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07 Apr

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I am so incredibly honored and blessed to have been invited, along with a handful of other lucky wedding bloggers, to discover The Wonders of Weddings this week in Cabo San Lucas. 

Pinch me because I have escaped the last snowfalls of Minnesota to the insanely stunning paradise of Cabo, hosted by The Westin Los Cabos and The Sheraton La Hacienda. Muy fantastico!

Follow me on Instagram or Twitter for a shot of the action...otherwise, I will be back next week with a recap!

Cheers!

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20 Jan

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All my bags are packed...I'm ready to go...Salt Lake City, here I come!

I can't believe it has already been ONE year since my first Alt Summit as I attended with truly rookie blogger status. While I very much still feel like a rookie, going back to Alt is far less overwhelming this time around as I can hardly wait to see so many friends IN PERSON that I have only been able to email, text and Skype with since last January. 

I have been prepping with outfits, business cards and extra battery packs so I can drink up all of the ridiculous inspiration, creativty, laughs and pretty things! Yes, my cup will runneth over..

I can hardly wait to share all of the Alt-goodness with you and here are a few things at the top of my list:

  • The opulence and hospitality of The Grand America Hotel with it's awesome toy store, patisserie and ultra-comfy beds!
  • My dinner at the The Paris sponsored by the team from Red Stamp. My peeps from MN who are "fabulously social."
  • Keynote speakers: Garance Dore (so cool and one of the most influential women in fashion), Ben Silbermann (Mr. Pinterest!) and Christy Turlington Burns (yes, the stunning model AND founder of Every Mother Counts)
  • Party hoppin' to 11 mini parties. Yes, 11! All styled to nines - each with a different theme and swag to be had!
  • Roundtables and Design Camps where you can get real and get your hands dirty.
  • The Explore. Discover. Dream Party by Cricut where everyone will be sporting all shades of green.
  • Exploring the streets of Salt Lake and its thrift shops and Sundance Film Festival scene - all with the most gorgeous mountains as the backdrop.
  • ...and lots more that I don't even know yet!

So as you can see, I will be distracted and focused all at the same time for the rest of the week! I'll recap as soon as I can but until then, be sure and follow me on Instagram for some snippets along the way - or check out my rookie visit from 2013 here.

Cheers!

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16 Dec

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This is a gem!

Thanks to a couple of great friends, I discovered the cutest neighborhood floral shop in Minneapolis. Brown & Greene. The kind you dream about opening up someday. It's amazing. So warm and friendly and chock full of stunning florals, accessories, home decor and some pretty darn funny greeting cards.

A group of us had the perfect holiday gathering of friends at Brown & Greene to create our own Holiday Centerpieces with the help of shop owner Lyn along with Sarah. What a fun evening! A little bubbly, pretty treats, incredible smells surrounded by fresh greens and great friends. 'Tis the season!

Brown & Greene is a haven of all things beautiful and botanical. So needless to say, it took us a bit to get focused as we meandered throughout the shop, oooed and ahhhed and made piles at the register of things we HAD TO have before we were done.

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Enough shopping and noshing...let the creating begin!

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Makers gonna make. Who knew we were so talented?! (A huge thank you to Lyn and Sarah for your patience, floral genius, matching scarves and sense of humor! Love it.) And thank you Jordi and Dina for hosting this! Now we can proudly deck our tables this holiday season with these beauties...

Cheers!

ps. I can't wait to come back and do this again!! How fun for a bridal shower?!?

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22 Nov

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Going to a Be Crafty Workshop was on my list of Things To Do in 2013. Time was ticking so I was thrilled when I was able to get in on their holiday workshop.

Calling all crafters - and those who long to craft and make pretty things in a pretty space, the Be Crafty Worskhop was absolutely divine! I wish I could do this more often!

The dynamic crafting duo of Amanda and Jessica are as talented as they are cute with infectious personalities and passion for the ultimate craft. Their studio is a crafter and photographer's dream. Urban cool, industrial, natural light, exposed brick, spacious...heaven.

The studio was bubbling over with adorable crafting supplies and accents. All so well-organized and labeled, of course! Chock full of festive treats, drinks and crafters, it was a happy place - the ideal place to make new friends and be creative on this Sunday afternoon.

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Glue guns, glitter and tiny deer...oh my!

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A beautiful mess.

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Finished products...cupcake liner rosettes, glitterized mini clothespins, jar turned gift container using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, stamped canvas bags, ruffle gift tags and embellished kraft box!

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We were also blessed with some fun swag! 

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And with a studio full of crafters and bloggers, photos were a must...I can't wait to see my new friends again!

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Thank you again for an awesome afternoon and helping us "be crafty!" 

Cheers!

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Photos by Jordi Lee Photography

 

29 Oct

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I left my heart San Francisco AGAIN.

I was so fortunate to go to Brit + Co.'s first Re:Make event...and I am so glad I did. It was full of awesome content, awesome people, awesome makers and an awesome vibe. Brit Morin put together one quality event as makers of all types came together to discuss and experience how digital innovations are revolutionizing the way we make.

Lots of good stuff but thought I'd share the faves I discovered, re-discovered and embraced...

A maker is someone who creates inspiration - not just physical products. -Randi Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg Media

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The CatchBox is the coolest (and throwable) microphone on the block. Heads up.

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Generosity begets business.Michael Mina, celebrity chef & author

The time, products and insight provided by all of the sponsors, speakers and vendors was off the charts. It was so comfortable and I loved how everyone was so approachable and helpful. Thank you!

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Always. Rethink. Everything. - Jesse Genet, Lumi

Currently I'm a bit obsessed with Lumi! So worth checking out...you can do a-mazing things when printing fabric with light using the Lumi kits! (And founder, Jesse is pretty brilliant.)

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Legos are fun and never get old. AND we were encouraged to play during the day! I do think I had as much fun with the POP containter from OXO as I did with the Legos.

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Regular people with powerful tools can do extraordinary things. - Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics

3D printing isn't just for making Yoda heads - you can make jewelry, belt buckles and home decor! The 3D printer is predicted to be the home computer of the 21st century.

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Always use the best quality spirits - and add ice last. - Josh Pogash, The Cocktail Guru

This Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky was ridiculously tasty (and that's coming from a non-whisky fan.)

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Emily Henderson. I adore her, her amazing style and her candid take on embracing technology - but most importantly, I love that she was headed to the Twin Cities for the first time for a project with Curbly.

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 London is home to the strongest new brands in fashion. - Aubrie Pagano, Bow & Drape

And...the best bag can be found in unexpected places. Lisa of Zelma Rose carried a gold glittery bag (from J. Crew Crewcuts...yes, the kids catalog!) that was the envy of everyone. Love.

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We're all creative. There are only those who use their creativity and those who don't. - Brit Morin, Brit + Co.

Jolene from Red Stamp knocked out this Brit + Co. String Art | Air Plant Kit during our break! Yes, to creative.

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You can meet someone for the first time and feel like you've known each other forever after just a couple days.

I ADORE Kara and Jolene from Red Stamp and had so much fun hanging with them for the weekend. So smart. So fun. Having withdrawl...and can't wait to see them again soon!

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San Francisco is full of weird and wonderful (and beautiful) and I love it! Plus the weather is the most perfect in October.

Here is some beautiful for you. I would sit in the contemporary patisserie of Craftsman & Wolves everyday if I could. It's yummy and gorgeous.

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I thought this event was a sure hit in it's first year and it will definitely be on my calendar for 2014!

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Cheers!

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26 Jun

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If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that last week I was back in NYC for a few days checking things off my bucket list right and left. For starters, I was one lucky duck who attended Alt Summit NYC!

I'm still walking on sunshine just thinking about the all of the fabulousness those 48 hours contained??!

Alt NYC was held at the offices of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. I have to admit I had butterflies heading down West 26th Street dreaming what would be waiting behind the doors of what a few of us kindly referred to as "Martha's House."

Confirmed. It is the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory of crafting and inspiration. Crisp white everything. Crafting gurus to your right and your left. Beautiful food and pastries lining the entry. Amazing energy and passion oozing from everyone bustling and chatting throughout this magical place.

Martha Stewart and Alt are a match made in heaven as both always pull out all of the stops. So I wanted to give you a glimpse into my day at an event that continues to prove life-changing with relentless support, creativity, inspiration and new friendships.

Welcome to Alt and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia!

Never lacking in smiles and welcome swag...

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Finding my new favorite friends from the de-lish dinner sponsored by Flipboard at Fig and Olive the night before. Meet Jamie of 128 John St. and Nina of Life in Pictures 2013.

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Let the crafting begin...

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Hands down, one of the most impressive things about Alt is the quality of the speakers.

The advice and insight in regards to the dynamics and world of blogging is second to none. While often starstruck by the uber talented, creative, innovative and even ballsy speakers, I am most in awe of their candor, generosity and vulnerability as they are even more impactful when it comes to sharing their gems of genius on life.

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 Blaze your own version of a path.

Surround yourself with positive people and people who welcome change.

Silence = a soft pat on the back. 

We were honored to have THE Martha Stewart stop by and share a few good things. (She is as undeniably poised, stunning and brilliant with a presence as magical as you would imagine! And she even appeared from a little door like Alice in Wonderland...wow!)

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In the words of Martha Stewart...

Bloggers. Curators. Educators. Tastemakers.

You get Martha Stewart Living. 

A huge fan of Martha Stewart's American Made program...we had the chance to hear directly from some amazing makers.

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Turn things that are less than awesome into learning opportunities.

Remember to love. Experience life. Be present.

If you are afraid, you will stay exactly where you are.

It's just cookies.

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Superwoman died of exhaustion.

Creating a life you love with style, grace and fiery spirit.

Believe in your secret sauce.

Pick your spot. Put your flag down. Speak loudly. 

Always time for coffee, snacks, chatting, charging and of course, the infamous business card exchange.

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And one of the speakers I was waiting for all day was Garance Dore. I have long been a fan of her fashion illustration and blog. She has an amazing sense of style, grace and humor. And she was every bit delightful and cool in person.

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It's important to observe and not always react.

Branch out (but stay on the same tree).

Prove yourself everyday...for the rest of your life.

What you say NO to is as important as what you say YES to. It defines you. 

Nothing like capping off this fantastic day with a rooftop cocktail party, good looking servers (you know Martha had cast), party decor only Martha and her team could coordinate...and a candy bar and sweets presented with perfection.

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No Alt is complete without a couple visits to the Smilebooth!

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Looking forward to more inspiration and Alt-goodness next month when I head west to San Francisco...

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Cheers!

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Photos courtesty of Justin Hackworth

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23 May

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NYC bucket list. Get blow out at DreamDry, the ultimate blow-dry bar co-founded by Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes. Check!

As promised, DreamDry wasn't just a salon - it was a destination.

Luxury. Fun. Efficient. I loved every minute of it.

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The energy was fabulous. The people stunning. The products smelled divine. And the glass of champagne was just what I needed...it was heaven and the perfect way to start my weekend in the Big Apple.

I loved the excitement my stylist, Steven had when he found out I was from Minnesota and that this was on my to-do list. Loved seeing co-owner, Robin in there in a gorgeous new braid they were testing. Beautiful and SO NICE!

Steven and I quickly bonded over our favorite TV show, Nashville. And while debating over braids or waves as I flipped thru the iPad of styles, we decided to go for Country Music Star hair and pay homage to Connie Britton and Hayden Pantierre. {giggle} For a girl with stick straight hair (and a girl who wished she could sing!?!), this was DREAM hair.

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I miss DreamDry already. I smell my Oribe products at home and it brings me back. I can't imagine going to NYC without a stop here again! So much fun, takes less than an hour and doesn't cost an arm and a leg! Already booking my appointment for my next trip in June...and I just may have to go for the braids!

Make every day glamorous.

Cheers!

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08 May

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This spring at the Junk Bonanza, Ki Nassauer wanted to showcase inspiration from her first Flea Market Style Weddings magazine with a Wedding Lab!

I LOVED the thought of this...and was even more thrilled when I was asked to help collaborate! Lucky me to work with Ki Nassauer and her uber creative team who has their finger on the pulse of all things cool and vintage. Now to infuse them into wedding themes...Yipee!

Gathering amazing, talented resources and spotlighting four main themes - Natural Elegance, Modern Glam, Bohemian Romantic and Funky Geographic - we were able to create fresh vignettes full of infinite inspiration for brides and vintage shoppers alike! Ideas that easily went beyond a wedding and translated perfectly to home decor and entertaining!

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Inspired by her own wedding (which was featured in Flea Market Style Weddings magazine), Clare Hoelderle of The Red Bench Vintage Rental & Design and Avonlea Farm recreated the rustic barn wedding details from her big day. Perfectly charming and a crowd favorite!

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Modern Glam

Showcasing a variety of metallics, glossy whites, woodland friends and other accents from nature, Kim Yeager of Lark Nest Design and Jane Hall of Mustard Moon, styled an updated lounge featuring classic vintage glam.

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A whimsical vintage photo op set was designed by Christine Hoffman of Foxglove Market & Studio, making for a fab backdrop for guests and the bridal party!

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Always a bit obsessed with maps AND chalk art, myself and Jane Hall of Mustard Moon curated some fabulous travel inspiration for those excited for the "world that awaits"...loved all of the details!

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Ki was in The Lab signing magazines and chatting it up with the shoppers...

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...along with the fun and talented Elizabeth Demos, designer and author of The Vintage Style Wedding, who made the trek from Savannah, GA to shop the Bonanza herself and sign her books and meet the Wedding Lab goers. Loved her and her photographer Jade! (Now I'm excited to plan a visit down to her neck of the woods and check out vintage wedding inspiration Southern style!)

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I loved that we were able to showcase other local partners in The Lab...On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals, Andrea's Vintage Bridal, Bear Fox Chalk, Ashley Fox Designs, Printerette Press, Cake Poppin' MN, Upsy-Daisy and Jeff Loves Jessica.

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The Wedding Lab provided a number of firsts for GetMarried (including a TV interview!), plus we had our own little inspiration zone which was super fun to outfit...but I will say that the real rock stars of my space were the vintage pieces shared by Sarah from On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals. The mint mail sorting hutch was to die for...the sprinkling of cool "smalls" coupled with the Bella chair and pink table were more than adorable and the perfect way to represent GetMarried...a huge thank you to Sarah!

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I loved meeting so many of the shoppers and GetMarried readers! It was especially a hoot seeing so many play #ispygetmarried...the determination and competitive nature in some was entertaining AND awesome. I looked forward to tracking all of the posted photos of the infamous gold horses placed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter...all vying for the prize package featuring MY FAVORITE FINDS from the show. (And there were SO many good ones at this show!)

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What a ridiculously fun experience - and truly an honor to be a part of this crew...one can only hope that this Wedding Lab was the first of many as we all had lots of ideas for a bigger and better Lab!

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And of course, no GetMarried event is ever captured as well (or is as fun) as when my rock star photographer, Jordi of Jordi Lee Photography is in the house! HUGE thanks!

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Looking forward to the next Junk Bonanza in September!

Cheers!

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Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography

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11 Mar

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An A-MAZING giveaway from Ki and The Junk Bonanza!

The Spring show (April 18-20, Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN) will feature The Wedding Lab, a lavish display of vintage-inspired wedding ideas brought to life from the pages of the inaugural issue of FMS Weddings (which is STUNNING mind you)! It will be beautifully staged and chock full of ideas and resources...and Heather from GetMarried on-site!

All we need for you to do is visit our Facebook page by 5 pm CST on  MARCH 17th and leave a comment regarding this post and you will automatically be entered in the random drawing.

See our post from our day at the 2012 Junk Bonanza here. One of the must-do events of the year!

Good luck and can't wait to see you there...

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28 Feb

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Alt Summit. Sigh. Where do I begin?! Smile.

I will preface this post with (1) it's not wedding specific (but keep reading, there's some good stuff!) and (2) it's the coolest thing I've ever done in my career.

A relative newbie on the blogging scene, my journey to the Alt Summit was nearly a year-long process that culminated in Salt Lake City - alongside some of the most talented, friendly, smart, insightful (and stylish!) hipster lady-bloggers in the world (okay, there were a handful of guys). No exaggeration. This was amazing.

Entering the blogesphere less than a year ago (eek!), I knew out of the gates that I needed some insight into this subculture of the infamous blogger. And the first place I looked was some of MY favorite blogs (Say Yes To Hoboken, Camille Styles, Apartment Therapy, Hank & Hunt). At that time, everyone happened to be doing recaps of this illusive "Alt Summit 2012" and what seemed like the mecca of all blogging and cool people.

Alt is defined as the definitive resource for the very serious business of beautiful, brillant blogging.

I'm in! I was immediately determined to figure out how to attend in 2013. The images, the stories, the videos...all so engaging and full of passion and like-minded people. 

Needless to say the process to get a ticket to this wildy-popular event was more stressful than getting tickets to a Madonna concert?!? I was watching Twitter feeds race across the registration page while I deliberated over dinner and class options that were filling up right before my eyes. Yoga breathing required. While the event sold out in a crazy 30 minutes, gratefully I was in (and so was my photographer!) AND better yet, we had a room on-site at The Grand America Hotel (ummm...a ridiculously GRAND place more than worthy of its name.)

Months passed and I kept hyping up my pilgrimage to Salt Lake City and Alt to my friends, family and anyone who would listen...who are we kidding?! (many had no clue what I was talking about but either appreciated my passion - or called me crazy!) Well... I am more than happy to (finally) report that Alt exceeded all expectations...and yes, I may be a little crazy.

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I am told I light up when I talk about what an incredible experience it was and can't help but share some of what I learned - even to the non-blogger folk. First of all, the HUGEST of thank yous to Jordi of Jordi Lee Photography who joined me on this journey with her own great energy, enthusiasm and even blog crushes. (Yes, how lucky am I to have had a photographer join me and capture the three days - AND be the best roomie and seat saver ever!?!)

While I have a whole notebook full of notes, here are some things that resonated with me as I digest all of this gourmet food for thought...and not all are about rock star blogging...great life lessons too.

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 And a few other gems that I took home (no round table needed...)

  • Business cards can be your best accessory.
  • Buy a pair of pretty scissors.
  • Get some cute glasses and learn to do a top knot.

Now here's some eye candy from the wondrous three days (so hard to narrow down from 600+ photos?!)...hope you get a good feel for the magic of Alt.

The Welcome Dinner sponsored by Minted, complete with the cutest party decor from their new line (I love this stuff!) and a great group of bloggers...

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The BING lounge...the perfect place to recharge, be inspired and even photo booth!

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Quickly making connections and new friends...

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and more friends! So cool to meet people in person that you only knew virtually!

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The Land of Nod lounge was a crafting fairyland filled with paper crowns, embellishments and macarons...a fun retreat.

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And the shoes were just as fun as the business cards...

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 FABULOUS sessions where I wish I could have cloned myself and attended more!

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An over-the-top Clue-inspired evening fete where the Ballroom was transformed into a giant Clue board!

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And for the final evening we celebrated with NINE mini parties oozing with swag, inspiration and of course, a dance party!

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It makes me smile seeing these images again and again...what awesome ongoing inspiration and memories. 

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I look forward to all of the friendships and connections made - and the next Alt! Hmmm...San Francisco or NYC? Decisions...

Cheers!

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Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography

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01 Oct

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Feeling like a kid in a candy store...I flat out heartPink the Junk Bonanza! It is truly the best junk roundup in the nation.

Just imagine three days of vintage treasure hunting and digging through stunning antiques, salvage vintage, and re-purposed and artisanal pieces.

And who else was in the house among the 140+ vendors?...Etsy, a team from Chalk Paint purveyor Annie Sloan Unfolded, Tim Luke, star of HGTV's "Cash in the Attic," and of course, the phenomenal Junk Bonanza team led by Ki Nassauer!

Up with the sunrise and other Early Bird ticket holders, the anticipation is always crazy. Happy people, coffee and donuts, bags and baskets waiting to be filled with day's treasures.

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The calm before the storm...felt like the night before Christmas!

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And the gates are open!

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You can't help but be inspired by the passion and creativity of those fondly known as "junkers" and their one-of-a-kind wares.

{The colors. The textures. Eye candy.}

 

With no reproductions allowed, everything is truly vintage, salvaged or re-purposed.

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I was loving all of the maps and globes EVERYWHERE! Trend alert. 

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Such a great place to find inspiration and fun ways you can infuse vintage into your wedding!! Look at all these ideas?!?

And especially exciting news is that Flea Market Style is launching their Wedding magazine in January 2013. I even got a sneak peek at a photo shoot. Great stuff!

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And it was so fun bumping (literally!) into friends and making new ones...it was THE place to be!

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It can be quite overwhelming. Decisions, decisions. My biggest piece of advice is if you see and like it buy it because chances are good it will be gone when you come back - and if it's still there then it was definitely meant to be!

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A special props to my friend and photographer, Jordi of Jordi Lee Photography. Never possible without her passion, sense of humor and perfect images!

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We had the most awesome day meeting everyone, capturing the energy of the Junk Bonanza and even leaving a little Get Married love throughout the market...

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I encourage anyone who LOVES vintage, is looking for inspiration or needs an excuse to go shopping with friends mark the Junk Bonanza on your calendar (and get the Early Bird tickets!) and join the Junk Revolution!

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For the first time, the Junk Bonanza is moving to twice-a-year with the next being in April 2013 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Check it out....we will!

Cheers!

signatureHeather o

 

29 Aug

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I am loving these cool wedding marketplaces popping up everywhere.

Here's my latest find - Fizz & Frills.

Super cute name aside...what an amazing event if you are anywhere near the Pasadena area and have some wedding shopping to-dos!?!

A place to shop from highly curated designers and artisans coupled with gourmet food tastings and fashions shows. Perfect.

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This event is hosted by Utterly Engaged, an online magazine and produced by Lovely Jubilee, an event design & personal styling company - and the vendor list rocks!

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If anyone is lucky enough to attend, I would love to hear what you think?!? I am thinking I may need to head to West to check it out...

Cheers!

signatureHeather o

 

Photos via Fizz & Frills

 

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25 Jul

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Between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Summer Olympics...not to mention the ongoing fairytale romance of Wills and Kate, London is the perfect backdrop for some brilliant wedding details.

Here's what I find to be truly the bee's knees when infusing some British charm...

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Absobloodylootely irresistible. How does one not fancy all these British lovelies and want to jump the pond for a visit??! Let's go!

Cheers!

signatureHeather o

 

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16 Jul

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I was in Chicago over the weekend...one THE best cities...and fell in heartPink with this amazing retail shop on Michigan Avenue.

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A British High Street retailer rooted in vintage + fashion-forward. Where glamour meets grunge in the most beautiful way.

The dresses and skirts were literally breathtaking...

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 Definitely some super cool options for less traditional bridesmaid or even bride's reception dresses... 

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I left with an amazing pair of boots and a handful of things on my wish list! (There is a dress that I just may need to order for an upcoming rehearsal dinner...)

A worthy stop online and an absolutely must-see in person. Stunning.

Cheers!

signatureHeather o

 

20 Jun

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OMG. If you ever have the opportunity to attend an Indie Wed show, jump on it!!

What is Indie Wed, you ask? Well, Indie Wed is the alternative to the traditional bridal expo - considered wedding planning redefined.

I love this event for so many reasons...the support of small local businesses, truly unique talent, ideas and products, the embracing of couples with an independent spirit - and a cool, intimate setting that feels like a cocktail party AND artisan market at the same time. Heaven.

To date the Indie Wed shows have been strictly in the Midwest...but rumor has it they are expanding nationally in 2013! Super exciting. Their next show is in Denver on July 31st (their Rocky Mountain debut- and in my mind, a perfect place for this event!)

After attending my first Indie Wed show in Milwaukee, I give it a definite thumbs up - and even recommend it for those who just love cool, unique inspiration for fashion, entertaining, food, paper goods, photography...not necessarily just wedding. They pick such great venues to host the show & market!

Here is a peek at the Milwaukee show...

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 Who knows? Maybe I will see you mingling with a cocktail, dancing to the live music or browsing the market at one of these upcoming events...

Cheers!

signatureHeather o

 

 

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