Thursday, May 31, 2012

Office Redo

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I need a space that makes sense for my everyday life.  Currently one of our two bedrooms is being used as a guest room but that’s about to change!   Since I’m working from home now, I decided it’s time to turn the guest room into an office.  The room is small with odd angles (9x10 feet ish) so space is an issue.

I’ve been searching high and low for some practical pieces that will look cute and not be too expensive!  I’m trying to keep the entire room redo under $700……what do you think?  

I think I can do it!  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress! 

Cup, Throw, Couch, Desk, Whale

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What to Wear: Wedding Season 2012

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Wedding season has officially arrived! This year we are very fortunate to attend the weddings of four dear friends and the very first of which is this weekend (yay Mere!!!!)!

I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to dress up since these days; most of my time is spend in front of my computer wearing my PJ’s! I’m definitely on a tight budget but when I found this Alice and Olivia dress at Jeremy’s for $79 I pounced on it (not literally but I would’ve if I needed to).

 I can’t wait to enjoy watching my dear friends get married and attend some great weddings as a guest!

Shop this look HERE

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

That Time I Met & Interviewed Jonathan Adler


JonathanAdler1FLast month I had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview well known designer Jonathan Adler in his SoHo loft.  In choosing what to ask the "Happy Chic" designer with stores across the US, his third book in production and having collaborated with an impressive list of big name companies, I knew that I wanted my questions to resonate with the people who read my blog on a regular basis and have been HUGELY supportive to me over the past few years. 

Having an Etsy shop and recently quitting my full time job to start a boutique PR Firm I wanted to keep the interview real and talk about fears, failures and successes in the pursuit of following ones creative passions.  I wanted my questions to motivate you, my readers (and truth be told, inspire me) to kick start that creative career or act on that crazy idea you can’t seem to shake from your head no matter how scary it may seem. 

Interview with Jonathan Adler
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Stacy Wichelhaus: At 27, you vowed never to have a "real job" again.  What led you to this leap and how did you overcome your fear of failure to do this?
Jonathan Adler: Lucky for me, I didn't have to make a choice.  I once burnt down an office building from a kiln fire and I got fired from every job I ever had.  I was totally unemployable, so I knew I needed to figure this out.  Sink or swim.  I honestly think there have been so many times along that way that I should have sunk but because there was a sheer sense of panic to make this work I did.  

SW: Have there been any words of advice given to you early on in your career that have stuck with you?
JA: When people ask me for advice I usually say that there is a lot to be said for "panicked stick-to-itiveness".  I look at someone like my husband (Simon Doonan) and I who have both been doing what we do for quite some time.  Neither of us has bounced around. He has been at Barney's as a window dresser for 30 years, and I’ve been here for 18 years.  I think there is a lot to be said for staying the course. 

SW: How did you handle your nay sayers and doubters?
JA: When I was in school, I had a pottery teacher who I went to for advice and told her that I wanted to be a potter and she told me that I had no talent and couldn’t do it. I think it’s good to have someone who doubts you.  Having the support of your friends and family is also important.  My family has helped me get through some really tough times.  
JonathanAdler2FSW: Did you ever have a moment early on in your career where you were asked yourself "what the heck am I doing"?
JA: Every day. Every single day. I can't count the number of times I would just lie in the fetal position on the bed.  The numbers of screw ups that have happened over the course of my career are of such monumental scale and capacity.  I've had so many of those terrible moments.  I think doing your own thing, especially when it's as weird a thing as a creative business, it's a preposterous undertaking and you have to be slightly delusional and you need to fully believe that something as crazy as what you’re trying to do can work even though there is a possibility that it may not.  You need to be incredibly resilient and hard working.  But don't take yourself too seriously and don't put too much pressure on yourself.  I wish people weren't as hard on themselves as I was on myself. 

SW: You've collaborated with a wide variety of industries.  How has this helped you to expand as a designer?
JA: For me, my whole career has been improbable and I would say that I’ve always welcomed design challenges.  Collaborations are something that people are doing these days.  Once I understood what I was trying to say with my work, I thought that happy chic idea could be applied to so many areas and it made a lot of sense to take my design vocabulary and the spirit of what I do and spread it out. I love designing, it's what makes me happy and I ALWAYS welcome a challenge!

SW: You and your husband, Simon Doonan are both creative.  How do you fit two creative people into one household and where does Liberace (their Norwich Terrier) have a say?
In Simon and my case, we've been together a very long time.  We do things thoughtlessly and naturally and we've always been on the same page with one another.  I feel that in a way, creativity is mostly logic anyway.  It takes work and analysis and I think Simon and I both fully understand that. He's a window dresser and a writer and you know the saying ‘writing is rewriting’?  I think it's so true.  I can have an idea in my head of what something is going to be and then when I get it back it's a disaster. So it's the same thing.  If you've seen that episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, it's like when Sheree decided to start a clothing line and when she got the first prototype back she was like "this isn't what I thought" and I’m like "hello, welcome to any design undertaking.  It’s never what you think it’s going to be it's always a disaster.  It's only on step 10 after you've been rigorously analytical and covered all the issues that anything can come to fruition as you hoped or imagined that it would.  Once you surrender to that idea in whatever you do, whether it be medicine or a creative pursuit that’s when you end up being successful and that's something that both Simon and I agree on”.  And Liberace is an adorable idiot, he's really dumb but oh so cute!
JA1F*When I asked Jonathan if we could take a picture together he said: "Oh yes! Let's model!" - Loved that = instant smile on my face!

Cheers to Signature Wedding Cocktails!


SignatureDrinkSamples Last year when planning our July wedding I knew I wanted to offer our guests a signature drink.  Something refreshing, easy for the bartender to make and  didn’t require a fancy glass (all those requirements = cost savings).  I came up with the idea for the “Love is Sweet Tea” and the guests loved it.

I had designed a sign to let our guests know that we were offering a signature drink and have since been selling custom signature cocktail signs in my Etsy shop.  Wedding season is upon us so I thought it would be fun to do a quick round up of some of the custom signature cocktail signs that I’ve done so far.  Fun to see them all together, right!

I’ll cheers to that!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Birthday Adventure

A few weeks back I was scheming up a list of places that Christoph might be taking me for my surprise birthday get-a-way. Do I know him, or do I know him……..the last possible place I listed was where we went: Safari West!BirthdayCollageSafari West is a wild animal sanctuary in the middle of wine country where you can stay the night!!!! But, before we got to Safari West we made a few stops. Rather than go into great detail I thought I would give you a quick recap with a fun picture mosaic. So here is what we did for my birthday:

I dressed in my neon birthday brights. We left the city fog and headed for wine country. Breakfast stop at Fremont Diner (the biscuits, omg). I snuggled up with Rocky, the winery dog at Zahtila Vineyards. We stopped by Spa Solage. Soaked in the pool and did a mud bath. We stayed at Safari West in a luxury safari tent. Made our own happy hour with wine and snacks we’d picked up earlier in the day. Dined on BBQ. Enjoyed the animals. Found a bird and feather that matched my shirt. Snuggled with my lover. Rode on the top of a jeep (had to duck from tree branches). Definitely the beast seat of all. Loved learning about and seeing many, many, many, many wild animals. It was baby season, saw baby giraffes, bison and wildebeest. Took lots of giraffe pictures including…………THIS ONE:_DSC0118<3 This picture blows me away and I can’t believe that I captured this adorable giraffe kiss moment.

Epic, epic birthday indeed.

Photo collage made using THIS site

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday's Are For Lovers: Two Year Engagementaversary

ThursdayPhotobucket Last Thursday certainly was amazing! Not only were we still on my birthday adventure (more on that later) but Christoph also surprised me with a romantic dinner for the two year anniversary of our engagement! We were on the way back from my birthday get-a-way when he spilled the beans and told me that we had dinner reservations at Venticello, the same restaurant that we went to on the night of our engagement.

We got a bit dressed up for the occasion – Me in my FAVORITE dress (anthropologie) and he in a fancy sports coat. I love him and I love Thursdays!

Why are Thursday's For Lovers? Find out HERE

Monday, May 14, 2012

Big News (so, so excited!)

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Hello Cupcake Public Relations!
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Hello Dear Friends,

As you know, in 2008 I officially launched Hello Cupcake LLC as a platform and business to operate under when selling my paper products.  The past four years have been amazing and I’ve truly learned so much as a small business owner.   Hello Cupcake has provided me with many opportunities but it wasn’t until I planned my wedding last year that I saw the vertical that I truly fit into – the wedding industry. 

Previous to this, I had attained a degree in Journalism with a Public Relations emphasis and a minor in Broadcast Communications.   In my professional career I’ve worked in public relations for the technology industry as well as the non-profit industry.  Neither of which were a natural fit for me yet I excelled because I’ll be honest – I’m great at PR.

After much thought I decided to look for a way to combine my love for the wedding industry with my strength in public relations and I landed on Hello Cupcake Public Relations.

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce Hello Cupcake Public Relations - a San Francisco based boutique public relations agency specializing in public relations for the wedding industry.  Through Hello Cupcake Public Relations I will be offering a wide range of services that can be catered to meet the client’s specific needs. 

I realized that much of what I’ve been doing since leaving my full time job is already public relations for the wedding industry.  That said I’m starting off with three amazing clients!

Please make no mistake that Hello Cupcake the paper company is not going anywhere.  I will be honest in saying that I am cutting back on new designs and I am going to be more selective when taking on custom work but there is NO WAY I would ever give that up!  That is my creative outlet.

Hello Cupcake will operate under two separate branches:
Hello Cupcake Creations – The stationery and paper company that you’ve come to know
Hello Cupcake Public Relations – The Public Relations company that you will get to know very soon!

I will be blogging about both companies right here!  I’m incredibly excited about this new venture and I can’t wait to see where this leads!

- Stacy

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Weekend

Photobucket My, oh, my, this weekend is going to be gorgeous here in San Francisco! I can’t wait for some quality park time with Ginger!

I’ll also be very, very busy putting the finishing touches on a new website that I’m launching on Monday. New ventures here I come! I’ve been working on something big, exciting and scary. I'm almost ready to share with you but the though literally gives me butterflies in my stomach! But I think that must mean I'm on the right track because I'm pushing myself!!!!

I hope that whatever you have in store for your weekend that you enjoy yourself! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mom’s out there!

Image from my recent trip to Grenada

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursdays Are For Lovers

Thursday PhotobucketLast year when I was trying to figure out what to give Christoph for our “day of the wedding gift” I racked my brain trying to come up with something perfect. He loves….LOVES sports and having grown up in San Francisco the Giants truly are his favorite team (win or lose).

After the Giants won the World Series fans were able to purchase a personalized engraved brick to be laid at AT&T park. I bought one and personalized it with:

Christoph & Stacy
(Last Name)
EST. 07-03-2011

Our wedding date. Last Thursday we went to go visit the brick together. It was both of our first times to see it. Even though he had been to games this season, he had waited to see if for the first time with me. IMHO Thursdays truly are for lovers.

Why are Thursdays Are for Lovers? In Christoph’s line of work there really are no weekends. He works random days and even more hours. Back in January, when I was working at an office job full time, I cut back to working four days a week so I could spend more time with him (we had been going days and days without seeing each other). I choose to have Thursdays off because Christoph normally had that off and it became our special day of the week to spend with one another.

We still treat Thursdays as our special day even though I work from home now which is why I decided to start the “Thursdays Are For Lovers” series.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wiser - Maybe. Older - Absolutely.

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What to Wear: Road Trip!


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I’m still not sure where we are headed for my birthday so I’m not quite sure yet what’s going into my suitcase.  What I do know is what I will be wearing to travel!  I’ll use just about any excuse to wear a romper and now I have two:

- This gorgeous weather we’ve had as of late
- That it makes for the perfect comfy, cute and casual outfit

The only new tidbit of info I’ve gotten in the past 24 hours is that we may be going away for two nights instead of one!!!!!!  I overheard a conversation about how long my brother in law will be watching Ginger and Christoph asked for two nights!!!!!

Good thing I like to pack extra!  Be sure to follow along on twitter tomorrow because you know I’ll be keeping you updated as to where we are off to!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Go With The Flow and See Where it Takes You

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This surprise hating not so go-with-the-flow gal has decided to relax, let loose and go with the flow (for once).  Where are we headed?  I don’t know! But what I do know is that my birthday is this week and Christoph is planning a little overnight get-a-way!

Using my super sharp detective skills this is what I’ve been able to deduce thus far:
1.)    It’s driving distance from San Francisco
2.)    Ginger is not coming
3.)    I think I need to pack something a little fancy (C bought a new sports coat last week and mentioned that he could wear it for my bday!)

Ok, ok, as you can see, I know nothing!!!!!!

If I were to guess, these are some of the possibilities I came up with:
1.) Lake Tahoe
2.) Wine Country
3.) Big Sur
4.) Safari West (An “African Safari” in Napa? Yes please!  I mentioned a LONG time ago that I wanted to go here.)

Any other spots within driving distance from the city that I may have missed?  Considering how much I despise surprises, I’m actually pretty darn excited about this one!

Map on the left via

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

I don’t fluff my blog posts with words I don’t use in real life.  I find words like swoon, blooms and baubles silly and overused and I just assume say love, flowers and jewelry.   And I think it’s safe to say that you read my blog because I keep it real and share my struggles in small business ownership and life but there are plenty of things I’m afraid to tell you and it’s no accident I omit them from the blog.

The Things I’m Afraid to Tell You Challenge started when Jess wrote THIS honest post about things she was afraid to share with her readers.  It snowballed through blogland prompting some 50+ bloggers (myself included) to take part.  The lovely Ez from Creature Comforts managed to effortlessly pull us all together in a matter of days to make this challenge a reality.

So here goes, these are the Things I’m Afraid to Tell YOU my dear reader!
  • I lie when asked where I went to college.  I went to Texas A&M University-Commerce (truth). Unless you are very familiar with Texas, when I respond with “I went to Texas A&M-Commerce” people only hear “I went to Texas A&M” so I started omitting the “Commerce” part which is fine until you tell someone you went to Texas A&M and then they say they did too and you have to backtrack and tell them that it was a different campus. Weird looks usually follow and I’m embarrassed. 
  • My spelling is horrendous.  When writing handwritten notes, I’ll either type them out first or I’ll change what I want to say to what I know how to spell.  Not good. Not good at all. 
  • Sometimes I’m embarrassed to tell people I don’t know well that my husband is a doctor because I think they will have a preconceived idea that we are loaded.  We’re not.  I still worry about money every day and could tell you down to the dollar how much money I made last month.   At this point in my venture I couldn’t support myself without him (I would be back at my 9-5).  That feels shitty.
  • I’m panicked at the thought of failing. I just quit my full time job to pursue my creative passions. I doubt myself daily and these days I cry more often than I can remember in recent years (P.S. – I cried while writing this post.  I didn't want to tell you that. But I just did.)
  • I’m not confident in my graphic design skills yet I sell stationery.  Requests for custom orders are the worst. 
  • I’m working on a new venture that I hope to launch within the next week (hence the lightness in blog posts as of late).  I’m scared that the website won’t look professional enough.  I couldn’t pay to have the website done by a professional.  As per usual, I’m doing it and I’m making shit up as I go.
  • I was recently told that I’m really good as shutting people down without even trying.  OUCH. Double ouch that it’s true.  I need to be more patient and remember that sometimes people just need to get it out and they just need you to listen.
So there you have it.  The things that I am afraid to tell you. Maybe you're compelled to create and share a list of your own? Do it.

Be sure to visit Creature Comforts Blog for a list of participating bloggers!