Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday's Fancies :: Outfit Crush

Outfit Crush

There are so many pieces I'm loving this season. I would call my style preppy casual with a dash of the mountains (I do live in Tahoe). This season I'm really in love with all the colored pants especially skinny cords. For me I like to keep it simple with a tailored top or even v neck sweater. The Leopard loafers add just the punch I like and I can't wait to pick up a pair of my own. Watch, knot earrings and maybe even a bubble necklace round this little diddy.

Happy Friday!

xo, Tiara

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wedding Weekend Part 5 - All the little details

It's finally here the wedding weekend breakdown. Our goal was to pull in natural elements that surround us everyday in Tahoe, without going overboard. I think we accomplished just that.

The boutiques and boutineers were beautifully arranged by Thrands Flowers. While my friend Lauren was the mastermind behind our Save-the-Date and Invitation/RSVP.

Before the wedding our party headed to a local meadow to snap a few photos. I rocked a lovely strapless number by Marisa. The bridesmaids wore silk chiffon dresses in graphite from jcrew. They each picked out there own style - LOVE! Shoes: Nina 'Forbes' Peep Toe. The groomsmen rocked charcoal grey suits from a local shop -- Side Street Boutique. Everything came together beautifully!

Wedding decor... who knew we would DIY our own centerpieces, guest book and cupcake stand? Guests climbed A Mountain TOGET+HER and dined at tables named after various mountain peaks in Tahoe! Yours truly burned each name into mini rounds Nick cut from Aspen branches (there might be an Etsy shop in my near future). Instead of a traditional guest book we had a wishing jar (top left) and provided our guests with colored pencils to write sweet nothings or draw pictures. Next to the card basket (lower right) were pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day (lower left). Oh and I can't forget the party favors -- local spices Tahoe Blend or Tahoe Taco from Heart Rock Herb and Spice Co. (upper right).

As mentioned above our cupcake stand was made by Nick and I. Aren't we crafty! Guests had their pick of treats between mini cupcakes and cake truffles from Cakes by Grace

The flavors went something like this: 
  • Red velvet cake truffles with white chocolate and red coral design
  • Champagne cake truffles with white chocolate and white glitter
  • Almond mini cupcakes with italian buttercream and ganache drizzle
  • Chocolate mini cupcakes with raspberry filling and chocolate buttercream 
  • Lemon mini cupcakes with lemon mousse and zested italian buttercream cream cheese frosting. 
 *Plus, we cut a vanilla cake with mousse filling and Italian buttercream.

Whew! That's a lot of details.. I'll leave you with a few family shots and us on the beach by our lovely photographer Melina Wallisch.

Down and dirty detail list:
venue: edgewood // floral: thran's // makeup and hair: elysa // cake: cakes by grace // paper goods: lauren // bridesmaids dresses : jcrew // guest favors: heart rock herb and spice co. // bridal dress: marisa // centerpieces: handmade by bride and groom // flower arrangements: bride's mom // dj: lake dj // photography: melina wallisch photography

Psst. want more wedding details? Check out part 1, 2 3 or 4.

Linked to: Something Charming 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tough Mudder Ready

That's right you know what this post is going to be about... Tough Mudder. Nine months ago a group of 13 girls talked about signing up for the Tahoe Tough Mudder at Northstar-at-Tahoe, 10 actually registered and nine ran the race. I was one of nine, but we were one team of 10,000+ individuals who pushed their limits on Saturday, September 22.

This wasn't like every other Tough Mudder the elevation gain was 2,000+ ft  (7,500 ft to about 9,500+ ft) and at one point we were hiking straight up hill. The advantage... it wasn't as muddy since Tahoe is mostly granite. Don't get me wrong there was plenty of mud to go around.

Tough Mudder encourages dressing up... so of course we did.... and all the tutu's are handmade!

Our journey went something like this:

Nine ladies from South Lake Tahoe in tutu's ran 11.4 miles and nailed 20 obstacles.... yes they are tough and yes they girly.

Pre-start looking fabulous....

Arica and I pre race -- we still have no clue....

Crowd shot: racers and spectators

... and just like that, 4 hours later we crossed the finish line and were a muddy mess. 

Looking strong and already talking about 2013! (the costume is already decided)

Muddy mess close up

muddy , muddy shoes -- what to do?

.... Donate, the saying is "all good tough shoes go to Africa"

What I Wore:
I'm extremely happy with everything I wore. I have tons of performance gear, but didn't want to chance wearing something newer or nice as I had no clue if I would even keep anything afterwards. At the end of the day I kept all my clothes and donated my shoes. 

  • Shoes: New Balance 875  (Trail Running)
  • Socks: Merrell Siren Sport Sock
    • I typical hike in these socks and LOVE them. They never fell into my shoe, even soaking wet or pushing through muddy pits. I highly recommend these socks and you can bet I will be buying more. I didn't have any blisters either!
  • Shorts: C9 by Champion  (that's right I rocked shorts from Target) 
    • These shorts surprised me. They were pretty quick to dry and no chaffing from the material! 
  • Top: Old  sports tank from Old Navy (yup that's right) something like this
    • Again I had no idea what was going to happen. This top worked nicely.
  • Sports Bra: C9 by Champion seamless cami bra (that's right I rocked a sport bra from Target too)
    • OK - I just love the sports Bra's from Target -- period.

  • It's not really necessary for gloves, goggles or knee pads. There are a few times you wish you had them but do you really want to carry them for 10-12 miles? No
  • There are plenty of water stops along the way so there really isn't a need for a camel back unless you really need  water every 10 minutes.
  • Tighten your laces and make sure to double knot (I never stopped because of this) 
  • Less is more... Remember you're going to be wet the more clothes you have on the longer it takes to dry
  • If you wear contacts bring eye drops... first aid didn't have any and it gets dusty from time to time.
  • Leave cotton clothes at home or at least until after the race... remember you're going to get wet.
  • Work together as a team even if you don't know the person remember it's not about your personal time, but teamwork.
  • Check in with your teammates you might be at a 10, but your mate needs to take it to a 7 for 5 minutes (or vice versus) it's about teamwork at the end of the day, right?
  • Encourage others racers around you, it makes them feel good.
  • Lastly, HAVE FUN!

My take away:

  • I had a great. I'm happy with our pace....I'm in shape, but I can be in better shape. Tough Mudder 2013 better watch out!

Do you think you have what it takes? Take the test here.

Linked to weekend updates: Five30Three, Sami's Shenanigans and Join The Gossip

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday's Fancies :: Football Frenzy


Chargers TeeShorts / Jeans / Rainbow's / TOMs / Vikings Tee

Are you ready for some football?!? Even if you're not a football fan I'm sure the man in your life is. There's no reason not to have fun with it.

I'm originally from San Diego and follow the Chargers while my husband is from South Dakota and grew up a Minnesota Vikings fan (cue my picture with Jared Allen this summer). With that said, I picked two casual but cute "game day"outfits. Of course I would dress it up with a fun watch, earrings and maybe a necklace. 
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Mr. Jared Allen stopped by the media room during the 23rd annual American Century Championship -- Celebrity Golf Tournament.  (As least I don't look too much like a hot mess from running around)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Guest Bedroom Update

It's been 2 years since we bought this rancher and we've painted every room in the house including a wall in the garage! After closing we were on a  tight deadline - cue painting and carpeting all 3 bedrooms plus full bath remodel! So we opted to paint all the bedrooms the same color. Trust me, we couldn't what to paint them. Each room was special in it's own way -- cue red sponge paint. 

Let's start at the beginning.  The room is a decent size, with an average closet and a built-in to boot. No need for a dresser. When we bought the house in 2010  we called it the "teal" room. Check out the awesomeness below.

Oh and the carpet was blue/grey speckle commercial grade cut into three different piece. I have no clue why. (Note: This house was a foreclosure.)

..and a shot of the built-in for full effect.

We painted the ceiling swiss coffee (from Kelly Moore) and color matched Behr Koala Bear for the walls.

Look how fresh the walls look.

The trim, baseboards, closet doors and built-in also received a fresh coat of swiss coffee paint. We also switched out the built-in and closet door handles.  Don't worry we replaced the old carpet with a light tan from our local Carpet One.

Although I like the green I thought it was time to switch it up! So I lighten it up with Ice Age Grey from Kelly Moore.

.... and the built-in/closet.

Repainting the guest bedroom was the first step of its make over. Here's a little mood board I put together for inspiration. Followed by a to-do list.

Guest Room

Headboard / Mirror / Duvet / <3 Calif. / End Table / Wall Clock / Velvet Pillow /
 Table Lamp / Pendant Lamp / Map Art / Pouf 

To Do's:
  • purchase down alternative comforter - looking at the one at Costco for $150 (not to mention we'll get 2% back)
  • purchase duvet cover
  • move headboard from master bedroom
  • re-purpose/paint two nightstands currently in room
  • change ceiling lamp
  • fix built- in hinges
  • change built-in handles (not sure I want to keep the current ones) 
  • order art & frame
  • find long mirror
  • purchase ocassional chair or pouf -- maybe even make one.

So there you have it. Our guest bedroom is getting a facelift! 

Thoughts, suggestions, deals, helpful tips welcomed!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wedding Weekend Part 4 - The Reception

Today is exactly our one month anniversary and I'm showing off the reception. I wont go into too much detail because next week I'll break everything down. We received all the photos from our photographer on Friday so everything you see below is by the lovely Melina Wallisch! Like the ceremony the reception was held in the North room at Edgewood Tahoe.  Here's the run down of the evening...

The tables were named after mountain peaks in Tahoe.

There was a wishing jar..

and the blending of two families...

All our hard work paid off!

Guests indulged in mini cupcakes & cake truffles for desert.

The speeches were amazing and there was tons of love in the air.

She might only stand three feet tall, but this girl can cut a rug... and she did.

old friends and new....

Tahoe Sunsets!

and we danced away the night.

Stay tune as I mentioned I'll break down all the details from vendors to what was DIY'd next week. Until then happy planning!


pss... want more wedding weekend details click here, here and here.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Hiking Lake Tahoe :: Echo Lakes

This weekend we were busy working on the house, watching football and enjoying the last warm days of summer. We didn't hike this weekend but I'm sharing an oldie but goodie, Echo Lakes. This hike can be as long or short as you want to make it. It's probably one of my favorite late summer hikes. Plus it's a great one to take family and friends visiting as it's super easy, only 6 miles round-trip and 380 ft. in elevation gain (from 7,420 - 7,800ft). If you're leaving from South Lake make sure to pick up a sandwich at Lira's market in Meyers!

The water taxi runs from
Memorial Day to Labor Day (if you don't want to hike the entire trail)
 Late summer is the best time for a quick dip in one of the lakes.
Wilderness permits for both day and overnight hikes are required, both of which are available at the trial-head.

Shorten your hike to 2.5 miles by just utilizing the return route from the Upper Echo Lake boat dock.
Lengthen your route with a trip to the Lake of the Woods, Tamarack Lake, Ralston Lake or beyond.

Getting there:
Begin your hike at Echo Chalet, a summer only resort located just off US Hwy 50, ten miles westward of South Lake Tahoe and 49 miles east of Placerville.

Upper and Lower -- Echo Lakes

The little bro, Roxy and I -- 2011.