Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

About Me

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Today I’m going to try and distract you with these pretty pictures. Is it working?

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Ok fine. Let’s address the elephant. It’s true. I totally abandoned this blog. I didn’t mean to do it. I swear. It just happened. Six months ago I had grand plans of keeping track of everything- giving you witty, whimsical wedding planning updates as we checked things off the list. But things did not go as planned. Turns out, planning a wedding is hard work! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every second of it. (well, almost) But I’ve invested every bone in my body to it.

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Though I feel a little guilty for letting this ol blog sit on the shelf untouched for so long, I don’t regret it. By investing myself fully into the wedding planning process I’ve learned SO MUCH and had many new adventures! (Including but not limited to- how to negotiate a contract, stain wood, pencil in my eyebrows, manage a budget, mitigate family drama, can jam, make decisions, watercolor, design an invite suite, conduct an interview, bake cookies in the shape of my face and put vinyl on EVERYTHING) Ok, let’s be real- I already knew how to put vinyl on everything. So although you haven’t seen it, I’m still creating all the time. The only difference is I’m creating mostly just for me and my hubby to be. It’s been a welcomed break.

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Our Engagement Photoshoot

That being said, sometimes I still have things to share! Today is one of those days. And who knows, after the wedding I may have a super surge of creative blogging energy and things might pick up just where we left off. All will be revealed. Till then, please feast your eyes on our amazing engagement photos shot way back in January by the wonderfully talented Melissa of Marble Rye Photography! We took these by our home in Playa Vista. We spend a lot of time biking along the bike path so it was important for us to include it in the session. Now we’ll never forget it! We were so lucky to shoot when we did because a week after we took these photos a huge storm came and destroyed the dunes, covered the path with sand and littered the beach with trash. The beach gets a little crazy in the winter, folks. Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Our Engagement Photoshoot

Our Engagement Photoshoot

#HolaGiancola: What We Did In November

HolaGiancola: What We Did In November

Why hello there! Remember me? Your buddy, pal, weird friend who eats a lot of chocolate? Ringing any bells? Well, I just popped in to let you know that your theory was in fact correct- I HAVE been living under a rock the last months, or rather a stack of wedding magazines. But all this time away from you hasn’t been for nothing! Today I’ll give you the inside scoop on what the heck I’ve been doing and where we’re at on this whole planning a wedding thing.

HolaGiancola: What We Did In November

First things first, we picked a date- Fall 2016, baby! WOOP!!! After that we booked our venue, planner, photographer, picked our wedding party, made a guest list AND if you can believe it, I even said yes to a wedding dress! Told you I’ve been busy. Our venue is less than 30 minutes from where we both grew up. (Wait, have I told you Nick and I grew up down the street from one another?) It’s a beautiful hidden gem in the mountains that feels like it was made for us. There are separate areas for the ceremony, reception and dance party so it feels like three different venues all wrapped into one. It’s perfect. The dress too, is perfect! Totally different than what I had pictured myself wearing, but when I put it on, I knew it was the one. Being a bit of a nervous Nelly, I was worried I wouldn’t have that moment. But I did and it was really magical, and quite teary. Cheese overload, sorry. But it’s a wedding, people!

HolaGiancola: What We Did In November

As we’ve started to assemble our kick-ass wedding team, the overall design aesthetic is coming together. We are currently working on creating the invitation suite and website. By we, I mean Nick. I’m really just the creative director. (AKA Best job ever) To sum up our wedding style in a few random words, think- natural, colorful, mid century modern, floral, bright, rustic and awesome. Emphasis on awesome. Things I’d like to check off the list before the end of the year are take engagement photos, book our wedding night accommodations, reserve a block of rooms for out of towners, finish our website and order our save the dates. BOOM! So besides all the planning mumbo jumbo, how are we, the couple doing?

HolaGiancola: What We Did In November

Nick and I are better than ever! I’m having a blast undertaking such a huge creative project and Nick’s having a blast...watching me do it. We’re a good balance like that and it helps that we agree on almost everything. Except table settings. Random, right? In general I can’t seem to focus on much else besides the wedding. Last week I found myself telling the Trader Joe’s cashier about my bridal appointment. Awkward. I’m just so excited about all of it! The wedding, the future, being Nick’s wife! The only difficulty really is planning something so huge and wonderful, so far in advance. There have already been moments where I’ve suggested we elope. But we’re in it now, baby! And it’s going to be awesome.

HolaGiancola: What We Did In November P.S. Thanks to my bridesmaid Jodi for the pretty pics!

DIY Pumpkin Pie Topper

DIY Pumpkin Pie Topper- Paint the Gown Red

Thanksgiving is next week! Say what?! I couldn’t tell you where the time went, but I’m also not complaining about it. I absolutely love this time of year! The festivities, decorations, food...even my crazy family. It’s true. The weather finally cooled down and I couldn’t be happier sitting here in a cozy sweater and fuzzy socks, wrapped up in a blanket. The kitties have been especially snuggly too. It’s wonderful. As turkey day draws near, it’s time to finalize your table. Get that tablecloth ironed, figure out what centerpieces to use, dust of the stemware...But perhaps the most important preparation to do this week is is this- figure out what will top that famous pumpkin pie! What? You’ve never made a Thanksgiving pie topper before? Don’t worry! I’m here to help. Why not top a pie, with pie!? This DIY pie slice thankful banner is easy to make and sure to be the perfect finishing touch to your thanksgiving table. Dig in!

DIY Pumpkin Pie Topper- Paint the Gown Red

Materials

  • Orange and Brown Card Stock
  • White or Tan Letter Stickers
  • White String
  • Craft Glue
  • Scallop Edge Craft Scissors
  • BBQ Skewers
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Directions

Cut out 8 equal size triangles from the orange paper. Using the scallop edge scissors, cut out a long strip of brown paper. Glue triangles onto strip ¼” from edge. Let dry. Trim edges so each triangle resembles a pie slice. Stick “Thankful” letter stickers onto pie slices. Tape banner pieces to string. Tie each banner edge to a bbq skewer. Top pumpkin pie and enjoy!

DIY Pumpkin Pie Topper- Paint the Gown Red

DIY Pumpkin Pie Topper- Paint the Gown Red

10 Awesome DIY Halloween Costumes

Holy cow, next week is Halloween! Can someone please tell me where October went? This year Nick and I are dressing up as Suzy Bishop and Sam Shakusky from Moonrise Kingdom. I’ve wanted to be them ever since I saw the movie, (I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan) but knew we should wait a few years for the hype to die down. Now we hopefully will only see 3 or 4 doubles instead of a bajillion. We watched the movie again the other night to refresh our memory and discovered that Suzy and Sam “get married” only a day after our newly chosen wedding date. (Yep. We have a date! And a venue!) Meant to be? I think so! Our costumes are mostly finished at this point, which is a big relief. But for those of you still undecided, today’s list of DIY costumes should help. You’ve got one weekend left to make something awesome! You can do it!

DIY Vintage Camper Pumpkins

DIY Vintage Camper Pumpkins- Paint the Gown Red

Need a vacation? Well then I’m about to make you one happy camper! Introducing DIY vintage trailer pumpkins. I’ve always loved the look of old campers- the fun colors, shapes and styles. So I decided to put these slightly lopsided pumpkins to good use. I’m sure the checkout lady questioned my pumpkin choices, but was also thrilled I took the awkward lot off her hands. These cuties really take me back to all the fun times we had on the road a few months ago. So even when you’re stuck at home, work or school... the right pumpkin can transport you to a better place!

DIY Vintage Camper Pumpkins- Paint the Gown Red