Birds + Honey Weddings: Jade & Ryan

Jan 20 , 2015

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Hello and happy Tuesday beautiful! As always, I hope you guys are having a great week so far. I was so excited to blog some Birds + Honey gorgeousness for you babes today and then it occurred to me…I am so so so behind in blogging beautiful weddings and editorials. So I thought I would do some catching up and start with one of my favourite days ever that took place back at Clackamas river farms in Portland! I know a lot of you babes already know the beautiful bombshell that is Jade Rose but what you may not know is that she is honestly one of the most beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside kind of people you will ever meet. She is also the designer behind the incredibly stunning line Lady Evelyn. So, ladies if you are looking for something truly stunning and unique than you need to holla at my girl. Now, back to this magical day shot by the incredibly talented Maria Lamb and designed by yours truly! xoxo moni

Styling, Design & Coordination: Birds & Honey Events // Photography: Maria Lamb Photography
Bride & Groom: Jade Rose & Ryan Topper // Gowns: Sarah Seven // Décor & Furniture: Something Borrowed
Stationary: Angel Pearson // Floral Design: Anna Mara Floral Design // Cakes: Artisan Cake Company
Venue: Clackamas River Farms // Makeup Artist: Kendra Stanton // Hair Stylist: Aleah Pursley

Tips + Goals: January Edition

Jan 9 , 2015

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Happy Friday friends! So, the first week of January has passed by and I’m not even going to try and front like it has been this amazing fresh start with no glitches…and I’m kind of happy it’s been a bit of a little mess. I wanted to start this year off right and one of my goals was to try and get back to the gym. Did that happen? NOPE. Not even a little bit. Now normally, this would make me feel like a massive failure but it didn’t. Instead of getting really negative and complaining that I can’t fit into my clothes I thought of what I could do naturally to help me get back in the groove of living a healthier lifestyle. I made a list. You might laugh at it but I’m telling you babes…baby steps is how you get your groove back. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

1. Drinking that H2O: the more water I drink the better I feel. The less I’m tempted to eat junk and my skin even looks better. But the best part about that delicious, clear beverage…It’s free!

2. Taking the stairs: who would have thought I could be working my way to that Kardashian bootie by doing this on the daily?

3. Cooking more at home: This one has been such a success. My juju and I not only get to have some quality time together but were also saving a ton by not eating out so much. Also, we are making it rain with some serious Air miles points.

4. Working out at home: I’m going to keep it real with you guys. A part of the reason I dread going to the gym is because I get really uncomfortable working out and sweating like a mofo in front of those babes who still look hot while they get their work out on. My new secret weapon…workout videos! Who would have thought a little workout video (which is also free courtesy of that amazing YouTube) could get your heart going and the best part…you don’t even have to leave home. I’m going to continue doing these little steps in January and see how I hold up.

If you babes have any more tips on fitness, good food, good books, basically anything awesome…feel free to send it way. I am open to pretty much anything =) and let me know how you guys have been holding up with your new years goals and resolutions. If you’ve had a bit of a rocky start just keep going! dust that shit off your shoulders and get back on it. Don’t get caught up in being negative and feeling like you’ve failed. We are all in this together friends!!

ps: I got some exciting news about the Birds & Honey headquarters that I’ll be sharing next so look out for that. Also, I haven’t bothered cleaning it for a couple weeks and it still makes me happy so don’t be so hard on yourself if cleaning is no longer a priority. Happy weekend babes. xoxo moni

Birds + Honey Published: Magnolia Rouge

Jan 5 , 2015

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Happy first week of 2015 you guys!!! I hope you guys rang the new year with some much needed party time or relax time…whichever way, I hope you babes are ready to make this the best year yet. I wanted to start this Monday off with some pretty awesome news!! I was finally able get my hands on the latest issue of Magnolia Rouge which features my homage to Oscar Wilde! I’ll be doing the full blog post for that in the next month. So stay tuned for that goodness. If you can’t wait you can view the latest issue here! xoxo moni

Stunning cover shot by Brumley & Wells

Cheers to the New Years + Letting Go

Jan 1 , 2015

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Hey babes heyyy! Man, I have missed you friends. I am the worst I know. For the past year, I have started every blog post like this: sorry, I haven’t blogged lately…blah blah…I will be more consistent… blah blah… things are crazy and busy… blah blah blah. At the end of it all, it I haven’t left you babes with much to see or read and for that I am so sorry friends. 2015 will be more consistent when it comes to this little blog of mine. I am hoping to keep it simple and try and post 2-3 times a week, featuring birds & honey related weddings, editorials, projects and all other forms of radness. I want to post more quality over quantity! I’m also curious if there’s anything in particular you babe’s would like to see more of or not see at all? Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on that. Also…remember that epic giveaway I had mentioned a while back? well it’s almost complete (I had to make sure to fill it with the best of the best) so be sure to check back in the early weeks of January for more info on that! Now, lets get to the serious stuff shall we :P

This year, like every other year has been such an eye opener. I want to say that a lot of things didn’t go my way but it wasn’t necessarily a negative thing. I learned so much this year. I learned to give people the benefit of a doubt. This is something I have always struggled with. I used to think that things were either black or white. That we only have option A or B. And that’s that! However, life isn’t black and white. Life consists of so many factors, so many colors and reasons that make us decide what we do or don’t do. We all have a million things that we are responsible for. It’s not always what it seems on our computer screens or instagram filled worlds so try and be a little more sympathetic to one another. Life is beautiful but it is always going to be a bumpy ride filled with highs and lows. So lets be kind to one another on this journey. We are all in this together yo!

This was a year of many firsts for me and it marked the first time in my life where I finally started saying NO to many things. I said no to job opportunities. At the time, I was super scared about that one…but I soon realized that in doing so, there was room for some really beautiful oppertunities and that was possible by taking on less. I know it sounds a little cray but its true. When you stop trying to please everyone and really think about what you are putting your name on, you have room for those special projects and clients that you normally wouldn’t because you’ve already planned your month out with a million so-so opportunities.

This was also the year where I said no to people who only want to spew negative bullshit. Ain’t nobody got time for that negative baggage. Turn on the news and for the most part, it’s filled with bad news, bad news, a cute puppy here or there and then more bad news. Don’t get me wrong you guys. I get that some days we need to vent to one another and I am down for that whenever you need. But, I am not down with talking smack about someone who is just trying to do the best they can in a shit situation. If we took that much energy into being supportive of one another I think we would find ourselves a little happier in all aspects of our lives.

So with all of that, I wanted to finish my little new years blurb with some of my goals for the new year! I want to continue working on those simple things I still struggle with. For me, that consists of taking better care of myself both mentally and physically. I still don’t eat breakfast. I still make excuses not to go get some fresh air and I still spend too much time on my phone. This year, I want to be extremely selfish with my time because…I don’t know what tomorrow holds for me so I want to spend the time that I do have happy and healthy with my loved ones (: with that, I bid you babes adieu! Happy New Years beautiful peeps! I hope 2015 is the best for all of us. Sending you guys loads of love and even more good vibes xoxo moni

Frida Kahlo Stationary: Sneak Peek

Nov 14 , 2014

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Happy Friday, Babes! There’s honestly not much to share with you all today except that Edmonton is really cold right now. I’m talking, the hairs on your head turn white as soon as you step outside cold. So, I decided that I needed to go back to a warmer time like when I designed the most gorgeous editorial dedicated to my hero Frida Kahlo! I can only hope you dolls will love it as much as I do. Until I can show you guys the big reveal I figured I would feast your eyes with some of the most beautiful paper ever. Here is a teenie tiny sneak peek of the gorgeous stationary that my lovely & incredibly talented friend Cass Deller designed. These were just a few of the pics I snapped from my iphone. Wait till you babes see the film scans from my girl Justine Milton. They are all kinds of amazing! What are you dolls up to this weekend? I’m about to turn off the social media for the weekend and binge on some bollywood movies and enjoy this cold but still beautiful day with my juju. Happy Friday, beauties

Birds + Honey Featured: Style Me Pretty

Nov 11 , 2014

1-1Happy Tuesday Babes! It’s cold and snowy in e – town aka edmonton aka probably all of canada but finding out that the Birds & Honey headquarters was featured on style me pretty living makes the cold that much better. I will be blogging the full office reveal shortly but in the mean time you can check it out on SMP living here! If you’re into soft-pastel hues of sea foam blue, blush pink, lilac, gold and lots of magazine covers than I promise you will dig my little work space! xoxo moni