Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Workshop

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One of the best things about having Ban.do's Jen Gotch as a boss is that she likes to do fun things like this! She and Bri from Design Love Fest hosted a DIY Craft Event at Anthropologie where you got to make your own inspiration string. They were well stocked in the essentials: mini heart balloons, glitter sequins, neon card stock and gold doilies! Anthro also served up yummy snacks that included virgin mojitos and tasty macaroons!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Girlie Show

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I have to admit, I was a little nervous about posting these on Winkeland. But, seeing as how I love them so much, I figure...what the hell! A while back, I was thinking about possible gifts for Morgan's birthday when my friend Carly (who is photographed above and who is also a member of the Pinup Angels) told me about Girlie Show Photography. It's a super fun, feminine pinup studio in Huntington Beach. They offer professional hair, makeup and costume options depending on the package you get. Owner Keesha Langdon is not only fantastic with that camera of hers but she has a genuine talent of making woman feel comfortable and sexy...even though they might feel ridiculous and awkward in a tin wash tub.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Meet the Winkelmanns



With very little hesitation, Morgan and I decided to apply for a chance to take a Creative Live course with Jasmine Star. If you’re into photography and need help in creating a well rounded business, she’s your gal! The course will be on the making and marketing of an editorial wedding and will be held in Seattle over the course of three days in late April. We recently had the amazing opportunity to meet Jasmine in person at The Fix and would seriously die if we were chosen. We shot this video in our apartment using an external microphone and our iphones. Wish us luck!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

With A Little Bit of Luck

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I know it's a little late but here are a couple vignettes from my weekend. For the past couple of years, I've been obsessed with the thought of going out on St. Patrick's Day for a green beer. Well folks, this weekend I had my first. It was actually just beer and food coloring but I thought it tasted extra special. I also fashioned my first green ornament wreath inspired by St. Patrick's Day! On top of these monumental events, I finished my first week at Ban.do! It's amazing how fast the day flies by when you're doing something that makes you happy. I'm still trying to get use to this topsy turvy schedule. I've been so accustomed to a 9-5, it feels weird driving across town at lunch hour.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Always...

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On Monday I started an internship with Ban.do! If you read my blog, you’re probably already familiar with the brand and the ladies behind it. In fact, you’re probably wearing at least two of their pom pom flowers somewhere on your person. In any case, I feel extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to work with such creative women in an environment where glitter and funfetti reign supreme.
Accepting this position turned out to be one of the hardest (but necessary) decisions of my career. I know this may sound overly dramatic coming from someone who second-guesses herself at least 10 times a day, but trust me when I say that it’s not. Straying from a stable job with benefits into an internship where I donate my time is something that I’m going to have to adjust to financially and mentally. To learn how to bounce back and make things, well…just work, has become my new motto. Someone once told me that, “if you leap, a net will appear.” When or where this figurative “net” will come to my rescue remains to be seen. However, I know I’m going to have to take ownership of this so-called net and help make my own one appear. And, despite the fact that I’m bracing for rough waters ahead, I can’t help but smile at all the new possibilities that have opened up and a sense that I’m getting closer to a career that makes me happy.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Saguaro- A Review

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Last weekend, a couple of friends and I spent the weekend in Palm Springs at the newly renovated Saguaro Hotel. It’s conveniently located between the Ace and the Parker (if you’re thinking about pool hopping). They offer free bike rentals and a shuttle that takes you to the Downtown area. On Sunday mornings, they offer a 9 AM yoga class on the main lawn by the pool. The class felt a little introductory to me so my hopes are that they begin offering intermediate and advanced yoga sessions earlier in the morning so you’re not distracted by people starting to stir from their rooms.
Our room had chic, brand new amenities and but still smelled a little like fresh paint (which was expected as they just opened in February). The pool area was very inviting with their bright yellow recliners and bright pink towels. They also offered flavored waters all around the hotel which was nice. Tinto, the hotel’s Spanish style tapas restaurant, was amazing. Both Tinto and El Jefe (the lobby’s margarita bar) are helmed by Iron Chef Jose Garces and are his first two restaurants in California. I recommend the Chefs tasting menu. Its 55 dollars and you will not be disappointed. If you’re a foodie, who loves design and who needs a little R&R, you’ll love this hotel!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What's In Your Bag?

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So what were in those swag bags at The Cream anyway? I decided to break out new light box and shoot the loot so to speak! I think my favorite items were the truffle plate from BHLDN and the boutonniere from Twig and Twine. However, I have a feeling that i'm going to like the jams from both The Flashdance and J and R Foods.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Birthday Love

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Look what Morgan sent me last Friday for my birthday! My very own Geronimo balloon! I’ve been obsessed with Geronimo’s whimsical balloons ever since they first made appearance in LA in 2011. It was made even extra special when Jihan, the girl behind Geronimo, hand delivered it! I was in such a shock, I forgot to tell her that she’s on my screen saver…embarrassing and nerdy I know. The balloon is spectacular and even more stunning in real life if you can believe it. Every time I look at it, it makes me feel sublimely special and extremely lucky that I have one hell of a guy!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Cream - A Review

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Here are a few photos I snapped at last week’s Cream soiree. The event was put on by Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please and showcased some of most talented people in the Los Angeles wedding sphere. The doors opened at 6:00 but I arrived at 6:30 and was met with an enormously large line to get…not surprised. I guess word spread about those coveted swag bags (one of which I scored). The Book Bindery in Culver City proved to be a beyond amazing space with its two large rooms connected by a long neon-clad hallway. I spent most of the night oooing and ahhhing at all of the vendor’s creative displays sprinkled throughout the space. Also, everyone looked so glamorous in their glitter capes and bright, candy-colored dresses and I felt like it only heightened “the Cream” experience. Later in the night, right before the dance competition, BHLDN showcased bridal gowns from their new collection and I think my heart stopped when I laid eyes on this limited edition number by Anna Sui. And, in true Ban.do fashion, their booth was a confectionary overload, adorned with an outrageous balloon display and a plethora of cute glitter and sequin garlands! In short, even if you’re not planning on getting hitched any time soon but love dressing up, eating cake, and drinking lavender champagne, it’s definitely a fun night out with the girls!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Plan On

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Happy Friday fun day everyone! Last night's Cream event was nothing short of magical. I'm in the process of rounding up some of my favorite photos from the event for upcoming blog posts. I also have a big announcement that I’ll be making on Monday…yikes. Oh, and on top of it all, it’s my birthday on Monday so Morgan and a couple of my friends are heading out to Palm Springs tomorrow to check out the Saguaro Hotel and some of my favorite thrift stores!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tonight's the Night

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So excited for The Cream tonight! Is anyone else going? I'm flying solo so if you're going to be there, come find me. I'll either be at the Ban.do booth or awkwardly walking around taking photos. Either way, let's be friends and smooze the night away!