Posts in the ‘Art’ Category

Win $1000!

Monday, November 12th, 2012


As most Sweet Peas & Stilettos’ readers know – I am a huge huge huge fan of Minted. They have added so much to their site in the last year beyond stationery including fabulous art prints and party decor. Their latest creative offering is a growing collection of inspiration boards. Now you can be an artist and share your inspiration with everyone. As a little incentive to get us all to give it a try, they have a fun little contest going on. Someone is going to win $1000 to spend on Minted – it might as well be one of us!Here is the scoop:

Make.  Create an inspiration board inspired by one of Minted’s Holiday Cards.

Share. Once you’ve created your inspiration board just embed in to your blog to share. If you don’t have a blog or site, I can post it here on Sweet Peas & Stilettos for you.

Win. They’ll be selecting three winners on Sunday November 18th and each winner will $200 worth of Minted credit. All entries will also be eligible for the $1,000 Minted gift certificate grand prize!

Check out full details at Minted’s Inspiration Board Challenge  Go for it and give it a try- I think it is going to be your lucky day.


Unique Holiday Card Photo Idea

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012


Don’t you love this photo?! Elaine was my freshman roommate at Stanford and is now a busy mom juggling her career as a physician and home life with her husband and their two adorable kids. She posted this photo on Facebook yesterday and I just love it. I know many of you are getting ready to start ordering your photo holiday cards and taking family photos to use. As soon as I saw this, I just thought it would be perfect for a  holiday card (I know it leaves out her husband and son….but the concept is so cute). I wanted to share it with all of you to inspire you to capture a creative and memorable image for your photo Christmas cards or photo Hanukkah cards this year. I am sure everyone will love it. I think I might take a shot similar to this with my son and husband to use for family stationery. I will certainly share it with all of you.

I want to thank Elaine for letting me share her photo and also give creative credit to photographer, Annie Tao. In addition to being a fantastic family and lifestyle photographer, she is also the mom to three kids. Please check out the Annie Tao Photography website to see more wonderful images. She is located in the SanFrancisco Bay Area in case you want to book an appointment!

Palo Alto Forest

Monday, October 1st, 2012


I am thrilled to announce the opening of Angela Buenning Filo’s photo exhibition, The Palo Alto Forest, on Saturday, October 6th, 11:30 am – 5 pm as part of the Grand Reopening Celebration at the Palo Alto Art Center. It will remain on display at the newly-remodeled Palo Alto Art Center through April 14, 2013.

For this project Angela reached out to the Palo Alto community with the question: How do the trees that surround us impact our lives? She asked people to photograph a tree that is meaningful to them and to write a six word story about their tree. Nearly 400 people responded–including many children (and me!).

For the final artwork, she decided to print each image and story on glass. Suspended in a circle from the ceiling and illuminated from all sides, the trees join together to define a new space. This artwork was a true collaboration; she took her direction from the wonderful material the community presented her.

Since 2000, Angela Buenning Filo has been creating photographic documentations of the changing Silicon Valley landscape, which have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, and through the public art program at the San Jose International Airport. (I am honored that two of her pieces hang in my home too.) She has also turned her camera on Bangalore, India, and focused on the way the global technology boom has transformed the landscape there. She is an amazing mother to two little girls and I am proud to call this immensely talented women my dear friend (and my sewing teacher).

For the opening on Saturday, October 6th  the Palo Alto Art Center has a full day of interactive, fun activities planned for the whole family. Here is the full schedule. It is going to be a wonderful day for families all over the Bay Area to come together to celebrate the arts in our own backyard. I hope to see you there!

Modern Mommy of the Week – Jessie Salas

Friday, September 21st, 2012


Modern Mommy of the Week:

When I arrived at my son’s new school a few weeks ago, I met one mom in particular who was full of energy and had this incredible joy about her. She seemed so genuine, so happy (even at 7:45 in the morning with kids hanging on every limb!) and so fun – immediately I wanted to be her friend. That woman is Jessie Salas from San Jose, California. Jessie is mom to 3 very cute kids – Addison (Addie) who is 5, Hudson who will be turning 3 in October and Sydney who is just 3 months old. Jessie left her hectic high-tech career to start her own photography business. Like so many of us, she wanted to make money and have a career, but also wanted to have flexible hours so she could spend more time with her growing family. Over the last 5 years she has grown her business tremendously. Silicon Valley moms go straight to Jessie Salas because they know she will capture unique images of their children that they will treasure forever.


At Sweet Peas & Stilettos we LOVE shoes. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

My favorite pair of shoes – DKNY strappy sandal pump. I purchased them twelve years ago (I know, right?!?) at Macy’s in San Francisco. They have aged so gracefully (although they have had some cosmetic surgery doe over the years…and might even be in need of some now). I was with my mom when I made my purchase and these shoes have been on many dates (including one of the very first I had with my now-husband Kris), assisted me through numerous job interviews and spent time being paired with skirts and jeans alike…they were single girl shoes, shoes I wore when I was newly married and now serve as the occasional mama’s night out selection. To me they have a personality of their own and I simply love them. They are shoes I will NEVER part with…no matter how ratty they might become.


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Photography has been one of my passions since childhood…in fact I tell clients all the time that I can still remember my grandpa showing me how to use his gigantic Polaroid camera. I just loved the instant gratification of snapping a shot and watching as it processed before my eyes.

During college I spent time focusing and learning about photography but it wasn’t until my daughter was born that I decided to pursue my hobby as a fully fledged career. For ten years or so I had been a software sales rep working for organizations including Sun Microsystems, Network Appliance and Webex. I always thought I’d return to the world of technology however after falling in love with Addie within milliseconds after she arrived, the thought of ever leaving her seemed completely foreign to me…with the desire to still contribute to our household while remaining home to watch my daughter grow, Jessie Salas Photography was established.

It began as one, maybe two sessions per month with families of three or four…within a short period of time it had grown to a few sessions over the course of a weekend…before I knew it my referral base was expanding and inbound interest for my ‘little photography business that could’ was up to about ten calls or emails per week…covering the span of moms-to-be, their newborns, young children and families of all sizes.

I have found that my photography business allows me to integrate my love of art with my love for meeting new people, hearing their stories, watching their families interact and most of all encapsulating THEIR moments in time (and these moments are so fleeting). I am inspired by the thought that the instances I capture will be memories relived for many years to come. And that the time I spend with each family is fun (not just for me but for them as well!).

Design your own Shoes

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

shoes-of-prey design your own custom shoes

Unleash your Inner Jimmy Choo & Design a Pair of Shoes

We are all guilty of ‘getting creative’ with the Bedazzler or puffy fabric paint at least once in our lives. Growing up it was always fun to play fashion designer with friends – making our own Flashdance sweatshirts, braiding sparkly colorful headbands, and sewing those oh so cool mini skirts. Now that we are all grown up – it is all about the shoes. Luckily, the Bedazzler is tucked away, and technology is here to help. Watch out Manolo Blahnik – here we come…


Shoes of Prey makes fabulous flats, heels, wedges, sandals and more that you can’t get anywhere else – because they’re designed by you, for you. Feeling creative? Pull out your laptop, curl up on the couch, and play with their easy 3D design tool to choose the shape, color and height of your shoes. There are about 12 different basic styles to start from. Then you simply click on the little circles (shown above) and try lots of different combinations. Of course I love the glitter and animal prints, but there is also an array of leather, silk, snakeskin, cotton and vegan options too. They will be custom made to your specifications and shipped anywhere in the world in around four weeks. Another similar company worth checking out is milk & honey.

Sounds like the perfect one-of-a-kind Christmas present to me!


Modern Mommy of the Week – Kristina Rust

Friday, September 7th, 2012


Modern Mommy of the Week:

With the holidays right around the corner (so crazy – not sure how summer flew by so quickly!) I have had photography on my brain. It is that time of year to start thinking about holiday photo cards and taking that perfect picture of your family. This week’s Sweet Peas & Stilettos Modern Mommy of the Week is successful family photographer, Kristina Rust of Kristina Rust Photography. I think I am busy with one son, but she is able to juggle her busy life in Northern California as a mom to 4 children – one daughter (13) and three active sons ages 15, 11 & 11.


At Sweet Peas & Stilettos we LOVE shoes. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes?

My favorite pair of shoes are my Cole Hahn sandals.  I bought them for our trip to Europe this past summer.  I wanted something comfortable, yet stylish and knew I’d be on my feet all day playing tourist.  These shoes were perfect.  They were comfy(having a Nikeair sole) and the metallic color added a little pizazz.   Stylish and sensible shoes DO exist.


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I am a life-style, family photographer.  My passion for photography and love of documenting life’s everyday moments inspired me to start my own business 4 years ago.  My style is casual and relaxed and my sessions are laid back and fun.  I strive to capture your child’s personality (no fake smiles) and create images that you’ll love to display for years to come. I truly feel that my images tell stories and there is nothing more gratifying than having my clients tell me how much they love their photos.


Custom Stamps on SALE

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


Enjoy 35% Off Tiny Prints collection of custom self-inking stamps. Just use the promo code SEPTDOD to save now through tomorrow morning – Friday, September 6th at 8:59am PST. You have all night long to design your stamps! Instead of buying address labels for your Christmas cards and wedding invitations – you can use your personalized stamp. Custom stamps also make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and presents for friends who have just moved. Each stamp comes with a black ink cartridge that will let you stamp away 1000 times. Now, that’s a lot of envelopes.


So get your creative juices flowing and think about all of the ways you and your family can use stamps. From book plates to recipes and gift tags too – there are so many ways to can put your own personalized stamp to good use. Happy stamping!

Photo iPhone Cases

Friday, August 31st, 2012



I have started to collect cute iPhone cases like I collect shoes. I just can’t have enough of them and luckily they are a heck of a lot cheaper than anything I would find at the shoe department at Saks. Right now I just love the options available to make personalized iPhone cases. I know I am not the only one with thousands of photos hiding on my phone. It is time for us to share them with the world.

So…..instead of hiding your fabulous photos in your phone, design a cool cell phone case with your favorite images for everyone to see and enjoy. At Casetagram you can create custom iPhone cases from your Instagram photos (just like the cute one pictured above from the Casetagram gallery designed by Anna Gorvits). Unleash your inner artist and make an amazing one-of-a-kind cell phone cover.


You can create wonderful multi and single image photo cell phone cases at TinyPrints/Shutterfly too. And if you just want to personalize your phone with your initials and not a photo – they have some cute options too. Want to get a jumpstart on the holidays? Make a few cases today that you can tuck into Christmas stockings later this year. That is exactly what I want to do!

In fact – I have a whole page dedicated to fabulous designer iPhone / cell phone cases and covers. Come check them out….

Vogue Tennis Balls

Monday, August 27th, 2012


Vogue recently commissioned custom designer tennis balls for the US Open and they are extraordinary. You have to pop over to the Vogue website to see the full collection. Peter Som, Tory Burch, Monique Lhuillier and many other designers created the fabulous tennis balls with lace, spikes, rhinestones and more. Each tennis ball is little work of art. I would love to have the whole collection in my own home. I am thinking that this could be a really fun art project to do with the kids. Don’t you agree? I think I will try it next weekend…

Photo Credit: John Manno

Handpainted Taika Flats

Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Mark Rothko has been one of my absolute favorite artists since I can remember. I just love his paintings. When I saw these fabulous Handpainted Taika Flats in the Anthropologie catalog – they immediately reminded me of Rothko’s paintings.

Mark Rothko, Yellow, Blue, and Orange

Just in case you are not familiar with Rothko’s work – this is Yellow, Blue & Orange (image credit Chicago Art Review).


LeifNotes’ classic suede toecap flats are like little works of art. In fact no two exactly alike because the pretty saturated pigments are applied by hand. These art inspired flats come in 5 different color combinations and it is a little tricky to pick a favorite.


This is the cover of Mark Rothko by Jeffrey Weiss. It looks so much like the flats in the photo above.  If you want a Rothko of your own, check out the Mark Rothko gallery on