Monthly Archives: June 2017

Ode to Summer on Fox29

Mixer, Large Plate, Salad Plate, Napkins, Dress

Did you catch me on FOX29 this morning? I’ll post the video shortly but in the meantime, here you can find links to everything I mentioned on hosting an ode to summer party!

First off, you have to check out Bar Spoon Beverage. They’re a local business that produces handmade beverage mixers and syrups. I like the idea of bringing them to a party as a hostess gift, instead of the usual bottle of wine. They are delicious and so easy to use… just fill a glass with ice, some tonic, a little Bar Spoon Beverage and then your liquor of choice (gin, vodka, tequila, etc.). Garnish with fresh fruit, mint and a fancy little straw! Bar Spoon Beverage is based on the Main Line and only does business locally (as of right now), so if you’re interested in buying some bottles then contact them through their website to inquire.

While we are on the subject of food and drinks, I also suggest a DIY hot dog bar where you pick your toppings. Include shredded cheese, onions, pickle spears and tomatoes (for a Chicago style dog), chili, coleslaw (for a Carolina dog) and of course the usual like mustard, ketchup and relish. And don’t forget watermelon on a stick… it’s not summer without the melon!

A good summer party should include everyone’s favorite treats like a DIY s’mores kit with a little strawberry container packed full of everything you need. I used a bandana in mine to serve as a napkin or a little take home gift!

I believe a good table setting is just as important as yummy food and drinks so I paired this traditional picnic check blanket that everyone has lying around with Coton Colors plates. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns on your table, it adds interest, I mixed in greek key and ikat patterns here.

Nothing makes a table more personalized than a monogram. I worked with Lumina Embroidery to create these adorable monogrammed napkins with ants. Could it be more summer-y?

Watch the clip here!


The Perfect Fit

Dress, Bracelet, Sunglasses

Last winter during the PHL Pop Up Shops I was introduced to Virginia Dare Dress Co. At that point the brand was still in it’s fundraising phases but the designs and messaging total stuck with me. All these months lady while scrolling through Instagram I saw the Camilla dress and had to have it. The toile-like print is totally classic and the shape is very flattering.

The designer and founder, Rebekah originally worked as a photographer and her search for a beautiful yet comfortable dress drove her to creating Virginia Dare Dress Co. Mostly all of the dresses are machine washable and my favorite part is they come in petite, regular and tall. For someone 5’1″ this is major. I constantly have to get my clothes altered as dresses tend to have a hem way to long for my petite legs and I’m always having to get the straps pulled up as well for my short torso.

I was so happy when I tried on this dress and I didn’t need to change a thing!  If you’re short, tall or in between… I suggest you give their dresses a try for yourself to see.

Porch Party

Rocking Chairs & Pillows

One of my favorite things to do, the second the weather goes above 60 degrees, is to enjoy evenings on the porch. It’s a little tradition my boyfriend and I have. We indulge in a grilled dinner, play a board game or just listen to music and enjoy the sunset. It’s low-key but are some of my favorite times.

This year I decided to give the front porch a little update. First up, was switching out my thrifted antique chairs for something more comfortable. I chose classic rocking chairs from Bellacor and bribed Will to put them together for me. Hehe…

Of course, the rocking chairs needed some pillows for comfort and color so I reached out to Maggie of Leland Gal. I found her originally through Instagram and fell in love with her bold colors and super fun prints. She was so sweet, helping me pick the perfect patterns to coordinate with each other, the right sizes and having them made in outdoor fabric.

I decided to go with the White Match Point pillow as a throwback for the days I used to play tennis, paired with the Canoe Print as an ode to the creek running through my backyard and growing up on the Brandywine River. I love how the pillows make a statement alone but also can be paired for the perfect pillow party!

Color Me Happy

Dress c/o, Earrings, Wedges (old Kate Spade)

If you know me, even a little bit, then you know that I love color! Every wall in my home is painted a bold and preppy hue. My jewelry collection looks like a bag of Skittles, with bright baubles. And of course, my closet contains every shade under the sun.

Some people prefer neutrals, saying color stresses them out but I’m quite the opposite. Color excites me, makes me feel comfortable and happy. When I discovered vFish I knew they felt the same way and we got each other. Their collections are filled with flavorful colors and intense prints but in the softest and coolest feeling material with cuts that flatter.