Category Archives: Design

Kelly’s bachelorette fiesta itinerary!

June 28, 2017

When my best friend in the whole world decided to pick Cabo as her bachelorette party destination, I might as well have quit my day job.  I was so excited to plan every last detail, but I still wanted there to be an element of surprise.  I sent this itinerary a couple of weeks before departure so she had a subtle hint of the shenanigans.  I don’t think anything could have fully prepared us for what was to come ♦

Smithkowski engagement party invite

June 21, 2017

I loved making Alie and Tyler’s engagement party invite, mainly because I love them.  I must have made Alie five options to choose from, but she chose my favorite.  It was fun to do a whimsical, metallic, champagne theme for a winter party. Forever my fiancés.  xx

Tulum essentials

May 27, 2016

What’s it called when you get to go to a place you’ve always dreamed of going for your honeymoon, pre-honeymoon?

For Erik’s 30th some very special family members gifted him some incentive to vacation in the Riviera Maya.  Fiancé perks: I’m included.  We’re just finally able to go tomorrow, and I’m counting down the minutes.  We’ll be staying at the Fairmont Mayakoba, so the birthday boy can golf, and Coqui Coqui, so I can live out my dream.

While we’re down there we plan to check out some ruins, cenotes, and definitely dinner & drinks at Hartwood.  Here are a few things I’m loving lately and will be bringing along in some way or another.

Tulum essentials

  1. I love the shape of this Janessa Leone Klint Hat, but almost any Panama hat will do.
  2. How good are these gorgeous gold Vanessa Mooney Astrid Tassel Earrings?  You could spend the forty bucks, or you could make your own – they’re so easy!  I just made a set of red/burgundy/fuchsia and they’re to die for.  Next DIY post?
  3. My girlfriend breaks out the Bain de Soleil whenever we tan, so the time has finally come for me to get my own.
  4. I’m super into the retro shades lately, like these lilac and tortoise Miu Miu bad boys.
  5. Love the sleek look & sound of the White Jawbone Jambox, but I love the price of the refurbished options more.
  6. I don’t have this exact one, though I’d like to, but I’m mega into vintage silk dresses lately – floral, solid, embellished.  I just got an emerald green one from a thrift store and I l i v e in it.
  7. Nothing like a his/her Hammamas Woven Towels set to kick off the engagement gifts.
  8. Can’t wait to rock this itty bitty Minimale Animale suit that’s cute and dainty and scandalous  all in one.  If it’s just me and my man, it’s not hurting anyone.  And this little bride is all about the white (Minimale Animale Presley Top ($155) / Don’t Be Cruel Brief ($145)
  9. Anything Pamela Love touches is gold; even better when it benefits a good cause.  I’ll be buying this Pamela Love x Mercado Global San Juan Tote, thanks.

Happy new year: 2016

February 23, 2016

I’ve decided I’m going to do things a little different this year.  While I wholeheartedly believe its important to blog each day – to develop good habits, improve on writing skills and touch readers while building a following – I started losing the enjoyment and satisfaction of it all.  Theres this certain mystery that I find appealing and that I like to keep.  For a while I thought I’d want to share every secret, detail, purchase, heartache, joy with my audience, but I’m learning that’s just not me.  To make sure I was posting at least weekly, my content became more of a Came & Went series rather than a combination of all things Flower Crowns & Candy.  Now I’m going through a process where I’m doing, rather than sharing, but I feel like I’ve been building this big portfolio of things I’ve done and experienced and want to share, and will.

I read somewhere that February is a great time to actually kick off your New Year’s goals.  January is a direct rebound from all the indulging and damage done over the holidays (for some that’s Halloween to New Years Eve).  You see it in the gym.  January is the month of hardcore resolutions that burn out Feb. 1.  Luckily for me, swim suit season came early this year, as we leave for my best friend’s bachelorette on THURSDAY in Cabo!  That means, no February bounce-back for us.  Even still, if you’re slow like me to formulate your goals for the year, its ok.  Its better to take your time thinking about what you really want for yourself and for the coming year, rather than rushing into goals that aren’t necessary or maintainable.  Don’t make them resolutions, but goals.

It took me two months, but here are just a few of my 2016 goals.  What are some of yours?!


PS.  OMG.  Reviewing my 2015 goals was so ridic.  I was truly able to surprise myself and accomplish many, yet epically failed a few.  Though kinda fun/kinda painful, goal setting builds character.  Here’s a 2015 recap:

  1. Give Flower Crowns a makeover – check.
  2. Rekindle something – maybe a high school friendship that had gone a little stale.
  3. Get to New York – nope.  Thinking I never will.
  4. Frequent museums – OK so I didn’t frequent.  But I did go to a few…
  5. Surprise someone – Erik was pretty surprised with his 30th bday party!
  6. Give a speech – nope, but I’ll get to check that off my list this April at a special wedding…
  7. Cook often – Erik and I got way better at grocery shopping and making meals together.
  8. Find a charity I believe in – I donated to my dad’s Pedal the Cause, which was amazing, but I have yet to find something that has moved me to join.
  9. Sew something – I sewed a pretty amazing head wrap, with a little help/guidance from a friend.
  10. Start a new family tradition – collectively, we all decided to spend Christmas in Mammoth, and I’m really hoping that’s a new family tradition.
  11. Selfie more – why…
  12. Instagram stalk less – admittedly, probably remained the same.  Getting better?
  13. Road trip – check.
  14. Love my butt – check.
  15. Don’t hit snooze – epic fail.


A galentine’s day party

February 22, 2016

img_2347 There are few things I enjoy more than planning a party.  With a few super talented girlfriends.  Parties filled with sweets & savors and balloon letter banners.  A day of dolling up and drinking champs, snapping Polaroids and reenacting Beyonce’s latest music video.

Ok so I wasn’t reenacting, but I was on the sidelines egging on my friends.

A few weekends ago I helped throw a Galentine’s Day Party [February 13th, the other half of Valentine’s Day when you celebrate your love for your lady friends].  If you didn’t know that was the unofficially embraced definition, you aren’t alone.  I just assumed Galentine’s Day was a girls only Valentine’s Day.  Aka, another reason to throw a partay.

I’ve mentioned my girlfriend Kaitlynn and her pastry talents before, so you can imagine helping her with a party was nothing short of fabulous.  And then there’s Christina, a natural aesthete who rules at all things food & drink and loves a good project as much as me.  We’re talking secret Pinterest-board collaborating and multiple weeknight DIY sessions – a clique who truly speaks my language.  We’ve thrown out the idea of teaming up and starting our own biz – a force to be reckoned with – but for now we’re content spending tons of money spoiling our friends ; )  From donut hole trees to dip-dyed ombre napkins, the details are decadent.  Til the next one.  xo

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img_2350 (OK so this wasn’t from the party, even though Kailtynn could have easily created.  It’s from Hidden House Coffee in San Juan Capistrano.  On the real deal Valentine’s Day, we took a train ride up the coast to The Ramos House Cafe for their weekend brunch.  DELISH.)