It’s a beautiful spring day, the perfect start to what is sure to be a whirlwind of a weekend.   Many cups of strong coffee are anticipated to balance out the very long days of work and play that lie ahead.  I am very much looking forward to the weekend’s schedule of bridal photo shoots, makeup appointments, to-do lists and creative marketing projects!  

Before it all begins, I find it fitting to start off the weekend with a collection of inspirations —  exquisite embellishments of beading and lace, an intermingling of tulle and ballerina buns, chandelier lined runways, & the most breathtaking beach straight out of a dream — enchanting glimpses of beauty in celebration of spring blossoms and all things glamorous . . .

Wishing you a weekend of joy and hoping it’s magical wherever you are!

xo Katy

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Ralph Lauren shows his fall 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week

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What a month.  What a weekend.   Last weekend we traveled out-of-town to wineries, where we laid in the flower fields and ate salted vanilla caramel, toasting our general awesomeness with bubbling rose champagne.  We dreamed. Dreams for the month and for the summer . . . There’s springtime in the air and the dawning of change is everywhere. There was reflection and heartache, laughter and tears.  The days have been filled with family and friends, the most beautiful sunsets, lemon drop martinis, fresh blueberry muffins, hot-stone massages, delicious food, long mornings and late lunches…

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I am so lucky to have such amazing people in my life.  The outpouring of love I’ve experienced from God as well as the people, places and opportunities that I’ve been so graciously blessed with, have continued to renew my spirit and hope.  I am counting every single blessing.  I am grateful for two wildly wonderful weekends in a row, for my momma’s visit, new and old friends, first dates and bundles of spring flowers.  Last but certainly not least, I want to thank and welcome my new Couture clients! It’s clear that wedding season is officially in full swing.  Welcome to the family!!! I can’t wait to work with all of you in the upcoming weeks and months.  You are gonna be keeping me very busy!

Hoping that your week is off to a perfect start, and that you take time to count every single blessing and smell the roses, or whatever flower you may happen to be near. . . for me, it’s a beautiful lei, straight from Hawaii, that has my entire room smelling of gardenias and orchids.  ❤

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LA VIE EN ROSE seems to be the slogan this spring, for everyone is smitten with all hues of pink, from bubblegum to orchid. While before, pink was almost too cliché for springtime. It seems this year it is being taken seriously by the fashion world, appearing everywhere from coats to dresses and taking the form of everything from satin to cashmere. Worn as a statement color or simply an understated touch, all hues of pink are being warmly embraced.  For what better color conjures up feelings of springtime and romance better than the shade of love itself?

I was very intentional choosing all of the different images, hues and styles pictured below.  I want you to appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of this season’s trend. Have fun with it! Spring (in my opinion) is the most magical and beautiful time of the year.  The passion of red mixed with the purity of white, results in the romance of pink. . . like the blushing of a lover’s cheeks.

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“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”

-John Ruskin

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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

The written word is truly an amazing thing. With the help of it we can record our innermost thoughts and look back at them months, years even decades later. I write for many different reasons, sometimes to simply spread beauty that I find in a photograph, to spread happiness… Other times, I use this blog as an outlet to share my feelings, personal failures and triumphs.

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It is a beautiful sunny day.  And while the romance of yesterday’s rain, which had me cosy in a cafe, running to shops for cover and un-expectantly browsing lingerie and linens until the storm passed.  Today, is replaced by golden rays of late-winter sunshine, which are falling, falling on everything and everyone, warming my skin and illuminating the first signs of Spring blossoms.  For sometime now, I’ve been struggling to find my place.  And as the season is changing, I too feel an inner shift, igniting my hunger for adventure, for change…  I’ve learned many lessons, most of them painfully — as lessons often are.  Though I’d like to think that I’ve come out the other side wiser, better… stronger.

Truthfully, last year was a bit of a bumpy road for me. I had my heart broken, experienced every possible growing pain of running a small business while struggling financially, fought some very serious health problems, and unfortunately… navigated most of it alone, at least I felt very alone.  I try to keep things happy and upbeat around here but it definitely hasn’t been all rainbows and pretty shoes behind the scenes. And now, to find myself in the midst of a brand new year, I can’t help but reflect and ask myself — So, what’s next?

I’m really, really looking forward to a fresh start. I have awesome girlfriends by my side, a new roommate (who is a gift from the Lord) and the most supportive family in the entire world… So, I declare this my year of faith.  I am letting go, I can’t control everything.  I have a father in heaven who knows much more than I do, it’s time to let Him take the reins.  So bring it on, 2014. I’m ready for you! 

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Similarly, happiness never decreases by being shared.” 

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Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing tone of purple — one that draws you in with its beauty and charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink –Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health. From fashion to home decor, this color is simply perfection.

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ArtSymphony_Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

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“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”
― Thomas Jefferson

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