MAXIMALIST
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I have a confession to make... I am a MAXIMALIST (i.e. the opposite of a minimalist).The saying "less is more" has never really made sense to me. I'm a more is more kinda girl. The more color, pattern and fun the better. Don't get my wrong, I will sing the praises of white space and giving your eyes a break, but if left to my own devices I'll always add just a little bit more.  My Instagram feed is full of minimalist accounts with a single leaf framed against a bright, bare wall. I do love the aesthetic and have, honestly struggled with accepting my own propensity for all.the.things. 

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But, what can I say, I love it and it's me. I adore layered patterns and textures like those I styled in this mini tablescape in celebration of all things bright and floral. I was inspired by this line of "Paint + Petals" dish towels at Anthropologie and decided to have fun with it. I layered the towel with a few other patterned towels and added some of my own real life florals to complete the look.  The b&w geometric towel from IKEA gave a bit of a break from the floral patterns and served as a border to all of the vibrant colors. The Lemon "Squeeze the Day" towel from Target added a bit of quirk but also made this design totally on trend.

Have you noticed how much lemons are popping up all over the place these days? When life gives you lemons... DECORATE.  I was thrilled to break out my lemon ceramic pitcher that I picked up years ago when traveling in El Salvador.  Layering patterns and textures is kind of like that. It allows you to layer different experiences and points of view until you have your own unique story to tell. 

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The layering of dish towels as a table design backdrop is also further proof that you don't have to have the perfect table runner or table cloth to have fun with your table decor.  I think limitations have a way of helping us think more creatively and outside of the box. Some of my favorite designs have been as a result of an imaginative use of every day products (wrapping paper, burlap, kraft paper...yes please!)

So when it's all said and done, I'm here to tell you that when in doubt go for it. Could I have paired back the styling of this table? Absolutely.  Did I want to? Absolutely not.  In my humble opinion, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to decorating. Styling your table, your home or your wardrobe is about expressing yourself and sometimes it just comes out in ALL CAPS!

Don't be afraid to express yourself. Print and color mixing is a fantastic and fun way to do so. However, if you're the one who loves the solitary leaf then go for it with abandon.  Just be forewarned that I might be trailing around behind you with about 10 more leaves and some flowers and patterns and probably about 20 other things... I can't help it. 

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Everyday Beauty
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June has always been one of my most favorite times of year. Perhaps it all those years of living in New England, but June has always signified Spring to me (even though it feels a bit more like Summer around here).  In my book, the best way to celebrate Spring is with an explosion of color and flowers and of course, a good dose of sunshine.  Miami Beach happily obliged me recently. 

One of my favorite things about living in Miami Beach is the ability to hop on my bike and get to just about anywhere I need in under 10  minutes. It's a dream. What I especially love about riding my bike is it forces you to slow down (at least how I bike) and enjoy my surroundings.The buildings and trees and people that would blur past in a car suddenly take center stage. 

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In those moments, I have the opportunity to notice the beauty that is around me everyday. Perhaps it's the grandma crossing the street, the hedge of bouganvillea or frangipani tree, and the warm breeze blowing in my face but they each hold a beauty all their own. My day is always improved when I take the time to notice and appreciate the beauty in the people and things around me.

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It's up to you to see the BEAUTY of everyday things

Let me ask you a question, "What moments of beauty might you be racing past?".  Can I encourage you to take a moment this week and stop and appreciate who and what you have in your world?  There's more beauty around you then you might realize.  

See it. Say it. Celebrate it. 

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NICE TO MEET YOU...AGAIN.
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Hiiiii! My name is Hannah and I do, in fact, come here often.  You see, I'm the crazy one behind a lot of what goes on here at Piccadilly.  This crazy party is a result of the overflow of my mental glitter and confetti and I L-O-V-E sharing it with you.  Since I don't have the privilege of sitting down to coffee with each of you, I thought I'd take a minute a share a few random things about myself and answer a few questions that I've received. 

What inspired you to start Piccadilly?

I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. I didn't realize it at the time, but looking back I can see clearly how growing up in a family of "dreamers, creators and starters" inspired me from day one.  My Grandma Betty, who I talk about a lot around here, was the specific inspiration for Piccadilly as she had her own magical thrift store named the Piccadilly Emporium. I loved visiting her and the shop and watching how she loved people.  She was an amazing business woman and her unassuming shop enabled her and my Grandfather to leave a legacy of blessing to so many people.  What's more, she let me read as many Archie comic books as I could carry.  In addition to my Grandma Betty, my mom was also an inspiration. A true artist at heart; for as long as I can remember she has always been creating something. My dad, as well, has always been an out-of-box thinker who approaches the world with a "why not" point of view. His mother, and my Grandma Judy, comes from strong Scottish roots (as she reminds me), raised three children and then decided to go back to school to, not only get her a B.A. but, also her Masters in area of passion for her. She's still creating to this day and constantly inspires me to go further.  

As you can see, there's inspiration ALL around me. I couldn't help but create something myself. 

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Why are you so passionate about parties?

I do love a good party. I've been known to geek out over the perfect pinata and research for hours to find just the perfect plate and cup combo, but what I am REALLY passionate about, even more than those things, is people feeling valued. 

I realized awhile ago that while I could (and will) try to tell as many people as possible in my lifetime how amazing they are and how much their individual contribution to the world matters; I will be much more effective if I can empower others (YOU) with the resources and reminders to let the people in their world know how much they appreciate and value them.  I can absolutely tell your coworker that they're crushing it at work, but just think how much more impactful that would be coming from you because you better understand the context.  So THAT is what I'm passionate about. Helping you communicate value to the people in your world.  Whether it's providing you with everything you need to throw an amazing party for your family and friends or a gift to let someone in your world know just how incredible they are. I'm here to help.

I'm enough of an idealist to believe that if we each start celebrating the people in our lives with more intention we can start a ripple effect that can actually change the world. It really, truly, with sprinkles on top, is that simple. 

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Ummm Flamingos are great and all but what's with the obsession?

Beat's me. I've just always loved them. Maybe it's because they are pink or that their general awkwardness speaks to me on some subconscious level, but I just love them. Always have. Also a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance and I just really, really think that is wonderful. 

What made you decide to move yourself AND Piccadilly from DC to Miami?

Ohhh this is a tough one... or maybe it's not.  Again, after 16 years in DC, I just knew it was time for a new adventure. I had traveled to Miami many times and simply put, I fell in love.  I fell in love with the city, the people, the bright colors, the warmth and it's exuberant energy that it emanates. Those friends who know me well just said "Finally! That just makes sense." when I told them I was moving. As you can tell from the Piccadilly brand, bright colors, tropical vibes and a good dose of irreverent quirk are just...me. 

Also, and more importantly, as a person of faith, I believe that God is guiding my life. I prayed a lot about this decision. Uprooting from community and a life that I had spent years building was not an easy choice or something I could just do on a whim. I wanted to know that there was greater purpose for me personally, as well as for Piccadilly, if I made that move. Every time I prayed I came back with a resounding yes. This was the right decision and the right move for me.

After nine months here in Miami, I can honestly STILL say that it was the right choice. I fall more in love with this place every day. 

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What are you currently obsessing over?

There's definitely a few things that I'm pretty excited about right now.  Although it's been nine months, I'm still in the process of making my apartment, which I affectionately call the Flamingo Nest, feel like home. I'm currently obsessing over gallery walls because I'm working on compiling one in my living room. I've been having so much fun pulling out prints and postcards and other odds and ends that I've collected over the years and seeing how they all play together.  

Also, PRINT MIXING, like, I can't get enough of it. I'm going to be posting more about that soon but I'm just in love with print mixing for this season. Especially, bright and floral prints.. (no surprise there).

Lastly, my church has just released its first single off of their first EP last week and I've literally been jumping around listening to it since then. You should totes check it out here. It's so fun!

 

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Now that I've shared a bit more about myself, I'd love to hear about YOU! Leave me a comment and let me know what brought you here and some other fun randomness about yourself. 

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Credits:

All photos were taken by the ever fabulous Francesca outside of the Oliver Cole Gallery in Wynwood. 

Flamingo Top - H&M

Jean Jacket - Anthropologie

B&W Pants - Old Navy

Hot Pink Shoes - Steve Madden

Mother's Day Brunch
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Hi there! Happy Mother's Day week! It's the time of year when we finally celebrate the women who truly deserve to be celebrated on a daily basis.  I'm so excited to be sharing with you a recent styled photoshoot my friend and amazing photographer, Francesca, and I worked on together recently. I hope it's all the inspiration you need to throw an equally fabulous brunch for the special ladies in your life this weekend.

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Maybe it's the move to Miami or perhaps just the constant sunshine, but I have been seriously loving the bright and tropical vibe. This tablescape is all about brightly colored pattern mixing, layers of texture and tropical flowers and fruits.  Lest you think that it's outside of your reach to bring this vibe to your home, don't worry, the majority of the items used can be found at your local Target and grocery store. 

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The tropical fruit displayed on the table was really the starting inspiration point for this setup. The organic textures and vibrant hues quite literally jumped off the grocery store shelves at me.  It was actually quite simple and inexpensive to create a table centerpiece using these items. I arranged a selection of fruit ranging from watermelons and kiwis to mangoes and lemons on a wooden cutting board (Target). I mainly chose the fruit based on their visual appeal but I'd encourage you to also select fruits that you know your mom and guests will love. Perhaps swapping out some varieties that will be in season near you. I know it's easy to just throw your fruit into a bowl but just taking the extra step to slice a few of the pieces open (i.e. the watermelon, papaya and kiwi) and arrange them on a cutting board provides just a bit more visual interest and makes it that much easier to dig into when the time comes. 

Next I created place settings that not only mixed patterns but also textures. I am in L-O-V-E with the recent Opal House for Target line and had some fun there a few weeks back. The plates are actually plastic (who knew!), very economical (ranging from $1.99 to $2.99) and make for a very family friendly table.  The glassware are a few treasured finds from Anthropologie. I am such a sucker for pink glassware... swoon!). The champagne flutes (which they still carry here) are rimmed with gold. Just the kind of details to make mom feel like a queen for the day. 

Lastly, I used this fabulous pink, tie dye wall hanging that I found at a local Miami Boutique, Iniva as the backdrop for this beautiful tablescape. That, coupled with the macrame runner also from Opal House for Target and the woven place mats from IKEA gave the table the layered textures it needed for depth. 

A few sprigs of bougainvillea and a massive leaf from my yard were just the icing on this tropical feast. 

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While you might not be able to run to the yard for some of these items, your local grocery store (especially Whole Foods if you have it) should carry most of the fruits and flowers I listed above. If not, then I'd suggest swapping in a vibrant pink, yellow or orange rose for the floral touch and perhaps some bright berries to round out your fruit display.  At the end of the day it really is the thought that will count. I'd encourage you to think about ways to incorporate details that will make it extra special just for your mom. Don't be afraid of mixing colors, patterns and textures. Like in family, the more the merrier!

Let's not forget, that setting the table is just setting the scene for the real magic to take place. Don't forget to linger over your time together. Savor the moments just as much as the tropical flavors.  Share a favorite story, reminisce about treasured memories, laugh at secret jokes and most of all, don't forget to say THANK YOU.

So, here's to all the moms out there. We love you! Happy Mother's Day!

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Source List:

Fruits & Florals - Whole Foods

Tablecloth - Iniva Boutique

Plates - Opal House for Target

Macrame Table Runner - Opal House for Target

Gold Flatware - Target

Woven Place Mats - IKEA

Blue Stoneware Plate - Anthropologie

Yellow Chairs - Target

Flamingo Print - Arielle Vey

Beige Vases - West Elm

Wooden Cutting Board - Target

Floral Kimono - Anthropologie

Napkins - Anthropologie

Pink Champagne Flutes - Anthropologie

Pink Juice Tumblers - Anthropologie

 

 

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INSPO: BOLD & BRIGHT
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Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
— Oscar Wilde

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LOCALLOVE: Cielito Artisan Pops
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As the name suggests, this place is serving up little bits of heaven in the Miami Arts District. Tucked into a corner of the iconic black and white striped building in the midst of Wynwood, Cielito Artisan Pops offers a wide assortment of yummy popsicles.  These are NOT the pops you grew up on.  Gone are the artificial flavors that would dye your face and tongue green for hours on end.  Instead, Cielito prides itself on the natural, high quality and fresh ingredients that go into each pop.  

We know that you expect the best, and that’s why we only serve the highest quality, freshest ingredients – because that’s what your body deserves!
— Cielito Website

The quality of their ingredients shows up in every bite and makes it hard to choose just one. Their flavor options are plentiful and change with the season. There's definitely an option for every taste.  On top of all that goodness, all of their fruit pops are vegan gluten-free.

Need any more convincing? I didn't think so! Next time you decide to wander through Wynwood do yourself a favor a pop into Cielito (see what I did there?)

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GIVEAWAY: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
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We're keeping the birthday party going with today's giveaway! It's our party favor for a special someone. I've picked a few of my favorite things to share with you.  This is what's included:

  • Limited Edition Piccadilly Print "Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons"
  • Anthropologie Dream Journal
  • Anthropologie Voluspa Candle in Volcano 
  • Albeit Sugar Rose Lip Scrub
  • "You're the Balm" Absolute New York Lip Balm
  • Tulip Flower Face Mask Sheet
  • Florapy Blackberry Primrose Deep Hydration Face Mask
  • Girl Power & XOXO Pins

In order to be entered into the giveaway I would ask that you do the following:

  • Like our page on Facebook here
  • Sign up for our Mailing List here
  • Follow us on Instagram and comment on this post here once you've taken these steps.

I'll be announcing a winner on Saturday morning!  Thanks again for coming on this journey with me and celebrating the everyday!

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MY GIFT TO YOU!
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Birthdays are my fave! The ultimate chance to celebrate life and break out of the day-to-day routine. A day where your Facebook friends from various chapters of your life magically remember your birthday and join forces to ensure that your day is extra magical.  For as long as I can remember I've tried to stretch out the festivities from a single day to a "birthday" month. So far I haven't quite been successful on making it last that long BUT I think a week feels about right.

That being said, I'm excited to share the party with you this week... literally! Today I am launching the "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY" Party Plan which has everything you need to throw a super bright, sparkly and special birthday celebration.  I included a few of my favorite things in the hopes that you would throw yourself or someone close to you an extra fun affair. 

What's more, for this week only, in celebration of my birthday, you can download it for free in the Piccadilly shop, HERE.  I want to be sure that you are taking every opportunity to celebrate what is wonderful in your world. I hope you will download and throw a super, awesome party. Don't forget to invite us by tagging us on social media (#piccadillycreative) and showing us how you brought this party to life for yourself.

LET'S PARTY!

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Photo Credit: Francesca 

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It's My Birthday!
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I don't think I'll ever outgrow being excited about my birthday! An excuse for balloons, confetti and cake... yes please! What's more I love birthdays because they are chance to stop and celebrate your journey thus far. It hasn't been perfect but there certainly is a lot to be grateful for.  In my book that means there are plenty of reasons to party. 

I want to invite YOU to my virtual birthday party this next week! Check back in here on the blog daily to join in on the festivities, free stuff and fun!

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SHARE THE LOVE

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! Today is all about the looooove. We're here to help you celebrate and let those special people in your world know just how you feel about them.

Sometimes however, capturing exactly how you feel with just the right words can be tough. Don't worry! We've got you. Here's just a few of our favorite chick flick quotes to help you share the love.  Save and send your favorite to that special someone (or to someone you you hope thinks you're special ;-) )

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