All of Us

I washed my wounds with tears of hope.

Currently | Right now, today.

Hard to believe, but our 4 year anniversary is coming up! We have a few things planned, but most importantly,  a weekend getaway to Las Vegas. Only one of us really likes gambling (i.e. not me), but I do like relaxation, massages, and celebrating four years of marriage to my best friend.

This is the summer of Daft Punk. I've loved them for years, but their newest album, Random Access Memories, is genius. It's just the type of music i've been wanting to listen to but wasn't able to find it. Do yourself a favor and spend some time with the robots. [listen here]

A few weeks ago, I started reading "A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Rachel Held Evans with some ladies from church. We get together on Thursday mornings and talk through what we read the previous week. So far, I am really enjoying the book and spending time with these ladies. Maybe I'll write a review, mayyybeEshet Chayil!

In a perpetual state of soreness. About 7 months ago, I started doing CrossFit at CrossFit Frenzy. Feeling of becoming stronger and healthier is the highlight of my mornings. I drank the CrossFit Koolaid. I have come to grips with the fact that I will never look good working out. The above photo is a rarity. 

Currently | Sons Of Anarchy

A few months ago, I got sucked in to Sons of Anarchy - a show I thought was too gory, too ridiculous, and just not my style. While all three of those things are true, I might venture to say that this show is my favorite series I've ever watched. We're finished with season 4, so PLEASE - no spoilers. 

I'm not sure what it is about this show that makes me love it so much. The storyline is killer, the characters are so interestingly vicious yet lovable, and the fact that the things they go through could be real ... it just blows my mind. And makes me want to listen to Maylene & the Sons of Disaster.

Photography by Bill Ray for Life Magazine
Speaking of real, I'm sure that the real MCs out there think this show is a joke. Growing up in California, I've always known of the Hells Angels. Watching SOA is like a sneak peek into their lives and (could be) what they're all about. 

Photography by Bill Ray for Life Magazine

I found these rare black and white photos taken of the MC back in 1965 when they did a run from San Bernardino to Bakersfield (how appropriate). The MC let photographer Bill Ray tag along on this run and document it. I've only selected a few, but take a few minutes to look through the whole gallery - it is fantastic [link]. 

Work-iversary III

Yesterday marked three years at BHF. Before I started writing this, I looked back at my year one and year two entries on my old blog. I love how I can reminisce on the past with these old posts. I guess I also have a drive to blog about anniversaries of things. Oh well, I'm sentimental.  

Year three was still just as fun and learning, but with several, several twists. From us being bought out by Campbell's, to our head marketing leadership changing, to a complete creative team overhaul... my work life has been more than interesting. It's been exhausting, exciting, frustrating, interesting, and busy. 

I won't go in to the more recent details since I don't feel it's right to air laundry on the internet, but I will say that I am blessed to have this job. I still love my co-workers and love the work I get to be involved in. I am excited for the restructuring to be finalized and see how it comes to fruition. It's also really special for me to be apart of creating my career path and having my passions be the main driving force of what that actually looks like. 

Here's to year four... to new ideas, new structure, expanding skills and loving on my co-workers. 

Domestic | Favorite Pasta Salad

Tomorrow being the day before a three day weekend means it's potluck time at work. This also means I am wallowing in the fact that I'm a horrible (but slowly learning) cook. If there's one thing I can make, that's Pesto Pasta Salad

My girl Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa, and I go way back. She's taught me everything about making fancy and elegant food in the kitchen. While I'm pretty sure I do her teaching a disservice once I actually get in the kitchen [she makes everything look so easy], she's still the best. I saw this recipe on her show a few years ago, and it's become my go-to easy side dish that is always gone by the end of a gathering. I bring this dish EVERYWHERE. I thought my family would get sick of it by now, but they always request it. 

I've modified her recipe and a recipe found on One fun cheat - if you don't have time to make your own pesto, buy the premade kind at the store. It's just as good, especially if you can find an all-natural version. I get mine from Fresh & Easy and it's delicious.  

Mood Board | Classy Mardi Gras Masquerade

I was recently asked to start brainstorming on the theme for this year's holiday party. Talk about getting an early start... it's only May!

I've found that the easiest way to provide a glimpse into my mind of themes is to create mood boards. This is especially helpful for bridging the gap between my right brain and their left brains.

I created three mood boards, each with a specific direction and purpose. The first one was inspired by an upcoming trip to New Orleans for a tradeshow in which we participate each year.

While this direction is inspired by Mardi Gras, I wanted to move away from the trashiness that Mardi Gras can bring (just Google it.). I wanted it to be classy, refined, and subtly reflect the theme. In my mind, I see colors telling the story more than plastering mardi gras favors everywhere. I believe color that makes sense is the key for a good theme.
Now, what party isn't without some sort of direction on wardrobe? Bring your own fancy mask, get a free one at the door, or have your face pained with one. Done.
For the decor, I wanted the stage to be the main focus. We have an awards presentation that is the primary focus of the night at our parties. I see large, opulent stage curtains with string bulbs everywhere to bring an intimacy into the room. And what party isn't without it's entertainment? A jazz band will do just the trick.
For the table decor, my favorite part, I want it to be dark and beautiful with lots of gold and brass accents. Colorful floral arrangements, crushed metallic table cloths, votives and opulant glasses.

While this isn't the theme that we ran with, it inspired the final theme we're running with. I'll be sharing more into the process soon. I love searching for these photos and making something that brings out the ideas in my mind to paper and being able to share them in a understandable way. 


Shop Opening | Tasteful Tatters

My dear friend Emilee just opened her new shop, Tasteful Tatters!

This store is for those brides who are looking for that DIY touch in their wedding but don't have the time to do all those time consuming projects. Using the cutest tagline ever, Tasteful Tatters "takes the 'Y' out of 'DIY.'"

Join me in congratulating Em in her new venture! If you purchase anything by this Wednesday April 17, you get a free gift! Brides, get on this!

Not to mention, I designed her classic logo. Several years in and it's still workin. Yeah!