new year’s nuptials

I hope you have all had wonderful holidays over these past few weeks!  With New Year’s Eve around the corner, I have been thinking about the idea of New Year’s nuptials.   I love the idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding – planning one for a client down the road is definitely on my list.  The added festivity of ringing in a new year, and a new marriage together while creating an experience for the bride and groom’s closest friends and family to celebrate that marriage would be a very special way to ring in a new year.

I envision an evening filled with champagne, oysters, fireworks, impeccable lighting – definitely in a city setting, and impossibly chic tablescapes.

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wishing you a beautiful & magical christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” -  Norman Vincent Peale

Happy Christmas Eve dear friends!!  I wanted to wish each and every one of you a beautiful, magical and peaceful holiday.  It is my hope that you enjoy this time with the people you love most in your life and that you are not only showered with beautiful gifts but that you have an abundance of the best gifts in life:  health, happiness, peace and love.

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the empowerment plan

The holidays are such a wonderful time for most of us – an opportunity to come together with our families and dearest friends and celebrate our traditions.  I personally feel incredibly lucky and grateful for this time and look to it every year.  It’s a time where a large part of the world slows down a bit to enjoy the season before entering a new year.

It can also be a very difficult time for people in need, which is why this time of year is such a special opportunity to give back and why so many of us do.  Last night a friend of mine from college shared some information on The Empowerment Plan – I read about it and was blown away.

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get the look | making spirits bright

Now that holiday shopping is done almost done,  it’s time to style ourselves!  I came across this look and loved that it is equally as comfortable looking as it is festive.  I actually bought sequined leggings last year for the holidays and as much as I questioned them at first,  they do look adorable this time of year.  Balancing them out with a cozy sweater and some fun yet relatively understated accessories is such a great balance. Here a look I am thinking of for Christmas eve.

get the look | making spirits bright


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Fashion Designer Jenni Kayne’s Holiday Party

One of the best parts of what I do for a living is to always be looking out for inspiration.  Whether  for an upcoming client event or just because, I am always tucking away great ideas as I come across them to reference when I develop my own event design concepts.  Today I came across fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s holiday party via Domaine Home featuring her stunning modern LA home, a GORGEOUS cozy & chic tablescape along with some excellent recipes.  Her holiday party style is full of inspiration while keeping things simple and minimal.  She collaborated with California event planning company Bash Please, LA floral designer Moon Canyon, and chef Barrett Prendergast of Valleybrink Road.

photos by Yayo Ahumada

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fashion to fête | holiday

With Christmas less than two weeks away, I am in full holiday spirit – I hope you are managing to take some time to enjoy this festive time of year despite the demands of the season.  It is such a busy time it can be stressful, however finding time each day to appreciate the little joys the season brings can do wonders.  I thought I’d start this week of posts off with my fashion to fête series inspired by the holidays. Some of the fashion looks are shopable and the links are provided below.

Fashion to Fete | holiday

winter white fashion //snowflake cookies
tablescape {part of a gorgeous wedding}  // girls embellished tulle skirt {30% off}
tassel necklace // reindeer
DIY marzipan tree cake decorations by oh happy day // comme des garçons neon leather wallet
tablescape // similar skirt 
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black and white plaid shirt + belt + gloves // tablescape


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holiday style | the tippi sweater

Happy Friday!

I hope you have some fun plans for the upcoming weekend and that you had a great week.  The week’s are flying by with the busy holiday season, are you finding that as well? I have a lot to do to get ready for them this weekend and hope to cross several things off my list  over the next few days.  You’ve seen me blog many times before about the Tippi sweater from J.Crew.  It is just such an elegant staple.  I bought the black one last year and have had trouble giving it up to the dry cleaners when needed, so I added a few additional colors to my wardrobe this year.

I love that you can dress them up or down with skinny jeans, black pants or a skirt and find myself wearing them far more often than I would have imagined.  They are 30% off at J.Crew right now so I thought I’d share some of my favorite colors styled for the holidays.  Given the incredible sales right now, I paired each sweater up with a necklace & shoes {where possible} that are on sale so you can take advantage of some amazing deals right now.  The items featured on these boards would make beautiful gifts as well.

Festive Emerald

1 | sweater {30% off} 2 | necklace {40% off} 3 | shoes {40% off} 4 | limited

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book love | Valentino: At the emperor’s table

A good coffee table book that touches on your a personal passion of yours is priceless to have in your home and makes for a priceless gift.  A friend of mine who knows me very well gifted me with Valentino’s newest book Valentino: At The Emporer’s Table recently.  The book is newly released and features photographs by Oberto Gili and an introduction by André Leon Talley. It shows Valentino in his home, his tablescapes, and his surroundings while sharing some of his favorite recipes.  This book is a domestic goddess/fashionista/event designer’s dream!  It is of significant size so it makes quite an impression, and the photography is quite beautiful.

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holiday gift guide | sensational stocking stuffers

As promised earlier today, here is my gift guide for what I think are sensational stocking stuffers.  Stockings are one of my favorite things to gift for the Holidays.  We’ve gotten away from them the past few years but I hope to bring them back this year.  Here are my picks for her and for him this year.

POISE. Stockig Stuffers Gift Guide


For her:  a make-up staple {free shipping} // beauty accessories travel pouch

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decking the halls

I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you engaged in some fun holiday festivities!! After a bit of travel last week and a very merry holiday dinner with dear friends this weekend I am very much in the holiday spirit and taking this morning to deck the halls {or in my case, my flat}. I typically decorate with boxwood greens both inside and outside with white and silver trim – here’s what has inspired me for décor this season. {click on images for sources & recipes}

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