‘Stock the Bar’ Couples Shower Invite

When it comes to wedding showers, couples showers are my favorite. So earlier this fall, when Bobby and I were invited to help two good friends “stock the bar”, how could I say no?

I was even more excited when the host, my lovely friend Jenny, asked me to design invitations for the party. Knowing the bride’s favorite color is turquoise, I found inspiration in the slanted stripes on a roll of teal washi tape. The final invite design was modern yet playful; a perfect match to the party’s setting at a chic lounge in downtown Dallas.

Meagan and Marcus were married this past weekend. It was a fantastic celebration filled with many laughs and even better dance moves. Much love and congrats to the happy couple!

XO, Mariel

affordable white calligraphy lettering on grey envelope. teal. wedding shower. one charming life.

blue and teal vintage stamps. custom invitation design. couples shower. stock the bar.

white calligraphy lettering on grey envelope - affordable - with teal washi tape.

modern teal stock the bar couples shower invitation. one charming life. mariel.

cheers. teal blue modern stock the bar shower invite. one charming life.

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Spooky Chic Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner… how will you be celebrating? Here’s a little inspiration for a grown-up, gilded fete to help you and your bests celebrate in style.

Happy haunting!

XO, Mariel

black and gold halloween party inspiration from one charming life

Sources: Chic Lace Mask via A White Carosel ~ Black and Gold Halloween Decor from Better Homes and Gardens, photo via Little Lovable ~ Ichabod Crane Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens ~ Cheese Plate from A Cup of Jo, photo by Jamie Beck ~ Glittery Gold Chocolate Cake from Desserts for Breakfast ~ Mini Moet & Chandon bottles on ice via A Bit of Bees Knees

 

Kathryn and Robert’s Save the Dates

Today I’m sharing a project that’s very special to me. Last fall, a dear friend asked me to help with some of the lettering and paper goods for her wedding. That friend, Kathryn, chose to kick-off the festivities with these lovely envelopes for her Save the Dates. With a clean design and purple accents, they served as the perfect introduction to the couple’s fresh yet classic wedding style.

purple lettering on wedding save the date envelope - one charming life

vintage purple stamps. wedding save the date. affordable calligraphy.,

purple. pumpkin. fall. tablescape. one charming life.

kathryn and robert's save the date envelopes. one charming life.

To this day, I’m so grateful that Kathryn and her sweet mother had enough faith to entrust me with so many pieces for their beautiful wedding. They encouraged me to pursue my passion for lettering and design, and I am so excited about where I’m headed today!

The support I receive from family and friends means the world to me. Thank you all for your encouragement and for following along with my adventures through this blog!

XO, Mariel

P.S. Kathryn and Robert’s wedding was gorgeous. This is just the beginning… be on the lookout for more pictures soon!

Believe in Burgundy

Burgundy. It’s the must-have color this fall. It’s also one of my favorite trends… which might have something to do with the fact that it aligns so closely with the maroon of my beloved alma mater, Texas A&M. Yes, it’s perfect for football season! :)

Nina Garcia calls burgundy “the new black”. Even though I don’t plan on replacing the black staples in my wardrobe, after seeing these chic outfits I totally agree that burgundy is a fantastic addition for fall. Not only is it easy to pair with other neutrals; white, navy, beige, black and gray, but its rich hue will add a touch of boldness to  your fall outfit.

Keep scrolling for burgundy inspiration below. My favorite look is the cozy burgundy cape paired with leopard loafers and stacked bracelets. Which one’s yours?

Burgundy Jacket - Fall 2012 Trend

Cheyenne Meets Chanel

burgundy and leopard from la dolce vita blog

La Dolce Vita

maroon jacket - Fall 2012 Trend - BurgundyC’est la vie

Burgundy peplum top - oxblood fall 2012 trend

Mary Fashionbirds

maroon sequined clutch  The Fashion Pulse

maroon outfit via cupcakes & cashmere

cupcakes and cashmere

So call it what you like; maroon, burgundy, wine or even oxblood… I’m thanking the fashion world because it’s the perfect trend for us Aggie girls (and anyone else who happens to support maroon!). So go ahead and stock-up on game day attire. There are so many great maroon blazers, jeans and handbags to choose from this season.

Here are a few items on my wish list for fall… they’d all look great with an Aggie ring!

Maroon out - Texas A&M Aggie Gameday Style from One Charming Life

Sources: Aggie Ring photo by Doug Klembara~ Mini MAC Handbag by Rebecca Minkoff ~ Runway Watch by Michael Kors ~ Personalized Texas A&M iPhone Cover from Then Comes Paper ~ Chanel Nail Polish from All Lacquered Up ~ Paige Tall Riding Boots by Frye ~ Burberry Brit Check Scarf from Polyvore.

 Of course, I’ll be supporting the maroon and white as we take on Arkansas this weekend. Who will you be cheering for?

Gig ’em Aggies!

XO, Mariel

Kate Spade-Inspired Invites

Kate Spade - Inspired Bachelorette Party Invitations via One Charming Life

Last month, eight friends traveled to the Texas hill country to celebrate something really special… Our friend Tiffany’s final days as a bachelorette! The weekend was a hit — we floated the river, dined at the Gristmill and danced at the famous Gruene Hall.  It’s a weekend I’ll never forget, and because of that I wanted to share a piece of it with you.

A couple of months ago, I was discussing wedding day details with Tiffany, the bride-to-be. When she mentioned that she had just bought her wedding shoes from Kate Spade, a light bulb popped up in my head. I thought, “I love Kate Spade’s style; what fun inspiration for a Bachelorette party!”

It was about time to start designing the invitations for Tiffany’s final fling, and right then I knew Kate Spade would be the perfect muse. I had so much fun creating these, and I hope you enjoy them too! Here’s the final product…

Purple Envelope White Lettering Bachelorette Party Invitation

Colorful Bachelorette Party Invitation - Inspired by Kate Spade

Bachelorette Party Invite Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Lingerie Shower Invitation Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Invitation Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Here are a few pieces from Kate Spade that provided inspiration…

Kate Spade Live Colorfully Gift Set

Live Colorfully Gift Set

Kate Spade Le Pavillion Small Henrietta

Le Pavillion Small Henrietta

KATE SPADE GILD THE LILY IDIOM BANGLE

Gild the Lily Idiom Bangle 

As Miss Spade would say… Party Colorfully!

XO, Mariel

Color-Blocked Books

Color-blocking has been popping up all over the fashion world. I love this playful trend, and there’s no reason why we should limit it to our wardrobes. If stacking an outfit with bold hues makes a fashion-forward statement, why not try it in our homes as well?

Color-blocking a bookshelf is a quick and easy way to update your living space. Pairing together blocks of colorful books with neutral furniture can make a huge visual impact in any room. Take our living room for example…

Color blocked books via One Charming Life

Before the switch, our bookshelves were a tad chaotic but full of hidden potential. Grouping the books by color livened up the space and brightened up our simple white walls. I love the fact that these everyday items are now a vibrant part of our decor.

Color-Coded Bookshelf via One Charming Life #ColorBlock

Want to give it a try?

Here are a few tips on color-blocking your shelves…

  • Make sure your furniture and surrounding decor is simple and neutral so that you don’t overdo it. Neutrals like white, grey, brown or black will help tie your ‘ensemble’ together.
  • A rainbow of colors simply doesn’t work in every space. Be selective in choosing which books (and colors) you’ll display; edit your shelves just as you’d edit an outfit.
  • Bright-colored books contrasted against neutral shelves will add a vibrant pop to your décor.
  • If you’d like a more low-key look, try mixing different hues of the same color. For example, group together sky blue, royal blue and navy colored books in a room with blue decor.
  • Opposites attract. Don’t be afraid to mix bold colors! (See the pink and red books in Candace Bushnell’s apartment below…)

And a few beautiful examples for inspiration…

Annabelle Kerslake via Design Sponge

Modern pops of color mixed with antiques in Annabelle Kerslake’s charming Australian home {sneak peek via Design Sponge}.

John and Tyke Colorful Bookshelf via Apartment Therapy

Books transform this wall into a dynamic focal point {Jon & Tyke’s Modern Cabin via Apartment Therapy}.

Cynthia Rowley's Manhattan Apartment - pink books via Elle Decor

Designer Susan Forristal styled this simple shelf into a playful masterpiece in Candace Busnell’s Manhattan apartment {via Elle Decor}.

Will you be trying this trend in your home?

Love it or leave it – let me know below! XO, Mariel

It’s a Wonderful Life

I love when my friends come up with a creative idea and ask me to be a part of it. That’s why I was thrilled when Anna approached me about making a special wedding gift for her cousin.

Anna was inspired by the couple’s wedding song, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and wanted to incorporate the lyrics in her gift. We discussed a few ideas and I began sketching out the song’s chorus in calligraphy. After some tweaking on the computer, the words were printed on canvas and stretched over a wooden frame.

I love the end result. It’s such a wonderful blessing to have found that special person, and I hope this little piece of art helps the happy couple think back on sweet memories from their wedding day.  XO – Mariel

Calligraphy quote on canvas via One Charming Life

"Wonderful Life" - calligraphy print via One Charming Life

British Tea Party

The past four days have been super exciting. I love watching the Olympics, especially our incredibly talented women’s gymnastics team. And who didn’t love the Queen’s entrance at the opening ceremonies?

As you gather with friends to cheer on your favorite athletes, you might find yourself browsing the web for creative ways to celebrate. I’ve seen so many cute Olympic-themed pins on Pinterest lately, but most of these adorable ideas have been geared toward the kiddos. Since I’m not quite there yet, I thought I’d put something together for us ladies and gents. If I was going to throw a party in honor of the games, this would be it!

Since the big event is being held in London, it’s only appropriate to throw a grown-up tea party in honor of Union Jack. Pick your favorite blend and serve high tea with these adorable chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. You can’t go wrong.

If tea isn’t your cup of… tea (sorry, I had to), then sip on Pimm’s, a traditional English summer drink. Follow this link for an easy recipe. Or for more guy-friendly fun, gather beers from around the world to represent the teams (like Double Diamond from England, Guinness from Ireland, Corona from Mexico, and obviously your favorite home-grown brew too).

If you’re crafty, whip up some gold, silver and bronze decorations or purchase the darling garland below from Fabulously Handmade.

Alright… let’s get the celebration started! Cheers, and GO team USA! :)

British Tea Party in honor of the Olympics - from One Charming Life

Sources:  Union Jack Fruit Pizza from Betty Crocker ~ Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies from Le Petrin ~ Gold, Silver and Bronze Garland from Fabulously Handmade ~ Fleur De Lys Teapot from Anthropologie ~ “Go for the Gold” Pineapple Truffles from Kitchen Meets Girl ~ Pimm’s photo via The Handbook, you can purchase Pimm’s at Spec’s or your local liquor store.