February's installment of 'Behind the Scenes' highlights Asia of the blog Sparrow Soirees. Asia and I crossed paths at Alt Summit two January's ago at a lovely breakfast she hosted for bloggers from the Pacific Northwest. Asia is an uber talented social media and event consulting maven. If you're in need, she's your girl! Asia resides in Seattle with her husband and two adorable boys.
CollectsA porcelain holiday village set my Grandma started while I was in high school. Each Christmas she would give each grandchild a retiring piece or two from our “assigned" collection until she passed in 2006. The Mister and I started buying a piece or two each year since then. Some day I hope to be in a house with a space large enough to display it safely during the holidays. It always reminds me of her and I’m thankful for the tradition she gave us to enjoy.
Admires Teachers in our public school system. What they do day in and day out for our kids is just amazing. They’re not given enough credit for the number of challenges they meet and overcome on a daily basis while trying to do their job in the classroom.
Daydreams To become an accomplished home chef.
Guilty Pleasures Whole Foods has amazing chocolate chip cookies in the bakery section - they are so darn good.
Weekend Pursuits We’re usually rushing all around town so I’d say enjoying a movie with a big bowl of popcorn with my family on the couch.
Libation of Choice In order: A crisp Cava or Prosecco, Charles Smith’s Kung Fu Girl Riesling, or Baileys in my coffee.
Coffee or Tea Coffee. Always.
Blooms of Choice Peonies, lilacs, ranunculus, and cherry blossoms.
Favorite Book Books to me are like my children; I cannot pick a favorite. Books that have profoundly impacted my life, “The Poisonwood Bible” by B Kingsolver, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by M Angelou, “The Sun Also Rises” by E Hemingway, and “East of Eden” by J Steinbeck.
Where I’d Rather Be Enjoying a coffee and sweet bite at a cafe after spending the day exploring the nooks and crannies of an amazing, inspirational French coastal town.
Lipstick or Gloss of the Moment Moxie/Raise the Bar, by Bare Minerals (lipstick)
Nail Polish Du JourAsphalt by CND Vinylux
Scent Chance, by Chanel
Style Icon Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Michael Kors, Angelina Jolie (I couldn’t pick just one).
Can’t Leave the House WithoutChapstick
Pending Vacations This summer we’re heading to Long Beach Island, NJ. It’s a little slice of heaven along the eastern coast.
To quote Carly Rae Jepson, "and this is crazy", but today marks my 10 year Blogiversary. It's almost impossible to wrap my head around that numeral. In honor of the monumental occasion, I'm hosting a giveaway. Hooray!
Included in the giveaway is $100 to Minted and some other surprise bits and bobs. So enter darlings and enjoy the chance to win a shopping spree from one of my favorite sources for art and paper goods.
I'm not going to wax poetic about what these 10 years have meant, but rather focus on the next decade. So here's to getting our FUN on!
So I'm almost a week out from the last day of Alt Summit. It was a whirlwind of back TO back lectures, socializing, networking, and engaging. Alt was draining in the most delightful of ways. My priority since my return home was to diligently visit the blogs and social media of all the talented ladies I rubbed shoulders with.
This was my third Alt Summit, my Junior year, if you will. Last year's conference was all about making connections, while this year was all about deepening those connections and having FUN.
In case you aren't in the know, I wanted to showcase a hashtag my dear friend Amy, of the blog Commona My House, started on Instagram. Because we share an adoration of malachite, I started chiming in on her malachitemonday hashtag. I should clarify that we don't only adore malachite, we're kind of obSESSED. Hence our board on Pinterest, Malachite, which also fuels our addiction.
When I was in SLC last week for Alt Summit, I managed to find not one but two malachite baubles to fawn over. The first was $10 cocktail ring at the vintage store Decades. Though now I could kick myself for not purchasing the second similar ring they were showcasing. Conveniently next door to Decades happens to be a gem of a store called Bohem. I died and went to heaven when I walked through Bohem's hallowed doors. There I spied the most STUNNING malachite cuff. Though the $130 price tag unfortunately gave me pause. If it's still there in May (my Birthday month), I'm so treating myself. I just couldn't justify the purchase at the moment.
So all this to say, please do chime in with your own #malachitemonday photographs on Instagram. We'd love to have you!
In a mere two days I'll be in Salt Lake City for my third Alt Summit, a conference for designers and bloggers. My junior year the keynote speakers include: artist extraordinaire Lisa Congdon, author Dallas Clayton, Jess Lee of Polyvore, and Susan Peterson of Freshly Picked.
The first night of the conference I'm attending an intimate dinner hosted by Minted at Taqueria 27 (think fancy tacos and fine tequilas). Minted's company philosophy aligns with my own and their products are top notch. From business cards to customized wrapping paper, I've been beyond thrilled with their customer service and finished product.
Alt is known for their parties and this year doesn't disappoint. Their Thursday night soiree was given a Downton Abbey theme. Being a superfan of the show, this theme thrilled me to no end. And then the anxiety set in about securing the perfect attire. The saving grace is that the theme isn't meant to be taken too literally, no head to toe 20's attire expected. I was able to track down a dress that seemed apropos, but as always I'll add my own twist to the decade. Oh, and I may or may not have gotten a manicure to match my business cards.
There's always all sorts of last minute prep that takes place leading up to Alt. In addition to securing the appropriate attire, I created a flower crown to sport at Minted's "floral" themed dinner. I'm absolutely smitten with flower crowns and the excuse to create one for the Minted dinner was thrilling. In lieu of designing new business cards for this years conference I decided to go the up-cycle route. I thought I'd tackle the task of "gilding" the edges of my business cards with gold spray paint. This wasn't as easy as Pinterest leads one to believe. There were quite a few casualties where the spray paint bled onto the cards. Overall though the gold edge elevated the cards to coincide with my ultimate vision.
At last years conference I managed to walk away with a "tribe" of gal pals with whom I formed genuine friendships. This year my hope is to put myself out there to discuss potential partnerships and collaborations with fellow bloggers and brands. But above all else I want to have FUN.
Within the next several months you can expect new features, content, and collaborations on Entre Nous. It's a new year and there are exciting things on the horizon.