Kendra Scott Happy Hour

7.30.2014

happy hour

Last night I attended a blogger happy hour hosted by RewardStyle and Kendra Scott. It was held in Dallas at their West Village location, which is absolutely adorable. I love Kendra Scott and bright statement jewelry, so I was excited to attend.

dallas bloggers

There were drinks and cute cookies to snack on while we browsed the latest line from Kendra. I loved getting to interact with some of the other bloggers in Dallas- there is a great group of girls in this city!

dallas bloggers

Our host graciously surprised us each with a free pair of the Sky or Skylar style earrings in a color of our choosing- what?! How fun! I was so excited...I started instagramming as fast as my little fingers could move! I chose the neon pink and have gotten quite a few compliments on them today. Be sure to check out the newest line here. I'm also obsessed with this color.

dallas bloggers

I love getting to push myself outside of my comfort zone just a bit to meet new friends and potential collaborative partners, especially when I'm rewarded with a gorgeous gift from Kendra! What a happy Tuesday! Hope you're having a great week!

Ice Cream Party

7.29.2014

ice cream sundae party

Last year we had an ice cream party to celebrate a great summer; I made these delicious and adorable waffle cones! This year, my sweet roommate suggested we have another sundae party because last year was so fun; she planned everything- all I had to do was help prep the day of! We decided to have the party on a Thursday to keep it low-key. Friends brought their favorite ice cream flavor; we ended up with organic, gluten-free, and everything in between!

Decor was pretty simple thanks to my friend Rachel giving me these adorable garlands for my birthday a few weeks ago! She's a fellow party-planner and knows the way to my heart is through party supplies :) I made these huge chalkboards last year, using old bi-fold closet doors and chalkboard paint. They make an appearance at every party and are a great photo booth backdrop.



This is the aftermath of the ice cream table. We tried to keep the ice cream from melting by putting each flavor in a bowl of ice this year. It helped a little, but by the end of the night everything is a mess. We covered the table in butcher paper for easy cleanup- it is so helpful!

This party was so simple to setup because it just requires a few supplies, which can easily be supplied by the host or the guests. I am pretty confident that we will definitely have a 3rd Annual Sundae Party next year :)

Mini Birthday Invitations

7.25.2014

gold invitations

Invitations can set the mood for the entire event, so I prefer to hand out a physical invitations, rather than use email invites. Typically, I will have already mentioned the upcoming party to friends and know if they will be able to attend before I even send an invitation. This year, I kept my party details pretty mysterious until the day of :) The invitations I made set the tone, but didn't give many hints as to what the party would entail.


I bought matching gold business cards and envelopes from Paper Source and printed the invitations on my printer at home, so the cost per invitation was really low! The envelopes were a lot of fun to make; I used a faux-calligraphy method to letter the recipient's name. Instead of mailing the invitations, I taped them to friends' doors- it's so fun to find a surprise when you get home!



Try making paper invitations for your next party! Your guests will love the extra effort you put into your event. Everyone loves getting a special delivery :) Have a great weekend!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

7.22.2014

I love a good sale! Don't you?! Every July Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale happens- it's the best sale of the year! Unlike most sales, it's a preview sale, as opposed to a clearance sale. Buy fall/winter merchandise on sale, ahead of the season, but prices go up to full price on August 4! I started making my list as soon art the Anniversary catalog came out. Anniversary Sale is the time to stock up on wardrobe basics: good denimleather jacket, fall accessories, and boots. Some basics like Hanky Panky rarely go on sale, so now is the time to purchase! I kind of splurged (oops!) and bought quite a few things. Below are some of my favorites that I purchased! I am really enjoying summer, but I can't wait for fall weather so I can wear my new goodies! Head over to Nordstrom before the prices go up on the new fall trends!

Birthday Celebration

7.14.2014

birthday party

The past week has been the busiest week since starting my new job, and most likely the busiest of my entire year- I've missed blogging! If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know that last Thursday was my birthday (I love birthdays!); I had the best night and want to share some things that made it extra special.

I knew that my birthday week would be a busy one at work, so instead of planning an epic party, I put off making birthday plans, because I didn't want to face the fact that I wouldn't be able to take any time off to celebrate. That was a mistake, but I recovered and was able to plan a memorable evening with my favorite people. There are only two things that I need my birthday celebrations to include: cake and fun pictures with friends. Everything else is extra. Planning a party on a Thursday night meant not staying out too late and that most people would only have time for dinner. I wanted to add something special to the night to make it memorable and knew that I wanted to spend some extra time with my favorite girls. After all, "girls just wanna have fun," right?

After finding a limo deal on Groupon, I decided last-minute to purchase it and have all of my girls meet at my house to start the evening with some fun in the limo. Best. Decision. Ever. Originally I thought it would be kind of silly to have a limo drive us around, but it ended up taking a lot of stress out of the evening- I didn't have to text addresses to 20 people, hunt for parking, or wait for people to arrive on time for dinner. The limo cost less than a house party would have. Yes, that cheap.



We had about an hour to kill before meeting up with the guys for dinner; I didn't have a limo destination picked out, but I did have a bag of confetti and some party poppers. We told the driver just to start driving anywhere and he headed south toward downtown. I just wanted to relax and not make any decisions after a long day of work, so my friends chose to go to Deep Ellum and found a solid black wall, the perfect backdrop for throwing confetti. We had so much fun throwing confetti, taking jumping pictures, and being silly. Our limo driver was so nice and took all of the pictures for us.


Tip: if you're trying to take an action shot, tell the iPhone photographer to hold down the photo button which will create "bursts" of photos. You can go back later and select favorites, or turn them into gifs like this one.

After throwing all of our confetti and taking countless silly photos with the girls, we rode to dinner. I picked a restaurant with a cool atmosphere and rooftop terrace that has a great view of downtown Dallas, HG Sply Co., which is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in Dallas.

hg sply co.

It was such a relaxing evening; some people stood, some people sat… we all just talked and laughed together while we enjoyed amazing food and drinks at HG. My friend Kirk is a super talented photographer and joined us for dinner; he was kind enough to take a few photos for me. 

hg sply roof

Of course we ate cake from my favorite place, Society Bakery, to conclude the evening. Their cakes are huge and we always have leftovers, which I love to finish off with friends a few nights after the party :)

society bakery cake

The cake was delicious, the pictures turned out cute, but most of all, this night made me thankful for the wonderful people in my life. I have friends who love me well and my birthday was a celebration of those relationships. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Lake Days

7.08.2014


It is always so tough to face Monday after a long holiday weekend. I had one of those weekends that makes you thankful for all of the people in your life, and every minute spent together seems perfect. Friday was pool and grill out with a small group of friends, then watching fireworks from a rooftop in downtown Dallas, complete with an impromptu dance party on the roof. Perfection.


Saturday was lake day! Our roadtrip to the lake started with a missed exit and a detour to Starbucks, but once we made it, I turned my phone off and was completely care free. For a few hours in the afternoon, we swam out to a buoy near the perimeter of the lake, tied our rafts to it, and floated and told stories. I love to swim, so I ended up treading water for about 3 hours and could barely pull myself up onto the dock when it was time to get out! I didn't realize how tired I was! 


Even though I enjoy fashion and getting dressed up, there is something so nice about wearing your swimsuit all day, a hat, and no makeup…which is exactly what I did on Saturday. I basically wore the above outfit for 2 days straight. ;) 





We watched fireworks over the lake on Saturday night, then played with sparklers and glow sticks using a really fun app that slows down your phone camera's shutter speed (so neat!). This was one of my favorite activities. Thanks to this post on Oh Happy Day, I learned how to take these fun pictures on my iPhone. Hope you had a great weekend! 
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