Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Spring shoot.


Here we are in Fall and I'm blogging Spring. Oi! {insert face plant}
I keep telling myself I'm gonna be consistent with this blogging thing and then life happens and it gets put on the back burner, especially when Summer rolls around. I'm hoping now that we are back on a schedule and I have a little bit more free time, or you know, avoid-the-laundry-time, I'll be able to actually sit down and write, not that I'm a great writer or anything. The pictures are more fun, anyway.
If you've been here long enough or if you're new {welcome!} then I'll have you know, that Spring is absolutely my favorite season. There's something magical about flowers blooming after a cold and rainy winter and color bursting from trees after being naked. So to celebrate the new season, my talented friend and I collaborated and made some magic happen.
I'll just let you scroll and see the magic for yourself.



 Always adjusting.


And yes, we used Bruce, our Yorkie for a few shots. I mean, look at him.



The ground was wet and it was muddy, but it stayed dry for us the entire shoot and then started pouring when we left. 



The wind also picked up towards the end, but we weren't really mad about that. Just look at that movement!







 Now do you understand why Spring is magical? If not, I have no doubt I'll convert you eventually.
And I also promise that I will try harder to blog more often than every 3 months. I might even let you hold me to it!



 XO,
Vera

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Practice makes perfect.



Practice makes perfect. It's true of everything in life, including flowers.
For as long as I've been "playing" with flowers, I had yet to make a flower crown. Like a legit flower crown, so I decided it was time I step up my game.


Now, I have yet to perfect the art of making one, but I made one. It's much more tedious than I imagined, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!


Thankfully, I sort of know my way around a camera, I love to style and my cousin is gorgeous and knows how to do some serious makeup, so there you have it- an entire team made up of two people.


Although it rained most of the day, it stayed dry for us THE entire time we were out shooting. Such a blessing! 
Now, let me show you what I got to capture...


I mean. #hearteyes


She looked like a fairy.


There were a million more captures, but I'll spare you, cause you might be seeing lots more of this beauty. Except for this one, cause those candid giggles are the best. 


 My favorite part about finishing something I've worked on isn't just the finished product, but seeing it captured in pictures. It brings the piece to life. All those frustrating moments all of a sudden worth it. 

I've got other fun things up my sleeve in the next month and I'm so excited that I can share them with you, in detail, right here. 

Be sure to check back every once in a while. 

Happy Spring, friends!!!



XO, 
Vera









Monday, March 6, 2017

Punch of pink.



The days here in Oregon have been gray and rainy and I really needed something happy, so I made a trip to the wholesaler and picked up some pretty flowers to arrange. It's not very often that I buy flowers just for fun, so this was a treat.


The Camelias are finally starting to bloom, so I was able to forage some to use in here. I love that they're one of the first Spring flower to bloom after winter, because they're so bright and happy, when it's mostly still cloudy and gray, til about June.


 The recipe for this beautiful arrangement is:
Camelias, stock, anemones, spray roses and pierus Japonica.


I used no greenery whatsoever and I don't think it really needed any. The big, lush leaves from the Camelia did a beautiful job of naturally adding the greenery.
But even though the Camelia is absolutely stunning, those Anemone's are stealing the show, with their dark centers. I've only purchased them one other time and they never opened, so I have't purchased any since, until now and now they are full blown open and I can't stop admiring them!!!


 The arrangement is now sitting in my living room and it makes me so happy every time I walk by it. 


 Okay, promise this is the last close up. But man, just look at it!!! #hearteyes


If this doesn't make you happy, I don't know what does! 

I know some could care less about fresh flowers, but they are such a spirit lifter for me and a great way to add something live to your home, to make it feel inviting and cozy.

I hope you enjoyed drooling over these as much as I did. I'll be sharing more arrangements and all things flowers as soon as I can. I'm anxiously awaiting for my flower garden to wake up from winter hibernation so I can start using them in bouquets.

I hope you enjoy your week, friends!!!


xo, 
Vera

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Defining your style.


I recently read a great blog post by one of my new favorite bloggers Kimberly Duran from Swoon Worthy. This is a post I wish I would of had access to years ago, because it would of helped me from making purchases that I now regret.


Kimberly helps you figure out your personal style, when it comes to your home, by scrolling through your Pinterest boards. It may be a silly thing to some, but I value advice that can help me understand what I love, but what is realistic to put in my own home.

I already knew what I loved, but pin-pointing exactly what it is I love and would actually put in my house helped me so much, and after scanning my Pinterest boards, I was able to get my 3 buzz words, as Kimberly puts it. 

"Old world modern glam"

I know, it sounds silly, weird, and might not make any sense, but I'll give you some examples of how all of these things can work in one room and not look like a circus.


Old World:
I think this is where my love for vintage comes in. Although I love all eras of vintage, my favorite is definitely the romantic, baroque era, intricate detail kind of vintage. 

Modern:
Now, if you look at my house, you would NOT say that it's modern in any way, and this is true. I do own a few pieces that are definitely mid century modern, but I chose this word mainly for the minimalism of this style. I do love a touch of modern, but I mainly love an un-cluttered home. I don't need a million trinkets and a picture on every wall of the house to make me happy. 

Glam:
Although I don't need much stuff, I DO, however, need some wow pieces in the room, that make it
feel luxurious and glamorous. This buzz word could heavily lean towards Hollywood regency, too. 


Now, if your still wondering how in the world such different styles could possibly work together, let me show you. None of these have "modern" marked anywhere, because there isn't much in the pictures, in terms of "stuff", and I love that. These rooms are beautiful and simple and still make a statement with the few pieces that are in the room.


The pretty desk in this picture below has a very clean, modern look, especially the legs- but look, they're lucite! So glam!!!




If only my home looked like these images! #hearteyes

I'm currently working on a Spring makeover in the living room, but as soon as it's done, I will share some images with you and show you how my 3 buzz words fit in- and without breaking the bank!
I'm hoping someone out there could find this as beneficial as I did!

Happy decorating!!!


xo, Vera












Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Autumn via flowers.



When Autumn gives the most beautiful shades and textures of flowers, you play. And that I did.
Bright, but moody colors make for the perfect Autumn palette- whether your putting together something for yourself or a bride.


And I couldn't have thought of a more perfect model, to exude just the mood needed for these stunning pictures. 


My cousin Alesa is not an actual model, just really good in front of the camera. Wouldn't you agree?!



Okay, back to the florals. The greens were all foraged and all my dahlia's come from a local farm, when in season. There's a million other things I could of and wanted to add, but all that texture made it for a fun and beautiful arrangement. Sometimes less is more.




 Also, can we talk about that brick and door? One of my favorite backdrops downtown.


And who else likes to see the person behind the creations? There's always something intriguing about seeing the creator/ maker, no? Maybe I'm the only one.
I also happened to be the photographer that day, so here I am with the gorgeous bouquet, not dressed for the occasion. Hey, at least my sneakers match. ha!


I'm so glad I finally got to share more pictures of this stunning piece. It needed to be in the spot light for just a little longer. And I hope you agree.

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling through these little snaps. There's something special about being able to share the things you make, with others.



xo,
Vera



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Flower pop-ups.


My flower adventure continues as I pursue it as a part time business and it has been nothing short of fun!


I've been able to participate in 3 pop ups at local boutiques and I've loved the challenges it's brought, the learning process and support I've gotten from family and friends.

But my biggest supporter has been my hubby and I can't tell you how much it has meant to me that he was so encouraging when I first started. 


There have definitely been moments of doubt, whether this is really the path I should of taken, but all the encouragement I've gotten from all of you has been my saving grace! If only you knew!


Thankfully it slowed down a little before Christmas and at first I was bummed, but now so thankful, so I can really enjoy this time with family. My January and February already have some fun things happening, so I'm grateful for the down time!

I'm SO excited for the new year- Bring it on, 2017!!!

And again, thank you again for following along, reading my posts, commenting and liking my pictures, it really means the world!!!



xo, Vera