I saw Bri from Designlovefest post a behind-the-scenes photo of this shoot on Instagram the other day and got really excited. I always love seeing what she and her team come up with – always colorful, thoughtfully designed, and fun shoots and projects.  This one is a little cheat sheet for the fellas in our lives on what flowers girls actually want to receive for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion for that matter (hint: it does not include red roses and baby’s breath).  These flowers listed above happen to be almost all of my favorite flowers so I may have not-to-subtly emailed Parker a link…

Isn’t that pink ombre fabric gorgeous?  What flowers would you add to your list of personal favorites?  My absolute faves are peonies and ranunculus, but I would also add poppies and craspedia balls to the list.

PS – If you haven’t yet, go see the rest of this post and maybe send a little subliminal message to your significant other on what flowers would make you giddy like a school girl this year.

The Time I Totally Had a Balloon Party with Design Mom



So when I went to Alt Summit, the final keynote speaker was this fantastic aritst, named Katie Sokoler and she epitomizes color and youthful innocence and happiness in her art and in the way she lives.  She gave a great talk about her work and about how she went to college and her professors hated her ideas because she just wanted to make pretty, happy things and the art professors always want something dark and troubled (I talked last week about my similar experience here).  Anyway, at the end of her talk she surprised us all with balloons that were under our chairs and asked that we blow them up and start throwing them around like crazy – a balloon party!  She said the convention hall was too boring with it’s beige walls and formal chairs – we needed to inject some life in to the space.  It was so fun!

Cut to a few days ago when I’m browsing Design Mom as usual and see myself planted directly next to Gabrielle Blair, only the founder of Alt Summit and the amazing woman behind the blog Time Magazine named a top 50 website in 2010.  No big deal.  I do wish I was actually turned around and looking gleeful like Gabrielle…instead I think I had just turned around to reload my balloon supplies for throwing.  Ah well!  



I know it’s quite popular among bloggers to do weekend link roundups and I hadn’t planned on contributing my own, but I do love the idea of gathering favorite stories and posts from the week and putting them in one place.  It’s a fun show and tell to share, and fun to look back on at all the cool things you’ve seen.  Here are some fun link for your weekend.  I hope it’s a great one!

(top image) How gorgeous is this new BHLDN wedding dress?  I’m dying.

I am geeking out about these needlepoint iPhone cases and I just have to have one.

This is a fun manicure for upcoming Valentine’s Day!

I love this idea of birthday traditions when Parker and I have a family.

Congrats to fellow Atlantan blogger, Joni Lay, on her perfect new baby girl!

A surprisingly healthy (and beautifully photographed) dessert I must make.

…and a decidedly less healthy dessert I must talk myself out of making.

Anna has been killing me with her instagrams of what’s coming for her new spring line that she’s debuting at the NY International Gift Fair.

A favorite blog of mine and her great photos, one every hour for a day.

An unexpected Valentine’s surprise for a very special loved one.

Celebrity high school yearbook photos.  Even they are not immune to awkward years.





Aren’t these the sweetest Valentine’s cards?  Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap but with cards like these, it’s easy look past the cheap red roses & baby’s breath bouquets, drug store milk chocolate boxes and cheesy stuffed animals.  These cards (and maybe a small, thoughtful token of affection) would be a much sweeter gift to receive.  I love supporting independent artists too, so this way you show some love to your honey and the smaller shops too.  Win-win!

Where to buy these great cards:

Sycamore Street Press | one | two | three

Parrot Design Studio | one | two | three (clockwise from left)

Rifle Paper Co. | one | two | three | four | five (clockwise from left)

Happy Dappy Bits | one | two | three (clockwise from left)


bhldn gloves - allsortsofpretty

bhldnHalcyon Gloves


Pretty things are so important.  This blog was originally named “The Importance of Pretty” because I truly believe there is something special in appreciating pretty things and embracing – or just even seeing – the beauty that surrounds us.  Of course I changed the title of the blog to All Sorts of Pretty because it’s much shorter and easier to type, but I firmly believe in the importance of pretty.

This “Daily Dose of Pretty” is a new series I’m working on designed to make you stop and appreciate something beautiful every day.  When I was in college and working on an art degree, my professors hated this idea.  They thought “eye candy” was amateurish and all art should have some deep meaning or theory behind it.  There should be suffering or an epiphany or something conceptual about the art.  And most of it was ugly and didn’t speak to me.  I love pretty things!  I like things that make me smile or crazy jealous (in a good way) and make me stop thinking about whatever it was I was thinking about and just admire something beautiful.

Today’s Daily Dose of Pretty are these gloves from BHLDN.  Sometimes I wish we still lived in a time where all the women wore pretty gloves like this to special occasions  like weddings or brunch or to church.  Wearing pretty dresses with petticoats underneath – how fun!  What is more feminine or charming or unexpected in today’s world than a pair of delicate gloves?  Click on any of the pictures above to be taken to their product page.

Would you wear decorative gloves like this that serve little or no purpose for warmth, but instead just add a vintage and feminine touch to your look?