Saturday, November 30, 2013

There's much to be excited about these days and statement shirts are definitely one of them. I'm usually on time for things, but if I wasn't, you better believe I'd be all over this Dajana find and if I was more of a cat person I'd be owning the "you've gotta be kitten me right meow" tee for shizzle. 

Wearing your heart on your sleeve is fine but wearing your philosophy on your boobs? that's fashionista material.

ONE. one of the few French phrases I know by heart along with puis je aller aux toilettes s'il vous plait. have you seen the whistle & flute mommy & me sweatshirts? you'll die. Trev would kill me (as in torment me to death) if I tried being twinsies with the kidsies (although I may have nabbed Saige and I a pair of matching "heart & soul" shirts from Old Navy... I'm sorry but $8 for a cute sweatshirt is simply too reasonable to pass up).

TWO. I need to have this screen printed on a t-shirt A-SAP. Sarah gets full credit for finding this diamond in the rough quote. if you don't follow her on Pinterest, go join me and 7000+ screaming fans.

THREE. this shirt is as good as mine. you'll never guess the shop name... check it.

FOUR. I've been secretly stowing away purchases for Gabriel's constellation bedroom and I'm thinking this Pixel Paper Hearts print needs to become a shirt also. I mean the only thing better than a statement tee is a statement tee that's Canadian made and has stars on it. Me and "yellow" go way back.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I should really be retyping the 25 page business plan that magically went missing off my MacBook but there are a few confessions I need to get off my chest first...

1. I purchased a box of Pirate cookies today, ate an entire row (or in Oprah's words "sleeve') and then stashed them in a non-food cupboard for "safe keeping". If you're not familiar with these discs of peanut butter goodness, good on ya cause I'm full on addicted. In my defence Shoppers Drug Mart was practically giving them away at $1.99/box and I was beyond starving. No one told me that starting my own business would result in some serious lbs being lost. Nervous anxiety doubles as an appetite suppressant, who knew?

2. I'm pretty certain we own more laundry baskets than the average 4 person household. At last count we had 9 and I'm embarrassed to say that all nine are stacked in my living room, brimming with clean clothes, waiting to be put away (going on 3 weeks now). I'm also embarrassed to say that the only reason it's all folded is because my mom and mom-in-law take pity on me when they come to the house to baby-sit.

3. So I'm at the library the other day and couldn't believe my luck when I happened upon this...
I know I'm a horrible human being for posting this on social media, but it was too good not to share. If you're seeing this Richard Simmons Jr. just know that my friends and I appreciate your dedication to staying fit. Ladies I'm thinking he may be single.

4. Apparently I give the impression that Trev and I have the perfect relationship. When a friend told me this the other day I almost peed from laughing so hard. Note to self: do a better job at describing married life with Mr. Knol. Once upon a time it did come easy but then we created 2 headstrong children, took on 1 massive renovation and decided to have 2 small businesses under one roof. The only thing holding us together some days is make up sex and a sense of humour. With that being said, I certainly wasn't laughing when he told me to "shut the f*ck up" last week over a failed bathroom fan install #truestory  (I think it's mildly funny now). Neither of us have time for divorce or want to share the kids over Christmas so we make it work. Sure I joke, but next time you think Trev-bob and I have our sh*t together think back to Coco Bongo 2011 *cue the shudder*

The prelude to our epic Mexican marital spat and a name that now belongs in the Trev & Sar hall-of-shame. Let's just say we went to the nightclub with good hair and good intentions, but somehow our 'VIP access' got lost in translation and we ended up leaving the building in one of those "it's not so funny now, but maybe we'll laugh about it later" sort of ways. A poor Spanish señor selling roses on the sidewalk got caught in our crossfire - maybe not our best moment under the sun, but at least it was memorable.

5. I've been so self-absorbed lately that I didn't even know about the devastation in the Philippines; well up until Facebook asked if I wanted to donate to the relief efforts that is. And I'm supposed to be raising the next generation?! Shame on me. Double shame on my local radio station for allowing me to be all caught up on the 'Rob Ford' scandal and Kelly Clarkson's pregnancy, but out to lunch on a fatal typhoon. I'm not a news anchor or anything but I'm pretty sure a natural disaster should trump a knocked up American Idol any day of the week, just sayin'.

Okay enough procrastination for one night Sara. How about you get on that business blog; have it up and running before brides start dropping like flies. I promise I'm super duper organized in my profesh life... anyone wanna vouch for me? please.

Oh and I'm linking up with my hot mess sister from the South...

merci buckets.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Have a moment? 

Me neither.

Since the launch, my inbox has exploded with emails, but before I go off and play entrepreneur, I need to pause for a moment and say...
Every day since August 6th I've received an email or a comment or an Instagram shout out from someone thanking me for being me an inspiration. Do you know how crazy that is? To be told my quarter life crisis has inspired some of you to start an Etsy shop, or design blog or photography businesses... tears.


I may not have the time right now to thank each and everyone of you personally, but I want need you to know that your words of encouragement have given me the confidence I need to keep going. And guess what? Just as you predicted, amazing things are happening and I can't wait to share (hopefully soon).

For the record you are all awesome sauce amazeballs and my heart is 100% full because of it. Julie and Erinn - no words, just love.

That's all for now folks. Off to paint walls and plan weddings!!

* can you tell I've been spending waaaay too much time over here? I'm a total sucker for motivational messages, it's becoming a problem.

gallery wall GIVEAWAY.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Why do businesses and bloggers host giveaways? Good question. 

I can only speak for myself, but I assume "followers" is one of the primary motivators for pimping out freebies.

In truth I love giving stuff away for free (almost as much as I like keeping it), but my TOP KNOT launch party is part of a larger strategy. You know this, I know this, so let's talk about it.

Soliciting strangers to "like" you is about as fun as it sounds, not at all. It reminds me of school dances when you'd stand on the outskirts of the gymnasium swaying your hips and pretending to be enthralled by something in the distance but secretly hoping that a boy - any boy - will ask you to dance. Been there, done that... hated it.

So why am I reliving high school all over again? 


1. In the world of social media, the size of your "following" ups your cool factor exponentially. Ever stumbled upon a Facebook page that has less than 30 fans? Not good, not good at all. And then there are those fan pages with a bazillions likes which make you go, "woah this person must be really freaking amazing". I want TOP KNOT to garner the latter response. I want prospective couples to click on TOP KNOT and think, "wowzers that Sara K sure is a big deal, we should totally hire her".

2. You're super cool so I assume you hang with some super cool peeps. Perhaps you and/or the cool people you associate with are looking to hitched? Since I've pretty much decided that I only want to work with cool people, it's imperative that I'm on your cool radar and that you feel confident recommending me *wink*.

3. The shops participating in my launch are beyond awesome (I know I use the "A" word a lot, but this time I really mean it). I'm willing to bet that anyone eager to win these goodies and gallery walls will have amazing taste and the only thing better than a super cool couple, is a super cool couple with great style.

So there you have it, the naked truth. Now please for the love of Beyoncé don't make me sit out another Destiny's Child song. Help me fill my dance card by visiting TOP KNOT on Facebook, Instagram and and you could... 


first up, the golden girls:

MIDDLE:  KardzKouture  .  SS Print Shop 

neon sign is on.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I wasn't sure I was going to make today's launch (wouldn't that have been bad for business, a wedding planner that can't meet deadlines). I'm telling you the condition of the site yesterday had me panicking. It's more of a 'soft launch' while I work out all the kinks and fonts and formatting, but is now live and TOP KNOT Events is officially open for business.


* the 'inspired' section will make it's debut in December and the new blog KNOTTY ON TOP will be up and running someday soon, but for now 'on top' links right back here... the place where it all started.

** I'll be adding more venues and vendors to my VIP section, but needed to highlight the 6 amazing photographers I'd hire in a heartbeat first. Brooke, Michele, Lindsay, Renee, Vasia, Andrea and Helene, thank you. And THANK YOU Sproing - Heath, Camille, Chelsea & Clint for putting up with my "just a millimetre to the left" demands. Of course there are many more shout outs to make, but I'll leave it at that for tonight.

*** oh and if you happen to find an error (spelling, grammatical, etc.) or have an epiphany on how to make the website even better, please share them and I'll happily send you a little something-something as a thank you gift.

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