Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Perfect Gift Box

If you know me, you that my love language is found in handwritten notes and gifts. I love love love to give special little things to friends and family (hey, it's fun to receive them, too!) Fun fact: a handwritten note from my boyfriend melts my heart more than going out on a date sometimes :) 

Anyways! All of that leads me to one of my new favorite finds: BOXFOX.  If you love gift giving, you will quickly fall in love as well! Sometimes we don't have enough time to shop for and then ship the perfect gift to our mom, sister, or BFF, so the geniuses behind BOXFOX do it for you! You can shop pre-curated gift boxes OR build your own! If you want to send a little motivation to a friend who loves working out, you'll love the Move box. Have a friend who just became a new mom? The Hey Mama box is perfect. Can't think of the best way to ask your girls to be your bridesmaids? Send them a Bridesmaids BOXFOX. (Seriously tucking this idea away for future use!)

Chelsea, the owner and creative director behind the gift box shop, let me build my own BOXFOX and the day it arrived was one of the happiest mail days I've ever experienced. Want to see what I included? 

First, I have to note the quality of the pale blush boxes is incredible. 

In my box was a static spray I keep in my car now, just incase static gets the best of one of my outfits on the way to a client meeting. I also got the yummiest smelling Gardenia candle, bath salts for a nice foot soak (after teaching a workshop, this is the only thing that remedies tired feet!), a pink water bottle to carry on the go (I try to drink 2-3 of these per day), and jewelry cleaner wipes.

These bling wipes are quite amazing. My rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings have never looked better.

I sent a BOXFOX as a birthday gift to a friend and she loved it so much-- almost as much as I loved putting it together. Best part? The gift boxes are affordable and at different price points, perfect for every budget. So, who's going to send a Boxfox next time they're in need of a birthday gift, bridesmaid present, or a just-because token? This girl is! I'm even thinking of making these my client gifts at the end of a design project. If you're a current client of mine pretend you didn't read that ;)

If you could chose any box in their shop, which one would you pick out?


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Home Decor Favorites

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is popping with amazing deals on clothing and accessories, but have you overlooked the Home department?! If so, I'm showing you all my favorite interior picks from the sale. I love Nordstrom for their easy, neutral and classic aesthetic. I bet you do as well! Here are some faves:

I ADORE that bar cart and heaven help me-- those Mr. & Mrs. glasses?! I might need those one day ;) Add a touch of rustic glam to your bathroom or kitchen with these brass soap dispensers. Do you have ugly countertops like I do in my kitchen and bath? You can dress it up with a little marble tray!

You can find the clothes and accessories sale here. I pulled all my favorite things from the sale and showed you last week! Did you get anything yet? 

Enjoy your Thursday! This week is flying :)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Branded Images

On Monday we hosted Bloom in Charlotte, and I've stayed a few extra days to spend time with my friends Lauren and Andrea. Yesterday Andrea took some beautiful photos for my blog and website. She's a pro at taking beautifully curated, soft and brand-appropriate images. It's so important to have images like these for your business. It helps your brand look professional! For more reasons on why to have pictures like these for your website, read this post by Elle & Company. Don't be fooled though, it's not as easy as it looks! We were styling these images for well over 4 hours. I wanted to give you a sneak peek into the process.

Though this above set up looks like a desk, it's actually a coffee table. By setting up the camera at the level of the coffee table top, it makes it appear like a desk or table.

A tripod is key for shoots like these. It helps avoid any shaking, allows you to shoot at a higher aperture to get all the details in crisp focus. Like I always tells guests at The Bloom Workshop, it's also key to keep checking the photo in the camera (or on the computer screen in this case), because it can look so different than it does to the naked eye. Sometimes details need to be moved just a hair to make the image even better.

We played around and added my planner to the mix below:

You can see that the left side feels too heavy with the planner, so I switched that flower arrangement with the one on the right, and it makes a huge difference. The smaller flower arrangement had to move to the left side in order to make the visual weight of the image evenly distributed.

Professional photos by Andrea Pesce Photography

Kind of fun, right?! I can't wait to share more in the coming months! 

Do you have branded photos for your brand, shop or website?

Happy Wednesday! Don't forget Registration for The Bloom Workshop opens at 12pm EST TODAY!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Home Tour: Neutral & Contemporary

My Domaine  via Alvahem

Oh, this bedroom. All the textures, the oversized art, the chandelier. All the things! Other than the bedroom in this apartment, the kitchen is another favorite space. I love how the backsplash glistens and how all of the plants in the space bring in texture and a rich, green hue. The key to a neutral space is loading it with textures and this home has accomplished the art of that perfectly! Between the pattern on the rug, the painted wood floors, textured wallpaper, luxurious white bedding, plants and more, this space is anything but boring.

What's your favorite element of the home?

If you'd like to follow along with The Bloom Workshop today, I'm in Charlotte teaching a La Petite Bloom class! Follow along on Instagram #bloomcharlotte #bloomtheworkshop

Happy Monday!

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