Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekly links

This week I haven't had a chance to go through all of my reader and have missed lots of your blogs and posts, sorry about that, hectic week! I did come across some beauties I wanted to share:
I loved the look of this blackberry pie, looks so rustic
Ally shared this danish house, it's truly breathtaking
If you want pretty interiors, Ashlina is your girl, she always finds the very best, like this bedroom
I want a pink cake
Andrea, from Project Party Studio, created this super cute invitation for a 5 year old birthday fiesta
Apple tartalette anyone? me me me!
and last but by far NOT least a wedding in Greece: photography by Thanos Asfis: he is amazing
Have a lovely weekend darlings, this time next week I will be landing in Corfu, can't wait!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I want... chiavari chairs!

There are several things that I have thought from now I want in my wedding, whenever that happens. These things might happen or not, but as it stands right now they are my musts. One of these, are chiavari chairs. I think they make any wedding a bit more elegant and add that special edge to any ceremony and celebration. Might be their bony structure. What would your wedding must be? Past or future!

Via: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ideal Closet

I really really love this super sweet but also hot lip print dress by DKNY. It has the perfect amount of cuteness without making it over bearing. And I would pair it with fab kitten Louboutin and lovely gold jewellery. The clutch is perfect to make it dressy and perfect for that special dinner with your loved one. Feeling special today!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The weekend a la Instagram

I you have an Iphone you must try Instagram, I'm pretty sure most of you already have it but if you don´t, go go go. Everything looks better in Instagram. Here is a small peak into this last weekend. There's the lovely bag and Bloch ballet flats from Sarenza, yummy Turkish food an Gallipolis in Angel and an afternoon in the Barbican foodhall and gardens. Gotta love having all this so local!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In my Kitchen: Adrienne from Dream Book Design

Some time ago I shared a small home tour of Adrienne's home. Remember? That beauty that Adrienne and her husband mostly built themselves? I purposely left the kitchen out as i wanted to share it here in the In My Kitchen and I'm glad I did as it's as beautiful as the rest of the house of Dream Book Design. Enjoy! 

Eat in or out: If I have the right ingredients at home, definitely eat in. I love to cook, I feel like I enjoy the meal so much more knowing exactly how it was prepared, and as weird as it may is super soothing to me. Although, I would never turn down an invitation to a great steak house.
Take away or restaurant: If I leave my house to eat food, I definitely eat there. Who likes doing dishes?! 
I cook for: My hubby J and I. And I cant believe i'm admitting this, but right now I am actually cooking green beans for one of my dogs as part of her diet. I NEVER thought I would be one of those people, but now I am. Thats embarrassing! 
Healthy food: I can honestly say I love eating salads. I have a salad almost everyday for lunch. But really, I also enjoy pretty much anything healthy 
Indulgence: To name a few-icecream, brownies, sour candy, beer, wine..the list goes on:)
Weekend Meal: homemade pizza or chili 
Date Dinner: We go to a local brewery called Four Peaks almost every weekend and order a quesadilla and a steak sandwich and salad and split it all. Super fatty and super delicious;) 
Quick fix: Tuna melt, Chicken and rice with Amino Acid {healthy substitute for soy sauce}, or salad 
My must ingredients: Garlic, Onion, some sort of meat, and any and all cheese 
Spicy or Mild: I used to be a wimp, and then I married J. He taught me how to appreciate spicy foods, which really means, I no longer had an option to be a wimp because he likes everything spicy! 
My kitchen is: The only part of our house that wasn't done by us! Other than that its a light, loft-style, comfortable place that I adore. 
Favorite gadget(s): My kitchen-aid, Magic bullet, and my crockpot. 
In the kitchen, I couldn't leave without: My open floor plan. Our old kitchen was super closed off, and now when the remodel it makes it a fantastic space for having get-togethers 

My recipe: This is P-dubs {aka Pioneer Woman} amazing simple enchilada recipe, its too good to be true.  (Recipe here and see Adrienne enjoying it in her cooking club).

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday Outfit

The sun has shone and I am happy! I got to wear my asymmetric skirt and new scalloped top (yes I'm loving a bit of scallop lately!) and topped it all with my beloved espadrilles. CastaƱer makes the very best espadrilles, fact. I also wore my new bag from Sarenza non stop, post to come soon - you might have seen it on Twitter if you follow me. I also received a new pair of Block ballet flats, again from Sarenza. So pretty, patent fuchsia making my heart flutter. These two will be my close new friends. 

Top: Topshop | Skirt: Love at Topshop | Espadrilles: CastaƱer | Necklace: Jess LC

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Weekly links

This picture gave me goosebumps, for real, Nienie and her family under the rain with the sunset behind them is incredibly beautiful
Carlee teaches us how to make a delicious summer scub. Easy peasy
And a step by step to make raspberry jam with... mint and lavender. I know! Sounds amazing!
American Royalty, classic style never goes out of style
Nicole Hill is super talented, FACT
Rue is almost here and Coco & Kelley share a sneak peak
I really like Mrs. O. She always looks immaculate. Love this pic of her waiting to be introduced at a luncheon
I'll go make this lemon cake with my grandma
Have you ever killed an orchid? Me too, Maegan tells us how to revive them. Smart and i love her pics!
This week I have been a bad blogger, big apologies but these last days have been really busy. I have missed many of your posts and haven't been able to comment as much as I would have liked, this weekend I will definitely try to catch up and in case this also happened to you here are my last posts:
Sunday Outfit: I wore wellies!
A beautifully designed kitchen by Michelle from Studio Surface
A cycling wedding
An interview with Julie from Cartoules Press
Have a great weekend lovelies, see you on Monday xo

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chatting with Cartoules Press

I'm very very exited today as I have a fab guest. Julie is the lady behind the lovely letterpress studio Cartoules Press. I can't remember how I stumbled across Julie and her work, but what I know is that I loved it immediately. I asked her some questions and she is sharing some of her beautiful work.

What is Cartoules Press and who is behind it?
Cartoules Press is a small design and letterpress studio, based in Long Beach, California. I do have help from family members who assist when I need an extra hand or two, but as far as design and printing goes, it's me - Julie Karatzis: a one-woman show

How and why did you decide to start? 

I was always that little girl who had Elmer’s glue stuck to her fingers and was knee-deep in construction paper most of my childhood days. I love projects, crafting, drawing, and working with my hands. Cartoules Press was unofficially created right around the time I got engaged to my wonderful husband (read supportive and patient), as I was determined to be the ultimate DIY bride. I wanted to have unique letterpress printed wedding invitations, and because we married in Greece, they had to be bilingual. That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands - literally.

I learned of letterpress classes being offered at the International Printing Museum in Carson, California. After taking a few classes, my instructor at the museum kindly rented me her private studio space where my husband and I letterpress printed our whole wedding suite. I became so enamored with the experience, and with the final product, that I decided to offer this service to others, and hopefully ease this part of the wedding process.

Why letterpress (what is so special about it?)

Letterpress is a printing process in which ink is applied to the surface of a raised image or text area, and is then pressed against paper transferring the design, and leaving a slight kiss impression. Each piece of paper is hand-fed and printed one at a time for each color in the design. It's one of the oldest forms of printing, and its allure these last few years has made it one of the most beautiful artisanal forms of printing today. Its tactile qualities make it soft and interesting to the touch, and because the process is labor intensive, you know it's been made with love.

Who is your typical client? What exactly do you offer?

Most of my clients are brides or couples seeking wedding invitations and stationery for their big day. However, I've also worked with many business owners and other creatives who seek stylish and beautiful business stationery (business cards, letterhead, personalized notecards) to reflect their artistic style and set them apart from others. I also get a lot of international business, which is really exciting because I'm always interested in hearing everyone's stories and where they come from. Working with my clients who are local to Los Angeles is also perfect since I generally meet them face-to-face and sometimes make a friend out of the process. 

What do you enjoy the most in your job?

Letterpress printers are definitely an interesting group of people who have decided to take up labor intensive work on 100-year-old presses. Many times these presses tend to have a mind of their own - and so in addition to being graphic designers we must also become problem solvers, and press technicians (though I do think someone could make a killing off of branding themselves as, "The Letterpress Mechanic"). I definitely wear many hats in running this business, but what I love most is the fact that I'm one of a handful of creatives who has taken an almost dying art form, and somehow breathed life into this craft from my own perspective. My press was built in 1887 (no joke!) and it's somehow managed to survive these last 124 years as a fully functioning machine. That in and of itself makes me very happy.

Do you have any advice for people thinking to start their own business?
Read as much as possible, make friends with people in your industry, meet people with varying skill sets who can help you work on your less than strong points, be totally open minded to new ideas and suggestions from others, and USE SOCIAL MEDIA. The only caveat I have to the last point is that social media does not always work in all industries - but since I can only speak for the design industry that I'm a part of, it's totally changed the way I do business. I even met Helena though mutual friends on Facebook, so it's really important to stay relevant and keep up with what's going on in your world.

Some pics of Julie's studio and inside pics of the how to into a letterpress job

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