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Target Holiday Finds

It seems like in the past year, Target has been putting out more and more well-designed products in great packaging. Anytime I go to Target, it is a minimum of a 45 minute excursion, even if I only need two things.  This year especially, their holiday collections have been very well curated and awesome. I applaud the creative team behind it! Take a look at my favorites below.
Target Holiday
1: Loving these antlers, and would totally leave them up well into January
2: I love the slight sheen these woodgrain plates have, adding another level of dimension
3: These adorable reindeer salt and pepper shakers look great, and can double as decor on your holiday table
4: I get a “Chronicles of Narnia” feel from these wine toppers, with three variations to choose from
5: The shaker, martini glass and napkins look great together, or as individual items to create a perfect drink
6: How awesome are these wine bottles?! No gift wrapping needed. Check out this wine created by Alexis Swanson Traina for Target

What about you? What are your Target holiday favorites??



Featuring: The Confetti Bar

Who doesn’t love confetti? How about handmade, unique, and sometimes custom confetti?? I can’t imagine many people who don’t love it, confetti is just so happy. Meet Jessica, the founder, Chief Confetti Thrower, Expert Confetti Mixologist and all around awesome girl behind The Confetti Bar. I wanted to pick her brain and ask some questions about her business and what motivates her.
Winter Wonderland Confetti

1. What inspired you to create this company?
Honestly, I just wanted to do something that I was passionate about and that was me. I always knew I wanted to do something creative, and while I’ve dabbled in this and that, everything just seemed to make sense to turn confetti into my dream job.  I mean, sure, it’s a pretty sweet deal to get to play with pretty paper all day, but at the very core I wanted this business to be about celebration and happiness, and taking a moment to remember that’s what it’s really all about.

2. Where do you find inspiration when creating a new product?
I know it’s a little boring to say everything, but it’s true! I can be looking at a picture online, someone will make a silly comment, or I’ll be in the shower and a new idea will just pop into my head! There’s really no rhyme or reason, but I look to get inspiration from anything and everything.

3. Which confetti is your favorite right now?
Ahh, tough choice! I love all my confetti equally! But, if I had to choose, I think my current favorite is Unicorn Dandruff!
Unicorn Dandruff Confetti

4. Favorite holiday or celebration?
I love each any every chance to celebrate in a different, yet pretty equal, way. I love how each holiday or birthday or party comes with its own set of traditions and themes!

5. What is the craziest confetti cocktail you have created so far?
I think collectively the craziest, most time consuming project I’ve taken on is to create an entire bar car filled with all sorts of confetti cocktails – all the colors and glasses were inspired by real, old fashioned cocktails and they even had real garnishes!
Cookie Sprtiz Confetti

6. Favorite quote?
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway” – Earl Nightingale

For some reason this quote always seems to stick with me. I can be a pretty impatient person, so I have to constantly remind myself that time will pass no matter what, so I might as well take the time to see something through. I’ve been getting better at taking things one step at a time, and enjoying as much as possible along the way!

7. What helps you stay motivated and manage all that you do?
First and foremost, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the constant help and support of my husband, who not only handles most of the digital stuff for the business, but also tries to keep me sane! In addition to his encouragement – and that of my entire family, of course – I am constantly motivated by the amazing comments and support of everyone who believes in my little confetti-filled world. Knowing I might have made someone’s day by simply sending a little bit of handmade happiness makes me feel like the luckiest girl!

The Confetti Bar has some awesome holiday themed confetti, and is always introducing new items to her shop. I can’t wait to see what she does next! Check out her blog to see some of the custom confetti, and other fun ideas. The next time I throw a party, I know I will add some of this to my decorating list. Check out some of my holiday favorites below.
Hanukkah Confetti
Hanukkah O Hanukkah Confetti
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree
Peppermint Swirl Confetti
Peppermint Swirl

[All photos provided by The Confetti Bar]

Festive Packaging Highlights

Festive Holiday Packaging
The holidays provide such a great opportunity for special, unique and seasonal packaging. I thought I’d take a minute to show some of my favorites. It seems that every year, holiday designs and special holiday edition items get better and better designed. Enjoy this year’s round up. Honorable Mention: Trader Joe’s. Um, hello, have you seen what they have been producing lately!? So colorful, eye catching and really well designed. They have also been experimenting with many different typography treatments, and though not all are my favorite, they are very visually interesting.

1: Starbucks. Because who doesn’t wait until Nov. 1 to get those red cups.
2: Mr. Boddington’s Holiday Soaps. They never disappoint with their colorful, illustrated packaging.
3: Method Soaps. Their packaging is awesome 365 days a year, and their holiday-inspired line is really just the sparkler on top.
4: Bath & Body Works. Different holiday scents inspire their candles, room fresheners and their packaging.
5: Winter Jack: Take me to the scene illustrated on the bottle!
6: Theo: Each illustration and color palette is so well done, and looks great as a cohesive group.

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Favorite Foil Holiday Cards

I love the holiday season, and I have a major soft spot for stationery, so it was only natural that I put together [several] posts about my favorite cards of the year. Today’s round up is gold + silver foiled cards. There are so many beautiful, creative and well done cards that I would be here for DAYS showing you them all, but these are the ones that caught my eye [in this category]. Stay tuned for more cards as we get closer to the New Year!

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Santa Monica Sunset

I think sometimes I take living in Los Angeles, close to the beach, for granted. On Sunday night, one of my best friends and I decided to grab a cup of chai tea from Groundworks on Main Street in Santa Monica, and walk down to the beach to enjoy sunset. It was beautiful, and a great way to say goodbye to “summer” (although, I have yet to see any indication of fall). I love sunset, and all the beauty it has to offer.
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach
Los Angeles
Santa Monica Sunset
Palm Tree Santa Monica

Starbucks: Pink

Despite the fact that Starbucks released their pink sleeves advertising their new partnership with a bakery from San Francisco a few weeks ago, I am a recent big fan. I love the scalloped boarder, the typeface, and the interesting color. I know not everyone is a fan, but it is definitely nice to see a temporary color that draws more attention to it. Being from Seattle, I’m a Starbucks lover, and from a designer standpoint, really like and am enjoying this playful change. [One side note: it does look like Starbucks is advertising breast cancer awareness since this similar shade of pink has come to represent that].
starbucks sleeve
starbucks pink sleeve

Pasadena Flea Market

On the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl becomes the biggest treasure hunt/yard sale/antique shop I have ever seen. There is everything from furniture, to denim cut offs + you can find some really interesting items. The more serious shoppers get there around 6 am to score the best items. I got there around 11, just to browse. A tip if you attend next month: it gets HOT HOT HOT. Bring water, sunscreen and dress appropriately.
FR2S Rose Bowl Flea Market
FR2S Rose Bowl
A lot of vendors have miscellaneous items spread out for you to search through, as seen above. However, I found two different booths that had more of a concentration, and were laid out so well.
FR2S Colored Glass
FR2S Blue Mason Jars
FR2S Colored Bottles
The couple who was selling all of this colored glass, did so in a way you couldn’t help but walk over to. The glass was organized and neat, and it was pretty cool to see the vintage colored bottles. Next time I need a vase, I know where I’m going!
FR2S Pasadena Flea Market
FR2S Pasadena Flea Market
FR2S Pasadena Flea Market
I think this was possibly the most interesting table I saw on Sunday. This man had acquired trinkets, all with a steampunk vibe, and organized them in a way for you to search through. I loved his wooden stamps and buckets of loose letters. I am definitely brainstorming some craft ideas.

Happy Wednesday!

Featuring: Junk Art Gypsyz

Yesterday, some friends and I ventured down to Temecula to check out the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. I was pretty excited to see some hot air balloons, but unfortunately upon arrival, we found out that the balloons take off at 6 am. Since we had already driven 2 hours to get there, we figured we might as well stay and enjoy the festival. I’m so glad we did, because I came across this awesome company called Junk Art Gypsyz. They have some crazy awesome custom signs, vintage plaques and jewelry all made in California. Their booth was so colorful and lit up, it was hard to miss. They were the perfect fit for my first “Featuring…” series of posts.
FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz How awesome is the J initial…I might need that for my office! And the patterned California Bear! So cool! FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz Loving the distressed look and chevron whale. FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz That ampersand!
FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz
Check out their Etsy Shop for even more awesome finds! Happy hunting!