Celebrating Grandparents

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Posting is going to be light today as my family will be paying our final respects to my grandfather later this morning. That said, I couldn’t get resist taking a moment to recognize the special and inspiring role grandparents play in our lives. Due to my parents remarrying, I’m incredibly lucky to have had six wonderful people fill this part of my life. Sadly, over the past few years I’ve had to say good bye to a few of them and it touches me every time that grandparents are so completely irreplaceable in our lives. Maybe that’s why I love seeing how Chelsea of Frolic and her family celebrate her grandmother’s birthday every year – she just turned 102! Check out how they celebrated 98, 99, 100, and 101, too. And make sure to give your grandparents a big hug.

Many thanks for all of your well wishes and condolences here and on Twitter. See you back here tomorrow when we’ll get back to partying like rockstars! xoxo

{Photo by Chelsea Fuss for Frolic.}

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Summer Cottage Love + Happy Weekend

After a brave fight and two very long weeks of sitting vigil, we said goodbye to my grandfather last night. Much of the next several days will be spent with my family as we pay our respects, so it may be a little quiet around here for a short bit. Thinking about this wonderful man that so many people loved so very much, I can’t help but think about his love for the family cottage where he preferred to be more than any other place on earth even well into his 80s. It’s the place where everyone gathers to celebrate, to savor and to just be. Fishing and swimming off the dock, reading books, playing lawn games, going kayaking. His spirit will be there with us forever. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Hug someone you love, soak up every moment. xoxo

{Photos by Riki Tiki Tembo | Need Supply Co. via Kinfolk | Ginny Branch via You Are My Fave.}

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An Ice Cream Break

I’ve been home with family much of the last two weeks, sitting vigil at the hospital where my nearly 87 year old grandfather is putting up one good last fight. It has been so nice to be able to spend this time together as a family, but we’re all starting to grow weary. I think an ice cream break may be in order this evening. Doesn’t this homemade dark chocolate ice cream look just perfectly delicious?

{Photo by Pick Yin.}

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The Sweetest Balloons (Ever)

There’s something about balloons. They’re so nostalgic and whimsical, it’s like instant happiness for me when I come upon a big bunch. I mean, there’s a reason why big oversized balloons have taken the world by storm over the last few years. Haven’t been bitten by the balloon love bug? Feast your eyes on these gorgeous balloons from Geronimo Balloon Troopers and you’ll see what I mean. I dare you not to smile.

Geronimo is featured in 100 Layer Cake’s pop-up shop this week. Don’t miss it!

{Photos from Geronimo Balloon Troopers.}

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Mid-Century Modern Wedding Style

I’m such a sucker for great mid-century modern furniture and design so I loved seeing how Andrea Hubbell, Soiree and Rock Paper Scissors came together to bring that same style to this wedding inspiration shoot. With clean styling, furniture that sings of fabulous 1950s design, textural and modern florals and a martini bar, the design here is all about pairing rich patterns and funky colors like burnt orange and olive paired with crisp black and white. Throw in a fondue station and a cigar bar and you’ve got a rockin’ party.

Vendors –
Event planning + styling: Soiree / Photography + styling: Andrea Hubbell / Stationery + paper goods: Rock Paper Scissors / Floral design: Floral Images / Table settings: Festive Fare

{Photos by Andrea Hubbell.}

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