Be Brave Dinner for Bing at Alt Summit 2014

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About a month ago I was lucky enough to get to design a dinner sponsored by Bing, which was part of the Alt Summit blogging conference. (You might remember I did a dinner for Microsoft for Alt Summit last year!)

Modern Atelier helped make this awesome time-lapse video of the set-up! I think you’ll love it! Or at least I do. HA! I really wanted a video of the set-up and event because I think it does SUCH a better job at helping capture the space and giving you some dinner party ideas and inspiration for a soiree of your own!

Anyway, this dinner was TOO MUCH FUN! I hinged the theme around this really fantastic video that Bing put out about brave women of 2013. Kind of like a year-in review, you MUST watch it. I cry EVERY time (shocker).

These little sponsored dinners take place the night before the conference (a lot of brands host them and they usually have about 20-40 guests) as a way for people to meet on a smaller scale before heading into the giant conference. I LOVED the idea of a really positive night filled with a message we all need to hear before we head into a large room full of really beautiful, successful well-dressed women: BE BRAVE.

I decided the best way to do this was to have the guests greeted by a 6-foot cutout tiger, that Roxy Marj illustrated and I made, and a sign simply stating the theme.

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We used tiny cut-out tigers, that were glittered around the edges in the gorgeous floral vines that Lizy Bowden made.

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It’s hard to come up with swag that people ACTUALLY want and that is easy to take home in a suit case, so I was PRETTY pleased with myself for thinking of commissioning¬†Roxy Marj¬†to make us some custom glasses cases with the theme on them, and Natalie, my favorite human, and my contact at Bing! thought of filling them with fabulous sunglasses from Moorea-Seals beautiful shop!

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Also, these dinners are ALL about the Instagram, so the place settings also had some cut-out tiger masks, and little “ROAR” tattoos. I don’t like to do throw-away things for parties, but sometimes it’s worth it for a good photo-op!

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Don’t you love how sassy the tigers are? I love them leaning against the black taper candles. Also, how SEXY ARE BLACK CANDLES?! I know.

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People ended up using my jacket as a prop! Hahaha. This is Michael Wurm Jr. of Inspired by Charm, I’ve wanted to meet him FOR FOREVER so I was giddy he was at the dinner.

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This was the entrance table. Lizy did the lovely arrangement and I made a custom temp tattoo to put the #bingbebrave hashtag on the mirror.

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This is Natalie. The Bing babe of the century. Funny side note, Natalie took the tiger back with her to Microsoft! How, I do not know. She says that he’s in her office and people come in all the time to talk to her and DO NOT notice that he’s there. HAHAHA.

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Obviously I needed some really FANCY makeup, you know, as the event planner of the dinner. So the girls as the BeYOUty Bureau dolled me up. This is Ashleigh doing my tiger eyes, and Kayti literally took the earrings off her ears and gave them to me to wear.

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People got really into the theme and it was SO fun and not stuffy. I was SO so happy with the way everything turned out!

It was such a TREAT to work with Bing on this dinner! They are such an amazing company to work with and I sincerely respect them so much for being so behind this theme.





Dreamy Spring Craft Ideas

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See my 7 Pretty Craft Ideas That Will Have You Dreaming of Spring here!

Just last night some friends and I were talking about how we’ve just been ITCHING to craft! Usually I get my crafting fix! But lately my work-time hours have been filled with editing videos, filming, writing posts, returning emails, and some social media consulting on the side! BLAH BLAH BLAH! Gimme some scissors!

The inspiration above includes some of my past spring crafts and some other projects I think look great! Be sure to check out the full post on my Babble blog.

Has the season change been inspiring you too? We spent a couple of hours at the park today and it was BLISS! Rad didn’t even know what to do with all that sunshine.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I have a lot of awesome things coming up next week, including two videos for my channel and some other fun stuff!


watercolor tutorial part 5: mediums and techniques

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I know I left you all hanging for Part 5 in Yao’s Watercolor Series! But the holidays and all that jazz just tend to take over! But now that Spring is in the air, it feels like the perfect time to bust out some color! So here you go!

This is part 5 of 5! If you need to catch up you can check out Yao’s whole series here.

And DO NOT miss Yao’s free downloadable stationary she did for us here!

Now take it away Yao!

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The Atticus Leather Triangle Mobile in Action

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I LOVE when my leather triangle mobiles pop up in beautiful spaces! Especially ones I’ve forgotten about! Haha!

I made this Atticus mobile for Caroline, of Armelle Blog, and her lil man almost 3 years ago! She’s moving now, so before she packed up she took the CUTEST pictures of her boys shared room. You can see the full room tour here!

One fun thing about my mobiles, not to like, toot my own horn or anything, is that it seriously almost doesn’t matter what colors you have. They ALWAYS work in the space! People will email me all hung up on one certain color, but different lights, different paint, different decor, they all bring out a certain emphasis in the mobile, and one certain color doesn’t seem to matter too much. I’ve honestly never seen a picture of one of my mobiles and thought, “OH MAN! They made the wrong choice!” Maybe I’m biased! But I’ll see an Atticus mobile in one space, and it will look TOTALLY different than the same mobile in another space. But it always looks good, in my opinion anyway.

Anyhoo, what we should REALLY be talking about is your love and support for my new series: How to be Awesome.

MAN OH MAN. Thank you SO much for your positive feedback, and taking time in your busy life to listen to ANYTHING I have to say. I’m seriously always flabbergasted that people listen! Haha!

The Internet is SO WEIRD. I tell Gigi not to use the word, “weird” because usually it’s more appropriate or thoughtful to use another word. But in this case, “weird” is exactly what I mean! It’s an odd little world online! But that is another topic for another day I think! Haha.

If you’d like to see my mobiles in action in other rooms I suggest checking out this bunny haven, and this sampling of cozy rooms here.

Now, let’s go stab this day in the face, shall we?!


How to be Awesome: Part 1

Hey! So I’ve wanted to do this video series for a while! It’s called HOW TO BE AWESOME!

Not because I think I’m awesome, as I’ve mentioned before I operate on like a 50/50 basis. 50% of the time I think I’m awesome and 50% of the time I think I’m like, worthless. So yeah, I wanted to start this series not because I think I’m awesome, but because I thought it would be nice to have a place to talk about what to do when you’re not feeling awesome. And ways to extract even more awesomeness from yourself.

I’m also using it as a place to broadly answer questions I get asked a lot, and share some experiences and insights I’ve gained working in this online world for the past 7+ years as a blogger and online seller and whatnot!

This is a video series, and I will be posting a new installment about twice a month. How to be Awesome: Part 1, is about: DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET STARTED!

In this video I share my humble beginnings getting started selling stationary online, and other horrible failures and how I turned those experiences of me crying hysterically into my pillow, into a nice little side business selling my leather baby mobiles.

I’m like, really, really nervous about posting this. I’m not sure entirely why. Maybe because I tear up like 10 times in it? Or it’s fairly personal? Or maybe just because it’s something new and people might think I’m SUCH an idiot for doing it?

I don’t know. Whatever the reason, I decided to take my own advice and just GET STARTED! I’m not entirely sure where it will go from here, so if you have ANY insight or suggestions or reactions WHATSOEVER, I would sincerely appreciate you sharing them.

But! I hope this video offers you some inspiration or at the very least, a tiny bit of entertainment, for your Monday!

Here’s to a great week!


Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.