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it’s been my dream for about 8 years to go to thailand, so arian and i are officially going for 10 days in february. just to RELAX and spend some quality time together. you all have given me some amazing advice on this blog that have shaped my trips into wonderful experiences. i appreciate your comments and recommendations more than you know!! to give a quick breakdown, we are flying into phuket but only want to stay there one night and then travel around to some of the other islands. (we’ve heard it’s very touristy in phuket and that’s not what we are looking for.)
i’m looking for resort, food, and travel tips on the areas below. if you’ve been there, please chime in! (bangkok and chiang mai sound incredible, but we want to keep this trip more low key. especially since we only have limited days there. i definitely want to go back to see those places someday though!) i always get a little nervous (type A annoying travel planner) before i go to a new country, so your tips are great. i just want this to be a romantic, stress-free trip for us…
things we are looking for on our thailand trip:
• beach massages & good food
• interesting resorts & bungalows (some more like beach huts, some more romantic hotels)
• islands with pretty scenery
• unique experiences (snorkeling, cool sites, boat rides…)
ps. i haven’t been in the ocean since that crazy crocodile attack, but i am hoping since the water is more clear in thailand i can suck it up and get back in.
the trip i’m considering/ currently planning…
day 1: we fly into phuket, spend the night and take the ferry the next day.
day 2-4: from phuket, we go to phi phi island (by ferry, i’ve heard it takes about 90 minutes and is about $30 per person?)
day 5-6: after a few days we head to Ko Lanta (by ferry i think is under $20?) this is the spot we’re still deciding on. do you think it’s worth squeezing this destination in or would it be best to just spend more days in krabi?
day 7-8: then i think we will end the trip in Ao Nang or some place in Krabi (a day trip to railay bay i’ve heard is awesome.)
day 9: on our last day, we just have to make it to back to phuket from krabi so we can fly home. i thought it would be easy to take a car or ferry back there. hopefully it’s not cutting it too close since our flight is at 6pm. kind of worries me!
UPDATED BASED ON COMMENTS: i think we are going to fly into phuket, go to ko lanta for 4 days and then railay bay. maybe a day trip to phi phi island?
do you have hotel recs & tips for phuket, phi phi, krabi and ko lanta? i wish we could see more, but i think we better stick to just a couple spots and try to just relax. thank you so so much, you guys are the best! -bri
so far we have done DIY and floral events, but we were definitely still missing a fashion element.
being a huge lover of vintage dresses, i knew i wanted to have an event that celebrated women’s individual style. it was a two hour event at shareen vintage, we all tried on dresses, danced around, had champagne and snacks and jesse took portraits of all of the attendees in their new vintage threads…
so fun, right? i loved meeting a bunch of new, creative gals and hanging out with my friends that came as well. barrett made a whole bunch of beautiful crostinis and cheese snacks (of course i ate far too much of it.) yasmine, a wonderful florist, provided adorable bouquets for all of the guests to take home after the event.
my favorite part was watching the girls have fun in front of the camera with their friends. the top right is my sister and i…i’m happy she lives close by now!
and here’s a couple of my friends and i at the end of the night…
i am not sure why the cheerleader poses came into play…maybe a little too much champagne? each of these woman have impacted my life…inspired me, pushed me, gave me solid advice, listened to my struggles, shown me strength, blew my mind with their creativity, made me laugh, and made my life in LA very very special. i am so grateful for these ladies!
thanks for all of you that came out to this event! we will be holding more events very soon. -bri
i love a good floral arrangement, they are basically instant happiness. i usually like to have a vase or two around my house with fresh flowers, especially if we are entertaining. it is the little things that count. my floral skills are basically cut the stems and throw in a vase so i thought it would be nice to learn a couple of tricks from a true professional. kristen owns moon canyon design co and is always creating arrangements that leave me saying, how in the world did you do that? when domaine home approached me about what projects i had in mind that we might be able to collaborate on, i knew it was time to make the floral workshop come to life. i originally thought that i would make the workshop something simple but alas, that is never the case. it was a lot of work but turned out beautifully. it is always fun to see so many different vendors come together on one aesthetic vision.
we hosted the event at rachel craven textile studio which is such a dreamy space. so much natural night with white walls and cement floors, i’d move in if i could. the linens (and the aprons that kristen and i are wearing in the first photo!) are handmade by rachel in this studio. she is insanely talented and hand paints the patterns on each one.
yeah! rentals read my mind with those perfect white tolix chairs and teak tables. they always hook it up with their stylish furniture.
the setup started early with all hands on deck. kristen woke at 4am to buy the freshest flowers, and we made about a million trips up and down the tiniest elevators with the rest of the goods. at 8am i promised myself to never do one of these again but by 11am i was wanting to do one every weekend – funny how quickly you forget the hard parts when it magically turns out just how you pictured it.
kristen made this gorgeous garland to make the frame for a photobooth where the students could take photos with their arrangements. we hung some of rachel’s linen as the backdrop.
heirloom la created a phenomenal brunch spread for the event. talk about above and beyond with their creativity and attention to detail.
and everything tasted just as good as it looked…
i mean, come on heirloom. heath ceramics, found stones and pretty packaging made the display on another level of awesome.
i am always one to vote for mimosas on the weekends, especially before noon. onehope weddings delighted us all with their mimosa bar. fresh squeezed juices, berries to muddle in your glass and striped paper straws to top it all off.
one of the coolest things about onehope wines, other than the best mimosa bar, is that they donate 50% of all of their profits to a non-profit organization. nothing like a drink that gives back, eh?
and of course there is casa de perrin! they provided 30 different vintage crystal champagne flutes. we love using their glassware for our events because they are so unique. remember this one?!
kristen taught the class of 25 how to create a tabletop arrangement pretty enough for any dinner party. helpful tips like selecting a vase that is half the size of your intended arrangement and building your flowers in an asymmetrical shape were among some of the advice she shared. she walked the students step by step through the arranging process and explained the purpose of every flower and trick.
it was so much fun to see how each student varied their own arrangement. they each had the same flowers and vases but everyone’s was slightly different and unique to them.
arranging is definitely a process with no step skipping allowed. the small adjustments made a big difference in the end result.
all in all, it was the perfect way to spend a saturday.
i left the event feeling more sure than ever that designlovefest needs to start hosting more events. they always end up being the best time and all of the work it always worth it. i’d love to hear your thoughts on what events you’d like to attend or what new skills you are looking to learn. let’s get these going!
oh! did you see our new studio?! i am pretty sure we are moving in, which means EVENTS IN THERE!
florals by: moon canyon design co. - see more floral posts here!
photography: woodnote photography
art direction: bri emery
location: rachel craven’s studio
a collaboration with domaine home - see the feature on their site here
my friend jesse told me about a site called the secret language of birthdays the other day. since then, i have looked up my relatives, boyfriend, and friends and it’s been shockingly accurate! a few things here and there will be off, but overall there has been a lot of true advice (almost creepy how true!) and let me warn you, it will probably point out some not awesome things about your personality too. but you can take it if i can…
it’s a 40 year case study based on more than 20,000 people born on your exact month, day and year. my birthday, january 22nd, goes a little like this…
• “Expressive individuals, they may find it difficult to control their impulsiveness in either their private or public lives.” (geeez, ain’t that the truth)
• “You must find an outlet for your creative energy.” (ok, how about designlovefest.com?)
• “Try not to be discouraged by lack of understanding, ignorance or negative criticism.” (ha, easier said than done. but alright.)
check your birthday here! did you find yours to be true?
(design via flickr)
last night i posted this photo on instagram and said i was going through a phase of self-discovery. and that 27 is a strange age. i got so many comments. it’s like everyone knew 27 was weird but didn’t warn me! ha.
i figured i should document this time in my life…
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