July 16, 2014

Cactus Land

Corina is wearing:
SoulMakes- Diamond Ring (coming VERY soon, I promise)
Free People - Gauze Romper
Spell Designs - Dreamweaver Crossbody Bag
Shantique Designs - Turquoise Cuffs
Shantique Designs - Thunderbird Ring
Bahgsu Jewels - Turquoise Ring
Photography - Lerina Winter
Model - Corina

We are ever inspired by one of our favorite West Coast muses, Corina of Wild & Free Jewelry. Not only is she gorgeous, she's an amazingly talented designer herself! We're totally mesmerized by the latest shoot up on the Wild and Free blog, featuring so many gorgeous jewels, including SoulMakes of course! It's a turquoise fever in this stunning cactus land and it has us wander lusting for the great wild west!

Thanks for these amazing pictures Corina! Be sure to check out her blog here and her shop here!
Have a beautiful day!
MacK Mars

July 14, 2014

SoulMakes Wedding Invitations

Trevor and I have been married for over a month now, so I thought I would show you our wedding invites. We made and printed them ourselves, of course. We used photographs we had previously taken of our stunning Shenandoah venue as the background for each piece. I hand drew each individual letter, symbol and feather and then we combined the two in photo shop. Luckily for us, being business owners, we had the supplies and resources around the studio to print everything in house, a nice perk!
We wrapped each packet up with a single feather and white twine. We didn't get fancy with the envelopes, just brown kraft envelopes, sealed the old fashioned way.

There were two different types of invitations we sent out. Because of the small size of our wedding venue (seated approximately 40) we sent both ceremony and reception cards to those who would be joining us during our vows. We made a separate reception only card that said "following a private ceremony, please join us at the reception..." to send out to our friends who were welcome to join in on the party afterward, where there was room for more people. Since we didn't have enough time to do an engagement shoot, being the busy jewelry makers that we are, we chose one of our favorite photos from our road trip last summer, during which Trevor proposed. It was a self portrait we took at a rest stop in Kansas somewhere and we thought it embodied us and the vibe of our wedding very well.

We were careful to try and emulate a certain style in the art of the invitations. Since our wedding was a bit "non-traditional" we wanted to give our guests an understanding of what to expect and how they should dress etc. Some folks include a dress code on their invites, but it sure can be hard to fit all that info on one small piece of paper. So we included a website card, that had our wedding website and listed what kinds of additional details you would find there. On the website we did include a dress code, along with a more specific time line of the day and various details about food etc.

There is so much I have to say about wedding planning. Ours was 100% DIY from start to finish, not a single hired hand was involved (except our lovely photographer). From the food, to the decor, the live music to the actual officiating of our marriage, the floral arranging to the electrical equipment, set up and break down. It was all done by Trevor and I, our family and our friends! It certainly felt amazing to to do it in this home grown fashion and to get everybody working together, but there's definitely pros and cons to doing it this way. More on that later :)

Have a gorgeous day!
MacK Mars

July 9, 2014

Take it Easy

I'm wearing:

SoulMakes Necklaces, bracelet & diamond ring
Bandit Brand tee shirt
Joe's Jeans cut offs
Free People floral bralette

What can I say? I'm a real jeans and tee-shirt kind of gal. I like to take it easy and keep things simple. I am almost always wearing a white tee, I love a graphic and cut offs are a way of life in the summer. It's my uniform. I pulled out my Frye cowboy boots the other day and felt a little extra all American. Naturally, no outfit is ever complete without loads of SoulMakes jewelry to top it all off. Trevor and I strolled through the grassy pastures near our house the other day, enjoying the summer sun and sweet Virginia scenery! Trevor captured the moment perfectly :)
Have a gorgeous week!

MacK Mars

July 7, 2014

Cowgirl Dreams

I'm wearing:
SoulMakes Bracelets & some of our newest necklaces!
Free People Bralette & Lace Slip
Joes Jeans shorts
Frye boots
Minnetonka hat

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe weekend celebrating the Fourth of July! Trevor and I ventured out to the battlefields down the street from our house. Virginia is chalked full of historical sites from the Civil and Revolutionary War. It's always a little impressive and certainly thought provoking to be on those battlefields and read the signs telling the tales of our states past, good or bad. The land is beautiful and green, littered with wild flowers and hilly dirt trails. We walked around for a bit in the setting sun, holding hands and snapping pictures. I wore a beautiful, flowy, lace slip over my favorite pair of cut off jeans with some Frye boots and a cowboy hat. Feeling very festive, I grabbed a mini American flag to twirl around with, it felt like we were amidst a beautiful cowgirl dream land. After our little photo shoot we got some soft serve covered in sprinkles while we watched fireworks erupt in the sky. It was such a lovely, long weekend spent with my wonderful husband. 

Have a gorgeous day!
MacK Mars

July 2, 2014

Washington, DC - FP ME Edition

Photography: SoulMakes
Models: Kathleen, Sara, Katie, MacK Mars
Clothing: Free People  
Jewels: SoulMakes 

You may or may not know, I work a few hours a week at my local Free People store. I've been there for a long time, before SoulMakes was ever a twinkle in my eye and I would be more than happy to work there for the rest of my life ;) Yesterday, some of the girls and I did a little impromptu Fourth of July inspired FP ME shoot. We dressed in our best red, white and blues from the latest at Free People & of course, there was SoulMakes a plenty. Nothing says Americana to me like white tees, high rise denim and a dash of turquoise. We're lucky to live in a place so full of our country's history. Here in DC, we're surrounded by various monuments and museums all built in honor of Land of the Free. We walked around the nation's Capitol in the glow of the heavy sun, carrying with us a vintage flag, the very symbol of that freedom. 

For more FP ME pics from the DC area follow Free People Tysons on instagram!

Hope you all have a wonderful (and safe) Fourth of July!
MacK Mars