What is UP!?

If you follow me on Instagram (thank you!), you have probably noticed a lot of posts featuring Sharyn Blond Linens and mentioning products of mine that they are carrying now! I made the transition without a lot of explanation and have had lots of people asking me what I’m doing! Here’s the 411. I am now working out of Sharyn Blond, a fabulous home decor boutique that carries an eponymous line of hand-embroidered linens (sidenote: I have been designing for her on the side for several years now). I’m still me, it is still Sarah-Allen Preston Designs, I just have an incredibly beautiful area now to meet clients, and offer a variety of retail products like boxed correspondence cards, holiday party goods, personalized stationery, and custom party products! I also still do wedding and event design, consultation, and all related paper products (hire me!).

Here are some of the fun retail products we have in the store right now:Screen shot 2014-10-14 at 1.52.33 PM Screen shot 2014-10-14 at 1.52.17 PM Screen shot 2014-10-14 at 1.52.03 PM Screen shot 2014-10-14 at 1.52.59 PMSo many fun and giftable goodies for the holidays!

I also just had some of my wedding paper from the last year photographed–finally! I’m still waiting on a few to be finished up, but thought I’d give a little preview of what is coming to my new website soon!

LOwen7 LOwen8 LOwen12 LOwen1 COwen1 COwen2 COwen9 COwen12 COwen19 Fegan3 Fegan1 Fegan6 Fegan2So come see me in the shop on Tuesdays or by appointment to talk weddings, custom design, stationery, Kimye, the Royal Baby (twins?!) or whatever else is on your mind! Shoot me an email if you aren’t in KC! Xo.

Springtime Shower

088A few weeks ago (months? what day is it?) my favorite people in the world and I hosted a bridal shower for one of our best friends. We played with her wedding colors, dialed up the “girly” for this personal shower, and really let the hot pink, gold, chevron and floral patterns run wild. Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions served up some DE-lish light bites, and the signature cocktails were flowing. A friend (and local party/style guru) and I made sure everything from the invitations to the signage to the guest towels was branded with flair. I arranged the simple florals, and she created that FAB floral wreath of the couple’s wedding monogram. A fun trivia game focusing on the bride and her move from Kansas to Texas kicked off the unwrapping of the gifts, and cookies with the same design as the invitations sent guests out the door (hopefully wanting more!)038044053054055056061073080085091093101103107114116124088

Fast Fab Five

Ho ho ho! If you are still on the lookout for some fun holiday gifts, here are a few of my faves!

2013 gift guide

HIM: 1// Moore & Giles Bag and iPad Case 2// COIN 3// Kiehls 4// Ice Spheres 5// Loro Piana Scarf

HER: 1// Bling Wipes 2// Kara Ross Earrings 3// Aerin Lauder coffee table book 4// Robyn Brooks Cork “Whitney” Tote 5// Tory Burch Smartphone wristlet

That Impromtu Break…

HPR on his first day at home!

Hello blog and friends! I’m back! The reason for my swift departure? A THREE WEEK early arrival of our handsome baby boy! He must have been listening when I was coaxing him to hurry up. Hopefully he is that obedient in the future?! Marc and I are adjusting to sleepless nights (and those heavenly ones in between with the night nurse) and bubbling over with joy this holiday season. I now understand that whole “my heart is overflowing” sentiment. It truly is. Little man and I have been sequestered in the house because of freezing temperatures, which has given me time to prep for the holidays (I’ll post our Christmas menu next week… let’s just say we don’t go light on the butter), work on weddings and a few other client projects, cook occasionally (made this soup a few days ago and it was a major hit!), do chores (how much laundry can one little baby generate?!), and write thank you notes for all of the beautiful gifts we have received (still only 1/3 of the way through those- yikes!) Oh, and feed the baby. So much feeding. They should tell you about that part. That and the diapers. What is infinity times infinity? Unfortunately for the blog, all of my free time has been allocated to trying to jump in the shower from time to time, but I am hoping (fingers crossed) that now… I’m back! I apologize for the sudden departure (though if you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you probably realized what was going on) and promise to whip up at least one good gift guide this week for you last minute shoppers!

We also updated the “finished” nursery… Check it out! (iPhone pics not Canon- sorry for the bad quality)

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Classic Bride Feature

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the Kansas City Junior League Holiday Mart Dec/Ops Committee set-up shift I go! For those of you in the KC area, Holiday Mart, the Junior League’s biggest event and a great holiday shopping experience, is happening THIS WEEKEND! Get yo’ tickets and get downtown to do some serious shopping! It’s always a blast and we have some great new retailers this year! Now, since I don’t write my posts ahead of time (wish I did, but I don’t) I am going to defer to someone else, Sarah Darcy at Classic Bride blog, who featured my  our wedding on her blog yesterday! Check it out! -¬ LizBanfield 7131.34.2012.21 low_res

Image via A Classic Bride by Liz Banfield Photography