BEBEsm-9160Sometimes you need to create just for yourself. Do fun stuff. Be inspired. Some pals helped me out last week, and helped create some fun magic at the Blue Eye Brown Eye studio. Just because we wanted to. That Beyoncé vase is my favorite thing in life, by the way.

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I was so inspired by this color palette we were playing with in the vignettes above. The bold black and white juxtaposed with all of those colors…I’m telling you, if I was planning a wedding today, I think it would look a lot like this.

Thanks to my talented pal, Abby Hubley, for the floral design, and Amanda Lackey for the photos.

LA

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Last October, I traveled to LA for another round of classes with designlovefest. While always excited to visit LA, this trip was a little more special because my bestie, Anna, came along! Classes were held at the new designlovefest studio, which is totally beautiful, and Anna captured some lovely photos I wanted to share with you.

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Between classes, Anna and I found time for plenty of fun (perhaps too much fun), and some delicious food. Highlights include: out hotel (The Line), dinner at Bestia, cocktails at The Ace, a stroll down Abbot Kinney, and a night to remember at Break Room 86.

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All images by Anna Routh Photography

aprylann_tatefarm_103When I have the opportunity to collaborate with vendors that are not only so talented, but are also my friends, it’s such a special thing to watch their creativity unfold. Back in the fall, I participated in a shoot styled by Cakewalk Bake Shop at the new venue, Summerfield at Tate Farms. It was fun, inspiring, and magical to be on a working Texas farm. All photos are by Apryl Ann Photography, and you can see more on Green Wedding Shoes.

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Featured on Green Wedding Shoes today is a beautiful shoot I feel lucky to be a part of. Check out Green Wedding Shoes for even more photos, but here are a few of my faves.

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Vendor team includes: Sara & Rocky Photography, Blue Lotus (florals), Cakewalk Bake Shop (cakes), Sweet Pea Events (planning), Love Dose Beauty (make up), White Sparrow Barn (venue – this barn is beautiful, check it out), Danica Rey (hair) Fresh and Polished (men’s styling)

Minneapolis

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Minneapolis is a city I visited many years ago and swiftly fell in love with it. My previous visit was during the summer months, though, so this visit during the first week of March was a stark difference. This Texas girl was not prepared for the negative temperatures, but it did not stop Anna and me from exploring.

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The purpose of the visit was to teach a couple of calligraphy classes at the Mae Mae & Co., which was a lovely experience. Megan of Mae Mae is a talent I have admired for many years, and it was a pleasure to meet her in person and see she was quite dear! I asked Anna, my best friend and photographer extraordinaire to come along with me, and below is a small glimpse of our favorite things. If ever you have the opportunity to visit Minneapolis, you must! So much to see, do, and eat.

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I taught two classes while in Minneapolis, and three creative ladies helped make this pretty table scape happen. A Day in Provence provided beautiful, springlike arrangements for the table. They smelled so delightful! The Faux Martha, aka Melissa, made the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen with the pink hearts, along with yummy vanilla bean mini donuts.

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Megan, owner and creative genius behind Mae Mae & Co., opened up the doors to her downtown studio. I loved getting to know her better.

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When Anna and I weren’t at Mae Mae & Co., we were shopping, eating or sipping on wine. I think without question our favorite dining experience was our first night at The Bachelor Farmer.

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Food, atmosphere and service were so on point at this cozy spot with its own micro farm on the roof. Highly recommend.

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Just across the street from The Bachelor Farmer was a beautifully present store called The Foundry. Pristine whites, neutral colors, and special home pieces can be found here. I bought a tiny white scoop for my kitchen – just because I felt I needed it. Oh, also some of those towels hanging on the door. I love them.

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Three other shops to note are Wind & Willow Home, Mille, and Lunalux Letterpress. We spend a good time speaking to the owner at Wind & Willow and we truly loved her simple aesthetic with bold colors. Mille has an eclectic mix of things for your home, things for your body, and things to wear. The ladies at Lunalux took time to speak with us about their craft, and we especially enjoyed the black cat tucked amongst the merchandise.

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Right next door to Lunalux is The Third Bird, a restaurant by which you enter through the alley and dine next to a giant pink bird on the wall. We loved it.

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Other stops/eats of note were our particularly and carefully crafted lattes at Spyhouse Coffee, our late night Italian fare at Bar La Grassa, our afternoon at The Walker Art Center, and late night cocktails at Psycho Suzi’s.

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All photos by Anna Routh Photography.