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This past Saturday, Elise and I attended Elsie + Emma’s “Crafts + Cocktails” party hosted by Ruche and Zooey Magazine at the Seychelles’ showroom in LA. In three words? IT. WAS. AMAZING. I must have have done 50 laps around the place in an effort to take in every last detail! 

Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper
Crafts + Cocktails with A Beautiful Mess | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

True to the party’s name, there were crafts, cocktails, cupcakes, and so many stylish people in one beautiful space. It was such a treat to meet Elsie and Emma in real life and see just how friendly and down-to-earth they are (I love when that happens!). And! I even had a conversation with Joy the Baker! (I live for her podcast, you guys.) All of the details that went into this party were beyond inspiring, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be swiping them for my own future celebrations. But really, the time spent with this impossibly cute little mama was the highlight of the whole trip. She’s such a gem.

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bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper

Over the holiday season, I was lucky enough to have almost all of my friends in town for several weeks. This meant daily trips to Starbucks to “get work done” which translates to “rearrange the tables + chairs in the store to accomodate everyone and talk loudly for hours on end.” (The good people at the ‘Bucks totally love us.) Since it’s so rare to actually have my friends nearby for an extended period of time, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to pop the question to my bridesmaids in person. And let me tell you, I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do! The pressure was on, to say the least.

After many failed mock-ups (I was dead-serious about this task), I finally decided that simple was best.

Using my Cameo, I die-cut each of the cards and then adhered them to a sheet of gold cardstock along with a handwritten message on the back. From there, I wrapped each card in hot pink tissue paper and tucked them into kraft bags embellished with washi tape, glitter tape, and a Thicker in each girl’s first initial. And guess what? It totally worked! Despite the fact that four out of six girls currently live out of state, they all agreed to join me on this journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled.

xoxo

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Like I mentioned in my birthday list, 2012 has been the year of destination weddings. And I am such a fan.












Two weeks ago, my good friend Jaymee had the most amazing wedding in Santa Barbara. And even though SB is only an hour north of where we live, John and I decided to turn the long weekend into a mini vacation. It definitely turned out to be one of the best ideas we’ve had in the many years we’ve been together. The first night we stayed near the harbor in Ventura and the next two nights were spent in picturesque Carpinteria. During the day, we traipsed all over Solvang, Santa Barbara, Montecito, and even Oxnard for a little Cafe Rio.

In case I haven’t mentioned it in the past fifteen minutes or so, I LOVE California. End of story.

xoxo

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From the moment I met Val in sixth grade, I knew we would become great friends. Fast forward thirteen years later and my instincts proved correct: she is still one of my nearest + dearest friends (even though she currently lives in Washington) and I loved being able to take photos of her adorable family last week.

A wise future mother-in-law of mine once said: “Photos are only as good as the subjects in them.” (HA!)

Well Keps, I’d say you did your part (;

xoxo

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A few weekends ago, I met up with my good friend Janelle for coffee + blog talk. If there’s anything in this world that the two of use can discuss until pretty much the end of time (and then some), it’s bloglandia. Who we look up to, what kinds of posts we love, what styles we gravitate towards, and of course, how the H can we be those people? It really was the best and I can’t wait to do it again soon.

And speaking of blog loving, here are a few that have totally won me over recently:

Small Fry. Am I a mom or do I plan on becoming a mom anytime soon? Good lord no. But I am in love with this blog run by a talented group of gals from Utah (where else?).

The Fresh Exchange. The hand-lettered titles, the stunning photos, the Parisian lifestyle (!!!)…this blogger has the midas touch.

Blog Brunch. A blog about blogging? YES. PLEASE.

Obama’s Website. All politics aside, Obama’s team hit it out of the park when they hired SimpleScott to brand his campaign. This article profiling the head designer is especially fascinating.

What are your favorite new blogs? Do share!

xoxo

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When I say “bridal shower of the century,” I’m not exaggerating. I think Jaymee’s shower (thrown by an insanely talented team, including Miss Style Eater!) definitely qualifies for that title. When I arrived a few hours early to help set up, I was immediately blown away by all the details: the food, the flowers, the table settings, the colors…the kind of details that Pinterest dreams are made of.

Nothing less than the best for the beautiful bride-to-be!

xoxo

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Last night my friend Janelle and I attended Oh Joy’s book signing and Q+A event in LA and had such a great time. It’s always fun to go to these kinds of parties because they really bring the big-name bloggers out of the woodwork (like this one! and this one!). And let’s get real: there’s nothing we love more than a little people-watching of the blogger variety. Every detail about the event was impeccable…the location, the decor, the Smilebooth. But then again, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the queen of design.

xoxo

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Last weekend I was able to spend quality time with one of my best friends (who lives in Hawaii!) and help her assemble her amazing wedding invitations until the wee hours of the morning. Not only did Jaymee design every last detail herself, but she had the invitations letterpressed by PressHaus and the envelopes addressed by Molly Jacques! Needless to say, she brought out the big guns. Plus, she told me that I don’t have to send in my reply card, knowing full-well that it would pain me to relinquish such a gorgeous piece of paper! Ha! I love that girl.

If this is just a taste of what’s to come, then I can’t wait for the wedding! The grammin’ opportunities will be PRIME (;

xoxo

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Have you guys looked through the latest issue of HGTV Magazine? (A surprisingly great publication, by the way.)

There’s an article in it about Sabrina Soto’s clean-house tips and I can’t even tell you how inspiring it was to me. However, I can tell you that because of it, I am sitting in a very clean room right now. Typing on a very clean keyboard. Glancing over at my very clean shelves.

It was that good.

But then again, when is Sabrina Soto not inspiring? In case you missed it, here’s a tour of her home from an issue of Rue last year. Just look at that office…! What. That girl is something else.

xoxo

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