Pinspiration || Cinco de Mayo Party

4.20.2015

I, along with my fun-loving roommates, started a tradition at my house of having the same few large holiday/theme parties each year. Our Halloween party last year was the largest one we have ever had; Cinco de Mayo is usually a little smaller, but it's such a fun occasion! I've started planning this year's party with help from my Pinterest "Fiesta" board- tons of bright colors and tissue paper DIY decor will be the centerpieces of the decor, while queso, margaritas, and agua fresco will be my main menu items. As far as party fashion…well, my Cinco de Mayo outfit is straight from Mexico (I can't wait to show you)! Here are a few of my favorite pins that are getting me in the mood for my upcoming fiesta.


I love these colors and even though I'm not hosting a dinner party, I like the vibe of these florals!


Sweet treats are a party necessity and these are the cutest!


These tissue paper flowers are AMAZING. I will definitely be making these to frame a doorway or act as a photo backdrop.


Who doesn't love tacos? I'm almost tempted to have a small dinner before the party starts just so I can make a taco bar...

Link Love

4.17.2015


Link love looks a little different this week because I made the mistake of looking at pictures of Vespas on Pinterest. I have wanted a Vespa for such a long time and I'm really starting to think seriously about getting one….serious. None of friends believe me, but I've been doing research and I'm planning to visit the Vespa store on Tuesday next week to look at a few models! This week has been so busy; I'm looking forward to laying low this weekend (not my norm!) and knocking out a few things at home…namely, laundry. Here are a few things from the interwebs that I've enjoyed this week! Happy Friday! 

How to body brush (I want to try this!!)
This NY Times article about a moral bucket list is long, but worth a read. 
I'm so excited that Madewell is at Nordstrom now!! 
I just bought this romper from Old Navy and now I want this romper, too! They have so many cute things for summer!

Kendra Scott Grand Opening

4.16.2015

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I had the privilege of attending the grand opening of the newest Kendra Scott boutique last night! It is located in Preston Plaza and is a beautiful shop- so spacious. Kendra arrived at the boutique to celebrate the event and it was such a pleasure to talk with her! I could tell she was genuinely excited about the opening and was enjoying meeting her customers. She told me that she also owns the dress I was wearing, so of course we instantly bonded.

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Kendra Scott knows how to throw a party; drinks, sweet treats, popsicles, and a photo booth were all present to keep us busy until Kendra arrived. I had a blast seeing some of my blogger friends and shopping Kendra's new collection, Via Maya.

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I bought this set of two Kendra Scott rings, but I wanted to get everything! You can shop my favorite Via Maya collection pieces at the bottom of this post!

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Thank you, Kendra Scott, for a lovely evening of jewelry and mingling with friends! This is my friend Meghan, who did a photo shoot with me outside of the boutique after we finished shopping- she is always up for anything!


Dallas Blogger Brunch || Company Cafe

4.13.2015

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This month's Dallas Blogger Brunch was such a treat to host! We ate at Company Cafe on the Katy Trail in Uptown and everything was wonderful- from the weather to the food, it was perfect! You may have seen my past few posts about Dallas Blogger Brunch (from January or February) or seen the hashtag (#dallasbloggerbrunch) on Instagram. The goal of this monthly brunch is to meet and connect with other Dallas bloggers and shrink the blogging community, as well as encourage each other and share resources and experiences with one another. For the past few brunches, I have designed a floral arrangement that relates to the feel of the restaurant; Company Cafe is such a laid back atmosphere, especially on the patio, that I decided to do three vases with single carnation stems to keep things casual.

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These are the wonderful ladies who attended this month (from left to right): Kailee from A Dash of Koko, Adrianna, Meghan from Maybe Meghan, Emilee, Kari from Sophisticated Whimsy, myself, and Lauren from Southern Elle. I had the best time getting to know the women behind the blogs they write, as well as help some new bloggers learn a little more about the blogging world.

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The staff at Company Cafe was so helpful and knowledgable about all of their menu items. We all loved what we ordered for brunch and look forward to going back soon! It's a must-try for you Dallasites!

Easter Brunch

4.07.2015

Celebrating holidays without family nearby can be difficult, so for the past few years I have hosted Easter brunch at my home and invited friends who don't have family nearby to come celebrate with me. Last year we finished brunch with cáscarones in the park, but the weather this year didn't allow for any outdoor activities. I'm hoping to reschedule our cáscarones fight for this weekend. This year, I went a little overboard on food prep, but everything turned out so delicious! When people arrived, they could help themselves to a mimosa with three types of juice and fruit garnishes. I bought these champagne flutes and they were perfect.



I hate being stressed before guests start to arrive if I'm still cooking, so I wanted to do a few easy dishes that I could prepare ahead of time and pop into the oven Easter morning. I made this French Toast Casserole recipe from the Pioneer Woman and it was a huge hit. You HAVE to try this. Seriously. Of course we served it with butter and maple syrup, which makes everything taste good!



Casseroles aren't typically the healthiest menu items, so I also made a simple egg and veggie frittata that was Paleo and gluten free friendly. Also delicious! I didn't really follow a recipe for this, but I think I used 12 eggs, half a green pepper, half a red pepper, and 2 cups spinach... Simple! Whisk the eggs, add the chopped veggies, and bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.



I would normally have liked to make them from scratch, but in a pinch, these frozen Pilsbury biscuits were a great subsitute- fluffy and so tasty! These are what saved me from running out of food- all of the late comers were more than happy to eat biscuits and jelly until they were full.



I bought four pounds of bacon. Four. No matter how much bacon we cooked, people kept nibbling on it. Lesson learned: you can never have enough bacon. It's been a few days and my house still smells like bacon and maple syrup...which I'm ok with.



I hope you had a great Easter celebrating the Lord's resurrection!

Egg Dyeing Party

4.01.2015



Y'all know how much I love a good DIY, but even more so when it's with friends! Tuesday night, I invited a few girlfriends over to dye Easter eggs; these aren't just regular eggs though- they will be stuffed with confetti and turned into cascarones! This week has been so busy… I'm looking forward to resting this weekend and celebrating Easter with friends…and eating a giant quiche that I plan on making with all of these eggs ;)





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