Spring & A Picnic | Photo Snippets

So, you know, we Texans are so used to a 60 or 70 degree weather in the Winter, so 30’s & 40’s is tremendously cold for us. At least for me…must be genetic, or it maybe because I grew up in a tropical setting. I must shake off this fear of cold!Anyway, here’s a few snippets of the photo shoot we did in this gorgeous home & surrounding gardens for Nside Austin magazine. Of course caught in Instagram. I was too shy to use my Nikon DSLR while the actual professionals are using their, ultra high tech Canons.

Silverware & gorgeous turquoise glasses via The Vintage Laundry. Bird plates via the shop of course and don’t you just adore my Venetian glass coasters?
Books, vintage basket, doilies & wildflowers via Mi Casa & Mi storage!
The Picnic was just a teeny tiny bit of the gorgeous photo shoot spread…just wait til you see the adorable models!

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Sweeten Up!

It’s time to sweeten up, well, because next week is Valentine’s Day! Amidst a crazy, busy January, me & Jocelyn of Sugaplump Pastries got together to plan this shoot for her sweet menu this month of February. I tell you, these sweet stuff are killers…pink champagne?! I am totally in love with the color palette & yes, the taste is to die for!

 Photos courtesy of Dream Pixel
See those awesome rosettes up close here. I’m dreaming of a luscious cake ball just about now! Are you?

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Austin Monthly | Bridal Bash

A Photo Shoot at Barr Mansion: 1. Gorgeous details on this wedding dress by Linda Asaf2. Groom’s Suit by Dandy’s 3. Gorgeous Invitations by Posh Posh Designs 4. Get  pretty by Salon O Day Spa  5. Amazing floral arrangements by Bouquets of Austin Photos by: Songbird Weddings

I blame all the swoon worthy websites dedicated to weddings like Style Me Pretty & 1000 Layer Cake, mags like Martha Stewart Weddings {yes, I adore her!} and meeting amazing planners like my friend Carmela of InStyle Weddings & Destinations, but I am all over looking at wedding stuff & pinning them like crazy on my Pinterest! I kinda wanna renew my vows every year a’ la Heidi Klum & Seal, tsk, tsk, too bad they didn’t work out.

I got married just a little more than a year ago & I must say, although I thought I was pretty organized, there was still a bit of frenzy & chaos surrounding the details of the wedding. Well, lucky for you new brides of Austin & beyond, Austin Monthly is holding their very first bridal bash.

So, here’s the scoop!

WHEN: Feb. 19th
WHERE: At the AT & T Center
WHAT: Meet & learn more about Austin’s upscale & well-known vendors , a former Miss America is hosting, live music by Curtis Grime from the show The Voice & my favorite, a bridal Bling Lounge by Kendra Scott. Ok, I can’t believe it but they didn’t forget about the men, there is a Cufflink Lounge.
WIN: well, lots of prizes…so all brides out there {and non-brides as well I guess, like me who is just wedding crazy}, get your tix here.

This was us pre-wedding, ahhh, I wish I can go back to the planning again {I know, sounds crazy right?} For now, I’ll just live vicariously through all of you new brides. See you at the bash!

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Rouge / Rojo / Red

1. Red Shoes Amidst Black Geometric Patterns 2. Pinks, Reds & Champagne 3. Audrey’s Red Lips 4. Chanel Laptop bag 5. Little Red Riding Hood Goes Couture | Valentino 6. Red Fete 7. Red Door 8. Red chandelier + Red Sofa 9. A sweet & romantic cupcake
Hmm, it was a bit hard for me to think of a title for this post, but with February aka Valentine month just a day away {remember romance? hearts? roses?}, I can’t help but pay homage to the quintessential color of love, Red. I must admit, I haven’t always been a big fan. In fact, in high school, somebody told me I didn’t look good in red that I banished the color from my life for a while. Well, I was 13 or 14 & impressionable so don’t judge me 🙂
It may not be my favorite color but I agree that the hue is stunning, gorgeous and alluring. Hints of the color in your space will most definitely imbue the bold side of you. So in the month of February, let’s celebrate Red, well, simply because she is ravishing!

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It’s An Urban Cottage Because…

It combines natural, rustic materials with modern lines and colors.

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Rococo Tea Party Snippets

I think I’m getting used to photo shoots with inanimate objects…like decor, pies, cupcakes, tableware, etc. Props styling is really super fun! But last Sunday, I had the most fun working with a whole team of fashion stylists, videographer, photographers {not one but two}, make up & hair stylists & yes, models! We did the set styling for Diya Liu’s Rococo Tea Party at Mayfield Park here in Austin. She is the amazing gal behind the blog, In Her Stilletos and who by the way won the Marie Claire Front Row College challenge. Woot! Way to go Diya!We’re releasing the “real” pictures soon. In the meantime, here are some snippets….

After the shoot, I seriously thought every gal should have a tufted gold ottoman!
And a turquoise chaise for that matter.A teacup set is a must!

And pale pink roses properly fluffed should be everywhere! Here’s Rachel making the petals camera-ready. She, by the way makes the most awesome paper crepe rosettes. See them here.

I hope you enjoyed this little behind-the-scenes first look of this photo shoot project! And by the way, these vintage shops rock! Thank you so much The Vintage Laundry & Gypsies Antiques.

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SugaPlump Photo Shoot Snippets

We’ve been working on some amazing and fun photo shoots lately, and today I wanted to give you just a few quick pictures of the SugaPlump Valentine’s Day shoot.

Jocelyn Harris-Leffall is the fabulous owner of SugaPlump Catering and Pastries, and let me tell you from personal experience, her stuff is DELICIOUS.  Seriously, whether you have a midnight craving for something sweet and delicious or are planning an extravagant event and need the cake to be just right, she’s the one to call.

If you’re wondering just what a pink champagne cupcake tastes like, the answer is heaven.
And this is just a bit of the decor we made for the shoot.  I actually handmade a good number of those rosettes, but tragically they don’t work too well as a garland 🙁
Just a little bit of vintage love and desserts to brighten up your Thursday!

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It’s An Urban Cottage Because…

It features a romantic color palette and accents with modern, minimalist furniture.

Ok, I might be cheating here just for today since this is more of our InStyle Weddings project…but I just LOVE this picture! And I think it works for an urban cottage right?  Except you might not want to put branches somewhere you’re planning to sit, haha 🙂

so much love, Rachel

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InStyle Weddings Event Prep

Remember those exciting things I mentioned yesterday?  Well here’s a little peek at some of the decor prep I’ve done for our InStyle Weddings event!

We started with some awesome white branches.  Beautiful, but not quite as opulent as we would want so naturally….

WE GILDED THEM!  Just a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint, which I will now refer to as “chic in a can,” and you’re event ready!

The lamp shades got gilded as well, and with the addition of a few paper pom poms (made with the help of Maureen’s tutorial)…

Viola!  Even though I’m not 100% done yet, I LOVE it!! A few more pom poms and some extra pink chevrons on the vase and we’ll be good to go.  I’ll update you later today with some pictures from the event.

Let us know what you think, we love to hear from you!  🙂 Rachel

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P is for Pies | Styling Project

Ok, who doesn’t love pies? Buttermilk is my current fave because it’s so Southern & yea…so easy to make! So, about a month ago, I did some pie styling for a photo shoot for Time Warner Cable Media & Clicked In campaign and here are the yummy photos.

Too bad one of my resolutions is to cut my sweet tooth in half…ouch! But hey, looking doesn’t hurt a thing!

Thanks to these people for a wonderful project: Chris Brock Photography & Jette Momant PR & Events. And of course a little plug, styling needs? E-mail me here.

Here’s to a stylish & scrumptious 2012!

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