Tag: black love

Beach Girl 

Art, Lifestyle September 7, 2015

   
As a born and bred Orange County girl the Pacific Ocean flows through my veins.  Water has always brought me peace and been a centering force. So, moving into the heart of LA hasn’t been a completely natural shift.  I mean it’s wonderful and everything but it’s just NOT THE BEACH!!!  

 
I spent a little quality time in Santa Monica fighting the crazy tide…thanx El Niño. But surfers were out and the sun was high. 

   

Stunning!!

  
Just look at my little big man! It may be time to leave the city. 

  

The Day Of

DIY, Lifestyle, Wedding September 2, 2015


Weddings are always a mixed bag; filled with happiness, joy, and even some tears. Well, at my bestie, Keisha’s, wedding we laughed, cried, meditated, and celebrated one another while watching her transcendental travel down the aisle.  I mean look at how gorgeous she is…stunning!


The weekend started in the truly fab town of Laguna.  Where the views are breathtaking, the neighborhoods are comfy, and the beaches are clean.  You can’t beat this view…I was uber excited because I got to meditate from this balcony every morning.  A dream!

What do you get for the spiritual and perpetually busy bride?  We got her some travel bags in her favorite color, blush, and some colorful panties tastefully hidden in little boxes.  We even threw in a hat for hubby.

Our bride loves letters and notes so I used some of my best crafting skills to make a box and water color a quote on the lid.


With a little love, we drafted touching personal letters and I watercolored and mounted them.


It all went in a Harvard colored L. L. Bean bag.  Did I mention the couple met at Harvard’s Business school.  Let’s talk about geniuses.  I can’t wait for some smart little babies!!!
  Then the bride gave us some amazing gifts.



The robes and earrings were just perfect.

I made the bride a groom a ceremonial broom to jump.   What’s the point of a crafty friend if you can’t use her skills?  A lot of people don’t understand what jumping the broom is all about.  Well, back during slavery, African Americans were not allowed to get married.  So, they created their own marriage ceremonies which involved jumping over a broom to signify their bond.  Talk about creative.  Many African American couples still jump the broom at the end of their ceremonies to symbolize this same union as well as remember the sacrifices of our ancestors.  This history moment brought to you by Cupcakes.


Then it was time to get our bride ready.


Perfection!!!

We traveled from around the globe, with girls coming from as far as Dubai.

They were married on the lawn of the Montage Hotel in Laguna overlooking the ocean.

The children were absolutely adorable!

My hubby to be was divine so I had to steal a smooch.

Then we cut a rug.

Love my ladies, Susy, Ruta, and Rachel!


Then this happened. Yay weddings!!!

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Party All The Time!

Advice, DIY, Wedding June 22, 2015

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Throwing parties are one of the funniest/most stressful part of being a future bride.  It takes equal parts intense planning and a total “go with the flow” mindset. So needless to say, I had to do a lot of meditating last week.  Here’s a quick walk through engagement party #2 Orange County.

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Fresh flowers were a must.   My favorite DIY floral arrangements include Peonies, lisianthus, hydrangea, hanging amaranthus, and tons of greenery.  Oh and I also spray painted some Starbucks bottles for vases.

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I like to add a little quote to remind everyone why they came.

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Then there was our LOVE table.

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I simply love brunch, so our engagement party was filled with eggs, pancakes, fruit, veggie meat, and all types of confections.  I made some cookies that I will feature in a future post.

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No brunch is complete without mini pancakes and fresh berries.

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Selfie cookies were a must.  Such a great company!

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Just me and my Mommy!  Also, note the floral wall.  This was my favorite project of the event.

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Two of my 7 bridesmaids were able to make it out.  In these days and times we live all across the globe and it’s good to see each other when we can.

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See what they gave me?  Oh it’s nothing, just a basket FULL of cuteness!!!

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There were selfies galore, this was one of my favorites!

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Stevie did some singing, there’s no way he can be within 20 feet of a piano and not take full advantage.

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The party was a day before my Grandma turned 89.  Yup, this lady is 89, Black don’t crack.  I believe that’s what they say.

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Even Erin and Kevin were surprised.

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These women have all known me since before I was even myself.  They have been spectacular guides and wonderful examples.

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We welcome the new additions to our family with open arms.  We were so glad Pastor White, my soon to be Father-in-law made it out.  There’s my flower wall again…it made another appearance.  Embrace it!!!

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Overall, the day was a success.  Aaron and I thank all of you that made it out and those of you who were there in spirit.  XOXOXO

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Holidays

DIY, Lifestyle January 7, 2015

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The holidays were absolutely nuts.  It was a flurry of family, friends, and drum roll please I got engaged!!! Along with about 2 million other lucky ladies from your social media feed.  So, basically, I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to plan the rest of my life with my best friend.  I’ll try to post as often as possible and continue taking pictures of my random crafts.

 

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Here is the ubiquitous ring in the car shot.  Come on, I had to, give a girl a break.  Gotta love my big guy, he did so well.

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Aaron, is the most caring, understanding, and loving man I’ve ever met.  I am truly lucky and ecstatic to have the opportunity to spend my life with him.  Thanks baby you are so amazing.  Alright, now time to post some amazing crafts and get all Martha Stewart on that a$#…no more mushy stuff.  We’re not about that.

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