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Hello fellow readers/bloggers! Hope everyone is doing well.

You’ve probably noticed that LZM has a new header image. I’ve actually changed it a couple of times since I’ve started LZM 14 mths ago. It has always been a challenge to create a header that’s reflective of the blog and oneself. Today, I’m going to share how it came together…

It all started with an idea. The idea of styling a shoot and creating an image that fairly represents LZM and the person behind it, ME!  Although the final header wasn’t what I initially envisioned, it still came out perfect.

In order to capture a representation of LZM and myself, I had to bring together some of my obsessions. The two things that first came to mind were cherry blossoms AND macarons. Both very simplistic, delicate, and fancy to me. Other requirements were lots of natural light, white, gold, an airy happy feel, and creating an eye-candy setting that exudes creativity.

There were challenges of course, the most obvious was time. It was a fight against nature AND Zoey. First, the cherry blossoms peak for only 1-2 weeks (the most) before they fade. The timing of the shoot was solely based on their blooming period.  Secondly, the actual shoot couldn’t begin until Zoey took her nap. Once I put her down, I had exactly TWO hrs to style the set and shoot. This was considering that the day was perfectly bright and there was an abundant of natural light (another challenge).

So with timing being perfect, I had the help of my husband (a very talented creative thinker + perfectionist) to execute my vision of the ideal header for LZM.

style shoot story92The details… I knew that I wanted the letters LZM to be the focal point. At first, I had considered monogram mugs. Then settled on decorative wood desk letters by Tres Chic of Design Styles. After purchasing the letters “L” and “M”, I scoured the earth & internet to find the letter “Z” with no prevail. Panic mode- what now?! I thought about framed letters as my third option. So I printed out the letters LZM, traced them onto a black card stock, cut & almost frame them…when my husband suggested that I should spray paint the letters gold. Of course I should!

Finally, I framed them with a white damask (wallpaper) background…another idea of the hubs.

style shoot story3Timing is of the essence. These beauties weren’t going to wait for me.

style shoot story93A recycled salad dressing glass container doubled as a vase for the cherry blossoms. I also use this glass container for drinks (as seen in this post). Tres chic!

style shoot story8Timing was truly perfect. I was thinking of baking the macarons myself (never did this!) when my sister called, said she got some from PARIS, and was sending them my way. Seriously, sometimes the stars, moon, and macarons align just right. I guess we call this FATE?

style shoot story95Thank you sis!!

style shoot story9I LOVE pretty journals. These white and gold ones by George Stanley screamed my name LOUD and CLEAR.

style shoot story5aThis dessert stand was everything! White, glossy, pretty, and cheap! The base is actually a thrifted candle holder that I got for $2! Added a white plate on top and it transformed into a macaron stand of my dreams.

style shoot story7Vanilla macarons dressed up with white cherry blossoms.

style shoot story2Another current obsession of mine? ANYTHING lucite or acrylic. From coffee tables, chairs, desks, to office supplies. The ones shown above are from Kantek.

Link to purchase stapler (on sale $14.13) here. Link to purchase tape dispenser (on sale $12.21) here. I consider these affordable luxuries!

style shoot story6Espresso cup and saucer set was another thrifted item. Scored for less than 2 bucks. YEP.

style shoot storyStacked chocolate macarons.

style shoot story94After some hard work, my husband and I devoured them. Of course we left some for Ms. Zoey.

style shoot story96Everything was laid on top of my so beautiful Parisian vintage white dresser.

style shoot story4aYou see, creating a blog header that truly depicts one’s style sensibility is somewhat challenging but not impossible. It’s a combination of fate, perfect timing, fine tuning details… drizzled with some creativity. A stressful but fun process well worth taking.

All images taken by yours truly with Canon 5d Mark ii.

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