January 20, 2014

Chairs. The Surprising Statement

My husband and I have been working on our outdoor space and have been collecting a mix of hodge podge chairs to go around a large modern farmhouse table we built. I am only buying chairs I love that will fill up the 14 seat table, in time for our next outdoor dinner party. Most of them are from various vintage spots and we are spray painting them a variety of colors. 

It got me thinking about chairs...it dawned on me chairs make an important and unexpected statement.  They are also primarily used to bring people together, around a dining room, a living room, a conference table...so I went to my Pinterest boards and realized there were tons of pins that were chair focused, which I had not really realized. Here are a few of my favs - sit down and take a seat....do you have funky chairs to share?

Mix it up, they don't have to match

The yellow makes the setting pop

Who says chairs need legs?



October 09, 2013

Donut Love

While not the best diet item, I can't resist donuts. And funny thing is for a long I did resist them but now that my kids are older, every Sunday seems to be donut day. So, I am now embracing the joy of eating the delectable goodness with kiddos. Here in  Austin, we have the BEST foodie trailer in town  that I describe as donuts on steroids.  Gourdough's incorporates toppings (bacon anyone?) and other unexpected ingredients that blow your mind. Oh, and they are bigger than your face.

So now I am embracing more of my donut passion and wanting to bring them to my events in creative and modern ways.  Found these yummies on Pinterest.  All images are found from other fabulous Pinners on my Pinterest page.


Love this late night party treat - Milk and Mini Donuts

A simple donut hole all dressed up with a sparkly toothpick.


Donut Tower at a wedding - Yes!

Sweet little donut hole treat bags for passing out as favors


September 13, 2013

Design Your Own Collection - "DYO"

We are super, crazy excited about Valentina's next phase. With our first white espadrilles, we saw how giving girls a chance to be creative and fostering their individual expression led to major confidence. We saw this at the Austin Children's Shelter when we donated shoes to help them create their signature style and saw it with Stella's friends when I donated a "design your own" shoe party to her school. We believe creativity=confidence.


Stay tuned for ways to pre-order for your girl her Design Your Own espadrilles and foster her own creativity!

xo - Tina Hambly, Founder + Designer


Girls at a DYO Party - creating and designing


A signature style from Stella



A before and after moment of our new collection!



Design whatever your girls chooses, motif, monogram, phrase - her signature style!





September 09, 2013

The DYO - Design Your Own Collection

We are completely committed to fostering individuality and creative expression - it's a company core value and shapes everything we do.

As part of an upcoming  campaign, we filmed the girls at one of our famous "DYO picnics" or "Design Your Own". Girls took sharpie markers to their white canvas espadrilles and designed and created their little hearts out. Confidence soared! It gave us happy feet indeed!

See the story soon. Join us for the fun at Facebook.



Working hard, designing away



Creativity = confidence and smiles



Even going inside the shoe - brilliant



Focused and having fun



September 03, 2013

Orange...is 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!