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Seasonal Wrapping: A Sun-Kissed Summer

Simone LeBlanc Wrapping | for Sacramento Street

Simone LeBlanc Wrapping | for Sacramento Street


Wrapping gifts has always been something I’ve loved. With each gift I think it’s important to set the tone with the wrapping – weather it’s a signature look or has a seasonal touch. I have to admit, at Christmas my mom, aunt and I go above and beyond with the details of our wrapping. All of us think it’s important to make the package special.


Since I have such a love for wrapping I wanted to call upon one of my dear friends and gifting expert extraordinaire Simone LeBlanc to bring you “Seasonal Wrapping.” We’re kicking off this brand new series that is inspired by the colors of summertime. Think bright sunshine and softly sun-washed colors. Simone and I gathered inspiration over on Pinterest in order to come up with a mood board behind our inspiration - something both of us find essential when creating and brainstorming new ideas.


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Simone has put together three different styles to inspire you. These wrappings feature hand-dyed and washed silks that Simone dyed herself and fresh florals in a palette of poppy citrus and warm blush tones. Throughout the process she was thinking about sunbeams, sun-kissed skin, sunlight and strong shadows. I think she created stunning inspiration that already has my head swirling with inspiration for my next gift.


Simone LeBlanc Wrapping | for Sacramento StreetSimone LeBlanc Wrapping | for Sacramento Street
Simone LeBlanc Wrapping | for Sacramento Street


I love the way Simone showcases that you can use fabric instead of paper and fresh flowers instead of ribbon, something I find myself forgetting when putting together special packages.


A huge thank you to Simone for a stunning post – I’m left excited for the next gift I need to wrap. If you have an event or theme you’d like us to focus on here in this series please leave a comment or reach out to us. We’d love to help you with any wrapping inspiration.


I hope you enjoyed this first seasonal wrapping post!


Wrapping and photos by Simone LeBlanc for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season – Late July

Blooms in Season - July 2014 | By Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street 1This month Natalie had warned me before meeting up about the bright colors that inspired her for this month’s arrangement. I told her the brighter the better! It’s summer, why not add a pop of color into your home? Especially when your home all white. When I saw this beauty for the first time I couldn’t believe the assortment of blooms. Honestly, I kept finding different flowers she had used and was in complete awe of how it came together. It just goes to show you that Natalie is one talented gal. Read on to hear about her inspiration.


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These colors are so summery. What was your inspiration behind the color palette?


The bright red and soft pink reminds me of summertime fruit and peaches and berries. I love mixing bright tones with a hint of white to soften the overall feeling.


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I love this vase! I have seen you use it once before and wonder what it is the material?


This vase is one of my favorites and it is by Martha Sturdy. They are based in Canada and make beautiful hand-made cast resin vases. I love the feeling of the vase to the touch and how it almost feels like marble.


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I’ve started to see a lot of blackberries on the side of the road and in the wild. Is that were you got these?


These blackberries are actually from Oregon but we do get them from Northern California at times, too. If you happen to have some growing in your yard, I encourage you to snip a stem when the berries are green (so you don’t stain anything) and put them in a vase!


Natalie and I hope this inspires you to bring a little pop of color into your home!


Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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Four Favorites: Beauty Exclusives

Four Favorites - Beauty Exclusives | Sacramento Street

Do you ever feel like your makeup routine has stayed the same for a little too long? Well, I have to admit, I’m not one to try new colors, or a bright lip or anything . . . I’ve had my go-to make up for a few years now and it just works. But lately I’ve been seeing new sets of light pink hues that have sparked my interest in switching up my makeup rut. These are four sets that just came out that I’m eyeing to give me a little change. Haven’t decided which set I’ll be going with yet. Do you have any new makeup finds that you have fallen in love with?


1.) Flawless Expressions Set 

 

 

 

More beauty set exclusives that strike my fancy.

 


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On the Menu: Fresh Fusilli Pasta with Garden Tomatoes & Corn

On the Menu: Fresh Fusilli Pasta with Garden Tomatoes & Corn | Sacramento Street

As you can tell, I’m on a farmers market cooking kick. I find it incredibly inspiring to go pick out different vegetables every week for our meals. It has actually been making me experiment more and more, which I love to do. Last week I made this fresh fusilli pasta with organic early girl tomatoes and corn. The first bite was so delicious I knew I’d have to recreate it to share with all of you. Friends, this pasta is insanely easy and mouth watering. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

6 to 8 fresh organic tomatoes (I like Early Girls), large chunks

1 to 2 ears of fresh organic corn

2 cloves garlic thinly sliced

3 T olive oil

sea salt

red pepper flakes

parmesan cheese – grated

fusilly pasta

roughly cut basil

 

Directions:


1.) Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Clean the corn.  When water is boiling, place corn in pot for 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove with thongs.  I used the same water for the pasta after removing the corn. Shuck corn from the cob and set aside.

 

2.) In a large sauté pan, place olive oil on a high heat. Add garlic for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add corn.


3.) Remove pasta when it’s to your liking and toss with tomato mix.


4.) Add a generous amount of parmesan cheese, a dash of basil and season with red pepper flakes and sea salt. Serve it nice and hot!


Photo and recipe by Caitlin Flemming

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Layer It: Saturday Outing

Layer It - Saturday Outing | Sacramento Street
First and foremost, thank you for all of the sweet comments yesterday here on the blog, instagram and facebook. It brought me such joy to hear from all of you. Eric and I are over the moon about this little guy coming into the world.


Now, since I have a growing belly I’ve been resorting to classic basics to hopefully make me look thinner – although this baby bump is getting quite noticeable. One go-to look for weekdays and weekend outings is a pair of skinny jeans, a super soft striped tee and a hot pair of heels (the above are stunner people)! These are all of my favorite pieces that I shopped at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale – have you popped over to check it out yet? There are some amazing fall finds!


The Basics:



The Layers:






Shop more of my favorites from the Anniversary Sale.


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