fall in love with fall.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ready to fall in love a little bit?

One of the things that I never really did during my time in Australia, New Zealand, or even the States, was to tap into the (amazing, talented, inspiring) network of bloggers and creatives that I've had the pleasure of getting to "know" online. Silly, really, but it wasn't until my time in London that it became a priority for me to actually meet the fantastic people that I interact with so frequently online.

You've heard this before, it's why we started The Photo Hunt and it's why when Rebecca asked me if I wanted to help her throw together a fun blogger brunch I not only agreed, but I said HOORAY!

And so, Fall in Love with Fall was born!

After a flurry of emails, texts, RSVPs, and glitter (so much glitter), we took over The Library Room at the BFI Bar and Kitchen and settled into a gorgeous afternoon of food, drinks, and excellent company!

We had the lovely Maxeen photograph the event (she took all of the photos that you see above) and she was absolutely fantastic! Rebecca, who is an event planner extraordinaire, handled the decor and completely blew everyone away. Had that been left to me? We would have dined around a puddle of spray paint mixed with Bobbi-tears. Rebecca is a star, and if you have any wedding or event-planning needs, she's your lady!

I'll pop a few photos that I took below, but first I want to thank everyone who contributed to our goodie bags, decor, and styling! Everything was so perfect and really reflected the mood of the day!

Venue: BFI bar and kitchen by benugo
Photography: Maxeen Kim
Styling and Planning: Rebecca
Flowers: Urban Flip Flops
Gift Bags: Urban Flip Flops
Calligraphy: JB Calligraphy
Pencils & Print: Dottie Rocks
Cocktails: Belvoir & Sipsmith 
Sequin Table Linen: Glimmer & Threads
Digital Invites: Ready to Blog Designs

Okay, photos and then we're done!

Happy Thursday! Make sure that you check out Rebecca's post about the event!

this and that.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

And now, for the triumphant return of This and That! Some of these won't be the most current as I've been stockpiling them for a few weeks, but I hope that you'll enjoy them anyway!

Shameless Self-Promotion

+ I've had quite a few exciting launches in the last few weeks! Hannah got a fresh new look!
+ I took Isaac from Blogger to WordPress in a really fun project! I love me some clean, crisp design!
+ If you missed the November Calendars, they're up on the blog!
+ Bex and I have been working on huge re-brand and move for her site! We're so thrilled with the results!

Blog Love

+ Best practices for using categories and tags in WordPress.
+ How to escape the death spiral of consumption.
+ Yum! (Is it bad that I really love corn dogs? I really do. I'm throwing a football party for Harvard-Yale next week and these will be on the menu!)

Creative and Business

+ 9 GIFs that explain responsive design.
+ 9 things you should read if you take your blog or business seriously.
+ 40 brands and logos with hidden messages.
+ How to do a great job on a stretch assignment.
+ Love these tips for new freelance designers.
+ Is Etsy the new Silk Road of copyright infringement?

Random Reads

+ Book lovers out there will love this! Ordering my copy now!
+ This is so silly and funny.
+ On Taylor Swift: "OK, great gowns, beautiful gowns." - Aretha Franklin
+ Related: I just love her.
+ I'm not going to be able to say anything about Butt-gate that hasn't already been said, but...Kim. Girl.
+ 12 data maps that sum up London. Pretty cool!
+ People have WAY too much time on their hands and I'm glad that they use it for things like this!
+ 22 habits of unhappy people.
+ I started reading this thinking that I wouldn't find any of it funny but #12 had me LOLing for about 35 minutes.
+ The Mean Girls, back together!
+ I love that Josh Jackson calls Diane Kruger his "lady". Too cute.
+ OK, then!
+ Yes, please!
+ The real reason that it's nearly impossible to end the Cuban embargo.
+ Admittedly, I've had 1989 on repeat for weeks now, so sorry for all the Swift-related posts this week.
+ Olivia Pope drinks wine wrong. Lol.
+ I've been absolutely addicted to Serial, but is it problematic?

My favorite Instagram of the week via via @bleubird! (Though, I feel like that bunny may need to watch its back?)

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Okay, guys! Happy Saturday!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I know that we've just gotten back, but let's go on another little adventure, shall we?

Right on the heels of Italy, Ryan surprised me with a mini getaway to Cheltenham! I was told to pack a change of clothes and a smile and we were off! I've got to admit, even when he told me the name of our destination at the train station, I still had no idea where we were going. But! We've got a bit of a history of me just blindly getting on trains or planes for surprise trips so I knew it would be fun! After a quick and easy journey, we found ourselves in what has now become one of my favorite little towns!

Hungry (as always), we dropped our bags off and headed out in search of food. Our watering hole of choice? The Circus Bar! This place was so charming (and warm!) and had fantastic staff. The drinks and food were excellent as well and we spent half of our meal discussing all the future meals that we'd love to have there!

After we stuffed our faces, we headed out for a walk around the town (and ended up in the company of even more food) and caught up with ourselves after all the hustle and bustle of traveling. Cheltenham is my idea of a perfect, calming getaway. Allegedly there's a nightlife scene there as well, but we were asleep by 8pm (no regrets!) and will have to discover that another time!

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

So, a few things. a) I'm alive! b) I actually have left the house in the last few weeks and have lots of (fun) stuff to show you! c) This will be the one and only Naples post because it's WAY overdue anyway and if I don't post it now it will never get posted.

I was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed by Naples. Our hotel was fabulous and the location was really convenient, but the city itself gave me a whole post-apocalyptic vibe that I can't remember feeling in any of our recent travels. It served as a great springboard to other adventures, but if we went back to the area, we probably wouldn't stay in the city proper*.

But the pizza? The pizza is everything they said it would be. I'm not going to say it's worth the trip just for that, but it's pretty damn spectacular. (Ryan has given the side eye to every pizza we've had since.)

If you missed our day trips to Pompeii and Sorrento makes sure that you catch up on those posts!

It's good to be back!

Happy Tuesday!

*I don't mean that to sound like my diamond shoes are too tight. We feel really lucky that we were even able to go on the trip and we're grateful for it. Naples just wasn't in our Top 5 of places we must visit again!
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