A Few Of Our Favorite Things // April

We have travel on our minds!

Alia just got back to LA from a whirlwind trip to San Fran, Maine and NYC, Teissia is heading to Paris at the end of this month for some venue scouting, and Gabby is planning a trip to South America! Here are some items that have been fueling our travel fever. 

Lifestyle Inspiration // Mimi Thorisson

Three years ago Mimi Thorisson, her husband Oddur Thorisson, and their six kids moved from Paris to the French countryside. They moved into a chateaux in Medoc, a small French town with vineyards all over, the ocean and white sand beaches 4 km away, and wild pine forests surrounding them. To share their experience with the world, the couple (a photographer and a writer/ chef) created an incredible food and lifestyle blog, Manger, and published a cook book, A Kitchen In France. They truly are living the dream! Here are some of our favorite recipes and photos of their's...

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Saint-Nectaire Sauce

Ingredients: (serves 4)
500 g pumpkin/ 1 pound
250 g plain flour/ 2 cups
1 egg
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Extra flour, for dusting
A good pinch of salt and pepper 

For the sauce:
200 ml double cream/ 1/2 cup
150 g Saint-Nectaire cheese/ 1/2 cup (you can replace this with any of your favourite cheese)
A handful of chopped walnuts

Gazpacho 

 

Ingredients: (serves 4 to 6)
5 tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
1 red pepper, de-seeded and diced
1 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, chopped
3 slices of stale white bread
150 ml extra-virgin olive oil
40 ml milk
1 tsp tabasco
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Mussel Bake

 

Ingredients: (serves 4 to 6)
You will need 6 sheets of aluminium paper foil
700 g mussels, cleaned
700 g cockles, cleaned
1 large red onion, finely chopped
Large handful of fresh thyme
Large handful of parsley
6 bay leaves
Grated zest of 2 lemons
4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
5 tbsp olive oil

 

Garden Cake
 

 

Ingredients: (serves 4 to 6)
6 large egg whites, at room temperature
1¾ cups/350 g superfine sugar
1 cup/250 ml heavy cream
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Big handfuls of your favorite berries (She used raspberries, blueberries, and red currants)
Pretty organic/unsprayed edible flowers and leaves of your choice

xx Firefly

Leila + Alex

Leila and Alex's  glamorous New York City celebration at The Foundry with lush flowers by our friends at Poppies and Posies, a 1920’s jazz band and twinkling café lights was nothing short of fabulous. Thankfully the talented Erich McVey was there to capture all the lovely details and the love that Leila and Alex so clearly share for one another. Take a look!

Images from Erich McVey

Images from Erich McVey

For more pretty pictures and vendor details head to Snippet and Ink
 

xx Firefly 

Firefly West Launch Party!

In case you missed this on 100 Layer Cake last week :)

Teissia started Firefly six years ago as a one woman operation in Los Angeles, with the simple mission to bring fun, enjoyment, and creativity, back to the wedding planning process. This is still at the heart of everything we do, and it’s been the vision that’s helped our company grow and transform as we relocated to New York City, took on new team members, and have now come full circle back to west coast, opening a brand new office in downtown LA! We were lucky enough to find a home at The Unique Space, which is not only an office building, but also transforms into an amazing party venue- it was love at first sight.

We’ve been dreaming of bringing Firefly back to its roots in LA, for a few years now, so having all the pieces finally come together in 2015 has been quite a thrill. Last month we made it official, as we celebrated with new friends and old, at our Bicoastal Bliss launch party hosted at The Unique Space! More than anything we wanted to pamper our guests so we made sure to team up with some of LA’s finest to bring them a night filled with creative cocktails, yummy treats and lots of great music.

Photographer: Scott Clark Photo / Videographer: Fourth Films / Venue: The Unique Space / Planning + Design: Firefly Events / Florist: Putnam & Putnam / Invitations: Winsome Brave / Calligraphy: Mimms Cross / Catering: Urban Palate / Roving Oysters Shuckers: Oysters XO / Ice Cream Sandwiches: Coolhaus / Cocktails: Cocktail Academy / Furniture: PowWow Design Studio / Table Top Rentals: The Hostess Haven / Photobooth: Smilebooth / Flipbooth: Flipbooth / Lighting: Ambiance AV / Music: Elan Artists / Photobooth & Flipbooth Backdrops: Rent Patina & The Color Condition / Flash Tattoos / Terrariums: Chaparral Studio

xx Firefly 

DIY // Gold Leaf Bowls

Hey hey! We're on a DIY kick :). These DIY gold leaf bowls are super easy and useful- they are great for storing knickknacks and jewelry in!

Start by blowing up three different sized balloons. Then, create the paper mache molding, fallowing the directions on the box. Place the balloons, top side up, in cups to steady them. Mold the mache around the top half of each balloon. Leave the molds out for a night to dry and in the morning pop the balloons with a needle. You should be left with three different sized paper mache bowls.

Then, place the circular stickers on the inside of the bowls in the arrangement you desire.

Afterwards, paint a coat of adhesive at the bottom of each bowl. Then, place the gold leaf on top of the adhesive. You will be able to see the stickers through the thin layer of gold leaf, so carefully peel them off. 

Hope you enjoy!

xx Firefly 

Firefly Foxes // Natalie Portman

Gorgeous, intelligent and poised are just a few words to describe today's fox. Natalie Portman is most definitely a Firefly favorite!

"Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone's personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them."

                          - Natalie Portman

xx Firefly