Orange County Props
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  • June14th

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    I have had a blast on all my shoots, bringing in props,  and styling shoots… so it was only fitting it was finally MY turn to use my props for my sister’s bridal shower!  I had been waiting for this moment and was also excited I was not gonna have to go far to set up the party!  My sister Andrea said I could do whatever I wanted… I was in heaven!  I came up with the whole theme in about an hour, yes I have “the sickness” as we creative geeks say.  I kept it all very simple and of course wish I had a large budget, but had to face reality!  My goal was to throw in my mix of modern/vintage and make this bridal shower not stuffy!  It was a perfect sunny day on June 4th, but sadly too bright for great pics, and the fact I don’t know how to shoot in bright light!  As I have been spoiled with amazing photographers, I did not have the luxury on this day… so in between setting it all up, I shot a couple casual pics… but I still hope you enjoy!

    Above: I wanted a flirty name for our signature drink… no stuffy shower here!

     

    I had to use my famous Door Table!  This seems to be a staple now my family parties.  We rented the chairs and grey table cloths, but I made the lace runners and finished the look with simple bud vases which I love.

    A cute little dessert bar.  I took a vintage frame and added lace behind it and the yellow ribbon for a little pop of color.  The felt yellow flowers were a total impulse buy but ended being a cute little add in for the desserts!

    Always the detail junkie…  had to have these Martha Stewart picks.

    Initial napkins for Andrea and Tom.  One of my new favorite yellow vases.

    The Beautiful bride to be: Andrea

     

    ~Renee’

  • August26th

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    I thought this dress was so fun and flirty!  This one is made by Lanvin, a favorite designer line of mine.  I love the small veil as well, this is perfect for the reception after for the girl who is planning on dancing all night!

    ~Renee’

  • August5th

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    I was very excited to work again with the very talented Edmund Prieto.  He has such a cool style and is always up for anything, which I love!  When I found out he was having a shoot in a desert basin I knew I had to be a part of it.  I immediately pictured the shoot to be a little bit industrial, but with some glamor thrown in it.  I had this great metal and wooden bench I have been wanting to use and paired it with my zebra rug to give that glamor feel.  I talked to the lovely Christine, who was going to be the model for the shoot and she said she had this great bubble, black dress… to which of course I said that was perfect for the shoot!  I had her also bring a great bold/glam necklace and bracelet and topped it off with a feather hairpiece of mine from my wardrobe!  For Johnny, I wanted him to be more simple so I had him wear a crisp white shirt and nice jeans to compliment the industrial vibe.  It was a little crazy because on the actual day of the shoot, I knew I was not able to be there but with the help of Edmund…and a few phone calls… we were able to get it done!

    Edmund also set up hair and make up to be done by Kaycee marie and I LOVED it!

    Don’t you just love black and white photos?  I do!  The lighting is gorgeous and it just give it a more drama…

    I would have to say this is  my favorite shot of the day.  I love how all the props came together!  I added a fun, blue pillow (from my own house) to add a pop of color.

    This dress is actually a vintage nightgown!  (from my prop wardrobe).  I wanted to make it more modern so I had her add a black belt and some great blue shoes (Christine’s).   Felt so blessed to style this shoot and of course use my props… for more great photos check out Edmund\’s blog!

    ~Renee’

  • July27th

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    I love the internet, you can find just about anything!  After watching one of my guilty pleasure shows (which shall remain nameless for now), I spot some great jewelry that a girl was wearing.  Well after searching in google for a bit I found it!  The line is called Alex and Chloe.  I am a huge fan of edgy jewelry, they always make such a bold statement and never go unnoticed!  Loving the brunette one pictured below…watch out blonde’s!  The Paris one reminded me of Carrie Bradshaw’s necklace from Sex and the City… I miss that show so much…

    ~Renee’

  • June15th

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    As I am STILL covered in blue spray paint, I just could not wait to post about my new chairs I made inspired by one of my favorite stores Anthropologie!  I came across the chairs at a flea market and they were in pretty bad shape.  I wish I shot a before picture of them, then you could have really seen the transformation.  Luckily I saw the chair’s potential and new I wanted to go really bright on the color and choose a great fabric that was not so “done”.  The first step was to restructure the chairs (I had 2 of them) since they were a little weak.  Then I worked on the chair pads and WOW did these chairs get cover a lot!  See below:

    Lets talk about how tacky most of the fabric was!  Whew, so glad I saved these poor chairs.  Then when I took off all the covers, I saw the tag and was so surprised to find out that these chairs were pretty old!  I love when this happens!  The older a piece is, it just seems cooler you know?

    I went to the local fabric store a couple times and was not going to settle on a pattern till it just seemed perfect.  My sister Andrea spotted it first, but did not say anything and then I saw it and said that is it!  Good minds think alike.  Below is a close up of the chair pad:

    I was very happy with the end result!  Now I have 2 cool and unique chairs to rent out!  I will say probably the hardest thing to do was paint them as the color was so bold I had to be really careful to not get the paint anywhere!  Hope you like them too!

    ~Renee’

  • June3rd

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    I was walking around looking for nothing in particular and stumbled across these awesome graphic print napkins!  I have loved graphic patterns for so long and enjoy mixing it with other styles.  I also have a thing for milk glass.  The center piece above is actually a vintage ashtray from the 60′s that I use to hold some of my rings!  I don’t care if some people say milk glass is out of style either!  I think at some point, there is one type or item/pattern/color that we just love and keep loving over the years like my favorite jeans!  Sure they may not fit the same every year but I smile when I put them on.  The white square plates are my own from Target.  I finished off the look with a little vintage star button…one of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy.

    ~Renee’

  • May29th

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    I had my birthday last month and my good friend Janel got me the most fabulous earrings!  She designed the paper herself!  I am still obsessed with Black and Gold and don’t know when I will be over it!  She nailed my style by choosing these fun earrings and took some great photos too!  Check out  more creative do it yourself projects from Janel

    ~Renee’

  • May25th

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    I love old chandeliers and decided this one needed a punch or color!  I tell you, I have never painted one before and it is hard to do!  I kept finding spots that I missed and yes I needed a little assistance.  But it was all worth it in the end, I wish I had a spot for this otherwise I would keep it for myself.  This piece is ready to rent and I am thinking it will be noticed!

    ~Renee’

  • May10th

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    Modern Vase

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    I had to scoop up this vase!  So sleek, so modern and could be mixed with so many different looks.  Every few days I am getting new things so always ask me what else I have!  Can’t wait to see where and when this vase will be used…

    ~Renee’