Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a cozy, peaceful, love filled Thanksgiving.  When I count my blessings all of you who continue to read H&H and support Marianne Strong Interiors are always on the list.  You mean more to me than could ever be written here.



Monday, November 25, 2013

Client Little Boy's Room

 There is a lot I love about this room but the deep navy trim color might be the best of all.

Photography: Beth Hontzas

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Houndstooth coat ...

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                                                                                                shoes: mango,
                                                                                                pants: pull and bear,
                                                                                                sweater: h&m,
                                                                                                coat: thanks to sheinside / here,
                                                                                                bag: mona,
                                                                                                watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                bracelet: morellato,
                                                                                                ph. Masa

This classic textile pattern is one of my favorites when autumn arrives. It reminds me of my mom's old blazers and skirts. Because of its retro vibe, I decided to pair it with faux leather pants to achieve more modern look.
Do you like it?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Client Girl's Bedroom

Photography: Beth Hontzas

New in: Isabel Marant pour H&M boots ...

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                                                                                                ph. me

You know how much I love boots and here is the newest addition to my shoe family! :)
Isabel Marant pour H&M flat, suede boots which are the exactly the same model from her regular collection (model Crisi) but without hidden wedge.
Do you like it?

p.s. the only downside of these lovely ladies are that they have very slippery sole, but it can be easily fixed :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

The dress ...

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                                                                                                  shoes: mango,
                                                                                                  dress: INES atelier,
                                                                                                  earrings: INES atelier,
                                                                                                  jacket: zara,
                                                                                                  bag: primark,
                                                                                                  watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                  sunglasses: raen,
                                                                                                  ph. Masa

Back in September, I was invited to Gloria (magazine) party and this was my look for that occasion!
I picked the gorgeous dress from INES atelier ( already wore it Here) and paired it with leather jacket, classic black shoes and cross body bag. Earrings came as a cherry on top.
Photos are made then. Hope you will like it!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday Open House Pepper Place

Tonight from 5:00 - 8:00 pm Pepper Place downtown is having a holiday block party and this includes Interiors @ Pepper Place, home to one of my booths.  Please stop by!!!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Red lips ...

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                                                                                           boots: thanks to choies / here,
                                                                                           jeans: bershka,
                                                                                           sweater: h&m,
                                                                                           jacket: zara,
                                                                                           bag: michael kors,
                                                                                           sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                           watch: morellato,
                                                                                           bracelet: morellato,
                                                                                           ph. Masa

Warm beige sweater mixed with leather jacket and red lipstick seemed like a good choice for one more day in November.
Do you like it?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hold on ...

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                                                                                                boots: zara,
                                                                                                leggings: zara,
                                                                                                shirt: mango,
                                                                                                blazer: thanks to sheinside / here,
                                                                                                bag: v73,
                                                                                                watch: morellato / here,
                                                                                                bracelet: morellato / here,
                                                                                                necklace: zara,
                                                                                                sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                                ph. Masa

Last week I wore faux leather leggings with oversized t-shirt and stripped blazer. Messy bun and pink lips were my choice for sunny day in November.
Do you like it?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank You

Oh I try so hard some days to have a good old fashioned pity party….because life can be hard and tiring….and then I am always reminded in some way that I am beyond blessed and have no reason wallow.  

A reminder my mind likes to come back to is the service men and women who don't get to put their kids to bed every single night.  Thank you to every man and women who has served and is serving this country, you are truly brave and selfless and we owe a lot to you, more than could ever be repaid.

Photography Beth Hontzas

Snapshot: Client Den

Photography: Beth Hontzas

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

GirlFest 2013

The Girlscout GirlFest was held at the Portland Expo Center on November 2, 2013.  It is a day-long celebration featuring hands-on activities and experiences for girls to learn, explore and enjoy.  You didn't have to be a Girl Scout to attend, but the Girl Scouts could work towards earning badges while at the event. 

Our booth- a car for the car care workshops and dexterity boxes.
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Tonia Haney (Event Chairperson) , Shayla Wilson, and Janet Gallegos  at our booth.

These boxes are for the dexterity test. Each box contained 3 bolts and 6 nuts. The test is to blindly put together the 3 nuts that fit the 3 bolts.  All ages could give it a try, and we timed those who wanted to compete for the best time. 

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Janet is timing a girl who wanted to beat the best time.
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very focused

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As they completed the nut bolt combination, they would put it on top of the box

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Some of the younger/ shorter girls had a hard time reaching into the boxes, so they just closed their eyes to give it a try.

For the older girls...
Tonia lead the car care workshop for Girl Scout Cadettes. She brought along a drill they could use to loosen the bolts of the air filter housing.

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Giving girls the opportunity to use real tools on a real car can be very empowering. 

The Cadettes took turns with the drill, loosening the air filter housing.

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Janet Gallegos, Tonia Haney, Cameron, Shayla Wilson, Margaret Ragan.
Shayla took some time to try hoolah hooping at a near by booth.

Cameron Won! Best time: 21 Seconds
We imagine Cameron was dragged to this event for girls - but didn't regret it after he won the prize. He tried and tried until he had the fastest time at the dexterity test.