Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

Kelly Lanza runs Studio DIY, a blog about crafting your way to the happiest celebrations, and I’m thrilled that she’s here today sharing her favorite things. Not only is Kelly insanely talented, she’s also incredibly generous, funny, and kindhearted. Before you fall in love with her blog, a word of warning: Studio DIY may give you a sudden desire for a piñata of your own!

What do you do for a living? I’m the editor and founder of Studio DIY. (In other words, I’m a full time blogger who gets to craft and throw confetti around all day!)

Places you’ve lived: I was born and raised in New Jersey, spent a few years in Washington DC and then headed for the glorious weather of Los Angeles, where I currently live.

Place you’d most like to visit: I couldn’t just pick one! I’m dying to explore the Mediterranean region (Hello, Greek Isles!) and I’d love to venture to India, the Maldives and Morocco. Thanks to my endless Pinterest procrastinating, I’ve also had my eye on this little village. I’d travel halfway across the world to find a little piece of colorful patterned building heaven in a second!

Your favorite indulgence: Cake. My goodness do I love cake. I feel like all other desserts are more acceptable on a daily basis (Ehm..donuts.). But when you get your hands on that perfect slice of cake, it’s just special, no? The more layers the better. And always, always cream cheese frosting.

The best advice you’ve ever received: From my mom, “Everything has it’s pluses and minuses.” From my Dad, “Life isn’t fair.” And from too many people to count, “Dream big.” Now, those first two may sound a little cynical but boy are they true, especially when you’re self employed! Do I get a little jealous of the people who get to leave their work at the office door at 5pm every night? Sure, but then I remember the big ol’ “plus” of this crazy career… I’m doing what I love, and you better bet I’m dreaming big!

What ingredients do you think make for a perfect party? An excellent selection of sweets, a boatload of confetti and a group of great friends. A funky piñata and some schmancy party hats are also preferred. My biggest tip is to focus on a few special elements and make those awesome.

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

I’m a total stationery freak and often use great cards as wall art in my home. Dear Hancock is a particular favorite because any card with a piñata on it has my name written all over it!

My motto is “When in doubt, spray paint it.” I’m embarrassed to say just how many items in my apartment have been gilded. My favorite brand is Montana Gold. Their colors are great and their gold chrome can’t be beat.

I never thought “photographer” would be a part of my job title, but my Canon Rebel is attached to my hip. I got it as a college graduation gift and it is probably my most used possession. (This lens is a great companion for it!)

I live in sunglasses (That’s LA for ya!) and recently bought some funky yellow heart ones just because they were too fun to pass up! A new wardrobe stable.

My hair bows have become my signature, and I don’t leave my house without one. I often feel like an overgrown five year old and a giant hair bow is a pretty good way to represent that, yes?

Every morning at 9:30am, I get a big ol’ craving for chocolate. Nothing like starting early huh? Trader Joe’s chocolate bars are always on hand to help me out.

When you’re photographing DIYs all day, your nails have to look schnazy! I repaint my nails about a hundred times a week and always go for not-so-average colors, like this yellow OPI beauty.

With piñatas always on the brain, I have a fully stocked crepe paper closet at all times.

Confetti!! It’s comical how my floor is always covered in the stuff. I often find pieces stuck to my little dog’s nose and hanging on to my boyfriends feet. Whoopsies!

Thanks, Kelly! Everyone, head on over to Studio DIY to get inspired by Kelly’s party ideas. And definitely follow her on Instagram for a sneak peek into her fab LA life, including her adorable pup and lots of — you guessed it — confetti!
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  1. Thanks so much for interviewing me, Joy! It was so fun to pick out a few of my “essentials” and to see it all up on your gorgeous blog!!

    • Thank you so much for creating this post, Kelly! I love all your picks, and I especially loved getting to know you better.

  2. Yay! I’m so happy to Kelly in your series. She truly is inspiring, generous, and over-the-top talented!

  3. A part in a post for sure!! Great to read more about your love for the festive, Kelly. I think the Greek Isles totally need some more confetti…. xoxo, MJ

  4. I’ve said this before, but this is one of my favorite series on Frock Files. Enjoyed learning more about Kelly and discovering her beautiful blog! The geometric party decor in the latest post is amazing!

    • Thanks, Steph! I decided to pull back on Bright Lights to once a month because they’re quite the undertaking, but I love doing them and I’m so excited that Kelly is here – and that you’re now introduced to her blog!

    • Aw thank you so much, Stephanie!! So happy to have you following along now. And I agree that the Bright Lights series is so great, was honored to be included!

  5. Aw, so nice to see Kelly here. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful woman in person a couple of times and she is talented and fantastic and friendly. I’m with Kelly on the cake. I love me some cake, for any occasion. Hm, some cake (and pinatas and confetti) in Morocco sounds pretty perfect right now. Kelly and Joy, thank you for another great Bright Lights!

    • We three are all in agreement about the cake! I’m thrilled that you two have met. Two of my favorite blog friends!

  6. Kelly and her blog are amazing! Thanks for introducing us to both, Joy! 🙂

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