Ikat, Be My Guest

Hi there and Happy Monday!  Writing today from one of my favorite places in the world.  My hometown of Fort Smith, AR.  Still cannot believe I get a whole week home.  Happy Camper. 

Today I want to invite Ikat to be my guest.  I about died when I was searching Pinterest for a blue themed party motif and stumbled upon the first shot here.  I have to admit this eye catching print was never at the top of my print list for a party, but she is now.  If you are an Ikat lover like me, how easy would it be to grab a few yards of your favorite Ikat print to make a great tablecloth?  Feeling a little less inclined, try some sweet Ikat napkins to liven up your look.

What do you think?  Would you invite Ikat to the partaaa....J
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Double Feature

About once every month, my buddy and I catch up on all the latest movies in theaters we have not had a chance to see.  Sometimes one afternoon movie turns in to two movies and a sweet little Sunday is born.  This past Sunday we caught "Alexander's Horrible and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and "St. Vincent."  I recommend them both if you are in the mood for some laughs, some tears, and a warm fuzzy feeling.  Happy Thursday...J

Jeans {Vintage, Local Honey}, Heels {Coach from TJMaxx}, Top {Ann Taylor}, Vest {Lacoste}, Necklace {J.Crew},  Purse {Celine}


Slow Down

Some days you just have to slow down.  Even though I spent a lot of time working this weekend, we found some time to slow things down.  Did not hurt that I spent most of the weekend in these pants with an elastic waistband and this sweater that feels like a bunny.  Happy Tuesday...J

Pants, Scarf, and Necklace {Forever 21}, Sweater {Ann Taylor}, Heels {Nine West}, Purse {Vintage DahliaLynn}


Hostess with the Mostess Monday: Mexican Blankets

Anyone who knows me, knows my mad love for Mexican blankets.  I always keep my eye out for them at antique shops or flea markets.  I have been lucky enough to find a few and receive one as a sweet gift from a BFF after her trip to Mexico.  What started out as a love affair for pretty colors and prints grew to an appreciation for usefulness.  

You see these gals are much more than a pretty face.  Aside from the perfect cover up for a cool night on your porch or trip to the beach, they are perfect for parties.  Need an eye catching table runner, tablecloth, bench cover, or scarf...your Mexican blanket can save the day.  Though they are an obvious choice for your next fiesta, I hope you will think of them next time you are roasting s'mores in the backyard, planning a wedding, or hosting some friends for a brunch.  

Happy Monday...J
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Fall 11, 12, 13

Oh Fall.  How I love thee.  The leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, knits, hot chocolates, smell of burning leaves, Halloween, football, costumes, pumpkin spice lattes, scarfs, warm hues, cooler temps, jackets, pumpkin spice lattes, corn stalks, over the knee boots, holidays on the horizon......did I mention pumpkin spice lattes?  Just wanted to share a few of my favorite looks from Fall 2011, 2012, and 2013 on le blog.  Do you have a favorite look?  Happy Friday...J


Feels Like Home

This week has been a little bittersweet to tell you the truth.  We are coming off two great weekends with family.  While I am on a bit of a high from new town pride, it is hard to be so far away from family.  The past two weekends we have spent our days taking our guests on tours of our new favorite hometown spots.  

Think tours of an amazing university right in our backyard, pancakes at our favorite local brunch spot, small bites at our favorite tapas spot, delicious steak dinners, a trip to the VERY close lake Michigan, shopping at my favorite local antique stores, make your own pizza night on our sweet little front porch, morning coffees in the quiet of our new place, the list goes on. 

While we love our new home, these visits are a bit of a reminder of the distance separating us from our family and many friends.  But there is no denying that we are building a beautiful little life here.  In one year, we have made so many new memories and friendships that I know will last a lifetime.  

As I was sharing these sentiments with my sweet Mumsey this week, she said that after a few visits she knew we were in a place where people were watching out for us.  I could not agree more.  It is feeling more like home every day.  Happy Thursday...J

Kicks {Converse}, Leggings {Anne Taylor}, Top {c/o Riffraff}, Shaw {Vintage}, Necklace {DahliaLynn}, Purse {LV}


Hostess with the Mostess Monday: Some Love for Orange & Carnations

So who is excited for a little "Hostess with the Mostess Monday" on...errr...Wednesday?!  Me!  I fell in love with the photos from the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.  I thought it only appropriate to feature a party where the signature color was "orange" with Halloween right around the corner.    

I also find that in events the orange hue is not always a crowd favorite.  Orange scares people.  It scared me before I met my man.  Orange is his favorite color, so I now find myself drawn to the hue.  Am I the only one crushing on this event space?  

First, I love the bunches of inexpensive flowers featuring the signature orange color.  So many people hate on carnations.  And yes, one lone carnation can look a little sad, but several, tightly bunched, in the same bright hue is simply striking.   And we don't always have a hostess budget that allows us to purchase garden roses and peonies with reckless abandon.  

Second, I love that they are incorporating the signature orange color into the staffing uniforms.  Bar tenders with orange aprons and hats? YES PLEASE.  Such an easy, unique, and fun way to add your signature color to an event space.  

Third, this particular event really uses the signature orange in rental pieces, such as chairs and umbrellas.  There are those standard rental pieces, chairs, umbrellas, tables, trash cans, bars, etc., that we always need at events.  However, these pieces are sometimes overlooked when considering places to incorporate color.  

Fourth, aside from the fact that this event beautifully incorporates the brand's signature orange, I love that they have used their signature champagne bottle as decor throughout the event.  Bottles as bar decor...check.  Bottles as chandeliers....check.  Bottle labels as plant pot decor...check.  Bottles as table number holders....check.  Bottles filling bar backs....check.  

Finally, I think the planners here did a fabulous job of incorporating the signature orange at every eye level.  In these photos you can see the orange chandeliers, orange florals, and orange chair cushions.  If you were to incorporate the color in only one of these levels the space would not feel nearly as full in my opinion.

So what do you think?  After seeing some of these photos?  Would you consider orange at a party?  Or maybe consider showing the carnations some love at your next event?  Happy belated Monday...J

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