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Friday, February 20, 2015

Fashion Friday: Wide Leg Pants

The cycle of pant leg diameter amuses me. I remember in middle school thinking how dorky my Mom's straight leg, ankle length, colored denim was. I thought she needed to wear flares, then bell bottoms, then wide legs. Now jumping forward to current day... I would rock her colored skinnies any day!

I really think the wide legs are about to come back for the mass market this year. I'm not talking Jnco Jeans here people, I mean high waisted, fitted until just above your thigh, followed by a major widening.

I'm on board with this trend and it's been on the runways for a while now. The professional look, as well as the beachy lower waisted ones will surely be added to my closet this year. 

What do you think? Are you ready for wide legs to make their comeback?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

When picking a venue for your wedding it is best to do your research. You need to consider all aspects of what you are looking for in the space from lighting to floor type before you start going out on site visits.

His and Hers Wedding Rings
The biggest thing to consider will be your budget. Before you even decide whether you want the wedding to be indoors or outdoors, discuss the wedding funds with all those involved. Keep that number in mind while looking, there is nothing worse than finding the location of your dreams only to find out it is three times above what you are able to pay.

How you distribute your budget will affect the location you chose. If you are more interested in having an extravagant cake or a five course meal at your reception, you will need to consider that when searching for a  venue. Before you even visit the venue, find out what is included. Many places will offer catering, and have “suggestions” for the DJ, Event Planner, and Bakery that they have worked well with in the past. Often times those are extra parts of your wedding that you will have to hire out in addition to the venue.

If there is a caterer onsite you are required to use - clarify what their minimum is per guest, minimum guest count, and what you will be charged if you do not reach that number. Aiming for a wedding with more than 150 people? Then find out what their maximum occupancy is. There is nothing worse than searching online, finding a venue you fall in love with only to arrive and be disappointed.

Your wedding is all about you and your soon to be hubby, but you do need to think about your guests. If there are out of town guests, are there hotels in the area? Is there ample parking, or is the venue within walking distance of said hotels? If there are older guests, is there wheel chair accessibility? These are all questions you will need to consider in narrowing down your location.

Waterfront Wedding in JamaicaNow that you have sifted out the venues that really won’t work, you should have a more manageable list of options. Time for the fun part!What do you and your significant other want? Natural lighting is a gorgeous feature, but sometimes hiring a lighting specialist who can do uplighting and add drapery will make a dark facility pop and bring it back in line with your wedding vision. Are you more about the photos, the party, or a little bit of both? If the photos are at the top of your list consider a place with a view, if the party part of your wedding excites you find out about the noise ordinances in the area.

This is not an inclusive list, however these are the main items you need to consider in choosing a wedding venue. Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck finding the perfect venue for your Cinderella dream wedding!

Congratulations to my little sister on her engagement on Valentine's Day this past weekend!! :)

The future Mr. & Mrs. Trifone

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thriving Under Thirty: Yield Design

Established in 2012 by Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming, Yield Design Co. is the feature of today's Thriving Under Thirty. This "independent design house" is new to St. Augustine, but not new to the business world. After graduating from Flagler College Andrew attended the California College of the Arts to get his MBA in Design Strategy, where he met Rachel who earned her Bachelors there in Industrial Design. Both Southern natives, Andrew and Rachel visited St. Augustine often over the last several years and were "lured by the idea of quieter living, warm beaches and room to grow." Yield designs and manufactures modern jewelry, bags, and home goods. Without further ado, here is our recent Q&A session.

Yield Design
Image via Yield Design

Where do you source your ideas for new pieces from?
Many of our products have resulted from the experience of imagining a product but not being able to find it (or at least not at the quality we expect). I really like the James Murphy quote “The best way to complain is to make things” and we really take that to heart. We’re also very inspired by our travels and our products are very directly influenced by it.

What is your favorite aspect of running your own creative business?
I value the ability to be able to own the entire process: from concept to delivery of a new product. It’s rewarding to create things that you want to see in the world and be able to get them into people’s hands.

Rachel working on their new Canvas Apron.

What is the hardest part about running your own business? 
Owning the entire process :) Andrew and I each hold many roles including design, sales, marketing, quality control, to name a few. It’s an incredible learning experience, but a never ending workload.

What has been your best selling item? 
Our Geo Stand photo and card holders. We released these last year and they’ve quickly become a favorite item and are versatile; used for photo display at home, recipe cards, or wedding place cards.

In St. Augustine what is your favorite:

The Ice Plant

It’s hard to name a favorite, but we really enjoy the selection of thrift and antique stores in the city. We've found some wonderful mid-century furniture for our new house and studio.

Spot to go and relax? 
Our quick escape is ideally an afternoon at the beach with our puppy, Clover or walking and perusing the assortment of architecture in the residential parts of downtown and Lincolnville.

Yield's sweet shop dog Clover looking down on us from the upstairs loft.

201 West King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

I had a great time visiting the new location for Yield Design and meeting their young pup, Clover. Rachel and Andrew are talented and motivated taboot - a great addition to St. Augustine. Stop by at their location on West King Street or view their online shop. I highly recommend following them on Instagram too, their eye for design shines through with their images. 

I will continue to bring you interviews with successful individuals 
under  (I'm getting old) around the age of thirty. If you or someone you know might 
be interested in being featured in a Thriving under Thirty piece please email meaghanmae@gmail.com. 
St. Augustine Creatives I'm talking to you!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

5 Rewards to Help Establish a New Habit

Last Tuesday I woke up a half an hour early to make time for a bit of writing before work, the product was my post Eating Meat Again, and a better day overall. I felt like I had already accomplished something when I got to my full time job and it put me in a better mood. I would compare it to a runner's high after a morning gym session.

In an effort to turn this into a habit, I've been trying to come up with an enticing morning routine for myself. It apparently takes 21 days to establish a new habit so I'm thinking if I can make it until March 1st I will reward myself. At that point it should be an established habit.

No I did not master this with my Keurig, Kookaburra Coffee in St. Augustine is the best at waking me up.
5 Rewards Under $10 to Help Establish a New Habit:
  • Bubble bath with the good stuff.
  • New fancy bottle of nail polish, Salley Hansen's Miracle Gel lasts a week for me.
  • FroYo, a bit of a splurge at $7 plus.
  • Cute stationery from Target's dollar section.
  • A designer cupcake; northing gets me moving like knowing dessert is in the near future. ;)
I am a morning person, but considering it takes a lot of effort for me to get moving at 7:00 a daunting 6:15 is intimidating. With my Keurig ready and my laptop charged I'm starting at 6:30 and plan to bump my wake up time earlier within a week.

How did you establish a new habit with yourself?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fashion Friday: Valentine's Day Dresses

With Valentine's Day less than 10 days away my mind is on where to make reservations and what to wear. I've already got the card and know what I'm getting for hubs, so the dress will be the hardest decision. Here's some pretty options for your Valentine's or (Galentine's) whether you are coupled up or going stag.
This first soft flowy pink dress is my favorite, and for under $30 I am really considering going with that one.

The burgundy one from Free People though is also gorgeous, the lace is so feminine and just looks like Valentine's day.

LBD's are always good... but then again a bright blue lacy number like the one from Free People is a flirty little thing. ;)

Will you be wearing pink, red, an LBD, or does the color 
not really matter to you? Form fitting or loose, what do you think?

Linking up with: Sunday Funday