Last night we had the pleasure of visiting the new Sarasota Modern for their grand opening party. Everything is just SO CUTE. From the pink floors, pink palms by the pool, outdoor bath tubs and more. I just love the retro twist on the rooms and decor. We had a fun time exploring and cocktail tasting. The Modern is a perfect staycation or girls night destination, I’m already looking forward to going back and trying Rudolph’s (the gator on the ceiling is fantastic, right?). I will let the photos do the talking…
Dress: Free People // Shoes: Raye // Bag: Cult Gaia
It’s been a few weeks since returning home from our honeymoon and I’m finally feeling ‘normal’ again & caught up on work after all of our wedding festivities and traveling. It has been a whirlwind to say the least! I’ve been dying to put some posts together but I had so. many. photos. to go through.
We kicked off our Scandinavian adventure with a short stop over in Oslo. I booked all one way flights through Norwegian and ended up saving a little (somehow?). It worked out to be cheaper to fly through Oslo than straight to Finland (where we originally planned our trip around) so we were like why not!? And oh how I wish we could have had more time here, but we packed our day and a half full and had so much fun. It consistently snowed pretty, fluffy flurries the entire time and stayed around 25-30 degrees (celsius). Having lived my entire life in Florida, snow makes me incredibly happy.
We got in at about 5pm on our first night and went to Mamma Pizza , we both agreed it was one of the best pizza’s we’ve ever had and it was a really cute little spot. The next day we took the bus (about 20 minutes & a beautiful ride) to the Viking Ship Museum which was Hunter’s main priority for the day 🙂 It was a small museum with mostly just ships and a few artifacts, something you could do in an hour or under. Next door to this is the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. It is partially open air with cabins, an old church (the black building in my photos) and then indoors is filled with beautiful folk art. It was really fun to explore in the snow and read about Norse culture. That night we went to Cielito for tacos. Everything was walking distance from our hotel, Citybox which was so nice for our short stay. There were many great shops, restaurants and cafes around the area. The morning that we were heading out we visited Gunnars Generasjonsbar, it was such a good breakfast. We had been craving a traditional breakfast and found it here…eggs, the most fresh bread ever and sweet potato tater tots. And oh the coffee in all of Scandinavia, it’s sooo strong and sooo dark and I’ve been missing it ever since!
Enjoy some snowy photos, I will be rounding up our time in Finland and Denmark next…
Happy New Year! I wanted to share some of our recent engagement photos at home as we enter into a very exciting time in life. Our wedding is just around the corner, 19 days and counting!
This year was a mixed bag of feelings. I found myself doing way less of what I love most, the very reason I ‘went into business’. Using my hands to create, the actual act of painting and creating. With growth of a small business and the way you end up wearing all the hats, it’s easy to lose sight of your true passion. I never set out to be a marketing director, a social media manager, an accountant, a customer service rep, or really even a business owner at all! I am a painter and an artistic free spirit to my core. The business side has never come as naturally to me, it has been many years of learning and trial and error. I have always had a strong drive for success though, to do more and to serve as many clients as possible. But this year I felt myself sinking and barely able to catch a breath as I desperately tried to keep up with all of my many commitments. Add the stress of planning a fairly large wedding and loss of key family members. I have been just surviving, not thriving. I stopped looking at the bigger picture and only worried about keeping up from day to day. It’s so hard to prioritize and find balance sometimes. This year, our marriage changes things. It’s not just about me anymore but a future with a person I love and the life we will build together. I want to feel more present in the moments I share with Hunter, family and friends and I want to use my time more intentionally. I want to carve out days where I can create just for fun, without the pressure of deadlines because that is when I feel the happiest and most fulfilled with my work. I want to get better at saying ‘no’. I have never been one for resolutions but rather setting attainable accomplishments for each year and evaluating short term and long term goals as the business grows and changes each year. I want to just generally feel like I am being a better person, friend, listener to those around me and I realize I can only do that when I myself am feeling happy, healthy and fulfilled by my career.
What do you think about resolutions? I definitely prefer a word or words to live by, something that is a work in progress not just for the year but for many. That being said I am choosing –
I N T E N T I O N + P U R P O S E + J O Y
I hope your New Year is off to a great start. Wish us luck (& good Florida weather) as we round out our 8 months of wedding planning for the big day on January 20th! I can hardly believe it’s here. It will likely be quiet around here this month but I will be SOOOO looking forward to sharing some end of the year projects from 2018, the things I created for our wedding, our photos, and our HONEYMOON! Big, wonderful adventures to come.
The shop will be taking a break towards the end of the month but we will still be shipping for the next two weeks and booking custom wedding clients for spring and summer!
I got such a wild hair to do a DIY when I saw these wood and ceramic slices at Michaels a few weeks ago! It was a really fun and different little craft-like project for me 🙂 Amidst the craziness of the holidays, wedding season and my own wedding planning I need a ‘break’ to do something just for fun. I wasn’t sure if I would actually be able to find the time but I ended up hand painting 20 of them and almost sold out right away! There are only three left here on Etsy. but I couldn’t resist sharing some photos here.
I hope these inspire you to do your own little holiday DIY!