Glamping With Sunset Magazine

This is glamping at its finest! Would you except any less when it’s with Sunset Magazine, Toms + Pressed Juicery? Check out this gorgeous setup at the One Gun Ranch in Malibu. We’re loving the kick back space filled with {found} rugs, pillows, cushions and more. Hop on over to The Chalkboard Mag + Sunset Magazine for tips and tricks on hosting an epic camp sunset party.

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Happy Friday!

~jeni

Photography: Sarah Sherman Samuel, Thomas J. Story | Co-hosts: Sunset MagazineThe Chalkboard Mag | Venue: One Gun Ranch | Event Designer: Sterling Social | Florals: Joni Noe | Food + Drinks: Auntie Em’s Kitchen, Pressed Juicery | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals, The Ark, Heather Taylor Home | Music: Will & Wyatt

Found Pieces Used: Daybal Striped Rug, Linka Kilim Pillows (set of 3), Chikondi Pillows (set of 3), Upendo Throw, Hodi Mud Cloth Cushion, Neale Wooden Side Table, Terrain Striped Cushion, Jocelyn Cushions, Gabby Coffee Tables, Artillery Coffee Table, Hoover Wooden Coffee Table, Jamal Throw, Omar Throw, Corta Wooden Vessels (set of 3), Steadfast Grande Jute Rug, Gavin Farm Tables, Hammer Bronze Chairs

My Heaven on Earth…

Last week I was off the grid for about 5 days breathing in the beauty of my favorite place on earth; Lake Tahoe. It is what we do every summer on the final days before life gets back to the hustle and bustle of school, homework, soccer practices….and of course, work, work, work. The first time I went to Tahoe I fell in love & immediately felt, at home. Weird, especially because we “tent it” for 5 days, but it is the one place that I have found the ability to completely relax and embrace the beauty that surrounds me.  

So we hopped in the car at 5am (well, that was our goal, it actually was more like 8am ;)) & hit the road.  We set up her nice comfy bed for Lucy on top of all our bins, so that she was up at the same level as the kids! Yes, she’s spoiled!

We made it! Our campsite at DL Bliss — Nothing fancy, but absolutely beautiful! Lucy was a bit on edge for the first day or so with all the squirrels and birds and fun stuff to chase, but she made herself right at home. Especially at night when she snuggled up with all 4 of us in the tent ;) Hike #1- Eagle Falls– it’s only about a two mile hike, pretty steep at points, but amazing waterfalls along the way. And the most amazing lake at the top! Lucy jumped right in…And where Joel goes, Lucy follows….they both swam across the whole lake! So precious!We rode our bikes pretty much everywhere. Our campsite was a little less than a mile away from the beach, quick bike ride down :)

Caysen learned a lot this trip about how to make a bonfire, set up the tent & lock up every last thing in the bear locker! He never said he was worried about the bears, but after waking up one morning and seeing that the bears had gotten into the trashcans up at the bathrooms a mere 50 feet away from our site, he was very dilligent about making sure everything with any kind of a smell was locked up every night :) Later that same day we actually saw the bear….It was so Awesome!!! Bailey was a great help washing dishes at the “spicket” after every meal- Bedhead and all :) This year was the first year we rented a boat. We were all so excited to explore more of the Lake, & WOW! SO glad we did! Oh, and the kids loved taking turns driving the boat…These are the rocks that Joel used to jump off of as a little boy, so you can imagine how excited he was to take the kids here. They have jumped off them for the last few years, but from the beach side it is a bit of a swim to get out to them. We were able to drive right up to them in the boat, which allowed me to take some shots—horrible ones, I know, but at least I got ’em! Here’s Bailey getting fancy…Caysen with a quick plunge….And Joel, my biggest kid off the biggest rock….

My little guy…

Bailey loved the innertube…I was house shopping (I mean dreaming) a good portion of the time on the water!This is the one I chose…to dream about for the rest of my life ;) There were so many more beautiful things to share, but Joel was on vacation too so he didn’t lug his camera around with us everywhere ;)

The drive home we decided to take the scenic route (395) and Joel got some great shots along the way…

And I got to stop at some great Antique shops :)Me in action, looking my finest after 5 days of tent camping…Don’t judge! Made off with a killer Dr.’s bag (because you can never have enough of those!) Yes, there were parts of our 12 hour drive home that it was pouring rain! Which made for some beautiful skies that Joel could just not resist!And for those who didn’t see my Tweet after buying this stack of books at a thrift store…These 8 amazing books cost me $5! One of which dates back to 1881, and the cashier asked me if a quarter sounded fair? Um, yes I think so!!!   I have been collecting books for years & have hundreds of them & still I just love seeing handwritten notes inside. Especially like the one below…the title is On Being A Real Person…and it is filled with the most precious handwritten thoughts and perspectives. My favorite (yes I read them all) “you’re taking yourself too seriously, kid yourself!” I love it!!! 

So that is it for our Lake Tahoe vacation, thanks for making it through the whole post.

I will leave you with my favorite picture (taken with my iphone), which sums it all up.

My family. I am one lucky girl & so in love with these people I get to share my life with. So blessed.

Back to reality…

~jeni

Jessica Claire Workshop: Camp Style Wedding

While we’re all about the craft hut and new friendships of summer camp, it can be tough to translate the love of outdoors into a lovely wedding celebration. Ashlyn & Heather of Carter & Cook did just that at the latest Jessica Claire Workshop. Their uncampy camp theme came across beautifully with rustic touches and a casual vibe.

This simple ceremony set-up makes the couple the focal point.

Simple touches like eucalyptus leaves on the back of ceremony chairs can make any seat special.

Our rustic red metal folding side tables just beg for beautiful programs.

The first kiss under our iron ceremony arch

Don’t you love the cantaloupe-turned-decor on this rustic farm table for the reception? We do!

We really dig these cakes… especially on top of our red metal table. We’re always fans of treats from Sweet & Saucy Shop and these toasted marshmallow beauties fit the bill for a slice around the campfire.

Wouldn’t you love a campfire (sans smoke) with your friends to end your celebration?

Our bingo cards were just begging to be part of the campfire fun.

Thanks to Carter & Cook for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful team.
Event Design/Styling: Carter & Cook Event Co.
Flowers: Modern Bouquet
Paper: Posh Paperie
Cakes: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals
Hair Pieces & Shoe Clips: Rachel Larraine
Hair: The Mermaid Salon, Kim Lilly
Make up: Color4Casting, Jessica Arredondo
Photography: Jessica Claire

For more pics, check out the feature on Green Wedding Shoes