Year of the WoMom

What does Year of the WoMom mean to you???

My girl, Niki Stoller, and partner on this incredible movement summed up our WoMom workshop with the perfect quote.

"Don't be the reason someone feels insecure.  Be the reason someone feels seen, heard, and supported."  

-Cleo Wade

Are you guys inspired?!  We are wiping our eyes over here!!  Listening to these proud mama's speak about their love and commitment to motherhood hits us to the core.  

What is this WoMom power movement all about you ask?  Let us dive in and share with you one of the most rewarding projects we've been lucky,  no blessed, to work on! 

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It doesn't matter if you are a mother or not, we all know someone who we love and admire that is our role model super WoMom.  For us, our Super WoMom is Niki Stoller with Seventh Bixel. We have been admiring her work for quite some time now and fortunate to consider her a friend. FUN FACT:  Our friendship started from a COLD email!!  We asked her to show us her ways and once connected we had more people and interests in common than expected.  Our dream to come together finally came to reality with this project.   

Jenny Leu with Forrest and J & Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel.                                                             Dress by For Love and Lemons

Jenny Leu with Forrest and J & Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel.                                                             Dress by For Love and Lemons

NIki is an incredible Mom to adorable boy/girl twins and runs a seriously rad business through it all.  Our idea with Mom's encouraging mom's came to life, like all good ideas do, over cocktails and lunch at the most Instagram worthy restaurant in town, Cafe Gratitude.  (Ironically fitting)  

2017 began with a strong movement for women to share their voice and unite, so we bonded together over this message and translating it into motherhood.   We brought inspiring Mom’s together that not only exude love for their children, but also have a commitment to fulfilling their own personal goals and passions outside of motherhood. We want this movement of mothers supporting mothers to continue long past Mother's Day. 

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Super WoMoms Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow with Quinn & Amanda Patrick with Brooklyn.

Super WoMoms Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow with Quinn & Amanda Patrick with Brooklyn.

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Our focus was to elevate these women and come together to celebrate our parenting differences while eliminating the competition that often comes with raising children, especially in a social media world.  We may not be mother's over here on our end, but we have mad respect for the Mom's out there who work everyday to provide and nurture their family.  We're exhausted on the daily, so we don't know how these Mom's do it!  Pure super powers!

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Meet Jenna and Kristen, the creators behind The Liminal Space, and our partners on this epic day.  After stalking them on Instagram, we learned this San Diego based organization had a mantra that spoke to our WoMom movement.   The Liminal Space helps mother’s rediscover their femininity in postpartum through nutrition, spirituality, and sexual health workshops and support groups.  They embrace feminine wholeness and allow women to embrace who they are creatively, something that can easily be overlooked after becoming a parent. 

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"Life is marked by transitions. Thresholds from one place in your journey to the other. In Latin this is called the liminal." - theliminalspace.org

Want to learn more about The Liminal Space and all their upcoming events and workshops?  Or are you looking for a place to connect and collaborate with Mom's like you?  

Go to www.theliminalspace.org.  Jenna and Kristen will welcome you home with open arms.

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Time to shout out all our inspiring WoMom's who joined us!!!  You all have to go and follow along with their stories.  It's incredible how much inspiration they all share on the daily.  These ladies keep it real, pretty or not, and we bow down to them.

Meet the gorgeous Amanda Patrick.  You've seen her before over on A Boho Love Story and The Party Revolution.  This lady knows how to strike a fierce pose while being the most humble and generous WoMom around. She's a supermom to 2 little girls, Brooklyn (featured) and Presley.  

Meet the gorgeous Amanda Patrick.  You've seen her before over on A Boho Love Story and The Party Revolution.  This lady knows how to strike a fierce pose while being the most humble and generous WoMom around. She's a supermom to 2 little girls, Brooklyn (featured) and Presley.  

Meet the darling Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow. This WoMom of 5, YES 5!, all live out of their renovated RV in California waiting for their dream home to be built.  She makes RV's look beyond chic with her modern renovation. Curly cue Quinn stole all our hearts this day.

Meet the darling Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow. This WoMom of 5, YES 5!, all live out of their renovated RV in California waiting for their dream home to be built.  She makes RV's look beyond chic with her modern renovation. Curly cue Quinn stole all our hearts this day.

Meet Ana Cuk, a dear friend of ours over at Forrest and J.  This WoMom blows me away with her ability to keep her cool through every moment.  She's a talented interior designer and mama to these little creatures, Lukka Ryder and Makena Rose (2mo).  Ana is the most positive WoMom we know and can let loose with the best of them.

Meet Ana Cuk, a dear friend of ours over at Forrest and J.  This WoMom blows me away with her ability to keep her cool through every moment.  She's a talented interior designer and mama to these little creatures, Lukka Ryder and Makena Rose (2mo).  Ana is the most positive WoMom we know and can let loose with the best of them.

This is Meagan Vos, the face behind the stunning floral design at MV Florals.  Niki actually introduced us and she's been our lead florist at Forrest and J from the begining! We admire Meagan's kind heart and sweet energy.  She's the most encouraging WoMom we know. Pictured with Sadie and Summer.

This is Meagan Vos, the face behind the stunning floral design at MV Florals.  Niki actually introduced us and she's been our lead florist at Forrest and J from the begining! We admire Meagan's kind heart and sweet energy.  She's the most encouraging WoMom we know. Pictured with Sadie and Summer.

This fashionable Mama is Tiffany from Harlow Jade Designs.  I'm sure you've seen her little fashions all over Instagram with 70's throw backs to toddler bell bottom overalls and vintage prints.  She's a WoMom to sweet little Harlow here and cutie boy Waylan.  

This fashionable Mama is Tiffany from Harlow Jade Designs.  I'm sure you've seen her little fashions all over Instagram with 70's throw backs to toddler bell bottom overalls and vintage prints.  She's a WoMom to sweet little Harlow here and cutie boy Waylan.

 

Hi Sri!  This girl is beyond statuesque and juggles motherhood and career with the best of them.  She's the National Sales Director for a popular restaurant group and Mama to these two gigglers, Delilah and Isaac.

Hi Sri!  This girl is beyond statuesque and juggles motherhood and career with the best of them.  She's the National Sales Director for a popular restaurant group and Mama to these two gigglers, Delilah and Isaac.

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Forrest and J - Year of the WoMom - Featured on Party with Lenzo

Our Venue was incredible.  The Sourced Collective out of Laguna Beach was the perfect creative space to host our Mom’s encouraging mom’s lunch.  They truly stand apart in the community by supporting local creatives to come together and work within their walls.  Michelle Mercado, Founder and Exec. Creative Director fosters a place for cultivating community and collaboration. They were the perfect fit!

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Motherhood is messy and imperfect.  We set out to capture the raw essence and beauty of what motherhood truly is in a beautiful setting and we discovered that when you get a bunch of women together with a common goal, the outcome is magical.  We found that we are all just trying to be the best versions of ourselves possible and we all want support to help us succeed. We are learning that it's not about being the best mom out there, but being the example and raising our children who we want them to be in this world.  - Niki Stoller, Seventh Bixel

#TheYearOfTheWoMom (a spin off of Year of the Woman)

Styling/Concept | Forrest and J / Seventh Bixel Photography | Amanda Johnson Videography | Kelly Balch Women's Organization | The Liminal Space Venue | Sourced Collective Florals | MV Florals Laser cut/paper goods | Midnight Confetti Linens | Wolf and Irving Cocktails | Le Grand Courtage Calligraphy | Paperlee Made Furniture | Heirloom Decor Tabletop | Anthropologie / CB2World Market Kids Tabletop | Meri Meri / Harlow and Grey / 

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The Party Revolution

A late night after party with only your closet friends after the music has shut down, the lights have dimmed and your heels are slung across the empty booth.  The Bartender is among your posse and night cap cocktails are served.  Neon lights from the bar and sparkling glitter shines across the empty dance floor.  Sharing stories from just hours ago about the most epic party you've ever attended!

Welcome to the Party Revolution!!!!  

When you have industry friends that encourage you to break your creative boundaries and promise to help you throw the craziest launch party for your baby of a brand, you say yes, yes and YES!!!  The Forrest and J Revolution was filled with disco balls, custom crafted cocktails, playing dress up in couture,  and a dream venue to showcase it all.  The icing on the cake was having my best friend for the past 10 years and my Forrest support me (totally humor me) with being gorgeous models.  

Here's some behind the scenes looks at how it all came to life.  We definitely have a little fun through all the chaos, click on the video links to see it in action. Also, make sure to check out the feature on The Edit Blog over at Party with Lenzo. You can also find all of the after party images over on our portfolio page.  

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FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

The biggest challenge was being a model in my own styled shoot.  Trying to coordinate, style, direct, as well as pose was exhausting!!  I have the biggest appreciation for models, and people there job is HARD!  Sitting in the make up and hair chair gave me so much anxiety knowing I had so much to create.  Thanks to Cristina and Brittany my makeup was flawless to run around in all day.  

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My incredible branding designer Corina Nika with Cocorrina inspired me to create something extremely edgy and unique. She gave me the ultimate branding package that was too cool not share.  Her ecentric palm trees and original calligraphy was my jumping off point for this entire shoot and theme.  I mean, how do you not totally obsess over her work 

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The before.  This is what it all looks like before the magic happens.  It's a lot of grit, labor, and hard work.  This venue was challenging with street parking, and everything having to load up to the second floor.  It took almost 1 1/2 to unload the truck before we could get started. This is the reality,  but it's oh so worth it in the end.  (And this is where your husband realizes he is now your hired labor for all eternity in this business!)

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FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Meet the man behind the lense.  Steve Cowell, with Steve Cowell Photo, was my rock for this big endeavor.  We met at a Christmas party last year, and between the cocktails and gift wrapping we struck up a conversation.  I love when you connect with a total stranger on a very personal note and it feels like you've been friends for years. Steve was the warm and fuzzy feeling of familiarity for me and I knew we had to work together.  We met for coffee and discussed both our boring corporate pasts and how lucky we are to have found our passions - better late than never!  My idea was, ideally, head shots for my website, but it kept evolving.  Ideas started flowing and before we knew it, The Party Revolution was born. 

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This is my Hubby, and me, I'm her Wifey.  Adrienne and I  been this crazy friendship for 10 years.  She was my first friend when I moved to Orange County and has been everything to me through so much good and even the regretful bads.  When I realized I needed to model, I begged her to be by my side.  She's the one girl that doesn't judge and makes me feel my most prettiest (if that's even a word).  And, the girl can seriously pose with the best of them.  

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Gold disco or black disco...so many decisions. 

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Can we talk about the ulitimate girl party cake!!!  Leave it to our favs over at Sweet and Saucy Shop to create the perfect center piece for Forrest and J.

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FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Between all the late night snacks, and fuchsia colored cocktails, my models stole the show.  You may recognize Amanda and Paige from our Boho Love Story Styled shoot earlier this year.  These girls are a total blast and aren't scared to take down a frosted donut, or 2! (They can  hang with us any day.) I have to shout out these custom cookies too!  My girl over at Coast Cocktails, Carley, her aunt created these fun little bites that were too pretty to eat. 

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Oh hey Forrest!  Looking as handsome as ever and such a good sport. 

Carley, the sexiest bartender around!  I met this rad girl over at Bloom the Workshop (along with my fab team over at a Boho Love Story). Carley is the owner of Coastal Cocktails and creates a bar scene that is truly surfer glam girl to the max!  She was my goddess on set and put my mind at ease with taking over the bar and cocktail styling.  You all have to check her out and what she has in the works.  Her custom made cocktail caravan will be making it's debut all the way from Australia very soon.  We can't wait to see all the fun she creates!

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FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Yep, I made 100 pancakes and didn't eat a single one!  Oh, styled shoot life. 

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Time for some crazy unique head shots!  This plexi acrylic was a challenge to say the least.  We originally had 2 screens we wanted to install, but they kept collapsing on each other (Forrest was having a minor meltdown while I was in hair and makeup).  I've learned that nothing goes as planned and it always works as it should.  

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Megan Vos, with MV Florals, at again with a floral lip installation that would even have the Rolling Stones jealous.

 

That's a wrap!  Don't forget to check out the feature on Party with Lenzo and see more images in our portfolio section.  (Did you click on all the Behind The Scene videos above?!)  Can't wait for what next revolution we come up with next! 

STYLING Forrest and J / ASSISTANT STYLING Raymond Roberts / PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Cowell Photography / VENUE The 1912 / CAKE Sweet and Saucy Shop / MILKSHAKES, COCKTAILS, BARTENDING + NAPKINS Carley Beimel with Coastal Cocktails / COOKIES Kimberly Dickerson / RENTALS Witty Rentals / FLORALS Meagan Vos with MV Florals / LASER CUT, ACRYLIC, DRINK STIRRERS + COASTERS Midnight Confetti / BRANDING, GRAPHIC IMAGES, LOGOS + BUSINESS CARDS Corina Nika / MAKEUP AND HAIR Cristina Luka-Loose + Brittany Norton / CLOTHING Asos, Nasty Gal, BNKR, Alice McCall, Dior + Mark Pomerantz / SHOES Manolo Blahnik, Sophia Webster, Christian Louboutin + Dior / JEWELLERY Parpala Jewelry / EYEWEAR Dior + Miu Miu / HANDBAGS Chanel + Dior / MODELS Amanda Patrick + Paige Bach

Behind the scene photos by Forrest and J

Professional Images by Steve Cowell Photo

 

A Wild One - Birthday Party

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Hey baby, you said you were a wild one!  Little girl Brixton may only be turning one but she has a wild soul and zest for adventure.  And that cutie smile all day long how can you not give her the sweetest birthday.  When Lauren Allen - lead designer over at Archive Rentals - reached out to me to with partnering on little Brixie's first big bash and mentioned she was thinking cactus, I was so down!  Not only has Lauren been an incredible friend and support to me she is uber talented and has unique eye for design with events and interiors!  She also has two little towhead babes, Ilsa and Brixton, and manages it all perfectly.  She's one amazing mama!

We recruited our favorite peeps to join in on the fun and create a cactus paradise theme like never before.  Mackenzie Myers - another Archive vet - is finally taking her talents to the max with her new company Rooted and Wild.  She has an eye for beauty and makes it look so effortless and really freaking cool at the same time. - Watch out for this one.  I'm calling her out now.  Big things my friend, big things -  Of course Archive for the win with their perfectly curated selection of vintage rentals.  

Rooted and Wild knows how to make a fierce baby floral crown!  That smile is too much!

Calling all you savvy creative Mom's out there!  Lauren created the most cost effective extravaganza you've ever seen!  All those plush cacti her and her husbands mother made by hand for a month!!  They were the perfect compliment to this kid friendly tablescape.  They are beyond easy to create.  Grab some felt fabric, stuffing, and sewing thread.  Cut out your pattern and create what you like!  Or for you not so DIY doer's check out these on Etsy.

Tabletop is my dream space when it comes to conceptualizing.  I always like to start with this major focal piece and my theme tends to grow and expand around it.  Lauren had picked out her color scheme from this adorable Archive Rentals rug and she loved the idea of low seating area with cozy pillows for little ones.  We had done this concept before with farm tables, but wanted to experiment with Archive Rentals Solana table for a more modern floor set up.  I loved the idea of having southwestern decals  match the rugs design for a unique look.  Lauren used her Cricut laser cutter and graphic design skills to create the aztec shapes and cut the vinyl that we transferred.  These vinyl decals are friendly to any surfaces and just peel off when done.  

Macrame mania!!!!  Our photo booth backdrop was oh so simple and the perfect setting to snap all those adorable kiddos.  The multi colored rainbow fabric pieces were made by Rooted and Wild and the dip dye was all handmade by the super mom herself, Lauren.  

The invites set the tone for little Brixton's cactus bash!  Moe Paper Co. dreamed up these darling watercolor paper goods.  

It just keeps getting better!  A custom made playhouse made by Brixton's dad -yes, this family has crazy skills and needs a reality show-.  This is any kids dream and was the perfect boho lounge for little's to imagine and play the day away 

The gold maracas were party favors left over from my own wedding and we decided to have them calligraphed by Archive Rentals talented Office Manager, Brittany.  Lauren and I spent a couple hours creating 60 jewel tone yarn poms-poms for the place settings and napkin ring holders.  I'll let you in on a little secret, this tool is your best friend for these!  You'll find yourself making pom-poms for everything.

Number one rule if you want all your adult friends to come and celebrate your kids birthday on a weekend - Open bar!!!!  Make sure you have cocktails and refreshments on hand for your guests to enjoy.  We loved using Archive Rentals copper mugs for our Moscow Mule bar, with cactus ice and all!

Forrest and J - Brixton's Wild One - Cactus One Year Old Birthday Party

It helps when you have a traditional Mexican style chef in the family!  Lauren's stepmother fixed up a tasty spread of guacamole, mini tacos, and all the local flavors for a fiesta.  Lauren created a graphic to have printed on the custom cake and topped with the cutest Cacti candle of course.  Your's truly made the macrame cake holder.  I have a feeling you'll be seeing this fun install in many more projects of mine.

The macrame installation on the back wall was designed by Lauren.  She stripped fabric and hand died it to match her southwestern color scheme.  You can buy copper piping at Home Depot or any hardware store to make for any easy and lightweight prop. 

Jenny Leu Mar 24, 12:32 PM PDT  Hello Dawnine,  I thank you for all your patience. My client does not use email nor text message, so it's been a challenge to get connected with her on these type of details.  Please find the credit card information attached for 50% deposit.  ----  Can you please make the additional changes noted below to the order:  -Update to 8 Mila Black 134" rounds - client is requesting less sequins. Do you have a black linen that is more subtle for her. She wants a shinny black, but I refuse. :)  -Please change the 5 New York Ivory - to Black high top tables  -Change Serpentine tables to 3 total, with 2 side buffers. Do I need more than 3 linens for this? (see floor plan attached) **Wants to run a silver sequin fabric throughout the buffet. (killing me :/) - do you have a fabric that is good for this? Please add.  -Update to 2 Lily gold 134" rounds  -Update to 2 Nuevo black for ice cream station.  Delivery time and date updates: Deliver to Big Canyon May 25th, Thursday Pick up from Big Canyon May 29th, Monday Event day is Saturday May 27th, Saturday   Thank you so much, Jenny

Happy Birthday pretty girl Brixton!  Can't wait to see what Lauren creates next!  

Styling and design - Forrest and J || DIY and Concept - Lauren Allen || Florals - Rooted and Wild || Photography - Kelsey Albright || Rentals -  Archive Rentals || Calligraphy - Brittany for Archive Rentals || Paper goods - Moe Paper Co. 

All photos by Kelsey Albright