Piccadilly Website Launch!

It’s finally the here! The day I’ve been dreaming of and we’ve been working towards.  Today we launch the new Piccadilly brand and website.PC_logo

 

In case you were wondering….

PICCADILLY IS A WASHINGTON, D.C. BASED BOUTIQUE FIRM SPECIALIZING IN EVENT STYLING AND COORDINATION, PROP AND PRODUCT STYLING AND CREATIVE CONSULTING.

Our mission is to bring fun and sparkle to every creative venture by providing unforgettable customer service, connection to cause and by#crushingit consistently.

 

You can read more by visiting the new website at www.piccadilly-creative.com

(Photo Credit: Mary Evans)

The Piccadilly team celebrated the launch this past weekend.  Aren’t these photos fun?

Now go check out the new site!

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I know today is Monday and usually that means normally I’d be spamming your inbox with lots of pictures from another wonderful weekend, but this week is a bit different.  Actually it’s A LOT different for some pretty wonderful reasons.  This is the week we launch the new Piccadilly brand and website.  It’s the week I get to introduce you to the best team on earth and share with you all the things we’ve been working on for the last few months.  It’s super exciting but also pretty terrifying.  I thought today, I’d break with the norm and share with you a bit of what’s been going on in my heart behind the scenes.

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I know I’ve said it like a gazillion times on here, but what’s happening with Piccadilly is really a dream come true.  Pursuing dreams is scary business though.  It means you have to actually admit and own what you want. It means you have to be vulnerable. It means you have to take risks. This inevitably comes with a barrage of thoughts like…

“What if people don’t get it?”

“What if they think I’m stupid?”

“What if I try and fail?”

“What if they realize I don’t know what I’m doing?”

“What if I REALLY don’t know what I’m doing?”

“What if… What if… What if?”

Even if it is scary and overwhelming at times, it’s also one of the greatest feelings in the world.   The flip side of the challenges I listed above, is that going after what you want also sets you free.  It gives you permission to be yourself. It let’s people in on the adventure with you. It gives others the opportunity to dream along with you.

It means that you can take your dreams off of the shelf marked “someday” and put them firmly in the space marked “today”.

Earlier this year I realized that I have been playing it safe for a long time.  I think subconsciously I had thought that if I didn’t really try, I couldn’t really fail.  Not realizing that every moment spent in that thought pattern was making failure a common occurrence. I read a really awesome book and have basically been listening to a song called “You Make Me Brave” on the repeat all summer and both have served as the catalyst for moving forward and “doing it scared“.

I know that sometimes it’s easy to look at the outside of something and think that it just happens.  I know many times I’ve looked at other people’s lives and thought that everything just seems to work out so easily for them.  They seem to have it all together.  Things just happen for them.  I’m here to tell you, that at least in my case, it’s not that simple.  Sometimes it’s scary and sometimes it’s messy, but it’s always worth it.

So here’s to dreaming of things bigger than you can accomplish in your own strength.  Here’s to being unrealistic. Here’s to taking the leap.  Here’s to hoping the parachute will open.

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Weekly Inspiration : 9-12-14

Weekly Inspiration

 

This week has been filled with all things Piccadilly as we gear up for the launch of the new brand and site.  I am soooo freakin excited to share it all with you! In the meantime, here’s a few Piccadilly-inspired details to hold you over.

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Living the Dream

When I was little I dreamed about being all grown up and living on my own in a house that looked a lot like the castle from Candy Land.

I used to dream about NEVER having to go to school again.

I used to dream about waking up each day and going to work (ah! I was so innocent) and supporting myself (Thank you Destiny’s Child for glamorizing the thought of paying my own bills).

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I used to dream about living with my best friends, singing, traveling the world, and starting my own business…

This is the crazy part though.  It’s happening you guys!   Even on the most stressful days when I can’t tell which way is up, I’m reminded that I once dreamed about these moments. I couldn’t be more overwhelmed with excitement, scared out of my mind and grateful…truly, truly grateful.

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Take a minute.  This moment you are living in.  At one point in your life, you dreamed about it.

Maybe your dream doesn’t look like you imagined?  Perhaps it’s come with a few more complications than you ordered (isn’t it funny how we act like that sometimes)… but still,  at the end of the day, there’s so much to be grateful for.

At one point in your life, you dreamed about this moment.  You are, in fact, living the dream.  Enjoy it. Relish in the moment. Keep going. There’s more dreams to be had.

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Photos provided courtesy of Erica Baker Photography

 

Love Always Hannah Blog Tour

One of my besties, Ella, from StartCloseIn Styling nominated me to take a fun little tour through blogland with you all this week.  Before we start though, I have to take a minute and gush about her…

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(we always like to traipse around the woods with random props… what do you do with your free time?)

She’s amazing! Like, for reals.  We met ions ago when we were both studying abroad in Spain (so exotic, right?).  We quickly bonded over our love for makeup and accessories, our shared New England heritage and our joint distaste for plaid flannel (which we both now seem to love again).  While we both had our own separate adventures in the subsequent years, we picked up right where we left off when she moved to DC just a few years ago.  It’s like we were never apart.

Ella is truly a wonderful friend. She’s thoughtful, insightful, loving, compassionate, fun, creative and inspiring ( just to name a few things). Every day I’m grateful to have her in my world.

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I swore this photo from behind-the-scenes at our last photoshoot would never see the light of day, but it’s just too indicative of our friendship for me not to post. (I swear I don’t ALWAYS look that crazy… just sometimes)

Actually, the times I don’t look this crazy are largely in part because of her help.  She’s a wonderful personal stylist and has gone through my closet on a number of occasions.  Seriously, she’s pretty awesome at it. You should check her out.

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Anyways, as part of the tour, I’m supposed to answer questions…

1. What am I working on?

If you’ve been around here for longer than a minute you’ll know that I’m in the process of re-launching my business, Piccadilly. (New website coming next week.. yikes!) Piccadilly is a Washington, D.C. based boutique firm specializing in event styling & coordination; prop & product styling & creative consulting.

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Our mission is to bring fun and sparkle to every creative venture by providing unforgettable customer service, connection to cause and by #crushingit consistently.

As you can imagine this has been quite a project and I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing it with you all soon! Stay tuned. In the meantime, take a second and go like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Pretty please with gumdrops on top :)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Wow! This is such a good question and probably a bit difficult to answer.  Perhaps, instead I can just share a bit about my motivation for Piccadilly, for writing this blog and just about anything else that I do.

You see I believe that one of the biggest needs in society today is for us as individuals to understand our value.  First, because I truly believe that everyone matters and should know their inherent worth but secondly it’s when we fail to recognize our value that we fail to act.  Let me explain.  I think that each person walking the face of the earth has something in their hand to give.  The problem is if we don’t understand our value and we dismiss what we have to offer, we never do our part.  We will never stand up to fight human trafficking.  We will never try to solve the curse of poverty or homelessness or any other issue that we might be facing.  When we don’t value ourselves first, we in turn can’t truly help those around us.  However, if we’re each faithful with what we have in our hand, I believe we truly can change the world.

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That is the underlying belief under everything that I do.  Whether its writing a post on this blog or planning an event with Piccadilly, my ultimate goal is that YOU understand how incredibly amazing and valuable you are.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

For the exact reason, I stated above.  I want you to know that you matter.

I started this blog specifically because I have little sisters.  I looked around and saw that so much of what is targeted to young women these days has the underlying message that says in order to be enough, you must buy this, do this, watch this… pardon me, but I think that’s crap.  I wanted them to know from a very early age that beauty comes in a million different shapes and sizes.  It is not simply defined by how you look and your worth in this world does not come from what others think of you.

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I wanted to create a space that could talk about fun, girly things but also leave you knowing that at the end of the day, you don’t need a single extra thing in order to matter. You matter. Just as you are.

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

Well, usually I write late at night and then I dream about naps for most of the following day.  As much as I’d like to be an early morning person, it never quite happens. Often times as I go about my day, I will have an idea for a post so I keep a running list of ideas on my phone.  Usually then it will take me a few days to formulate what I want to say… but ultimately, it just comes to sitting down (usually pretty late) and writing.  There’s no special formula to it. You just have to do it.

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With that, I’m excited to introduce my wonderful friend Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run DC.

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She’s an amazing local blogger who writes about… you guessed it… running.  I have to be honest and say that the last time I ran was because I thought I was being chased and it wasn’t pretty BUT I love Courtney and I love reading her blog.  She’s so inspiring and will help you discover your inner runner… mine is still hiding, but it’s only a matter of time before I find her.

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Courtney is currently training for the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon coming up this weekend. She’s such a rockstar.  You can read more about her prep here.  I may just have to follow her around with signs one of these days.

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Another fun fact, is that I (and Piccadilly) had the privilege of working with Courtney at her recent wedding to her very own prince charming, Kwame.

kwameTheir wedding was so beautiful and such a blast.  I want to invite their families to every wedding I go to. They know how to get down on the dance floor and have a good time.

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How cute were these running related details that she worked into her special day?

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With that, I will let Courtney take it from here.  Thanks for stopping by from Ella’s blog and I hope you enjoy what you find on Courtney’s!

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Weekly Inspiration : 09-05-14

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This color combination just makes me happy.  The perfect contrast of warm and cool.  The softness of the color palette makes me want to stop what I’m doing and just breathe.  Love.

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Confront Your Fear

Fear is a pretty big liar.  I know because I’ve heard its voice many a time.  It tells you that you can’t do it.  It tells you that the worst thing you can imagine isn’t really the worst.  It tells you that you are alone.

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When I was five it told me I wouldn’t have any friends.

When I was eight it told me I would never have siblings.

When I was twelve it told me I could not sing.

When I was fourteen it told me I’d never be accepted.

When I was sixteen it told me I’d never have a boyfriend.

When I was eighteen it told me I couldn’t make it on my own.

When I was twenty it told me I wouldn’t make the grade.

When I was twenty-two it told me I didn’t have what it takes.

When I was twenty-four it told me I was unlovable.

When I was twenty-seven it told me I would never reach my dreams.

When I was thirty it told me I would always be alone.

When I am thirty-two it tells me all of the above (and more)… daily.

LaurenModny_WarriorGoddess-11The thing is though, fear can say whatever it wants.  It can talk until it’s blue in the face for all I care. That doesn’t make it true.

I have a choice on what I listen to and what I allow to influence my life.  I daily have to make the decision that fear does not get to have the final say in my life.  Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s loud. Yes, sometimes it can appear as truth. Yes, sometimes if feels impossible to hear anything else.

Just because fear speaks, doesn’t make it truth.

You (and I) are responsible for what we choose to allow in our lives and what we choose to confront.

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Someone wonderful told me recently that confronting is simply choosing to face.  To turn around and face head on the thing that has been chasing you all along.  To plant your feet and believe that you are not alone in that moment.  Believe that you have what it takes.

Today, let’s commit to confront our fear.  I can promise you the voice will come. It will tell you that you are not enough.  It will tell you that you don’t have what it takes.  It will tell you any number of things, but I’m here to tell you. It’s not the truth.

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It’s only when you choose to face your fear that you realize it’s been powerless all along and it is only then, that you can experience true freedom.

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Photos : Lauren Modny Photography

Styling & Creative Direction : StartCloseIn & Piccadilly

Model : Ashlynn