Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Veil Design, Bohemian Bridal Photo Shoot + Shop Vacay

A new veil deign is coming to the shop September 1st after a vacay in the month of August!
(See bottom of post for more of this vacation announcement)

This veil is created with several different laces and chiffon fabric all hand stitched together and adorned with a gold and clear rhinestone headpiece. It's a fingertip veil which will also be available in a few other lengths.

Kayla from Kayla V Photography styled a photo shoot with this piece as well as the Olivia Floral Crown on the gorgeous Megan Fay as she adorned a dress from Free People.

Whimsical and free.

See more of this photo shoot on Kayla V's blog here.
Model: Megan Fay
Veil: Love Sparkle Pretty (coming soon)
Olive and Eucalyptus Leaf Crown: "Olivia Floral Crown" by Love Sparkle Pretty


From August 1-31st, the shop will be on vacation so I can take a bit of a breather after a busy wedding season and celebrate mine and my husband's 4 year wedding anniversary as well as my 25th birthday! So excited for some family time!

During this time I will also be making some changes to the shop with a bit of re-branding, price changes and working on the new bridal line debuting late September.

If you have questions about orders or anything of the like, please send an email to lovesparklepretty[at]aol.com.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative Live + My Trip to the Frisco Bay

 Last week, I hopped on an airplane with my friend Tara from Laila's Charming Pieces to be a part of the Creative Live studios in San Francisco. If you haven't heard of Creative Live, it's an amazing site full of workshops for the creatives including makers, photographers and business folks. They provide live broadcasts for free where you can learn SO MUCH and even purchase classes to re-watch whenever you want. Seriously great stuff!

Tara and I headed up there Thursday night (7/16) and finally arrived in our bed a little past midnight after a flight delay, shuttle delay and late check-in but alas, we made it to San Fran!!

The next morning, we headed to the Creative Live studios for the following three days to be a part of the Marketing for Creatives workshop with Tara Swiger. Each day, we were at the studio from 8am-4pm for the workshop which was filled with learning, lots of thinking and a ton of work. I am so thankful that I did this though because it really made me think about what I want out of my business and write it down to make it concrete rather than put all of that work and pondering off like I usually do.

There was so much that I learned and many thoughts that ran through my mind once I left this class!

Before you read up on all the info in the posts linked above, scroll through all of the photos below as I share some of the memories we captured while in the studio and in San Francisco.

Here's a peek of our trip behind the lens.

Some of the great people we had lunch with each day.

Each day, CL catered our breakfast and lunch. So yummy! Our lunch each day was total "San Francisco" food. If you've ever been to San Fran, you understand what I mean.

Just one of the yummy meals I ate at the studio. I looked forward to breakfast every morning while I was here!

This is where we spent most of our time. The CL studio alone was so inspiring!

Each evening, after the workshop, Tara and I headed out to eat some dinner and explore as much of the city we could before heading back to our room to finish up "homework". These are glimpses of our evenings.
We ate at Chez Maman for our first dinner and had truffle Mac n' Cheese and shared a cheeseburger. I paired it with a glass of Sangria. "When in Rome" right?

We later walked by the beautiful city hall.

Cartwheels and the Golden Gate Bridge. I've done my job here.

Because sometimes, you just have to be silly.

After wrapping up the second day of the workshop, Tara and I headed out on the town to grab some dinner. When I got into the Uber, there was a rose on my seat! I'm sure it was left by accident from the previous passengers but none the less, I was appreciative and it made my day.

Later, I left it on a bench along the bay to make someone else smile.
Almost got hit taking this photo...

On the last evening we had here, we headed to Peet's Coffee to try their vanilla lattes for the first time. We bonded as friends do over coffee as we sipped our cups of warm goodness. We had a long talk filled with laughter (starting with the realization that there were little embryos in wombs pictured on the top of our lattes-you have to look closely). We also had some tears as we shared our struggles with motherhood and what we want out of our handmade businesses and trying to do it all

So thankful we can share these moments.

The last day of filming had come to an end at Creative Live. The producers, camera crew, audio guys, the live audience- everyone was SO incredible and AWESOME!! We had a great few days here! So grateful for this experience.
That's a wrap!!

Read about what I learned from this experience as a small biz owner as well as a stay at home momma and wife.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Headed to San Fran TONIGHT!

Photo by HoneySparrow

I am headed to the Frisco Bay tonight!!

My friend Tara from Laila's Charming Pieces and I are headed to the studio of Creative Live for a Marketing for Creatives workshop which will be broadcasted live from 9am-4pm PST on July 17-19th. So, if you are a small business owner, tune in for some good tips and knowledge taught by Tara Swiger.

See you on the computer screen!

Photo by HoneySparrow

P.S. Excited to share our trip as well. It's my first time to San Francisco so you best believe I am bringing the camera! Follow along on Love Sparkle Pretty's Shop Instagram, my Personal Instagram  & Laila's Charming Pieces on Instagram to see our trip updates (#LSPinSanFran & #WeDoSanFran).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I'll love you forever...

"...The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother's watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, "this kid is driving me CRAZY!"

But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be..."

by Robert Munsch

I love you little bug. I love you more than I could ever articulate into words. Sometimes my heart aches from the unconditional feelings I have for you.

No matter what, I want you to live a life of joy. A life that was given to you not because of mommy and daddy but because of our sweet Lord and his purpose for you.

Hold tight to your courage and remember that you are braver than you know, more compassionate than you may feel and worth more than anyone may say.

I love you. Daddy loves you. Your grandmas love you. Your grandpas love you. Your aunts and uncles love you. Your cousins love you. Your baby friends love you. But most of all, God love you.

I pray you never doubt this or underestimate the power of unconditional love.