I’m thrilled to introduce an exciting creative blogger collaboration with a dear friend and talented woman. Meet Laurel Donahoo.
She’s truly as lovely as she is beautiful!
Laurel and I have been good friends since college, and one way we’ve kept in touch is through our blogs. After some good food and creative talk one night, we hatched an idea: a collaboration of My Latest Buzz + The Lovely Bee.
Enter, The Lovely Buzz.
We share a similar free spirit, an obsession for bees, and a love of French 75s.
So we thought me might share some blog posts, too.
We’ve decided to swap some writing and bring you a little bit of creative goodness along the way, so stay tuned!
Now, let’s get to know a little more about the writer behind The Hive and the creator of The Lovely Bee.
You’re going to like her. She’s fun and fabulous, too.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Laurel and I’m from Madison, Mississippi (just outside of Jackson!) I am married to my best friend in the whole world, Price! We have twin beagles (Delta and Dover) and a big lovable mutt named Ringo (who weighs about 30 pounds more than what the vet told us he’d probably weigh… But I guess that’s the risk you take when you welcome a mutt puppy into your home!) I am ½ of the heaviest twins ever born in the state of Mississippi (an honor I share with my brother/womb buddy, Jordan.) I love traveling, Mississippi State football (and hanging out with Sara Beth and Jonathan after every home game!), pretty clothes, pretty furniture, the 20’s, Breaking Bad, The Wonder Years, malbec, crisp Octobers, local food, quoting movies (Home Alone has to be my fave), and my Lord and savior, just to name a few things! :)
Tell us about The Hive.
The Hive is my little blog that I originally started for the purpose of keeping anyone who was interested updated on my stationery business, The Lovely Bee! After realizing pretty quickly that its no fun for anyone for me to talk about my business all the time, I decided to expand my blog topics to things beyond pretty paper products and explore other loves (like cooking, fashion, wine, traveling, so forth and so on!) The Hive has turned into one of my most fun ventures and a great way for me to meet lots of new people! (And I do still give occasional business updates, for those who do find that interesting!)
What do are your favorite things to blog about?
I really really love throwing parties then blogging about them! My favorite one I did was Price’s surprise 30th birthday party! It was cigar themed and I may or may not have gotten carried away with the theme… But I had SO much fun! (I’m still so proud of myself and all of our friends for keeping it a secret for so long! He was truly surprised!)
I also love blogging about anything Christmas related, about new ideas I have for stationery, about new recipes I’ve tried (or made up), and about my darling friend Elish’s enviable fashion sense!
When is your favorite time (and setting) to blog?
My favorite time is either early in the morning before things get too hectic, or later at night when Price is watching a show I’m not interested in. I love sitting on the sofa with him, each of us doing our own thing together! I also love sitting at our dining room table, which is right by a big window that I can stare out when writer’s block takes me over!
How did you come up with the idea for your blog?
Well, even though it was started as a place for business updates, I realized how much I loved putting posts together! It’s one of my favorite things! So I wanted to start posting about other things I found interesting and that I thought others might get a kick out of as well. My blog has really turned into a place for me to just have fun!
Tell us about your stationery.
The Lovely Bee stationery is special because it is all hand painted and/or hand constructed! I have about a dozen different designs that I hand paint or draw a pattern onto, then I affix the design onto a beautiful card and package the cards as individuals and as sets of six! For the most part, The Lovely Bee stationery is really fun, bright, and happy. The designs range from quirky to cute to slightly more sophisticated.
I’ve actually done a few informal polls and I have yet to come across an individual who doesn’t love getting a pretty piece of snail mail in their mailbox! The Lovely Bee is here to assist you in brightening up your friends’ mailboxes with something a little different from what you might find in most stores!
Describe your favorite outfit.
My favorite outfit… Let me tell you about what is currently my favorite outfit! I got this black drop waist dress from Zara on a family vacation to Chicago a few months back that I have absolutely worn the heck out of. I love the material, I love how it fits me and I love how easy it is to change up! My favorite way I’ve worn this little number lately was with a pair of Rosa Hyde casual taupey strappy heels from the one and only Arco Avenue, my taupey Rebecca Minkoff bag, and lots of gold jewelry layered on. I feel pretty but not overdone when I’ve got this little ensemble on!
Describe your perfect day (with perfect meal included):
My perfect day would include sleeping in with Price and the pups, having a big cup of coffee upon awakening, and enjoying it on our back porch with a 65 degree atmosphere surrounding us! After a leisurely coffee sesh, I would throw on my favorite outfit and go meet all my best friends for lunch, which would be a Mexican feast consisting of margaritas from Sombra, guacamole and cheese dip from Babalu, chips and a burrito from Jaco’s Tacos, and a spicy brownie for dessert from Sombra. (I’m a freak for Mexican food, and between my three favorite local mexican joints, I’m able to put together the perfect Mexican meal!) Post lunch, I would write a blog post about the amazing meal I just had, complete with perfect photos and no typos! I would then watch Home Alone with whoever wanted to join me, and we would laugh until we cried. We would then proceed quoting Kevin and Buzz and continue with the laughter. After a lovely, low-key afternoon, we would do another wardrobe change into something a little more sparkly and possibly 20’s inspired and get geared up for a fabulous dinner! This meal would consist of filets, artichokes, and ice cream for everyone, complimented by craft cocktails. After such a fun day filled with great food, I’m positive I would sleep like a dream!
What inspires you most?
I’ve probably been most inspired by others’ blogs, many of which I’ve been able to find via Pinterest! I also love me some online magazines. Rue and Lonny are by far my faves. I’m also super inspired by SummerHouse, the furniture store and design firm where I work part time doing social media. The creative environment up there is incredibly inspiring!
What are your top 3 travel destinations (places you’ve never been)?
The French Riviera. Morocco. Banf. (In no particular order) :)
How would you describe your style?
My style… Overall, I hope my style is what most people would call approachable! I like trends but don’t like investing too much in them. (This goes for fashion and for interiors, by the way!) Classic pieces that can adapt to trends are where I really like to invest. And for the most part, I’m a pretty casual person. I do love getting dressed up (and I love some glitter and sequins!), but my everyday look is more of what I hope is stylish casual!
Five words to describe your home.
Dog-friendly. Happy. White-walled. Art-filled. Cozy.
How do you unwind?
I love going out to eat with Price after a long day. Letting someone else do the cooking is simply wonderful sometimes! Then coming home, belly full, and watching an episode of The Wonder Years on the back porch over a glass of grapes is the perfect mindless unwinding that’s needed after a big day at the office!
Give us an interesting/weird fact about yourself.
I’m dying to own an airstream trailer. How much fun would decorating and glamping in one of those be?!
What can we expect from The Hive in the next few months?
I hope to really get my new column “Twelve Dollar Bottle” going strong, since the ones I’ve done to date have been so popular! The premise of this column is super simple: Buy a bottle of wine that costs $12 or less, gather a group of fun folks (who essentially know very little about wine), divide up the bottle, then discuss what we’re drinking! It can get pretty funny… :)
I also hope to get another column called “My Favorite Room” going strong, which would be my blogger friends snapping a few shots of their favorite room in their house and answering a few questions about what makes that room is so special to them!
We look forward to reading more from you, Laurel!
Stay tuned for more Lovely Buzz collaboration coming soon!
Be sure to check out more from Laurel on The Hive in the meantime.