Celebrate in Style

If you’re getting ready for a major celebration then may I suggest you have the ‘it’ party decor, a Frilloon!  It’s everything, glamorous, sweet, perfect, stunning and oh so fancy.  The way it floats is so romantic with the long eye catching tassel making it fun to hold or stand on its own.

Frilloons can be used just about anywhere and add so much fun to any event as they are customizable~ any color combo you can think of or all in one color makes a great statement!  Imagine an all red Frilloon for a valentine’s celebration.

I used one this New Years Eve and I’d have to say it was so eye catching because you don’t normally see such a big balloon, but add the amazing tassels and it become beautiful and so impressive.

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Frilloons are by a Minneapolis company called, ‘White Peacock Styled Events’.  The balloons can be shipped and will add wonder and style to your next event.

Planning a Party

Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about.  As always, great presentation is in the details.  Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor.  Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more.  It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!

Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!

Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party!  Get them made by shopping Etsy.

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Table setting~  this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.

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Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them!  Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers.  All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup!  Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!

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Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop.  Again, handmade is best!  Be creative!

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Cake~ this is where you can really go all out!  All of these cakes were handmade!  There is nothing more fun than a theme  cake!

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Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.

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Endless ideas on making your celebration special!  Contact me if you need any ideas!!  The key is to keep things easy & fun!!

White for Spring events

I do love attending charity events and recently attended the annual Wentworth by the Sea Crossroads gala.  I don’t like keeping my look the same and enjoy experimenting with new hair and make up styles.  My beaded dress felt appropriate for a Spring event by the water.  It was on the shorter side, white and the beads are stitched in a slight chevron style.  The shoes stood out and I wanted them to have that bootie feel.  When I think of spring make up on my olive complexion I think of bright pink.  My toes and fingers along with my lips were covered in a deep pink color.  I layered on two long necklaces to give a flapper feel.  My hair dresser felt that I needed some pretty bling in my hair, so we stuck with a silvery sparkly flower.

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Dress by Parker, shoes by Guess, necklace by Chanel and hair by Salon Sabeha

Steps to getting dressed for a special event

If you want to stand out at an event, you must prepare well in advance to look appropriate and as beautiful as you can be.

  • 6-8 weeks before an event I start looking at dresses on line and I may even order one or two.  I enjoy shopping at sites that offer free shipping and returns.  Sometimes I’ll find a dress locally, but I give myself plenty of time for altering.  I like seeing what is trending and find inspiration on various sites.  It may be a dress length, color, cut or certain style that I decide to go with.  Once I decide what I want my “wow” piece to be, then I get focused.  For example, my last event I decided to wear fur and I wanted that to be my ‘wow’ piece so I decided to find a simple dress that wouldn’t take away for the fur.  Then the shoes were just as interesting but the jewelry was simple.  To see the fur, I needed my hair up, but wanted it to have an Old Hollywood feel.  Other times I want to dress color to be the ‘wow’ factor.  Then I keep the shoes neutral.
  • 4-5 weeks I make sure I’ve thought about my ‘vision’ of what I want the rest of the outfit to consist of.  I order shoes and jewelry with plenty of time for returns and reordering.
  • 4 weeks make sure you have hair and nail appointments set up for a couple of days before and a hair appointment on the day of your event.
  •  2 weeks before I nail down an inspirational hair photo.  I make sure I have the right handbag and coat to wear.
  • 1 week before I may attention to my body, face and teeth.  I make sure that I watch my sugar intake and regularly hit the gym.  I make sure that my face is kept clean and use my Clarisonic every other day.  I use Super Smile, which is a teeth whitening system.
  • 3-1 day before I make sure I get a fresh hair color, cut, eyebrow wax and toes and fingernails polished.   Also, steam your dress and make sure you have everything you may need, like padding for your heels, appropriate undergarments, double stick tape, and your lipstick.
  • Day of the event I I limit my water intake to avoid bloating.  In place of water I drink cranberry and coconut water.  I make sure I eat a big breakfast and protein filled lunch and plenty of snacking before I attend the event.
  • I shower making sure I wash my face and shave my legs and around 5 hours before the event I get my hair done.
  • 2 hours before we need to leave, I put my make up on.  I often have thought about the style of my face…do I go for a colorful eye, smokey eye or bold lipstick.  Decide what you want to enhance and make sure you’ve found colors that are trending and enhance your dress.  For example, when I wore a bright yellow dress I decided to go with bright pink lips and simple eye make up.  With the latest brown dress I went for a bronzed face.
  • 1 hour before I get dressed, pack my purse, brush my teeth and give myself time to snap a few photo before leaving.

If you follow this timeline or make your own, you’ll be sure to have a cohesive and polished look for any special event.

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the most glamorous dress of all.................... Oh I do Darling................ Oh my, I'm feeling a deja vu coming on, and that reminds me, I need to call Savannah in A Southern Home.....

 

The way we were

Mark and I met in 1994 and married in 97.  I was so young, all of 25 years old when we married.

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sc0017641fA couple years after we were married

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DSC_0498Christmas 2011.  After being a couple for 17 years!

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A N D. . . . here we are 18 years later!

DSC_1315We’ve come a long way. . . 2 son’s who are now 6 and 9, my stepson is 27 and this summer we welcomed a daughter-in-law into the family.  Our family has grown and continues to change, but one thing remains the same…us!

Holiday Party Style

If you’ve been attending parties or are having one this season, adding a splash of color or print with your look works right now.  I know we like to wear Red and Green to show our holiday cheer.  These are my Holiday Party Style inspirations!  Cheers!!
Sheer Bliss :: Faille skirt

Holiday Party Look with @No nonsense...
A Topshop holiday party look, styled by Olivia Palermo, http://glmr.me/s3rifO
Great look for a holiday party
Casual Holiday Party Ensemble: The Little Shiny Pant - YLF.
sequined leggings. yes, please!
The LBD for a holiday party...
Netrobe - Animal Instinct

Chanel Crystal Heel Booties
Red Bows

AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING  www.christies.com/unwrapped

CHLOÉ python green bag

Holiday Outfit Inspiration by #AmericanApparel

Party Cards

If you are planning a wedding, shower or any party and want to welcome cards, create an inviting place for your guests to place them.  Cards are always welcome in my book.  You never know what you’ll find inside a card!

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I used a store bought box that is made to look like a vintage suitcase.  You can use just about anything to hold cards, but make sure you can keep it open for your guests.

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I made the ‘cards’ mini banner on a vintage local map, glitter glue and glued it onto a pretty ribbon.

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The suitcase was a tad big, so I added a small bud vase, lined with tissue draped an old doily off the corner for added interest.

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The doily was white, but I made a tea bath and soaked it for a couple of days.

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A couple of the guest who couldn’t make the party, mailed cards, so I went ahead and added them before the party.

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I love real flowers, but using a silk flower is just as inviting and pretty.

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Invitations set the tone

Recently I threw a wedding shower and I believe that the way to throw a good party is to start with a stunning first impression, the invitation.  I’m a bit old fashioned and adore getting personalized notes and cards in the mail.  It mean so much more when people actually take the time to hand write anything.  The same goes for the invitation.

I’ve done all kinds of invitations but mostly ones that I get designed then print myself.  Printing yourself cuts costs and I like to actually pick out my own paper.  In order to get an invitation personalized, you must make sure to give yourself plenty of time to research, communicate, wait for drafts and then sit though changes and mailing of the invitations.  For me, if the party is important, I like to get an invitation in the mail eight weeks in advance.  For a smaller casual party, you can go anywhere from three to six weeks.  Summer is tough as schedules get filled quickly, so earlier the better!

I find Etsy to have the best premade invitation designs that you can personalized, meaning pick your colors and any other important details that need to be printed on your invitation.

Here is the invitation that I purchased for the shower

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This adorable invitation is by Sunshine Printables

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I wanted to add a bit more detailing to this invitation by using the pink paper doilies and vintage ribbon it gave a shabby chic feel.  The doilies are from The Salvage and the ribbon is from Laces and Trims for You.

The outside of the envelope can make a big presence as well!  Think about the stamp, return labels and ink color you use.

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I fell in love with these heart, “Yes, I do” floral stamps!  I bought inexpensive return labels from Vistaprint.

I added a note, handmade lace money envelope and a ‘wishes’ card along with this invitation.  When printing the notes make sure to use paper within your color scheme.

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The customized “Wishes” card came from Event Printables

Your invitation really does set the tone on how the party should feel when guests arrive.  There is nothing better than being invited to a fabulous party!