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I’ve been super into color lately and I’m trying to do a better job of infusing it into my every day life – particularly my work space.  I’m such a neutrals gal to the core, but there’s something about a pop of color on a pillow or photograph that just brings life to a space.  I found this image floating around the web and was able to track down the photographer.  It just makes me want to travel and explore the world!  Anyway, just thought I’d pass it along in case anyone was looking for a Thursday pick-me-up.  What inspires you?  Xo

Wine Wednesday | Radiant Orchid Granita

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Happy #WineWednesday! You know those projects that come across your desk and you just cringe at the thought of having to tackle them?  This one was it for me. I honestly can not remember being so stuck creatively – ever. When Pantone announced its color of the year for 2014, a part of me died inside. To go from Emerald Green (hello, best color EVER), to a bright purple hue inspired by my least favorite flower on the planet, seriously bummed me out. Fast forward a few weeks into 2014 and our PR firm was asking for us to whip up some sort of Radiant Orchid concoction. WHY.

I spent forever trying to figure out a way to make this happen.  I knew whatever wine we used needed to be virtually colorless (Sparkling) and that there needed to be some sort of mixer that was a borderline unnatural shade of purple to make the entire look come together.  I can’t say I’ve ever tested, tried and mixed so many ingredients in my life to make it happen, but it finally worked and I was floored with the results.  Of course the primary ingredient ended up being one simple, pretty natural thing – Blueberry Lemonade.  Seriously?  After all of that?!

You know how they say your greatest challenges often wind up being your biggest rewards?  This one was it.  I could not be happier with how it turned out.  Thank you, amazing PR firm for challenging me to think outside of the box… you girls absolutely rock :-)

Check out a few of my favorite outtakes from the shoot and the full recipe below.  Cheers!!!

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Prep: 5 minutes
Total time: 3-6 hours

Serves: 8-10 (depending on glass size)

Ingredients
1 (750ml) bottle of ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine
1 liter blueberry lemonade

Directions
1) Pour blueberry lemonade into an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish and freeze for 1-2 hours.
2) Carefully remove freezing lemonade from freezer. Using a fork, scrape the mixture until the consistency is slushy throughout (lemonade will be more frozen toward the outside edges of the dish when you start).
3) Put the mixture back in the freezer for 1-2 hours and repeat two more times. Scraping the mixture prevents it from freezing into a solid brick of ice and maintains the slushy, icy consistency that is so delicious about a granita :-)
4) Scoop granita mixture into glasses (we used champagne coups) and top with ONEHOPE Sparkling wine. Cheers!

Feeling Blue

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Last week was super emotional… To the nth degree.  Over the course of the past 2 weeks, we’ve had some big personal obstacles and I really hadn’t been that down in the dumps in a while.  Do you ever have those weeks when you just feel blue?  Thankfully, the 4th of July rolled around at just the right time and instead of throwing a big bash like we’d originally planned, we opted to spend time together – just the two of us and a few close friends for the fireworks.  It really was all that I needed to feel whole again.

A few weekends ago, Jake was out of town and I biked up to the Manhattan Beach pier alone.  I parked my bike, grabbed a sandwich at my favorite deli and walked the pier until I could walk no further.  It’s funny and so cliche that some of the simplest things really are what make you the happiest, but that day, I was completely overcome with joy and gratitude.  My heart and soul felt full and I was bursting with sheer bliss.  Some days when we’re doing the daily entrepreneur grind, feeling like we’re scraping by and wondering when we’re ever going to start saving for a house… or a wedding, I forget why we live here.  Days like this day at the Manhattan Beach pier remind me why I moved here and why it’s all worth the wait.

Here’s to simplifying, getting past the daily noise and filling your life with gratitude.  Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

 

Blair Bear Turns ONE!

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Happy, happy Monday!  I hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for the short 4th of July week we have ahead!  Woohoo!

S0… I’ve been dying to share this party!  It’s as cute as can be and was featured on Style Me Pretty Living - pinch me!   The last time I posted, I ran through the steps to create your own tissue paper fringe backdrop that we used for Blair Bear’s Birthday Bash.  It’s one of my favorite DIY’s to date so if you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over here to see :-)  Our EVP of Sales at ONEHOPE is a dear friend (you might remember her from here) and just over a year ago, she welcomed the cutest little girl into the world.  Blair seriously has the absolute biggest personality and I could not wait to help her momma out with her first birthday party.  Tiffany found a Panda Bear print that she loved at the Land of Nod, so we used that for inspiration for the color palate (mint, coral, pink, gold and white) and went from there.  AND, since it happened to be around the same time we were launching our ONEHOPE Mimosa Bar, we decided to use it that day for the adults and set up an almost identical version (minus the bubbly of course) for the little ones.  We created the tissue paper fringe backdrop for the Mimosa Bar and a fun tissue paper pouf version for the juice bar :-)  In all, we had so much fun putting this together and not a single detail was overlooked.  Check it out and view all of the vendors at the end!  Xo

PS: The Mimosa Bar + Bubbly for the party provided over 50 meals to children fighting hunger.  Cheers to that!

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{Every case of ONEHOPE’s Sparkling wine provides 25 meals to children fighting hunger – so perfect for the adults to enjoy during a kid’s party}

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Vendors/Sources
Mimosa Bar - ONEHOPE Wine
Sparkling - ONEHOPE Wine
Event Design and Florals -
Invitations - Five Two Eight 
Photography – Kylie Chevalier
Desserts - Take Two Etc.
Tissue Paper for fringe, garlands and poms - Koyal
Lanterns - Koyal
Linens - La Tavola

DIY Fringe Backdrop

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I LOVE a solid DIY with pretty turn-key results and this one is just that!  When our EVP of Sales, Tiffany, asked for my help throwing her adorable little girl’s 1st birthday party, I knew we were going to have some fun :-)  This was the perfect opportunity for us to debut our Mimosa Bar set (Shhh! Details coming soon!) and I was dying to create a cool backdrop that we could shoot everything up against.  This entire project took about 3 hours from Home Depot run to finish so I’m thrilled with what we were able to create in such a short amount of time.

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Supplies

Tissue paper in assorted colors
Panel Board
2- 2×4′s (8ft.)
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Screws + Bolts (I used 2″)
Staple Gun + Staples (light duty)
Measuring tape
Paper chopper

Instructions

Before you begin your backdrop, determine how large it needs to be.  We wanted ours to be 8′ tall and to line up with the entire width of Tiffany’s buffet table (~60″).  Knowing that, I purchased 2 pieces of panel board (as one wouldn’t be big enough to cover the entire surface area between the top of the 8′ 2×4′s and the top of her buffet (~5′-6″).  I had the panel board cut to size at Home Depot and we were ready to go!

1.  Once your supplies are home, lay out the panel board and the 2×4′s and make sure the panel board is square with the legs.

2.  Drill large enough holes through the 2×4′s and into the panel board for your screws to slip into, but don’t attach the legs yet (that will be your last step).

3.  Remove the legs from your workspace to get them out of the way and determine how thick you want each row of fringe to be.  We decided that we wanted each layer of fringe to be about 8″ tall which perfectly worked out to be 1 piece of tissue paper folded long ways (hotdog style).  We didn’t want to be able to see the wood panel board when the fringe blew, so we layered each row first.  Starting at the BOTTOM of your board, fold 1 piece of tissue paper in half (so that you have two layers and staple it in place).  It might take 2-3 pieces of tissue to make it all the way across your panel board.  Don’t worry about the seams – no one will ever see them once you have covered up this layer with fringe :-)

4.  Create your fringe layer and apply.  To create the fringe, we took 2 sheets of tissue paper, folded them hotdog style (so that we had 4 layers of tissue) and using the paper chopper, we sliced the paper in 1″ sections.  Be sure to stop slicing about 1-2″ from the crease.   This was the most time intensive part of the project.  However, using a paper chopper will make the process so much faster and will make your fringe even and much more professional looking ;-)  Apply your fringe with a staple gun (across the top along the crease) and repeat all the way across.

5.  Once you have applied your first row of fringe, repeat steps 3 and 4.  Just a little tip… we thought it looked best if we covered up the top inch or so of the previous layer of fringe with our next color of tissue (see picture for detail).  That way, the transitions aren’t so harsh between colors and you cover up any inconsistencies along the top (below the crease) with the cuts you did to create the fringe.

6.  When you’re ready, carefully stand your panel board up with another person.  Be careful not to step on any fringe… it will tear off SO easily!  It might be easiest to lift your board slightly and slide the legs underneath to attach them.  Either way, just be careful not to tear or crease any of your pretty fringe.

Put your backdrop into place and….voila!!!  I can’t wait to share the images from the full party!  We were covered by Style Me Pretty Living and the feature is the absolute cutest!

PS:  The Mimosa Bar in the pictures can be purchased here, but more on that later too :-)  xo

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A Sangria Summer

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One of my biggest jobs for ONEHOPE in addition to overseeing all of our Art Direction is Product Development.  Long story short, my job is a lot of trend spotting and then creating gift packages and products that are beautifully crafted, unique, super high quality and that give back to a wide range of causes.  After seeing the Mimosa Bar concept pop up a few times on the internet, I reached out to Bri Emery over at Design Love Fest to see if she would be interested in collaborating on a Mimosa Bar for one of her many ridiculously amazing floral workshops and she took us up on the offer.  We put together this mimosa bar and once the pictures hit the web, our set-up became the #1 pinned mimosa bar on the internet almost instantaneously in addition to garnering a few thousand likes within a matter of an hour.  I knew we had caught on to something.  After a bunch of sourcing, back and forth with our operations team, mind numbing numbers conversations (I’m a creative person, y’all!), and maybe a few tears, we finally launched our Mimosa Bar in April and officially became the first wine company to offer such a full service (and amazing!!!) package.

Fast forward to late April and while brainstorming fun ideas for Cinco de Mayo and summer, it hit me.  Why not use the Mimosa Bar as a Sangria Bar?!  I LOVE me some summer sangria and is there anything better in the summer?  Additionally, what a cool way to reuse all of the juice carafes and bowls that already come with the Mimosa Bar!  A day or so later, we mixed up a bunch of  different sangria recipes (that I’ve been sharing here) and shot our “Sangria Bar” as something fun for summer entertaining.

I figured if you’re a sangria junkie like me, it might be easiest to house everything in one place so they’re easy to find :-) All of the recipe links are below!  Cheers to kicking off summer the right way!  Xo

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Tropical Sangria

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When putting together our “Sangria Summer” for work, I was having serious wanderlust for Hawaii and was ready to consume anything that satisfied my Oahu nostalgia in the slightest.  The fruit on the Hawaiian islands is insane and I can’t say I’ve had so much pineapple, mango and papaya in my life as I did that week we were away.  I decided to throw this one together from scratch using all of my favorite tropical fruits and it was one of our team’s top picks of the week.  Aside from being just so darn pretty, it was SO delicious and I can’t wait to make it again soon.  Perfect for the hottest months of the year or anytime you’re just needing a mental tropical vacation… if even for a few moments :-)  Cheers!

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Ingredients

1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 cup guava juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple (cut into 1″ wedges)
orange slices
blood orange slices (optional)
mango slices
passion fruit (seeds and juice from 1 passion fruit)

*consider additional fruit for garnishing before serving

Directions

1) Combine all ingredients in one of your sangria bar carafes and seal tightly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

2) Fill glasses with crushed ice and garnish with fresh blood orange, pineapple and mango if desired.

Yield: 4-6 servings

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