Makes me smile

It has been an introspective time, a time of change, thinking and planning . . . a time for dreaming — about nothing and everything all at once.  And without  being too deep or too serious, I’ll dream of tiaras, ball gowns in nature, the perfect pair of elegant shoes — fit for a princess. So if thoughts at this moment were to fall, they would probably look something like this . . .





A flower cannot blossom without sunshine,
and a man cannot live without love.



Welcome to February! The month of pink and red, blossoms the color of spring, and romance. I am going to do what I do every year, make sure that I give the men in your lives some advice.

— Dont ever buy the jewelry sets advertised on TV, they can be summed up in one word, tacky.

— No red roses, way too cliché. That is, unless those are her favorite flowers. Know what flowers your girl loves and do everything in your power to get those, even if it is a single stem of her favorite type.

— I have always made my own Valentines Day cards. They are extra special due to the time and creativity I put forth in making them. Guys, I don’t expect you to turn into Martha Stewart overnight, it is ok to buy a card. My tip is this: take the time to write in it, don’t just sign your name at the bottom of what really is another persons printed love letter. Make it your own. I have a friend who handmade Valentines for her guy and is sending him one everyday in the mail until the 14th. That’s 14 small little Valentines! Adorable.

As for me, I am optimistically hopeful that my prince charming will show up on the 14th with a bouquet of pink peonies. If not this year, maybe the next. Nonetheless, something like this…


Or perhaps a mixed bouquet with garden roses (they are very different from regular roses, as you can see in the picture below) equally stunning and a lot more cost-effective…


These flowers can be hard to find and if you plan to buy online get ready to pay a hefty price tag. My advice– if you live in San Diego, check out Green Fresh Florals located in Hillcrest. They carry the best selection, value and talent that I’ve seen. I adore them and exclusively work with Carlos and Travis for all my floral needs. I do however want to mention one other vendor that is spectacular — Blush Botanicals. I’ve seen their work but have not had the opportunity to work with them, I think they are rather costly, but they are definitely talented ladies. If you live out-of-state, find a local florist.

Here is how it works:

– I tell him how much I want to spend (anywhere from $35-50 dollars — pick a budget)

– We then pick out a couple different flowers and colors that catch my eye.

– The last important step is to tell your florist you want a “flower on flower arrangement” with NO greenery. Absolutely NO babies breath or filler greens! Flower next to flower gives a stunning and couture look to your arrangement (as shown in both pictures).

– Then simply let him work his magic.

A couple of notes: You can go in with your own vase or buy one there. You don’t NEED a vase, they present beautifully and are more cost-effective if you skip it. Most ladies already have several vases around the house. But, take into consideration that Travis will do a perfect arrangement in a vase and your girl might struggle a little if she has to cut and arrange them at home to fit her vase (especially if she doesn’t have cutting sheers, yes, you need them). The vases at the store are very reasonably priced.

Congratulations, you easily saved yourself $100 dollars and will be getting an arrangement that looks like it’s worth $200 dollars! And, you have also officially passed “How to give a girl Flowers 101” by Couture Makeup. One of the many classes I offer specializing in the art of sweeping a girl off her feet. 😉

Happy kissing! xo

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Paris is style, grace and trend-setting fashion. Below is some inspiration, perfect for a romantic night out, in the city of fashion. Paris, one of the most romantic places in the world — a city that promises love — the city of lights, magic and excitement. . .

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{via- pinterest by couture makeup, this is glamorous}

I love this picture. I don’t know why…it doesn’t really make sense… the wedding cake by the phone? What? Is that a wedding prop phone? I don’t even care though, this picture makes me happy so I am posting it. Sometimes things just make me smile and I like to share those smiles with the world.


I just figured out why I love this picture, it’s the glitter cake! Im a sucker for glitter!! An actual glitter cake is sadly unrealistic, but such a fun and whimsical idea! Now if only someone would create edible glitter, we would be in business! Nothing says party in your mouth like some glitter cake would… No? *laughing* I need to stop writing today, this post is getting weird, in that awesome kinda random weird, but nonetheless, weird. I feel inspired to rant about nothingness so I guess I’ll let you go. 🙂 Cheers! ♥

{Image via 100 layer cake }

I am ready for summer. I suddenly feel a compelling need to stash away all of the heavy winter things and throw open all of the windows . . . Say hello to Spring with romantic and happy shades of pink. I am truly obsessed with the pink sequin modern mini (shown below) and all of Chanel’s new Spring collection. Welcome to the first day of March! xo

{images via my girly side tumbler}

February, the month of romance and love… and speaking of love, I wanted to write a post about love letters. Valentines Day just passed and I had so much fun making my cards. There is nothing as touching as a hand written note from someone you love. Handwritten letters are a lost art, We type, text and e-mail one another, but rarely do we sit down and write out a letter. This year, I encourage you to get artistic and make your own cards. It is not only a fun project, but I promise you — and this is a promise — that the person receiving your card or letter will be touched and grateful that you took the time to make it and be creative.

Paper Source is one of my favorite places ever. They have a lot of do-it-yourself products and card making materials! And of course, there is also Michaels or Target!

{images via this is glamorous}

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