Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bloom Workshop 2015 Dates Launched!

Ashley and I are so excited to be launching the 2015 Bloom Workshop schedule today! We're also excited to finally show off our new brand, created by Lauren, of Elle & Company!  

If you follow along with us on Facebook, you'll already know about our two new types of workshops, but if not, here is a short description of each:

La Petite Bloom is our mini Bloom Workshop with specific sessions that will be sure to spark your creativity.  From floral classes to calligraphy classes, cake decorating and more, each La Petite is unique and brings guest teachers who are superstars in their fields.  The only requirement is for participants to come ready to have fun, stretch their creativity and grow their skill set! After two unique sessions, every La Petite will include a session on styling and photography with Ashley and Michaela.  Attendees will learn how to take and edit photos, and go home with a set of custom photoshop actions!

La Petite Bloom is perfect for almost everyone; wives, mothers, daughters, friends, business owners, bloggers and artists of all kinds! What is more fun than a creative day, complete with cupcakes and some delicious sips?! We can't think of anything!  

Price Range: $185-220, depending on city 

The Bloom Workshop was designed for creative women who are eager to learn about blogging, social media, photography, interior design and styling.  Our goal it to share our knowledge on how each of these topics work together to take your blog or business to the next level.  Bloom's mission is to help fuel women's creative passions, establish authentic community and help each attendee feel confident in their small business or blog.  Our day together has special sessions on the specifics of blogging, social media best practices, design, styling and photography, a styled photo shoot to practice the skills you just learned, and a Q&A session with a panel of experts.

For the morning coffee drinker who is obsessed with reading blogs, but has yet to click “publish” on her own blog, this is for you. For the girl who wants to take her blog to the next level and learn the best practices for social media, Bloom was created for you. For the photography-loving girls who want to learn how to take and edit beautiful photos, or the girls who grew up playing house and now desires to really dive into decorating her own place, Bloom is for you.  For the gal who loves weddings and wants to break into the world of styling, or for the new girl in town who just wants to meet other creative and passionate friends, Bloom was created with you in mind. We promise you’ll leave inspired, refueled and ready to create the life you long to live.

Price Range: $375-$425, depending on city.

The Bloom Bash, in partnership with The Inspired Room (as seen in Better Home & Gardens, HGTV.com, and Country Living), is a two day retreat for creatives, hosted in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington.

The heart behind Bloom Bash is to cultivate a passionate community of creative entrepreneurs, bloggers and artists, while equipping them with the tools to take their blogs and businesses to the next level. Over the two day retreat, we will have in-depth teaching sessions on blogging, social media, photography, styling, design, florals and more. Through an amazing team of talented speakers, local partnerships and beautifully styled photo shoots, attendees are sure to leave inspired with a newfound love for what they do, and knowledge to aid them in doing it even better. A special cocktail party will be held to celebrate The Inspired Room's new book launch. Everyone will receive a signed copy of her book, among other amazing swag. Speakers will be announced in the coming months.

Price Range: $700-750

We will be opening ticket sales for ALL of our 2015 events next Monday, December 1st. Conveniently, it's Cyber Monday, so you can bet you'll be getting a great deal with our Cyber Monday discount code! Email me at hello@michaelanoelledesigns.com if you have any questions.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Decor & Recipe Ideas

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so I thought I'd round up a few of my favorite tablescapes, decor, recipes and more!

1. An adorable DIY Give Thanks banner.

2. A decked out table setting, sure to make guests feel welcomed!

3. Green, gold, and neutral Thanksgiving table setting:

4. Soft shades of green, pretty gold place mats and white florals make up this tablescape:

5. A Give Thanks printable for you to download here!

And now for a few recipe ideas for Thursday!

1. Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies:

2. A fall themed cheese board and appetizer table:

3. Sparkling Pomegrante, Lemon and Ginger bubbly:

4. 12 Thanksgiving side dish ideas

I'm so looking forward to the food! What are you doing to decorate? What are you cooking? :)

Have a great day! Don't forget to check out my Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide from earlier today.

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

gift guide, stocking stuffers, make up, gifts, perfume, christmas, holiday gifts, jewelry, candle
DETAILS | bow gloves / stop and smell the roses bangle / bubble bath / back up charger / green stud earrings / under eye concealer-- Benefit Cosmetics fake up / peony & blush Jo Malone perfume / honey Marc Jacobs perfume / mini gold candle / jewelry tray / matches / hand lotion / hair ties /

When it comes to waking up on Christmas morning as a kid (and even now, who am I kidding?!) my favorite thing was always the little items tucked in my stocking by my mom Santa. Not only is it fun to keep digging in there for treasures, but the items are so fun and almost always my favorite gifts. My mom has always stuck lotions, bubble bath, lip stick or gloss, nail polish, a tiny candle, sock, perfume, or makeup I had asked for. She also always includes lottery tickets, which is awesome. One year I won $25...woohoo!

Today I've rounded up 12 stocking stuffer ideas, small enough to fit in a stocking and cute enough to make the person you're buying for smile. A few of my favorite items from the above list are those adorable gloves with a bow (they come in other colors, too!) I'm obviously living in a cold weather, snowy state so gloves have been on my mind. These hair ties are so genius. I never use any other kind. With thick hair myself, I find these to hold my pony tail in place without hurting or pulling. I'm a self-admitted addict to lotion. I have to put it on as soon as I wash my hands, so this Aveda lotion has me covered. It's the only lotion I use! The small bottle fits in my purse. Last year I asked for Honey perfume by Marc Jacobs and I have never regretted it. It smells divine-- smells like a combo of peach, pear, and honey.

Just in case you need some other ideas, here are a few more:

Past Gift Guides:
Monogram Gift Ideas
For Her
For Him

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Makings of a Fashion Post: Behind the Scenes

Being a blogger is great, but it comes with it's challenges. Perhaps the biggest challenge is finding someone who will take your pictures for fashion posts (without complaining or being embarrassed.) I often get asked who takes my pictures and I'm here to tell you today! When I am in California, I've trained my dad to use the camera. When I'm here in Michigan, my boyfriend gets stuck with this non-paying job. They are both great photographers, but what you don't know is that they are also great models!

What you see here on the blog are pretty pictures of my outfits, but what you don't see are the pictures I have to take of my dad and McCann before they take the pictures of me. In order to get the light and frame set up, my "photographer" has to stand in the shot for me while I get things ready to go. It's funny how they evolved since starting to help me with these photos. At first, both were embarrassed that we had to take pictures in public and just stood there, not looking at the camera. And now...well, now you can see for yourself below. They are quite bold in their posing ;) I guess they figured they would have fun while I "test the light" on them!

For everyone's enjoyment, I give you The Makings of a Fashion Post:

My favorite? Definitely the one of my dad with the balloons on the railroad tracks. In second place would be the one of my dad in his biking outfit and water shoes.  That's what happens when I ask him to quickly take some pictures of me before his Sunday bike ride and he doesn't have shoes on yet. He ran to get the closest pair, and unfortunately, but fortunately for this post, they were his "water/gardening" shoes. Finally, I love the one of McCann pointing his toe and angling to the side. He says that's the pose I do. I beg to differ... ;)

Black Dress & Balloons
Blue Pants & Chevron Top
Gray Coat & Black Boots 
Black Coat, Hat & Booties
Floral Pants & Sweater

I thought we could all use a good laugh this Friday, so there you have it. At the expense of my dad and boyfriend, you're welcome.

Happy weekend!
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