Archive for February, 2011

Get to Know: Tiffany Harris, Co-founder of Layla Grayce

Tiffany Harris

Serena Drum Chandelier from Oly Studio in Tiffany’s newly decorated home

Layla Grayce co-founder Tiffany Harris is our resident design maven, interior designer and certified color consultant. While she can often be found scouting the shows for the latest trends and new products, today she takes a few moments to share her love of LG, what inspires her and also gives us a sneak peek into her newly decorated home (which of course features some of her favorite Layla Grayce products!)

What’s been the best part of starting Layla Grayce?
The relationships we have built with our vendors, customers and employees have been the best part. Layla Grayce wouldn’t be where we are today without all of the support from them as well as our families. Also the ability to go to work each day and build a business I am passionate about is a dream come true. It is an immense amount of work to run your own business, but it is also very rewarding to look back at where we started and how much we have grown.

What has surprised you most, how is LG different than you expected?
Well to start, it has been a lot harder to create an online business than ever expected. When we started almost 7 years ago, there weren’t other online stores like us so we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. But once we began building Layla Grayce, there was no stopping us (and still isn’t!) Being your own boss means that you are typically the last one to leave at night, work on weekends and also while on vacation. You imagine that if you run your own business you can come and go as you please, but the reality is that finding and making time to spend with family and friends is often the greatest challenge.

Describe your style in 5 words or less.
I’m going to stretch this one a little bit – 5 words just isn’t enough! Traditional-modern, vintage-inspired, eclectic, serene, inviting.

Give us a peek into your style obsessions, faves, inspirations and guilty pleasures!

  • Signature colors: White, grey, camel, linen, seaglass blue, navy blue, splash of hot pink or yellow.
  • Favorite Layla Grayce items for the home: Dakota Sofa by Oly Studio, Serena Drum Chandelier from Oly Studio and Jamie Young Mother of Pearl Lamp.
  • Favorite item under $100: Lollia – I am obsessed with the entire “In-Love” collection, but I think the Sea Salt Sachet Set makes a great gift and the packaging is sublime!
  • Favorite coffee table books: Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, Hue by Kelly Wearstler and Classic Homes of Los Angeles by Douglas Woods.
  • Favorite fashion item: shoes – without a doubt.
  • I cannot live without: my iphone, laptop, dvr, vitamin water and the ocean.
  • My favorite place on earth: sitting on the beach, preferably in Hawaii, reading a book next to my sweet husband.
  • My favorite guilty pleasures: gelato and salty chips.
  • I am inspired by: my parents, my husband and being of service to those less fortunate.
  • A cause I care deeply about: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, 5
  • You’d be surprised to know: I enjoy watching ice hockey and formula 1 racing, love warm weather surfing and oil painting.

Lollia giveaway
We are “So in Love” – with Tiffany’s favorite Lollia collection! Enter to win the 4 piece set shown at left by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page before the end of the day Tuesday, 2/8/11.

Congrats to Dana Smyth, the winner of the Lollia In Love collection.


Weekend Fun: Valentine Cards To Make With The Kids

Valentine's Day Cards
Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag

Valentine's Day Cards
Custom Candy Bar Wrappers from eighteeen25, I “Wheelie” Like You Valentine from 30 Days, Smartie Airplanes from Giver’s Log

Valentine's Day Cards
Lip and Moustache Lollipops from Blonde Invitations & Stationery, Valentine Handprint Wall Hanging from Kaboose, Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Classroom Cards from Bunny Cakes

From cutout paper hearts to a candy bar wrapper digitally designed, what child doesn’t love making their OWN Valentines? Spend the weekend getting crafty with the kids making special DIY cards they can pass out to friends and family. Boys will “wheelie” appreciate a toy car Valentine or have fun assembling a Smartie plane while girls will think conversation heart cards and kissy lips lollies are “soooo cute!” And without a doubt, every class”mate” will think the pirate card is Grrrrreat!


Petunia Pickle Bottom Spring 2011 Giveaway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Organic Cotton Deco Dandelion Sashay Satchel
Petunia Pickle Bottom Peaceful Portofino Sojourn Sling
Petunia Pickle Bottom Evening in Innsbruck Touring Tote
Petunia Pickle Bottom Change it up Clutch Relaxing in Rio
Petunia Pickle Bottom Moonlit Moments Wistful Weekender

sashay satchel
It’s that time again! Granted, Spring seems a LONG way off for those of us snowed in by winter storms, but a new season of Petunia Pickle Bottom bags and accessories never fails to raise our spirits. This season we think they’ve outdone themselves with brand new bags (cute go-anywhere clutch purses, wallets, cosmetic and travel bags) and a bevy of gorgeous new prints. Shop the new arrivals here. To kick off Spring 2011, we’re giving away one sweet Petunia bag to a lucky winner. The Sashay Satchel shown could be yours – just vote on your favorite new print (you can even select several) and leave a comment below to be entered to win. Enter by Friday, 2/4 midnight EST – we’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Congrats to Heidi M, the winner of the Petunia Sashay Satchel!

I Give You My Heart (The Adult Sweetheart Edition)

Stenciling Technique Tips
Stenciling Techniques
by Julia Usher

Valentine's Ideas for Adults
Love Letters
by Julia Usher

Valentine's Food Ideas for Adults
Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls by Pinch My Salt, Heart Shaped Egg-In-A-Nest by Pinch My Salt, Chocolate Crepes with Strawberries by Gina’s Skinny Recipes

Adult sweethearts will love a heart shaped surprise as much as the kids. Get creative with gorgeous stenciled cookies or a box full of tasty love letters, or start the day with a breakfast made with love (we know you’ll put your “heart” into it!)


Interview: Paloma Contreras/High Gloss Magazine (Launches Today!)

Paloma Contreras - Founder and Editor in Chief of High Gloss magazine
High Gloss magazine
High Gloss Magazine
High Gloss Magazine

High Gloss Magazine

From patent leather to sparkly bling, there’s something about shiny that makes us swoon, so our infatuation with the new magazine High Gloss makes perfect sense. This glam collaboration of some of the best bloggers in style and design launches today, and we’re pleased to have Paloma Contreras, creator of La Dolce Vita and founder/editor in chief of High Gloss, introduces us to her new magazine and the high style ladies on her team.

Give us a little background on the founders of High Gloss and how you came together to collaborate on a magazine?
Founding High Gloss has been a true labor of love and the result of taking a huge leap of faith and following my dreams while trusting the path that my blog, La Dolce Vita has lead me on. I had been thinking about really focusing my career on writing and had given thought to the idea of starting an online magazine for some time. I made a list of the people I wanted on my team and they all jumped on board! Erin Gates was the first, whose blog Elements of Style has been a personal favorite since before I started blogging. After that, I brought on Shannon Wollack, who I didn’t know quite so well at the time, but we found we had so much in common felt like kismet, so I went for it and was ecstatic when she agreed to join the team. Her partner, Ashley Steen then came on as Art Director. Shannon and Ashley dabble in everything from interior design and fashion styling to event planning and graphic design and they are amazing at all of it. These girls have serious style! Soon after, Kyle Knight and Lauren Rauter joined the team. They each have an incredible eye and are super business savvy and stylish.

What are your goals for High Gloss Magazine?
We aim to continually create fresh, inspiring content. We want to continue to expand our readership and travel as much as possible in order to highlight interiors, style personalities and travel destinations that haven’t already been seen a million times. Our goal on a daily basis is to challenge ourselves to think outside the box in order to create the best possible version of High Gloss.

Will you continue blogging?
Absolutely! Personally, I know that my blog is what lead me on the path to start this magazine. I have been blessed with so many incredible opportunities as a result of blogging for the past three and a half years and I have the most amazing, supportive readers. Blogging is something that gives me so much fulfillment and drives me to constantly seek inspiration – I would be crazy to leave it behind. As High Gloss continues to grow, it may become a little more challenging for me to keep up my blogging pace of two posts per day, but I definitely plan to continue blogging on a regular basis.

Let’s get to know Paloma a little better with a “quick-fire” round of questions:

  • Blogs I check daily: Elements of Style, Knight Moves, Rock Paper Scissors, Urban Grace, The Proper Poppy, Sketch 42, Peppermint Bliss, The Lovelist.
  • My first job was: Sales Associate at Express as a Junior in High School.
  • My favorite color is: This is a tough one. I can never pick just one. I love pink, turquoise and Hermes orange.
  • I cannot live without: My husband, Fabian and our dog, Tate…and travel!
  • My favorite guilty pleasure is: Reality TV…if it’s on Bravo, you can bet that I’m watching!
  • The best advice I ever received is: To take risks! There is a quote from Oprah that really resonates with me: “you get in life what you have the courage to ask for”- so true!
  • A cause I care deeply about is: Pencils of Promise ( I was a high school Spanish teacher for five years and still consider myself an educator. I am passionate about empowering children through education. Pencils of Promise is an amazing organization that builds schools in some of the most impoverished and underserved areas of the world, giving children a chance at a brighter future.