Navy & Yellow Bridal Shower

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This past weekend I had the pleasure to co-host a Bridal Shower for one of my best friends, Erin. The other host, Ashley, came up with a great idea for a paper crafts theme, since the Bride is known for making amazing handmade cards for all of her friends. We decided on a Navy and yellow color scheme, with pops of gold and silver metallics. Ashley did such an amazing job with the food; latin inspired- with cotija covered corn and steak with chimichurri sauce. My favorite was the appetizers of mini open-faced cuban sandwiches- they were easy to eat and so full of flavor! For the decorations we used ornately decorated paper for runners and to cover mason jars scattered throughout the patio. Guests were asked to bring the bride a small crafting tool or accessory, in order to make cards for Erin during the shower. On the back of the cards the guests were asked to write a short note or piece of marriage advice to Erin and her fiance. When the cards were finished, we strung them together with twine to make a tapestry that Erin can hang in her house as a keepsake of her special day.

What do you think?

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New Year’s Eve 2012

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Usually on NYE I am next to a fire in Tahoe watching Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest brave the brutal Times Square winter to watch the ball drop. Last year was similar but I added wine, bananagrams and good friends to the equation. While I missed being cozy by the fire this year, nothing compares to glamming it up for a NYE wedding celebration. There are few times in our post-prom lives that we get to wear a long dress and genuinely be pretty… so I relished the opportunity.

Remember this post? From concept to creation.

Dress: My Own Design. Shoes: Chinese Laundry. Jewelry: Banana Republic, H&M, Forever21

Photos by Liza Lee


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New Year’s Wedding- Ft. Lauderdale

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This past weekend I was fortunate to attend one of my friend’s weddings in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The weather, the decor and the bride were of course all beautiful- I can’t think of a better way to ring in 2012. The decor was simple and elegant with streamlined Black+White; where the ceremony leaned more to white to match the sunny outdoors, and the reception was definitely more glamourous with mostly black. I loved how the glassware and champagne popped against the black table cloth to create drama and make a large ballroom seem intimate.

{outdoor ceremony prep}

{all white}

{black and white tablescape- pure glamour}

{the bridal bouquet}

{late night munchies to ring in the New Year}

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Marin Wedding

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend one of the most beautiful weddings I may ever be invited to. My childhood/longtime/ex-roommate/friend was married at a gorgeous church in Marin County- and the outdoor courtyard was the setting for the unbelievable reception. Since she’s an Italian who true to form believes in delicious, fresh ingredients and family-style meals, there was an abundance of both. When the sun set and the twinkly lights turned on, the courtyard resembled an italian piazza, and even more so when the gourmet cigar bar came out. My favorite touches were the grey striped straws and the family-style spinach ravioli; it’s those types of personal nuances that make each wedding so special and particular for each couple.

Pictures of Allison’s Bridal Shower shown here

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

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This past weekend I was lucky to spend 3 days in the preppy capitol of the northeast, Martha’s Vineyard. YES, we went to Vineyard Vines, and YES, we wore loafers without socks, and YES we had a ginormous surf ‘n turf meal post shucking oysters. It was preppy and over-the-top and everything I wanted it to be. I loved every minute of the vineyard and can’t wait to go back soon (next year!!). Unfortunately I forgot my camera when walking around Edgartown, so I don’t have pictures other than what’s on my phone. What I DO have, however, are pics of the unbelievable wedding I attended on Chappaquiddick Island. I loved how the decor was quaint and personal, and the flower arrangements embraced the nature that was around us. Even though we were on a humungous estate, the whole wedding felt intimate and made everyone feel like Chappy was their home.



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Minneapolis Wedding

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I spent this past weekend exploring downtown Minneapolis via Skyway. Where I might have enjoyed going outside and walking around more, I made it a personal goal of mine to see how far I could make it on the carpet-laden second floor walkways that lead from building to building. 10 blocks! As for the nightlife, I lawn-bowled at Brit’s Pub and enjoyed the warm summer nights that the Midwest has in spades. The wedding we went to was the main event of the weekend; we were shown a fabulous time at the Edina Country Club, just minutes outside of Minneapolis. All in all it was a fantastic weekend- great friends, great entertainment, and great style!


My few pics of Minneapolis:


Pics from the Wedding:



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