Labor Day Botanicals

Posted by Shayla LaFreniere on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, ours was nice and relaxing. We had thought about going out of town but decided against it, travel is fun but sometimes it’s so nice to just be at home for a long holiday weekend.

We had planned to explore some caverns that are a bit south from us yesterday but for some reason I could not sleep on Sunday night (which is very unusual for me); I didn’t fall asleep until almost 4am which meant I slept later than usual so we decided to stay a bit more local and check out Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. It was a bit more humid than we would have liked but all in all it was a lovely day and the gardens were beautiful; so I thought I’d share a few photos that we took.

Hand Lettered Font by me.
Photos by me & Christopher.

{ HYEMI } October 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Lovely pictures! the green hue and warm pink colors catches my eyes :)

Anniversary Weekend in Philly

Posted by Shayla LaFreniere on Monday, August 12, 2013.

Happy Monday All!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, ours was great!
We went to Philadelphia for a little anniversary weekend getaway and it was wonderful. I’ve never been to Philly before and I have to admit it wasn’t at the top of my travel list, but about a month ago Christopher and I were watching an episode of one of our favorite shows, Chopped called Wheatgrass Roots.

The winner of that episode was Richard Landau, Chef Owner of Vedge restaurant which is located in Philly; after watching the show we decided on a whim that we would go there for our 1 year anniversary. So we booked 2 nights at a hotel in the heart of the city and found a few more vegan restaurants in the area to check out.

We arrived on Friday afternoon after a short 3 hour drive. It was raining on and off and very humid but we had an umbrellas so we didn’t let a little rain stop us. Other than our reservation at Vedge on Saturday night we had no agenda so we just spent the weekend wandering around the city and eating some truly delicious vegan food. And with all that walking I sure was happy for my new Teva sandals, they saved my feet!

When we returned home on Sunday which was our actual anniversary day, we visited the park where we got married and said a few new vows for the coming year. All in all it was a very simple and sweet anniversary.

Pretty Rittenhouse Square

We visited the Rodin museum on Saturday; Rodin is one of our favorite sculptors, it was really interesting to see so much of his work in one place and learn more about

Christopher playing in the fountain at Logan Square; I wanted to go in but my jeans would have gotten soaked and we weren’t heading back to the hotel anytime soon.

We visited Hip City Veg for Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday lunch. We both had the Classic Veg Burger for Friday lunch and shared the Crispy Hip City Ranch for dinner. On Saturday Christopher had the Philly Steak (we were in Philly after all) and I had the Jerk Caesar Salad (I am Jamaican after all). All were 100% plant based and 100% delicious!!!

Saturday night we had dinner at Vedge and ate the MOST delicious food I have EVER eaten. I truly cannot say enough about this restaurant. The flavor profiles were deeply layered and simply out of this world. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 15 and Vegan for the past few years and even I never knew vegetables could taste like that. We will definitely be going back to Philly just to visit this restaurant.

A few instagram photos from the weekend.

Revisiting the park where we got married 1 year ago.

Photos by me and Christopher.
{ Sharon } August 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Love your Philly font! So cute and stylish!

Le Village Marche Now Selling laLa Grace!

Posted by Shayla LaFreniere on Monday, August 8, 2013.

So as many of you know, Christopher and I run a sweet little Etsy stationery shop, called laLa Grace. I hand draw all the illustrations and Christopher helps me manage the technical and business stuff.

We just opened up shop at the end of January and things are going really well; we’ve even recently started exploring Wholesale orders and I’m happy to announce that you can now purchase laLa Grace at Le Village Marché boutique in Arlington, VA. The owner Angela is so lovely and we are just so thrilled to have our cards sold in such a gorgeous shop!

All the personal things we’ve had going on have set me a bit behind on building our wholesale stockist but I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things so you’ll definitely be hearing more about where to buy laLa Grace throughout the U.S. and the World!

Luckily Le Village Marché is located just 45 minutes from us so we were able to stop by the shop last weekend and snap a few photos of this beautiful boutique and our cards on display; it was really exciting to say the least! 🙂

My sweet and very handsome husband checking out a few of our cards.

The boutique, Le Village Marché, (the village market) is located just outside Washington, D.C., in the heart of Arlington, Virginia’s revitalized Shirlington Village. A unique blend of the old and the new, the rustic and the refined, Angela has created an impressive collection of vintage home décor and chic accessories that reflect some of her inspiration of Paris. The store opened March 2007.

{ Angel Y. | Static-Romance } August 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM
It must be super exciting to see your cards in an actual storefront. They fit right into the shop's merchandise it seems. Glad to see laLa Grace picking up. :)
{ Latrina M. } August 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Oh my gosh. That's so exciting! I am truly happy and so proud of you. :) Your cards look absolutely perfect on those walls! <3