out of thin air


bonjour guys, it’s been a long time. tonight i’m finishing up the last of the profiles on the women from the social media conference this summer in paris. so without further ado, and last (but by no means least), please meet one of the co-hosts and a true soul sister, carina okula.


i profiled carina twice on the blog before we ever got to be friends. i was a big fan when i first set eyes on her magical photos, they’re serene yet vivid and she captivated me completely once we met.


she’s one of those people who sees beauty everywhere and lucky for us she’s willing and able to document it. just her daily life provides images and content that could so easlily get passed by in the hustle of city life, especially when you’re tending to two kids and a hubby. she pulls beauty out of thin air and makes it concrete and tangible, and that takes effort.


i’d like to channel her and have the camera ready at all times, take the time to go home and edit, work with photo programs and learn new techniques. luckily we have big plans to work on projects together including a book and creating a niche for some exclusive photos on the TPA boutique. choosing from her images will be the hardest part.

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website: carinaokula.com

of course she’s a social media whiz so check her out and follow her around just to what she’s up to.


blog: carinaokula.com/blog

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instagram: instagram.com/carinaokula


pinterest: pinterest.com/CarinaOkula

i want to thank carina for that one way trip to the moon and a time that i’ll never forget! looking forward to the future together and glad to have you by my side on all the projects to come. have a great night everyone!

October 22, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Trip. 12 comments.

this just in – the perfect paris apartment


bonjour et bon weekend! it’s only mid-august so i hope you’re still enjoying summer even if some kids have already gone back to school. seems like it always started in september for us…i’m not sure when that changed but it doesn’t mean summer is over! anyway, it’s been a whirlwind around here with lots of travel and good times and even though it feels like i just got back from paris i’m scheduled to head over again in a couple weeks. that said, i’ll be going to the maison et objet and shopping the markets with clients. let me know if you’ll be there in september too and want to meet for a cafe au lait!


as i was making plans, i started talking with one of my colleagues (and friend), madelyn at paris perfect luxury rentals and she told me about an incredible opportunity. this gorgeous apartment is available for a full three months! what a dream it would be to get some friends together and travel all fall. i wish i could make it happen and we could all come and go! well, even if i can’t wing it, maybe you’re interested in renting it. if so, contact madelyn here for more information: reservations@parisperfect.com.


Here’s what Paris Perfect says: Have you ever wanted to wake up each morning and step out onto the balcony to see the soft colors of morning across the rooftops as the City of Light wakes up?  Not having to feel rushed to see and experience everything as the days of a holiday–which never seem to be enough–pass by too quickly? Having the time to try the baguettes at all your localboulangeries until you find the one that is absolute perfection for you? Strolling leisurely along the Seine or popping in and out of boutiques without a hurry…falling in love with a garden and watching the seasons change. These are the moments where Paris really captures your heart and you can savor them again and again.

If you are considering spending more time in Paris, then we know just the place for you. How about a gorgeous and beautifully decorated two bedroom apartment with a picture perfect Eiffel Tower view? We know just the one that is available for rentals of 3 months or longer.

Go ahead … dreams really do come true!

see more about it here on the blog: www.parisperfect.com/blog/2014/07/paris-long-term-rental


anyway i wish it could be us…but if it’s you do it let me know!

August 23, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect Apartments. 14 comments.

elements she loves

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good morning and happy monday! i hope your summer is jam packed with all the fun that only the blazing sun and vitamin d can bring. today i’d like to introduce a new friend i met on the trip to paris.


please meet the wonderful Brooke Crowle from Australia. her business is called elements i love and she’s working on every facet of it, like polishing a beautiful gem. she and i were sort of mutt and jeff, (she’s a tall gorgeous blonde) and hit it off right away.

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we’re both importers and had similar (sometimes tragic )! stories of bringing containers and products into the US. she’s taken it as far as importing from india and morocco so i was really eager to listen to and learn from her.


we have a similar aesthetic and her shop in surrey hills, australia makes me pine a little for a warehouse/workshop when i see the displays and projects she’s working on. LauraBaxter.elementsilove

she has her own special finishes and imports stunning linens and curtains. she doesn’t mind getting dirty with paint and stain but is also surround by such pretty things…maybe a trip to australia is in order!

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in the meantime, we have her many social media outlets to get a fix of her pretty pics


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elements that inspire her


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vignettes she creates


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ways to keep up with what’s new

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and play behind the scenes in her workshop


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these are some of the ombre curtains she designed and had made in india


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and the linens on the beds in her shop…yum!

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brooke’s photos are still rocking my world. love her perspective, edits and vision.

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if you’re in the mood for a little visual soul food, then i hope you get a chance to say hi to brooke. she’s  a really open and available source of knowledge with a great global vision. i know she’d love to hear from you and connect to what you’re doing too! and now i’m off to edit some pics of my own and get back to work. have a fantastic week!

ps: wanted to let peggy braswell know she is the winner of the book in the previous post. congrats!  :)

August 18, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis, France, Friends, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 9 comments.

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