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DIY Jewelry Dish Perfect for Holiday Gifting

I might just make a million of these this holiday season. There’s nothing quite like displaying your most prized jewelry pieces front and center in their own little glorious dish. And this DIY crafted by Hello Natural is right in keeping with my sentiments. A little something pretty to gift to the hostess or your mother/ sister/ bestie. Get the full details including more images of the how to on Hello Natural right here.

Oven-hardening clay (I used Staedtler Fimo Soft Clay)
Gold leaf pen
Cookie cutters
Rolling pin


step-1 Roll your clay on a flat surface and use a cookie cutter to make your desired shape.

step-2 Using your fingertips, gently press all around close to the edge so that you give the edges a lift.

step-3 Bake in the oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions (mine called for 30 minutes).

step-4 Let the dishes cool for about an hour and gather your supplies to make some embellishments!

step-5 I used the gold leaf pen to paint the edges, make some drawings and fill in a heart (sketch out a design first using the pencil).

step-6 Let the ink dry, and that’s it! Isn’t this easy and cute? Great as a jewelry catcher on your bedside table, or a really nice gift.

Photography: Hello Natural | Source: Hello Natural

Happy Thanksgiving! + Gorgeous Dinner Inspiration

We hope you are all prepping for a feast of grand proportions surrounded by all the ones you love. To celebrate, we’re doing what we do best, sharing gorgeous inspiration sent our way by the dynamic duo behind Sinclair + Moore. They are a pair that pack a beautiful floral and design punch and together with Matthew Land Studios, they crafted quite the Thanksgiving dinner. Dive into the gallery filled with Thanksgiving tid bits  and from all of us at SMP, we’re wishing you and yours a very merry holiday.

We host an annual Friendsgiving to celebrate the blessing of friendship and to give thanks for all we have. It’s one of my favorite times of the year… partially because I get to put together a table that reflects the rich harvest and bounty of the season. This year I decided to do something with the beautiful grey pumpkins I would see at the flower market. Every trip to the market I would find myself buying two or three of these pumpkins. As my collection of grey pumpkins started to grow, my wife would tease me about being a pumpkin hoarder, but I knew I wanted to do something special with them.

I used piles of these pumpkins and added thick and thin candles and dried leaves mounded together to make a simple and easy yet impactful centerpiece. I added some vintage china and flatware along with some hand scripted menus and place cards, and the table was nearly complete. We added the final touch with a linen bag filled with home made ginger snaps. The pies were made by my wife, Jamie, and she worked long hours on the individual mini pies that our guests took to enjoy at home.

Photography: Matthew Land Studios | Event Design: Sinclair & Moore Events | Stationery : Libby Tipton

A 10th Anniversary Celebrated Al Fresco

A tenth anniversary is cause to celebrate and celebrate Lilla Bello did. With flower crowns, artisan cocktails and wedding industry friends all coming together for one very magical evening under the stars. This cocktail party gone gorgeous is certainly par for the course when you are a team of floral and event design geniuses. And with the help of Leila Brewster, it has a whole gallery of snapshots to be pored through.. 

The event itself was designed and styled by Lilla Bello, alongside nine outstanding friends and ‘go-to’ vendors who all graciously jumped in and contributed their talents.

Every detail was addressed and perfectly styled to represent Lilla Bello’s brand, which celebrates color, texture, comfort, warmth, elegance and California ease. Figmint Design created and branded the event perfectly with an invitation using rich woods and lush, bold florals.

From the moment you walked into the open courtyard area, you were greeted with the warm glow of the overhead filament lighting and the sweet sounds of Joseph Eid’s acoustic notes that brought an instant smile to guest’s faces. This was not going to be a stuffy industry event!!

Jessica and Heather, of the Lilla Bello team warmly welcomed all of the guests, flower crowns adorning their lovely locks! Multiple vignettes of vintage furnishings provided by Party Pleasers Event Rentals were strewn throughout the outdoor space signaling the guests to be comfortable and carefree. Have an extra cocktail, double dip, kick off your shoes, whatever! Long communal hi-boy tables, draped in gorgeous metallic linens by Designer Specialty Linens, perfectly matched their custom made pillows that were scattered throughout the lounge areas!

The season itself called out for wild free flowing florals, bright bold colors, summer dahlias and rich autumn foliages! And boy, did Lilla Bello deliver! Did we mention the basketball hoop chandelier with a floral installation spilling out of it, adjacent to a wall of succulents housed in old rain gutters zig zagging across the side of the building where Lilla Bello calls home?

The tasty fare by Schaffer’s Genuine Foods took some good ‘ol party favorites and turned it up 10 notches! Tiny shrimp tacos, gourmet phily cheese steaks, and beet falafels unlike anything you could ever dream up! Mosey on over to a gorgeously refurbished 1954 vintage camper, endearingly known as Your Little Local, where signature cocktails of Bourbon Old Fashioned, Gin Margarita and Gentleman Jack Raspberry Lemonade are being poured! Bevmo’s genius concoctions were a huge hit alongside a bathtub of bubbly and perfectly selected wines!

As the evening progressed, the photo booth, by Toby Ogden, got busy! With a basket of fresh floral crowns at their fingertips, these industry pro’s went for it! I mean, it’s about time they had their chance to jump in the booth themselves, right?? The incredible Leila Brewster Photography, captured every moment and every detail, as she does so incredibly well!

Photography: Leila Brewster | Event Design: Lilla Bello | Floral Design: Lilla Bello | Invitations: Figmint Design | Catering: Schaffer's Genuine Foods | Acoustic Musician: Joseph Eid Music | Beverages: BevMo | Lilla Bello: At Bergamot Station | Linens & Pillows: Designer Specialty Linens | Photo Booth: Toby Ogden Photography | Rentals: Party Pleasers Event Rentals | Vintage Camper | Bar: Your Little Local

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