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Entries in styling (51)


halloween styling loveliness

Isn't all the black striking?! Inspiration for you on this haunted eve.

Photography by Linda Pugliese, Styling by Paul Lowe


pumpkin spice latte cupcake, yes please!

I could not resist baking a batch of these cupcakes from Annie's Eats! And I could not resist showing them off in a most fitting cup (an idea from one of my facebook friends). These are the best tasting cupcakes I've ever made (thanks Annie!), although I did substitute coconut oil and then added vanilla (sorry Annie!).

Perfect fall fun!


sweet bridal shower dessert table

A few weeks ago I recreated a dessert table originally thought up for a bridal shower. The reason for the re-creation will be made known soon...till then these images must suffice.

The premise of the shower was a classy lingerie shower, with elegant sweets and champagne. No shower games, just the "he says, she says" activity (previously featured in this bridal shower). In lieu of fushia pink, I preferred a soft mint green with lace accents to create an intimate and feminine evening.

Overall the shower was relatively low maintence, yet still an enjoyably sweet celebration for the bride. Don't you agree?


a night for the town

The start of a new week brings my latest project—a silent auction fundraiser for Mission: St. Louis. Below is a snapshot of the event including a few details I had my hands in.

This year the event was hosted at a stellar St. Louis venue called The Moto Museum, which is an incredible space.

On to my details! Top left is an item donated by my book club, and I made a cute bookmark that I thought you might enjoy. The other three images are item descriptions/titles that I designed for all 250 auction items. Designed around the theme of "work supplies"—because most funds were designated for the jobs training program—these descriptions are meant to mimic index cards, certificates, and business cards.

Moving into the food/music/entertainment space, I styled these centerpieces to go along with the work supplies theme. The pencils hold the "reserved for sponsor" sign and the typewriters have a snippet about the jobs programs.

Then I also made these "timecards" in the hopes to encourage smaller donations, using tangible prices like "$15 provides one workbook".

Big type posters describing each of the 5 major programs of the organization.

And lastly a luxurious table display, haha! Slightly last minute, but still quasi-functional in gaining exposure for the raffle ticket sales.

The team did an incredible job putting on the event for 400+ people, and I was blessed to be a part of it.

Hopefully this wasn't too informative a.k.a. boring! I'm terrible at indoor/flash photography, so I almost didn't want to post about the event. But I figured it's still fun, right? Regardless, I am stoked that my schedule is now crawling compared to the last few months of my life. ****Sigh of relief*****


paper flower power

Happy Wednesday!

Below are images of a little flower installation I was able make recently (by little, I mean 6' wide). The flowers are made from household items like paper bags, tissue paper, and pretty wrapping paper. This installation is one of two I've created for donation items at silent auction fundraisers. Only when it's for a good cause am I able to pour many many hours into something so lovely but has little relevance to work projects. Paper flowers are SO much fun to make. I'm hoping it ends up in a pretty princess room somewhere!


lovely bundle {photo stylist}

Happy Thursday! I have an exciting meeting today to discuss building my very own stylist site, and for inspiration I wanted to catalog a few of my favorite photo stylists. There work is SO inspirational. Makes me want to spend hours just going through each of their images.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

{click on image for source/stylist site}


dinner tonight ::: lemon millet pilaf

Has it been a crazy Monday for anyone else? My day honestly flew by faster than the wind in Wyoming. But before the days ends I'll share my dinner plan with you. I came across a Betty Crocker recipe that incorporates millet—an incredibly healthy grain, and jumped to buy all the ingredients and give it a whirl. Well then today I came across the beautiful ezine, Kinfolk, and saw their gorgeous styling. Then a light bulb went off—all my recipe ingredients would look amazing together (who does this?)! Below you will see the lovely ingredients to lemon millet pilaf followed by the recipe.

lemon millet pilaf

• 1 can chicken or vegetable broth
• 1/3 cup water
• 1/4 tsp onion powder
• 1/2 cup uncooked millet
• 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
• 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
• 1 tsp flax seed
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tsp grated lemon peel

Heat broth, water and onion powder to boiling. Stir in millet, rice and corn; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until millet and rice are tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in flax see, parsley and lemon peel. Serve immediately.


3 years ::: a peachy anniversary

Giddy would be a MAJOR understatement.

I'm head over heels. I'm smitten. I'm on cloud nine. Etc. Over and again. Not only is it the 3 year anniversary of the day I married my best friend and love of my life—but I also get to share some incredible images of celebration. All thanks to the incredible talented photography of I'm Fine Today.

I can't stop looking at them! One - they are beautiful images (are they not?), and two - it's images of the most amazing person I know, with me by his side of course. I can't believe I've got him for the rest of my life! Such a lucky girl. Sidenote: I also made a gallery of images from our wedding.

Thanks again to amazing photography of I'm Fine Today! I now need to sign off so I can celebrate with my husband! xoxoxo

Photography by: Dustin Davis // Styling by: Amanda O'Rourke (myself)


color styling {red white & blue}

Happy Monday to you!

Continuing last week's theme of ol' glory with a palette for my styling series. Next week will be the final set for the series, which is both a relief and a small bummer. No worries though, I'm sure I'll find other projects to practice styling.

::: here's to a great week for all :::


color styling {yellow & lime}

Another week begins! And I have a few images from my styling series to get you off to a good start. I think I now like lime more than I thought, as its a fun color to "pop". Cheers to a great week, friends!