Xmas Glam

When it comes to holiday celebrations, I’m all about glam and sparkle! Just about anything I can find with a touch of glitter or glitz is enough to make my heart sing. Silver is quite fabulous on its own, but for xmas I love how it pairs with red and white. The 3 colors together create a harmonious display of joy that lightens my heart and reminds me that the holiday is near. As far as the glam goes, I get super giddy this time of year because I know I can get away with going overboard on the shimmer and posh! Best believe I take full advantage of it.

As you can see, I used all of my favorites, as inspiration for holiday entertaining! Here’s how you can add some cheer and glam to your xmas celebration.

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The one thing I love about throwing a Christmas party is that most often your home is already decorated with holiday trimmings, so the addition of a few items, such as colored paper straws, a festive liquor bottle like the Belvedere Red, or treats in your color scheme are enough to set the tone. Since these 3 hues are very traditional for the season, you’ll find decor available in these colors in almost every store!

I know most of us are busy this time of year, so ordering treats such as macarons or cupcakes locally will make things easier on any hostess! You can always dress them up by placing them in purchased cupcake liners for display. Let me just add that the above Red Velvet macaron above is from Dana’s Bakery. They ship all over the US and are absolutely delicious!

Serving cocktails? There’s nothing better than a vodka cocktail and I love the bottle of this Belvedere Red! Not only is if festive but when purchased, Belvedere donates a portion of proceeds to the Global Fund to assist in AIDS research, a way to give back!

Mix 1 shot with 1 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice and top with a splash of club soda for a holiday favorite.

Now, how to add the glam, let’s count the ways! Mix and match items in a variety of price ranges for a look that will add the wow factor. Like the sequin placemats at H&M home for $9.95 apiece (steal), or glittered ornaments, silver serving plates, or sparkling serving set from Lief. Yes please to all of the above!

And If you are looking for an alternative to Secret Santa, consider an ornament exchange. Ornaments last a long time, and there’s always a great story behind every one that hangs on a tree, so I love the idea of incorporating this activity into a Christmas celebration. The simplicity of all white ornaments,  is not only gorgeous but helps balance out all of the sparkle and glitz I go crazy for.

Do you have Christmas party plans? If so, and you’re anything like me, you’re probably not anywhere near prepared. I can hardly believe we’ve only got 8 days left to go. We just got our tree last week and finally finished decorating and getting some Christmas shopping done over the weekend. Wishing I had a few more weeks!

Oh!! And by the way, I won the entire fantasy football season this year, coming in 1st place and finishing the regular season at 10-3 + two playoff wins. Quite thrilled considering my hubby didn’t offer me much advice this year. Another excuse to celebrate I suppose!

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Cheers and check back soon!

xo

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Baby Glam

Sundays are usually super lazy for us and I love this because not only do I get to spend the entire day with my family, but I get the chance to work on projects that need finishing. Like the final edits from the recent photo-shoot I did my baby girl. You may remember the IG sneak peek I shared with you a few weeks back. Well, between illness and birthday planning, I’ve finally had the chance to finish them up. Now all that’s left is for me to get them printed on canvas.

If you follow my blog, then you probably already know we’re going with the “Spring in Paris” theme for her 1st birthday celebration. The theme is what inspired the wardrobe that she wore. All super girly and chic. I pulled a few necklaces from my own collection and paired them with lace bloomers, a tutu, and hair clip, all in the color of pink and all purchased at specialty stores locally. It was nearly impossible to get her to keep the tutu on, so eventually I just gave up and let her explore. This quickly transitioned into her eating the jewelry and pulling the clip from her hair every chance she could get. I guess I was fortunate to at least get in a few good shots.

Anyways, here she is. She turned 11 months on April 11th and has started walking. She loves getting into trouble, being testy and eating rice crackers. Her favorite word these days is “more” as in “more food.” She also loves to give hugs and snuggle. We keep expecting that her eye color will change, but they’re still blue as ever. This comes as a bit of a surprise to my husband and I as neither one of us have blue eyes. I have brown and my husband has hazel, and so does my oldest daughter. Just makes baby M that much more unique and special.

I feel lucky to be a mama to such amazing little beings and I love capturing special moments with them! For whatever reason lately, I’ve been really into vintage and sepia. These are my favorite shots of her.

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Thanks for reading. Check back again soon for more posh.

xoxo

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Red Carpet Party Palettes

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon watching The Oscars red carpet live. If you tuned in, how did you feel about what they wore? I was pleasantly surprised at how many looks I loved!! Some of my top favorites: Naomi Watts, Halle Berry & Zoe Saldana.

Of the several looks, I personally nominated the two for best dressed that left me day dreaming. But since I don’t have a place fancy enough to wear one of these star-studded looks, I’ve done something with each that’s a little more practical and perfectly posh too! This posh that I speak of is in the form of party inspiration. Because how amazing would it be to host a celebration inspired by your favorite red carpet look?!

Below you will see how fashion has personally inspired my creative point of view. Two of my favorite looks transformed into the perfect party palettes.

First up the beautiful Stacy Keibler. She looked incredibly dazzling in this Naeem Khan embellished gown for Fall 2013. The design and intricate detailing left me speechless as did her overall styling. A true stunner in gun-metal glam. I am literally obsessed.

Stacy Kiebler - Oscars 2013

Source Naeem Khan Runway. Stacy Keibler Oscars

The party

Platinum and Black - party inspiration

How I was inspired

I chose a color scheme of black, platinum and gun metal to match fabric in the gown. The shape of the chandelier and serving tray reminding me of the overall design and structure of the dress, with disco dust and edible confetti glitter to tie in the embellished detail. This party inspiration would be ideal for any celebration with a glamorous theme. Bachelorette parties, engagement parties or birthdays come to mind.

1 Chandelier 2 Disco Dust Black 3 Edible Confetti 4 Balloons 5 Disco Dust Platinum 6 Baroque Serving Tray 7 Platinum Martini Glass 8 Platinum Gum balls 9 Black Gum balls 10 Platinum cupcake wrappers

The second beauty I nominated for best dressed was Kerri Washington in Miu Miu. This gown in coral with the diamond studded bust truly sang to me and reminded me that the warmth of the sun is near.  There’s something so bright and welcoming about this cheerful hue that reminds me of Spring! I also love that Kerri added an unexpected pop of color to her look with the red shoe and bag. A true vision!!
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Source: Kerri Washington Oscars 2013

 The  party

Coral & Gold party inspiration

How I was inspired

I chose a color scheme of coral and gold to match the look of the gown, with added touches of red to tie in Kerri’s shoes and handbag. Gold details in the cake, bunting and edible jewels were a necessity to reference the embroidered bust, as was a drink recipe as refreshing as her overall look. This inspiration would be ideal for a Spring welcoming celebration. Perhaps a baby shower, bridal shower, tea party or birthday.

1 Gold Cake Bunting 2 Tissue wrapped party favors 3 Peach Gummies 4 Grapefruit Jellies 5 Chevron Straws 6 Edible Jewels 7 Grapefruit Cocktail 8 Gold Cake 9 Roses

What was your favorite look from The Oscars red carpet?

Feeling inspired? Be sure to check back soon for another dose of posh.

xo

Real Parties: Vintage Glam Baby Shower – Yellow & Gray

Our newest addition to the family will arrive sometime at the end of this month, or beginning of next. We celebrated the anticipation of her arrival a few weeks back at my vintage-glam themed baby shower brunch, which couldn’t have turned out better! I have my mom, sister and a few good friends to thank for their assistance in pulling together all the little details leading up to the event, the day was simply perfect.

 In one of my previous posts Sunshine Yellow and Gray, I mentioned that I would be using that color scheme, along with some vintage and glam details, to pull together my concept for the celebration. Here’s a look back at my special day and all the details that made it so posh.

Brunch has forever been one of my all time favorite meals, so of course I had to incorporate that into the day when planning the menu. I am a big fan of little bites and appetizer portions so that’s how everything was prepared, in mini sizes. The delicious homemade menu consisted of the following; french toast rounds with maple syrup, a yogurt parfait station complete with fresh fruit, golden raisins, coconut, granola, white chocolate chips and pecans. We also served turkey sausage links, turkey bacon skewers, fresh fruit skewers made up of cantoulope, mango and pineapple and accompanied by a heavenly orange dream dip made by my Mother In-law. Lastly we ate mini frittatas, assorted cheese, fresh bagels and light cream cheese, donut holes and roasted potato cups.

To go along with the menu we served virgin mimosas using fresh mango orange juice and san pellegrino. We also prepared homemade virgin caesars, and a homemade cucumber lemonade. So fresh and perfect for a spring time soiree.

The sweet menu consisted of small bites as well, all of which were homemade and tied in perfectly with the color scheme. The dessert table included homemade lemon poppyseed muffin pops, skinny mango cheesecake bites, onesie lemon sugar cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, gray and white M&Ms, mango pineapple and lemon gummy bears, yogurt dipped raisins and almonds, and banana and vanilla saltwater tafffy. Each guest was given a favor bag to fill up with sweets of their choice as a little token of our appreciation.

The onesie sugar cookies were the perfect touch. I incorporated fresh lemon juice into the glaze so you could taste citrus in every bite. They were also hand designed by myself with the assistance of my sister and good friend using sugar pearls in our yellow and gray color scheme.

I found the recipe for the lemon poppyseed muffins in a cookbook and just cooked them in mini muffin pans. I inserted sticks into them the same way you would if making cake pops.

The recipe for the mini cinnamon rolls came from this fabulous blog: Iowa Girl Eats. I chose to use organic crescent dough from Trader Joes, just a personal preference. They were a big hit!

The decor and dishes used in the display tables and throughout the shower were a combination of vintage and modern. I added sparkle by adorning some decorative pieces with crystals, which I found antiquing. I borrowed the rest of the pieces from family and friends. The fabric for the tables was purchased from a local fabric store, and I found the birdcages at Michaels. Printed paper treat bags were purchased online and I found the damask plates and napkins at a local party store.

For the flower arrangements, I used milk glass, vintage decanters, vintage wine glasses, mason jars and teacups. The doily banners was hand designed by simply threading twine through doilies, and the adorable baby clothesline was hand designed by my sister using twine and the same glitter clothespins from my previous post Glamorous Glitter Clothespins.

To create the centerpiece on the left I used inexpensive flowers; carnations snap dragons daisies and spider mums and put them in a vintage decanter and mason jar. I used a vintage gold mirror, twine and a white porcelain bird to finish off the look. I used the same flowers for the centerpiece on the right and placed them in an old china teapot. I hung some crystals from the spout for the touch of glam. These same details were displayed all throughout the shower.

Here’s another look at some of the florals and table decor.

And here are some additional views of the decor from the celebration. The letter ‘M’ is the initial of our baby girl’s first name. My husband distressed it and painted it for me and we hung from the front door for a personal touch. All of the decorative pieces here will be incorporated into the nursery, which I will be revealing over the next few weeks once it’s finally finished!

To tie in our colors I custom designed all prints including invites and labels in a yellow damask with gray accents.

The fun games from the shower consisted of Guess Mommy’s Tummy size, Attributes, Never say baby Clothespins, Guess how many diapers, and Finish the Nursery Rhymes. We used the glitter clothespins I blogged about a few weeks back for “Never say baby.” Prize bags were hand designed. Check back next week for my easy and inexpensive DIY tutorial on these.

Here are some more snapshots from the celebration.

and more with my favorite people…

Thank you to all of you who helped make our baby shower celebration extra special and nothing short of posh.

xoxo~