All The Valentine’s Day Things

I couldn’t figure out how to put all of my Valentine’s feelings and ideas into words, so instead I made you a some visuals of all my favorite lovey-dovey things, including a mood board, a list of DIY projects, some gift ideas of all prices, and a playlist containing my favorite love songs of all time. Enjoy all of the Valentine’s Day things! xo

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Valentine's Day DIY Projects

kindle or tablet cover // arrow cookies // bouquet wrap // cheeky plant holders // floral bath salts

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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The perfect Valentine's Day playlist for the 20-something who loves all music.Get this playlist on Spotify

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Do you have any fun plans for Valentine’s Day?

Also, last year’s Galentine’s Day Brunch and this year’s DIY Valentine project.

 

DIY Valentines with A Sweet Treat

I love love. Whether I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, friends, or family, it brings me so much joy to show my loved ones just how loved they are. You already know I’m a huge fan of DIY projects, and this holiday is no different; I adore making DIY Valentines!

Learn how to make these cute DIY valentines!

At the start of the year, my amazing boyfriend got me a Cricut Explore Air 2 for my birthday, and I haven’t seen the light of day since (sort of kidding). I loooove making new projects with my machine! For this Valentine’s Day, I decided to make mugs that can (and should!) be filled with tasty treats! I put together a tutorial for you, complete with free SVG cut files if you have a cutting machine (SVG downloads at the bottom of the post). Enjoy!

Learn how to make these cute Valentine's Day presents!

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An Interview with Paige Poppe

Paige Poppe Artist Interview

Recently, I had the chance to meet one of my favorite artists, Paige Poppe. I’d been following Paige for quite some time on Instagram, and with each post I fell more and more in love with her watercolor work. Paige beautifully captures everything I love about my home state of Arizona, from the cacti to the vibrant and numerous colors of the desert.

Paige Poppe Arizona Artist

After months and months of Instagram stalking, I finally met Paige at the Phx Flea in November (and bought my new favorite wall art). She’s so sweet and talented, and I knew I had to interview her for the blog.

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Beach Bachelorette Party

How to throw the cutest beach bachelorette party!

My darling friend from high school, Danielle, is getting hitched this December! We decided to throw her a Beach Bachelorette Party over the summer, when we could enjoy the sunshine (not that California is lacking it…), and all the fun accessories that come with the season.

We got the party started at the house, where we decorated for drinks and snacks, and gave all the ladies their presents!

This beach bachelorette party is SO fun! Includes links to all products shown.

Fun in the sun! Throw the best beach bachelorette party!

I DIY’ed the hats; here’s the tutorial!

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Meet the Artist: Rebecca Plotnick

Meet the Artist: Photographer Rebecca Plotnick
Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting photographer Rebecca Plotnick. Rebecca’s work is soft, beautiful, and captures everything I love about traveling. I was so excited to see her work in person, since I’ve been following her on Instagram for what feels like forever! I also got to ask her a few questions. Keep reading to find out more about her travels!

When was the first time you went abroad?
My first time abroad was when I studied in College at Indiana. I studied in Florence, Italy. We stopped in London and then Siena, Italy for 3 weeks. We arrived in January; it was cold and the city was small. At first I didn’t like Siena but one day we climbed the tower overlooking the city and at that moment I fell in love with travel. It was this trip of exploring Europe that I knew I wanted to do something with my life with traveling the world because I didn’t want to stop!

What’s your favorite season in Paris?
My favorite season in Paris is tough; I have experienced them all! The snow in Paris is amazing and is not often but it’s unbelievably magical. Spring is probably my favorite because the cafes start opening terraces on the streets and the entire city is in bloom. After this last trip I noticed the spring goes in stages and different colors bloom throughout the season. It’s lovely to watch the transition in the city.

Meet the Artist: Photographer Rebecca Plotnick
What’s your favorite place to visit in the U.S.?
In the U.S. my favorite city is NYC. It’s so full of life and there’s a lot to explore. My aunt and uncle live there and they are foodies so when I visit we are always going for the best meals. There is also a good francophile community there which is a good feeling.

Meet the Artist: Photographer Rebecca Plotnick
How long have you lived in Chicago; what keeps bringing you back here?
I lived in Chicago for 8 years before packing up my belongings to move to Paris. I wanted a change of pace and I needed to change my life. Living in Paris and traveling for 3 years will do that to you. This week I have moved back to Chicago to make it my home base. It’s been a good city to me and I need to live somewhere where there is a lot going on and I can hop a plane to anywhere in the world pretty quickly!

Do you prefer the dark room, or digital?
I love the process of the darkroom. I started in high school and it was the action of the print meeting the developer and watching the image appear that got me hooked. I spent 4 years in the dark room all throughout high school and loved it. Digital is great and I can shoot so much more and know if something worked or it didn’t. That’s a huge help to know instantly. I am not a big fan of computer manipulation when it comes to digital. I believe that that photo should come out the way it does when you shoot it. Post processing is a little like cheating!

Meet the Artist: Photographer Rebecca Plotnick
If you had to describe your photography style in five words, what would they be?
My photography has changed so much over the years so this is a challenge. Romantic, colorful, warm, detail oriented, french.

What’s your best-selling print?
My best seller changes so much but I guess the one that is most popular over all these years is the Hall of Mirrors from my Paris trip in 2010.

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What cameras do you shoot with?
I started my business after getting laid off in 2008 and I didn’t have a lot of money. My first camera was a rebel which I absolutely loved and it worked well. I highly recommend it if you are just starting out. I now shoot with a 70D which is much heavier than my first camera. I lug it around Paris with a few different lenses. I love the 35mm and the 50mm lenses best.

What’s your best advice for someone who wants to travel on a budget?
Traveling on a budget. I highly recommend renting an apartment vs a hotel room. If you can research the area you are staying in you can cut your costs in half by renting an apartment. I have rented through Airbnb and it has worked out well. Visit the local grocery stores and markets and eat breakfast at the apartment if you can. Lunch picnics are great. In Paris there are a ton of restaurants that do lunch prefix menus that are a great value. Try to avoid the high season if you want to save money. Traveling in the winter is fantastic you can get great deals and the tourists are gone so you can experience the city as a local!

Meet the Artist: Photographer Rebecca Plotnick
Are there any hidden gems in Chicago that photographers should know about?
I wish I knew of hidden gems in Chicago. After being gone for a few years I look forward to rediscovering the city myself!

Have more questions for Rebecca? Comment below!