Monday, April 19, 2010

Field of Dreams

It is fascinating to see the polarizing of trends. For quite some time now everyone has been doing the urban photos. I love the bright colors, the props, the stoic faces often captured. Now I am seeing a shift to the exact opposite, beautiful, open fields.

I especially love the whimsy these types of photographs lend to engagement sessions, so romantic!

Bringing in your own props brings the picture to life. It tells a story.

These are often accompanied by soft fabrics, muted colors, and an organic feel

These and more great "Field of Dreams" can be found at Green Wedding Shoes. It has quickly become one of my greatest resources for all things wedding. Be sure to check it out!

P.S. Do you think these field pictures came through the influence of Twilight? These are kind of what I pictured when reading about Bella and Edward in the meadow. Just a thought!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Dine O' Round

If you live in Salt Lake City, now is a great time to experience all the fabulous restaurants it has to offer. Dine O’ Round begins today!

Restaurants are offering two-course lunches for $5 or $10 and three-course dinners for $15 or $30. View the list of participating restaurants at the Downtown Alliance website.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I am seeing this Chevron design pop up everywhere. I spied it first on season 4 of Design star and now it’s everywhere.
As Seen in Lonny Mag

As seen on Design Sponge

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Girls with Glasses

Have you heard about the new “Girls with Glasses” talk show?
"The Girls With Glasses Show was founded for every woman who wants to be entertained while also being informed and enlightened—it’s the smart girl talk show. Brooke White and Summer Bellessa bring together humor, intelligent insight and heart to fashion, entertainment, art and music to this part-hipster and part-variety talk show—and yes, they both do wear glasses in real life.
Each weekday, The Girls With Glasses Show will open with Brooke and Summer playing the theme song live. Think quirky like Wayne’s World, but re-touched with utterly hip, feminine and modern flair. Music and lyrics to The Girls With Glasses Show theme song, “I’m a Girl,” is an original piece co-written by the hosts, with Brooke on vocals and piano and Summer on drums and back-up."

I Am A Girl - The Girls With Glasses Theme Song from The Girls With Glasses on Vimeo.

This is going to be awesome! I can hardly wait.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Arranging 101 by Jonathan Alder

I loved this tutorial by Jonathan Alder, so I just had to share it!

Artful design is all in the balance

For arranging, this means juxtaposing silhouettes and colors – highlight differences between pieces or draw out their similarities.

Start by establishing framing

Items in a room or on a surface should be composed as you would paint a canvas, with scale, sequencing, and balance conceived from one specific vantage point. Consoles, bookshelves and artworks are generally viewed from a frontal perspective, while furnishings – such as dining room tables and coffee tables – are viewed in the round and should be accessorized accordingly.

1. For fool proof arrangements, start with SYMMETRY.

A pair of blue glass lamps anchors either end of the white dresser to establish the tone. Although the lamps are different sizes, symmetry comes through the repeated color.

I balanced the different lamp height by pairing the taller one with a shorter cluster of objects – and vice versa.

Hang plates in unusual locations to fill up white wall space and round compositions.

2. Symmetry is the easiest and most logical way to accessorize, while ASYMMETRY is more challenging – but also more fun!

Here, I grouped numerous items into series of little moments: one book is propped up vertically, like a painting; a stack of plates anchors a bud vase; another vase gets a lift from a Lucite box; etc.


One half of the tableau is arranged symmetrically, the other half is asymmetrical. Look at the overall composition, but break it down into constituent parts.

msn lifestyle

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Where do you want to go to lunch?

Desert Edge Pub, French Onion Soup, Courtesy Heather King
Sometimes that is the hardest question! I know there are so many great places out there, I just don't always know where to find them. I recently learned that my friend Heather writes a food column for the If you are looking for a place to eat downtown Salt Lake City, be sure to check out her column. It is extremely helpful and fun to read; No doubt she will have some great suggestions. In fact, I used her column just today. Thanks Heather!

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Sandra Bullock Factor

(Did you see this movie? Loved it!!!)

Loved this op-ed article from the New York Times, based on what makes a person happier a career triumph (like winning an oscar) or a happy personal life (which she soon discovered she didn't have). Some of the most poignant quotes from the article:
"According to one study, joining a group that meets even just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income. According to another, being married produces a psychic gain equivalent to more than $100,000 a year."
"... most of us pay attention to the wrong things. Most people vastly overestimate the extent to which more money would improve our lives. Most schools and colleges spend too much time preparing students for careers and not enough preparing them to make social decisions. Most governments release a ton of data on economic trends but not enough on trust and other social conditions. In short, modern societies have developed vast institutions oriented around the things that are easy to count, not around the things that matter most. They have an affinity for material concerns and a primordial fear of moral and social ones."

Friday, April 2, 2010

Natural Easter Egg Dye

This year I would like to try decorating eggs in a natural way. I found these great recipes for natural egg dye on Better Homes and Gardens and fell in love with the organic look and feel of this project:

1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar

1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar

1 cup strong coffee and 1 tablespoon vinegar

Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks. Add cabbage to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water. Bring to room temperature. Remove blueberries.

Dark Pink
Cut 1 medium beet into chunks. Add beet to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove beets.

Remove the peel from 1 orange. Add peel to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature. Remove orange peel.

For more great tips on creative ways to decorate your eggs and how to create these beauties,

Pysanky (Ukrainian folk art using wax)
Embroidry floss eggs

check out the BHG idea list