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I’m in love with these wedding cakes from Susie Cakes Bakery and Sweet and Saucy Shop. I particularly love the simplicity of the bottom cake and the lotus pods add a touch of whimsy. Also digging those natural wood stumps…note to self: FIND THEM!

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Whoa. I didn’t blog at all yesterday – nuts! I was so slammed with work and projects, I stayed up until 1am working away and hopped out of bed this morning at 6:30am to get back on my computer. Not complaining, though. I LOVE being busy!

So I’ve been totally slacking on my floral arrangements. I went through a phase where I bought fresh flowers everyday and was running out of vases to store them in. Needless to say, the house has been pretty lacking in the bright flower department…until now. I’ve discovered a store close to my house called Maison Bertet and it’s a super swanky, upscale, modern outdoor furniture and accessories boutique (trust me, I can’t afford much here!) But a couple days ago, I wandered in during an errand day and found these bright and colorful paper flowers that were smiling at me and saying, “Take me home! You don’t have to water me or change out my vase…I stay good forever!” I normally don’t like anything except fresh flowers but these were so kitschy cute and modern, I bought three and they now proudly sit around the home. The colors add just enough pop to our near-white house to give it a fun and playful edge.

Not sure if this sale is going on at all J.Crew stores, but the one by my house had these leather sandals marked down to $29.99 with an extra 30% off! What a great deal. The total with tax came out to $23 and we’re talking about some nicely made in Italy sandals with a really cute hot pink strap. If you’re a sandal/thong/flip flopĀ aficionado like me, I urge you to check out your local J.Crew store and see if they have this sale going on. I just checked their website and all they have on sale are these Leather Capri sandals (no pink) and going for $39.50 (select colors only).

If you live in the Manhattan Beach or El Segundo area and have not tried Tin Roof, go! It’s got a tasty lunch and dinner selection and a little bocce ball strip out front (the restaurant is styled like a rustic vineyard). I went there for lunch today and had their delicious Ahi Tuna Salad doused in a mustard-y ginger dressing. Bon appetit is right!

Yes!! I am officially going to be a contributing designer to High Gloss Magazine – yippee!! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a beautiful online publication put together by the equally beautifulĀ Paloma Contreras (click here to read more about her). The online magazine covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle and decor and consists of pages and pages of eye candy. Needless to say I am thrilled and already working on my first feature for the next issue. Go check out the current issue, on e-stands now!

I’m still obsessing over Jennifer McGarigle’s backyard design and this picture just inspired me to re-think having a backyard wedding/intimate dinner reception. I love the terraced backyard so that one table sits a bit higher than the other one…definitely adds depth and interest to the ambience. Also loving the candlelight, lanterns hanging from trees and, of course, the beautiful floral arrangements from Floral Art LA’s owner. It’s simple and cozy and romantic…and all in the privacy of your own backyard.

Sorry, way too excited I had to post this. Mr. UPS just dropped off my much anticipated package after I finished yoga at home and I ripped through the box, hugged my brand new Wacom Intuos4 tablet and am having lots of tablet playtime right now. I can’t wait to master the pen so I can write straight across šŸ™‚ Happy early bday to me!