Well Travelled Bride

I’ve really been impressed by the beautiful work that Kelsey Genna and Yvette Edwards have been doing for their new project Well Travelled Bride. Kelsey brings her stunning bridal dress creations and knowledge of amazing international venues that is fostered by savvy wanderlust. Yvette is a masterful florist and prop stylist who creates epic bouquets, floral accessories, and arrangements, as well as looking after the little details that make a ceremony extra special. Well Travelled Bride combines all their insights and skills, making it an excellent wedding guide resource for people looking to tie the knot, honeymoon, or have another fabulous affair. Bridal can get so plain and stodgy — I love what they’re doing.

I love the first story below about some lovely ladies who elope to Wellington, New Zealand, in a helicopter for a gorgeous clifftop ceremony with both brides wearing dreamy dresses by Kelsey Genna and the floral arrangements by Yvette Edwards are incredible and put the romance over the top. Besides inspiration, the WTB stories offer loads of information about their resources. The second story below about a couple having their destination wedding in Bali is beautiful as well (that venue!). There are many more beautiful ideas HERE.

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WELL TRAVELLED BRIDE CREDITS
WELLINGTON // Photography: Sarah Burton Bespoke Gowns: Kelsey Genna Floral + Prop Styling: Yvette Edwards Hair + Makeup: Natalee Fisher Jewelry: Tory & Ko.

BALI // Photography: ALMA Bespoke Gowns: Kelsey Genna Floral + Prop Styling: Yvette Edwards Hair + Makeup: Bali Armory Wedding Stationery: Kelly Lee Venue: Mulia Resort

Lovely Things #2

Hello! Here I go with my second installment of LOVELY THINGS! This time it seems to be more about home goods, travel, and art. It’s strange that, without trying, these things that my eye tends to gravitate to all sort of fit together in color and mood. Totally randomly lured by them, but cohesive all the same. Oh my word, I am coveting so many home things. It’s hard when you can see the design symphony your home could boast, but the piggy bank just shakes its head. Little by little it will get there. Check out more Lovely Things posts! ♥

Love this viewpoint of a 17th century church on Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia.
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This beautiful little specimen terrarium display case is high on my wish list.
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This photo from The Danish Girl of Alicia Vikander, as amazing artist Gerda Wegener, is stunning. The costume designs by Paco Delgado are a dream.
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I’m absolutely cuckoo for this Forest Green Velvet Settee and all the emerald, grey, and duck egg hues. Also, this navy velvet sofa is very close to my antique Chippendale rescue.
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Such sweet floor cushions in geometric waves prints. Nice for kitties, pups, babies, or just so your own bum is comfy relaxing on the floor.
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This fun Geometric Wool Tile Dhurrie is a great piece! Especially if the #ihavethisthingwithfloors reality of fancy tile prices is getting you down.
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Ummm…. I can’t unsee these phenomenally beautiful kilims by Taher Asad-Bakhtiari. His textile work is brilliant.
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Yep. Still have my eye on these black pom pom baskets. Too good.
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“Forestus Tatas”. Hahahaaaa! This Imaginary Boob Fungus Terrarium painting is awesome. I also love this other terrarium painting she did.
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Wow. Lisa’s new lighting designs are freaking fantastic. Those colors! I’d like a Large Smooth Bell, a Small Smooth Bell, and a Large Matchstick Tube to hang together.
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ALL the things from Woonwinkel, please. Especially loving the Copper Bowls with White Marble Lids and the Natural Linen Black Triangles Pillows.
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Such a clever stacked jewelry box in layers of maple, cork, and copper.
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These pretty blown glass pitchers would be nice to have filled with ice and lemonade spritzers for summer dinners on the patio or filled with mimosas at brunch with friends.
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YAY! It’s peach season!! This peach tartlet recipe looks yummy.
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Oh, yeah. I’d love some strawberry apricot breakfast crisp any morning… any day.
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I love how inviting these tufted daybed mattresses look when stacked up or positioned amongst the houseplants for a living room floor retreat. Really into this one and this one.
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Some of the amazing ceramics available at OKO. Those black vases are by Bobbie Specker and Meadow Design Ceramics made the black planter pot and black salt holder.
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Well, this is a dream workspace! Love the Samara Work Table and the whole look from Feist Forest and Country Living mag.
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Shop Visit: Chariot

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In the charming coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, we now have Chariot Spirit + Home, the newly open retail spot joining the list of must-visit attractions. An hour and a half from Portland, Astoria has been a long a hidden gem, but it’s popularity has been gaining serious traction the last few years as craft breweries, boutique hotels, a killer farmer’s market, and fun events have taken root and our state becomes home to more people. The addition of Chariot makes it all the more a fun destination for Portland locals and visitors.

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Conceived and brought to life by interior designer and tarot reader, Suzy Olsen, Chariot takes it’s name from the chariot card which came up again and again in tarot spreads Suzy pulled for guidance as she worked on this project. A lover of antiques, Suzy was drawn to Astoria’s beautiful Victorian homes, coastal air, and as she put it ‘haunting spirits’. The result of these loves is Chariot’s inspiring combination of retail shop, design studio, and spiritual workshop.

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I was lucky enough to visit Chariot on it’s first official day open to the public. It was a beautiful sunny day and Chariot’s wares were truly shining. Stealing the show were definitely the textiles which include handprinted napkins from Portland’s Nell and Mary, shibori pillows from East Knot, as well as brightly colored rugs and throws. Other standouts included paint dipped baskets, striped cafe au lait bowls, wall hangings from WKNDLA, and handmade pottery. Suzy is a lover of antiques and Chariot’s vintage and vintage-inspired wares aren’t fussy and lend themselves to both vintage and modern abodes.

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Ready to tackle the ‘spirit’ portion of it’s name, you’ll find natural skin care from Fig and Moss and Plantmakeup, almost too-beautiful-to-burn cedar and rosemary smudge wands, candles, crystals, and incense cones nestled amongst the homewares. A natural skin care enthusiast, I was intrigued by Plantmakeup’s Wild Rose face wash as well as the Fig and Moss Balancing Honey facial cleanser. In the end, I brought home the Balancing Honey Facial Cleanser and couldn’t love it more. While Chariot Spirit + Home would be right at home here in Portland, it’s a lovely addition to Astoria and I can’t wait to stop in again next time I’m in town. I recommend you make the journey yourself this summer and stop in to check it out.

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Chariot Spirit + Home is located at 1421 Commercial Street in Astoria, Oregon and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, Sunday from 11AM to 4PM and Monday from 11AM to 6PM. The shop is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Chariot’s online shop is coming along! Follow @chariot.home on Instagram and like Chariot.home on Facebook to keep up on new arrivals, events and sales.

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Shop Visit is a Honey Kennedy series about shops and studios found in Portland and beyond. This post is by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Stop by her lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! We will be staying home with our sweet pup who can’t handle the fireworks with our annual 4th of July pho bed-in. I’ll also be sprucing up the garden and GETTING THE HOUSE READY FOR MY IN-LAWS. They’re so kind, but I’m a nutter about getting the house looking pretty for visitors. Hopefully, I’ll get to cook up some yummy stuff with our beautiful farm shareaaannd drink all the rosé. See ya next week! xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

♥ A total summer bombshell little black dress. (30% off code: summer30)

♥ WHAT. THIS LINEN DRESS IS SO GOOD. (40% off)

♥ I adore gold linen! Really feeling this cute linen dress. (40% off: COOLSTYLES)

♥ An adorable tropical off-the-shoulder dress. (40% off: COOLSTYLES)

♥ Not usually my color, but loving this striped summer dress. (40% off: COOLSTYLES)

♥ A great, breezy linen dress to run around town in.

♥ Love this super casual linen dress for chilling out at home or as a beach coverup.

♥ I love this mandarin collar silk dress in every color. Add tights for fall + winter!

♥ An organic linen ballet neck summer dress? Yes, please.

♥ I LOVE this new jet denim shirt and this indigo linen shirt. ($25 off: FIREWORKS)

♥ An organic striped linen tunic with linen shorty shorts would be real cute.

♥ I want the slouch leather duffels and leather totes, please! ($25 off: HAPPYFOURTH)

♥ Crazy about my new plaid espadrilles! The tropical leaf pattern is amazing, too.

♥ I just bought these cheery neon coral ballet flats. (extra 40% off: COOLSTYLES)

♥ These suede d’Orsay flats (♥ green!) are just lovely. (extra 40% off: COOLSTYLES)

♥ The polka dot d’Orsay flats are beauties as well. (extra 40% off: COOLSTYLES)

♥ I’m obsessed with the beautiful new earrings I got for my birthday. (15% off: HOTDOG)

♥ I really want to get these wonderful earrings next. (15% off: REDWHITEBLUE)

♥ These serpent earrings and the semi oval + curve set are SO GOOD. (20% off: HAPPY 4th)

♥ Love this raw brass cuff and these minimalist circle earrings!

♥ I’m feeling a stack with this swirly wrap ring and this opal babe. (20% off: SPARKLER20)

♥ Sweet little brass moon bookmarks for us bookworm moon lovers! (15% off: JULY4HK)

♥ Still have my eye on this rad brass philodendron plant mobile. (15% off: REDWHITEBLUE)

♥ This recipe for Cauliflower Steaks is so delicious and easy. Works for lots of veggies!

♥ How to make crystallized sugar flowers to put on cakes, sorbet, pies…

➔ A SWEET DEAL

♥ Get an 30% off all clothing at Beklina with code: summer30

♥ Get 40% off the cool summer styles at J.Crew with code: COOLSTYLES thru 7/5.

♥ Get an extra 40% off the sale items at J.Crew with code: COOLSTYLES thru 7/5.

♥ Get $25 towards your purchases at Tradlands with code FIREWORKS now thru 7/5.

♥ Get 15% off all the pretty Tiro Tiro jewels with code HOTDOG thru 7/4.

♥ Get 15% off everything at Seaworthy with code JULY4HK now thru 7/4.

♥ Get 15% jewelry and plant mobiles from Natalie Joy with code REDWHITEBLUE thru 7/4.

♥ Get $25 off purchases of $100+ from Wood & Faulk with code HAPPYFOURTH thru 7/4.

♥ Get 20% off jewels from Rebecca Mir Grady with code SPARKLER20 now thru 7/5.

♥ Get 20% off everything at Upper Metal Class with code HAPPY4TH now thru 7/5.

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PHOTOS: Louise Dahl Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1946. Tijuca, Brazil.

Lovely Things #1

I have a backlog of beautiful things to share, so I am going to start posting these Lovely Things roundups to try to get all the wonderful finds out there in a semi-cohesive way. Here are 20 of them now — more coming soon! xo Jen P.S. The photos are clickable too. ♥

I love this Mondrian-esque slip dress — I just wish it came in silk or rayon.
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This dress is from Mr. Larkin SS2014, so it isn’t available anymore, but DAMN. That amazing print — and the entire collection — was inspired by artist Niele Toroni.
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This tulip-colored open-back dress is so dreamy. Also, it’s on sale! (20% off code: META20)
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This whole look with the Tassel Sandals, swimsuit and earrings is beautiful.
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These Nude Platform Wedge shoes would look so cute with midi summer dresses and cute 60s-style short shifts. I also love them with these pants!
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Many, many moons! I love the new silver Seaworthy Monde Bracelet.
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The Linear Orb Earrings are my current favorites from T’s new collection.
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These pretty watercolor duffle bags are made from antique Turkish rugs! (30% off code: SUMMERJAMS)
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I’d like a pair of Elizabeth Suzann’s new shoes in every color, please.
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Aaaaah! Beklina has such amazing stuff — I love this large, round carryall shoulder bag.
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I’m crazy about these Wireless Porcelain + Rose Gold Headphones. (20% off: AHAGIFT)
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I just refound this pic I saved from a spring pajama edit — makes me want to get some swankier pjs for sure.
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I love all the beautiful new pressed eyeshadow colors from Alima Pure! My faves: Icon, Luxe, and Volt. I’m happy that the eyeshadow compacts are refillable too!
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All the pretty French hair things, please. My favorites are this XL Silver Circle Hair Clip and I also love the little XS Rose Gold Circle.
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YES. This French Market Backpack is beautiful! I also love this bag and this bag.
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Such a pretty thing! Annie is making these sweet Halo Leather Clutches now — with or without wrist straps.
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This Ottoo fragrance is beautiful (basil, pepper, cardamom, carnation, cocoa, lavender, pink pepper and amber) and I also love Lumina. All Suzinn’s natural scents are a dream. Made here in Portland!
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Really into this Half Moon Cross-Body Bag with the tassel zip. That oxblood color is stunning! It seems like the perfect size to have when traveling. (30% off code: SUMMERJAMS)
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Kate’s new line of iPhone cases is so cute! This Painted Black Case and White and Gold Squares are my faves and they comes with a handy mirror that doubles as a power bank.
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LOVE THIS SHIRT. There are so many beautiful new shirts from Tradlands right now. ♥
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