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Join us next week at one of our FAVORITE markets of the year – St. Martin’s Joy of Giving!  The market starts with a preview party Tuesday, October 21st from 6 to 9pm.  $15 tickets get you a first look at all of the goodies for sale and appetizers, making it the perfect girls’ night out with your friends!  The fun continues with free admission shopping on Wednesday, October 22nd from 9am to 5pm and Thursday, October 23rd from 9am to 3pm.

Merchants offering fabulous gifts for everyone
on their Christmas list, stylish clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories,
unique home décor, jewelry and much more.

Tuesday Early Bird Shopping Night – Enjoy an evening at the Market and get a sneak peek
at the fabulous items for sale.

Daily Silent Auctions featuring donations from the fabulous merchants
ECW Pantry items for those busy autumn days when there’s no time to cook!

 Delicious boxed lunches, morning and afternoon snacks,
coffee and beverages available at Café St. Martin’s.

Package check to safely store your purchases while shopping.

For safety reasons, no strollers, carts or wagons allowed.

All proceeds support ECW Outreach initiatives in support of women and children.

Get more information on their website here.

Trunk Show Today!

 

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Still need a gift for Mom?

 

Join us TODAY at a pop up shop…
just in time for Mother’s Day!

 

Shop Andrea Montgomery Designs jewelry,
along with other Mom Owned Businesses and support
local moms while finding a gift for yours (or yourself!)

 

Saturday, May 3rd from 11am to 3pm
at Langford Market’s West Ave location
2800 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas

 
 
 

Save the Date!

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Save the date to join us at the Spring Thing Market at Chapelwood United Methodist Church next week.  We absolutely LOVE doing this show.  We’ve done this one for about eight years or more now and we love it every single year.  It is so fun to connect with friends and long-time customers and we love the other vendors, too!  Everyone is so sweet and brings such lovely things to sell.  (The shopping is one of our favorite parts of markets!)

Brookwood Community always comes with their amazing plants and garden pieces.  They have super deals on plants and arrangements (always love a bargain) that are so beautiful AND the sales benefit this amazing community that provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.  Tres Chic always brings adorable clothes, clutches and pashminas at amazing prices.  Our friends at Pomp and Circumstance Boutique here in Houston are coming this year as well with their amazingly-priced clothes and accessories.  (Hopefully they’ll bring more of those adorable Texas “Home” t-shirts for toddlers that we bought at the St. Martin’s Joy of Giving Market!)  MD Anderson Childrens Art Project is coming this year as well.  We always love buying from them – adorable things that benefit brave children – what could be better?  Our buddies at Smathers and Branson are coming this year, too!  We absolutely love these guys.  They make gorgeous needlepoint items for guys and gals.  They have cute, preppy belts that feature needlepoint designs including college logos, fish, flags and even monograms.  They make wonderful gift items.  (My hubs LOVES the one I got him, as do my nephew and brother !)  They also have adorable keychains, wallets, baseball caps and even flasks.  Its hard to find cool guy gifts, but these guys always bring them, so definitely stop by this booth.  There are also loads of yummy food items at the show, so don’t miss those spots to shop, either!

On Tuesday, March 11th, there is a preview party from 5pm to 8.30pm that is $10 per ticket.  The free shopping days are Wednesday, March 12th from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, March 13th from 9am to 3pm.

For more information on the show and what other vendors will be there (complete with photos – fun!) check out their Facebook page here.  Scroll down for a blurb about us from their Facebook page.  We are proud to be one of their “favorite vendors!”  See you at the show!

 

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For the Guys…

We’re having a special Houston trunk show – just for the guys!
Come shop in peace with a cocktail in your hand.

Get ideas on what your sweetheart might like and leave with it gift-wrapped and ready to give.  What could be easier and more fun than that?

We’ll have gorgeous handbags and snakeskin cuffs from Presmer and lots of sparkly options  from Andrea Montgomery Designs…including deep discounts on diamond pieces and other sale items.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Email us here for the address and the inside scoop!

(Girls, want to let your guy know about the show?
Just copy the link below and send it to your man!)  http://blog.andreamontgomery.com/2014/02/for-the-guys/

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Langford Market Trunk Show Photos

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We had so much fun at Langford Market’s West Ave flagship location today!  They girls who work in there are absolutely adorable and are so, so sweet and helpful.  You should definitely stop in and check the place out.  The decor and ambiance in the store offer a lovely aesthetic in which to shop and the clothes are really well-priced and offer on-trend colors and styles.  Their jewelry isn’t at all my style, but their clothes are really cute!  And maybe that’s why they asked me to come in and do a trunk show – to offer a slightly more dainty option.  The customers were all very kind and excited to try on a more dainty look and find some things to layer with items they already had.  A win-win!

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One of our new pieces – a large crescent moon pave set with diamonds on a multi-strand
oxidized sterling silver chain that can be worn long or short.  Hip, elegant and gorgeous!

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Our setup on their cool antique stand

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Closeup of the diamond and 14k gold pieces

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Trunk show sparklies!

 

Langford Market – West Ave

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Houston’s hip store, Langford Market opened a new location in the posh West Ave shopping center in River Oaks on Black Friday 2013.  The store is absolutely gorgeous in a chic, simplistic way.  It’s the perfect spot to shop on a lazy Saturday or Sunday – maybe just before or after weekend brunch at one of the hip new spots in West Ave – Del Frisco’s Grill or St. Genevieve (which both feature super cute ambiance and yummy menu items!)  I think Langford Market is a little like a more reasonably priced Anthropologie – and who doesn’t love a little Anthro?!  Langford Market has great deals on trendy tops and jewelry and they are currently having a sale – 40% off the entire store.  You can’t beat that!

I’m excited to be doing a trunk show tomorrow at their West Ave location from 11am to 3pm tomorrow.  I stopped in today to check things out and took a few pics for y’all so you can see this cute boutique that is definitely worth popping into.  Tootsies, just a few doors down, is also having their big annual sale with savings up to 70% off!  So, stop by West Ave tomorrow for a bite and some amazing sales – and be sure and pop in to visit us tomorrow during the trunk show!

 

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Trunk Show at Langford Market

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Join us on Saturday for a trunk show at Langford Market’s gorgeous new West Ave location!  It’s sure to be a fun time with a sneak peek at upcoming collections.  Click here for more info on the event.

A Home Trunk Show

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This morning, my sweet friend hosted a trunk show for me at her lovely home.  She is just about one of the most creative friends that I know.  She attended Parsons School of Design when we were living in New York and has made jewelry, designed clothes, mastered cooking and brings a dose of creativity to pretty much everything she does – which is a lot with her three kids!

One thing she is currently pursuing with amazing creativity is her commitment to Alfie, her Elf on a Shelf.  She puts most other Elf on a Shelfers to shame – or inspires them with awesome ideas.  I’m not sure which.  I’m not an Elf-er, but if you are and want fabulous ideas for things your elf can do (if you have a decent amount of free time!) you should follow her on Instagram here.

For this morning’s Alfie escapade, Michele had a jewelry heist theme, in honor of my trunk show.  It was super cute!  Photos below…

 

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Girl Boy Girl

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Carmel-by-the-Sea has got to be one of my favorite towns in the world.  It is stunningly gorgeous.  The rocky coastline, the turquoise ocean lapping upon white sandy shores and the wind-shaped cypress trees all come together to form an intoxicating cocktail of beauty that I find incredibly relaxing.  And the town itself is quaint and adorable, but also filled with delicious little finds.  There are lovely antique shops, gorgeous home decor stores, galleries filled with amazing art and, of course, fabulous eats.  What there aren’t a lot of is clothing boutiques.  I’m pretty sure that’s because Sweet Pea has that market cornered.

Sweet Pea is that shop owner who makes you want to be friends with her.  She’s darling and friendly and has the most incredible memory.  A few years ago, when I was pregnant with my first, I walked into her store for the first time.  She complimented me on the jewelry I was wearing and I casually mentioned that I made it.  Five minutes later, I had the contents of my personal jewelry collection out of my travel jewelry pouch sprawled all across her counter and we were gabbing like old friends.  She was like a kid in a candy store picking things out and asking questions and I left her store after the whirlwind (and accidental!) jewelry showing with a large order to fill.  She has remembered me (and far more impressively, my kids!) ever since.  She always recognizes me immediately and makes me feel like I’ve walked into a friend’s home each time I walk into her beautifully curated boutique.  I’ve overheard her telling a customer that she remembers the pair of black pants they purchased there years ago and has a fantastic top to put with it.  I mean, come on!  Service like that is rare and I think that, along with her impeccable eye for fashion, is what makes Sweet Pea the fashion maven of Carmel.

GBG, which stands for Girl Boy Girl, is her signature store which is located on the corner of Mission and 7th.  Paloosh is the slightly younger sister store of GBG and is located at Ocean and Dolores.  Both carry gorgeous, unique clothes and are definitely worth stopping by.  You’re pretty much guaranteed not to be wearing the same thing as everyone else you know.  This isn’t the place to come looking for a “steal” on sale, but it IS the place to come find an investment piece that looks amazing on you and will last for many years to come, all with the help of their knowledgable sales staff.

GBG now has some pieces from our latest Fall collection as well, so if you’re in the area, be sure to pop in and take a look.  We’re in the front jewelry counter, right in the center!  When you’re in there, be sure and ask for Sweet Pea and don’t forget to say hello to her adorable pugs, Murray and Penelope.  Photos below to show you just how cute this spot is!

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 gorgeous fur vest in the front window

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beautiful jewelry cases

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new necklaces from the Fall AMD collection!

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another look at the Andrea Montgomery Designs in their lovely case!

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precious Murray – woof!

Stephanie Larson Guest Post

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Seriously, how cute is my friend Stephanie (above?)  I love this girl.  She is absolutely just as sweet as she is cute.  And she’s just as amazing at throwing parties as she is sweet.  Stephanie runs Stephanie Larson Events, an event planning business here in San Francisco.  Her company provides boutique wedding planning & coordination services in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a few parties that Stephanie planned and let me just tell you, it was like a Pinterest board came to life.  This girl has talent!  One such event was our friends Brian and Mina’s wedding.  It was held at Rome Valley Vineyards in Garden Valley, California and it was spectacular (not to mention a TON of fun.)  Brian and Mina incorporated so many fun things into their special day, as you can tell from the gorgeous photos on Stephanie’s blog post.  (Sidenote – the photographer is also a friend of mine and you’ll be meeting him in a few weeks as well!)

Today, Stephanie has some helpful wedding planning tips for us.  So, let’s sit down with the real** San Francisco-based wedding planner and see what fab ideas she has for us today.  (**Not that I don’t also adore the San Francisco-based movie, The Wedding Planner, and J-Lo’s impeccably dressed character, because I do!

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BE INTENTIONAL WITH YOUR TIME

I recently become a new parent and while reading through a parenting book I came across the principal, “begin with the end in mind”.  Although this seems like a simple organizational strategy, I think that it is a great reminder for planning a wedding too! If you are capable of visualizing how you would like to spend the hours that make up your wedding day, you should be able to remain intentional throughout the months of planning ahead.

Planning your wedding can seem like an overwhelming journey.  Even with a small wedding, there are many different vendors and details that make up this single, important day. Together with your fiancé, write down what you would like your wedding day to look like.  I do not mean what it should look like aesthetically, but what you would like your time to look like.

How much time do you want to interact together with your guests? 

This is important to consider and you will most likely really have to work to find time to visit with your guests.

Would you like to attend your cocktail hour?

If the answer is yes, you will need to take your photos before the ceremony.  Talk to your photographer as soon as possible to determine how long your photos as a couple and with family will take and plan accordingly.

Decide what time of the night you would like to be finished with program items. 

These may include cutting the cake, first dances, and speeches.  I often have couples who like to get the program items out of the way early in the night, leaving them plenty of time to dance the night away with their guests.

 

EDIT, EDIT, EDIT…….YOUR PINS

I love browsing and collecting wedding inspiration from the photo sharing website, Pinterest.  That being said, it can become a blessing or a curse for brides planning their weddings.  There is a downfall to having access to thousands of wedding images online.  First, it can overwhelm your process in developing a design strategy and secondly, you can waste hours of time.  I believe that Pinterest is most effective in wedding planning if used to communicate your ideal aesthetic to your vendors.

As you pin wedding images that inspire you, remember to constantly edit your pins.  If you were to show someone your Pinterest boards, would they be able to identify the look you are going for? Remove the images that no longer fit your ideal wedding style and remember to label effectively.  You can’t expect you vendors to know why you like a particular image if you have not been descriptive when labeling your pins.

 

DELEGATE IN ADVANCE

(Especially important if you do not hire a wedding planner)

Most couples have a few friends or family members who will offer their help as the wedding day approaches. Unfortunately, this still requires the bride or groom to delegate responsibilities in the very busy days leading up to their wedding.

To avoid missing out on available help, keep a running list during the months of planning which include a variety of small tasks that you would like taken off your hands.  This way as people offer to help, you can refer to your list and delegate well in advance.

 

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