We’ve been dying to fill you in on a really cool project we worked on earlier this week! Panera Bread has recently launched an entirely new menu focused on serving healthy foods and using fewer artificial additives in their recipes. On Monday night, we teamed up with Panera’s awesome PR people to help bring to life their concept of staging a “pop-up open pantry” in Soho. The idea behind the pantry was to show visitors that the ingredients they use to bake their foods are the same wholesome ones you would find in your own home. Different types of flours, nuts, vegetables, breads, dairy products—you name it—were displayed all over in jars and baskets. It was our job to create handwritten labels for each ingredient with the intention of familiarizing customers with the products they were consuming. Staging over 400 ingredients in the 2,000-square-foot space was no easy feat, but Panera did an awesome job and it looked phenomenal. Take a peek at a few of our pictures below and click here for more info on the event.
I’m so grateful for my Style Me Pretty little black book membership! It has put me in contact with some fabulous people in a variety of industries that I would have never otherwise met. Most recently, I was contacted by the lovely ladies at Coburn Communications to calligraphy a handful of mirrors for the launch of a client’s product. The luncheon was held at the Baccarat Hotel for Boots Beauty USA’s Ageless Beauty Event. I personally was able to hand-calligraphy mini mirror place-cards that adorned each place setting for the beauty editors of top-name publications (such as Elle, In Style, Marie Claire and Martha Stewart Living among many others). This was a dream project, not only because I got to produce work for editors I have always admired, but also because I was able to work on my favorite canvas: mirrors!
What a night! A few weeks ago we celebrated Munaluchi Bride latest issue featuring the lovely Demetria Lucas-D’Oyley of A belle in Brooklyn — which is currently on newstands everywhere — and kicked off our 2015 tour at the gorgeous 501 Union in Brooklyn, NY. Here are a few photos from the party shot by photographer Amy Anaiz. Read the recap article of the event here on the Munaluchi website!
I had the most fabulous evening last night at the Munaluchi Bridal Event meeting all you lovely brides in Brooklyn at 501 Union! It was an honor to be apart of the celebration for our covergirl Demetria Lucas D’Oyley and the kick off of the city2city tour for the Munaluchi & Coterie! The evening was hosted by the fabulous event designer Lauren Beamon of Elle’s Couture Events and the lovely vendors that put together Demetria’s wedding including myself, Lauren Beamon of Elle Couture Events, Kisha of Royal Amethyst, Pantora Bridal as well as a few other talented folks!
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I am so delighted to finally be able to announce that I had the pleasure to do the calligraphy for the celebrity wedding of Demetria Lucas D’Oyley this past fall 2014. Lucas’ is best known as the award-winning author, blogger, life coach, public speaker and star of Bravo’s reality series Blood Sweat and Heels. Lucas’ wedding will be a main story line for this season of Blood Sweat and Heels, premiering March 29th on Bravo. I sadly cannot share any of the calligraphy pieces I did until May when they air my episode, but please tune in starting March 29, 2015 9/8c to support the women and follow our venture in building this absolutely stunning fall wedding!
I had the honor of contributing my calligraphy hand to a beautiful winter wedding shoot at Emmerich Tree Farm in upstate New York the past November. This shoot was especially fun to me because I got to tap into my inner florist and create little holly bouquets to wrap the calligraphy place-cards around with a satin red ribbon. The always fabulous Chelsea of Details by Cheslea Ann was the mastermind behind this beautiful scene, and thought to hang each piece as if it were little stockings hanging over a fireplace waiting for Santa. The eye behind the camera was the very talented Sarah Tew of Sarah Tew Photography. You could see more details of this Christmas Shoot in our feature on Style Me Pretty!
I used Sumi gold ink on Pearl White 220DTC Crane’s Lettra paper that I hand-tore to make the deckle edge. I must say, Sumi ink is one of my favorites to use especially the black ink, if you are a beginner. The gold, on the other hand, is definitely hard to use if you are just starting out on your calligraphy journey since you have to first mix the right consistency of the ink with water and then paint the ink on to the nib each time you write. It’s a tedious task but totally worth it to achieve such a rich gold tone. If you are at the beginning stages of calligraphy I highly suggest using Dr. PH Martin’s Spectralite 54K 18 Carat Gold ink which has a similar tone to the Sumi gold ink.
2014 was a roller coaster of a year for Eliza Gwendalyn, the company and myself. I won’t get into details but let’s just say the highs were some of the highest points in my life to date and the lows felt like I hit serious rock bottom, but they were all experiences I wouldn’t trade in for the world and if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be here writing my first blog post for you all today, about to announce some of the biggest news of my career…