Monday, August 29, 2011

crisp champagne

I've been a longtime devotee of the Capri Blue, Volcano Candle from Anthropologie... but I think I may have found a new favorite. As of late, I've been obsessed with my new Crisp Champagne Candle from Voluspa. The scent is described as sparkling brut champagne with a hint of vanilla and barrel oak. I want to buy candles for every room in our house. Trust me, it's that good.

*Do you have a "signature scent" for your home? I'd love to hear what your favorite candles are!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

art appreciation

My mom, sister and I spent Sunday afternoon checking out the new collections at the Phoenix Art Museum. I absolutely loved the Modern Mexican Painting exhibit and Peter Wegner's incredible Guillotine of Sunlight and Guillotine of Shade. The installation is made up of 1.4 million pieces of recycled paper! Totally amazing. I forgot how inspiring it is to just meander through the different galleries, taking it all in.

*Where do you go when you need a little inspiration?

Monday, August 15, 2011

i heart chevron rugs

Lately, I find myself drawn to all things chevron. I just ordered this awesome rug from Urban Outfitters and I can't wait for it to arrive. It will definitely liven up our living room!

*Images found here, here and here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

that's just it

I've been a teensy bit infatuated with the work of photographer Tim Robison Jr. as of late. There is just something so peaceful about his photographs. It's all about the little things... a quiet cup of coffee, rumpled bedsheets and golden, afternoon light. That's just it.

*Many thanks to the lovely Colleen for pinning this photo. I was hooked.

Monday, August 8, 2011

pigeon toe ceramics

I'm pretty much loving every. single. item. from Pigeon Toe Ceramics. I'll be saving my pennies for the chevron pixel napkins and a few of the mason jar votive lanterns. They would be perfect for a simple, summer dinner party. Don't you think?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

the bride wore red: a parisian wedding

{beautiful day for a wedding}

{brother-in-law and husband}

{pop-up invitations}

{the happy couple}



{taking the trolley}

{la vie en rose}

{hors d'oeuvres}

{macaron tower}

{such a wonderful evening}

Is there anything more romantic than a wedding in Paris? No, I think not. Kiwi's cousin married his gorgeous French bride in a beautiful civil ceremony with La Vie en Rose playing softly in the background. The bride chose a red wedding dress as a nod to her new husband's Chinese heritage. The color red is considered good luck. After the ceremony, we took a trolley across the Seine to the reception location, which was a beautiful historic building that is now being used as a school. We ate foie gras and toasted the happy couple with glasses of champagne. Everything was so lovely but I must say, my favorite part was the macaron tower. It's the stuff dreams are made of. After dinner, all the guests headed downstairs to les caves for more drinks and dancing. It was an incredible experience that we'll never forget. Congrats to the newlyweds!

Monday, August 1, 2011

a weekend in paris


{le chat nap}

{la patisserie des reves}

{sunset stroll}

{petit dejeuner}

{cafe de flore}

{luxembourg gardens}

{la tour eiffel}

{paris with my love}

{the tower at night)

Last week was a little surreal to say the least! After spending less than 72 hours in Paris, I caught a flight home so I could be at my new job on Monday. Even though our visit was a short one, we had a wonderful time strolling through the Luxembourg Gardens and sampling the pastries at La Patisserie des Reves. We stayed in this charming little apartment in the 6th arrondissement that was just steps away from the beautiful Saint-Sulpice church and macaron heaven, Pierre Herme. And of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Her twinkling lights and soft, golden glow always leave me spellbound. Paris, je t'aime.

*I'll post photos from the wedding {the reason for our trip} later this week. Wait until you see the bride's dress!