Summer Rooftop Movie Inspiration

Dave and I love our cozy little apartment, but there are two things that we really wish were different about it: 1. The fact that there is only one closet in the whole apartment, and 2. Our living area is not well-suited for entertaining. If you’re a longtime reader, you may already know how much I love planning and throwing parties, so as Dave and I got settled in and summer rolled around, we found ourselves itching to have people over. The solution? Invite them up on the roof! We recently discovered the rooftop patio at our apartment complex, so tomorrow, we’ll be lugging our TV, speakers, popcorn, and our new drink dispenser up there for a viewing of The Sandlot! Here’s some of the inspiration I pulled for a summer rooftop movie party.

Summer rooftop movieClockwise from top left: Belathée via coco+kelley, Remodelando la Casa, Southern Curls and Pearls, Oh Happy Day, She-N-He via Camille Styles, Love Katie + Sarah via Ruffled, unknown

I have all my fingers crossed that this works out and solves our entertaining space problem! And if you have any tips for entertaining in less-than-ideal spaces, I’m all ears :)

LJO to LJK: New York Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

After my Texas bridal shower, I spent four more days in Houston and Austin for work, and then flew out of Austin first thing in the morning on Thursday. When I got home, I switched out my suitcase, headed back to the airport that night, and flew to Syracuse with Dave! While I entered the past weekend a little tired, I am so happy that we made the trip and got to enjoy some really wonderful quality time with Dave’s family before the wedding. I couldn’t ask for more amazing future in-laws, and Dave’s mom, sister, sisters-in-law, and even nieces made me feel so, so loved planning my bridal shower #2! I can’t wait to share some pictures, and in the meantime, here’s the inspiration board I made, inspired by the teal-painted venue (The Sherwood Inn) and the colors of early spring flowers.

NY bridal shower inspiration board
Clockwise from top left: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Kelly Kollar via Grey Likes Weddings, Ameris via 100 Layer Cake, Ed Osborn via Style Me Pretty, The Sherwood Innm three studio via Style Me Pretty, Rebecca Hansen via Snippet & Ink

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I have butterflies just thinking about what’s to come this year! 2015 is the year I get to marry the love of my life. It’s the year we’ll welcome people we love from all over the world to our favorite place in North Carolina. It’s the year we start calling the same place home, and  the year we’ll spend two weeks adventuring in Europe, in some of the very same spots where we spent our first days of friendship when I was 19. It’s the year I’ll celebrate two years at my dream job. It’s the year I’ll turn 25.

Sparkly New Year's EveClockwise from top left: Unknown, A Field Journal, Kate Spade New York, Alison Conklin via Dallas ShawBelathée via Coco + Kelley, Cottonseed Oil,  Buff Strickland via Camille Styles, Flower Girl Los AngelesWhite Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty

For all of the things I can see coming in 2015 though, I’m also looking forward to all of the things that I don’t know about yet. When I rang in the New Year in 2013, I had no idea that I would reconnect with my future husband 13 days later, and it taught me something–God loves to surprise and delight us. There are seasons when he takes away, yes, but he also gives abundantly. That’s why, amongst all the goals and plans I have for this special year ahead, what I want most is for my eyes and my heart to be open to all He has in store. I can’t wait to share the journey!

Happy New Year! xoxo

Sweet Summer

I usually try to think outside the box in inspiration boards, but every once in awhile, I prefer to just pull images that are inspiring me and that I’m drawn to. The latter was how this board happened, and the result is completely my style–even the colors are similar to my branding! Pastels are usually associated with spring, but if they’re anchored with more natural green, I think they’re just as appropriate for early summer.

Sweet Summer{Bride and groom: Ryan Ray via Lauren Conrad| St. Germain cocktails: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty| Flowers: by Hollyflora| Monogram: Amalie Orrange Photograpy via Wedding Chicks| Cake: Annabella Charles Photography via 100 Layer Cake| Ring bearer: Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings| Calligraphy: Eric Kelley Photography via Once Wed| Bridesmaids: Naomi Chokr Photography via Camilyn Beth}

What’s your favorite detail in this board? I love the floral monogram and the hint of gold in those Camilyn Beth dresses!

Love, Lisa

Spring Gatsby

Thank you so much to everyone who sent graduation congratulations over the weekend! I’m so proud to have graduated from UT, and it was such a journey in every way getting to that point. Now it’s on to the next chapter, but not before a few weeks off to process the fact that I’m done with college, spend lots of time with my family, and do a few of my favorite summer activities. I’m already chipping away at my summer reading list, starting with re-reading The Great Gatsby, since I’ve been holding off on seeing the movie till then. I read most of it sitting in my hammock yesterday and will be finishing it up at the pool today! With all of that gorgeous 1920’s inspiration in mind, I put together today’s inspiration board. I wanted something a little less art deco and a little more romantic, and a color palette of deep red, soft pink, black, and gold brought it together just the way I wanted.

Spring Gatsby{Invitation suite: Emma J Design| Bouquet: Vicki Grafton Photography| Chalkboard sign: Heather Saunders Photography via Molly Jacques Illustration| Gatsby-inspired dresses: Jenny Packham| Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop| Pear nectar and thyme mimosas: Sarah Culver via The Glitter Guide | Just Married sign: Max Wanger via 100 Layer Cake| Black sequin linen: Bryan Leahy Photography via Style Me Pretty}

Love, Lisa