Vintage Valentines Day Inspiration

Just a week out from Valentines Day, I am officially in love with everything red and pink. For me, I like to strip the commercialism out of Valentines Day and focus on sweet, handmade tokens of affection for the loved ones in my life, which might explain why I love this vintage inspired Valentines Day editorial shoot. With a cozy mix of snowy details, warm mittens, a spread of hot pies and old fashioned candies in red and pink the design really centers on fun, nostalgic details that feel like home. It’s the perfect kind of inspiration for a cold Monday morning.

Vendors –
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styling + design: Bethany Hway
Paper + stationery: Dena Swenson
Floral design: Ginger Floral Design
Bouquets: Jillian’s Whimsical Floral
Bridal attire: Che Bella
Hair + makeup: Lindsay Schlotte

{Photos by Emily Steffen Photography.}


Smock at Judy Paulen Designs! 2 Days Only!

This week I’m headed off to New York City for a couple of great Smock events. I would love to have you come by and say hello! Tomorrow and Tuesday we’ll be offering 25 free letterpress invitations when you buy 75+ (in addition to other fabulous promotions), plus we’ll have champagne and a little love for Valentines Day. If you’re in the market for incredible invitations, you don’t want to miss this. Hope to see you there! xoxo

Monday, February 7th
5pm to 8pm
1282 Third Avenue

Tuesday, February 8th
4pm to 8:30pm
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, 6th Floor


Friday Link Love

Hello, friends! Feeling ready for the weekend? I am attending my cousin’s bridal shower tomorrow in preparation for her April wedding in St. Petersburg, Florida. It will be so nice to have all the ladies together for the afternoon! I hope you have the loveliest weekend. Oh, and just a quick reminder that I’ve been out of town for much of the week dealing with family stuff so please be patient if you’re waiting on an email from me as I am traveling for business through most of next week, too. That’s it for me – happy Friday!

Spotlight: A little about me in a fun interview by Calder Clark Designs.

If you feel so inclined, please vote for The Sweetest Occasion.

Hannah introduced a new project this week. I think it will be swell.

Love this rockin’ Valentines Day t-shirt.

More perfect garland for Valentines Day.

And a little more cupcake cuteness for Valentines Day, too.

Donuts have never looked so good.

Love these save the dates.

Pink, purple, puffy and glittery.

A sweet and simple DIY idea.

The prettiest Mexican wedding inspiration.

{Photo by This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes.}

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Super Bowl Party Inspiration

So here’s the deal. Me? Not a huge football fan. (Or, really, I’m not a fan at all.) With that said, my husband is a massive football fan and so is most of my family, making the Super Bowl a bit of a national holiday in our world. Naturally, I love these cute football themed party ideas from Spaceships and Laser Beams. All of these cute paper details are available in their shop as inexpensive printables, so you’ve still got plenty of time to add a little flair to your Super Bowl party this weekend. Or, tuck this away in your inspiration files for a great birthday party  or a kick off party next football season. In my world you can’t go wrong with little paper bags of pretzels and football helmet cupcake wrappers.

{Photos from Spaceships and Laser Beams.}


What To Wear: Red Carpet Style

All of the Golden Globe and SAG Awards buzz has me thinking about red carpet style and what I would wear if I were to walk the carpet. I always love the stars who look effortless and timeless, with subtle references to current trends. For me I think I’d keep it simple. A long dress in a beautiful rich shade, a stack of two-toned bangles, and touches of sparkle with sequin pumps and a coordinating clutch picking up on the yellow and rose gold of the bangles sounds just about right. I wear my hair cut in a bob, but if it were long I’d tie it back in a simple low chignon. Sweet and chic. What would you wear for a spin down the red carpet?

Dress – J.Crew
Bangles – Brooklyn Arts
Sequin pumps – BCBG
Sequin clutch – BCBG