Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Love Note for the Troops


CBTL's Love Note to the Troops

My good friend, Mike, and I use to play tennis on the weekends and then after our “workout” we’d go to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) to negate the calories we burned… and then we’d do it all over again the next weekend.  But he is now on a tour in Afganistan (since Feb) and I miss him picking me up from his house 200 yards away and going to tennis and coffee. 

So, I stopped by our local CBTL this weekend to buy a bunch of coffee beans (grinded and whole) to send over there.  When I told the staff at CB why I was buying so much, they gave me a military discount and threw in a little “love note” and some gift cards.. (how they’re suppose to use the gift cards in Afgan, I’m not sure…. but, maybe Mike wouldn’t mind giving it to his BFF!!!)  

Gotta love CBTL *Carlsbad* ! 

(Hopefully when Mike reads this, he’ll get a kick out of the term “love note”, being a leatherneck marine!) =)~

Sex and The City 2

What happens after you say I DO ?   

If you’re like me, you’ve talked about it with your handful of close girls.  Somehow it always seems that what happens after Carrie says I DO is far more fabulous. So, I’m living vi-carrie-ously, as she continues to live in NY and travels to Abu Dabi!  =)  

I’ve been excited about SATC2 since there was talk about a second.  And I was even more excited while in NYC on Valentines Day and Fashion Week and saw this across the street from Bryant Park:   

NYC - Feb 2010

 And now it’s finally ALMOST here! May 27th !   Too bad I have a wedding to coordinate on SATC’s opening day. Anyone want to see it Friday?! (I’m not looking forward to Miranda’s wardrobe for Abu Dabi if it’s anything like the trailer’s end; love the others though!).  


 Movie posters were found on
View the official trailer HERE!

The last poster reminded me of my movie-poster inspired wedding invitations  and it is currently inspiring me to possibly design a sequal poster to document ‘what happens after we said I DO’… just for kicks. =)  Maybe I’ll title it:  “I’m Yours Too”  … that was too easy!

H&M Garden Collection – Spring is Here!

I’m loving some of these dresses!! …. they are so so fem! =)  

You MAY even want to consider these floral prints as Bridesmaid dresses! …No bouquets needed!  =)  ( I would sure wear these again, long after the wedding!)   If you don’t want to go that far from the norm, perhaps one printed dress for your MoH and coordinating solid dress for your BMs!  I like to think outside the all-solid-color box!

 Heres some H&M’s  Garden Collection . Happy Spring!

The collection even has some dresses that look almost bridal! .. if you are a daring bride who wants to go short or casual (like cindy crawford’s !)

Cindy wore an off the rack John Galiano slip dress with delicate lace overlay.  No shoes needed! 

DIY: Creative Photobooth Backdrops

A super unique element that you can easily DIY for your wedding is a photo backdrop!  It makes ALL the difference, and is for SURE a big BANG for your buck!  There are many different areas in which you can use a backdrop to add a lot of fun and personality to your wedding.   DIY backdrops can be done in advance of your wedding and on a budget!   Here are the areas in which to consider a backdrop: 

1. cake table / dessert table
2. rented photo booth
3. open photo op area
4. ceremony backdrop
5. head table / sweatheart table

Here are some of my favorite unique backdrops.  Again.. be creative and stick to YOUR wedding look/feel.

(1) This first one is super labor intensive but so worth it for uniqueness! Photographer, Brandon Kidd, made his own backdrop for his wedding. I’m sure as a photographer he’s seen it all… except this one!  He cut various size trunks of trees to make this DIY photo backdrop. Incidently, after the wedding, he put this to use in the bedroom as their headboard!  (I hope this inspires all you grooms out there!) Read more on the making of his backdrop here

Also, their dessert table backdrop goes with the natural/organic theme.  the little white dots on the backdrop is cotton!  The desserts were made by the amazing Melody of Sweet & Saucy Shop, who was my wedding baker as well!  She is!!!… and super-duper-sweet too!

(2) This backdrop is FUN, Feminine, and Retro!  Props are easy to get at your local party/costume store and the backdrop can be made purchasing a few yards of your favorite fabric or even using your existing flat bedsheet (if it goes along with your wedding colors).  Read more on this from Green Wedding Shoes here .


(3) Instead of props, you could use a single chalkboard or whiteboard and have your guests write a short message!   The hung the quilt on a clothesline and called it a day! How fun! Read more on this from Style Me Pretty, featured here.



(4) This backdrop incorporates various family photos in color and black and white, mounted on black paper as the border with red/white title labels.  Four to five photos are strung together on a red ribbon and hung from a PVC pipe covered with shear curtains.  Read more about this on The Knot, featured here.



(5)  A super cute backdrop that is really simple to do!  Just hang 2-3 ribbon in your weddingcolors.  Alternate the ribbon colors randomly or in a pattern (like the one shown here). You can also use different widths of ribbon and even different patterns. Then add your names, monogram, image, or something like “Love Is Sweet” or “Eat Cake!”.  I loove this understated cake made again by Melody!



(6) This MAY be my fav.. but that’s just because it’s the backdrop in MY wedding!  A bride is always in the spotlight on the wedding day… so, why not mimic your own Red Carpet walkway!!   This can be done if you have an indoor or outdoor reception.  This is called a step-repeat backdrop, much like those you see at celeb events.  I opted to feature 4 different logos as “sponsors” of the wedding:  SignatureK (of course!), In The Clouds Events (my MoH’s company),  Home Grown Blends HGB (my hubby’s DJ company), and our wedding logo that said “kien jayson” with a cupcake illustration inserted between our names (you can kind of see it on the right s side of the image below).   The logos were printed on 8 ft x 8 ft vinyl  material and proped up by free-standing PVC pipes.  Read more on my “hollywood beach wedding galahere and floral prep here.  =)


  Last but not least, one of my favorites.  If I got married again, I would totally pick an open landscape area like this and build my own rustic indoor ceremony setting, outside!  I LOVE this yellow dresser as THE pop of color in this neutral outdoor space. I’m sure this takes as much work as the round tree trunk backdrop, but sooo worth it.  To pull this off, you definately need a few helping hands .. to help you design a similar ceremony backdrop AND to install this for the DAY-OF!  Now do you know why a planner/coordinator (and even a designer) is so important!!?  It makes all the difference and can ensure your unique details are not overlooked!   Read more on this wedding on the Bellisima Vita blog.



Some backdrop TIPS:

  1. Determine your backdrop after you know your color scheme and/or the theme, look, and feel of your wedding. 
  2. Also after you know what color scheme and accent pieces will be in front of your backdrop.  For example, if you want to make a backdrop for your dessert table, consdider what your dessert display will look like (desert colors, trays/cake stand colors) and what other accent items (non-dessert; floral decor) will be added to your tablescape.
  3. If you are doing a background for a open photo op area, carry the image, monogram, color scheme, or just the look/feel that you chose to use throughout your wedding scheme and invitations into the background.
  4. Keep the background simple if you have an elaborate or busy tablescape that is going in front
  5. Make the backdrop fun and personal if you are doing a photo op area.
  6. Use props for a fun factor (ie. funny glasses, party hats, chalkboard (so guests can write a short message on hold it in the photo), etc.  Be creative!
  7. If you have a photo op area, be sure to work the photo op time with your photographer or make sure you have a 2nd or 3rd phtographer dedicated to takeing photos of your and your guests there throughout the reception duration.
  8. Make sure you have a free-standing support for it or make sure you can hang it via pins/tape it to the ceiling or wall.  (This is where hiring the Day-of Coordinator would help with all these set-up!)
  9. If you are stressing over how to incorporate all the things you love… hire a wedding designer/planner!  If you DIY, you should still hire a Coordinator to execute your desires to the “t” !

The Ice Heart – NYC

Happy HEART Day everyone! 

The Ice Heart - Time Square. Installed on 2/12 and will melt through 2/22. Everyone is coming by daily to see the melting of the heart in progress! It is a bit FREEZING out, so hopefully the sun will help it some. What an inspiring concept!

 My hub and I decided to take a mini vaca to NYC for Vday and we’re enjoying every bit (the food, fashion, & crisp air).   We barely missed the eastcoast snow storm and had a very smooth pleasant flight. The day after we arrived, the Ice Heart was being installed in Time Square!  Such a treat to see it all done and melting sloooowly away!  Love being on this island this time of year. 

Here are some photos of the manufacturing process of the brick ice blocks!  Happy Valentines Day! 

(1) Okomoto Studio. Ice Block Fabrication.

(2) brick-sized Ice Blocks

(3) ready to be put in it's spot..

Day 1 - Installaton complete!

 For more photos and information on The Ice Heart:

Photos 1, 2, & 3 credit: Bjorn Wallander  
Architect: Moorhead & Moorhead
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Lighting Designer: Tillett Lighting Design Inc.

Interior Design Inspiration – Lime + Cappuccino + Ice White + Peony Pink !

interior design. remodeling. color palettes. inspire me!  

I was so flattered that a good friend (and neighbor) of mine trusted me to pick out BOTH of the wall colors for his extra bedroom and office!  I was supper excited simply for one reason:  I’ve always loved to remodel, paint, and decorate!  I guess it was a sign when I was a little girl (before I really knew what fashon and style was, and before i fell in love with  … SHOES), every few months I would get the urge to REARRANGE my bedroom! (It was the only space that was alllll mine!)  My parents would come home and my bed and dresser would be against the opposite wall… few months later it woudl be against another wall.  Although i only had 4 walls, i found some creative angles too!   I secertly wished that when I grew up, I would have lots of houses so that I could remodel and decorate each room a different style, color, theme, decor, etc! 

So, for Mike’s rooms… a BLANK CANVAS… needs… COLOR!  I chose a fresh green (for office) and a subdued sunshine yellow (for guest bedroom).  For the decor inspiration, I am looooving this blog entry featured on Design*Sponge and wondered why I hadn’t found Grace Bonney’s blog sooner!   She features the office remodel of Leila Khalil, of be inspired pr (specializing in wedding pr!) 

Here is my inspiration for Mike’s office (green), BUT, it is a little fem, so I’m thinking more dark wood tones with white accents would be more masculine… what do you think?!  Send me links to your suggestions! 

Leila Khalil of be inspired pr (which specializes in weddings!)

Great accents!

Grace Bonney’s  daily blog is dedicated to home and product design. More photo’s from Design*Sponge blog.

Follow SignatureK on Twitter & Facebook!

Although I’ve had a FB and Twitter account for a while, I have not been diligent with updating; My fab finds, sights, and design inspirations have gone unblogged…. but all that is about to change!  For 2010 I vow to be better!  Thank you  for all your support and returning visits to my !  Happy 2010 Everyone! May your endevors be successful, may your family be healthy, and may your life be full of beauty, inside and out.  love, Kien

Statement Decor: Moss Balls & Tissue Balls

This post is looong over due.. but it’s here now!  During the start of the winter holidays, I have been seeing a lot of BALLS as decor!  The latest ones were very dramatic!  Hey, if you’re going to decorate, it’s gotta be an eye catcher no doubt!  I love..

Giant Moss Ball! While getting a bang trim by the sweetest stylist, Ben Crase @ Hyde-Edwards salon.. This was their xmas decor. Unfortunately I didn't take any other pictures around the salon.. but you can imagine, the design was carried throughout.. the BIG statement was at the front desk here.. =) (Dec.2009)

Anthropologie. One of my fav stores in which i should be spending less of my hard earned dollar on... but i love it so... Winter 2009 window display @ Anthropologie... (Carlsbad, CA)

Closeup.. made of various shades of white/ivory tissue paper or light-weight plastic sheets... (Carlsbad, CA)

Post-wedding: Online Guest Photo Gallery

Hi my bloggers!  I’m back from my 10-day honeymoon and will share some pictures and contact those of you who contacted me before I left.  But first, I wanted to share with you a great idea (in which I actually stole from my friend Mari’s wedding — credits to Mari!).  

As you know, all your guests will be snapping pictures with their digital cameras from every angle!  Starting an online photo album (designated for your wedding only) is a GREAT way to have your guests share their photos by uploading it to your album!  I started a account, designated for wedding photos before I left for my honeymoon (but if you have an account already or use a different service, just create a new ALBUM). By the time I got back, there were tons of fun pictures! You can set your account access as public or private.   Here is some more information on your 2 setting choices:

Public site/album – give all your guests the link to the site/album in which you’ve specified settings for anyone toshare their photos by uploading to the site or album you’ve designated.

Private site/album – give all your guests the link to the site/album AND don’t forget to give them the login/password so that they have access to share their photos by uploading to the site or album you’ve designated.

Some popular photo gallery service sites are:,,;

Here is a sample email that I sent to all my tech savvy guests:

Hi Family & Friends,

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend !!  Thank you for making our wedding day extra special.

Please share with us the photos you took! 

We’ve created an online Kodak site for you to share your photos.

 The login steps:

  1. Go to :  Log in with the following:  
  2. Email Address or Mobile Phone Number:   XX
  3. Password:  YY
  4. Click “Sign In”
  5. Click “My Photos” tab
  6. Select the Album you wish to VIEW or ADD/UPLOAD more pictures to.  OR create a NEW ALBUM
  7. Click “Add More Photos” (on left side of page) – if you wish to add your pictures to the album

 Thank you for sharing your photos in advance! 

If you have uploaded pictures to your own gallery site, please send us a link or a CD!

As for the professional photos – online proofs will be ready in a few weeks.  I will forward the link when it is available.

A screen shot of my Kodak Gallery with several wedding photo albums uploaded by the guests themselves, post-wedding!

A screen shot of my Kodak Gallery with several wedding photo albums uploaded by the guests themselves, post-wedding!