Friday, June 29, 2012

Groomsmen Gift Ideas

     Our series, "June Groom," is almost over!  So we thought we'd put together a little buyers guide for those lucky men that get to walk all your beautiful friends down the aisle!

     Get your groomsman a personalized Pub Beer Mug and fill it with their favorite candy, or give them a 6 pack of their favorite beer.  Another creative idea is to get each groomsman a different hat or pair of socks, based on their personality or interests (Redsox fan, nerd, etc.)  Then they can wear them the day of the wedding while you all get ready, or even in the ceremony.  If you have a more traditional day planned, get all your groomsman matching socks, ties, and/or pocket squares that they can wear in the wedding, and keep after to remember the fabulous celebration.  These all make great gifts, and even better photo ops! 

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Balboa Park Picnic

 photos via here & here

     So, the secrets out, we told you about Jen's day job.  And what a job it is, the shows and people she is working with are spectacular!  So spectacular in fact that we thought of a genius idea, picnic in gorgeous Balboa Park, and then go see the Shakespeare festival at The Old Globe Theatre!  They are playing Richard III, As You Like it, and Inherit The Wind.  You can click HERE to buy tickets, and see below for our fun picnic finds and links to some yummy travel friendly recipes!


Um...can we discuss the elephant picnic basket!? Not the most practical, and super expensive, yes, I know.  But it had to be in the post. ;)

     We found some yummy recipes from Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Country Living, and Williams-Sonoma.  Including a healthier version of fried chicken, pretzel-crusted "fried" chicken, which is actually baked, ha!


      And, finally, we will leave you with this little picnic packing gem from Martha Stewart.  "You can use water bottles twice at a summer picnic, first as ice packs, then as thirst quenchers.  Before freezing, pour out about an inch of water to give the water room to expand.  The bottles help keep food chilled, but will thaw as the day goes on - leaving you with another round of cold drinks."  Oh Martha, such a genius!

     To picnic, or not to picnic, there is no question! ... sorry, we had to.

Jen & Jess

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY: Confetti System Inspired Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

     We believe in a good cause, so when we heard about the Thirst Project and their gala (tonight at the Beverly Hilton), we asked how we could help.  We donated a Custom Backdrop/Photo Wall to the silent auction for their gala (feel free to contact us about rentals - we are working on incorporating event design and rentals into our site).  And for the display, I thought it would be fun to make a little tissue paper tassel garland.  I loved it, so I thought I would share with you how I made it.  Enjoy!     

     I originally was SO excited to use my Martha Stewart fringe scissors I purchased at Michaels, but they ended up not being able to cut deep enough ... so, they will be saved for another day.  Regular scissors work great.  Also, I have been loving using  frameless cork panels as a safe work space for my craft projects.  It doesn't hold onto liquid, and I can put hot things like my glue gun on it! 

 1. Take one piece of tissue paper (1 piece will make 4 tassels ... I know!).  Fold it once lengthwise, then once widthwise, and one more time widthwise.

  2. Cut little strips (this is your fringe) leaving 2in. of uncut tissue paper on the top.  Then unfold it once and cut down the middle. 

*make sure the "top" (2in. uncut portion) is on the fold . . . you will see why.

*If you have trouble cutting through all the layers of tissue, like I did, feel free to unfold it once and cut.  

 3. Take one of the halves and unfold it again, you should have 2 sections.  Then take the second halve and unfold it again.  One of them will need to be cut in half lengthwise to make 2 more sections.  You should end up with 4 separate sections.

* This is a good time to plug in your hot glue gun.

 4. Take each section one at a time and roll the center portion.  Make sure to not let the fringe get tangled as you roll.  It helps to gently run your fingers through the fringe as you roll.  Next, twist the center (the unfringy's a word...sure), till it looks like the last picture.

5.  You're almost there!  Take your tassel and fold it in half twisting the sides in opposite directions until it makes a little loop at the top.  Put a dot of glue from your hot glue gun on the spot indicated, and twist the two sides around each other. 

* Make sure to hold the glued portion together for a couple seconds to allow it to dry.  

Lastly, string and enjoy!

* If you are using something bigger than twine to hold your tassels, you will need to glue your tassels around it.  I made the tassels separately because I knew my twine would fit through the holes.

     If you want to contribute to the Thirst Project or want to know how you can help this cause, click here.

Jen & Jess

Monday, June 25, 2012

Words To Live By

     Once upon a time, one of our wonderful readers asked if we have other jobs besides our blog.  I am a Stage Manager.  Don't know what that is, don't worry, you're not alone.  I work back stage, and am part of the team that makes sure everything technical happens when it's supposed to.  
     I am currently working on The Old Globe Shakespeare Festival, in Balboa Park.  (Shameless plug)  Last night we opened the first of our three shows, "Richard III" and I am humbled and honored to be part of such a talented and wonderful group of people.  
     Shakespeare is good to remind us that in life it is important to treat everyone with love, no matter what.  Only truly invest your trust in those who earn it.  And do wrong to no one.  Words to live by indeed.


photo adapted from here

Friday, June 22, 2012

Living With Models

     One of our brilliant friends, Lauren Reeder, is the co-creator, along with Jeff Newman, of this hilarious new web-series called Living With Models.  It is loosely based on Lauren's life when she first moved to L.A.  Season One is already out and you can watch it, in all of it's glory, here.  Season Two is looking to be better than ever and we cannot wait!! Especially because our very own Jessica Bailey (the Jess, of Jen and Jess) is going to be the villain in the Second Season!!

Where did you get the idea for this series?
Lauren (Co-creator): Living with Models started out based on my life when I first moved to Los Angeles.  I was depressed, out of work, insecure, and living with a "model couple" and a Polish model named Michal.  It stuck with me.  I wrote out an episode and set it to Jeff Newman.  He said we should write an entire season together.  And that's how it all began!

What's your favorite part of the work?
L: I guess I would have to say filming.  We had such a blast the first time around.  It was a whirlwind of 12 episodes in 5 days total.  However, I wouldn't have changed a thing.  It's also really great the way the lead actors have gotten so passionate about the project.  Season one wouldn't have been as wonderful if they hadn't really committed.

What is your best "model" beauty tip?
L: Hmm. I am going to let "Sammi" answer this one:
Sammi: "Well Jen and Jess, I would have to say spray tanning.  Because you can get as tan as you want, as many times as you want.  Plus, you won't get wrinkly and old looking. EW."

~Thanks for the tip Sammi!  As far as "do it yourself" tanners go, we like Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel $34.00.

Where do you see the series going?
L: I think Jeff and I could write these characters forever.  We are currently in pre-production for Season two.  Writing that script was so easy for us.  Who knows, we might go until Season 10!

How did you take it from an idea to reality?
L: I think Jeff and I were really ready to commit to a project.  One of the first things he said to me was that the format (reality show/ documentary style) makes it really easy to film.  We had a lot of leeway when it comes to lighting and setting up shots.  It's a really fun and freeing way to work.

Who is your favorite fashion designer?
L: I'll let all of our main characters take this one.
Sammi: "Christian Audigier"
Cliff: "David Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch"
Lauren: "Goodwill/ My mom's closet.  You never know what you can find."

What are 3 beauty products you can't live without?
Sammi: "Self tanning lotion, red lipstick, and a curling iron."
Cliff: "Self tanning lotion, hair gel, and sun in (hair brightener)."
Lauren: "Vaseline, soap, and deodorant."

Our favorite Red Lipstick is Viva Glam, by Mac.  $14.50

Our favorite Curling Iron (yes, we both use the same kind) is the 1.5 inch curling iron, by Hot Tools.  $42.99

What inspires you?
L: Lately I get inspired by kindness.  It's very rare in Los Angeles, and when I come across it, I want to work with those people forever!

If you want to follow Living With Models on Facebook click here

If anyone wants to help out with Season 2, head over to their Kickstarter page, and make sure to watch the video to see Jess (don't worry, she's nothing like her character in real life)! Click here.

     We hope you check out this great new show that we are LLLoving!  Life is always better with laughter.

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Anniversary Inspiration

     One of our readers is about to celebrate her 10th Wedding Anniversary!  It is going to be a rustic backyard soiree, and she wanted some inspiration.  We put together some fun ideas that can be used for an Anniversary party, or any backyard party in your future.  Enjoy!

     Start off with a cute "I always knew it was you" calligraphy sign from Wedding Chicks, you can find the free printable, here.

Photos via here, here, and here

     However many years you have been together, we are sure there are lots of photos filled with wonderful memories!  We made a table runner of black and white pictures of our Dad for his 60th Birthday, and it was a huge success and the best conversation starter ever!  Use this DIY Photo Table Runner Tutorial.

Photos via here, here, here, here, and here

     Have a sign that says "Eat. Drink. Be Married" or "Eat, Pray, Love" by the food or refreshments.  And, yes, we love chalkboard everything! Make sure everyone keeps their glass, by making chalkboard mason jars and wine glasses.  Keep a cup of Chalk Ink handy for people to write their names (it's easier to use then regular chalk).  And with an outdoor party comes heat, so make sure to keep the bubbly cool with personal champagne bottles, and non-drip ice by using a colander over an ice bucket!

Photos via here, here, and here

     For a 10 Year Anniversary, the traditional color is blue or "sapphire." So we put together some cute rustic decor ideas using navy.  Wrap twine around mason jars, and have a sign of the couples names and their wedding date!

     Check out these cute Anniversary banners from Etsy, here and here.

Photos via here and here

     If you want instant romance on a budget, string twinkle lights!  And we LLLove this mason jar candle table runner!
Photos via here and here

     Make a smore's bar by lining terra cotta pots with tinfoil and light charcoal.  And check out Martie Knows Parties How to Make a Smore's Bar tutorial.

Photos via here, here, and here

     Have a bakery make a miniature replica of the couples wedding cake and have the couple do a "cake cutting."  Also, we found these super cute cake or pie to-go boxes, here.  And we LLLove Our Best Bites Single Serving Pies In a Jar, they can even be made and frozen ahead of time!

Happy Anniversary!

Jen & Jess

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wedding Chicks "Will You Be My" DIY

     For this months "June Groom" series, we wanted to share Wedding Chicks free download for the wedding party!  We LLLove their "Will you be my DIY," "Will you be my bridesmaids kit," and the "Bow tie will you be my groomsman or best man card."

     Ask your friends to share your special day with you in style!  Also, make sure to check out Wedding Chicks SHOP, full of fabulous goodies for everyone in your wedding!

Jen & Jess

Monday, June 18, 2012

Words to Live By

     Ok, so I live in LA.  And as lovely and sunny as it is, everyone seems to be hectic and running late while on the road.  Some days it is tough to have compassion for humanity.  And then I remember how incredibly blessed I am.  I have an amazing family that I love with all my heart, a husband that is the man of my dreams, and life could be a whole lot worse.  So, next time someone honks at me for actually stopping at the stop sign, I am going to smile and pull over and let them pass me by.  My life is pretty great, and I am going to remember to walk in love.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

     We have, hands down, the best Dad in the whole world.  He is the most patient man on the planet, putting up with three women in the family.  He likes to say, "I always dreamed of being surrounded by beautiful women, I just didn't think I would have to support all of them."

     You are our hero in every way.  Thank you for teaching us about love, and patience, and sacrifice.  Thank you for being a constant example of our Heavenly Father, and gently guiding us through all of life's ups and downs.  We love you so very much.

Jen & Jess

34 Years, and Counting

     Today is our parent's 34th Wedding Anniversary, and since this past year has been a huge year for the Wheeler's (marrying off both of their daughters) we decided to do something special for our parents.  We have photos of us in white dresses from when we were 5 and 3, 

and 15 and 13.

  We always talked about doing a 25 and 23 picture, but life got in the way and we missed it, so while our Parents were out of town, we did a photo shoot with our wonderful friend Lindsey, of Lindsey Carlyle Photography, in our wedding dresses, and surprised them with this photo to add to the collection.

Thank you for teaching us how to make love last, and enjoy it every step of the way.

Happy Anniversary!

Jen and Jess

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Sister!

     Today is my sister's birthday, and even though I don't get to celebrate it with her until Monday, I am so excited I get to honor her birthday on our blog!  
     Words cannot begin to express how much my sister means to me.  She is my partner in every way, and for as long as I can remember we have been the best of friends.  

     When I went off to college Jess slept in my bed for a week, and once she joined me at college, we lived together.  We have shared clothes, advice, heartbreaks, and joys.  I thank God every day for blessing me with the most wonderful sister in the world.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER!!! I would be lost without you, and I love you!!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Beach Essentials

     I was packing for a bachelorette party this weekend, which included my new summer beach tote complete with my new initials, so ... I thought I would share a little beach essentials buyers guide.  Hope you enjoy!  

Now go outside and enjoy the sunshine!

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How to Tie a Bow Tie & Tie

     Okay ladies, it's time!  At some point or another you should know how to tie either a bow tie, a tie, or both.  The men in your life will thank you for your awesome skills, and how you "never cease to amaze them." ;)

Jen & Jess

{photos via here and here}

Monday, June 11, 2012

Words to Live By

     As we are approaching Father's Day, it makes us think of our Father.  He is an amazing man and an amazing Father, and we are so incredibly blessed to have him as our Dad!  He has taught us kindness, patience, self control, discipline, integrity, compassion, and so much more.  He has helped shaped the women we are today, and supported and encouraged us every step of the way.  Our hearts are filled with love and care, from our Father who taught us by example.  We love you Dad!

Jen & Jess

Friday, June 8, 2012

Style Me Pretty

     We are proud, honored, humbled, and thrilled to announce that Jen's wedding is being featured today on one of our very favorite websites, Style Me Pretty!

Click here to see the feature.

Jen and Jess

Father's Day Buyers Guide

     We are a week away from Father's Day, so it's time to put on your thinking caps.  Usually shopping for men is harder than shopping for women, so here are some suggestions to get the juices flowing.

 Ninja & Mustache Socks, $9.00

BBQ Gift Set, $49.95
Corkcicle, $24.95

Happy Shopping!

Jen & Jess