Friday, March 20, 2015

Darling Dinner No. 14

Last Thursday was not your average Thursday. 

I cooked dinner for Darling Magazine as guest chef for one of their monthly "Darling Dinners". My sister, Boo, of Wylie West Creative handled the event design and our pal Kara graciously let us host the dinner at her intimate loft space in Downtown Los Angeles. The ticketed dinner was available to ladies only with the goal of promoting conversation amongst women - the theme of our dinner was JOY.  Our favorite photographer, Andrea, of Andrea Patricia Photography,  tagged along to shoot the event. Here are some of the incredible moments she captured from a truly memorable evening. 

Boo and I created a special favor for each of the dinner guests to take home. A vial of peach-hued Murray River flake salt, harvested from the Murray / Darling River Basin. We were so grateful to have generous contributions from Union Wine Company and Farmbox LA, both which helped to make the evening extra special. 



Friday, March 13, 2015

Project Breakfast PDX

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to take Project Breakfast on the road to Portland for two back-to-back days of events. Both evenings were held within the magical walls of the Quin Candy Factory thanks to the hostess with the mostess, Jami Curl.

 We converted the factory into a pop-up dining space complete with a cozy seating area and the most stunning communal dinner table made possible by our new friends over at Classic Vintage Rentals. Wine was provided by the generous folks at Union Wine Company. Design and project by Wylie West Creative

The first dinner was open to anyone that bought a ticket and the second dinner was specially curated for a group of Lululemon managers that flew in from all over the country. Both evenings were packed with such wonderful groups of inspirational women. A truly memorable trip!

 The "project" segment of our Portland tour was a hand embroidery lesson that focused on One Little Word. We asked attendees to pick a word. A word to focus on in 2015. 

A word that represents a goal or intended triumph.

 A word that signifies an arrival point.

 Or a departure point. 

A word that serves you and the road you've traveled or the road that lies ahead. 

Any word. As long as it means something to you.

 Then they embroidered that word onto a piece of material that was the perfect size to slip into a laptop bag, hide in the top drawer of their office desk, or hang by their bathroom mirror. We asked them to put the word in a place where they would see it so they could remind themselves of their one little word when they needed it the most. 

Here are some of my favorite moments from #ProjectBreakfastPDX >>>

All photography by Boo Simms of Wylie West Creative.

Also a special shout-out and HUGE thanks to 
Marley of Xander & Marley // our  #1 install and all-around handyman extraordinaire