September 03, 2013 the new black

With Fall coming (ok it's still is over 100 degrees in Austin), I always observe how retailers move their color palettes to reflect the shift, both in fashion & home furnishings. But there is one color that can survive any season, and it is orange.

Jonathan Adler says it is a natural anti depressant and I could not agree more.

Valentina loves to spread happiness in all things we do and you will see some doses of poppy orange in our upcoming Spring '14 season. But these little orange nuggets are just too happy not to share! So many fun ways to infuse this glorious color into everyday life.  Happy Orange!

Cocktails // Clementines // Orange Kitchen// My dining room // 

Orange popsicle cocktails, yes please

An "Orange Crush" Wedding - it's so brilliant!

Sunset Magazine Idea House, kitchen - LOVE these chairs

My dining room. Found Ombre vintage lamps for $5 each at City Wide Garage Sale!


August 10, 2013

Fun, Funky, Things that make me Smile

At Valentina, happiness is our foundation. We create shoes that make girls smile. We aim to build confidence and inspire girls to be artists and designers themselves. Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration for me.  These are a couple of little things found that make me smile. Don't be afraid to add some whimsy to your world, it keeps the smiles in tact.

All images found here


An Orange Pig Planter = smile

A Bright Sunny Umbrella with peek a boo factor = smile



A gigantic bubble gum, pink heart decal for office = yes please!

Snuggling peas salt and pepper shaker = happy


June 27, 2013

4th of July - Style Freely

We heart the 4th of July! The colors, boldness, sparklers, the freedom of it all! As someone who loves and craves to entertain, I collected some of my favorite inspiring creative crafts, foods, drinks and design elements to fashion your best 4th. Enjoy! And Happy Fourth of July








May 30, 2013

Signs of Summer - Our Favorites

What is it about Summer? With two young kids and crazy school schedules, when Summer comes the change is actually physical. Of course there is the heat, the sunshine is different and the pace is feel less frenetic. My family has Summer traditions that are "our signs" of Summer. Picnics at the state Capital, curbside Lemonade stands, popsicles and evening sparklers are standards. What are yours?  (images from my Pinterest page)


May 03, 2013

Cinco de Mayo! My heritage

My mother was a proud, gorgeous Mexican woman who lived in color both figuratively and literally. I grew up going to Laredo and visited  almost every Mexican resort throughout my childhood. I remember shopping in El Mercado with my mom, while she haggled for better prices for silver & turquoise baubles,  Mexican handblown glasses, Mexican embroidered dresses (in every shade imaginable), straw baskets and of course, we always came home with a bottle of vanilla. The best part was hearing her do this in her fluent Spanish and I thought she was the bomb. The days always ended with fresh limeade and flan from The Cadillac to celebrate our purchases.

Recently, I threw a tequila tasting party ("TNT we called it") with some friends for a charity event. A good friend and I collected and gathered every Mexican - ish item we had on hand and visited Austin's own Tesoros on South Congress  to fill in the gaps (an excuse to buy). We designed tabletops at our tequila bar, queso station and taco tables. It was a blast and brought back memories of my Mexican adventures with my mother. Viva Cinco de Mayo!

Design Tip: Use empty Topo Chico bottles for your paper flower vases and as candles holders. Easy and cheap!