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The Ultimate Galentine's Day Soiree

"Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." - Galentine's Day as defined by Leslie Knope.

A group of fabulous ladies in Charleston recently joined me to create our own version of Galentine's Day, complete with lush flowers, donuts, & a mint green bus named Bonnie.  The only stipulation for attendees was that they had to bring something to the table.  Collaboration is all the rage right now, because isn't it better when everyone shoulders the load?  Each of these gals contributed something wonderful, from cocktail creating to calligraphy to hand made jewelry.  We all added them to lovely wooden gift boxes.  I provided my felted heart soaps, which are now available only in West Elm on King Street!  A local clothing brand, Escapada Living, made sure we could even be cohesively dressed from the same line of fun prints.  See the full feature with all of the participants in the artilcle I wrote for Glitter Guide, and enjoy my favorite photos of the day below.

 all images c/o  Aneris Photography

all images c/o Aneris Photography

Charleston Weekender shop items shown here: Turkish towels (table runners), $32 // Weekender Bag, $100 // Felted Soap, $14 (available in-store at West Elm on King Street)

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Bubbles, Baubles, and an NYE Round-UP

I'm a little sad to see 2016 go, but always get excited about the promise of a new year!  There are some great ways for you to bring in 2017 if you live in Charleston, as seen HERE on my NYE round-up for skirt! magazine.  Once you figure out what your plans are, might I suggest focusing on the next important tasks at hand: what to wear and what to serve. 

Best NYE Baubles

Accessorizing something you already own is way more fun than getting a glittery dress that will just stay in your closet the rest of the year. These earrings are all $36- $70, and some are an extra 25% off!

These links contain affiliate links which I will earn a small commission from.

Pictured (Top to bottom, L-R): Vanessa Mooney Tassel Drop, $45 // Baublebar gray crispin earrings, $48 // BaubleBar pink gem piñata tassel (extra 25% off!), $38 // Candy Shop Vintage Champagne Coupe Earrings, $68 // Baublebar yellow ombre piñata drop (extra 25% off!), $36 // Candy Shop Vintage 3-strand rice bead earrings, $68 


Best NYE Bubbles:

You've already heard me rant about One Hope Wine.  The best part about them is that 50% of all profits from the wine go to various charities.  Another great thing about my favorite of their varietals, the sparkling brut, is that it is on sale through 12/31!  I would order ASAP if you need it for your NYE festivities (a perfect hostess gift!); those glitter bottles have been selling out!

Brut Sparkling Wine, $16.10 thru Dec 31 // Brut Sparkling Wine Glitter Bottle, $59 //                     $5 shipping with proceeds providing meals to hungry children through Why Hunger. 


Whatever you do, be safe and have fun! Cheers, y'all! 

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Friday Fete: Throw the Perfect Pool Party Anytime of Year

Summer is only showing minor signs of letting up in my neck of the woods, so I think we have plenty of pool time left.  Even if you are somewhere that is back to full on jeans weather, don't put away all your pool gear just yet. There are plenty of ways to use your pool as part of the fun all year long.  Sweetgrass Properties has many luxury rentals with pools around the Lowcountry, so we headed to one of their homes on Kiawah for a day of champagne and desserts with some great ladies.  Read on for 5 tips to have your own pool part no matter what season it is!

1. Always Set the Table

I'm one of those people that likes any excuse to pull out the fine china, without wanting anyone to feel like they are at a stuffy party.  With the help of Event Haus and some accents from West Elm, I designed these cheerful place settings that would work for a morning brunch or a delightful dinner. The great mix of silver and gold really popped on the faux moss circular chargers.  Topped off with gorgeous florals from Charleston Flower Girl, this set-up was was as fabulous as the company.

2. Have Fun With Your Food

With a pool as your background, a playful ambiance is what this soiree will be all about.  The talented Ashleys I know really took our party food to the next level.  My summer intern turned friend Ashley from Always All Dressed Up really has a knack for creating amazing party treats. How fabulous are her pineapple cookies and wait for it... fruit "pizzas". Sugar cookies + cream cheese + fruit = food magic.  We were in dessert mode for this party, so Ashley Brown of ABCD Cakes just whipped up some delicious macarons like it was no big deal- but then she topped them with the most beautiful art and calligraphy! I've never seen something so pretty that also tasted so great.

3. Opt for a Seasonless Color Palette

I never get tired of black and white no matter what time of year it is, so that is a great choice for attire, accents, and place settings. The Town Serif created some great place cards in the shape of tropical leaves with her beautiful calligraphy, and we all got decked out in some lovely Rove and Roam looks, shoes, and sunglasses from Dandy Boutique.  Eventhaus worked some magic to create a black and white table runner for our food table, which was perfect with the pops of white Le Creuset serve ware and Charleston Flower Girl's greenery.

4. Don't Retire Your Pool Floats

Last summer was the year the mini flamingo was popping up everywhere, but have you seen the mini swans!? They are just adorable and made the perfect mini bar for our pool! Just chillax and a beverage will eventually float your way.  Of course the classic giant swan always makes for perfect pool decor, too.  I'm finding them majorly on sale right now, and even spotted a pink swan!  You can also just enter to win your own through 8/28, so head over to @sweetgrassproperties on Instagram and find the swan photo for details.

5. Get Cozy With Turkish Towels

You guessed it... this is a shameless plug for my Turkish towels!  Seriously though, I use them myself all the time and they are perfect to have both indoors and outside.  They can spruce up your pool chairs, and if you keep some handy for drying off pool-dangled feet they are super absorbent. We used the yellow cabana and charcoal gray ones for our party.  When it cools off they are also perfect to have on hand so your guests can wrap up in them.  They are 20% off through 8/28 with code SWEETGRASS.

All photos are by Mary Beth Creates.  Happy Weekend and cheers to another fun fete, y'all!

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Friday Fete: Green and Orange Tablescape

Pardon me for still not being over this shoot I styled earlier this year.  Rachel of Rachel Red Photography really let me go crazy with the concept and decor for our poolside soiree, and it all came together thanks to a great team of folks!  I loved the clean look of the white table and seating (mixed stools and chairs).  A vibrant orange and white runner was a great starting point, which paired great with West Elm's Dapper plates.  Succulents, palms, and all kinds of greenery really popped in assorted sizes and shapes of white vases.  Mixing metals is always a winner so we used stainless steel cups and gold utensils.  We topped it off with personalized succulent flags for escort cards and voila! This is the perfect table scape to brighten up your soiree any time of year, from brunches to birthdays!

Cheers to another fun fete! Check out more photos from this shoot over at Style Me Pretty Living and on my Instagram

Plates/Utensils/Napkins/Vases: West Elm | Runner: Ibu: | Escort Flags: The Town Serif           Florals: Kickstand Events | Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Styling Services: Liz Martin

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Friday Fete: Champagne and Tassels

I recently attended the opening of a fabulous new wedding gown atelier, Emily Kotarski Bridal.  Her custom designs make me want to get married all over again wearing her stunning sleeved dresses! Emily purchased One Hope sparkling brut to serve to her guests which also provided funding for the Center For Women. The Tiny Tassel and The Town Serif provided decor, Scoops & ABCD cakes covered the ice cream sandwiches, and Rachel Red Photography was there to capture it all. Coastal Bride has more details about the whole stunning event on her blog. 

Entertaining is all about the details and Emily nailed it, wouldn't you agree?! Below you'll find some fancy but fun items if you're looking for similar decor for your next party.  Some of the following links are affiliate links, which means I will eventually receive compensation if someone besides my mom reads this post.

Gold Napkins: here and here  Tassel Garland: here  One Hope Brut: $18.99 here

 Cheers y'all!

Cheers, y'all!

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