: Vivian Sachs Photography*

Summer Summer Summer Time!


Well Summer is officially here! Thank Gawd b/c I was slumping in the fact that I still had to wear leggings and boots every so often. I have put away all my bulky winter / fall stuff and spread out my dresses….These images definitely conjure up the fun in the sun feeling with lively colors, warm summer nights, glitzy golds and that burnt orange leather….and we must not forget the Popsicles!!

We have some weddings to work, some weddings to attend, baby showers galor, and lots and lots of travel!! Next post will be on that!! Cant wait!

What are your summer plans?

{made the above board with pictures i found on pintrest sources can be found on my boards}

Flower Feature: Anemones

Today I want to put the spotlight on special little flower that packs a big punch when included in floral decor. Anemones…
These flowers are so mysterious and dramatic. Delicate & dark at the same time.
I especially love how they add classiness to a very sophisticated black and white wedding palette.

Dont you just love the monochromatic look of an “all anemone” bouquet?
These lovelies are popular for adorning cakes for yet again, a simplistic and sophisticated look.

I love the slight tinge of powder pink in these pictured below and how they can also dress up and compliment a vintage rustic look.

Black and white too plain for you? Still like the structure of these beauties? Dont you worry, they come in many colors…including…
RED!!
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xoxo
Anna

Colorful Pallete: Jungle inspired

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Don’t you love all these colors!!? Its so fresh and vibrant. A Modern Jungle inspired event! I was inspired by this color palette and inspiration board made from Zenadia Designs and decided to make an inspiration board of my own. This was probably one the funnest ones I have done because you can get really creative with it. My fav part was incorporating some of my favorite patterns like Ikat and trellis patterns….which i love to use in my home.
You can incorporate all these little details like subtle leopard prints, bamboo accents, ferns & palms and wear fun statement pieces and accessories like the turquoise feather necklace or gi-normous hair flower pictured below. you can show off, patterned linens, vibrant colored glass on your table scapes, breezy, flowy dresses, tropical flowers of every vibrant color, safari details….shall I keep going?
Well, below is my inspiration board with all things that evoked a modern jungle feel to me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. Made on Polyvore…as always =)

Ikat Caftan Dress
$195 – calypsostbarth.com
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Cyan Bamboo Wing Back Chairs
$1,575 – belleescape.com


raj tent
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The Boutonniere – bamboo
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