Outfit of the day

It’s not often that I share images of my looks or what I wore for the day, but with my sis in town from LA and the beautiful weather we had over Mother’s Day weekend, snapping a few photos after brunch was a must.

It’s pretty rare for us to have such warm temps so early in the PNW, so I took full advantage, wearing a look fitting for our sun filled day down at the harbor.

OOTD | Posh Little Designs

I was feeling a bit nautical in a navy sweater and white floral tunic dress, that I paired with an espadrille wedge and oversized sunnies for a 70s vibe.

This look literally took just moments to put together, with casual and chic elements perfect for my Mother’s Day celebration.

here’s what I wore-

sunnies: dior tunic dress: h&m espadrilles: burberry handbag: burberry

Have a lovely Sunday!

xo

photo by my dear sis @janiyawalker

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Three

My youngest daughter’s 3rd birthday is coming up in just a few weeks and I can’t (or maybe it’s that I just don’t want to) believe it. I feel like I’m in some form of mommy denial about this whole year turning older thing. Maybe it’s because three represents so many new milestones like preschool and dance class. Of course I am so looking forward to seeing her shine and build her independence through new activities, but it’s the letting go part that I’m just not ready for.  But since I can’t freeze time, I’m grateful that I can capture moments of my girls through photography.

I photograph them each year around their birthday for to prep for their party and create invitations.

Below are a few of my favorite shots from our Frozen photoshoot and a reveal of the invites for her upcoming celebration.

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An Anna (her favorite character from the movie) inspired look for her Frozen birthday shoot was a must.

What she wore – Anna Dress: Angora Boutique Sandals: Old Navy Necklace: Target Tiara: Mommy

One of my favorites. Baby girl your smile is infectious!

Frozen | Posh Little Designs

Her cute buddy Olaf. The perfect little prop.

Frozen | Posh Little Designs

And many sweet captures to create one Frozen storyboard.
Frozen | Posh Little Designs

Here’s a web version of  her Frozen invitations which I created using photoshop.

Frozen Invitations | Posh Little Designs

I centered her invites around one of my fave shots from our photo session and took advantage of free snowflake and #3 clip art from the great kids birthday parties website. There is no downloadable font to create ‘frozen’ looking words, but I learned that Trajan Pro is the closest matching font, which is what I ended up using throughout. I arranged the snowflakes in a variety of sizes on a white backdrop to create the final design. They were printed on 4×6 photo cards with blue coordinating envelopes and a sparkling snowflake seal.

The design of her party will follow the same aesthetic, with a color scheme of white, silver and icy blue. I’m excited to share more of the design process with you as it starts to come together!

Thanks for reading friends and happy almost Friday to you!

xo

This specific Frozen invitation design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowls (V)

Smoothie bowls seem to be all the rage right now, and I completely understand why. The idea of blended fruits topped with nuts and seeds, and enjoyed with a spoon, is basically perfection! If you’ve tasted one I’m sure you understand, and if not, the eye candy you’ve most likely seen on instagram is enough confirmation of all the perfection that they are. (hashtag) #smoothiebowl. A fresh and trendy way to reinvent your basic fruit blend and elevate it to a whole new level, that not only looks gorgeous with the intricate arrangements of toppings, but offers plenty of health benefits as well!

Kind of my new obsession, served in a stemless martini glass and garnished with edible blooms for the posh factor.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowls (V)

a blend of strawberries, mangos, spinach and almond milk, topped with raw almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds and blackberries. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants and naturally vegan, dairy and gluten-free. (makes 2)

Ingredients/Supplies.

Smoothie

3 cups frozen organic strawberries

1 cup frozen organic mango

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

1 cup almond milk

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Toppings

16-20 organic blackberries halved

2 tablespoons raw almonds

2 tablespoons of chia seed

2 tablespoons raw unsweetened coconut flakes

edible flowers (find them in the herb section of your grocery store) for garnish

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Blender or magic bullet

Two clear bowls or glasses for serving. I used stemless martini glasses for a touch of chic.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Instructions.

Place smoothie ingredients into your blender on high until completely blended. You’ll want your smoothie to be thick since you’ll be eating it with a spoon.

Evenly divide smoothie between each glass or bowl.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Place toppings on your smoothies in a row style design.

First add the blackberries (they’re a little heavy so be gentle,) then a row of almonds, followed by a row of chia seeds (use a small spoon to make your row of chia otherwise they’ll go everywhere) lastly a row of raw coconut.

Place your finished smoothie bowls in the fridge until ready to serve.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

They’re a great make-ahead breakfast or post workout meal option. I personally love to have one when I finish a Pilates session.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Also a chic addition to any party menu. If you’re hosting a brunch, bridal or baby shower, these would be as said above, perfection.

I hope you enjoy this recipe just much as I do!

Happy almost Friday!

xo

This specific recipe for Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowl was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Macaron Painted Easter Eggs – DIY

I’m sure by now everyone is aware of how much I love macarons. Well after a weekend of DIY’s I think it’s safe to say my obsession with them is at a whole new level. Now not only do I want to eat all the macarons, but I want to paint them on all the things too. Like Easter eggs! Fitting considering that we’re less than a week away from the holiday and I just happened to have an excess of Martha Stewart acrylic paints on hand. No expert skills necessary. If you love macs as much as I do, and you know the basic anatomy of these darling delights (shell, feet, filling, feet, shell), painting them will be a breeze when you follow the simple steps below.

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs – DIY

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Easter eggs painted in shades of pastels to resemble the much adored french cookie.

Supplies

Acrylic Paints in spring macaron shades. I chose mint, lavender, pink, yellow and white (for filling and dimension)

5- 6 hard boiled eggs

1 piece of thick cardstock

1 pencil

1 fine tipped paint brush and 1 3/4 inch wide flat paint brush

scissors

palette

iridescent glitter (optional)

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is draw your french macaron to turn it into a stencil. It should be about 1 3/4 inches in size in order to fit the center of each boiled egg.
  2. Based on the anatomy of the macaron, and with a pencil you’ll first want to draw your top shell in a long thin tube shape.
  3. Beneath the shell, draw your first set of ruffles (aka feet which I’ve discovered are much easier to achieve painting than baking.)
  4. Followed by another tube shape in the for filling.
  5. Beneath the filling you’ll draw your second set of ruffles (feet.) Make sure the second set of ruffles point towards the bottom of the filling and not the top part of bottom shell (2nd set of feet should be facing upwards)
  6. Lastly complete your macaron by drawing the bottom half of the shell.
  7. You can click on the photo below to zoom in.

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Cut out your pencil drawn french macaron and place it in the center of your boiled egg.

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

With a pencil, trace the outline of the macaron onto the egg, drawing in the lines of the shells, feet, and filling afterwards.

Repeat these steps until you have one macaron drawn on the front of all 5-6 of your boiled eggs.

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Be sure to allow your eggs time to rest if they’ve been in the fridge. If they have moisture on them, the paint won’t stick. Pat your eggs dry with a paper towel before you begin painting.

  1. Now for the paint. I would recommend using 2 different colors for each macaron.
  2. Purple and light purple and/or white as I did here.
  3. You’ll want to paint in your shells first, outlining the shells of the pencil drawn on macaron with your fine tip paint brush in the darkest color you’ve chosen.
  4. Then paint your shells. Mix in a little white with your darkest color for dimension.
  5. Using your lightest color, and horizontal strokes paint in the filling (center of the macaron.
  6. So far you should have the shells and filling painted as seen below.
  7. Sprinkle on a little glitter before the paint dries for a touch of sparkle.
  8. Now you can add your feet. Dip your wide flat brush into your darkest shade of paint on an angle.
  9. Dab the paint onto the egg in a tapping almost sponging motion to resemble the look of the feet.
  10. Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Then set aside to dry.

Repeat these steps to paint each of your macaron easter eggs.

You can experiment with colors and combos to create the macarons of your dreams.

Once your macaron easter eggs are painted, place them in the fridge to dry.

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Once dry, arrange them in your favorite dishes for a very sweet display.

They make  beautiful Easter centerpieces and add a chic touch to Easter baskets for loved ones! I hope these macarons eggs inspired you to make your own. Pick your favorite flavors and paint away.

Macaron Painted Easter Eggs | Posh Little Designs

I’ll have more on the way soon! Thanks as always for reading friends!

xo

This specific DIY for Macaron Painted Easter Eggs was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

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Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

This past Sunday I spent the afternoon catching up with my dear sis and mom. These are visits that don’t seem to happen often enough, but that I always look forward to. We all share a love for sparkling wine and champagne, so of course our time together involved bubbly cocktails, plenty of laughs and a few quick appetizers that I whipped up that morning.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

I kept the menu simple with fresh fruit, assorted crackers and chips, spiced lentil and apricot hummus, pico de gallo, a variety of nuts, olives and crudité, all of  which paired beautifully with our beverage of choice for the day, Délice Chandon. A new cuvée from Napa that’s super refreshing and perfect for Spring, with fruity notes and a light sweetness. Delicious on its own, but also a rather tasty compliment to the homemade rhubarb fruit puree that I made.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

The tartness of the rhubarb blends with the sweetness of the Délice bubbly so very well creating a harmonious Spring time cocktail, that’s a fabulous brunch, afternoons with your favorite girls, or as celebratory beverage option.

It was so good that I’m looking forward to many weekends ahead with this cocktail on repeat.

Be sure to add it to your Spring and Summer beverage rotation as well!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas

A sparkling cocktail made with Délice cuvée and fresh blended rhubarb. An instant Spring and Summertime favorite.

Ingredients/Supplies:

1 bottle of Délice Chandon (will make 6 servings)

2 cups fresh rhubarb washed and chopped into chunks

2 tablespoons of raw sugar

1.5 cups of water

mint sprigs for garnish

Blender/Magic Bullet

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place your chopped rhubarb into a pot with raw sugar and stir well to incorporate.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Add the water to the pot and bring to a boil stirring the mixture occasionally.

Continue to cook the fruit mixture until the rhubarb breaks down. About 10-12 minutes.

Transfer rhubarb mixture to your blender or magic bullet and puree until completely smooth.

Pour through a fine sieve and transfer to a glass jar.

Chill your gorgeous pink blended rhubarb until ready to serve.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Pour Délice bubbly into each of your champagne glasses filling 3/4 of the way full.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Top with two to 3 teaspoons of rhubarb mixture and stir in with a stir stick, until fully blended and a soft shade of pink.

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Garnish with mint leaves and propose a toast!

Rhubarb Délice Mimosas | Posh Little Designs

Sweet, chic and délice.

Of course you can always enjoy this sparkling wine right out of the bottle. With flavors of nectarine, pear and grapefruit you’ll love it on its own or garnished with fresh citrus or herbs.

Cheers and happy Tuesday! Hoping your Sunday was as lovely as mine.

More on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Rhubarb Délice Mimosas was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

Marble Easter Eggs – DIY

Marble is incredibly timeless and elegant and in my opinion will never go out of style. We already know how prominent marble is in home interiors, but lately it’s become quite trendy, making its way into the lifestyle and fashion industry as well. In 2015 I’ve seen marble on anything and everything, from office accessories, to phone cases, nails, jewelry, coffee mugs, clothing, you name it and I’m totally head over heels. Seriously, this trend is so posh, and so fabulous that doing something with marble on the blog was a must. And with Easter just a few weeks away, I tried my hand at marbling easter eggs using an unexpected yet simple nail polish technique, that promises to add a touch of on trend posh to your Easter decor.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

I first saw this technique after scrolling through my instagram feed and coming across a gorgeous nail tutorial by the uber fabulous Aimee Song of songofstyle.com Of course I have yet to try marbling my nails (doing that soon) but her post totally inspired me to marble these eggs. Love!!

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Marble Easter Eggs – DIY

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Supplies

4-6 boiled eggs chilled

3 of your favorite colors of nail polish (I chose Essie: blanc, after school boy blazer & Nicole: totally in the dark, because I love the classic color scheme)

1 cup of distilled water at room temp

toothpicks

shallow bowl or container preferably for crafts

paper towels or parchment

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Place a sheet of parchment or paper towels down on a solid work surface.

Pour distilled water into your shallow bowl.

NOTE When the polish is dropped into the bowl of water, it tends to dry quickly, so make sure your nail polish lids are unscrewed and ready for use so you can work quickly. Also have your boiled eggs and toothpicks nearby.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Drop one drop of nail polish color of your choice (I started with white) into the bowl of water (it will spread). Quickly repeat this step with a new color of polish placing into the center of the nail polish that initially spread (for a bullseye effect). Add your third color to the center of the last nail polish color. You can repeat this pattern by adding more drops for a more intricate design. Or move onto the next step.

Using your toothpick, quickly blend the nail polish colors within the water to create the marble effect.

Once the marble design appeals to you, dip half of your egg into the water directly over the design, then quickly remove. You will discover that the marble polish has printed onto the egg.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Set your marble egg face up to dry gently wiping away any excess water or bubbles. Repeat steps above for remaining eggs.

Make each egg unique by changing around the color patterns and designs of your polish. You can also dip the bottom and/or top half of the boiled eggs to add more dimension.

You’ll be able to tell right away if your nail polish is too dry. If you’re unable to move a toothpick through it, I recommend starting over, which is actually easy because the polish will come right out, and you can reuse your water. It took me quite a few attempts to get a design that I loved.

Once your eggs are dry you can arrange them on a pretty cake stand or in your favorite dish to display on Easter Sunday.

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

DIY Marble Eggs | Posh Little Designs

Because the chemicals from the polish could possibly seep through the shell of the egg, I don’t recommend eating them, but they certainly do look gorgeous.

I hope you have as much fun with this DIY as I did!

Much more to share soon!

xo

 All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

Just breath

 It’s funny how such simple words can truly resonate with us. After chatting with my dear sis about the stresses this past week brought, she suggested to me something that I needed to do in that very moment….

just breath

 

and I did, and I was reminded of how important it is to take those moments to reflect. To exhale all the stress and uncertainty, to rest, and think about all that we have to be grateful for. To spend quality time with loved ones and to forget about everything else going on around us. To just breath and refresh because we work so hard, day in and day out, especially behind the scenes. It truly is the small actions and little things like these that help make all the difference.

Taking notes and sending out good vibes for the weekend!!

Happy Friday!

xo

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