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!
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/
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!
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!
Our setup on their cool antique stand
Closeup of the diamond and 14k gold pieces
Trunk show sparklies!
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.
Today, we are packed up and headed to San Francisco (where I definitely left my heart in September!) We haven’t been back since we moved to Texas and we are SO excited to see dear friends there – and to visit some of our favorite haunts (read: eat really good food and drink delicious lattes!) I have two jewelry shows in two different cities on back-to-back days there, so I’m sure to be a busy gal, but I promise to blog about our trip as I’m able, so you’ll know all about some of our favorite hotspots for your next visit to Fog City. One of the shows is a private home trunk show on Friday morning – if you’re interested in that, email us here. The second is the Junior League of Palo Alto Home Tour show on Saturday. For more information about that, click here.
See you soon, SF friends!
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!
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.
Let’s face it, every time we hear about New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week and see photos of all of the glitz and glamour of the runway, we get the teensiest bit jealous, right? I mean, it does look fun to sit front row on the runway and watch such amazing artistry in fabric and design breeze by on the catwalk. And the parties – they look like so much fun! Back when I lived in Manhattan, I loved walking by Bryant Park during Fashion Week. You could just feel the energy and the glimpses of gorgeous ensembles weren’t bad either!
New York, Paris and Milan aren’t the only cities serious about fashion, though. Add Austin to that ever-growing list of towns that really value the art of the craft – and fashion is no exception. This is the fifth year that Austin will hold an enviable Fashion Week and if you’ve never been, you really do owe it a second look. You may remember that I participated in Austin Fashion Week as a featured designer back in 2011 and it was an absolute BLAST! The city was buzzing with designers and lights and it was one fun party. Being interviewed on Austin’s KEYE news was really fun, too!
Last year, I wasn’t able to participate as I was literally having a baby on the night of the main event (and yes, he is more than worth missing out for!) This year’s lineup looks incredible and the show is boasting a new Spring date. This year, Fashion Week takes place May 3rd to 11th. Click for a list of the featured designers that will be showcased this year. On the AFW website, you can see a list of all of the events, buy tickets, find more info about the featured designers and learn about the history of AFW and its founder (and my friend,) Matt Swinney. Matt has done an incredible job of putting Austin on the global fashion map.
Austin is receiving more and more public attention these days and Austin Fashion Week is a fantastic example of why. Texas has its own way of doing things and in this case, its a huge success! Which event at Austin Fashion Week are YOU most excited about?
Today, we are thrilled to be one of the featured designers at the Candlelighter’s Lights of Courage Luncheon, where 20% of our sales will go directly to Candlelighters, which is a childhood cancer family alliance that is making a real difference in the lives of children with cancer. They offer real help to the families of children in the form of emotional, educational and practical support while their children are being treated for cancer. Candlelighters helps with meals, parking fees and groceries. They sit and listen to parents in an unbelievably difficult time. They provide camp experiences to the families that form lasting memories.
For more information about Candlelighters, check out their website here. We hope to see you at River Oaks Country Club for the luncheon today!
We travel to a LOT of shows. Holiday markets are one of our very favorite parts of what we do. We get to meet customers and help them knock things off of their holiday shopping lists, drink wine and eat treats and engage with our customers face-to-face in a world that has become a little too virtual, at times. In all of our travels, it is safe to say that the Hollydays show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is filled with some of the VERY kindest people we have ever encountered. Hands-down, these people are at the top of the list for the friendliest, most genuine, fun-loving people we have ever come across at a holiday show. It is one of our favorite events and we’re sure that it will be yours, too! For more information on this crazy fun event that benefits a special cause, visit www.hollydays.org