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Friday, June 4, 2010


Here is a new band "Matrimony" and I simply LOVE them! Sam and I live in a community of AMAZING musicians! Their music has so much organic texture and familiarity that it makes your heart smile and soar!
I've watched them live, listened to them, all the way around their music is genius!

They also have amazing style! Check them out and enjoy!

Matrimony formed in December 09 out of a common desire to make uncompromising music.Their goal is to write God honest songs about things that actually matter and to play them with as much heart and vigor as they can. Jimmy Brown & Ashlee Hardee Brown play memorable, trustworthy, triumphant almost spiritual sounding music that gets inside your head.

This is Ashlee, she is simply beautiful and has crazy, unique vintage style.

click the above link to listen and purchase their new EP!

The Taste of Aroma

Rugalach-traditional Israeli rolled pastry with chocolate filling.

So, there has been this looming craving in the depths of my little pregnant soul since last night!


Aroma is an AMAZING coffee cafe in Israel that leaves Starbucks crying in the dust miles back. There actually aren't any starbucks in Israel because Israelies prefer freshly made foods compared to frozen, heated up junk. They have the yummiest, freshest sandwiches, salad and AMAZING coffee.

I found out that the only place in America where you can find Aroma's are in New York. So, I'm trying to find a reason, and way to go. SOON. :) Ha!

Here are some of my favorite things. If you ever are in New York stop by and grab a bite or a cup for me.

My FAV! Halumi Cheese sandwich...sigh.

This seriously makes my mouth water...Aroma Mocha. Yes, those are little melted chocolate bars at the bottom of that glass.

MMMmmmmmm Israeli salad!

ICED AROMA! Better than ANY frappachino.

Carrot/Apple Juice


Monday, May 31, 2010

A Peak Into My Flavor of Living

Most of the goodies that decorate my little cabin where used throughout my wedding for decor. I guess you can call it a type of "green" decorating.
Duel purpose, old thrifty junk that is like gold to me makes my home smile from door to door and window to window! :)

You might consider this when trying to think of ways to make your wedding unique in a new/old way. Or, when purchasing things to decorate your reception etc...you can then transfer them over to your new nest! Whether it be old books, bottles, frames or misc. items don't just use them for your wedding, bring them into your home afterwards. Then you not only have stylish, eclectic decor, you have the loving memories that will forever go with them!

I posted this same post on my
Boho Baby Bump Blog as well but thought someone might enjoy it and find some inspiration.

Thrify Finds
Retro Metal Teal School Desk-$5
Orange Lamp from the late 60's -$3

Early 70's zipper sun dress I got for $5

Vintage Crochet Afghan-$2
Old Vintage velvet pillow-$1

An old painting pallet I've used for a long while spontaneously got placed in one of the frames on my living room wall.

I like to use Mason Jars to trade out the seasons. In winter I put little pine cones in them, in the summer, bird seed...and paintbrushes. ;)
Plus, another vintage clock I found for a $1
All the mason jars from my wedding, I use to decorate my living room.

When you come over to our house, you can leave your shoes in the old suitcase please.
This is is the suitcase we used to collect all our wedding cards.

My fireplace mantle is sprinkled with old books, clocks and bottles.
Including an old children's book I nailed on the wall.
All my old books, some I had long before the wedding, the hymnals I purchased for the wedding, now are used to adore my fire place mantle and a couple I nailed to my wall.

...and another clock -$1...

...and yet another, one of my favs also found for the steal of a $1.
I collect old clocks-I've had a slight obsession with them for years.

Vintage Crochet Afghan-$3
Here's another one of my suitcases we used for the wedding, now holds our blankets, ready to be used if we get a little chilled.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Boho Chic Pics Wanted

Calling all Bohemian, Crazy Brides!

Did you have an Eco-Boho Chic Wedding? Do you know someone who did?! Send me the pics so I can blog about them!

Was there something TOTALLY different and earthily unique you did in your wedding or your engagement photos? I want to hear about it! How about the way your sweet heart proposed? Drop me a note and send me some photos!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Boho Bride Look #1

This dress is made from gathered layers of gorgeous, sustainable hemp silk, the
edges have been left raw with a securing stitch.The lining is
hemp and organic cotton muslin. The trim on the skirt is a vintage trim.
The belt is Hemp muslin and hand dyed with eco friendly dyes!

The "Eco Chic Handmade Vegan Bridal Ballet Flats"
would be perfect for a sweet,
simple organic type feel wedding. Whether it be an
outside or inside venue! I love these and would have gotten these for my wedding, had I
found them then!

This is so lovely!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hawaiian-Boho Wedding

Natalie and Kawika got married last year in Hawaii, where Kawika is from. They had an AMAZING wedding! Here are some pics that I thought would be inspiring! Kawika sporting his colorfully wrapped dreads and Natalie looking like a tropical Bohemian princess, I thought this was something that had to be shared and would inspire you.

While doing their wedding shoot, a real, full rainbow appeared over them! :)

Natalie's bride's maids all wore amazing wrap dresses.

Tropical Boho Princess

They have such free beautiful hearts! I love how simple and gloriously heavenly their wedding was!

Natalie's jewelry is ridiculously amazing and lovely!

Both Natalie and Kawika are surfing, adventurers who have a very nomadic lifestyle, traveling the world. Boho through and through. I LOVE this pic.

Photos by: Willy Brandlund

Girl Meets Gown: "The Boho-Hippie Chick"

Here are some pics from our experience of being filmed from the wedding reality tv show "Girl Meets Gown" on WE tv. It was a fun time and I made some really wonderful friends! :)

I've had people ask me, "So what did you do to get on a reality tv show!? How did THAT happen?" Truthfully, I didn't really do anything, I just was looking for a dress at the "last minute" in wedding terms and was my energetic, crazy self. I guess they got a kick out of me.

While waiting to hear back if they could get the dress I liked in time Stardust dropped this boho-hippy chic an email and asked if I was interested. At first my reaction was, "Mom! Ha, listen to this!" I was like, "Wha?" I had heard of shows like bridzillas and the like and had no interest for the sake of "being on tv" having my personality smeared and blow out of proportion. No thank you.

I was assured it wasn't nasty drama and was sent a pilot. I liked it. Sam and I were like, why not? So, the adventure of "reality" tv began. I have to say, I had more fun cutting up with the crew and forming friendships with them than anything in the whole process. They let me be my complete self, and didn't try to change me in the least.

Here are some behind the scene pics. Enjoy. :)

Right after our ceremony.

Kim, the head producer let me tell her our love story and what I thought about love and life stuff.

First day of shooting. Beka, my maid of honor and best friend was there and was interviewed as well, that part didn't make it on the show though.

Kim and some of the crew at my house in Dallas.

My awesome parents being interviewed after we finished our first alteration of my dress. It was my dad's first time of seeing me in my dress.

This is Scott, he also came and shot our wedding for the network and became a friend. We had fun being total goofballs in between filmings. :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Earth Cakes

Want to green up your wedding with earthy cakes? Check out this idea I found on Martha Stewart's site today! Once you've eaten your treat, wash 'em out and get out those herbs or seeds and do some planting!
Each cake is topped with a creamy layer of chocolate
frosting, a smattering of crushed cookies and candy "rocks," and a fresh sprig of mint.

I loved this idea for a wedding reception or even an Earthy Bridal Shower!

You could include a little burlap sack filled with some sort of seeds or a tree sapling as your wedding favor with instructions to plant it in your little pot to get it started! :)

  • Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, plus more for pots
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush the inside of each flowerpot with oil, and line with parchment paper or foil. Brush lining with oil, and lightly dust with cocoa.

  2. Sift cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg and yolk, 3/4 cup warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix on low speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Divide batter among prepared pots, filling each about two-thirds full. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, rotating sheet about halfway through, until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool completely on sheet on a wire rack.

  4. Frost cakes with an offset spatula; sprinkle with crushed cookies. Top with candies; "plant" 1 mint sprig in each cake.

Makes about 3 cups

  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Sift sugar and cocoa together in a medium bowl. Whisk in butter, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Use immediately.