inspiration

By Stephanie Marie
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Apr 21st, 2015
Spring Fever has hit me hard and my days are a mix of spectacular productivity and ridiculous laziness. There’s so much to be done! Is there time enough for it all? Do you ever get that “get to work” anxiety, when your to-do list looms and your ambition is soaring and there’s just not enough time in the day to work, recover, and keep the house clean? My month in Flagstaff has been wonderfully busy, but my focus has been on fitness first– and all my other ambitions (t...
By Bianca Gregson
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Apr 10th, 2015
Yesterday while I was working, a colleague gave me a quote that her husband had given to her. She had also just told me she had decided to follow her passion and begin her own cake making business. The quote read: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” This just so happened to be my all time favorite quote by Buddha. A quote that I have even thought about tattooing on my body! I’m not sure if it resonates with me because I have just started my own business, because I have stru...
By Stephanie Marie
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Apr 7th, 2015
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Love. Relationships. How do you know what to do? How do you know when to open your heart up to someone? How do you know who to let into your world? Is it just a feeling, that loud “YES” or that quiet “of course” that you hear in your heart? Or is it a rational pros and cons list that reveals your answer before you allow yourself to get lost in feelings? Which way is the right way? It’s a risk, not just to love, but to...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 24th, 2015
Does anything say summer quite like citrus? This vibrantly-styled tablescape captures the epitome of summer entertaining! Arizona floral designer Community Florist blend organic, earthy details with a bright aesthetic– think branches mixed with succulents, glorious yellows and purples scrambled up with reds and greens. For the ultimate summer soiree with a hint of Southwestern flare, pull together textures and colors that define the season. Fresh grapefruit and pomegranates are woven into t...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 24th, 2015
We are trained to believe that timing is everything… that when the time is right, magic will happen. I’m a big believer in the “everything happens for a reason” mantra, BUT I also believe that for the most part, the timing of our lives is a complete and utter mystery. When we get hit over the head with what we think is “bad timing,” trust and blind faith come into play, even when our hearts tell us it makes absolutely no sense. My life, for example, has been pl...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 18th, 2015
Guys, spring is so close I can taste it! And it couldn’t come a moment too soon… I know I personally started to succumb to the late-winter blues over the past few weeks, so when the warmer temps and bright sunshine hit us on Saturday afternoon, my soul rejoiced. How is your week going? Are you feeling stifled and cranky or are you feeling inspired and motivated? (I’m waffling between both extremes.) Take a few moments to seriously unplug, turn your brain off, and just ENJOY̷...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 17th, 2015
Okay– we’re usually rather serious in this space on Tuesday mornings, but this one made me laugh as soon as I read it today, so we’ll choose lightness and humor over ultra motivating and inspirational. I love that modern women are truly making things happen, dominating their industries, rising to the top– but until we change the mindset of the general population, can we really say we’re going anywhere? We could get into a huge conversation about sexual equality and r...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 11th, 2015
There’s so much to love about this Vancouver shoot– the pretty Tiffany Blue and Cherry Blossom color palette, the pretty little tablescape details, the florals, the fashion– but what I really love is that photographer L’Estelle Photography and designer Live the Dream Weddings & Design Co. took a step back, looked at the big picture, and styled a shoot that took into consideration both the engagement AND the wedding, playing with the color and styling theme throughout b...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 10th, 2015
I love the emotion behind this inspirational shop sign… but I’m not quite sure the thought is complete. Yes, love until it hurts– when you love someone or something so hard that you feel like you can’t breathe or that the thought of losing them crushes your chest… but don’t stop there. Because, frankly, love hurts. It does. I’m not saying this out of any bitterness or jaded experiences. Loving hurts because we’re human. Loving hurts because we do si...
By Stephanie Marie
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Mar 6th, 2015
There is something so inherently romantic about ballrooms– they conjure up images of Disney love stories, historical fairy tales, a timeless sort of connection that only happens between soul mates. And, hey, they’re just gorgeous spaces! This styled shoot was inspired by both the natural beauty and historical nature of the Century Club Ballroom in Muskegon, Michigan; bringing in darling vintage details like mismatched china, luscious blooms, and lace, this reception space, styled by W...