Everything Was Awesome! Jack's 6th Birthday Celebration

Awesome Lego Birthday Party
amy tangerine Jack's Lego birthday party

Everything was awesome! Jack’s 6th birthday party featured LEGOs, robotics, good food, family and friends, and custom crayon creations to top it all off. The best part of the day was seeing Jack and his friends get creative with LEGO robotics. While it took a lot of time and effort to pull the whole thing together, I did want to try and keep it as simple as possible. It took a lot of help from friends and family and was a wonderful celebration in our home. I wanted to go ahead and share my top takeaways from planning the event in case you have your own little person who’s growing up way too fast. It didn’t seem like too long ago when we were celebrating Jack’s 5th birthday!

Lego invitation

Per usual I commissioned A Pretty Little Party to do the invitation. Natalie always nails it and one of these days I will print it out for his scrapbook.

The Theme

Jack absolutely loves everything and anything to do with LEGO - Legoland, LEGO Movie 2, etc, so the theme came together very quickly. Custom LEGO figures made from recycled crayons by Art 2 the Extreme in his favorite color – teal – along with a metallic blue balloon and a blue, green and yellow balloon garland provided the vibrant color backdrop for the party.

The Food

When it comes to creativity in the Kitchen, my mom is a master. She spent four hours whipping up homemade egg rolls, potstickers, and fried rice. I commissioned one of the moms from Jack’s last school to make the incredible rainbow LEGO shaped JELLO cake and tasted incredible.

The Fun

While the adults chatted and caught up with each other, the kids had the time of their lives assembling awesome LEGO creations.

Art 2 the Extreme custom crayons
Awesome LEGO party
We are awesome shirts

A Fun Little Instameet!

American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Recently, American Tourister helped me host my first Instameet for WWIM15! We had so much fun at Tom Dixon in Culver City celebrating #KindnessIsColorful. I started off the day by picking up some giant balloons at our local party store. They just barely fit in my car! Then I headed over to Platform LA to get set up.

Platform LA is one of my favorite places to hang out so it was awesome being able to bring a small group of friends together for some lunch from sweetgreen and some fun photo taking. You can check out #KindnessIsColorful on Instagram to see photos from everyone else as well!

American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

During the Instameet, I set up a Make and Take station with the watercolor resist tags from my On A Whim product line so everyone could try them out and make a cute luggage tag! All we needed to decorate the tags were some watercolors and a water brush.

American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
insta_meet-67.jpg
insta_meet-76.jpg
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
American Tourister Instameet x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Watch the video from my day to tag along with us and see who attended the Instameet! You can also check out this photo and tap to see everyone's awesome Instagrams. Do you recognize any familiar faces? 

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my first Instameet! I hope to get to host another one someday soon. And if you’re in the market for some new suitcases, check out American Tourister's Newest Luggage.

This post is not sponsored, but some of the links above are affiliate links. I receive a small percentage of sales at no cost to you. My creative partners and I really appreciate your continued support and every little bit helps me to bring you consistent content!

FASHION FRIDAY | TUNICS AT TOM DIXON

Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Happy Friday, friends! In case you didn't know, I used to wear a tee shirt and jeans every single day. While I am still all about comfort, I want to take it up a notch and this outfit might just be the trick. The whole outfit is from Cents of Style and the super soft tunic is just $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code TOPSTORY through 3/26. I paired it with pants similar to these, which have a bunch of holes in them but the colored denim make them feel fresh and fun for spring.

Amy Tangerine | Cents of Style Tunic
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza
Cents of Style x Amy Tangerine | Photos by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Location: TOM DIXON at Platform LA | Photos by Ann-Marie

So many sizes and colors available, I might have to stock up multiple colors of these babydoll tunics! Through 3/26 the tunics are just $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING w/code TOPSTORY

Welcome to my studio!

Amy Tangerine's Studio

I moved into this space at the beginning of March. You may remember seeing my moving day video. Our original plan was to make renovations to our home and maybe even redo the studio completely. Like knock it down and build my dream studio. Well it turns out that everything not only takes longer than you think (hello permitting people!) and it costs WAY more than you think (hi architect + engineer + all your assistants). So we have taken small steps and want to renovate in stages. We have to plan properly and make sure we are allocating our money to get the most bang for our buck. Anyone know any shows that want to come redo our space?! THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. 

Anyway, at the same time that we were talking about these plans and I was thinking about moving outside of the home for work, a perfect little shared opportunity came up just 10 minutes away. It's kind of two separate rooms and I ended up buying nothing additional for this space - I moved everything from the old studio (and then some) into the space. I was considering overhauling some pieces I don't like, but I am a firm believer in working with what you got. I dream of designing a studio space from scratch and only putting the things I love in, but until that day comes, this is where I do much of my work.

Photos by Jamie Waters 

You can get a much better feel for it in this video. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments - I know it's a mess and rather chaotic in certain spots, but I do get a lot of stuff done. And most of the time I know where everything is ;)

A slice of life... video style

A day in the life of us. I like the idea of making these vlogs on occasion, so let me know your thoughts! My goal is to keep them under 10 minutes, but clearly I failed at this one. Forgive me?