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A few weekends ago I took a drive to Topanga Canyon. It is just a quick drive up the Pacific Coast Highway and there are lots of amazing hiking trails and beautiful scenery. In the small center of town this little shop called Hidden Treasures caught my eye. I turned around and pulled into the parking lot and went a little crazy with my camera. There was an amazing back patio area of the shop and the light was shining through the trees and clutter just perfectly.
I had a lot of fun peering at and editing these, so I thought I would share!
Have you been on any fun adventures lately or stumbled into any cool shops?
Hello Lovlies! Tomorrow is Valentine's day, so whether you're going for a casual lunch, a picnic or a night out it's not a bad idea to have a cute outfit ready am I right? Well, I've got you covered!
For a picnic in the park, wear something comfortable yet girly. Wear our Quite oxfords, with scalloped shorts, a sleeveless button up with a chain detail, a dotted cardi & a lace clutch for an extra feminine touch!
Going out for lunch? Then wear our Travel oxfords with a printed teal dress, a white skinny belt & a cream clutch with a bow detail!
For a dinner date, get dressy! Wear our Illi wedge for some extra height with a body-con floral skirt to show off your legs. Then add a black lace top & a black clutch with gold detail, to be dinner date ready!
What are you guys thinking about wearing for Valentine's Day?
Hello! Valentina here. Today I’d like to share some thoughts on going to Ireland. I was just in Dublin last week playing some songs and I had the most amazing time. I’m so lucky to have many friends there who take me to the best places. So if you are on your way to Ireland, here are some places you have to visit.
Whelan’s : Whelan’s is a magical place. I went four times during my ten-day trip and never went home before 3 in the morning... They have several bars where you can order Guinness or anything you wish, and then they have two stages where they have concerts going on all the time! I went to see Nanu Nanu with a friend who knew them. It was great craic (fun)!
The International : My friend Tony often goes there to play some tunes with friends. When I went it was so fun and casual. Everyone who was sitting around was welcome to join in and sing with them! Furthermore, they have a wonderful Open Mic every Monday called The Monday Echo. It’s downstairs and it’s a lot of fun!
The Bleeding Horse : If you are a singer, you should go to their Apollo Sessions which happen every Sunday. Open mic. Sign in and sing your song! I’ve done it twice now. John and Fiach who run it are lovely souls.
The Ruby Sessions : I was lucky enough to play the Ruby Sessions last week with The Young Folk, Danny of The Coronas and Wyvern Lingo. The Ruby Sessions go on every Tuesday in Doyle’s Bar.
County Cork & County Kerry : Now these aren’t pubs or restaurants. I’m talking about the actual counties out west! Why? Because you will be amazed at how beautiful it is over there! Ireland is so small, it’ll take no time to get there.
What does one wear to go to Ireland? Well, expect there to be rain at least half the time you’re there. I’d recommend a trench coat, and some good shoes that won’t get soaked. Don’t bring an umbrella with you, just buy one at Penney’s! It’s a magical place. I would pick out some good boots: Makepeace, Mistress, Kaydon, Kanne, Kenessa all seem suitable. And for a night out at Whelan’s go for Colt flats!
PS. These are only a few suggestions! If you want more, feel free to come over to my blog and ask away.
Hello everyone! We love meeting young women who can be an inspiration for all and the day I met Celina (she's the floral designer for my wedding coming up this Spring), she definitely struck me as one of those types of girls! Celina is the floral designer & owner of Violette's. She's bright, creative & really has a knack for knowing what her clients want. Check out our interview with Celina to learn more about her!
1. Tell us a little bit about Violette’s Flowers. How did you come up with the idea for it? Where did the name come from?
When I was choosing names for my business, right off the bat I knew I didn’t want it to be Celina’s Flowers. I didn’t want my name in there at all. The idea just made me cringe. I wanted my business to have it’s own name. And one day when I was showering, the name Violette’s popped up. The name resembled violet (which is my favorite color of all time!) and it’s quirky pronunciation just felt right (Because I’m inept at phonics, I pronounced my business as “vee-oh-lets” even though it looks like is should sound like “violet”). And lastly, Violette’s looked pretty on paper so I was sold.
2. When did you decide you wanted to have your own business & why?
After apprenticing at a local flower shop and getting slightly over my irrational fear of failure, I decided to take a leap of faith. I fell in love with the feeling of contributing in some way to an event that celebrated the love between two people. Every time I handed a bride her bouquet, I would feel a rush of happiness. I loved that my job entailed making people happy. But most importantly, for the first time in my life, I knew this was something that I really wanted. I never felt this way towards my Bachelor’s Degree so I knew I had to run with it.
3. When did you fall in love with floral design?
I fell in love with floral design when I realized the endless possibilities of arrangements I could make. I loved seeing the beauty in things that were unconventionally beautiful. But above all, I loved working with my hands and bringing what I see in my mind to reality.
The most dangerous hobby of all: SHOPPING. Hahaha But I also love trying new types of foods and any kind of activity that involves my friends. I love photography but I am no expert. I only shoot in Av mode and I do a victory dance whenever I can get the lighting just right.
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. Therefore, I am doomed to forever crave boba, pho and tacos and in that order.
I draw my inspiration from nature. Everything I make, I try to make it as if it grew that way. Whenever I’m designing I think I mostly reflect on the days of when I studied abroad in London. I’m always trying to imitate the natural and effortless beauty of the English gardens that I visited.
It would have to be a tie between the freesia and lilac. Freesias smell amazing and I feel like I can look at them forever. As for lilacs, I love their color and texture.
I love the relationship that I get to establish with my clients; especially the freedom in being able to be personable. Secretly, it’s because I really love being able to use emoticons in my emails. But most importantly, nothing beats seeing the bride and groom’s expressions when they walk into a space I’ve decorated. Their happiness is my happiness.
I love to listen to music with my headphones when I brush my teeth. So there are incidences where I have been caught dancing or singing into the mirror. My family members and college roommate can vouch for that. You’d think I would have learned to shut the door for the sake of the public, but alas I always seem to forget.
Below are some pieces that Celina has done!
Really into Celina's work? You can see more of it here!
Shayna and I are getting super stoked to fly to NYC on Friday night. I grew up in CT, so I'm quite familiar with the city that never sleeps, but it will be Shayna's first time visiting!!! I can't wait to show her around, as much as our time will allow.
We are going to be attending LuLu*s NYFW Style Studio blogger party in Chelsea at 404 NYC! The event is based around following the LuLu*s style map throughout the evening, on your way to finding your personal style. Find out more details about the event and how you can attend, just click here.
At Blowfish, we think personal style is just another form of self expression, so we can't wait to see all the outfits, meet all the guests, and show everyone our new styles from Spring and Fall '13 collections! We will be giving out fun goodie bags to all who stop by our table, and hosting a super fun I SPY campaign, so even our fans at home can enter to win a free pair of shoes! We will be announcing 25 winners on 2/11/13, and you could be one of them.
Here are the details on how to enter:
Aside from making sure to follow us this weekend in NYC at #nyfwbfstyle, we could also really use your help in deciding what to wear! Shayna and I each picked our favorite shoe from the Spring '13 collection to wear and styled up 2 outfits each. Look below and comment with which outfit you think we should rock at LuLu*s NYFW Style Studio (updates at #nyfwstylestudio) on 2/9 at 404NYC.
Lindsey styled up the ILLI wedges with a orange skinnies & an oversized top for her first look. For her second look, she paired the ILLI with a mauve colored high low skirt, grey tights, and gold accessories. Which is your favorite, #1 or #2? Comment below!
Shayna styled up the quite smoking slipper with a black high-low dress and chambray top in her first look. In her second look, she paired the flats with knee socks, leather shorts and a white studded blouse. What's your favorite, #1 or #2? Comment below!
Help us decide what to wear this weekend in NYC for LuLu*s #NYFWSTYLESTUDIO event by commenting below! Follow us for updates all weekend at #NYFWBFSTYLE and enter to win our I SPY contest with #BFSTYLEFIND!
We'll have a full review when we return next week, so stay tuned!
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