THE ART OF TABLESCAPING WITH LULULEMON

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IF YOU TOLD me a year ago that by this time this year I’d have a summer’s worth of experience styling weddings (learning from the very talented, Ashley Bond of Spread Love Events) and 3 solo events tucked safely under my belt (and into my portfolio), I’d of told you you were nuts. But. Here we are. It’s been almost a full year since I made the decision to leave my full-time job at lululemon and I am so glad that I took a leap of faith to pursue my other dreams. Now in a very “full-circle” way, I’m back over on the the lululemon blog sharing 9 stress-free holiday table-setting tips.

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Event design and styling was always sort of that thing in the back of my mind that I wanted to do but held myself back because I thought I didn’t have the proper experience to actually do it. Graphic design and branding, that was safe and I have the piece of paper to back it but events was this scary unknown – I had an inkling that I might be kind of okay at it but I didn’t really know where to begin.

Fortunately, sometimes being passionate about something (and having a great mentor) is all you really need. It also helps to have a network of people who believe in you more than you do. I am very lucky because I have a lot of those people constantly cheering me on and enrolling me in opportunities.

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When my old team mates from lululemon called  me up to style the table for this photoshoot I just about died. It felt so good to be back with the people I loved but this time doing something I love.

Make sure to head on over to their blog  for more pictures and the details on how to pull together this table just in time for the holidays!

[all images c/o lululemon]

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SAYULITA ADVENTURES

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AH! WE HAD the best time in Sayulita. This place has been on my radar for a while now and I’ve been dying to check it out.  Many friends of mine have visited this cute magical surf town and they have all returned singing the Sayulita praises. I’m happy to report that I’m joining the choir. This place is simply the coolest.

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Everything is quaint and simple and brightly coloured. It’s the perfect amount of authentic Mexico with a subtle (albeit growing) tourist influence making it friendly and accessible for all. It’s small enough that you can walk everywhere and everything is close. There are quite a few intense hills though so some take to renting golf carts to get around. The amount of tacos we planned to eat meant we were walking. Unfortunately you don’t burn calories sitting on the beach.

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Just a couple of weirdos. Ya’ll should be used to photos like these by now though…

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We met so many awesome people (locals and tourists alike) on this trip and were lucky enough to be invited back to take in this view with some new friends. This was an awesome Air BNB find where our new Aspen friends were staying. Dan and I loved our little lodge but we’re already dreaming of  returning to Sayulita with a bunch of friends and taking over this Casa for a week.

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One thing that surprised me a lot was how much I loved the food. I actually don’t know if I’ve ever really had true authentic Mexican fare before this trip but man I was in love. Our favourite question of the day was “in what way would you like to enjoy tortilla, rice, fish, beans and salsa today? Taco? Enchilada? Fajitas? Quesadillas? Burritos?”. In some ways it’s kind of all just the same ingredients arranged in a slightly different manner but it was ALL good ALWAYS. And spicy. Yum.

We actually had sought out accommodations with a kitchen because we intended to cook a lot but it turned out to be so cheap (and delicious) to eat out that we just wanted to indulge the whole time.

We highly recommend the special of the day for breakie at El Espresso if you want bang for your buck. It’s usually some sort of Mexican egg dish, coffee and a mango smoothie for about $6.00. It’s also got free wifi which would be a bonus if you wanted to check in with the world.

Other notable mentions are Burrito Revolution and Orangy and you pretty well can’t go wrong with the street tacos. We also discovered the deliciousness of Marlin (fish) and sided with that option most everywhere we went. Get the marlin. Trust. Also if you get sick of Mexican (it’s possible) Mammia Mia makes pasta fresh on site and is quite good. But really – I don’t think we had a bad meal – just eat everywhere.

Our favourite restaurant, was Teirra Viva. We met the best server ever (Martin) who was so fun to chat with and the food was incredible. Arguably the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had. On our last night Martin brought us dessert and had our names written on the plate – it was such a sweet surprise (literally!).

And also the Popsicles from Wa Kika are life changing (see photo above) and if you get offered a snack on the beach (cucumber with lime and hot sauce) take it.

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I had a mini hiccup this trip catching some sort of bug or sun poisoning (we’re still not really sure what it was) so unfortunately I was down for the count a bit (fever, aches, chills…ugh) so I spent most of the trip in the shade on the beach but Dan got a little surf session in on our last day.

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Also my new Mexican beach blanket! I’m obsessed. I had to stop myself from buying 50.

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Sayulita – we’ll be ‘seeing you later’ for sure. Until next time…keep it real.

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KINFOLK GATHERINGS: THE PHOTOS

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I PROMISE YOU this is the last time I’ll speak Kinfolk until at least the next one (if I have the pleasure of hosting again, that is). But please do head on over to piccolo design co. to check out some of the awesome photos taken that night. I am so proud of how the whole thing turned out (not something I say often of my work) so I can’t help but want to shout it from the rooftops.

How cool is this photo series that Jourdan Tymkow captured? I took the liberty of turning it into a GIF. I just thought it perfectly summed up what Kinfolk Gatherings are all about. Strangers gathering along a long table for an evening of good food and better company. Most of the diners I talked to told me they were delighted by the people they were seated next to and the new friendships they formed.

The theme for the dinner was Wabi-Sabi which is an ancient Japanese concept and aesthetic that celebrates beauty in the imperfection and the natural cycle of growth and decay. I shouldn’t be too hard to spot how this theme came to life in the tablescaping and decor. Most notable (though it was hard to get the full effect in photos) was how the florals went from dying and decay on one end of the table and transitioned into growth and greenery on the other. It was simply beautiful.

On a separate note – I have decided to go freelance full-time and really give piccolo the attention it deserves. Today I officially registered it as a business and everything! So if you need design or event work – please do hit me up! Girls gotta make a living.

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