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.

Piccolo Design Co. styling

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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PICCOLO DESIGN CO. STATIONERY

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YOU WANNA KNOW something? 3 years ago when I graduated from school I put “design my own business cards” on my to-do list. After many failed no attempts I was starting to doubt it would ever actually happen. It’s the classic shoemaker’s kid never has shoes thing (that’s a thing right?).

Most designers will tell you it’s impossible to design stuff for themselves. For the most part I agree. There’s no real deadline, no real budget and no parameters you must play within. The world is your oyster and although that sounds amazing it’s actually ridiculously daunting.

For some reason though when I started designing the Piccolo Design Co. brand it just came so naturally to me. Like nothing I’d ever designed before. I was actually initially set on calling my business Whim & Wit and spent hours labouring over a design trying to make that work. In a fit of fury I looked down at my notebook and gave PDC a shot. I basically just typed it and fell in instant-love. The rest is history (if you can count 7 months as history, that is).

So after a long three years, I can finally cross that to-do item off my list. Actually I’ve had them for a few months now so I guess I can finally cross “share them on my blog” off my list.

I printed them with www.moo.com and was really pleased with how they turned out. I decided on the Luxe line because I love me some thick paper stock. It was totally worth shelling out a little extra for. I was also pleasantly surprised (and impressed) with the delivery of the cards, they came in a cute little white case that made the whole thing feel even more premium. I’d definitely recommend Moo to anyone looking to get stuff printed.

So – now that they are out there, what do you think?!

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