Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Adventures

Hey there lovelies! It has been quite a while since I've checked-in with you all and so much has gone on in my life in the last few months.

First, our son is starting his Senior year of High School and it is really blowing my mind. I'm so incredibly proud of him, but this is all going to be such a bitter sweet school year. I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that he may be going away to College (nowhere near me) and it's something that I'm truly grappling with. I had a mini break down a few weeks ago just thinking about it. If any of you have been through this recently and have some tips for a semi-normal transition please contact me. We will be empty nester's (insert Home Alone face slap) soon...I just can't! Lol!

Also, a little over a month ago, my business partner and I sold our art business A Toast 2 Artistry. As much as I loved being a part of the sisterhood that we built there, I was becoming flat out exhausted! The farmers' markets that my husband and I own and operate had started to grow in size and locations...from 2 markets to 4 in just over a year and now 2 more in the works! Yikes! Operations for both businesses were becoming quite overwhelming for me, especially with A Toast 2 Artistry being 30 miles away in Downtown Los Angeles. So, I had to make the decision to continue risking my health by pushing myself to the limit or letting something go. After several months of agonizing, feeling slightly off, and constantly complaining about something I had the ability to change, I chose to pray through my decision and I finally decided to move forward with Heritage Farmers Market.

And lastly, through all of the most recent events, I have found solace in flowers. I feel so grounded and at peace when I'm creating floral art. Picking up fresh cut stems and making arrangements has become something I look forward to each Sunday. I even started a hashtag on Instagram called "bedsidepretties" which is the name I've given the weekly arrangement I create for my nightstand. For me, there is just something joyous about waking up in the morning to a beautiful bouquet of flowers next to my bed. My husband has also noticed my recent fondness for flowers and unbeknownst to me, he went out and bought me the most adorable floral cutters, gloves, and matching flower tool bag.

My most recent Bedside Pretties. 

I've since purchased several books on flowers, taken some classes and have decided to launch a boutique style flower business at one of our farmer's markets. I'm happy to announce that Bohemian Blooms will be launching in the next few weeks! We will have a web presence and a pop-up shop where you can buy your blooms weekly. I'm sooooooooo excited!

I have a newsletter HERE if you want to stay up to date on when we BLOOM!

I'm really excited about the next chapter of my life and If all goes as I hope, it will be designed just the way I choose with lots of cozy moments, laughter, good wine, flowers, travel, community, and love.




Monday, April 10, 2017

Beverage Brim | The Classy Glass Cover

Hello and happy Monday! I really have NO business taking a break and writing a blog post, because I'm currently inundated with so much work. There has been a lot of growth and changes in both of my businesses (A Toast 2 Artistry & Heritage Farmers Markets) and as a result, I haven't had much time to blog. You've probably noticed the long break between my Anniversary Vacation and Spring Getaway post. But, blogging is something that I've always enjoyed, so I'm attempting to do more of it, especially since it's so relaxing to me.

Today, I decided to pop in and share with my latest obsession, because I just can't stand to see anyone without one of these....The Beverage Brim. These beautifully handcrafted wine/cocktail glass covers are so perfect for so many reasons. I swear, every time I have mine over my glass at a restaurant, someone asks where I got it. Here's a few reasons why I'm crazy about them.

1. They keep critters out of my glass....including people. Lol!

2. They are super chic and look so classy draped over the glass. 

3. They come with a draw string bag to make carrying easy.  A girls has to have one in her purse at all times for impromptu cocktails. 

4. They are super affordable and great for gifting!

Imagine a girls' night out and you and all of your girlfriends have your cocktail/wine glasses on the table with a Beverage Brim cover over them.....HELLO!!! So fabulous, right?

Whelp, I already own a few because my aunt, Bernice Abram happens to be the fabulous designer. But, if you are interested in ordering, you can do so online at or contact her here for custom orders.

Below is a bit about her journey, and why she started this fabulous company! 

The Beverage Brim™ is a Handmade in the USA "Classy Glass" cover, carefully designed to keep unwanted objects out and the class of your glass in!  It is the elegant way to accessorize, identify, and protect the contents of your beverage.  
After personally realizing the daily struggles and stresses of caregiving for a Vietnam Veteran with Dementia/Alzheimer's, a hobby became the most crucial part of my survival.  The benefits of hand-making individualized classy beverage covers became the focal point of my existence and has brought a new sense of meaning, relaxation, tranquility and inspiration!  As a result, each year a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help cure Alzheimer's and support Veterans.

*I have the one above in the middle. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Getaway

Happy Spring Y'all! I hope your first 3 months of 2017 were great! Hopefully, you've been kicking butt on your goals and making things happen. And if you just haven't gotten around to getting much done this year, then what a great time to regroup, refocus, and start fresh for Spring!

Sometimes getting in motion can be tough and I'm definitely guilty of lagging. But one of the things I love doing most during this time of the year is planning a getaway to recharge my mind, body, and soul. I think it's so important to change our scenery every now and then for inspiration, peace of mind, and personal growth. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, but a day or so somewhere other than home and without distractions, can sometimes give us the boost we need to relax and focus on our next move.

Recently, I planned a getaway for my family at Casa Laguna Hotel in Laguna Beach. I came across the hotel on Instagram and I couldn't figure out how I hadn't seen it before since my family and I frequent the Laguna area. So, being the inquisitive person that I am (some call it, I went online to find out where exactly they were located, and instantly fell in love with the photographs of the property! I knew right away that it would be the place for our Spring getaway!

Fast forward, we arrived home today from our stay at Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa, and all I can say is I didn't want to leave. If you live in the Los Angeles, Orange County or surrounding area, then this hotel is a must visit. The grounds are quaint and beautiful. The rooms were cozy with balcony seating to view the Pacific Ocean. The staff was very helpful and gracious with the champagne pours :). Oh, and I had the most relaxing swedish massage in their outdoor gazebo above the pool area. Katie, my masseuse was great and she even offered to take pictures of me when I told her that I was a blogger.

I highly recommend you stay at Casa Laguna Hotel if you love boutique-style hotels with a cozy environment.

*These are my own personal recommendations. This is not a sponsored post.