South Beach, Miami, 4.21

Monday, August 12, 2013




Landscaping details at Miami's Shore Club.

Images my own (Jenn Lore London)

Welcome Baskets, Newport RI, 5.30

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Catching up on my last few months, one photo at a time.

Wedding welcome baskets: 1. Aqua Panna water 2. Custom tea towels, weddingchicks.com; Calligraphy, Just Write Studios 3. Homemade boxes of cookies and mini-poundcakes 4. Welcome guide designed by me.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Thursday, April 4, 2013


The wax seal on my wedding invitations, out just this week.

Image my own (Jenn Lore)

A gift from Linda & Josephine

Sunday, March 17, 2013


A most meaningful gift from my bridal shower -- a beautiful pearl and diamond lavalier pendant from my Aunt Linda, passed down through four previous generations of Lore women, including my grandmother, Josephine.

Aside from the fact that it is truly beautiful, I love the heirloom for the family history it represents. I always make a habit of reflecting back on my ancestors at important times in my life --graduations, professional accomplishments and now my wedding. We carry so much responsibility in carrying our family's legacy and heritage forward, remembering their stories and struggles, recipes and philosophies. I am more than ready for the challenge.

Image my own (Jenn Lore), stationery from Rifle Paper Co.

Quiet

Saturday, March 9, 2013


I've been delaying writing this post for months, but it's all too obvious I've gone quiet for a while now. I'll be honest, the things I wrote in my Creation is Momentum are true as ever. I'm still creating---digging in to my photography and my work life and having a blast planning the details of my May wedding. (my wedding pinboard is in full swing).

Most of all, I've been spending time thinking about the life I want to build from this point forward and re-aligning my priorities. For Christmas, my aunt gave me a copy of Colin Cowie's book, For the Bride. The major a-ha moment I had reading it, underscored throughout, is how important it is to take the time to cultivate the friendships and family relationships that matter most. A wedding is definitely a springboard for not just your life, but that of your current and future family. I've been putting much of my attention and focus there.

I've also been spending time rethinking what I want this blog to be--it couldn't be worse than the nothing of recent months, right? Going forward, this blog will truly be a personal blog--perhaps some glimmers of inspiration and aspiration, but primarily a place to house my favorite photos and personal projects. There may be many weeks where I don't update. and weeks where I update every day. When I share, it won't be because of pressure, or anxiety, but because I have something worth saying.

In the spaces between updates, you can follow me on Pinterest, which has replaced this blog as my place for collecting favorite home inspiration, recipes, ideas and fashion. For those of you who like instant gratification, I update there almost every day!

Pinterest.com/DearHeartDC
Top image: Satsuma oranges during citrus season, photo by Jenn Lore (self)

[Inspired By] Charlotte Hardy

Tuesday, November 6, 2012





Head over heels for British artist Charlotte Hardy's charming paintings of flowers, boutiques and interiors. Head over to her (adorable) site to see more.

Images: Charlotte Hardy

Three Things

Friday, October 26, 2012




Three things I'm loving this week -- 1. This amazing Thomas O' Brien crystal lamp. I die. (Circa Lighting) 2. The amazing packaging on Coca i Fito wines (Vinquire) 3. The sweet, berry color of the whipstitch border in these placemats. An unexpected touch for a casual holiday table. (Serena and Lily)

Creation is Momentum

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


It's been nearly a  month since I last posted, but I can't tell you how many times I started to write, typed a few lines, felt inexplicably defeated and walked away. I've been struggling with the changes in the blogging world -- good changes, for the record. There are higher standards for survival, a professional integrity that perhaps wasn't there before, at least not as prevalent as it is now. But these incredible changes left me tired. Blogging started to feel like work -- work I was barely getting paid for and that I couldn't give my undivided attention to.

I stopped living in the moment -- styling and re-styling my real life until it was blog-worthy. I could spend a perfect day with friends, see something inspiring, and beat myself up all night for leaving my camera at home. Sorting through thousands of tweets and posts felt like required reading. And the constant stream of inspiration of Pinterest made me question my blog's value.

It felt like all of the air was sucked out of the room, and there was nothing left for me to say.

A few weeks into my hiatus I thought--"this is ok--you committed to this project, day in and day out for almost four years. Your personal life and career are infinitely more demanding today than they were at 23. Now you'll actually have time for all of the things you wanted to do better, but couldn't make room for."

It sounded great. Except that I didn't. I didn't do any of that. Quitting blogging didn't inspire me to cook more meals from scratch, spend more time on personal relationships, or kick up my yoga routine. In fact, all of those things suffered! Without my blog, I rarely reflected on things. I obsessed over things that are out of my control, because my failure to live up to my own standards made me FEEL out of control. I stopped looking for the beautiful things in life, because there was no joy in them without people to share with.

If there's one thing I learned from my hiatus, it's that, for me, creation is momentum. If I'm not taking time each day to think, to create something, to actively engage with my passions, then everything else suffers.

So now, I'm challenged to find the right balance for me--between letting the world in, and shutting it out. But, I think I'll take a cue from these dahlias I picked up at the market on Sunday. Recognizing that sometimes it's ok to be a tightly wound green bud, but really, it's so much prettier to be in full bloom.

Image my own (Jenn Lore)

White Picket & Recess

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A few more snapshots from my recent visit to Chatham. Most charming town ever!

Images by me (Jenn Lore)

[Three Things] Nesting

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Early fall, a rainy day, a good book, a rich scent burning...that was today--in my dreams. I'm completely in need of some good nesting time, but the real world is pulling me in the opposite direction. Sigh. Can you relate?

In the meantime, three things that would have made my day infinitely more lovely:

1. A GORGEOUS handmade quilt (Gypsa) 2. A good book recommended by someone with fabulous taste! (cover illustration from the Cover to Cover project) 3. Esteban Figuier Tardif incense (Aedes de Venustas).

Wanderlust [Cape Cod]

Monday, September 10, 2012

Last weekend, I capped off a summer filled with mountains, oceans, sunshine, gelato and wedding planning with a visit to Cape Cod to celebrate the marriage of one of my favorite couples. I had never been to Chatham before and it couldn't have been more picture perfect. I mean...is there a better beach road on the planet than this one? Nope, didn't think so. And this picture doesn't come close to doing it justice.

Now, with the perfectly crisp fall air blowing through my window, it's safe to say I've got a bit of a back-to-school feeling going on. The kind of feeling that makes you want to wear penny loafers and a blue silk blouse to work, stay a little bit later just to sustain the momentum of a project...or y'know, take the time to blog. I still can't say how close I'll get to my regular blogging schedule, but it feels good to be back.

Images: Me (Jenn Lore)

[Happily] Jamie Beck

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I'm dying, DYING over the old-world glamour of photographer Jamie Beck's wedding. Truly, stunning in a way that borders on still life. See all the photos here -- including a preview of her custom Katie Ermilio gown.

Images: Kate Murphy, wedding of Jamie Beck

Inspiration 8.28

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

For a while, I've felt pretty burned out on interiors inspiration. But this week I spied two very chic and unassuming apartments from fashion designers Vanessa Bruno and Lauren Moffatt and fell in love. I love the unexpected details -- the stacked japanese lanterns at Bruno's and the faded but rich dyes on Moffatt's kantha quilt. Gorgeous.

Images: 1. Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via Remodelista, home of Vanessa Bruno 2. Alice Gao for Design Sponge, home of Lauren Moffatt

Market to Table [Spearmint + Dahlia]

Monday, August 20, 2012

Loving this surprising, yet lovely and fragrant combination, casually placed in a small bud vase on a rainy Sunday. (shh -- the vase is really a shot glass!)

Image by me (Jenn Lore)

Aspen [Two Views]

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I've just returned from a seriously glorious vacation in Aspen, an unplugged week filled with a hike to mountaintop Cathedral Lake, mountain trails by horseback, yoga under a tent in the pouring rain and rafting and swimming in the Colorado river. I've fallen hard for the Rockies and can't wait to make my way back again--and share more tidbits from my trip with you!

Today, two snapshots showing the very different sides of aspen, worldclass views and wordclass shopping. What more could a girl need?

Images by me (Jenn Lore)

27

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tomorrow I celebrate my 27th birthday and I couldn't be more excited about it. 26 was a very, very good year -- an engagement, a promotion, an exciting new project with the launch of She Says DC and a new direction for my blog. I challenged myself physically through yoga, dived into photography and spent countless good times with friends and family. I really could not have asked for more joy, accomplishment and discovery. Thank you for being a part of it, in your own way -- big or small-- by catching up with me here.

I'm already sensing that 27 will be a year of transitions and I can't wait to see what it brings. In a few days, I'll be jetting off to Aspen for some fresh air and peace. If I can find the time before then, I'd love to make this fantastic old-fashioned birthday cake from The Cilantropist. I'm obsessed with the Tiffany-blue frosting, edible gold stars and nostalgic birthday candles. Too cute.

Image/Recipe via The Cilantropist