Saturday, July 24, 2010

Garage living!

How many of you have dreamed of turning your garage into something more spectacular? If you live in New Jersey then you probably have a garage full of nothing but "extras" sweet take on "junk". No one around here parks their cars in their garages, we all just use these big ole spaces for things we've accumulated over the years. I'm hoping this post will inspire you to switch things up a little! Sort through all those things, donate what's still in good condition and kick the rest to the curb. Then you'll have plenty of room to do something different with your garage, something that will make the neighbors jealous...

Up in Massachusetts, Frank Shirley of Frank Shirley Architects changed the way I look at this space. He turned an attached two-car garage into a magnificent family room, three bedrooms, two extra bathrooms and a laundry room...with the help of an addition of course. Talk about some serious extra value when it's time to sell! Plus the bonus of all that added space to enjoy.

                                                        Just your average garage right?

                                               Only till Frank Shirley got his creative hands on!

                                                      Garage full of "extras"......

                                              turned into a garage full of extras we love!

Can you imagine your messy garage looking like this? With a little extra work and some creativity it could! A little thinking outside of the box can make all the difference between a regular ole garage and a gorgeous living space/additional bedroom/game room...skys the limit!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eco-Friendly Bouquets: Bulsa Wood!

Bulsa wood bouquets... how did I not stumble across them sooner?! These eco-fab flowers are actually made out of paper in Thailand. They cut little shells out of the paper and assemble them to become perfect little rosettes. Finally, inexpensive, eco-friendly flowers that you can have any time of year!

                                 Photo credit: Top row- Cynthia Martyn. Bottom row- JL Designs

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Inspiration Board: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt a classic style icon, and also happens to be one of my favorite actresses. So I was delighted today when the New York Post had an article about Breakfast At Tiffanys  ( the movie, not the 90s song) Naturally it inspired me to make an inspiration board..tada!

Images found via Martha Stewart, Bag Borrow Steal, Flirty Guide, and Retro Chic

Fierce & Fabulous Weddings: Paige & Bo

When the Walmart heiress gets engaged, you can be pretty sure her big day will be fabulous. Once you find out that Colin Cowie will be planning, it's sure to be one for the books! 
Paige Laurie and Bo Dubbert's nuptials were amazing, but nothing compared to their love story. The charming couple met back in high school during an ACT prep course, where they ended up studying each other instead of their academics. Here's the romantic story in Paige's own words...

“We owe it to our moms for making us take that class,” the Wal-Mart heiress says, yet the two Missourians parted ways after dating briefly their senior year of high school.Four years later, while Bo was vacationing near her college, he mentioned to a friend that he wished he’d run into Paige. The next night, at an L.A. club, “All of a sudden, I see Bo—as handsome as ever,” Paige remembers. “It was love at first sight,” she says. “I knew I was going to marry him. There was something bigger than us that wanted us to find each other again.”

During a December 2006 Whistler getaway for Paige’s birthday, the only sound was the jangle of bells until their horse-drawn sleigh—stopping. Bo got down on one knee in the snow. “I said yes about as loud as I could,” Paige says. “I was nervous and cold,” remembers Bo, who’d arranged to have champagne and a rose-filled suite waiting.

Next up was planning their wedding and they wasted no time jumping right on in. They went to meet the legendary Colin Cowie in New York, who they fell in love with immediately, and spent the next fourteen months designing all the details for their big day.

There was no expenses spared for this fabulous wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at the Laurie residence in Columbia, MO-but this wasn't your typical backyard wedding. Cowie constructed two tents-one for the ceremony, the other for the reception. As with all things designed by Colin, these weren't like any tents you've seen before.

This entire cathedral is inside of a tent!!  Colin called upon the super talented event production company  Along Came Mary, to design the cathedral and the reception area. They've produced everything from the MTV Movie awards to the Ocean's 13 movie premier party to Jaguar's Tribute to Style event. Now they can add the Lauire/ Dubbert wedding to their exclusive list of clients. They did an exquisite job of constructing this church, that looks like it's been there for centuries, in the matter of weeks!
The ceremony itself was very touching. Beside the traditional vows, Dr. Linda Garbett followed it up  by telling the couple's love story, turning the ceremony into an extra special time. The bride and groom were choked up by how meaningful it was.

Paige wanted her reception to be "formal, glamorous, and elegant" but "wanted it to be fun"  and Cowie certainly exceeded her expectations! The dining tent boasted velvet walls, a sunken floor, and the fabric ceilings. Custom lighting done by Images by Lighting- covered the pavillion in shades of purple,crystal, blue, red, and green.The evening started with a chandelier hanging above the dance floor as Paige & Bo had their first dance. As the night went on and the party really started, disco balls replaced the chandelier and guests danced the night away.

The details really made this entire wedding into an extraordinary event. Colin Cowie brought in vendors from the east and west boast to bring Paige's vision to life. Celebrity chef, Alfred Portale from Gotham Bar and Grill was the man behind to food that night. Guests feasted on a savory menu and then were treated to dessert by Perfect Endings. Many guests commented on how they thought the cake was a piece of the structural decor! The tablescapes were beautifully designed by Bardin Palomo floral designer extraordinaire and Resource One did an amazing job on the linens. Paige donned two wedding dresses (love that!) Her wedding gown was designed by none other than Carolina Herrera, with her "nightclub dress" as she called it, from Jenny Packham.  The coupled partied it up with their 600 guests who they surprised with a firework display at midnight that was said to have been "better than Macy's or Disney's"! Now thats a serious compliment!

 The wedding was undoubtedly an amazing success. After the fireworks, the after party started. Guests dined on good ole Mac & Cheese, mini pizzas, grilled cheese and french fried! Yum!! The last guests departed at 6 a.m. Surely, this wedding won't be one anyone will forget!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Justin Alexander...stole my heart

Every once in a while I'll stumble across a designer that makes my jaw drop...Justin Alexander is now on that short list. The team of designers there are beyond amazing. Words truly can't do them justice. The Justin Alexander Collection itself is described as "Seductive. Sophisticated. Refined. Modern interpretations of traditional silhouettes." Personally, I think that while their collection is all of those things, it should really be described as "Original. Fresh. Daring. Throwing tradition to the wind, in favor of breathtaking gowns" But hey, that's just me! Let's take a look at why I love the Justin Alexander Collection:

1. Black in wedding gowns are not only acceptable, but brilliantly designed! Not many designers can pull this off

2. Detachable gowns! Not your typical two-piece wedding dress.

3.They made the standard ballgown more trendy. What's not to love about the capulet they added to this dress? It completely changes the style and adds a modern update.

4. Vintage!! And Details!! Love it. Capulet, vintage styled dress, and that darling belt. Perfect combination. [I think it would go splendidly with the vintage inspiration board posted today]

5.The dresses just ooze sexy confidence. What bride doesn't want to feel like a goddess on her wedding day?

I could go on and on about all the different dresses in this collection. Better yet, they have two more bridal collections and a mother of the bride collections also. Justin Alexander is at no shortage of glamorous, romantic, standout gowns. Definitely go check them out...Shabina Says So <3

Inspiration Board: Purple & Yellow Vintage

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Out With The Old...

The "trash the dress" phenomenon boggles my mind. I have mixed feelings about ruining one's wedding dress, maybe I'm too sentimental. But there's one trash the dress shoot that I was totally able to get on board with. Check this one out...make sure to read the bottom ;)

Amber worked with the super talented Seattle-based photographer Heather Lynn on this awesome TTD session She had been married once before and decided that she was getting remarried in a few months, it was time to get rid of the past. Heather worked with her to do a unique take on trashing her dress and came across a carnival. Luckily, they were able to get the Carnies in on their shoot (who wouldn't love to be apart of this?!) and were able to set up shop. Amber really took trashing the dress to a whole new level! You go girl!