Artist Spotlight: Tran Nguyen

 Imagine FX

 The Ways of Walls and Words 

Tran Nguyen was born in Vietnam, but raised in the United States and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. She works with color pencil and thin glazes of acrylic on paper. Nguyen is fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind's landscape. The colors and textures she creates is beautiful, soft and calming. Some of my favorites are above. They have a classic yet modern feel which, especially the first one. 

Marni Mondays: Sequined and Feathered

This clutch is adorned with all the right bells and whistles. Perfect for fancy evening out or paired with the Dre boyfriend skinny jean by Rag & Bone for night out to the movies. Embellished with cobalt-blue feathers, black paillettes and sparkling crystals is available through Net-A-Porter. Happy Monday! 

Modern British Style

The Ham Yard hotel which opened in June is the most decadent candy to ones eye. This £90 million, three-quarter acre project which rests behind Picadilly Circcus is Kit and Tim Kemp's latest addition to the Firmdale Hotel Group's portfolio. Located perfectly between Mayfair and Soho this property has 91 individually designed rooms and suites. Kit Kemp designed the interiors herself blending patterns and textures to perfection. There must be a method to how and where each pattern is placed within a room. It's like a math equation. When I was about 21 years old a girlfriend and I went to London and stayed at the Knightsbridge  Hotel. The rooms were so lovely and the service was incredible. I expect the Ham Yard to be just that. 

Its Been Awhile...

It sure has been awhile since I've posted anything. Things have been absolutely nuts between my professional and personal life. More freelance projects than I could imagine, photo shoots, planning a destination wedding for a girlfriend (now in Costa Rica) and traveling. Coming home one long day after another, left me feeling as though I wanted to crawl and hide under a pillow. Constantly on the go can be fun for awhile (at least for me), but you really do need a balance in life. Or a time-out occasionally. I noticed that there are certain things in life that are must in our daily routines. No matter how busy we are they should not be missed or forgotten. At the end of the day things at the office can wait, life will go on if that email is not sent out. Leaving a little to make that yoga class or meeting a friend to catch a movie help keep that balance. After not posting for who knows how long got me thinking about this topic and how posting regularly helps me feel balanced. Even though I stare at a computer screen all day long, PC is my sanctuary and my space to say and display whatever I want. A very valuable tool. These two prints by Danny Ivan (via Society6) represent exactly how life has been for the last two months; chaotic, exhausting, life changing and exciting. The colorful aspect is a reminder that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Welcome back to me and have a wonderful weekend. See you tomorrow! 

Scouting Riviera Maya

Casa Alma Rose

Casa Madera

Hacienda del Mar 

Villa Carola 

I am thrilled to be planning my dear friends wedding. Not only has it been something I've been secretly itching to do, not surprising to some. The couple has decided on having a destination wedding in either Mexico, the Caribbean or Costa Rica. I've spent a lot of time throughout Mexico, but have not traveled to the Caribbean or Costa Rica. Spending nights researching has made this project a great geography lesson! The idea is to rent a villa/house for the bride and groom to stay at with some close friends. Family and additional guests will stay at near by hotels. Many logistics involved, but that is what I love. We are getting closer and closer to locking down a location. Once we can check that off the list the real fun begins. I'm giddy just thinking about. Above are some villa rentals I've been looking at through MayaLuxe. If you have any suggestions on destination weddings or any of the locations please let me know. I am looking forward to sharing my journey of a wedding planner with you. TGIF.