April 13, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action…Take 1

Allow me to jump up onto my “soap box” here. There….ok, I am ready now.

I have said it before and I will say it again- lighting makes an event! But lighting is one of the last details to be factored into a budget and one of the first to get factored out when it is budget-crunching time!  This is all totally understandable when “something’s gotta give” but I implore you- don’t give up! There are so many clever ways to include unique, useful, and decorative lighting into an event without breaking the bank. And trust me, all the money/energy/time that you spent on those gorgeous flower, luxurious linens, and personalized details will shine when properly lit to show them off!

I saw this clever little idea on the Whispering Pines Rustic Wedding Blog and just adore it.

How simple is this? For a warm-weather outdoor event, when guests are bound to head back out to the cocktail reception space in between dance songs, this is such a simple way to set the mood! Or an indoor cocktail space by the bar or dance floor where guests might just mingle with friends? Use battery operated lamps or candles placed underneath bistro or cocktail tables (in between the table legs so as not to be accidentally kicked!) to add a festive glow to the space. Of course, lighter colored linens are best for this effect and a little shimmer never hurt anyone too!

This is the first of many posts on my perpetual “soap box” regarding event lighting. Stay tuned for more ideas as they come!

until then…aPp

April 12, 2011

The silver lining to a rainy day? Umbrellas!

Rain is just not fun, usually. Today is one of those days- gray, rainy, and cold! Rain is most especially not fun on the day of your big event or wedding! I would be hard pressed to get anyone to admit to being excited about a rainy day (unless you can snuggle up on the couch in front of a movie all day!) However, with rain comes umbrellas and with umbrellas come FUN! There are so many to pick from, and generally with a reasonable price tag, the question is- why DON’T you have one for every day of the week? During a month like April in Connecticut- you just might need them all!

Here are some great ones from totes! We all remember that company from our childhood?! These would make a great accessory on a rainy day or in a wedding party photo shoot! And with a price tag of less than $30 each- an easy gift to give to your wedding party to get a coordinating look!

And a little patriotism never hurt anyone, right?!

And for the record: Golf Umbrellas are NOT just for golf anymore! I, for one, never leave my house on a rainy day with our my kelly green and white golf umbrella! The beauty of them is that they can be custom ordered in all different colors- easy customization to get it in your favorite colors OR wedding colors! And they are HUGE- easy to fit two lovebirds together under one umbrella! These are from the golfumbrella company

And, last but not least, how about this one? LOVE it! Sassy yet sweet- Hello World!  From Marc Jacobs at Saks Fifth Avenue

How do YOU accesorize while jumping through puddles on a rainy day?!

until then…aPp

March 23, 2011

Viva Mexico!

Ok, so I admit- I have a serious itch for all things Mexican right now. Maybe because in less than 48 hours, I will be sitting on a plane on my way to a week-long vacation in the gorgeous Riveria Maya, Mexico. Ohhhhh, how I NEED this vacation my friends!!!! BUT- I will also admit, these “papel picado” catch my attention any time of year!!! They are just so festive and fun and scream: summer time, good friends, and PARTY!

Don’t they just make you smile?
These were created by, but of course, a fabulous vendor on Etsy! The artist’s name is aymujer out of CA and their work is gorgeous! They specialize in custom Papel Picado- which are traditional Mexican tissue paper decorations.  They can make custom color tissue paper and designs based on the color scheme of your wedding or party too!
Love. Love. Love.
And if bright colors aren’t your thing…take a look at these! They just oooze romance and ambiance for an outside summer wedding. They look like little pieces of lace- so intricate! Can you see them strung through tree branches or between tent poles or on a trellis? The possibilities are endless!
{Sigh…oh, the romance!!!}
until then…aPp
March 20, 2011

Polish On!

I have recently been looking for fun and inspirational pieces of art to hang in the new offices of a Polished plan,  and was inspired by a post by the always lovely Erin, of sparkle and hay fame, on her facebook page.

The popular phrase, Keep Calm and Carry On, has become a recent pop-culture “catch phrase”. It is cute and clever and just seems to make sense in this crazy, chaotic world we live in! Wonder where it came from? I did! Here is a bit of info from wikepdia.org

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public under the threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives.

There are now websites were you can “build” your own adaption of the phrase, so naturally I was inspired. Check it out!

Naturally, we are in the business of planning…but that seemed obvious?! Instead, I chose this one….what do you think? And quite obviously, I chose the color green. Shocked?!?!

until then…aPp



March 17, 2011

Let the journey begin!


It is not very often in life that one can say they accomplished their dream. Perhaps it is a small, very small, thing in the grand scheme of my (hopefully) many years on this earth. But still the same. For right now- it feels INCREDIBLE! The website is launched and a Polished plan is officially in business!

For me, today is a day to sit back, reflect on my hardwork, enjoy the moment, and drink a Bailey’s on the rocks. What? It’s St. Patty’s day after all?!

Until then..aPp

March 16, 2011

Where it all began…

It’s funny how it happens….inspiration can hit you at any time, from any place, without any notice. I sit here this evening, reflecting on the past few months and the incredible journey I have been on to creatively and substantially build the a Polished plan business, logo, and branding. It all started with inspiration from this lovely little save the date I stumbled upon at minted.com.

Deb Wagner of dstripe, my cheerleader, advocate, creative sparkler, and patience-of-a-saint website designer probably thought I was crazy! What did a tree have to do with an event planning company? Trees are green, OK- I know she likes green, but I don’t get it?

But this particular tree reminded me of one of my favorite stories as a kid- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. (If you havent read it, pick up your Nook or Kindle and do it now!) It is the quintessential “mighty Oak”- the official state tree of CT- and tells the world I am steadfast, strong, and resilient YET friendly, comforting, and the girl-next-door. And yes, trees are green…that was a bonus!

So Deb rolled with it and followed my unusual train of thought for this brand. And she created this incredible work-of-art website that I am honored to premiere tomorrow! It is a dream come true and I am delighted to share it with you…www.apolishedplan.com

Until then…aPp

March 15, 2011

The luck of the Irish!

Ok, Ok…so I am not at all Irish. I am 100% French-Canadian but sadly, we do not have a fun-filled holiday that celebrates our heritage and culture. And short of staging a revolt, I figured I might as well embrace someone else’s holiday! And what seemed most obvious was my significant obsession with the color green, especially Kelly Green (Panatone 23974F, in case you were wondering), which just happens to be THE green of St. Patrick’s Day. So tada…there starts my love affair with the holiday! It also helped that I lived in Boston for three years and well, lets face it, that city has a serious love affair with the Irish (Southie, anyone?) and their national holiday. Ireland is also one of many places on my Bucket List of Travel Destinations. For me, it is to experience the culture, the history, and the gorgeous countryside. For my husband, it is to visit St. James Gate, home of the world-famous Guinness Brewery. To each his own!

In honor of all things GREEN and all things Irish, I created an inspiration board that celebrates my most favorite color AND this week’s holiday!

PS: Green Wellies just put a smile on my face. Rain on your wedding day? Leave the umbrella at home and have your bridesmaids bring their Wellies. Genius!

Until then…aPp

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