A little taste of what ensued in the Hollywood Hills on September 21st, 2013. Paul & I threw the party of our lifetime in an Art Deco inspired bash to celebrate our engagement. Our friends and family all graced us with their presence and well wishes as we toasted with champagne, sipped on signature cocktails, took one too many shots, and danced the night away. It was an evening I will never forget and will look back on often to remember how many wonderful people are part of our life. As we gear up for the 2-year engagement and wedding in….(find out tomorrow!), I am happy to share that this has been the best time of my life yet! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this special time with us.
I scored this StyleStalker dress during one of their insane sales and am thrilled that the fit is rather perfect. I am finally back to normal after my whirlwind engagement party and was ready to slip into something a little nicer than denim cut-offs for spray painting and something a little more low key than my white gown for the party. While I wait for my pictures to arrive (did you really think I wouldn’t share pics from the fab event?!), I am anxiously putting together some fun posts of the decor that consumed my apartment for 2 months. Stay tuned for DIY party decor, tips from planning this soiree, and of course, the most exciting news I have to report yet! It’s all coming your way, on this blog, very soon!
It’s been a minute since I’ve lusted over some good home design. Especially home design that pertains to my living situation. Living in a condo has its perks and challenges (as we all know), but having a small kitchen it truly my biggest issue (who want to cook in a tiny space with old appliances?!). After coming across this kitchen (above) I was inspired to search for some more tiny but chic kitchens to give me hope. Yes, I’m being dramatic, but a girl needs some counter top space and stainless steel appliances dammit! Take a look at some other cucinas that sparked my interest. Do you have any tips for small kitchens? Do share!
Create: (verb) to bring into existence.
…Thus making me the creator of Sivan Ayla, my lifestyle “brand.” When others can identify my/your aesthetic I believe you’re putting your stamp on a piece of work and that is something on one can take away from you. I am so proud that my energy into every part of my life–be it art, decor, events, styling, so on–can be recognized as my own. Contributing something visual is priceless, as it is living proof of the talents we obtain. Remember to always be authentic and simply be inspired by others, not claim their creativity as your own. Organic growth will come once you realize your own creative identity. And lastly, never share everything you know. Tuesday knowledge from me to you. Enjoy.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but honestly, I can barely come up with 7 words to truly represent what it is I am trying to convey. That’s the thing with being a visual person; we highly depend on our visuals/aesthetics/images/art to do all the communicating for us. In this case, I went to the Santa Monica pier, bought some cotton candy that matched my new top, and instantly felt the need to capture this very blue moment. But I wasn’t blue at all. In fact, I was elated to be spending the day by the beach in a comfy pair of high-tops, picking at the sticky cotton candy, and riding the roller coaster with my fiance and niece. While you see many posed pictures on this blog in my “natural” habitat, these photos really do scream something that is hard to articulate: true, and genuine happiness. Exhibit A (above), just happy to be eating a mound of blue sugar. Below you will find several images of candid shots captured by Paul showing a conversation I was having with a Pier worker about the possibility of the blue doors flying open and taking me out (hence the shock on my face…and blue tongue), and the fear mixed with adrenaline as I rode the Pacific Plunge and tested my normally weak stomach.
What do you see when looking at these pictures?
Kelly and Jared’s wedding on Maui was such a sweet moment for me to witness. The setting was intimate and Kelly looked absolutely stunning. I could barely take any pictures with her for fear that my makeup would start running! Kelly had spent a good portion of her year preparing for the wedding crafting and designing the little details that most people probably overlook, and I thought I would share some of my favorite parts. This was our last night on Maui (and with an extreme sunburn, as you can see), it was a good note to leave on. As the newlyweds continued to journey through Hawaii, Paul and I returned to our home and babies (Olive & Lyla) and often reminisce via Instagram for those cotton candy perfect sunsets. Maui, we will be back.
Not quite sure what it is but I felt a distinct need to rebel after Labor Day and wear white. Maybe it’s because as a blogger you feel the need to stand out or do things out of the ordinary or maybe it’s because I’ve never followed that dumb rule anyway. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t wear winter whites? With the impending departure of this heatwave (I prey), I thought we would give white one last go in the summery Sivan way. In this case, Carly and I donned white nightgowns that made for the perfect dress length (short people problems) and hit the hiking trails for a perfect summer-ending sunset overlooking the Valley. This was officially the weekend to bid summer adieu and it was perfect. On a side note, keep your eyes and ears peeled for the new Charme Silkiner jewelry lookbook to see Carly and yours truly featured in the glossy pages. Collaborating with a designer and styling the shoot has been tres exciting and I absolutely LOVE creative freedom. Feeling of the day: #gratitude (Find more of this shoot and behind the scenes on my Insta sivanayla).
LDW has arrived, which officially marks the end of summer. It’s a bittersweet feeling to be saying goodbye to my favorite season; however, my favorite month is coming up: October. You may remember from last October, and the last October, just how much I adore that time of year. You will be reminded again this October why I love it (so I’ll spare you the details), but I had to take the time to kiss hot bikini days goodbye and welcome sweaters, hot coffee, and snuggly blankets instead.
I often feel that summer vacation never really ended for me. How could anyone let go of what was the best three months of the year? No school, no work (while still in school), beach, friends, what’s not to love? As an “adult” I have been determined to keep the spirit of those summers alive by allowing myself mini vacations, happy hour, some summer Fridays, and of course, lots of time by the water. Although the turn of season means I am headed back into the grind, I am actually excited this time. I have set myself challenging goals and there is just so much to work towards that I feel more motivated than ever. If only my attitude about exercise were this positive…One step at a time, I guess. Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Enjoy the last sweet sips of summer!
The first couple days of our trip were spent driving around the island exploring and visiting some of our favorite spots. After a day at the Grand Wailea we got in the car and headed toward Makena to see a more familiar shore. With wind-blown hair, a severe tan, and fresh coconuts in hand we accidentally passed the turnoff but came across these crystal clear coves. We had initially kept driving but upon our return I basically jumped out of the car to run into the water. It was warm and the sand was sinkier (not a word but you know what I mean) than the sand in Wailea, or anywhere for that matter, and it was absolutely deserted. I felt we struck gold and after Paul insisted I play in the mini waves for some pictures we later learned that these coves are where the more recent shark attacks took place. Lovely. My second biggest fear in the world (2nd to earthquakes) is sharks and I was basically asking them to come snatch me and my lacy cover-up! Luckily I made it out of the water untouched but I still get creeped out just thinking about it! Have you ever encountered a shark in the water? Do tell, I’m fascinated!