I can’t believe its been over a year since I got to host a baby shower for my dear friend, Pepper. The ultimate beach babe, Pepper is a bonafide surfer girl (she was an extra in Blue Crush!) so when her plans for a beach babymoon tragically fell apart, it was clear we needed to throw her a beach-themed baby shower.
I wanted to do a message-in-a-bottle invitation, and everyone knows miniature things are always better, especially for baby showers. We got these tiny cork-stopped bottles, sprinkled some sand in the bottom, rolled up the long, skinny invitations, stuffed them in and stopped them up. The trick, as my clever co-host was smart to catch, was to tie the tiny scrolls with a bit of string that extended past the bottle neck so guests could easily pull it out without hunting down their tweezers. We affixed the little bottles to the simply printed cards (see top photo) with a tiny adhesive dot—these guys are tiny but they hold really well.
Clearly I was in a slapstick mood while typing these invites up—the text is a compilation of beach song lyrics. I’m so mad I’ve lost all the photos of the shower, but trust me when I tell you it was a real good time. Beach bucket favors, tropical drinks, and two palm tree centerpieces Brian built out of a dozen pineapples. (Would you expect anything less for a lady who took Lance Bass to Sadie Hawkins in high school? The bar was set high early in Pepper’s life.) Love this lady and her now-1-year-old!
The talented partners at Work Studio (who happen to be my sister and brother-in-law!) are rebranding HiLine Coffee and asked me to art direct some photography for the website. The coffee flavors are named after NYC neighborhoods, so we developed a fun concept to highlight a few popular blends through character cliches of each ‘hood. Together with style genius Randi Brookman Harris and brilliant photographer Stephen Johnson, we created a series of stolen moments—sneak peeks into the coffee rituals of these imaginary New Yorkers.
I love the details of Randi’s styling—our Broadway actress keeps her false eyelashes and her Advil handy on her vanity. (Rough morning.) A pink and orange color palette were chosen to reinforce the blend’s fruity and sweet flavor.
If you look closely, you can see a sneak preview of Jana’s pretty typography on the red coffee pod in the bowl up top. Can’t wait to see the whole rebrand! This was such a fun project—it was nice to put my art director hat back on after a spell. And of course working with this ultimate dream team was an extra delectable treat. Thanks guys!