Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Natural and Organic Baby Gifts

There is a brand new baby in the family (!) and wanting to gift her with something special, I poured over the internet looking for natural, organic, eco-friendly options (yes, I live in Los Angeles and do consider myself a granola-eating hippie on occasion). Hoping you find something you like amongst these wonderful, natural finds!

These natural wood, toy storybook blocks are so amazing I want a set for myself! There are many options: Curious George, Peter Rabbit, Disney themed, Periodic Table themed...the list goes on.  
These blocks are handmade by BlockPaperScizzors

Personalized baby gifts are so special and unique. 
How about this set of Four Personalized Natural Bamboo, Wood Engraved Baby Spoons by Teal's Prairie & Co.

This little Baby Bamboo Beach Robe is sooo adorable. As a beach robe or bath robe, this cruelty-free, dye & color additive free, GMO free robe makes for a lovely gift.

No sulfates, no tears, non-comedogenic and non-irritating, this 
Calendula Horsey Tote by California Baby is an all-natural mama's dream.

Baby shoes have to be one of the cutest things. These organic Guava Boots by Goumi Kids are "the industry’s first two-part closure for a baby bootie - making it easy for single-handed on and off.  Smart stay-put design allows baby’s feet to retain the heat they so easily lose in their newborn days." 

Made with the finest Egyptian cotton, this Bunny Blanket found on Our Green House,  
triples in efficiency to cover teething, security and snuggling.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rome, Italy

In May, Nic and I had the time of our life on our honeymoon in Europe. We traveled through Italy and France stopping in Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Venice, Nice, Monaco and Paris. We're finally getting some time to edit our photos so I thought I'd roll out these blog posts city by city. First stop, Rome. The temperature was a comfortable 69F to 72F degrees while we were there which made walking around easy and enjoyable. 

Rome Travel Tips
  1. Tours: The tours are really worth it. We booked two through Walks of Italy and were really impressed.
  2. Google Drive: Save all of your documents and maps to "offline" mode in Google Drive, this was key for us when we didn't have access to internet. Download the Drive app onto your phone, looking at your documents, click on the little "i" and there you will see an option to "Keep on device." 
  3. Stay at a Hotel with Free Internet: Most hotels have free internet. This was key. We did not have to invest in an international phone plan because it was so easy to check emails and make FaceTime and Skype calls when needed. Other than that, we really didn't need a phone service.
  4. No Bloody Mary's: Don't even try ordering a Bloody Mary-- I tried multiple times at multiple places and was grossed out each time. Now, if you do find a good one, let me know so I can update this post. 
  5. Tipping: You don't have to tip there like we do in the states. In the beginning we were leaving 20% tips and tipping cab drivers-- we were told numerous times that cab drivers don't expect a tip and that restaurants only expect a 5%-10% tip. That said, I got the feeling that because we are Americans they were expecting us to tip more...
  6. Travel Light: This goes without saying-- travel lightly. Let's just say that wedges + suitcase  + cobblestone = nightmare. Don't even try to take a suitcase without 4 wheels. Just don't do it.
  7. Allergy Medicine: Bring it just in case. We were fine in LA, but the second we got to Rome, we were hit with some pretty bad allergies. During this time of year in Rome, there are these little cotton-like things from the trees floating through the air.
  8. Leverage Jet Lag: Take advantage of your jet-lag and go to the Colosseum at sunrise! After sleeping for 15 hours one day/night, we woke up at 3a and made it down to the Colosseum by 5a. We were able to get such great photographs and there was no one there! 

 // inside the Colosseum //

  // inside the Colosseum, you can see where they re-built part of the stage on the left //

// the Colosseum at sunrise //

 // the Pantheon //

 // the Pantheon //

  // inside the Pantheon //

 // Basil and Lemon Gelato //

 // Trevi Fountain //

  // somewhere near the Spanish Steps //

 // first Selfie??? //

// Villa Borghese //

// Villa Borghese //  

 // Villa Borghese // 

// Villa Borghese // 

  // inside the Vatican //

 // the Vatican //

 // the Forum //

 // le photographer @nicamp //

All photos taken in this post (except for 2) were taken and edited by the wonderful Mr. Nic Camp. 

 // walking the streets of Rome //

Friday, March 21, 2014

Our Bohemian-Bling Beach Wedding: Tulum, Mexico


As most of you know, my now husband, Nicholas and I got married last year on 11.11.13. Surrounded by our family and closest of friends, we were married by Mayan shamans on the soft, white sand of Tulum, Mexico.

Our wedding was inspired by our love for travel, the ocean, the unconventional and my love for glitter and all things sparkly. We put a lot of thought in to how we could personalize and add meaning to our wedding and ended up making most everything from our wedding invitations to the programs to the 65+ friendship bracelets that we included in everyone's welcome bags. An experience never to be forgotten, there is not one thing that I would change about this magical day.

It took me a good month to create these 100+ hand-made invitations. 
All artwork and design was created by me. The address stamp I purchased from Red Cloud Boutique.




We used this picture to create our Thank You (post)Cards.

Nic created a book filled with pictures of us and all of our family and friends that were in attendance. He left blank pages for people to write on in the book using some of my watercolors from the wedding invitations.

How adorable are these custom dolls, gifted to us by a dear friend. 
We managed to bring them from LA to Mexico and back without crushing them!

Our tables were named after things that are very important to us: Family, Friends, Love, Hope and Dreams.

Sticking with the beach theme-- our escort cards/wedding favors were messages in bottles. Little glass bottles with cork tops that contained a hand-written sentiment for each guest. The messages were written on gold glitter paper and rolled in to the bottles. I created and painted each heart-shaped name tag to be unique and Nic wrote the guests name and table in each.

Purchased in Tulum, the beautiful ever so perfect, handmade box was gifted to us by dear friends at our wedding and included on our welcome table.

You can't see our little birdie cake-toppers in the cake shot above, but here they are. Handmade by Skye Art, these adorable little birds now sit in our living room.

Photographer: Del Sol Photography // Venue: Dreams Resort & Spa, Tulum, Mexico // Officiant: Eventos Luz // DJ: DJ Doremixx // Wedding Invitations: i make pretty // Hair: Dreams Resort & Spa + Skin By Gina // Makeup: Skin By Gina and Sewon Kim // Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero, Panache Bridal Beverly Hills // Groom's Suit: J.Crew // Veil: Weddings & Dreams // Wedding Rings: XIV Karats, Beverly Hills // Bride's Necklace: Baublebar  

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