Friday, March 18, 2016

Our Wedding: Bridesmaid Totes

Tyler and I had a pretty small wedding with his two best friends as groomsmen and our sisters Maggie & Heather as bridesmaids. We wanted to get our bridal party something special as a thank you for all of the time, travel, & patience they put into helping us get ready for our big day, and having just two bridesmaids was perfect for me because I was able to put extra time and love into their gifts! 

I knew that I wanted give our sisters a bag filled with wedding day essentials but without it being too wedding-y you know? Things they would be able to use after the wedding that didn't scream bridesmaid! After not being able to find the style of bag I wanted (nothing too preppy or ornately monogrammed) I ended up designing these totes for the girls and for our moms to carry their makeup & accessories from home, to the hair salon, to the venue. 

I  love these getting-ready photos by Christa Kimble Photography. First we tried it this way...

...And quickly decided that HEM was less, well ... meh.

I filled the bridesmaid totes with all kinds of goodies: A drink kozy, body lotion, hair ties, flip flops, nail polish, a sequined clutch, travel sized toiletries, tissues, makeup remover, mints, & snacks (all from Target), sparkly hangers for their dresses, a colorful cotton robe, earrings to complete their outfits and a pretty Rifle Paper Co. card to say thanks for being my bridesmaid! 

The initial tote bags are available in three sizes - They make for such a fun personal and reusable way to give & wrap a gift! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Favorite Things: Kate Spade

These personalized Kate Spade New York journals struck me for their simplicity and gorgeous colors. I think they would make a prefect gift for a hostess or best friend along with a colorful bouquet, a bottle of wine or a matching nail polish. And they are only $16 with free shipping at Nordstrom... I'm definitely adding that blush E to my wishlist! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Coco Rocha's Nursery: Vogue Exclusive

It's such a thrill for me to have my Eternal Optimist painting displayed in such a beautiful room as Coco Rocha's nursery!

In collaboration with One Kings Lane, supermodel Coco Rocha designed her daughter's nursery to be comfortable, colorful, and modern - A fun departure from standard pastel nursery decor. I absolutely love how the use of contrast and bold colors create such an energizing environment for a baby (and her parents!) to enjoy for many years to come.

For more stunning pictures and nursery design details, read the entire Vogue exclusive article.

Shop the Look: Eternal Optimist prints are available for purchase in a range of sizes starting at $18

Friday, December 12, 2014

Giftable Works of Art

It's such an honor to have my work included in the Design*Sponge '14 Holiday Gift Guide!!! Pop on over to Design*Sponge to see all of their favorite art for gifting. Prints of my Hunter Gatherer collage are available for purchase in a range of sizes starting at $18.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gallery Wall Inspiration: Society6

Society6 has endless amazing artwork to choose from! I picked a few of my favorites prints here as inspiration for fun and eclectic gallery wall concepts. 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Roadtrip: San Francisco

A few pics from a fun road trip with Tyler and our friend Steve… Our mission: to see the Mary Blair exhibit at the Disney Family Museum. So with less than a month left in the exhibition, we all hopped in the car early on a Saturday morning, took off from LA and spent the next 24 hours sightseeing in San Francisco.

After being thoroughly dazzled by Mary and Walt we hit up some touristy spots like Lombard Street, and no visit to SF would feel complete for a few 90s kids without swinging by the Full House house (the theme song was stuck in my head for daaaays afterwards!) My favorite moments involved wandering around neighborhoods, taking in all of the uniquely beautiful historic architecture and enjoying the cool early-fall weather in the Presidio, which inspired this painting. Then trying to choose from the overwhelming card selection at Rare Device (I went home with this one) chased by a honey lavender + basil cone from Bi-Rite Creamery… So perfect!         
We happened to be in the city just a few days after the passing of Robin Williams and decided to spend a quiet moment taking in the growing memorial on the steps of the Mrs. Doubtfire house. Being there in person and reading the sea of loving notes at the site of the movie that I had watched so many times, it was overwhelming in an even bigger way than I'd expected. It felt like saying goodbye to a great friend.    
San Francisco, you are one of best and the friendliest. After just one day I totally understand how so many people fall in love with this city… It's warm and welcoming and feels every bit like home.  And I can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recent Work: New Paintings

A sampling of some of the small original paintings now for sale in my Etsy shop. More new work is on the way soon… Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for sneak peeks and to get first dibs on new paintings as soon as they're available!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Colorful Collaboration: GREAT.LY

Hello! I'm proud to be a part of the launch of this very exciting new marketplace where artists create, then tastemakers like The Jealous Curator, Bri Emery, Kelly Beall, Will Taylor and many more curate shops filled with beautiful art and handmade goods. It's like having a personal shopper collect all of their favorite things for you in one place for easy shopping.  

Liz Stanley of Say Yes (pictured below) was so kind to include my art in her GREAT.LY boutique and guess what? We are featured in Elle Decor! Someone pinch me!! Then read the article here

Check out GREAT.LY to see all of the exclusive prints of my work for sale or click on the individual artwork pictured here to go directly to the tastemaker's boutique where each print is available.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Colorful Collaboration: One Kings Lane

I'm honored to be a newly featured artist on One Kings Lane where some of my favorite paintings will be available as BIG canvas prints!  Like 30" x 40" big!  Keep an eye out for exclusive sales on the site featuring my work... Several pieces are included in the Abstract & Geometric Art sale happening now through March 10th.  

If you're looking for bold, abstract artwork for your home, these majorly colorful prints make a big statement at a great price! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Recent Work: Plum Pretty Sugar for BHLDN Collection

I'm thrilled, excited, and so so honored to finally share a project that has been months in the making. . . 

The fabric designs I painted exclusively for the beautiful new Plum Pretty Sugar for BHLDN collection have launched!  

Having the opportunity to bring my longtime dream of fabric design to life while creating alongside two of my favorite brands has been such a special experience and an absolute dream come true... I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

The gorgeous robes and dreamy lounge wear we adore from Plum Pretty Sugar are now available in three hand painted watercolor prints exclusively for the Plum Pretty Sugar for BHLDN Collection: Calliope Beneath the Stars, Imogen Whisked Afloat, and Viviette Encounters a Lark.  

A beautiful Plum Pretty Sugar for BHLDN robe would be such a thoughtful, perfect gift for a bride or a mom-to-be at her baby shower... I can't wait to give them to my own bridesmaids!  And I am so looking forward to slipping into some of those cozy pjs, what a treat! 

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Images via Plum Pretty Sugar and BHLDN

Monday, December 16, 2013

3 Day Holiday Print Sale!

Save big on prints and give the gift of art this holiday season!  Starting today, signed prints are just $18 with free domestic shipping over $50 using code FREESHIP50.  All orders will ship on December 19th to arrive in time for Christmas (for US shipping addresses).  Pop on over to my Etsy shop to choose your favorites!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sweet Art

I adore these prints by The Donut Shop - They rival my love and affection for the real thing! And what's even sweeter is that these 5"x7" prints are sold by the dozen for $25 or choose 1/2 dozen prints for $15. So brilliant! At that price, wouldn't they make fantastic gifts to give to a dozen of your sweetest friends? I want to collect them all and enjoy all of that happy frosting and sprinkley goodness everyday.       

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pretty Pillows

So many pillows, so little couch space!  In addition to indoor throw pillows, Society6 now has weather and fade resistant outdoor pillows in each design and three different sizes to choose from.  Outdoor pillows are such a fun and bold way to dress up your deck or patio.  And wouldn't they be a colorful addition to a picnic or a nap in the hammock?  I'm definitely taking one along on our next beach day!  All pillow covers ship for free worldwide thru Sunday September 29th, get yours today at Society6! 

It was such a treat to have my Pie for Breakfast pillow featured in the beautiful new September issue of Rue Magazine.  Thank you beyond words Rue!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BHLDN + Green Wedding Shoes

I still can't believe this really happened.

Lucky and grateful only begin to describe the feelings that come along with winning your dream dress!  You might remember from this post that Tyler and I have been engaged for a few years but between our cross-country move and unpredictable freelancing we've had to put wedding planning on hold for a bit.  So when I entered a BHLDN wedding gown giveaway on Green Wedding Shoes blog, forgot all about it, then got an email from Jen Campbell a few weeks later with "congrats" "winner" and "BHLDN" in the title,  I was stunned.  I was so excited and completely in disbelief that I burst into tears and couldn't even read the email.  Tyler had to read it to me while I cried (happy tears!) and images of gowns that I had dreamed about but never would have bought for myself on our DIY wedding budget flashed through my head.  I feel so blessed and so inexplicably lucky!

I was afraid that at any moment someone would tell me "oops! we have the wrong Emily, sorry!" but BHLDN recently posted pictures from my fitting at their beautiful new Beverly Hills store, so it's Facebook official!  I was excited and giddy and a bit nervous leading up to the fitting.  This was my first time trying on wedding gowns, and under unusual circumstances, I wasn't sure what to expect.  What should I wear?  Do I need to bring certain shoes?  A: nude colored underthings were the way to go and they provided me with these lovely BHLDN heels for the morning.  With our moms and sisters in Ohio, Tyler volunteered to go with me to help me choose the one.  Now I know it's not very traditional for the groom to see the dress or especially to attend the fitting, but I really enjoyed having my best friend there to share my excitement and give his input.  We talked it over before the fitting and afterwards and neither of us feel that any surprise was ruined... instead I think it made us both more excited for our wedding day.  And you know you've got a keeper when he is willing to watch you try on dresses for two hours!  Tyler is the best.

Jen & Emily at BHLDN Beverly Hills

I tried on a few of my favorite gowns while the BHLDN staff suggested accessories like the stunning beaded capelet below, jewelry, hairpieces... it was so much fun playing dress up!  Everything I tried on was unbelievably gorgeous, comfortable, lightweight, and airy.  And Sommer was amazing and so so kind, she helped me in an out of the gowns and clipped me in so the sample sizes fit in all the right places.  I was beyond lucky to have Jen and her husband Jason there to help me make a decision (and their sweet baby!)  Seriously, who knows more about weddings than those two?!  I've been a Green Wedding Shoes reader for years, and on top of how grateful I am to them for hosting the giveaway, it was such a treat to meet the couple behind one of my favorite blogs!  Tyler was just happy to have another guy there to talk football with in the midst of all the sparkle and lace.

And the store, oh my goodness!  Beauty everywhere you look.  It was such a special experience for me (and the best surprise ever!)  I can't even begin to thank BHLDN, Green Wedding Shoes, and the wonderful staff at BHLDN  Beverly Hills enough for all of your kindness and generosity... it was a dream come true.

I am completely in love with my dress!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wishlist: Pinterest Edition

I basically want one of everything on Pinterest!  Just deliver it all to my apartment in a giant box, with one of those fancy homemade Pinterest bows that I've pinned four different times to four different boards but will probably never find time to make.  I'd also be a happy camper with just these beautiful treasures. Clockwise-ish from top:

Gold Pinata by Confetti System because everyday should be a party! 
Rorschach, 1984 print by Andy Warhol a modern classic for a gallery wall.
J.Crew bracelet I want to wear all of the jewelry from J.Crew's fall 2013 collection at the same time.
Bau Deco Letter Poster E for everything! Which is what I want every time I go on Pinterest.
Mini heart there's no such thing as too many sequins.
Laura Mercier lip colour in Baby Lips wait, this is what Joan wears on Mad Men?  I'll take twelve.
The Large Wine Sippy Cup because sometimes more is better and spilling is the worst.
ksny: Things We Love my birthday is in less than a month.
Dior gel coat for those ocd gals like me who can't stand chipping for less than the cost of one gel manicure.
Agate trivet by Leif Shop to go under my wine sippy cup!