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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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Beach Day! 

Food, Lifestyle, Photography July 6, 2015

   
I decided to pull out my old picnic basket for a post Indipendence Day beach trip. I filled it with goodies and didn’t forget the wine glasses. 

 
I made some veggie burgers filled with love. All my sandwiches may be heart shaped from here on out. I can’t stand crusts, this is a good excuse to be rid of them. 
   
Gio even fire grilled some squash! Such healthy beach goers. 

 
Well, I had a few crispy marshmallows. 

   
I had a cute little “love” temp tatt which motivated some great convos about the state of things and the world.  

Bountiful Friday

Lifestyle, Shopping May 17, 2013

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Today, Cigars and Cupcakes ended up on Abbot Kinney, one of the hottest streets in Venice. I stumbled into Bountiful, you may not find the store name posted anywhere but it’s below a vintage sign “True Fit. ” I found myself propelled into a magical land, standing among cake stands, candle sticks, spools of thread, ribbon, handing chairs, and a pretty exquisite christmas tree suspended atop a tower of crystal. There were so many little bits and bobs that I was terrified it would all come crashing down around me but I found the strength to soak in all the eclectic ambiance.

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The fruits of my labor

Advice September 24, 2011

This morning I walked out to my backyard, picked a bushel of oranges, and slid them into my handy dandy Bullet juicer.  As I drank my fresh squeezed OJ I realized how much I miss good old country living- however, in SoCal the closest I’m getting is the burbs.  I’ve been living in the center of Hollywood for the past two years and moving back to Orange County has given me some perspective.  I missed walking through grass, real grass, free from dog droppings or beer bottles, I missed quiet cricket filled evenings, and stars.  I can’t remember the last time I saw stars.  The serenity is much appreciated.  So C&C readers find your place of peace and take it all in.

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