Happy Valentines Day you beautiful babes! I’m not even going to try and front that I don’t get a little excited for this day because it makes my heart happy seeing people flaunt their love for one another but, don’t get it twisted…i’m not one of those girls who eagerly awaits this day in hopes of some kind of great love masquerade because I truly believe you should express your love for your babe on a daily. I’m lucky to be celebrating my 11th Valentines day with my juju and please don’t vomit when I say this but he’s always made me feel loved on Valentines and every other day. Valentines day at its core is a really beautiful thing and I love that people tend to go all out for it but at the same time I get a bit annoyed with how commercialized of a holiday it’s become. I feel like whatever relationship you’re in…you should make it a priority to make one another feel loved. Help each other out with the romance. The romance onus shouldn’t always be on one person. It should be a two way street of love you guys. Take turns making each other a delicious meal or do it together. Personally, there is nothing more romantic than being surrounded by some delicious food with your loved ones. Surprise one another and support each others outside interests. Respect and love one another always! xoxo moni
Happy Tuesday Loves! Just wanted to stop in and let you beauties know that Mark & Mariah’s beautiful persian boho wedding is up on Blush Magazine’s Blog this morning!! You can also see it in print in the latest issue which you can purchase right here! Be sure to check back for the full post soon. It is going to be magical one, I promise! ps – all the gorgeous photos were captured by the amazing duo of Beulah and Alex from Wilhelmina Weddings. xoxo moni
A while back I spoke briefly about a special little project titled “Frida Kahlo, my love” and I am so excited to finally share it with you guys! Anyone who knows me, knows that Frida has a special place in my heart. As a little girl I was always drawn to her because of her bold and colorful paintings. The more I learned about her, the more I fell in love with her. The pain this woman endured was one thing but what she did with that pain was another. She endured more in her short life than most people will ever have to face but she still accomplished so much. She was the epitome of strength and perseverance and she taught me that no matter what life throws your way, you’re the one who is always in control of it. I just wanted to end this with one of my favorite Frida quotes xoxo moni
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” -Frida Kahlo –
February 1st you guys!! It feels so strange saying that out loud. I honestly feel like it was just yesterday we were about to get our drank on with some eggnog and all that jolly stuff but I digress…I’m actually welcoming February with some love. Usually i’m not ready to ring in the new month and say bye to the last because I always feel like I fail with my goals but this month is different. Something happened to me in January you guys. I had this sudden urge to purge negativity out and in doing so, I gained some much needed strength to get on with it and get things done. I started making myself a priority and not feeling sorry about it anymore. Isn’t strange that we always feel so guilty anytime we do something nice for ourselves? We are constantly worrying about our friends and families that we lose sight of whats really important. US! You! Me! Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you need to act like a “self entitled you know what” but you need to start pampering yourself with some sleep, good food, lots of water, fresh air, maybe a nice new hair cut and a massage if you can squeeze that in. These are such little things that can do wonders for you. I’m serious you guys. Don’t give me any of that “but there’s no time” bullshit. You have to make time for you. No one else is going to do it for you and worry for you. So, here’s where i’m at right now:
1. I started forcing myself to get to bed half an hour earlier every night. I used to go to bed anywhere between 1:00-3:00AM. YUP. and then getting up at 6:30AM feeling like an absolute slob. I was once of those fools who would stare at my phone checking emails and social media and all the other things that could wait till the next day. But, I was torturing myself slowly but surely until I started to get sick. I was sick of feeling like such a mess and always so tired. So now, I am in bed at 10:00PM latest and that phone and computer are off! You need to give your eyes a break from that big bad electronic light at least 3 hours prior to sleep. Trust me! Whatever it is…It can wait till tomorrow!
2. I have gone from drinking a pop a day to maybe having one once a week. I ultimately want to make pop a once a month thing…but I ain’t superman you guys. Moni still needs a taste once in a while :p
3. I’m still slacking a bit with the fitness aspect of things but I am hoping to change that with the help of yoga. I’m still a tad uncomfortable going to the gym and being around a lot of people so I plan on tackling the basics in the comfort of my own living room thanks to my homie Youtube!!!
Going into March, I am really hoping to up the momentum for my fitness. If any one has any ideas how to slowly get into the swift of things I would love to hear! Ohhhh and if you babes have any awesome recommendations for some new books let me hear those too!!! Hope you babes are ready for the new month. February, lets do this! xoxo moni
Hello Friends! I just wanted to stop in and let you babes know about an incredible workshop coming up. Mark your calendars for February 20th and 21st 2015! I’ll be off to help my dear friend and amazing colleague Justine Milton with her new photography workshop, Épiphanie. The workshop will cover lighting – both natural and artificial, posing, the business end of things, and tons more! You will also be getting a copy of Justine’s photography pocket guide that includes quick tips & inspiration for you to use while shooting and workflow spreadsheets & some of album design templates. I will be on hand to style everything and also help with any specific design inquiries. Akiko floral will be providing all of the beautiful blooms and Rachel Jacobson will be providing some of the most gorgeous stationary you have ever seen! I am so excited to meet all of you talented peeps! For more information, you can contact Justine here!
Happy Thursday Loves! I’m currently knee deep in paint while the Birds + Honey office gets a little makeover, but I wanted to take a little break from the paint to share this bit of awesome news…Mark + Mariah’s Persian Boho wedding is featured in the newest issue of Blush Magazine!!! Planning & designing with these two babes for over a year was one of the best experiences of my life and career. Not only were they a dream to work with but they have become two of my absolute sweetest friends. You can catch their engagement session here! I will be sharing all of the stunning details of this magical fete soon but in the mean time you guys can grab your copy here! Have a beautiful day friends. xo moni
ps -> This gorgeous cover was shot by Edmonton’s very own Jill Coursen and planned to perfection by Cocktails & Details. Be sure to go and send them and all of the amazing vendors involved some love!!!