Thursday, June 12, 2014

10 Instagrams to Love

Dear Friends,

Today is a completely visual post ---- the following are some lovely IGers to follow, and the wonderful people behind the pictures.  Real quickly, I forced myself to only share people I have never worked with or met.  Mostly because I love every friend's account so much, that I could never choose few enough to fit in here...  <3

Until Soon,
Sara xx
P.S. Finds us @theladyjaneshop !!


> Seal Beach, CA
Organic + lovely, with beautiful photos of hand-tied bouquets, arrangements, crowns, + more from this SoCal shop.

Art + Culture

> Around the UK
I know, just serving to feed the Anglophilea...this is the newest IG account I've followed, sharing art + shows from Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate Modern, + Tate St. Ives.

> Cascas, Portugal
A portrait photographer whose photos of the Mediterranean make me want to jump into the water.

> the universe
I know, it's a strange one to throw into the mix, but it's easy to get immersed into these the zero-gravity videos are always a winner!

> LA/England
For any Downton fans, Michelle Dockery's instagram is a fun glimpse into the life of Lady Mary's alter-ego.  As in, this photo is enough reason to love her for life.  :)  "S'up Jane"...

Clothing + Accessories

> San Diego, CA
Beautiful, manly goods---hand-crafted canvas and leather shop.  You can almost smell the woodsy, coffee-filled air in their photos.

> Long Beach, CA
Looks like I need to make a visit to Long Beach very soon...Rodellee, the owner of Adored Vintage, has a way of presenting her beautiful pieces that make you want to reach out and touch the silk + crinoline.  A truly sneaky friend gave me a beaded purse from A.V. for Christmas, one of the most lovely surprises I've ever received.


> London, England
Interior design + creator of some brilliant stop-motion films.


> Seattle, WA
Tales of designer Tif's guinea pig, Mister Muchly + friends.  Look at that face!

>San Francisco, CA
Next to my puppies, a couple of my favorite dogs!  Harlow and Indi, a Weimaraner + Dachsund going on adventures and then snuggling.  Daily-dose of sweet and silly.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Changes

Dear Friends,

Today was the first time in my life I ever yelled in the shop.  I declared loudly that I was QUEEN OF THE INTERNET.  First time I have ever crowned myself over anything...but it was just that exciting.

Four years ago, I attempted my first website & blog...and it was a hot mess disaster.  So after years of Google-ing, some one-way arguments with the computer screen, & a few small moments of clarity, things are working a little more smoothly!   Cut to the very unprofessional computer dance with air fist-pumping & leg kicks that occurred earlier today at the shop.

So without further adieu, may I introduce you to the newly-combined blog + website!! (currently viewing), our new Styling & Design Website, & a preview of a recent styled shoot.  Booking 2014-15 styled events + busy collecting vintage rentals to offer you, coming soon!

I can't wait to share more of what is ahead.  Thank you for all the love & support in these past, present, & future endeavors.

With Love, 

Images: Jodi Miller Photography
Floral Design: Nature Composed
Model: Laura Rodgers
Silk: Willow Knows
Venue: Early Mountain Vineyards

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY: Custom Baby Onesie

Dear Friends,

It's been awhile since I shared a personal project--- please forgive this neglect.  It has been a truly insane Spring...phew!

I just had the joy of celebrating a friend at her baby shower, and in the midst of shopping from their registry & all the adorable baby girl outfits in stores, a DIY idea took root.  The Momma & Daddy-to-be are both Virginia Tech fans, and after looking for VT baby apparel, nothing quite felt right. Stumbled upon this plain onesie, and decided to give it a go with some cheery fabric & a little love.

Hope you find this DIY useful!

Until Soon,
Sara xx

-Plain onesie
-Fabric(s) of your choice
-Sharp scissors, thread, & a thin sewing needle
-Poly fill or another type of filler

Step 1: I chose my fabrics & cut out initials/letters & a tiny heart embellishment.  Without sewing anything down, I tried different placements of the letters (chose R).

Step 2:  I began sewing the "V" and "T", starting one the inside of the letters & working around.  *Be sure to keep your non-sewing between the two layers of fabric to prevent sewing through to the back.*  I periodically stopped a straight stitch to loop an extra stitch along the edge for added strength.  Leaving a small pocket open, I filled the letters with a thin layer of poly fill to add dimension.  Using the end of a thin paintbrush, I gently spread the stuffing until it felt even.  I repeated the same with the heart.
Step 3:  I carefully cut off loose strings & pressed flat.  Unfortunately, this will probably not withstand a ton of machine washing, so if you give a similar gift to someone, you might want to pre-shrink everything, or leave a note to wash in cool water.
The finished onesie for a future Hokie-fan.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Table Art

With summer fast approaching (although it feels like mid-summer out there today!), we wanted to compile some inspiration for hosting dinner --- for a special family night in, or an outdoor dinner party with friends.  We hope you will feel inspired to use your current dishware in new & fresh ways, or to add just a few details that have a big impact.

Until Soon,
Sara & Pam

Simple Add-On Ideas:
-Mix colors with neutrals for impact
-White dishware & clear glassware match everything!
-Use basic silverware & add details (flowers, ribbon, embellishments)
-Flowers are the perfect addition to any table.  Make your budget go further by grouping into smaller arrangements, or simply cut some greenery from your yard.  Any natural elements add charm to the table.
-Name cards & fabric napkins/linens are simple ways to make any meal feel special
-Use part of the meal for decorating--- bread, herbs, cheese, an apple or a peach, etc.

A sweetly written reminder of table-setting etiquette (that's sometimes meant to be broken, too!).
Bright table runners add pattern & instant-appeal.
Image L, R
Image L, R
Image L, R
Images L, T, B
If ever in doubt, choose flowers.  A fragrant wreath, bud vases filled 
with color, or simple flower confetti.
Images T, B, R

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Summer Picnic

Dear Friends,

So, with all the blog focus on food & drink styling this week I felt inspired to have my own (small scale) special meal --- throw in a cancelled music rehearsal, and yesterday I had an hour to sit and savor a mealtime.  Usually meals are just "get it out of the way so we can move on to the next part of the day"-time, but sometimes it's wonderful to really stop and enjoy either eating al fresco, foraging for some flowers to put on the table, or running out to buy your favorite in-season berries.  Now, my photos are terrible (didn't have time to grab the real camera!), but I enjoyed this little break from work so much.  I hope you will also feel a little nudge to enjoy at least a meal or two during your week, whether dining in for one or two, or a crazy weeknight family meal.

Until Soon,
Sara xx

Picking a few wild greens & some peonies.
A simple meal of fruit, cheese, nuts, and some tossed greens.  
Recently splurged on some new dressings...this Strawberry Balsamic is both local and delicious!
Best part of the meal --- time with the pups in the yard.  They LOVE when meals are on the floor!