Monthly Archives: June 2016

Fourth of July Favor

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Are you ready for the quickest party favor DIY ever? Of course, you are! I was in Homegoods the other day in the mile long maze that they call a line. You know, the one where they conveniently have all the knick- knacks and random notepads that you don’t really need but after waiting ten minutes next to it then somehow it ends up in your cart? Every time.

Well they had little jars filled with colorful seasonal candy and it got me thinking that it would make such a cute and easy party favor.

Supplies:

  • Mason jar with lid
  • Seasonal candy or treats (I think popcorn or granola would be great too!)
  • Ribbon

Steps:

  1. Open your mason jar
  2. Fill it up to the brim with your candy or treats
  3. Twist your lid on and tie with a festive ribbon. You could even add a gift tag with their name if you’re feeling fancy.

Take that Homegoods!

Fourth on the Go

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Placemats (similar), Plates, Utensils, Straws, Mason Jars, Coral

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and I’m over here like, “where is summer going, can we press pause?”. Recently my Fourth of July weekends have been spent in a 12 hour car ride down to visit my family in South Carolina. This year is no different and I plan to do every one of those 12 hours to do some summer reading. Remember in school when you hated that summer reading list? I’d wait until the last month and then read all 5 books at once. Now I only wish I had more time to read!

Anyways, I thought I’d have a little Fourth celebration myself with this nautical setting. It’s perfect for a quick meal as the plates are actually melamine and those gold utensils… yeah, they’re actually plastic! Fooled you, right? They even come wrapped up with a napkin and tied with a cute ribbon. So easy and I just found out they come in just about every color under the rainbow too!

What are your Fourth of July plans?

National Pink Day

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Did you know today is National Pink Day? It was a day made for me and Patricia’s Palace, I swear. To celebrate, I decided to set my table with the most adorable pink flamingo napkins and placemats from Kate Spade. You know in The Notebook when Noah says, “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird”? Well… if I were a bird I’d be a flamingo. They eat shrimp, have a “pair bond” aka bestie for the restie and wear pink 365 days of the year. Duh.

Like the rest of the world, I’ve been quenching my thirst with La Croix this summer. It has a subtle hint of fruit but isn’t overwhelming like it’s neighbors on the shelf. Likely, because it is 100% natural.  I’m pretty sure even a flamingo would enjoy the grapefruit one!

Boho Tassels

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Dress, Purse, Shoes, Earrings

Seven tassels in one outfit?! Can you even handle it?! With MY tassel obsession I certainly can’t. We already know that I own more colors of Lisi Lerch tassel earrings than I can even keep track of, but this dress? I think I need it in every color too (side note: I haven’t found it in other colors). It’s so light and breezy, perfect for those hot days but really, it’s all in the details. From the embroidery to the tassels and these gathered cuffs that make the perfect pouffy sleeve. Basically you NEED this boho beauty in your closet.

 

 

The Pineapple of My Eye

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There’s no point in even trying to hide my obsession with pineapples at this point. I don’t think I can physically count the number of pineapple chotskies around Patricia’s Palace. I started collecting them years ago from antique stores and slowly it has grown into a monster (a good one though!).

I decided my table setting for this week would be a casual take on southern hospitality. If you want to learn more about how pineapples became a symbol of hospitality and wealth, read this article. My table mixes a little golden glitz with a relaxed flair that’s easy to clean up (hello! fancy paper products). Seriously, how lucky are we that disposable no longer means just styrofoam and solo cups?!

Stripes Ahoy

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Top, Skirt, Bag, Shoes, Earrings, Sunglasses

My closet imitates my home when it comes to patterns, specifically mixing them! A pattern that’s always a classic? Stripes! So when you mix two different stripes together only good things can happen. But I don’t just mix stripes with stripes, I also am a big supporter of stripes and leopard, polka dots and of course, florals!

I purchased this skirt months ago, and love how you can wear it casually with a tee and sneakers, or dress it up with scrappy sandals and a silk cali. This look however, would be perfect for the Fourth of July.

Red, White & Blue Forever

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Napkins, Mason Jars, Lantern Jar, Ceramic Knot, Matches, Place Card Holders, Star Bowl

I’ll be honest, red is probably one of my least favorite colors. It’s just so harsh and in your face (says the girl with pink walls). Slowly, though, the color red is growing on me, especially in the summer. I love the idea of a a summer cookout with red checked linens, or full on Americana like this setting with stars and stripes.

This little setting is perfect for a summer lobster meal, or even a 4th of July picnic. And not to fast forward but it also would be an adorable political election setting. Just avoid the politics talk at dinner or you might end up eating alone!

While scrolling through Pinterest one night, I stumbled upon a set of flatware tied together with rope and I knew I had to recreate the look. For $2 at Hobby Lobby I think the rope totally pulled together the look. Those hydrangeas… what else says summer in the US of A?

Weekend in NYC

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This past weekend Will and I took a quick 36 hour trip to NYC for a mini vacation. Actually, I shouldn’t say vacation, I’ve never done so much walking exercise in my life. Since we were only in the city for two days we tried to fit in as much fun and activities as possible. We stayed at the Dream Midtown hotel, which I picked mainly on its location, being only a few blocks from Columbus Circle, Times Square and Central Park. It was the perfect starting point for everywhere we wanted to go.

On Saturday morning we checked in then started our day with a walk to Laduree for some delicious macaroons. I’ve had my fair share of macaroons in the past but the experience at Laduree is like none other. Definitely worth the over priced treats. We took our macaroons and ate them in Central Park while doing some people watching (isn’t that basically what NYC is made for?!). Next up was The Met, certainly one of my favorite museums in the whole world. It’s huge, I think if you actually read all the plaques and looked at every piece it would take a month. A happy surprise was the Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibit with the most beautiful haute couture pieces I’ve ever seen. Second to art, the best part of The Met? Drinks on the rooftop. You can’t beat that view of the city! We spent the rest of the day exploring the city and ended it with a sushi dinner at Bar Masa followed by rooftop drinks at our hotel. The city views almost make a $25 drink okay. Almost.

What’s your favorite thing to do in NYC?

 

Lemon Squeezy

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Vase, Vase, Napkin (similar), Tablecloth (similar), Matches, Dress

Ever since I saw this shirt, I’ve been dreaming up a lemon themed dinner party. Something about it reminds me of Betty Draper of Mad Men, feminine, classic and a touch of throwback 60s glam. Instead of strictly using green or yellow I decided to accent with a pop of hot pink throughout the table. To add even more interest fun I mixed 3 patterns throughout, polka dots, checks and then of course, the printed lemon tablecloth.

This little setting was thrown together in minutes. Even the place settings took seconds and were literally made by just slicing into a real lemon. Oh and this setting was cheap, I found mostly everything at TJMax (tablecloth), Homegoods (napkins and plates) and Target (vases and lemon candles). I don’t know about you but I find myself at one of the above at least once a week. I go in for one thing and spend end up spending hours and buying way more than I came for. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle, you just get lost and can’t  leave!

Faux Cactus Piñata DIY

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A piece of my fiesta party décor was the faux cactus piñatas I made. They were incredibly easy to make but VERY time consuming. These little guys received a lot of compliments and some people even thought I bought them from a store so I figured I’d share the DIY steps with you.

Supplies:

  • 2 toilet paper rolls or 1 wrapping paper roll
  • Green tissue paper

Red, purple, pink or yellow tissue paper *optional for flower

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Steps:

  1. Turn on a mindless Netflix movie… you’ll thank me when you’re on hour 3 of cutting tissue paper.
  2. Cut about an inch off of one of the toilet paper rolls
  3. Now take the piece you just cut and cut it again so that it no longer is in the shape of a circle
  4. Using the cut piece roll back together but slightly thinner in width (this will be your cactus’ branch). You may want to cut a little more off so that the overlap isn’t too much. Once you have to your liking glue back together so that it will not move apart.
  5. Take the cut piece and hot glue to the uncut toilet paper roll about 1 inch up from the bottom
  6. Cut a small square (about 2×2”) of tissue paper and hot glue the tissue paper to the top of your toilet paper cactus
  7. Cut 1 inch tall strips of tissue paper about 4 inches long (you’ll need a lot of these so just keep cutting)
  8. Now comes the fun part…. cut slits halfway up and spaced about a quarter of an inch apart on each piece of tissue paper
  9. Wrap the strips around the toilet paper and hot glue them on the top
  10. Keep doing so as you slightly layer piece over piece. Do this all the way to the top and on your branch as well
  11. If you’d like a flower on your cactus cut a 2×2” square piece of colored tissue paper and scrunch into a ball then hot glue where your branch meets the trunk of your cactus