Friday Faves – Suite 33 & Hope In A Jar

We have ONE WEEK left before we pack up our moving truck and make the trip to our new home in Charleston!  Since it’s such a huge move (673 miles to be exact!), I’m being pretty choosy about what I take & what I’m leaving.

It’s been a 2 month long process of simplifying, selling, donating & throwing away stuff that has been cluttering our home!  I even put myself on a ‘buying freeze’ to make sure I didn’t add any unnecessary baggage to our big move!

However, there were two things that I just couldn’t live without!  This Ohio weather has my skin so dry.  I moisturize at leasts twice a day but it’s still soooo dry. Ugh! (Here’s hoping Charleston weather is a bit nicer to my skin!)

I’ve tried different foundations but when I saw Philosophy’s Hope In A Jar I just HAD to try it!  And guys… it’s amazing!

This extremely light weight tinted moisturizer is exactly what my skin needed! It’s a water based gel with SPF & I seriously don’t know if I am ever going to be able to go without it! It’s evveerrryyythhhing!

I use the 5.5 Beige color and it’s perfect for my skin tone.   This isn’t a full coverage foundation but it does an awesome job of evening out my skin and keeping it hydrated!

As I’m going through & simplifying everything – I’ve decided that it’s time for me to upgrade some of my storage solutions throughout my home.  (I mean plastic tubs & cheap cosmetic pouches do their job but where’s the pretty in that?)

I’ve been eyeballing some of the amazing Charleston based businesses (cause you know, support local #duh)  & instantly fell in love with Suite 33, a Charleston based textile company.  Her patterns are both beautiful & chic – exactly what I needed for my cosmetics!

I had already planned on purchasing some of her beautiful cosmetic pouches when she announced a SALE on some of her discontinued patterns & overstock items. I snagged these 2 gorgeous pieces without hesitating!

When they arrived in the mail, I honestly wished I would have grabbed more because they are even more stunning in person! The colors are perfect & quality is amazing!!!  I’m currently coveting some of her fabrics (like this one & this one) to use for some projects in our new home!

I’m off to go pack up my make-up now!  Things are getting real around here!!! xoxo!

Custom Gift Boxes – Thoughtfully Curated

We’ve been flirting with you all for a few months now. Showing a little of this & a little of that. But we haven’t really went all in just yet – and now’s the time! We are telling you all about our custom gift boxes!

Starting this month, we are offering full service & perfectly curated gift design.  We’ve broken our services down into 5 categories of completely gorgeous gifting that we know you will love!  Over the next couple of months we’ll be rolling out a detailed series of posts so you can read a bit more about how our services work, how we can completely customize your gifts & some other helpful gifting tips!

Our gift boxes are broken down into the following options:
Wedding  |  Corporate & Client Gifting  |  Workshops | Pre-Curated | Build-A-Box

WEDDING WELCOME GIFTS


We started our fancy little business specializing in weddings so it’s only natural that it’s still such a large part of what we do!  Your wedding should be completely unique and reflect your style & we make sure that your wedding welcome gifts are just that!

Your wedding guests will love entering their hotel rooms and see a personalized gift just for them!  We can create custom wedding tote bags, design wedding welcome itineraries,  find the most delicious snacks, source meaningful local products & tie it all together with a perfectly tied bow!

We happily walk you through our exclusive design process to ensure that no detailed is left unfinished!  After, we’ve created your perfect wedding welcome gift, we work with you to make sure that your gifts safely arrive to their destination!  We always feel oh-so honored to be a small part of your big day & we make sure that you know it!

CORPORATE & CLIENT GIFTING

As a small business we absolutely know how difficult it is to wear all the hats!  We also know exactly how important each and every customer & client is.  That’s why we strive to take our custom client gifts to a whole new level!  You won’t find any tacky logo promotional material here!  We work with you to curate a gift that is true to your brand but something your clients will LOVE to receive!

We work with small & large businesses from all over on their gifting needs! We love working on photographer client gifts, corporate holiday gift boxes & small business custom gift boxes.  When we work with you on your curated gift, our own brand steps aside to let your brand shine through!

WORKSHOP GIFT SWAG

You’ve spent hours pouring over content, finding the perfect location, planning & prepping for your creative workshop – and now you need to show your attendees how much you appreciate them.  Our unique custom workshop gift boxes are exactly what you need!

Our design studio can create custom boxes, bags, stationery, drinkware & more to add to your gift baskets to truly personalize your gift.  We also offer exclusive styling boxes that are perfect for photographer retreats & creative workshops.

Have sponsors for your gift boxes but not sure how to pull them together for a cohesive look? Let us do the hard work for you!  We’ll work with your sponsors to collect, design & finalize your workshop swag so your attendees are wowed!

PRE-CURATED GIFT BOXES


In a time crunch and need beautifully curated gift box options?  Well we’ve made it simple for you! We’ve scoured our favorite vendors to put together gifts for all occasions & holidays.  Our gift box options include: bridesmaid gift boxes, bride to be gift boxes, baby gifts, mommy to be gift boxes, new home gift boxes, seasonal gifting & more!  Simply add the box to your cart, leave your note for us & we’ll include a hand written note, package it all pretty & ship it to your recipient! The shipping process only takes 2-3 business days so it’s a no brainer way to get a quick, beautiful & meaningful gift to your loved ones!

We’ll be updating our pre-curated gift boxes often so check back often to see when we add new gifts!

BUILD-A-BOX GIFTS


Need just one gift but want complete control of your budget & what’s inside of your perfectly pretty gift? Then our build-a-box option is perfect for you!!! Simply head over to our shop and choose your favorite items to add to your box, bag or basket.  We’ll walk you through everything step by step.

After you submit your order, we get to work assembling your gift and of course, include a hand written note to your recipient!  Our inventory rotates frequently and we’re always looking for fun, new brand partners to add to our shop!

We’ll have seasonal, holiday and even regional specific collections for you to choose from to make sure that our product options are right on point with what you’d love to send to your recipients!

Our custom gift box options offer the most flexibility of any gifting company & we love that we get to bring you something unlike anything you’ve ever seen! You won’t see any cellophane or generic jams here.  We work with artisans & brands from all over to bring you quality products that you are proud to give to your favorite people!  Our custom gift boxes are the prettiest way to send a meaningful gift.

If you have a custom gift project you’d love to work with us on then we want to hear all about it! Just shoot us a message and start a conversation on how to make all your gifting dreams come true! xoxo!

Here We Come! Moving to Charleston, South Carolina!

We’re moving to Charleston!!!!  Did you hear all about it over on instagram?  We are so excited to start a new chapter of our lives in one of the most beautiful cities!  Since we announced our move a couple weeks ago, we’ve gotten lots & lots of questions. Some we expected, other’s we weren’t so prepared for.  We know that the internet is good for giving you just a small glimpse into our lives but I thought I’d pull back the curtain a bit more and tell you a bit more about why we’re moving, why Charleston, SC & what to expect from us in the near future!

Let’s start at the very beginning shall we?  Almost exactly 2 years ago we packed up our studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and made the move to the Dayton, Ohio area.  We were moving to be closer to our family & friends.  While this was our main motivation to move, we knew that our little business was growing in unexpected ways and we saw the opportunity to expand & bring something oh-so-new to the sweet town of Troy, Ohio.  We fell in love with the charm of the small downtown area & quickly found a space that was perfect for us to open our first retail location!  We LOVED our fancy little shop, sweet customers & friends & enjoyed the challenge of bringing something new & unexpected to the area!

But almost immediately, I felt something tugging at my heart, telling me it just wasn’t exactly where I was being called to be.  We started to adapt our services, products & brand to the point I wasn’t sure if we were serving our ideal customer anymore.  I was grateful of the support but sometimes – you just know when things aren’t quite right.

My business was built because I had the desire to create, inspire & serve others.  Our retail has always been meant to be an extension of our brand, not the brand itself.  Pairing that with the tough adjustment of small town living & limited creative access, I was slowly starting to lose my vision for Avenue Twenty-One. With the unlimited support of my husband (and a ton of tears), we made the decision to focus on what lifestyle opportunities we both craved.

So all of that being said, how did we choose Charleston, SC?  Well, Mr. K and I each got to choose one place that we would visit.  We had a list of our “must haves”, booked a 7 day trip (spending 3 days in each place) & let our hearts tell us what was right for us.  Mr. K chose Austin, Texas, I chose Charleston & we added Pittsburgh as our baseline because we knew it was home for us.

I filled out this spreadsheet & added the things that we were looking for in our new home.  Some of the things that made the list? Good breakfast places, “foodie town”, great shopping, farmer’s markets, we wanted a city that had a personality and culture, friendly people, mild weather, an area with a strong wedding industry, coastal town (for me) & a laid back city (for Mr. K).

It turns out moving to Charleston, SC was exactly what we needed.  We knew within the first 4 hours of being there that it was the place for us.  We absolutely loved everything about the city!  Looking at the future growth of Avenue Twenty-One and the services that you all were asking for, we honestly couldn’t have picked a better place!  For the first time in years, we felt at home.  I suddenly saw a clear vision of how Avenue Twenty-One would expand, who we would serve & how our lifestyle brand would evolve! And friends, we know you will absolutely love it & take the ride along with us!

So what can you expect from Avenue Twenty-One & myself as we move forward into our newest adventure?  Well we can’t wait to tell you absolutely everything but we know this:  We’ve spent a couple of months streamlining our services to make sure that we are doing what we truly love & what our friends, clients & customers have told us they want to see from us!

We’ve narrowed our focus down to four main points within our brand:
* Curated Gift Boxes:  It’s no secret that you all went crazy for our Build-A-Box Bar when we started it last year and we weren’t ready to take on the demand and custom requests.  Now, our new studio will be able handle custom gift box orders of all sizes.  We are happily opening our calendar to gift design for wedding welcome boxes, curated client gifts, workshop swag & corporate gifting.

* Laser Cut Wedding & Home Decor: Our laser cut decor, signage, cake toppers & engraved materials is now one your favorite requests! And we LOVE pushing the boundaries of what we can create! You can expect more designs including a new line of laser cut decor for the home!

* Calligraphy:  While we are moving away from our traditional invitations, our love for calligraphy & hand lettering isn’t going anywhere any time soon! Book us for your custom calligraphy projects for your wedding or special event!  And yes, for those that have asked us: we will still be offering our online calligraphy kits (we’re revamping them to make them even better) and we do plan on hosting more calligraphy workshops so stay tuned for that!

and lastly – but probably most important…

* Lifestyle:  When starting my business in 2010, I wanted to emphasize a lifestyle.  That drinking champagne with your gal pals in the afternoon & wearing tulle skirts on a Tuesday was absolutely okay!  I wanted to celebrate holidays but also celebrate the Monday’s in life – because in their own way… they are beautiful, too!  So now, you’ll be able to check our blog & social media for the Avenue Twenty-One Lifestyle posts & inspiration! We just know you will love it!

We’ve spent a lot of time figuring out what works best for us, our brand & the Avenue Twenty-One future and we know that we’re heading in the perfect direction… full of sunshine & brightly colored homes, sweet tea & some of the most amazing people we’ve ever had the opportunity to work with!

So as always, thanks for taking the ride along with us! xoxo!

Graduation Party & Spring Florals – Featured In Mingle Magazine

Is there anything better than sweets, florals, a vintage photobooth trailer & your gal pals?  How about putting it all together for an epic graduation party!?

We grabbed our gal pals & rounded up some of the best party vendors we know & headed to The Honey Farm for an epic day full of sun, fun & lots of sweet details!

Our talented friend, Samantha at Samantha Joy Events, coordinated this pretty little event & we don’t think it could have been any cuter!  With light, airy colors & florals taking the stage we were so honored to be a part of this day!  Leslie from Leslie Savage Photography captured every detail perfectly!

We pulled in the prettiest florals for this sweet (and unexpected) graduation party invitation.

We’re always a sucker for a great vintage bike & florals in the basket.  These florals by the talented Sherwood Florist were stunning and added the perfect touch of spring!

For an afternoon of fun we worked on one of our favorite projects ever & created a custom corn hole game that was oh-so-chic. You won’t find any sports logos here – instead, we painted florals & added gold calligraphy!  (And I honestly can not wait to do this project again so make sure to shoot us a message if you’d like these for your party, wedding or even as a great gift!)

We believe in the sweetest details & love our pretty paper flowers & laser cut ‘life is sweet’ backdrop.  LaPuf Sweets put together the yummiest mix of pretty candies for the candy bar including our favorite, cotton candy!  We added some coordinating candy bar labels.  I’m still #obsessed with this!  Oh, and I’d love to talk about the cupcakes from Jenny G’s Cupcakes but we ate them all – so there’s that.

We personalized each girl’s place setting with our favorite laser cut place cards that were perfectly placed on a variety of vintage floral plates.  Isn’t it the cutest tablescape you’ve ever seen?!?

Cheers to 4 years of hard work, dedication, determination, laughs, tears & of course, friendship!

So to all of our beautiful grads this year – think outside the box for your graduation party & remember that you are celebrating a sweet ending to a beautiful new beginning! xoxo!

We are so thrilled that this amazing event is being featured in Mingle Magazine this month!   Make sure to grab your copy at any Barnes & Nobles!

Check out all of the talented vendors involved here:
Venue: The Honey Farm | Planning: Samantha Joy Events | Photography: Leslie Savage Photography | Furniture Rentals: Lost & Found Rentals | Marquee Lights: Event Lites | Paper Goods/Laser  Cuts/Lawn Game: Avenue Twenty-One | Candy Bar: La Puf Sweets | Cupcakes: Jenny G’s Cupcakes | Rentals: Prime Time Party Rentals | Florals: Sherwood Florist | Hair: Jill Campbell & Hair by Elyam | Lighting: Unlimited Events | Photobooth Trailer: Hocus Focus Photobooth