Category Archives: Event

Wedding Crashers

cover photo wedding crashI attended the Wedding Crashers event at The Green Building on Sunday and it was a fun afternoon filled with good food and drinks among some pretty Brooklyn folks.  I would definitely recommend event industry professionals mark their calenders for 2014.  Wedding Crashers was by far one of the better wedding events I’ve attended. 

I am in love with this shot above.  It’s one of the lovely members of the Tinsel & Twine team networking about.

Below, my lovely friend Melissa from Events by Melissa McNeely debuted my new company‘s rad orange typewriter along with some of our other vintage decor.  She is a fabulous event planner for those in need!Events by Melissa McNeely, Little Vintage RentalsThe Green BuildingAbove, the Brooklyn Based team did a fabulous job decking out The Green Building with these colorful lanterns.

Below, my favorite flowers were by the lovely Violet and Verde.  Perhaps it was the doilies, but I was swooning upon arrival.

Violet and VerdeChromoatic GallerieAbove – these shoes had me at $88, any heel height, any color.  Such a smart and stylish idea for any type of formal affair.  I will definitely be snagging a pair of Chromatic Gallerie pumps for an upcoming event!

Finally below, what better way to wrap up an event by being whisked away via vintage cab.  The folks at New York Checker define a stylish exit.  New York Checker





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Vintage Inspired Bridal Shower

Hi all!  As many of you know, I’ve been away from blogging these past months while I  planned my bridal shower and wedding.  I am happy to say that it all came together so well and I can’t wait to share photographs!

Today, I am starting with my vintage inspired Bridal Shower from October.  It was a fun day and yes, I did most of the planning and decor myself.  It’s in my blood, so no ‘surprise’ Bridal Shower for me!

My theme was Vintage French Cafe Chic, complete with Edith Piaf as my soundtrack.  I had a great amount of help from my best friend Lisa (who even baked the cake) and my Mother who helped select William Hallet Bar & Bistro as the location. The venue itself was an inspiration with damask fabric wallpaper in the perfect shade of golden yellow.

You’ll find links to many products that helped bring the event to life and the other half of the items were Estate Sale finds!  Side note:  I was partially off “photographer” duty that day, so most of the photos below are by my lovely friend at Nicole Renee Photography!

Photo 2: The perfect shade of grey striped straws are from beve! paper straws.  The “guess how many jelly beans” game had some leftovers for guests to snack on –  Jelly Belly’s three flavors:  Birthday Cake Remix, Coconut and A&W Creme soda.  My favors from Beaucoup were housed in the perfect mini muslin bags by Jennifer’s Cookies.

Photo 4:  The tulle puffs by Shanz Party Decorations looked so cute paired with a trio of vintage signs I found at The Screen Porch.  The flower arrangements I created myself with assorted vintage mason jars filled with off-white and blush spray roses, baby’s breath and craspedia.  Every table had a different vintage doily under the centerpiece.

Photo 5:  My Aunt treated me to gourmet sugar cubes by Chambre De Sucre.  The kids were eating them like candy because they were so pretty!

Photo 6:  One of my favorite elements were the handmade paper heart garlands from vintage french books by La Mia Casa.  They are now re-purposed and hanging over my bed.

Photo 7:  Another fun shower game was ‘guess my age’!  The photos were stored in mason jars and labeled with tags I created with my Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamp set.

Photo 8:   More info. on the advice cards (not fully pictured) by Yellow Brick Graphics to follow.

It was a great day.  I can’t thank my friends and family enough for their love and support!

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Saturday Night

Gone are the days of nightclubs and 4:00am arrivals home.  I now welcome a good night in with friends and wine.  To help decide which wines to serve at our wedding, George and I shared a few bottles with friends, direct from Kunde Family Estate.

Of course, what cozy wine tasting would be complete without some tasty treats and Fall flowers.  I hope some of my photos encourage you all to host your own tasting, even if just for fun!

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Guest Blogging

Happy Friday!  Just a quick update on some guests posts I worked on recently!

As I mentioned, last weekend I attended Shecky’s Girls Night Out in New York to guest blog and the post went live on Monday!  I was thrilled to be chosen. Check out the full post HERE.  The photos were all snapped by me as well.

I also had the privilege of writing a guest post for the fabulous site, V & Oak, which stands for Vintage and One of a Kind.  If you’re a vintage lover, you need to check out their site.  I HIGHLY recommend it.  See my full post and photos HERE.

That’s all folks, I am beat from all the extra writing!  Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to enter the E Hernandez Giveaway HERE!

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Paper Power: National Stationery Show








While the amount of beautifully crafted paper goods at the National Stationery Show can be mind boggling, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and connected with vendors from Brooklyn, New York to Port Townsend, Washington. I will be featuring some of the lovely folks I met soon, however, I wanted to start off with my Top Ten picks from the show.

As I reviewed my photographs I realized I was mostly taken with goods other than crafty cards. Don’t get me wrong, there were spectacular paper goods showcased at the show, yet, I was drawn to the vendors who offered diversity in their line of products. To become a ‘one stop shop’ for retailers, I’d imagine this is the natural progression.

In no particular order, below are my Top Ten Picks from the 2012 National Stationery Show. More to follow!

Above: Old School Stationers made me smile with their brightly colored card packs, kitschy motifs and super sweet tote bags. This family-owned letterpress studio from Portland, Oregon is one to watch!

Below: I love vintage (as you know) and I found a new favorite in My Mother’s Buttons. Every product is made from authentic vintage buttons and the initial buttons below were once used for horse bridles. How did I not know something so beautiful existed? Just spectacular.

Above: Maybe it’s the wine lover in me or the fact I’ve always wanted glass doorknobs in my home, either way, these wine bottle stoppers by Knobstoppers are tres chic!

Below: Kata Golda was a “must see” booth based on the press kit alone (more on that later). Her hand dyed felt goods for every occasion give you an instant feeling of home. The stuffed companions below are simply perfection.

Above: Aesthetic Movement represents a multitude of crafty wares and The Frausto & Co. Spy Deck of cards was a favorite. Each card shares tidbits that one would need to survive a James Bond lifestyle. I also admired their Garden Deck which shared growing instructions for fruits and vegetables.

Below: Lea from Leafcutter Designs was one of my favorite vendors. Not only was she super sweet but her curious creations are small bits of perfection. The Recipe Dice below are perfect for the foodie in your life!

Above: What can I say about The White Cabinet that would thoroughly explain my love for everything in this booth. The 1950’s & 1960’s fashion illustrations by Hilda Glasgow make my heart skip a beat. Her daughter Liz transformed the vintage images into greeting cards, stamps and uber-stylish gift wrap which would delight any design enthusiast. In fact, Liz just was just awarded the best Eco-Chic Product at the National Stationery Show for her new soy ink based gift wrap!

Below: I adore lavender and as you know, I love anything French! I fell in love with the romantic product line by Estelle Billot who showcased these hand silk screened lavender sachets in a multitude of dreamy fabrics. I say, Oui, s’il-vous-plaît.

Above: Sticky notes never get old for me. The Leaf-it notes by b.b. begonia are so detailed and delicate, they should be displayed as wall art.

Below: A local vendor favorite, The Great Lakes Goods, had such a fun variety of goods yet, A Tiny Celebration (below) stood out from the crowd. Literally an instant party in a bag, it is the perfect item to slip into a greeting card for friends of all ages. Everyone needs some sparkle in their life!

Don’t forget to check back for more reviews and coverage from the National Stationery Show!

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Inside Generation Style

As I mentioned on Monday I had the pleasure of attending IFB‘s Inside Generation Style Fashion Show last week which was co-produced by Intel.  Fifteen stylish bloggers hit the runway in looks by Kamali Kulture and Orla Kiely, showed off sassy accessories by BaubleBar and stepped in time to the fabulous French tunes in shoes by JustFabulous.

It was a fun night out with my friend Jenn from Stitched Tailors and we were so happy to cheer on our friend Christine from NYCPretty (directly below)!  In the second part of the show Christine was brave enough to model a beautiful one piece Orla Kiely bathing suit and looked amazing!   Note to self, I need to start following her workout regime.

Be sure to check out the full list and links of bloggers at the end of the post.  It’s on my personal weekend to do list!

Be sure to check out some of the lovely bloggers online! 

Don’t forget to check out the fashionable audience HERE!

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Blogger Fashion with IFB

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first IFB fashion show!  While Little Maison is not a true blue fashion blog, I do display my badge proudly and feature my favorite fashion picks from time to time.

Co-hosted by the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) and Intel, the fashion show featured 15 blogger models; one of which was my friend Christine of NYCPretty.   I will post more of the runway show soon, but first wanted to share my favorite fashion from the audience packed with fellow bloggers.  Have a fashionable day!

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Pretty Little Wedding Things

Every day last week I had something wedding related to attend to!  As some of you may know, I got engaged a few weeks back and in the midst of venue research, my best friend and I attended the New York Weddings Event for inspiration.  The goodie bag alone was worth the trip but I knew I had to share some of the pretty little things from the show too!

Above, the bride & groom birdies is from my favorite booth, BHLDN.  This vintage inspired company’s overall aesthetic is so on point for me, I fell in love with everything!  The photo collage below is also from their booth – the shoe on the jadeite plate is a perfect vintage chic display.  Be sure look HERE for even more lovely things by BHLDN.

One of the most talked about booths of the show was Confetti System.  This unique paper decor element would add life and color to any event.  They had their work displayed in the entrance way, which made for a spectacular first impression.  Check out a few photos below and be sure to look at their website HERE.   I am fond of their Crystal Pinata (featured below in silver) that is filled with sparkling confetti.

One of the main sponsors (with the largest square footage) was Ann Taylor Weddings & Events.  The photo on left below shows off some of their glitzy accessories and to the right is a display by The Works Catering.  They work at many venues in NYC but mostly their own, Housing Works Bookstore in Soho.  I love the fact that they are a non-profit benefiting those who have and are affected by HIV/AIDS.

What wedding event would be complete without flowers and dresses!  The floral event sponsor, MaganaFloral Design decked out the space with pretty displays like the one below.  Two of my favorite dresses on the floor were by The White Gown (left) and the infamous, Kleinfeld Bridal (right).  Although I haven’t even begun to think about the style of the dress I’d like, they were too pretty not to be showcased.

As I mentioned last week, I love proper millinery designs and Suzanne Couture Millinery did not disappoint (below left).  The ladies at their booth were so warm and welcoming, I will definitely check out their shop on the Upper East Side.

There were plenty of sweet treats to be had but the cutest and tastiest samples were from Cake Alchemy. My friend Lisa highly recommends their red velvet!  Of course, we washed it down with a much needed glass of champagne at the bar.  We admired the chandelier by Taylor Creative for a few moments before starting a second lap around the event.

Need even more Wedding inspiration? 

Check out my past posts HERE and HERE.

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Etsy Find: Moi e Ti

Moi e Ti:  This lovely shop is filled to the brim with perfect paper goods and favors for your next gathering!

I couldn’t resist using some of the Moi e Ti  items at brunch this past weekend to celebrate my engagement with my Mother and Grandmother.  Our intimate gathering was perfect to appreciate the beauty and superb quality of the goods.  I can’t wait to use these straws at my Bridal Shower!  I hope you enjoy my photos.

If you’re planning a fun Easter celebration, birthday party or just want to beautify a meal, check out the Moi e Ti shop HERE.  

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I mentioned in several posts that my boyfriend George and I have been searching for an estate engagement ring. What I didn’t mention was that one chilly Sunday, we found the perfect ring! George surprised me last weekend while we visited his house in Pennsylvania with a pretty little velvet box with my dream ring.

The ring is from the 1940s, platinum and brilliant cut in a fishtail setting. It couldn’t be any prettier. It catches every piece of light and I find myself lost in the sparkle.

George and I couldn’t be happier to start our lives together. Hopefully my 14 years of event planning experience will make the process painless and we can enjoy the journey!

Here is my shameless display of the ring, I just love it!

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Ananda Lima & Malu

On Tuesday night I stopped by Malu in Long Island City for the opening night of Ananda Lima‘s photography exhibit, Two in the City.  It was a fun night with tasty treats, local folks and a unique exhibit by a very talented photographer!

Ananda, Brazilian born and now local, infuses her own personal blend of photojournalism and fine art into her work.  This exhibit was no exception as she showcased couples juxtaposed with industrial backdrops around Long Island City.  The Two in the City exhibit is just in time for Valentine’s Day and will be on display until February 29th 2012.  Go see it with someone you love!

While you’re taking in some beautiful photography, don’t forget to enjoy Malu with their ever changing homemade ice cream flavors and chocolate covered goodies!  I indulged in the chocolate covered cheerios and banana slices last night and have been dreaming of them ever since.  Stop by their facebook page HERE to receive updates on their new flavors and upcoming events.  I will definitely be returning for the Strawberry Champagne Sorbet!  Yum!

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