True Colors

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Design, Personal

Every one has their own sense of design and style. Depending on your memories, your upbringing, your surroundings…so many things define who you are and in turn define your sense of good design. Good design is subjective, what may be beautiful to me may not be to someone else.

I tend to be appreciative of many different styles and eras of design. Thanks to my dance background and going to FIDM for college, I was exposed to many different facets and areas of art that I didn’t even know existed. Using my exposure to these eras and influences of art has brought me to be comfortable in my own sense of design and how I apply it to the things I do. From graphic design, cake decorating, to event design, I’ve learned and noticed my evolution of style has one main concept that resonates through it all: color.

I love color. There are so many ways to use it to make a statement, whether it be bold or soft-spoken. I believe that content and imagery sometimes speak for itself, but color (in my opinion) is atrue eye catcher. Color lets you decide what mood you want to portray by creating a color palette. My current favorite: light airy colors against a bold and dark color.

This is one of my favorite invites I designed because of the contrasting colors. I love the midnight blue outer pocket in contrast to the pearl paper.

This photo by Ja Tecson is amazing. Not even talking about composition and light, the colors playing between the bench and the bouquet enhances the green tones in the flowers. Absolutely beautiful.

One of the cakes I did last year was for a wedding at the Moorpark Country Club. What a beautiful venue! The view of the blue skies and the greens of the golf course from the reception was a beautiful sight! I loved this cake because it was simple. What made it shine was the flowers. The red and dark purples against the white frosting made for a beautiful contrast.

Color just takes my breath away. I love using colors in an unusual way or a way that people would think of as unorthodox and create something beautiful from it. I love seeing an end product of a design concept, but even more, seeing it vividly because of the color palette.

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Chicken

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

I’m chicken, I admit it. In more ways than 1.

You know that expression, “Running around like a chicken with its head cut off.”I’ve got an on and off relationship with this statement. Sometimes my thoughts get the best of me. My mind is always racing, thinking about decisions, new ideas, my personal life, my insecurities, everything. Lately, you’ll see me multitasking way too much. I start something, only to walk away from it for a second and then find myself forgetting about the first project and trying to do another one. When I’m not in my zone, I always do this.

I’ve talked to friends and other colleagues about it and I definitely know I’m not the only one which is comforting. Sometimes reality needs to be held by the reins and reeled back in. I forget sometimes to look at things in pieces instead of jumping to the big picture. When I don’t write things down and create a to-do list is when the “chicken” in me wants to rear it’s ugly head (or lack there of). Being ambitious, I believe, is never a bad thing. But there’s a difference between being ambitious by knowing what you can handle and taking on every single little thing. I need to remember saying no isn’t always a bad thing.

I’m chicken, yes chicken. People tend to think I’m brave, but only in a sense of the word. There are times when I’m practically fearless. When I speak to people about things I’m passionate about, when I think about business, when I’m in my comfort zone, etc. But I’m scared, and now I’m comfortable enough to admit it. I’m scared of birds, extreme change, when things don’t work out the way I planned, my own pessimism, my insecurities, etc.

So, why the post? I need to admit defeat. I’ve learned that there are times when things don’t work out – thanks to my confidants, friends, and family I can say it’s okay. It’s okay that things don’t work out, it’s part of life. That concept sometimes gets lost for me and I need to continually remind myself that it’s ok..there’s a reason and I need to look down before I can look up.

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Whitney and Dustin

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Design, Weddings

Once again, I lag on posting a wedding from last year. But I absolutely have to blog about this one. It was another one of my favorite weddings.

Whitney and Dustin are so great together. Their love is beautiful, genuine, and admirable. They were such a great couple to work with. They were creative and willing to push the bar, and their Venetian theme made for really fun design!

The day started off and we were almost ready for the ceremony. Whitney’s dress was amazing. I remember going with her to try the dress on. The moment she put it on, we both knew it was the one. Now that it was tailored to her body, it was even more beautiful on her. The bodice had beautiful embroidery that was reminiscent of their garden wedding and Tuscan inspired theme.

Their ceremony was beautiful. Held at the Westlake Village Inn in their Tuscan Garden it was a  sunny day, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Whitney was glowing as she walked down the aisle.

Their reception was even more memorable. Held right down the street at Oak Park Community Center and Gardens, it was completely transformed into an evening in Venice. With a beautiful backdrop setting the stage, the venue was beautiful and romantic inside and out. Whitney’s cousin did the beautiful florals for the ceremony and reception.

My most favorite part of the evening? Their first dance. Whitney and Dustin love to dance and took classes at the community college to prepare for the day. Thanks to a master mix by their DJ, DJ Kelly, they were able to incorporate their favorite love song and get down with some swing.

Vendors to boast about:

Photographer – Mollie Jane Photography
Catering – Buca Di Beppo
DJ – A Disc Jockeys, DJ Kelly Costanza
Wedding Dress – One Night Affair
Rentals – Modern Party Rentals
Ceremony – Westlake Village Inn
Reception – Oak Park Community Center and Gardens

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What Do I Do?

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Career

Good question! I get asked this all the time, especially from people that I recently meet and start to know better. I like to call myself an entrepreneur. Just because I love many different things and because of that have started many businesses. I know this will always change but, as of now, this is what I do. Professionally and personally, I guess I wear many hats. But that’s because I love to learn new things, experience new things, and enjoy life. Can you blame me?!

Let’s just talk professionally here.

I’m a wedding and event planner. I own my company, Daydreamer Events, and it is in its 5th year of existence. I’ve planned weddings and events all over LA/OC and Hawaii but hope to do events in different areas as well.

I co-own a company with my fiance called Inked Print and Graphics. We started the company in 2007 and do all kinds of graphic design, print, and business solutions. We started this business to continue to express our love for graphic design post-college. Since its inception, we’ve gained a a list of regular customers while still meeting new ones. The thing I love about graphic design so much is there’s more to it than people think. People think that anyone can do it but it takes skill and a keen eye to have good design, in anything.

I help run and manage my family’s bakery called Ninong’s Pastries and Cafe. This is definitely one of my biggest achievements to date. When the economy took a turn for the worse, my family took a chance on what we love to do: bake and cook. We are beginning to grow (and are still growing) into a running force in our area. I’m so proud of my family for believing in what we have to offer and taking a big risk despite everything going on around us.

I am also a student, a student of God and a student of education. When I graduated from college in ‘05 I never thought I’d go back. I learn something new every day and before my return to education, I felt like I was beginning to hit a stand still. It took me almost 2 years to decide to return just to get some classes under my belt, but I’m so glad I did it. Why is this such a big deal to me? Because it was such a big change, and I’m afraid of change. But this experience is helping me to learn that change is nothing to be afraid of. Actually, it’s something that can make you stronger. As long as you take as much as you can out of the experience. I’m starting to see that God has a way of helping me to see what I need to do to achieve the goals I set for myself. He is truly good.

I’m experiencing life in a whole new way. Thanks to every one I meet, the people that have come and gone, and the people that stay in my life, I’m changing for the better. I’m learning to break free from my boundaries and ready to run head first into the future! :)

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I’m Movin on Up!

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

It’s official guys, my blog is officially up! After all the hard work and designing, I’ve finally got it to a place where I feel comfortable sharing it with all of you! Check out blog.carissasolomon.com.

Very excited! Now, off to my website and what’s to come. Stay tuned. :)

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Blog Cheating

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Personal

It feels wrong. Doing something similar with another party. I’m not the victim, I’m the one that acted upon it. I’ve never been the victim in a case like this and I’m very thankful it’s never happened to me. This must be what the mop in the Swiffer commercial feels like.

Yes, I’ve decided to pack up my bags and move to a new blog. *sigh* I’m working on it as we speak and I’m very excited for it! It’s something much more custom and something I feel will scream my personality which is very important to me. When it’s ready I’ll start posting up there and probably take my favorite posts with me.

But like I said, I feel like a cheater. One window has my new blog open and in edit mode all the while here I am in another window typing in an entry. But I’ve got to keep blogging! I can’t help but do it. Sorry, blog, I hope one day you’ll forgive me. It’s not you, it’s me. :P

Thanks Blogger! You’ve truly been good to me. You’ll move on, I’ll move on. We both know it’s for the best.

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A Whole New Blog!

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

*Singing*

“A whole new blog…
A new fantastic point of view…
No one to tell us no or where to go…
Or say we’re only dreaming…”

A whole new blog full of possibilities. This is so exciting! It’s like that feeling when you’re ready for a new hair cut. When you finally get it, look in the mirror, and go out into the world it’s as if you’re a brand new person.

This is the exact same feeling. :)

To see some of my older posts, my old blog will always be there. :) So take a look here.

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