Featured: Peace, Love, Cake on Style Me Pretty!

Yippee! We are so thrilled and honored to be featured on Style Me Pretty today! We had so much fun on the Peace, Love, and Cake shoot and just had the greatest group of creatives working with us!

The amazing Justin Lee was behind the lens. Stunning make-up and hair by Jessica & Carrie of Lovestruck. Fabulous florals by Natalie of Floral Palette. Beyond cute paper elements by Nic. Roc. Designs. INCREDIBLE cake by Hey There, Cupcake! Super duper stoked to have been able to shoot at the Luce Loft downtown. Killer space.

Big thanks to Hire Elegance for the crazy cool chairs & Moss Vintage Rentals for the LOVE sign and vintage tables! Stay tuned to see a sweet D-I-Y on the confetti plates we made for the shoot….

We’re Utterly Excited!!

It’s horrible, we know, but you can bet whenever we’re neglecting this blog it’s because we’re head high in projects! Which is exactly how it’s been for the last two weeks-ever since we accepted the invitation to be part of Utterly Engaged’s Annual Party and Design Challenge. We sure are glad we did though, it’s going to be one helluva party. You better hurry and get your tickets here!

The theme of this year’s party is Leap Year Remix and the Design Challenge is supposed to encompass the spirit of taking a“Leap of Faith” while combining the aesthetics/cultures of two countries that ShelterBox has benefitted. ShelterBox is an amazing disaster relief charity that delivers boxes of aid instantly following natural and other disasters to those who need it most.

When looking through the list of countries we were immediately drawn to Colombia (coffffeeee!) and Peru (bright colors!) and above is our inspiration board for the challenge. You can expect to see hints of coffee here and there (rich browns, maybe some spare beans!?) and lots of pops of bright fuchsia and aqua! Maybe a tassel or two….

We’re most thankful for the amazing team we have collaborating on this table. We’re so honored to be working with them, it’s crazzzzy! Here’s the line-up: Florist extraordinaire Stephanie from Seed Floral, If-you-can-dream-it-she-can-make-it Stevi from Hey There! Cupcake, and last but not least graphic design & paper goddess Amber of Pitbulls and Posies! Some crazy talented ladies right there and we are so stoked to not only be able to work with them, but to party with them!

Tune in to our twitter page to see sneaks of the table on Wednesday…

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Wishing all you cupcakes a very Happy Valentine’s Day from Beau & Arrow Events! We hope you have something special planned for tonight, whether it be a romantic dinner with your sweets or a night in front of the tube (New Girl woot! woot!).

{1,2,3,4,5,6}

Monday Morning Mix: Random Love Songs

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day and although we thought about making the ultimate greatest Love Song Playlist- it was just WAY too hard. Talk about pressure and we knew we wouldn’t be able to please everyone. So alas, we put our itunes on shuffle and made a really great random love song mix. We happen to like it better this way too.

The Ultimate Gift Box

Happy friday everyone! We thought we would get the weekend started with another great Valentine’s gift  that we are obsessing over here at B & A. What could be better than a crate over flowing with pink confections, or with everything you need to create the perfect spa night. Olive & Cocoa sure know what a girl wants, and even how we want it wrapped, in a hand crafted wood crate with ribbon (I’d be happy with just the crate!). Note: Olive & Cocoa isn’t just great for Valentine’s day they have something for every occasion.

Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these crates from Olive & Cocoa?

 

Real Bride Blogger Jessica: Say Yes to the Dress!

To my surprise, finding “The Dress” has been one of the easier tasks in the wedding planning process so far. If I’m being honest,  I’ve always known in the back of my mind what type of wedding dress I wanted and conversely, the types of dresses I did not want to wear on the big day. It was finally a  part of the planning where not being flexible (I can sometimes be a little stubborn on things), paid off. It may have taken some serious hunting, but it was all over in a couple of short weeks!  See below for my likes and dislikes.

Likes

-  Lace

-  Very Fitted

-Sweetheart or cap-sleeves

Only after much Pintrest research, did I realize the Monique Lhullier Scarlet was the dress I had been coveting and had perfectly nailed all of the elements I was looking for in a dress.

{Scarlet Dress}

Dislikes

-Ball gown-style

-Too much embellishment- ie flowers, ruffles, etc

-Bright white

-Long train

To start off the dress hunt-my mom, sister, and I went to M Bride in La Jolla. The boutique was lovely, stocked with lots of fabulous jewelry and veils-pretty much what you would envision a dress shoppe to be like! Prior to going, I read such nice reviews of the boutique on yelp and saw online that they were having a sample sale, which was the type of thing I was looking for to score a dream dress within my budget.  Here’s what I learned though- sample sale means only the sample size is available, which is usually a size 8 and altering a size 8 to a size 0 can cost a lot of money. Thus, the sale really would not save me the ton of money I was hoping for. And unfortunately, I just wasn’t drawn to any of the sample dresses. I tried on about 5 dresses there and was smitten with a Modern Trousseau gown- it had a touch of lace and a gorgeous sweetheart neckline, but I wasn’t sold completely. I guess I was expecting a big “moment”. Michelle, the storeowner, said I could get a 15% discount if I bought the dress within 24 hours- which was very tempting…but ultimately I just could not make such a costly decision in that timeframe.

I just didn’t feel like I’d gotten the complete bridal experience yet (y’know trying on 20 dresses, maybe some crying!) so I wanted to see what else was out there. We headed over to The White Flower later that evening.  This boutique was a dream- luxurious and relaxing at the same time . Courtney, the owner, was so patient and sweet, even though we were the last appointment of the day at 7pm (she squeezed us in even).  Courtney made dress shopping fun and really listened to what I had to say. I tried on about 8 dresses this time, a couple I even tried on twice. I came really close to purchasing an Augusta Jones gown. It fit the bill- lace, sweet heart neckline, and fitted. However, I still just wasn’t sure. I kind of  thought that dress shopping was like finding the right guy- when you know, you just know. Since I didn’t have that feeling yet, I decided to wait.

After endless browsing, I ended up finding my dress online. It’s everything I was looking for. I’m bursting to share it with everyone but you’re going to have to wait until after the wedding to see it! But here are a couple of details to hold you over: it looks a lot like the Scarlett and it’s a Pnina Tornai creation.

I’m really glad I went dress shopping early, because it was eye-opening. Here are some things I learned:

1. Literally, there are millions of dresses out there. I feel like you always see the same ones online. I never would have known about certain designers without going into the boutiques.

2. Lace dresses are expensive.

3. Alterations are expensive too.

4. You may have to cut your budget in other places to get your dream dress.

Quick Tips from B & A:  If your budget dress shopping, it is a-okay to shop online. Try reliable sites like Oncewed and Preowned Wedding Dresses. Looking for a particular designer that no one local carries? Stay connected via facebook, twitter, and the web, to see when they are having a trunk show near you! October/November/December is the best time to shop for wedding dresses, because most brides are not thinking about dress shopping during the holidays, and boutique owners have to to make room for new spring dresses coming in, which equals bargaining and deals for you! Whether you’re buying online or in store never be afraid to ask for a discount- you won’t get it unless you ask!

Love In Print

We are starting off the week with another great little gift that you can get for your honey this Valentine’s Day. With V-day creeping up fast, just a little over a week away,it’s time to pull the trigger and buy your Valentine the perfect gift.  What better way to say Happy Valentine’s day than to show that special guy or gal exactly how you feel, written out in a fun framed print. Every time your honey see’s this print hanging on the wall they will think about just how much you love them, thats why we are just loving this gift option so much!

I think this Print just say’s it all- Who doesn’t want to just drop everything and run away and travel with their Beau!

This one just makes me giggle!

This is a fun tongue and cheek print that will put a little grin on your Valentine’s face.

{Lets Run Away.Adventures.Cooler Than Everyone.I Like You}

What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year??

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