March 31, 2011

oui, oui went to paris

Back in late February oui took a trip to lovely, lovely Paris with some new and old friends to do a lot of work and and quite a bit of play. We traveled over with The Civil Wars for Tec to photograph them and for a music video, directed and shot by Becky Fluke.

Our apartment was right across the street from the Eiffel Tower, and even though you might think it's touristy and predictable, I was blown away. C'mon. What girl hasn't dreamt of seeing the Eiffel Tower? And did you know it sparkles at night? My goodness... talk about dreamy.

Here's a little 8mm video of our trip, set to the lovely sounds of Edith Piaf singing La Vie En Rose.

March 15, 2011

signs of spring

See! The winter is past...
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:11 & 12

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With the tragedy occurring relentlessly in Japan and throughout the world, it seems silly for me to continue with my scheduled post. So, instead, here's a sign of hopefulness in the form of a winter blossom that I look forward to every year. Our yard never looks as promising as it does when this plum tree blossoms and reminds me that Spring and the newness that she brings are right around the corner.

I encourage all of us to keep those that are struggling for the necessities and for healing in our prayers and to find ways to help when we can. This is a great site that directs you to honorable charities that will be conscientious with your money.

March 11, 2011

babies, books, bunting and...

Dang. I so badly wanted to use another "b" word.

This past weekend was the baby shower for the ever beautiful and creative Kellie of Edible Trampolines. The week before the shower, a bunch of us got together to create the decorations for the shower that could double as decor for little Isla Harper's nursery.

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The hanging books were the big undertaking, but only because they take quite a bit of time. But the process of folding the pages is so mindless that it can be worked on while you're indulging in your guilty-pleasure-TV. Here's how they're done:

Use a paperback book that's about 2 inches thick. Trashy "grocery store" romance novels are the perfect size. Ha! Play around with folding the pages in different ways. (i.e., fold all the top corners in towards the center or fold one page up and fold the next page down, etc.) After you've folded all the pages, rip the front cover off if you want to hang it like you see above. (If you want to lay the piece out as decoration, fold the covers as well and you're done!) Then, lay whatever rope or twine you'll be using to hang the books inside the binding and slather quite a bit of hot-glue in and around the outer binding and onto the rope. Then quickly, while the glue is still hot, wrap the book around the rope so that the outer binding fully encloses the rope. Voila!

Also, I want to give credit where credit is due:
The gorgeous terrariums were created by Kellie's sister, Desiree. If you're interested in your own custom terrarium by Des, feel free to email her at Also, a big thanks to the beautiful Missy for taking the lovely photos of the shower!

Happy Friday. Happy weekend. Happy almost-spring.

March 9, 2011

shop instillation : i see london

I see London, I see France, I see...
a really beautiful store.

My sweet friend Meg owns, co-owns and runs two beautiful sister boutiques here in Nashville: Habit, an accessible yet chic women's clothing store, and right next door is I See London, one of the sweetest and sexiest lingerie stores around.

Here's the latest I See London instillation I created. I think the embroidery hoops and the ring of paper chains would also be a beautiful addition to a nursery. Or, if you were super ambitions, imagine how gorgeous it would be to get married under a massive canopy of paper chains in all sizes! Ohhhh...

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March 7, 2011

pretty paperwhites + pebbles

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

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After being in ol' Pairs (but say it like Pair-eee) for the past week, I came home to one of my lovely paperwhite bulbs blooming. What a sweet sign of spring.

These guys are a hearty breed of bulbs and they grow pretty much anywhere, any time. This bulb was planted on February 20th, so this is what it does in about two weeks. But I planted four bulbs in another container and they're nowhere close to blooming. (I may have let the roots get too dry while we were gone for the week.) So play around with what you plant them in, what you plant them on and where you place them in regards to sunlight. (Paperwhites can grow in dirt, pebbles, rocks, shells--you name it!) Here's a link to growing them with a bit more info.

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

March 1, 2011

jose villa : fine art wedding book

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Hey now-now! I know those people!

Jose Villa's book, Fine Art Weddings, features beautiful insight and imagery into the world of wedding photography. The book releases March 29th but it can be pre-ordered off a number of sites if you want to make sure your hands get a copy of this little gem.

And PS--We're beyond stoked to be included in a collection of such beautiful images. We haven't seen the book in person, but apparently there is a pic or two of my handsome husband gracing the pages. Oh-la-la!