Wednesday
Jun042014

Jardin Soiree: Treasures & Steals

 

 

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Call me crazy, but I think the party planning and decor is where it's at when it comes to a get together. I like to make things pretty. And, well frankly, I like to shop. So being asked by Pier 1 Imports to scour their gorgeous stores for decor and throw a party? Now we're really talking- a match made in heaven. An excuse to invite people over, drink some wine and try new recipes, all just icing on the cake. 

 

How to finally throw this garden soiree? Perhaps a sweet high tea with tiered stands of cakes, outdoor tea service, and pretty finger sandwiches? Maybe a wine bracket of French vino? Guests can taste test and vote on dueling wines until a champion is crowned? Perhaps I am over thinking this and just have family over?

 

Since I haven't really got a firm plan down, I focused on sourcing generally beautiful French-inspired decor to outfit the jardin soiree. Challenging at Pier 1? I think not.

 

My big decision and splurge, was this gem of a bar cart, iron with beautiful red tile mosaic work, straight out of a Provencal bistro. It was the first thing I saw when I came into the store and it wasn't just speaking to me, it was straight screaming my name. I can't wait to roll this out for guests, fully stocked with wine and cocktails. The best part of all? It rings in at a budget friendly price. It was my party investment piece, but well worth it (on sale no less!).

 

How else to set the scene Francais? I left no aisle unturned and no display unchecked. Vineyard vases (oversize and ah-mazing, though beware the fauna and your hair!), just beg for some tall floral arrangements as a centerpiece. Pretty woven placements, which I intend to use as trivets, framing warm dishes on the buffet. A bronze tub of wine chilling in the shade, each bottle topped with a different painted wooden stopper. Lace paper lanterns dipping down from under the umbrella, along with iron lanterns along the edges of the patio, keeping the bugs away and lighting the party after the sun goes down. 

 

I could have easily found enough goodies to redecorate the entire house, and perhaps a lion or two, to guard the front steps, but stopped myself at the last few perfect picks- a glass cloche food cover engraved with 'bon appetit', a covered cake stand atop carved wood, and a pretty glass dish complete with picture of la tour eiffel. 

 

Sadly, I had to pass up this crazy cool pagoda umbrella (above) and all the adorable buddahs (who doesn't need a little zen with a nine month old?), but they were more exotic destination and less pretty French garden party. Though I may be back post party;) Stay tuned, the soiree is finally happening next week and the final post is to come...suppose I need to figure out all those details, huh?!

 

Check out my previous post on party prep here and to see more of my prep-adventures, be sure to check in often on instagram or the tag #findwhatspeakstoyou.

 

 

Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.

 

Tuesday
Jun032014

Beauty Reboot for Summer with Saks Beauty Week

 

Saks Beauty Week was perfectly timed. The fates aligned, I was able to get my mother in law to watch the baby, clean out all the old make up, and head downtown for a summer beauty reboot.

Take advantage of this- beauty week runs Thursday May 29 - Saturday June 7. Get a cute colorful make up pouch (which I would personally use as a summer clutch, right?) with purchase of $75, though many counters have their own promotions going on as well, so be sure to ask. Freshly picked skin care and colors for summer, along with juice from Pressed Juicery, offerings from HelloFresh, KIND, and even barre demos in store. Huh, like they know I still need to shed the last few baby pounds too.

I took advantage of the event by stocking up on summer essentials. Bronzer, sun block, and bright lip and nail color. Specifically, lavender shades of lipstick and gloss from NARS, along with lavender mascara from Dior, balanced with some sunny polish and gloss. The Chantecialle SPF is not only SPF 50, but quite possibly the sheerest, lightest, dreamiest SPF I have ever tried. Something you don't mind putting all over your face multiple times a day. I predict completely gone within a month.

The most exciting beauty news however, was the debut of Saks Boston's latest addition, the brand spanking new Tom Ford Beauty boutique. I was quite literally the first customer to have make up done and to make a purchase. I have been a solid fan of Mr. Ford's colors since the beginning and took the chance to stock up on a few new ones. Including this ultra shine gloss- which is mana from heaven. Like if I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring two things, one would be this gloss and one would be their illuminating primer, the #1 seller for the line. For good reason. I hate foundation in the summer, but this, I can get down with. 

Run, don't walk to check it all out. Trust me, the Tom Ford goodness is going to be flying.

 

 

This post was sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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Monday
Jun022014

Cropping it

Photos: Jessica Delaney Photography

Above: Ace and Jig Patio crop via Covet and Lou, Madewell latticework skirt, Erotokritos eros sandals, Target Mossimo purse, Lizzie Fortunato for Madewell necklace

 

Hello crop, round two (catch my previous post here). Told you I'd eventually go without a tank underneath! Though I still need to get some shots with the fabulous high waisted jeans from Frame. Convinced you could try a crop too? I know, it sounds crazy, but I swear, totally do-able. Still likewise obsessed with Ace and Jig- it's such a great, mom friendly line. I need to pick some more items to add to the closet.

I've officially gone off the deep end and started planning Daphne's first birthday party (for the end of August, ahem). Trying to keep the ideas in check but hey, your first birthday only comes around once right? Lots of fun ideas in mind, but I think the food may guide things. Anyone been to a solid kids party they just loved? Have some tips for me? Invites? Cake?

It's also sale season, a most wonderful time of year. Net-a-porter kicked things off and everyone else followed suit. I took the opportunity to snag some new Acne sunglasses, an Etoile tunic I've been eyeing, and some cute clothes for bebe as well (the only time I can justify buying Petit Bateau, so damn cute!). 

 

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Thursday
May292014

Garden Tea Party: Recipe Collection

 

Looking for a fun twist on your every day, ho-hum, outdoor party? Why not take high tea to the great outdoors?

Set the scene with your prettiest fine china tea pots, not filled with hot chai, but instead serving an assortment of spiked tea infused cocktails: bourbon and sweet tea with blood orange, iced tea margaritas, or lavender iced tea to name a few. Frilly tables adorned with delicious finger-food, and assorted sandwiches, almost too pretty to eat. A tiered cake stand filled with pastry and sweets as centerpiece. And best of all, an excuse to get some of your best girl friends together and enjoy catching up in high style. 

Every recipe is likewise picnic basket perfect. Sweet and savory scones travel exceedingly well, especially when paired with jars of jam and clotted cream. 

Pack up your blanket or pull out your fine china, whip up some of these delicious dishes, and of course, brew the tea of your choice (I'll take mine iced & spiked!).


This post was sponsored by Foodie.com.

Tuesday
May272014

On the Fringe

Above: J Crew denim short, Club Monaco t-shirt, Chapala poncho via Anthropologie, Isabel Marant Krisi boot, Rayban sunglasses

 

We hosted our first bbq in about a year this weekend, that darn adorable baby, really gets in the way of big social plans;) It was so lovely to finally have lots of new friends over the house, grill up a lot of carne, and enjoy all the hard work we've been putting into the yard. Check out my handy dandy bbq pinboard for all the recipes. The red and green chimichurris were a smash (on both flank steak and shrimp), as was the tres leches cake- my first attempt at this sticky/sweet/milk tour de force. I used a paper cut-out and some powdered sugar for an improv design. With a little more work round two, I think the design could be a lot of fun.

I have to say, my favorite drink of the summer thus far is the Nacho Vidale. While googling for the party, I cross referenced with some other posts for a different Nacho Vidale. One of the porn star variety (and perhaps the namesake of the beverage?). Either way, I still love the tart, spicy, shrub based drink. It's the delicious love-child of a negroni and margarita. Note, use care when searching for the recipe online, however.

This outfit was from Sunday. Post bbq recovery mode. It was a long slow recovery. Made for lounging in a comfy tee, shorts and this poncho.

 

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