Follow Friday


Happy Happy October! I LOVE it! This weather is not the best, but I love a nice rainy weekend—hoping hurricane Joaquin keeps making that turn away from us! Fingers crossed.  Just wanted to jump back in to sharing a #followfriday. Because New England is so gorgeous in the fall, you have to follow @jackiegreaney on Instagram to see all the goodness. She shares the most beautiful, classy and fun adventures full of color.

Hope you have a great weekend! I hope to be making another batch of this banana bread and maybe making some spicy chilli. Yum!


Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker 2015


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event, and I was thrilled to be invited. It was a day of design, style, creative thinking and inspiration–basically the best kind of event! I had such a great time meeting + mingling with other bloggers, creatives, the BHG editors, and BHG team, what a group! It was a full and eventful day—here is a little peek of what the event was like.

CThe event this year was at The Hudson Hotel New York, while I had a hard time finding it because of construction, I made it on time and maybe even a bit early! The hotel decor was very modern but had an urban and eclectic feel. I was loving the oversized lounge chairs in the library.

Workshop: Secrets to Amazing Food Photos

The first workshop I attended was led by the Senior Deputy Food Editor of BHG, Nancy Hopkins. We learned tips and tricks for styling sweets, and salads and what tools to have on hand when you might be snapping or styling food. My favorite takeaways was from Libbie Summers,  who taught us how to make the perfect dollop for topping on your desserts and pies.

Panel: The Truth About Getting a Book Deal

Next we had a panel with Sara Forte, author of The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon, Eddie Ross, East Coast Editor of Better Homes and Gardens, and author of the must have book, Eddie Ross Modern Mixand the publishing editors Rux Martin and Angelin Borsics. So great to hear from both sides of the spectrum. They shared lots of truths and even shared different opinions on the same topic like whether you should work with a book agent or not. It seems that everyone has had such different experiences and I feel like it has a lot to do with the timing, if you are ready to get a book deal, and also who you end up working with.

Workshop: Photo Shoot-Worthy Flower Arranging

After some lunch I headed to my next workshop with Executive Editor, Oma Blaise Ford and Matthew Robbins. This workshop was a lot of fun, I just wish we had more time! I think I could spend all day playing with those flowers— provided to us by FTD flowers. A few quick tips for arranging: Cut stems as you go to vary in length—and design in odd numbers to create hero blooms.

flower_arrangingHere I am focused on arranging my masterpiece!

Final arrangements alongside Brittany, of Addison’s Wonderland and Maryanne, of The Little Epicurean

Workshop: Creating a 360° Digital Brand

The last workshop of the day was with the wonderful Digital Editorial Manager, Kaelin Zawilinski.  Kaelin packed the hour with advice on to how to stand out, and how to get smart on social. She also walked through ideas for spreading your brand—by being smart with collaborations, working with magazines, creating a book or podcast if is the right fit. She ended the presentation with a few best practices for success: be kind, make it easy to collaborate, and develop a relationship. This workshop gave me the little kick in the a** that I needed and I am so grateful for it! Thanks Kaelin, you have been so helpful to all of us!

Anyone else using Trello for organizing projects? Kaelin mentioned it in her presentation and I have been using it since and I love it!

Because this post is getting incredibly long, I think it is time to wrap it up! We ended the day with a Q&A with the editors, a stylemaker panel and cocktails on the rooftop with special guest, Brooke Shields! Like I said a jam packed day and I happily ended the night with burgers + fries in the Hudson Common with some of the other attendees. Happy + Full!

I can’t get over how incredibly talented, passionate, approachable and just really really nice people the Better Homes and Gardens Editors and team were! What stood out to me after chatting with a few throughout the day and watching them speak—is how much they really LOVE what they do! Thanks again for a great day BHG! Can’t wait for the issues to come : )

All photos (c) Avi Gerver Photography


A Night of Clean Beauty & Wellness at Jennie Fresa – October 8th


oneyear_R2Jennie Fresa is celebrating her one year anniversary with a night of clean beauty + wellness on Thursday, October 8th from 4-8pm. If you have been thinking of transitioning to natural beauty but are not sure where to start, this event is the perfect opportunity to learn from the experts and see what options you have. I attended a few of Jennie’s events this past year and am already so much happier with my new beauty routine.

Looks like there is a lot to enjoy: yummy paleo sweet treats, rosemary herb spirits, mini eco makeovers, eco-brow styling and special guests Indie Lee, founder of Indie Lee and Debbie Sodergen, author of “Just be…Your path to Meditation & Awareness”

I am excited to attend and so happy to have helped create the event invitation!

Who else is going? RSVP to


Invite: Patti Murphy Designs // Photography: Julia Jane Studios // Flowers: Hana Floral Design // Catering: What’s Cooking // Signature Drink: A Recipe for Wellness // Event Design: True Event

jennie_fresaphotos via @jenniefresabeauty & @india_lee


Orchard Wedding Feature


CT Wedding VendorsWe are so excited that our Orchard Wedding Inspired shoot is featured on Reverie Gallery. Everything about the shoot was drop-dead gorgeous, you have to see all of the stunning photos Anaise Prince Photography captured at Hickory Hill OrchardsI can’t stop looking at the photos. Shout out to the amazing dream team that created all of this beautiful magic. See all the photos here.

Shoot Design //  Jubilee Events
Location // Hickory Hill Orchards, Cheshire, CT
Photography // Anaise Prince Photography
Bride + Bridesmaid Fashion // Everthine Bridal Boutique
Floral Design // Blush Floral Design
Hair // Dana Bartone + Co.
Beauty // Simply Gorgeous by Erin
Cakes // Sweet Maria’s
Rentals // Borrowed, A Vintage Inspired Company
Rentals // Octavia Brown
Stationery // Patti Murphy Designs
Menswear // Valentino Tailors
Flower Girls’ Tutus // Body Wrappers


Follow Friday


I can’t believe we are creeping into September. Like always the summer flies by and school is back and fall is just around the short corner. I am certainly trying my best to soak in the last days of summer, but I can already feel the pull to the orchards, pumpkins, beer, football, cider…OK, I will stop bringing up fall! Well until then, enjoy these dreamy photos from @whynikella for this week’s #followfriday.


P.S. Here is a peek at one of my latest invite designs.




1. New adds to the portfolio

I have been slowly adding to my portfolio. Does anyone else think this is the most time consuming and procrastinated thing ever?! I have a lot more to post, but I got a few up this past week. Hoping to add 2-3 projects a week until it is all up there! I have a lot of new projects and I am anxious to share the process here with you guys!

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2. Salt Shop Branding + Progress

If you have been following me on Instagram, you noticed I am opening a new shop in downtown Mystic, CT. The brick +mortar set up is in the works, and the online portion is just being planned. We plan to be open in October and hope to take this next month to get all the details in order so we are ready for the fall/holiday season. More news to come on this new venture! Follow the progress on Instagram (our home base at the moment).

Broadchurch_Ep01_43. Broadchurch

We just finished Broadchurch Season 1 on Netflix. Sooo good. If you loved The Fall or The Killing (at least the first season) you will enjoy this show. A bit heavy (be ready for a good cry) but overall a good watch. Heard mixed reviews about the next season but will most likely give it a try when it is out on Netflix.

Pretty much my life in a nutshell. Branding projects, prepping for Salt opening and addicting netflix at night.


CT Eats Out Video


Huge thanks to the wonderful CT Eats Out for having me as their July Tastemaker. I had so much fun creating this video with you guys. Click through to catch a glimpse of my favorite spots in New London County all captured by the talented filmmaker, Jeremy White for CT Eats Out. Be sure to follow them on IG, FB and Twitter to keep up with all things foodie related in CT.

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I also created a dinner party playlist you can follow here and an interview, just in case you missed it, check it out here.

Photo taken day of shoot, via instagram

Industrial Chic Inspired Wedding Shoot


It was so much fun to be a part of this industrial-chic inspired shoot in the Velvet Mill located in Stonington, CT. Hope these photos taken by Maggie Conley Photography inspire your next event. Thanks to Gourmet Galley Catering who designed the shoot for having me design the circle menus. Keep scrolling to be inspired!









GG_004 GG_156Venue // The Velvet Mill Stonington, CT

Design & Catering // Gourmet Galley Catering

Menu Cards // Patti Murphy Design

Rentals // Rentals Unlimited

Lighting & Draping // Ryan Designs

Florals // Verdant Floral Studio

Photos // Maggie Conley Photography