Monday, October 20, 2014

September Bloom Workshop Recap: Part 1

Our September Bloom Workshop was a little over a month ago and we're leaving tomorrow for Georgia for our final workshop of the year! We just received the gorgeous photos that were taken during the day by the talented Jenn Anibal. We are so blessed to have had her capture the beauty and joy of the event! It's so fun to look back on these pictures and see the ladies who came out in September to learn about blogging, photography and design. It's a true joy to teach about something that your heart is so passionate about!

Here's a little peek into a day in the life of a Bloom Workshop...

Our beautiful venue, Hydrangea Blu Barn

The Rental Company have some of the prettiest chairs and dishes. We loved these white chiavari chairs from them!

Gorgeous chalk calligraphy by {add}Vintage:

The prettiest swag bags with custom calligraphy by Dream State:

STUNNING blooms for Bloom by The Day's Design

Meeting some very fun gals! 

Teaching about social media and the how's and why's of blogging: 

Ashley teaching about photography... 

Our girl, Katie, filming the day for us! See the video here

Giving away all my design knowledge!

Some of our fun door prizes:

The Q&A panel is always the highlight of the day for the attendees. We love having Tieka, Abby, Chris, Jessica and Julie joining us! 

Photography: Jenn Anibal Photography

We couldn't put this event on without our talented sponsors! 
Mugs: Ashley & Malone / Straws, welcome sign & ribbon: Minted / Cake pops (the most delicious ever!): Sweets & Celebrations / Calligraphy signs & notebook lettering: Graceline Calligraphy / Tassels: One Stylish Party / Kraft notebooks: Happy Jewelry Supplies / Daybook Planner: Elle & Company / Floral Tray: Laura Dro Designs / Cheers coasters, with love tags, heart notecards: Lulu & Georgia / Ring dish: The Object Enthusiast / Gold clutches: Sweet Sugar Beet / Polka dot pillow case: Caitlin Wilson Textiles / Candle: Bash Events / Link Bracelet: The Way We Are / Make Design Create Dream Do print: Skoope Home / Mini clutches: This Loves That / Stamps: Paper Sushi / Granola breakfast: Nothin' But Nola 

Tomorrow I will show you how beautiful the styled shoot portion of the day was! I can't wait. It's THAT good. Stay tuned!

Have a lovely week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fill in the Blank: Life Lately

It's Friday and I'm excited about that. I'm trying something new today, just for fun! I found this little game on Megan's blog, which she took from Bridget's blog. Here we go!

Making: Lots of last minute calls, emails, and appointments before Bloom next week in Atlanta. Also, making memories as this is my first Fall in Michigan!

Drinking: All the tea. Always!
Wanting: A new makeup bag. My current one is deteriorating. It's embarrassing. I'm obsessed with this one
Eating: You don't even want to know, or you'll want one, too. Okay, okay...I'll tell you. Ever heard of a scotcheroo? It's a glorious blend of rice krispies, peanut butter, caramel, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. 
Smelling: My pumpkin pie harvest candle. All day, every day.
Wishing: For the holidays to get here quickly! I can't wait to see my family again at Christmas!
Enjoying: Watching The Voice as I'm writing this post. Thank you, TiVo! I didn't have time to watch it on Tuesday, so I'm catching up. This show is my new favorite. I may be late to the party, but I'm glad I've finally arrived :)
Loving: Nashville. Do you watch it, too? My bff and I are obsessed. And Fall in Michigan is beautiful; I'm definitely loving that.
Hoping: Snow will hold off until December. I'm frightened. Especially the driving in snow part. #HELPPPP
Needing: A big glass of water. I'm parched :)
Feeling: How much time do we have here?! Just kidding ;) I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with the next week's events of traveling to a new city for our workshop. Sometimes if I get nervous while traveling, I start to feel sick to my stomach. (I figure that since I just threw this out there it won't happen!) I'm feeling hopeful for my interior design business. I'm working with some really great clients right now! I'm feeling grateful for a wonderful church to be apart of.  Homesick is another feeling that comes in waves for me. Some days I'm beside myself with sadness and want to be in the place I love with all the people I love, and other days I'm quite content. And finally, I'm feeling like a pretty blessed gal to have such a caring guy by my side, even through the tough moments of missing home.
Wearing: Really cute (I kid...) old purple sweats from my college days (I just made it sound like I was in college YEARS ago. I graduated in 2013...ha!) and a t-shirt. It's a glamorous picture, I tell you.
Bookmarking:  She Reads Truth! My favorite way to start my day is in the word, and this website and community have blessed me in my time with Jesus. I can't wait to start the series on hospitality on October 27th. Join me?! 
Noticing: How intense I get when I watch Giants games. Seriously...who AM I?! Why am I holding my breath when Posey is up with a 3-2 count? Michaela...breathe. It's just baseball.  Also, three smiley faces in this one blog post. I have a problem.

Now it's your turn-- answer a few of these in the comments so I can get to know you better!

Have a lovely weekend, friends! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Giveaway: Crochet Gallery Scarf

I can't believe the next Bloom Workshop is next week in Atlanta! This is our first time traveling to a new state and we are beyond excited! I'm also a little nervous about the traveling and all the details coming together :) They always work out, though!

One of our talented sponsors for the workshop next week is giving away one lucky winner an adorable scarf from her sweet etsy shop, full of gorgeous crochet items to keep you cozy in the fall and winter. Friends, meet Crochet Gallery! Sabina is the kind shop owner is giving each workshop guest their very own crocheted hat next week. They are going to LOVE them! Today Sabina is generously giving away one chunky cowl scarf from her shop. It's SO cute for fall!

Such beautiful and fun pieces!

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Thanks, Sabina! Be sure to visit Crochet Gallery on Etsy to stock up on some affordable cozy items for fall :)

Happy Thursday!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Steals: My Favorites from Shopbop 25% off Sale!

Friends! Shopbop is having their biggest sale of the year, so I thought I needed to show you all my favorite styles. I love Shopbop, because it compiles all my favorite designer's items in one store. When they go on sale, you have to act fast though! 25% off is a sale that individual retailers usually don't have. So, here we go!!

1. JEANS. This is the best time to get your jeans or fall and winter! A few years ago I made a promise that I would invest in fewer clothes, and when I did make a purchase, be sure it was a quality  piece. I don't spurge often, but when I do, it's on denim. I've had a pair of AG jeans for almost 5 years now, and they are still going strong! Spending a little more upfront on a classic pair of jeans will definitely help you save in the long run.

2. DRESSES. Who doesn't love a pretty new dress for your holiday parties that are right around the corner?!

3. COATS. It's that time of year to start bundling up-- unless you live in California ;) But here in Michigan I've already pulled out my heavier jackets!

7. SHIRTS & TOPS. Comfy, casual, cute. 

8. SHOES & SCARVES. Get your boots now! I just got this pair of Sam Edelman boots and I can't wait to break them out soon :)

9. HOME. My favorite section! I'm scooping up this 2015 Kate Spade planner. I used the KSNY planner this year and was really happy with it.

So, get to shopping at Shopbop with the code FAMILY25 at checkout for 25% off. Let me know what you get!

Happy Wednesday!

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