February's Birthstones and Blooms

Last weekend we executed the latest installment of the Birthstones and Blooms collaboration that I'm working on with Carly of Two Spoons Photography and Brandon and Marita of Slingin' Pretty! February's birthstone is the amethyst and the month's flower is the Iris- both of which are traditionally associated with femininity. Of course, we wanted to kind of smash that apart, and dress a really handsome dude in some strong, classic pieces and give him a really ultra-huge boutonniere. Classically feminine in it's color palette, but taken to a WHOLE other level by our model, Mark. Marita of Slingin' Pretty has been making really gorgeous jewelry, so she let us include an amazing Amethyst pendant in this month's flowers from her new venture, Clear & Bound.

MAN FLOWERS (it's a new revolution I've decided to start) are my new favorite thing. I just need to convince some clients to be into it, too!

So please, without further ado, enjoy MAN FLOWERS!

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Photography: Two Spoons Photography

Hair and Makeup: Slingin' Pretty

Flower Design: Amanda Burnette

Amethyst Pendant: Clear & Bound

Something Scary

This week, I will be at the incredible Inn at Serenbe for the Joy Thigpen Creative Direction + Styling workshop. I am so excited to take this time to learn from other badass women creative business owners. It's thrilling to be able to invest myself and this time into my business. Now that I've figured out where the heart of my business is, it's time to work on refining and honing in on that. I want to learn what my business means to me, and how to turn that into my career. While I'm incredible excited, I'm also terrified. That's normal, right? I'm not terrified of meeting new people, of traveling, or of new places. I'm pretty nervous about all of the internal stuff- the hard questions, the deep thinking, verbalizing my dreams. They don't call them growing pains for nothing, though, do they?

I'll be back on Friday, with very little to no internet access while I'm there. I've got lots of fun stuff going on behind the scenes right now, and I can't wait to share them with you! The bouquet below is something I made this weekend for one very special bride.  See you Friday!

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Do What Feels Good

I think "do what feels good" should be a phrase that we all listen to a little more often. It applies to all aspects of life- work, personal time, projects, the company you keep- everything! I totally believe in the pursuit of happiness, and I think starting by doing what feels good is a surefire way to find your bliss. My sweet friend Nikki messaged me this week asking if I would make her a bouquet for a bridal portrait session she had. With a really busy weekend at my full time job, and a hectic few weeks ahead coming up, I hesitated to say yes. It's so easy to get caught up in the potentially overwhelming and stressful things, even when faced with something as totally lovely and delightful as making flowers for someone! The more I thought about it, the more ridiculous I knew it was to say no. ALSO, peony season is here... so there's that.

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Just a few hours after saying yes, my pal Michelle Amarillo emailed me asking about another bouquet! Her cousin, Jeffrey Ocampo, is a crazy talented photographer here in Richmond, and was in need of a bouquet! Of course I jumped at this opportunity. More flowers? absolutely. After all, I had already committed to making one bouquet, what the heck is another?

Let me tell you- I am so, so glad I said yes to these things. It felt GOOD saying yes, and it felt REALLY GOOD seeing the results and knowing that I helped a friend, made a new connection, and will have some pretty photos to add to ye old portfolio!

I know saying yes can get you to an overwhelming place, but digging my hands into a bucket full of gorgeous flowers while my husband dances around to "Alternative Hits from 1996" (yes, that's an actual, very specific, station we have) brought NO BAD THINGS. Instead of telling myself to limit my projects, I'm going to say yes to what feels good! Heck yes!

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Please excuse my crappy, weirdly lit, over saturated iPhone photos. I just couldn't keep these pretties to myself.

On a few other, random notes:

  • Holy eff, man. If you like rainbows, puppies, and happiness,  MAKE THIS DAIRY FREE COCONUT CREAM PIE FRENCH TOAST. You've been warned/told. Just... listen to me.
  • I've always got new projects spinning around in my head, and there has been one specific one on my mind for a while. I'm going to make all of the paper flowers.
  • There is a pound of rhubarb sitting in my fridge. I think I need to make the most perfect summer pie on the face of the earth. Thanks, Joy.
  • Lastly, in the spirit of doing what feels good, I shall leave you with an R. Kelly video. Not because I love R. Kelly, but rather because he KILLS this Sam Cooke cover of "A Change is Gonna Come." And if you know me, old soul music is kind of my favorite. I'm sorry/you're welcome.

Last but not least:

Have you seen our "The Loving Type" photo shoot on Burnett's Boards yet?? The full post can be found here: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/

Once you're done looking, won't you please vote for us? Follow the link below to cast your vote for "The Loving Type: A Wedding Inspired by Love Letters." http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/wedding-inspiration-shoot-contest-vote/ Voting ends this week and we need all of the votes we can get!