Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Planner update: Baby Shower Invites

Ok folks, planning has gone well and now I am done with the invitations. In order to accommodate my modest budget, I've opted to a more bargained priced invite from this wonderful site (www.tinyprints.com) They offer so many at various price ranges and not just for baby showers. Check them out! Here's a sample of what I got.
I also personalized the back with her sonogram and psalm which I know is something the mother-to-be would great appreciate.

I'm totally excited to be able to head the planning for this. I'll keep posting my updates on items purchased. Today I spent the day coming up with my holiday cards....hours at ArtCo later, I've planned my idea ;-)

~La Femme

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winter Shopping

Every season I look for the perfect coat, I live for the perfect coat and I end up finding a million. Here is my first pick of the season. I WANT ONE! Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful??
Available at Express

Nordstrom has some really great options but so far I am noticing that I liked a clean tailored look with something frilly to get that "girly" edge that I love so much.
Available at Nordstrom.com

It was only inevitable that I find a million coats I loved at one of my favorite stores of all time....Anthropologie. Check out the favorite for today :-)
Available at Anthropologie

This coat has that military casual look but again, yes you guessed it, the "girly" theme with the ruffles. Oh boy, what to pick? It's only time before it's boot shopping time. I'll be sure to keep you posted. Thanks for the reads everyone.

~La Femme

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bedroom Makeover

I got a new dresser this weekend....it was needed!!! So then naturally I want to redo the entire bedroom and started with thinking about what my dream bedroom would be. It would be a huge room with windows and textured walls with a chair area, etc. Well it would look something like this...

Then again I don't want to go too fancy, so maybe something like this....
Yes, contemporary yet elegant, lots of fabric yet plenty of light and color. Yes, love it! 

Ok, then there's reality-- and I starting thinking that if I can't get the bedroom of my dreams...YET ...I should definitely take inspiration from other bedrooms and take elements that make it mine. Bits and pieces and step by step is the way it will get done. So here are some of what I found and liked.

What I initially loved about this bedroom is the dark walls. People are generally afraid of color and darkening an area like a bedroom. However, the light hardware and white ceiling and carpet more than compensate for that. Another design element that I loved was the two his/her dressers complete with mirror. Not only does it elongate the space but when the sun goes down and those night lamps go on they will reflect perfectly off those mirrors and continue to light up the room. 

I fell in love with this bed. I liked that it the furniture wasn't too matchy-matchy and different color, textures, and elements made this room fit so well together. The paneling on the walls eliminates the need for too much wall art and let's the bed take the focus...which in my opinion is never a bad thing ;-) I also love the silver plated night stand. Beautiful!!!

I know that textured walls are a hefty penny but then I came across another novel idea....storage!!! I love how the entire wall was used as a built in bookshelf/storage area. It doesn't overpower the room because they kept it a natural color and again, let the bed take center stage. Lovely.

The picture frames on this wall reminded me of what I did in my old apartment living room. I bought various different frames and place different pictures on them. It made the wall my own, and what a great idea for a bedroom wall that needs pop.

I hope you find inspiration in some of these bedrooms and rearrange, try, test, buy, experiment with something you haven't before. 

Wedding planner thing going well...AND....still working on the baby shower. :-)
Have a wonderful day!

~La Femme

Friday, November 5, 2010

Further research....

A day off for me is equivalent to a day of major research into my new projects. I've taken to looking into bridal blogs. Today I got great inspiration from Kiss the Groom. These inspiration boards are great!

I've also chose some party favors for the baby shower. Let me know what you think? I still have yet to think of the candy filling. Suggestions are welcomed.
~La Femme

New Ventures

It's been a while friends! I've started to venture off into new territories (nothing new for those who know me). I got two big projects I am working on; 1. I'm planning my sister-in-laws baby shower, and 2. I am planning my first wedding as a planner. Not mine....yet ;) Halloween just passed and I tested out some of the desserts I plan to serve at the Baby shower. I used great baking pans from Williams-Sonoma but let me give you a little tip---frosting them was difficult. I think the trick to these is to pick flavorful cake mixes to carry all the flavor that frosting usually does.

My Halloween Cakes
I've started researching various wedding venues and found that the Knot websites has great sources of references depending on your area. Wish me luck and future postings to come!

As for now, I'm off to enjoy some Starbucks red holiday cups...so should you.

~La Femme