Thursday, February 28, 2013

Some of my Favorite Things (Right Now)

I'm still deciding which photo booth pictures to publish, so here's a favorite things post instead!


(666 Park Avenue and the others in her series)

Gabriella Pierce is amazing. She has written a trilogy (so far) about this woman who finds out she's a witch and gets thrown in to this crazy, crazy family. abc created a horrible TV show out of it, but don't let that sway you... the books are a million times better. For reals.


I've been using it for years... It's not greasy, gets me through the dry, dry, winter, doesn't make me break out, and it lasts forever. Even Andrew started using it...


Painfully, painfully awkward, funny, and real, Girls is amazing. I seriously can't stop watching it. Bravo, Lena Dunham (who I totally stalk on Instagram), you're the best.

Sorry for the random combination of favorites. Photo booth pics will be coming soon!!
xo,
R



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wedding Behind the Scenes... Better Late than Never...

I know it's been a while, but I finally wanted to post about more of the wedding prep... My favorite part, the table numbers. Honestly, I've been waiting for our professional photos to come back so I could have some good "afters" to go with my "before" shots.
As you know, gold was one of the main accents for the day. We knew early on that we wanted glitter. Lots of it. So, we found these paper mache numbers at Hobby Lobby and bought a whole bunch of glitter and glue. We first tried brushing Elmers glue on and pouring the glitter over it. 

That took forever and left TONS of glitter all over the house. After the first night of doing that, Andrew decided to use spray mount, which worked just as well.
We then sealed them with a clear coat and didn't move them for a few weeks.

(Sorry it's a little dark... We were messing with the camera)

Here's how they looked the day of! I must say, I'm pretty proud of us!

Along with the table numbers, my aunt did an amazing job with our centerpieces! She potted all of the succulents, and they were just perfect.

Here's a close up shot of one of our olive oil bottles! 

All of the paper goods (programs, menus, table seating chart) were all designed and printed by Andrew and me. We had stacks of them sitting all over the house for weeks.

 I'm so obsessed with how the tables looked. Everything was perfect. Sleek and exactly what we wanted. (Note that there aren't any chairs at the tables... they were outside for the ceremony and got pulled inside during cocktail hour.)

The green from the succulents really pops against the white.

 So simple and clean. 

All of our hard work definitely paid off, and everything was pretty close to perfect. We couldn't have been happier!
xo,
R



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

1 Month Ago...

Today marks one month since Andrew and I said "I do."Some days it feels like it was a zillion days ago, and some days I feel like it just happened yesterday. Regardless, it's been a whole month. A whole  amazing month. A whole month! I can't believe all of our hard work and planning paid of one month ago!! It's also been a whole month of changes, and a whole month of things staying the same. Our house is still on the market, it's only been shown twice. So, even though we're still living here, it definitely feels different. This limbo phase is super weird... It's still physically our HOUSE, but it's really not, because it could belong to someone else at any moment. I've been making a conscious effort not to think about it as our long term anymore... Trying not to buy things specific for this house (like a hallway runner rug), and when we did buy new pillows for our room the other day, I tried not to worry about how the colors will look with the walls, since they're not our walls anymore. It's a funny feeling, knowing that your house is temporary. At the same time though, we've been house hunting and having a difficult time of it. Nothing feels like it could be home. Every place we've looked at is like 90% there, and I'm wondering if it's because we're holding on to this place still, since we technically don't "need" to leave until it sells... It's just a really weird in between thing.
I took a yoga class last night for the first time in months. I didn't realize how much I needed it. Not just for the exercise, but for the centering and meditation. I pushed myself during the class, probably more than I should have in a level 3 Flow class, after not being there in a while. But, I needed it. I needed to get my frustrations out, and balance myself.
During meditation at the end, the instructor told us to find our place of comfort, our "happy place". I found myself feeling a little sad because my brain took "place" to mean a physical location, and our house doesn't really feel that way anymore. I laid there, feeling sorry for myself for a bit, but then I realized, I was being too literal, and that my "happy place" was really wherever we were, together. Me, Andrew, and Neville. I realized, as challenging as this last month has been with outside things, I've never been happier in my life with our little family. I know we'll have challenges and hard stuff in the future, but we'll get through them together, and wherever we are, together, is our place of comfort. 

(Sorry for the sappy post today... I PROMISE I'll publish a FULL wedding post soon... with photo booth photos)
xo,
R

Monday, February 25, 2013

A *few* Wedding Photos.

I know, I know, I haven't written since last Wednesday. I'm still getting into the groove of things! I'm sorry!! So, to make up for it, here's a few wedding photos that no one has seen yet (in no particular order)... just for you...








Happy Monday! I PROMISE I'll be back this week with more!
xo,
R

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Palm Springs Modernism Week: The Goods

Besides the amazing food we ate in Palm Springs, the main reason we were there was for the Modernism Expo. The Convention Center was filled with booths belonging to different shops, from all over the US, carrying the best of the best of Midcentury Modern Design. Like I said, it totally made me want to sell EVERYTHING we own and start all over. 
So here we go, my favorites from the day:
(Sorry for the iPhone photos!)

This white dresser would be perfect in a bedroom, or in a living room for media storage.

 I have a crazy obsession with white marble coffee tables right now. We're actually hoping to make one soon. Lets also talk about the Saarinen table behind it. SO gorgeous... Would work perfectly in a small dining room.

This one's stone, but look at those legs!

 Oh the fabric. I'm in love with this whole stack. Especially the geometric teal, orange, and purple one on the bottom of the first stack. It looks like bows!


 Who can resist these vintage planters? I can see them filled with succulents or palm trees on either side of a front door. 

What's better than a bent plywood chair? a COWHIDE covered bent plywood chair. Super cute in a cowboy-themed room, or really, anywhere.

This rocker is gorgeous. And comfortable... So comfortable. The teak is in amazing condition and I could have sat in it for hours. Perfect for a library or nursery.

Ah yes, the Eames Lounge. My favorite thing in the whole Expo. We WILL have one of these in our home one day. Such a classic piece. One of Andrew's ultimate favorites as well. 

So those are my favorites from the show. We'll see which ones show up in our new house... When we figure out where that actually is! 
xo,
R


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Palm Springs Modernism Week: Foodie Files

I spent Sunday & Monday in Palm Springs with my new work crew, checking out some amazing restaurants, and some of the Modernism Week expos. Palm Springs is one of my favorite places ever, so of course, I was so excited to be included. (Did I mention I love my new job?!)
We got there Sunday afternoon and after relaxing a little bit, went to a design party, then to Birba, the first fabulous foodie stop we made.
 The wait was crazy long so we stood by the bar until a bench area opened up and since we all realized we were starving, ordered a pizza. Oh, this pizza. Pancetta, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and the kicker, a fried egg on top. Yep. A.fried.egg. 

After that, we made it over to our reservation at Workshop. A place that I've been dying to go for a while now, and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. We ordered drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. 
I had the Town & Desert... 
White Whiskey
Blood Orange Liquor
Lemon
Egg White
Slowly my appreciation for drinks with an egg white is growing, and this was a fabulous choice.

The Food. Yep, the food was amazing. We picked a bunch of things off the menu and shared between the five of us. As full as I was, if they had put anything else down in front of me, I would have eaten it... That's how good it was.
Octopus Carpaccio!
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad!
Fennel Salad!
Brick Chicken!
Scallops over Bulgur!
Stewed Whole Tomatoes!
All SO delicious and perfect.
The main event, however, was the 30oz rib eye, cooked perfectly with creamed kale and butternut squash. My mouth still waters when I think about it!

After dinner, 5 very full people went back to the house, took a hot tub break, then crashed out... Dreaming of the amazing meal we had just consumed.
Tomorrow I'll post about some of the furniture I saw that made me want to sell everything we own and start over. (Which I may actually do, since we're for sure moving now... but more on that tomorrow)
Happy Tuesday (that feels like Monday!)
xo,
R




Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pinterest Picks: Valentine's Day Edition

I'm still getting into the swing of blogging with a 9-5 job... So for today, here's a heart-themed Pinterest Pick. 
For 2.14.13




This Shirt (because I love Chambray... and hearts)

































































And, not a Pinterest Pick, but a photo of my new phone case... I picked it up before Valentine's Day, but it's SO fitting!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope it's filled with love!
xo,
R

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Best.Movie.Ever

Aside from the little girl waking up to Gangnam Style that I posted last week, here's my new favorite video. It's a new Disney short that's up for an Oscar! It's sweet, funny, and all around beautiful... I hope you enjoy it!


xo,
R

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Knives! (And Putting Them to Use!)

I had planned another post with wedding behind the scenes business, but just realized that the decor photos I wanted to use haven't made it to my computer yet. So, instead, I will introduce you to the newest member(s) of the Clark household... 
Andrew's new babies...

 Now, I know it's weird for knives to be considered like children, but if you had seen what we were working with before, it would make sense. Neither of us had bought knives in maybe 8 years... I don't think I ever have, mine were all hand me downs from my parents. 
So, when West Elm's Market General Store started carrying these amazing knives by Schmidt Brothers Cutlery we fell in love. Not only are they high quality (even Oprah touts them) and reasonably priced (our set of 5, plus 1 cost $60), they're a family business (yes, really brothers) and we love supporting small family businesses. 

So, we brought our new babies home yesterday, just in time to put them to good use in making appetizers to bring to a small dinner party we were attending. The main course was fried chicken, so we wanted to bring something that wasn't TOO heavy, but still flavorful. We went with one of our old favorites, that we actually served during cocktail hour at the wedding: Crostini.
We decided on 3 different types, and of course, a trip to Trader Joe's (and a short stop at Whole Foods) got us everything we needed, for under $30.

Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese 

 Salmon & Chive Cream Cheese

Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, & Toasted Pistachios
(My favorite!)

New Knives!!

 Andrew cutting the bread, because I'm challenged in that area... Doesn't matter if it's scissors, a cutting board, or a knife, I can't cut straight. Ever. 

 Chive Cream Cheese, mixed by me!

Amazing Trader Joe's Sun Dried Tomatoes... So perfect.  

The recipe is simple... duh.. Spread cheese, top with goodies. We did toast the pistachios in the oven a bit to bring out the flavor... But that was as fancy as we got.
And here they are!

 Not too extravagant, but they look pretty fancy, and there weren't any left after the party!

 Pretty simple, and satisfying.

So yay for our new knives, and a yummy appetizer. Happy Monday everyone!
xo,
R





Thursday, February 7, 2013

What a Morning...

8:44 and it's already been one of my craziest days. I found out last night that today is my last day at my job. I had planned on a full day tomorrow, and maybe even next week, but alas, today is the day. Sad, exciting, scary, stressful, all at once. I woke up late this morning, realized we didn't have anything in the house for breakfast ($130 in groceries last weekend and no breakfast food), and as I was about to walk out the door (to pick up a really healthy breakfast burrito), also realized that my keys were in Andrews car... on their way to LA. So, poor Andrew, who had already sat in an hour of traffic, had to turn around and drive 30 minutes to get me my keys. So, for the first time ever, on my last day at work, I was 15 minutes late. Seriously, the first.time.ever. Oh, the irony...
So, instead of the post on our wedding decor that I had planned on, here's a super cute photo of Neville curled up on some blankets...

And the cutest video I've seen in a long time!


Happy Thursday, everyone!
And, to any of the AGA families that may be following this blog, keep reading! I'll miss you guys!
Wish me luck!
xo,
R

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wedding Behind the Scenes: Bridal Party Gifts.

So, after yesterdays announcements, I'm back with more wedding behind the scenes. This time, I wanted to show you our bridal party gifts!
Andrew first... 
Because the guys were wearing black suits, black ties, and white shirts, Andrew wanted to make sure we pulled the fuchsia colors in somewhere. He decided that the socks and pocket squares would be the best place to do that. He found this awesome company, The Tie Bar, that carries ties, pocket squares, and tie bars, all for about $15 each. SO perfect.
He got everyone a black skinny tie, and not wanting to over do the fuchsia, he picked this pocket square

This tie bar (in yellow gold, not rose)

And after weeks of searching, a pair of fuchsia Vince Camuto socks (on sale!) at Nordstrom.
(Of course, no photo, because I'm a terrible blogger)

For the girls, I knew I wanted to do jewelry, but because everyone had a different dress, I knew necklaces probably wouldn't work. So, I consulted my trusty Etsy, and found gold, hand-stamped initial charms for $5 a pop, went to the bead store on the corner, and picked up gold chain, and some fuchsia beads. then I spent an afternoon with my beading tools and came up with these!

Please excuse the state of our dining table. It needs to be refinished. Badly. 

After deciding the bracelets weren't enough bling, I made a trip to Forever 21 and picked up 6 different pairs of sparkly earrings (for less than $7 each!)
I put them together on a cute little card like this...

The girls loved them! And they looked really great in photos also.

Along with the wearables, we wanted to give the bridal party another gift that they could use more often. Naturally, the first thing that came to mind was alcohol... well, specifically, vessels for alcohol... aka glasses.
With stickers as stencils, Ikea glassware, and gold spray paint (food safe, of course) we came up with these!

Rocks for the guys, champagne for the girls!
 A little masking tape and some stencil stickers and we were good to go.





We were pretty happy with how all of the gifts turned out, and I think the bridal party was too! I'll be back tomorrow with more behind the scenes decor business... and maybe a few wedding photos!
xo,
R