THE WRAP: When I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, browsing the shops on Robertson Blvd. with my friend John, I discovered the POP Phone at Kitson, and it was love at first sight. I purchased the "Retro" handset in red, mainly because I thought it looked pretty swell with my new custom iPhone case from Gelaskins. It feels just like the phones I used when I was young, but it's more comfortable to have resting on my shoulder due to the soft touch paint treatment! The speaker and microphone work beautifully, and the pickup/hangup button means that I don't have to struggle with my mobile while accepting or disconnecting calls. Best of all, the POP phone eliminates over 99% of absorbed phone radiation! ❀❀❀❀❀ (out of 5).

Images | Styling by Lauryl Lane.

Cake Styling

A year ago I blogged about styling a cake for Joy the Baker. It was a blast to work with Joy, totally fun, and we had some good laughs over how very unglamorous these photos shoots are behind the scenes. If only people knew... I'm not going to lie, I was a little devastated when the cake I styled failed to pass muster with Joy's editors. You see, it was supposed to be for the cover of her new cookbook. I was sooooo excited about that. I've had my designs on the cover of a magazine... not once, but twice. That's a pretty big deal. But the cover of a Joy the Baker Cookbook? That made my little heart go pitter patter pumpernickel.

Alas and alack, it wasn't to be. The cookbook editors went a different direction. Ah, well, I suppose the cake I styled can live on in infamy on this, my little bloggity-blog. At least I can look at it, and that makes me happy.

Images by Joy Wilson | Floral Design by Lauryl Lane.

ornaments from victoria hoke lane

When my mum was visiting over Thanksgiving, she brought some of her cookies for me to photograph. She also brought a few examples of her latest project, gorgeous one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments! She makes these using the same molds she uses for her cookies, but these ornaments are made with a lightweight permanent dough that is perfect for these ornaments, which she then hand paints and embellishes.

They are each so charming, and I just fell in love with this castle scene! These are a few of my favorites, but there are many different styles to choose from. Wouldn't these make lovely gifts for friends or coworkers this holiday season?

Contact Victoria Hoke Lane via email {info (at) victoriahokelane (dot) com} for her catalog and ordering information!

Ornaments by Victoria Hoke Lane.  Images | Florals | Styling by Lauryl Lane.