This or that, invitations edition…


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Today’s This or That is less of a “splurge versus steal” post, and more of a “which wedding invitation do you like best?” kind of post.

I’ve thought a lot about event planning recently since Jessica and I are finally going to stage our first inspiration shoot for our portfolio next week, and I realized that, once again, my wedding is just over a year away.  (Is it just me, or is my wedding always a year away? Hmm…)

No, seriously folks, this time Andrew and I have the PERFECT wedding date:

(drumroll please)

 Yay!!!!  I drew it myself, I bet you couldn’t tell!

It just so happens that our 10 year dating anniversary falls on a Saturday next year, so we think getting married is a perfect way to celebrate 10 years of togetherness. 🙂

So… that leads me to the idea of wedding invitations.  I think that they’re SUPER important because they are the first thing that a guest sees, and they help to set the tone for the entire celebration.  Guests can take clues about how to dress and the formality of the event from them, so you have to send out the right vibe.

I’ve always wanted a picture-perfect, intimate, dreamy wedding, filled with mountains of peonies, the sound of clinking glasses, and everyone dressed up and on their best behavior.  Kind of the feeling that either of these invitations give off:(Love Story invitation suite,

(Ring Bouquet invitation suite,

These invites are gorgeous, and I am in love with them for sure.

I do have a dilemma though – the problem being that I know it won’t be picture-perfect with everyone on their best behavior, and if I’m being honest with myself, I’m just not the fairytale wedding kind of girl.  I’m more of a “let’s get this over with so we can party” kind of girl, like this invitation would suggest:(You In or What invitation suite,

It matches this rad bouquet too, and I am kind of loving this whole concept:(via Ella Bella Floral & Wedding Design)

What’s your opinion, should I go delicate and dreamy?  Or walk on the wild side?

Leave a comment below… seriously… I need your help!

P.S:  Don’t worry, there will be mountains of peonies either way or else there will be no wedding at all!! 🙂


Casual Friday…


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Happy Friday!!

Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite casual, layered looks from around the web this week:(Images via Fashnberry, Twin Studies, Say Yes to Hoboken, We Heart It, Brunch at Saks, The Everygirl, and Stay in the Lines)

These casual, cool girl looks are pretty awesome!  I love that these looks would transition well into Spring/ Summer as you remove some of the layers.  I also love the blazer with the floral accents – that printed lapel is rad!  (I’m totally excited that the word “rad” is coming back by the way!!!)

What do you think about my picks for Casual Friday?  Love them or hate them?  Leave a comment below!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

P.S:  Check out these looks and more on my Neutrals with a Pop of Color pinboard, and follow me on Pinterest!


Instagram archive…


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Here’s a little glimpse into my life lately, viewed through my Instagram photos! Top row:  1. Waiting in the drive-thru at In N Out, 2. Decorating the bed alcove, 3. Gal-entine’s Day drinks at Acapulco with Kate & Jess

Middle row:  1. Valentine’s dinner, 2. Pink tulips from Andrew, 3. New bromeliad pet

Bottom row:  1. Kate and Drew at his welcome home party, 2. Attack of the 6’2″ woman (a.k.a. Jessica), 3. Lucky showing off his mad rolling over skills

Happy Tuesday!

P.S:  You can follow me now on Twitter, the iPhone Instagram app, or on  Just search for @peonyandpoppy!

Do something Saturday…


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To quote my friend Kathryne, I was “über productive” yesterday.

I woke up early, cleaned most of the apartment (except for the dishes, sorry Elaine!), helped Andrew pack for New York City, dropped him off at LAX, drove my grandmother around in Andrew’s new car (hehe) and took her grocery shopping, washed (and folded!) three loads of laundry, helped Elaine make a delicious chicken stewp for dinner, set up my Netflix account on the PS3, and watched three episodes of Downton Abbey

So on this Do Something Saturday I’m going to indulge myself by doing absolutely nothing.  I did everything yesterday! Well, I might make time for some more Downton Abbey episodes… I’m enamored by the imagery, as well as the plot.  I gasped when Sybil came to dinner in her beautiful “new frock” looking like a harem girl!  She’s definitely my favorite character so far.

Don’t worry, I won’t be locked inside all day, I am hanging out with some friends later tonight.  But until then, I’ll just be lounging! 🙂

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey

What are you doing today?

P.S:  Andrew sent me a picture of himself in front of the Brooklyn Bridge this morning, I’m so jealous of that boy!! ;p