This new year I’ve had the women in my life on my mind more than usual. I think it’s because the older you get the clearer the real friendships become. Life and geographical location, sometimes trials, other times career paths have a way of separating true friends from social acquaintances. I’ve never been more grateful for those in my life that fall in the former. This Valentine’s day I decided I would extend the celebration of love beyond my husband and kids and send arrangements to some of my Austin girlfriends with handwritten notes. Of course my friend and co-owner of The Little Posey, Bonni Taylor was my go-to to make it happen. Check out the arrangements we chose and garner some inspiration. Even with your own store-bought blooms a little love can go a long way.
Flower Selections fit for a Valentine
My favorite flowers are ones with full beautiful leaves, like hydrangea or peonies. Sometimes an all white flower bunch can make a statement, but here we chose bold colors for our bouquet. Pinks, peaches, and green are a Valentine’s dream.
Bonni brought some gorgeous garden roses, hyacinth, posey, and fern.
Paper and Prints
After we expertly put the bunches together, I used some leftover wrapping paper I had to wrap the flowers and tied it with some black & white ribbon. You can use any paper really it just needs to be about 12″x16″.
Having a laugh
The best part of doing a shoot like this are having a few laughs with my friends and maybe learning a thing or two.
Our Valentine Bouquet Reveal
I can’t wait to deliver these to my other girlfriends. They are such a big part of my life and these are the perfect little something to tell them just that.
Photography by Kristen Kilpatrick Photography
Camille Styles is one of our dearest Austin entrepreneur friends. Her wildly popular website is a source of daily inspiration for us that’s full of healthy lifestyle tips, beautiful recipes, and inspired entertaining tips. We stopped by her charming bungalow turned stylish studio to see which of our new paperie prints suited each member of her team best. Each one has a style all of its own, so we couldn’t wait to see which pattern spoke to them the most, how they personalized the designs with our monograms, and what we most look forward to is seeing how the ideas jotted down in these notebooks will be brought to life with stories for her thousands of readers, like us, to enjoy.
Camille Styles, Creative Director
Camille describes her style as casual and effortless, and we love that she chose the Safari print with a simple C monogram. “This print is on trend, but also timeless,” she says. Camille is super tech savvy and uses apps like Evernote to keep her busy life organized, but she always has a notebook on hand too—“The act of actually writing something down always fires up my creative juices!” she says. Her tip for keeping her office and desk space organized? Clear off the surface of your desk at the end of every work day.
Jenn Rose Smith, Art Director + Travel Editor
We are a big fan of Jenn Rose Smith’s enviable style—it’s glamorous meets surfer girl chic. Jenn Rose who loves to wear anything with ruffles, sensuous fabrics and soft pieces that make her feel happy when puts them on. She chose the Saharan Sunset print with the modern monogram in black. “I love the pretty peach color and the luxurious amount of pages,” she says. She will be using it to sketch on her upcoming travels. “It’s fun to kill time on a plane by drawing, or to sketch out little details from the trip you want to remember,” she says.
Chanel Dror, Executive Producer
Chanel is Camille’s right hand gal and has worked with her since she graduated college eight years ago. She can’t live without her notebook, which features a running to-do list of everything going on in her life. We love the combo she selected—the In Check journal with a 3D monogram style in mint. “I love that it’s just the right size to be able to take proper notes in, but still small enough to fit into just about any handbag!” she says. She oversees the production of all of the Camille’s gorgeous photo shoots, and we love her personal style, which she calls “pretty simple with inspiration from urban street style trends.”
Megan Leihgeber, Production and Styling Assistant
We couldn’t agree more with Megan’s philosophy on the important of a notebook—“Important tasks and notes get lost in emails, Word documents, and sticky notes. Having a notebook keeps it simple to remember what my priority for the day is. Plus, it’s so satisfying to physically check something off of my list! Megan picked the Out of Africa journal with the stripe monogram in yellow and orange.
Katherine Fluor, Associate Editor
Katherine’s style is both boho and comfortable, so the Monstera journal was a perfect fit for her. “It adds a fun pop of color and looks trés chic with my black moleskine notebook that I use for lots of note taking as well,” she says. “I also love that it reminds me of summer and warm, happy, fun times!”
There is no one better to launch our new “Around Town” series with than the vibrant Austin resident Jordan Fronk
because, well, it seems that she is always literally around town—riding front row (and on beat) at a LOVE Cycling class, dancing at an Austin City Limits taping, hanging at the Hotel St. Cecilia, hanging with her beautiful kiddos on the Greenbelt, or dropping off fresh glass bottles of her beloved nut milk, Fronks, to one of our favorite Austin coffee shops.
Jordan officially launched her company in January of last year after getting rave reviews (and more and more requests) from friends and family who wanted refills of the raw nut milk she was making at home. “My ingredients were fresh and simple, no preservatives or other junk, so ittasted better…WAY better!” the Houston native says.
“I couldn’t bear to buy almond milk in the store anymore and wanted to offer a fresh, delicious option to my fellow Austinites.”
Now, Fronks has expanded to Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas (order now through Farmhouse Delivery). Next month, look out for Fronks EggNog (vegan, of course) on shelves and around town and at local coffeeshops. And in 2019, vegan cocktails are in the works. Think creamy White Russians and frozen Pina Coladas for spring. Yum!
We caught up with the high-energy beauty on South Congress Avenue. It’s always been the heartbeat of the city and seems to be evolving by the day with new stores, hotels and restaurants opening monthly. Jordan paired her motorcycle jacket and booties with our Zebra blouse for a look we are loving for fall. “I love the weight of the shirt — it’s light and airy enough to tuck in and layer under a jacket during these cooler days,”she says.“But, it also stands up on its own over a tank with jean shorts.”
Wondering how we improved our business processes for creating our collections? We teamed up with Dell and McAfee for their Small But Mighty contest to show how the Katie Kime team creates our unique collections.
If you took a look in Katie’s office you will see hand drawn images, paintings, sketches and more attached to every surface available. She loves to surround herself with inspiration for the next pattern or collection that will emerge. Katie has been an artist since a very young age and even majored in it at Duke. I’ll never forget one of my first introductions to Katie’s process was our spring collection for 2015. She showed up to the office with 10 new paintings she had created and we were challenged with creating seamless patterns to use on our various product offerings.
Being a very visual person and hands on is Katie’s method to creating. And I, as a person who has lived her life in startups and surrounded by high tech, this process provided me with a unique challenge. How do you move a very tactile process to digital which is a necessary part of our being. We started by scanning in each painting, vectorizing each image, and then printing out the results. Katie would then draw in her changes and the process would go round and round until we landed on a final version. When you are in a startup every second counts so not only was this process challenging, it took up precious time that we needed to get our collections out each season.
Fast forward to today and the introduction of more affordable computers that incorporate a tablet with drawing capabilities. As a small business, technology can be expensive and hard to acquire but it is a necessary investment for the future.What once could take weeks or months to develop can now be completed in a week or two which shortens our collection lifecycle. Katie can be on the go and design new patterns or give feedback immediately on her changes to the design. And as another bonus we are saving on paper. Technology plays a key role in our business and the Dell Latitude 2-in-1 Laptop is one piece that has given us immediate value.
We love that no matter where our team is we can communicate ideas, create new patterns, and execute faster on our ideas because of the Dell Latitude. This has been the bridge between the old school method of creating with your sense and needing everything to be digital at lightening speed.
Are you a fellow small business owner? Share your story with Dell and McAfee for their “Small But Mighty” Contest in celebration of Small Business Saturday on November 25. You could win THREE Dell Latitude Laptops to help power your small business!
I’ve been dreaming about a new office space for what seems like forever. But finding a space that matched our aesthetic, our values and a place we could grow into was no small task. I wasn’t going to rush into anything knowing we wanted it to be a space that was ours for the long haul.
Our checklist for the space included being inspiring for our amazing team, a great place to entertain, and of course being able to showcase our growing product line, all within a great part of town. Essentially, we were looking for a unicorn. We are excited to announce we found it on the up-and-coming East Side of our beloved hometown of Austin, TX and we are moving in.
Introducing the #kkcottage – BEFORE.
Let’s take a tour inside of our blank slate. We can’t wait to show you the full renovation (already well in progress!) as we move along. Scroll down to the bottom for our office inspiration board and the soon to be AFTER.
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Now comes the fun part. We get to furnish this space and put our fingerprint on it. Check out these inspiration story boards for a taste of what’s to come.