Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings

These are a few of my favorite things!

So, I've been wanting to do a "favorite things" post for SO long but I just have SO many stinkin' favorite things!

My friend Kristy had a Summer Favorite Things post. That's a good way to narrow it down, make it "Summer" Favorite Things.

My internet girl-crush Kandee Johnson does monthly favorites, which narrows it down even more and the adorable Mandy, from Miss Indie does "Friday Favorites" which is a good way to break it down even further, into weeks.

Since this is my first "Favorites" I decided to start broad and start with my "2011 Favorites".
So, here it goes! :)

If you know me, you know that one of my main obsessions is my gold jewelry :)
My Gold Michael Kors Watch is one of my prize possessions. 
My grandma got it for me this last Christmas (ok so that was 2010 but, close enough;) ). When I opened it I almost started crying because it was so unexpected. I love it.
My Jane Hollinger Teenie Heart Bracelet (in Gold)
I bought this on a whim at Fred Segal one night with my friend Stefana. I don't usually make a lot of big purchases but I fell in LOVE with this and it just so happens that I found it right after I got my tax return check. Sounds like a sign to me :) This is one of my absolute favorite things that I ever bought myself. 

My Gold Diamond Ring
This year I turned 25 AND my parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. My mom bought the two of us the cutest daintiest gold rings that both happen to have 25 little diamonds in them! My mom and I both wear them every day, it's so special :)
My Yellow Jessica Simpson Massi Heels 
Most years on my birthday I buy myself a little something special. These were my birthday gift to myself and I love them. My best friend/roommate Danica knows far too well about my obsession with heels :)

My Singer Simple 2263 Sewing Machine
I have lots of sewing machines but this one is my favorite. It's a basic, easy to use machine and the colors are just to die for, PLUS I got it on sale at Walmart :)

You Are What You Craft  Art Print 5 x 7 Pool
My "you are what you craft" Sweet Perversion Print
One of my favorite things to do is go to arts and crafts festivals. I love seeing the creativity of others and the beauty in creativity. One of my favorites is Patchwork- Indie Arts and Crafts Festival . I got this print at the most recent Patchwork festival in Santa Ana. Sweet Perversion makes SO many funny (and somewhat crass) prints. They're hysterical. My friends and I spent so much time at their booth. 

So, now that I've shared a few of MY favorite things, tell me, what are YOUR favorite things? I definitely would love to do more of these posts and do them more frequently so that I can share new things with you all. I hope that you all are enjoying your summer. More soon! :)


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Celebrating Consistence

So I haven't been blogging every day, but I HAVE been blogging a lot more than usual and I'm pretty proud of myself!

(this blogger gang sign cracks me up)

My friends Danica and Kristy are a bit more privy to the blogging word than I am but I have been wanting so badly to get more involed,  to get more followers, to be able to have giveaways, to make fun tutorials and really just to be able to have a creative outlet! I'll tell ya... sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day sure doesn't let you be very creative aside from the occasional letterhead re-vamp or fax cover sheet. Like you could see in my last post Danica's wedding has really been a great opportunity for me to get some creative juices flowing which has been so fun for me, but that's almost over. Time for a new focus. And I'm going to do my best to make this blog it! :)

My biggest blog motivation is my OBSESSION Kandee Johnson (and this is her personal blog).

She is a make-up artist who does make up tutorials online and is SO great at what she does (and she does it all with FOUR kids!) She is absolutely adorable and if you check out her youtube page you'll fall in love with her too. I have already gotten Danica and Kristy obsessed. Not only is she absolutely adorable, she is sweet and kind and really makes a difference in people's lives. I would love to have even a fraction of the impact that she has on people. So, we'll see how this whole thing goes...


Monday, July 18, 2011

"Boats N Hoes!"

For those of you who are unaware, Danica and I are OBSESSED with the movie "Step Brothers". When it was time to plan her Bachelorette Party it was a no-brainer that the theme had to be "Boats N Hoes". If you have never seen the movie, well, first of all, I feel bad for you and you should watch it immediately, but here is the "Boats N Hoes" music video.

Danica and I know EVERY word to that song and find it absolutely ridiculous and hillarious. So, once I had the theme idea the fun began! :) I stumbled upon these ADORABLE light blue and red anchor decoration at Target and that is when the creative juices began to flow.

Once I had the adorable table wear (plates, napkins, cups and silverwear), I thought to myself, we need a photo backdrop. If you know me, you know that I'm obsessed with photos (and photo backdrops). As you can tell, I made one for Danica's 21st birthday also.

So, I bought a red and white tablecloth and two adorable paper lanterns that matched the decor for our "photo backdrop". I made a stop at Alin Party Co. for a personalized banner kit to make a "Boats N Hoes" banner and viola! A photo backdrop! :)

In my opinion, an event isn't an event unless you get t-shirts made. So, I had my friend Frankie at "Triple Force Grafix" help me put together some ADORABLE shirts and tote bags. I made the invitations myself and when I did I found a font that I fell in LOVE with.

So, I sent over the font to Frankie and my design idea and he put together probably the cutest shirts and bags I have ever seen.

Going with the theme I got Danica a capain hat and made a cute sailor hat for all of the other girls.

We got there pretty late on Friday night so we picked up some pizzas, made some drinks, and got right into opening presents! After Danica finished opening her awesome (and somewhat embarassing) gifts, we played a round of "Dirty Minds" and then busted out the Kareoke machine. Who doesn't love Kareoke?!

The shirts and hats were a hit. We wore them all day by the pool on Saturday.

AND we even wore our hats when we went out Saturday night!

We spent Saturday night at the 12th Floor Loung at Fantasy Springs Casino, right up the street from the house. It was so much fun. We started the night off with a couple of bottles of champagne and then we headed downstairs to Lit, the nightclub. It was definitely a great place to people watch. I even added to the things to gawk at when I busted out my "Toddlers in Tiaras" routine. I had everyone hysterically laughing.

It was such a great weekend with such a great group of girls. I can't wait until this weekend when my best friend becomes a Mrs! I'm so honored to be her Maid of Honor and can't wait for this weekend!

Love you Danica! <3

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bachelorette Weekend!

It's finally here! (I say "finally" like it's been forever, when I've really only had about a month to plan it! Haha.)

Danica's "Boats N Hoes" Bachelorette Party weekend!

Today, after Friday traffic, we're gunna be getting the HELL outta dodge before the infamous "Carmageddon" for a relaxing and yet WILD weekend in the desert. I have SO many awesome surprises for not only Danica, but also all the girl invited. It is going to be SUCH a fun weekend. I can't wait to share all of the things that I did, but as of now, everything is still under wraps. :)

Hope you all have a great weekend and stay off the 405!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

What a whirlwind!

It's been almost two months since my last blog post (thats beginning to seem pretty standard). There has been so much going on. Like I mentioned in a previous post I have been working full time which has, unfortunately left very little time for my other "job", my baby clothing line. I miss being out in my garage, or "craft cave" as my roommates have so lovingly renamed it. I've missed being out there with the sound of my ipod being drowned out by the sound of my sewing machine. I miss having burns on my hands from my hot glue gun. I miss letting my creative juices flow for hours on end watching it go from day to night without even realizing it.

I recently had a discussion with my roommate telling her how I'm interested in making Not So Cli-Shéa more than just a baby clothing line, but rather a creative boutique of sorts really encompassing the full range of creative passions that I have and love. So, that's been something that has been being tossed around in my head lately.

On top of my busy work schedule I have been helping my best friend and roommate Danica plan her wedding. I have the honor of being her maid of honor which means the world to me. She recently got chosen to be a bride on the WEtv reality show My Fair Wedding! We were SO excited when we found out that she was chosen! The day after she got engaged I actually applied them for the show because I KNEW that she'd be the PERFECT bride for the show and what do you know... I WAS RIGHT! :) We started filming last Thursday and it was SO much fun. The crew were great and David Tutera was just as incredible as I had imagined. I'm SO excited to see what he's going to do with this wedding because I KNOW it will be amazing.

Hopefully I'll have time to write more about everything later. I just wanted to write SOMETHING to let people know I'm still alive! haha.


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