Last Minute Gift Guide: Shop

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Hello friends! It’s been tough to get in the holiday spirit this year, and we still haven’t managed to get a tree…

BUT I finally put on the holiday tunes and made this behemoth of a wreath to hang over our fireplace, AND the kind folks at Jord sent over a little holiday cheer in watch form, just in time (ha!) to help me turn the corner and do this holiday thing.

Won’t you join me?

Today I’m sharing a few unique last minute gift ideas you can shop, and over the next two weeks I’ll share a few more gifts to make, donate, and inspire.
 
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1. An Amazing Wood Watch from Jord $189
 
I was initially hesitant when Jord offered to send me one of their wood watches- I don’t do a lot of sponsored content and I’m extremely particular about accessories.

Luckily my curiosity and love of unique pieces got the better of me, because I’m loving my zebrawood and champagne gold Frankie. Massive and minimal at the same time, she’s a statement piece AND a conversation starter. Beautiful, organic, and surprisingly light weight, I’m looking forward to wearing her with everything this holiday season and beyond.
 
Grab an instant $25 e-code here!
 
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2. Stylish Leopard Slippers from Birdies $140
 
Old house. Wood floors. Enough said.
It doesn’t hurt that they’re twinning with my favorite shoes either.
 
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3. Funny Feminist Everything from Yankee Dime Creations $28
 
I have a pile of these stickers on my desk and they make me SO happy.
Stocking stuffers for everyone!
 
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4. Locally Roasted Coffee, Suits & Knives, from Coffee Colab $19
 
We all get lazy and go to Starbucks sometimes, but there are SO many amazing
local coffee roasters to support in Los Angeles!
 
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5. Flower Subscription (from yours truly!)
 
In 2017 Winston & Main will begin offering a flower subscription service here in Los Angeles and I’d LOVE to fill your year with flowers! You can email me (hello@winstonandmain.com) to set up your custom subscription for weekly or monthly flower delivery in my signature organic style. 3 months of once/month delivery for $225 $200 through the end of 2016!
 
 
* This post was sponsored by Jord, all opinions are my own.
Photo 1, 2, 7 David Coe Photo for Winston & Main/Photo 4/Photo 5/Photo 6


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Getting Things Done

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Takes coffee.
And bravery.

I feel silly now, but I was pretty scared to do my first flower pop-up shop this past weekend.

What if no one bought my flowers?

I felt embarrassed just thinking about packing them all back up and heading home with an empty pocket and a car full of flowers. Ha! Now I just feel embarrassed admitting that.

But seriously, it was awesome.
People bought flowers. People stopped by and chatted.
Melissa took beautiful family photos. I ran out of flowers.
It was all good.

Go do that thing you’re scared of.
It’ll be great.



Welcome to Winston & Main!

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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Preach it, RWE.
Because even though this party design business has been bouncing around in my head for years, and even though I’ve dabbled quite seriously- designing weddings, and parties, and photo shoots since 2010 (gulp), all while maintaining my more than full-time job in the film industry, I didn’t actually decide until last year.

For almost 4 years I was too scared. Scared of being unsuccessful. Scared of being broke.
Scared of doing something frivolous. Scared of walking away from a “glamorous” career I’d invested over a decade in already.

Cue a few cliche lifeistooshort situations, and BOOM.
I was sick of being scared.

And so I decided.
One email and one project and one collaboration at a time.

And BOOM suddenly all the magic confetti in the universe started blowing my direction, dropping requests for wild wedding flowers, and styling, and DIY post writing right on my doorstep. Deciding is powerful magic people.

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So hello there, and welcome to the brand spanking new, shiny, sparkly, and spectacular Winston & Main- your one stop shop for amazing party design, awesome styling, and fantastic flowers by yours truly, right here in Downtown Los Angeles! And beyond.
Because you guys know I love me some travel.

I’m really excited to share all my new business adventures with you here on this blog. Plus recipes and DIYS and my favorite DTLA haunts (and nibbles) too.

So thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your nice comments and words of encouragement yesterday when I launched my new site/biz from a giant field of flowers.

And while we’re on the subject of thank you, I owe a few big ones:

*To the best and most supportive partner in crime a lady can have- Gavin, thank you for building such an awesome life with me that supports big scary decisions and also super fun adventures. See also: bagpipes. haggis. you’re real cute.
*Braid Creative. These ladies are genius. All this pretty branding? Check. Tons of amazing business direction, wisdom, and humor? Check. Big big (virtual) hugs and thank yous!
Site + adorable illustrations by Star St. Germain.
*One email at a time? The first one went to my pal Dana, asking if I could do a few DIYs for Broke-Ass Bride. Thank you for letting me dip my toes in the DIY pool again mama!
*Big thanks to my pals at A Practical Wedding for all the rad DIY opportunities of the last few months. I’m so honored that your magic confetti blew my direction, and so grateful for the fantastic and inspiring community of like-minded folks you’ve created over there!
*To the always amazing Kirsten Ellis for the fantastic photographs and balloon wrangling that went into the new site.

Let’s Party!