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skillet + scout.

After a weekend of being knee deep in counting/organizing inventory and a busy day yesterday prepping for some exciting upcoming photoshoots, I’m excited to be back blogging today!

In celebration of the fab week ahead, I thought I’d share some fun pics from an open house scout. was involved in awhile back. I had the pleasure of collaborating with the fabulous Noah of Skillet to create/style a spring tasting at Melrose – full of whimsy and perfectly eclectic funkiness. Julie captured the night and it was such a blast meeting everyone that came out for the night. If you haven’t tried Skillet’s waffle & fried chicken concoctions you are missing out! Find a truck here.

Oh and isn’t the American flag in the back of the room the cherry on top?!

photo cred : {Julie Harmsen Photography}

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a bit of advice.

I don’t often lend a lot of “wedding/event focused” advice on my blog, which seems a little absurd since I consider myself an event designer and this blog is in a little way a wedding related blog, but I thought I’d take a second today to lend a bit of advice, so here it goes…

Over the past year or so I’ve seen the trend of the photobooth gaining lots and lots of momentum. And guess what? I’m SUPER excited about it!

When it comes to weddings, I not only believe that the celebration is all about the love of the couple, but I also believe it’s about giving your guests something to get excited about. In steps : mr. photobooth. I’m telling you – this little contraption whether it be a camera on a tripod set up by your photographer, a fantabulous Smileboothor a full blown old school photobooth beauty like my friends over at 321 Foto will absolutely, hands-down make your event! I mean who doesn’t want to get a pile of photos back from their event showcasing all of their guest ones goofy faces and photo mishaps? Um – I do!

The top 10 reasons I think photobooths kick some serious bootay:

1. They bring out the kid in everyone. Even grumpy Grandpa Joe or ‘too cool for school’ cousin Amy.

2. Guests get really excited at just the sight of a photobooth. I promise.

3. Pictures last a lifetime. Yep – that means you have a lifetime’s worth of blackmailing material to use against your friends and family.

4. They can be as fancy or simple as you want them to be. Rent one from a company locally or ask your photographer if they have the service available.

5. Backdrops & Props oh my! Cause who doesn’t want to wear a chef’s hat and clown glasses while standing in front of a wall of confetti garland?

6. Where the most outstanding Facebook & Twitter profile pics are made.

7. They are a helpful reminder of what’s most important when it comes to an event or party. HAVE FUN!

8. It gives those guests who hate to boogy something to get involved in.

9. Don’t like how you looked in the picture? Take another, and another and another and another. Perfect for the picture perfectionist in all of us!

10. No one REALLY likes boring formal portraits do they?

10.1. They are perfect for every event : graduation parties, baby showers, anniversaries, art shows, company holiday parties (remember #3?), birthdays, reunions…etc. etc.

Long story short : get yourself a photobooth at your next event. You’ll thank me for it later!

*The fab pics in this post?! Just a few of the hilariously awesome photobooth snapshots from my friend Jules color-blocking birthday party last month – more pics on her fab blog here – go on over and get inspired! Oh and super bonus! That rad little geometric pinyada? Check out my buddy Sara’s new pinyada biz : pinyadayada. Genius!

photo cred: {julie harmsen photography}

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skillet street food.

Oh. My. Word. I am SO excited for this upcoming open house that I can barely stand it! Not only is it at a killer new venue (if you haven’t checked out Melrose Market Studios yet, you are in for quite the treat!) but it’s all about yummy grub and thinking outside the box. Skillet is holding their spring tasting on the 22nd of this month (yep! you better get your RSVP on!) and it’s gonna be RAD!

Scout Vintage Rental Co. will be there showing off lots of our favs and Noah of Skillet is cooking up the super fabulous! I’m telling you – you WANT to be at this one folks…it’s gonna be insanely awesome! If you are getting hitched or wanna blow the socks right off your guests at your next shindig, come hang with us and some superstar vendors!

Skillet Street Food | Pederson’s Rentals | Wave Link Music | Fleurish | Julie Harmsen Photography | 321 Foto | Bluebird Microcreamery | Melrose Market Studios | & scout!

RSVP here and spread the word! We’d love to hang with ya! See you soon!

photo cred: {matthew parker}

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defined : lounge.

lounge/lounj/

verb. to rest or recline indolently; loll OR noun. the most comfy way to make your guests feel right at home.

photo cred: {kate harrison via green wedding shoes} {sunny 16 photography via green wedding shoes} {gabriel ryan photographers via 100 Layer Cake}{ace hotel by lane dittoe via wedding chicks} {via 100 Layer Cake by gabriel ryan photographers}

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friday find : oh baby!

A couple months ago I had the pleasure of supplying some vintage finds to my dear friend Laura Marchbanks baby shower. Her sister-in-law Leah reached out to me with the desire to create a vintage inspired dessert display and I was dying for the opportunity for my white dresser to make a splash at an intimate affair.

I was so excited to see how the dessert table turned out and was even MORE excited to provide my china collection to the shower. Laura is such a dear heart and I know she is going to be one amazing mama!

Laura is due in a matter of moments, and I wish her the very very best in her & Billy’s delivery experience! Yay for baby Brady!

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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bow tie wednesday / 31.

how fun are these bow ties from BILLYBOWTIE?

ummm…i think i need all of them!

photo cred: {billybowtie}

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defined: confetti.

con·fet·ti/kənˈfetē/

noun. small pieces of colored paper thrown during a celebration such as a wedding OR little bits of color that make ya smile.

photo cred: {aline caron via decor 8}

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defined: fringe.

fringe/frinj/

noun. an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material OR a party detail that rocks on.

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friday find: dressing the tabletop.

I’ve been dying to get back into full time scouting. My vacation and a couple new (although VERY exciting!) projects have slowed me down a bit from finding new items to add to my collection, but yesterday I hit the pavement again in search of some pretty tabletop wares to add to the mix.

My goal is to get plenty of adorable china in all mismatchy patterns, so that any guest count (1 – lots) can enjoy the prettiness that can come from an eclectic table setting. There is such an unexpected charm that comes from mistmached china on a tabletop and I’m so excited to be offering more options to my clients.

I’m actually delivering a bunch of china pieces to a baby shower this weekend and I’ve had so much fun tonight picking out the exact pieces to take. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they are all unique – they’re all bring their own little flair to the party.

I hope you have a great winter weekend!

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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scout. launch party!

It’s always the best feeling in the world when a design you’ve spent many months tossing and turning about in your mind finally comes to life! Last month, I had the immense pleasure of collaborating with Trophy Cupcakes and showcased my scout. vintage rental co. collection in their adorable party room. The whole evening was SUCH a blast and I was so excited that so many of you came out to see my loot!

When dreaming up a way to share my collection my 1st thought was: “oh my gosh, how will I ever make it all fit?!” and 2nd…”I want people to be inspired.” The whole intention behind my vintage rental biz is to encourage others to find beauty in things that might otherwise be considered past their expiration date. I absolutely adore repurposing old items into new designs, and threaded that passion into a lot of the party details for the launch.

I wanted the overall design to emphasize the immense amount of color that I have within my collection. Blue chairs, green tables, orange enamel colanders. I’m obsessed with color and the party was nothing short of a color explosion!

My dear sweet friend McKenzie who also happens to be one of the most AH-MAZ-ING floral designers in Seattle, was kind enough to offer her own dose of color to the party with some stunningly gorgeous florals. The second McKenzie arrived the morning of setup I was flabbergasted by her floral choices for the party. Are those gigantic neon pink peonies not the most amazing things you’ve ever seen?! So so good. Thank McKenzie!!!

The entire design for the room started with the ceiling. I’ve been collecting vintage fabric for sometime and I really wanted to create a vibrant fabric canopy over the party. After many tireless hours of knot tying the canopy came to life. I also incorporated an installation in the center of the room using the wire skeletons of old lampshades. Thank you Adam, Heather & Kate for your additional hands with setup & prep! Couldn’t have done it without ya!

My green hutch is definitely one of my favorite pieces and I was so excited to use it as one of the focal points of the room. The cocktail & cupcake party wouldn’t have been complete without some champagne and little mason jars & thanks to Hads, Emma & Christa everyone had drinks in hand through the night! Thanks gals!

One of the things that I was really adamant about with regards to my scout. marketing is that I didn’t lose the vintage aspect of the brand in the details. I cringed at the idea of using a modern looking business card to promote my business. So after a bit of deep thinking I came up with the idea of using vintage used postcards (some of the one’s I’ve found have dated back to the early 1900’s!) and placing a sticker on top of them with all my info.

I have this really crazy rad mint colored mattress frame that worked perfect for displaying my biz postcards during the event. I filled the mattress with a bunch of pillows I’ve found while scouting and a few I made on my own from leftover fabric.

I also really wanted the party to be a direct reflection of the personality of the pieces. I’d been dying to name each piece for sometime and figured the party was the perfect way to kind of say “hello my name is” for each unique piece. My buddy Amy (a stellar graphic designer who is currently revamping the scout. brand) suggested I use library cards in bright colors from the adorable paper co. Knot & Bow to display the names and details of my items. GENIUS! I was swooning over the library cards when they arrived in the mail, and after multiple attempts to get that “vintage typewriter” look (I actually begged my printer to cooperate during a 4am debacle) I was incredibly pleased with how they turned out!

Overall, I’m ecstatic with how the party turned out, and I was so grateful for the generosity of all of the people that stopped by. The party left me with visions of my own storefront one day, and I can’t thank Jennifer and her team at Trophy enough for all of their help in making the party a total success!!!

P.S. Thank’s to Mo for all the great shots and for being there to capture the night!

photo cred: {Mo Hines Photography}

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what a night.

It’s unbelievably amazing to think that a year ago I was sitting on a bench on Pont Louis Philippe in Paris gazing out across the glistening Seine and wondering what my life could be. I wondered if my life could be all the things I wanted it to be: real. honest. full of whimsy and colorful happiness. And despite the grey dreariness that completely engulfed me on that chilly fall day, I still felt a warm, completely comforting goodness that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It was a goodness I attempted to laso, one I gravitated towards, one which made me feel like there was something bigger out there for me. Something I just needed to believe in. I felt a feeling that made me feel like I could come home and really do something. Something BIG.

Last night that something big came to fruition. My launch party was the biggest thing I have probably ever tackled. Really. After hours and hours of prep, many all nighters, sore knees & ankles, buckets of love and support from my friends and my husband, my dream of owning my own business REALLY came true. Last night I shared my business ventures with my community and it felt all the things I wanted it to feel: real. honest. colorful. and every bit of the whimsy I could have ever imagined.

I can’t thank the team of Trophy Cupcakes and Jennifer Shea enough for their generosity. Allowing my launch party to take place in their gorgeous party room was such a delight. My vintage pieces felt so at home against the cool dark wood floors and stark white walls. I ended the night never wanting to leave their space and wished I could have opened up shop right then and there. It was such a pleasure to work with such an amazing company and I am so grateful for Trophy!

Thank you to everyone that came last night and shared in my joy of a dream come true. Thank you for showing love to my pieces and making them feel important and valued. Thank you to those of you whom I’ve been dying to meet and were generous enough with your time to stop in and say hello – it was such a privelage meeting you! Thank you to my friends (Heather, Kate, McKenzie, Hadley, Emma, Monica, Christa, Maggie, Steve & Jason) for spending many hours helping with prep, set-up and tear down. Thank you to my husband for always being my knight in shining armor and for believing in me – having you be proud of me is my greatest accomplishment. Thank you to my family who despite being far away were there in my corner – I felt your love and presence. And thank you to Paris for being that place that makes me feel like anything is possible.

Here’s to scout. … my newest business baby. I am so proud of what you are, what you’ve become and where you are going. I loved every last bit of last night and I have my charming vintage collection to thank for that.

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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my apologies…


my apologies for being a bit absent from blogging lately. this week has been super duper crazy banana nuts with all the prep for our scout. launch party tomorrow night. i’ve been shredding fabric, scoutin’ for last minute rad pieces, and party planning up a storm. all of this has left zero time for my dear old blog. BUT i promise that all will be back to normal soon.

photo cred: {michelle rubin}

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seattle met. yowza!

Okay I would have called them little flutters yesterday. Today I call them mammoth GIGANTO butterflies. Laura Cassidy – editor and chief of Seattle Met Bride and Groom Magazine just mentioned my launch party. On her blog.

Woah.

Check out her uber fantastic overview of scout. and the party details here. Thanks for the mention Laura!

photo cred: {screen shot from seattle met; photograph by mo hines photography}

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bow tie wednesday / 21.

how stinkin’ adorable is this bow tie party? too cute for words if you ask me!

photo cred: {photography by gabriel ryan photographers; event design by jl designs; desserts by sweet and saucy shop}

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a seattle bloggers meet & greet.

Blogging can feel pretty lonely at times especially if you don’t have a gigantic readership and lots of daily comments. You begin to wonder if anyone actually even reads your blog posts or views your images & chitter chatter. I end up asking myself at least once a week “what’s really the point of blogging?” And then within seconds I’m smacked across the head with the realization that 1. I really LOVE blogging and 2. It’s MY place where I can get all creative and such. Free from any limitations.

I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now, and despite finding some blogging buddies via twitter, very very very few of the people I know in Seattle actually have a blog and even fewer blog on a consistent basis. Again, it can be pretty lonely in bloggers land if you don’t actively pursue bloggy friends.

So, I was all too excited when I received the most adorable email invite a couple months back. Jenny of hank & hunt and Lyndsey of the stationary place had both recently moved to Seattle and thought it a great idea to connect with other Seattle area bloggers. So what did they do? They threw a little shindig and invited people….uh genius, right?! Good grief, why didn’t anyone else do this sooner!? I’ll never know, but I was so glad that Jenny and Lyndsey made it happen.

The meet and greet came on the heels of one of my summer weddings. After getting home at nearly 3am the night before I had zero energy (make that negative zero) to attend the party. And as much as I hate admitting it, I was REALLY REALLY REALLY not in the mood to put my party shoes on. I was in other words…being a t0tal sourpuss, BUT thanks to my unwavering cheerleader of a husband I was egged to go with the words “just do it” and “you never know who your gonna meet”. So, I went. AND I didn’t regret it. AT ALL.

Jenny and Lyndsey had decorated the Trophy Cupcake party room in the most adorable way (streamers! tissue pom poms! and triangle garland! YES!) making it easy to smile and be thankful for the day. I met some of the most amazing bloggin’ ladies and even caught up with my dear friend Miss Maggie. It was so inspiring to be in a room with a bunch of women who like me, see value and take pride in being bloggers. I was all to eager to get to know the gals at the party and Jenny and Lyndsey are now 2 of my fav bloggers in Seattle. I adore them to pieces!

So guess what? The hubs was right. Again. Ya never know who your gonna meet. This case? 2 new close pals. Yippppeeeee!

It also was impossible to be sleepy when you’re munching on Trophy cupcakes, High5Pie pie pops, Molly Moon icecream and Dry Soda fizzy yumminess! Can you say sugar high? Yes! Let’s just say I wasn’t so tired anymore : )

Thank you Jenny and Lyndsey for inviting me! I had such a blast!

photo cred: {adele from abigail resse photography}

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