Monthly Archives: April 2014

Easter Treat!

I have confession. I might keep the U.S. Post Office in business. No, seriously.

You probably have learned by now that I am the number one fan of snailmail. No matter what the occasion – birthdays, thank you notes, holidays – and even, “just because”. Maybe it’s the summer camp girl in me but I think there is something so exciting about receiving anything in the mail (not just online purchases). I also think it’s slowly becoming a forgotten art – so I make it a point to keep it alive in my life and put aside time each week to make sure no one is forgotten.

With that being said, even those of you that don’t have the energy to run around buying cards and dropping them in the mail – I have found the perfect match for you – TREAT!

Treat is an online greeting card company that lets you make one-of-a-kind cards for family and friends. They will even mail it for you (or they can mail to your home first)! You can also schedule cards and add reminders so you never miss someone’s birthday again. I mean, could this be any more genius? They start at $1.99 and also offer digital cards.

For my Easter cards this year, I teamed up with Treat to design a few cards for my family (there’s something for everyone, see below!). I also shared a fun “Easter basket” craft & alternative to your traditional basket of eggs and chocolate bunnies.

What You’ll Need:

  • Mini Tin Basket
  • Jellybeans (you also could do M&M’s or other festive candy)
  • Spring Straws to “plant” in the jellybeans
  • Lip Balm (I prefer EOS since it looks like an egg!)
  • Spring Nail Polish (think pink or pastels)

This is an easy and fun gift for co-workers, friends and even little ones. You can play around and customize it without going overboard with a huge basket.

Hopefully this inspires you this upcoming Easter and don’t forget to send your TREAT cards!

The Cocktail Cart Curator with Society Social!

I was so honored when Roxy from Society Social asked me to be their next “Cocktail Cart Curator” for their Social Diary blog! I met Roxy a few months ago officially at an event we co-hosted together in DC for Tuckernuck and she is as sweet as can be!

My inspiration for this bar cart encompasses one of my favorite celebrations to host; a Spring brunch! Whether it’s Easter Sunday or just a sunny-filled April Saturday afternoon, these are my essentials in putting together a casual, yet elegant-like brunch with close friends. From grocery shopping with my tote and prepping in the kitchen to mixing rose-orange mimosas with striped straws in heels, you’ll find me enjoying every minute of it. Hopefully this inspires you to do the same!



{Image via Society Social}

Shop The Cart Below!

The SedgewickPink Paper StrawsBow Bottle StopperRecipe BoxGoing To Market ToteFresh TulipsRewined “Mimosa” CandleBan.Do “Party” ClipCocktail Napkins/Brunch DressNecklaceGo Vino Champagne FlutesSunday Shoes/Monogram Cutting Board

P.S. The dress above was my birthday dress!

DIY: Make Someone’s Day!

So I promise to keep this short & sweet because there really is not much of an explanation needed for this easy DIY craft that will surely brighten up anyone’s day (or your own!).

This past weekend, I enjoyed gorgeous weather and celebrated my birthday with the best friends around. While running errands, I decided to pick up some fresh tulips for our kitchen and I thought “wouldn’t these be so nice wrapped in something other than brown paper?”. So, I hopped on over to Paper Source in Georgetown and picked out a patterned paper, came home, tied it up with a pink bow and voila!


This might just be the easiest craft I’ve ever done and think about it – you could use all sorts of paper and wrapping paper themes to give these to someone as a gift. It’s all about the details. You don’t have to spend a million dollars to make someone’s day or birthday great – just go the extra step (like picking up flowers and wrapping them yourself) and I promise you it makes all the difference in the world.


P.S. I came home to find my Martha Stewart Living magazine had arrived in the mail for May and look what’s on the cover? I think it’s safe to say –  it’s fate.

Here & There: Lisi Lerch + Giveaway

Today is a big day for H&T – first, I am super excited to team up once again with one of favorite IRL (in real life) blogger friends, Julie (of Julie Leah: a life & style blog) for our “Here & There” series.  Secondly, today marks my first outfit post!

I’ve always been a little hesitant to post do outfit posts or styling on H&T but when Lisi Lerch wanted to team up with the two of us; I just couldn’t resist! Perhaps this will be the beginning of these!

I styled a pair of earrings from their new Jenny collection in white and gold. They are so darling and really dress up any outfit. I also am super fond of the adorable tassel earrings from her line (can I have one in every color?). I paired the Jenny’s with what I would consider the perfect Spring transitional outfit (scroll down to see how you can enter our giveaway!)

 Normally by now, I am frolicking around in sundresses and sandals. However, it’s still a little chilly in DC so midi skirts have become my go-to item. A few weeks ago, I was pairing this exact skirt with black tees/crop tops, a leather jacket and leopard pumps. I switched it up a bit and wore a lace top and open toed sandals this past weekend once it finally started to feel like April.

Earrings: c/o Lisi Lerch  // Skirt: H&M (similar styles here) // Top: Ann Taylor Loft (similar here) // Shoes: BCBG (similar here) // Monogram Necklace: DKM // Heart Necklace: Vintage (similar here) // Sunnies: Anthropologie // Pearl Drop Bracelet: J.CREW // Hat: J.CREW // Paws: OPI Pink Flamenco

You can also enter to win our Lisi Lerch giveaway this week – the winner will get to pick any item from the new Spring/Summer collection to take home!

Enter Below and check out how Julie styled her pair HERE.

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{Image via Instagram – last shot of the day! Special thank you to my friend Brie for the photos!}

floral design: DIY, tips & tricks

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I would be taking a floral design class in early April. Well, today I’m here to give you a complete recap along with some tips and tricks that I learned earlier this week!

I had reached out to Helen Olivia Flowers and their owner, Rachel, a few months ago about setting up a private workshop for my colleagues (fellow event planners) and I. Well, we could not have been more pleased with her custom evening workshop that she put together for us.

When we walked into Helen Olivia’s shop, tucked away in the quaint neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, I was immediately in love. Big sunny open windows, floral arrangements galore, a natural “air freshner” of blooms, a “bud bar” and the most darling little numbered workshop space I’ve ever seen. I could not get enough. They even had a little bike on display (read: delivery truck). If you are ever in the area, you must stop in for a visit – you can purchase single flowers for DIY projects as well as soaps and other gifts. Helen Olivia is also known for their ribbon wrapped vases (which I learned how to do properly too).

We started off the evening (after consuming far too much cheese and sparkling orange blood soda) with a few easy and quick DIY arrangements that event planners and hostesses alike could put together at home or before a big event. They look professional and polished but easy to complete for any skill level!

1. Hydrangeas + Hand Tying Technique

Hydrangeas can be a pain to arrange (I know, I put them together for my End of Summer Shrimp Boil last year). They are also so top heavy that they often end up falling over in a variety of vases. Well, Rachel taught us to to arrange these beauties (who’s name comes from the word “hydrate”, duh) with a hand tying technique. The key is to tie them together with bindwire or floral tape BEFORE you put them in the vase. This allows them to stand up. They were also wrapped in a leaf ribbon to cover up the floating stems in the water.

2. Tall Centerpieces

The next type of DIY arrangement we learned about was assembled with curly willow (yes, those long swirly-looking sticks have a name) and orchids. These were put into a 24 inch glass vase and are perfect for a food station or bar at an event especially when you’re on a budget. You could even add tealight candles to them for a special effect!

3. Pave-Style Roses

A pave-style arrangement is French for “one level”. These are my favorite item to add to cocktail tables and always look very delicate. They are also adorable to use when hosting events such as bridal and baby showers (think pink!). The roses were cut to the same level and then delicately placed in floral foam along with cigar rolled leaves for a finishing touch (and leaf polish = doesn’t hurt the leaves but makes them look super shiny!).

We finished the evening styling our own arrangements from large buckets of fresh blooms (my own personal dream come true). We used 5 inch cylinder vases with floral foam and water. Carefully, we placed a variety of hydrangeas, roses, greenery and the most beautiful orchid I’ve seen into our vases. We used all of Rachel’s tips and tricks for a professional-like look. One of my favorite parts of the workshop was learning how to “ribbon wrap” – which I will most certainly use in events to come. My finished product is below – not too bad, huh? It’s currently serving as a centerpiece at home to brighten up my dining room.



You can see how it slowly but surely came together below after much snipping, rearranging and criticizing.

Finally, I wanted to share with you a few flower myths and tips that I learned from the evening after much Q&A with Rachel (I came with lots of questions – those that know me won’t be surprised by this at all..).

  • You do NOT need to cut your flowers in running water. This is a compete MYTH.
  • Room temperature water is ideal for flowers. It makes no difference if it’s filtered or tap water.
  • You must cut stems at an angle and regularly. The white part that shows is call the pit and this is where the flowers drink up!
  • Do not use regular scissors to cut your stems. Ideally, it’s best to use shear spring-loaded tools.
  • The more leaves you cut off, the more water goes to your actual blooms. This is something to keep in mind to make them last longer.
  • When you buy flowers from a grocery store, they are already dehydrated  – a good tip with hydrangeas is to submerge the head under luke warm water for 30 minutes after purchasing to re-hydrate them. If you ever have part of a hydrangea that “dies” before the other, it’s likely you hit a “nerve” (literally) when cutting the stems.
  • Your flowers should be around the same height as your vase.
  • Invest in floral tape – it’s super cheap!
  • You can use a tape grid to arrange stubborn flowers (yes, scotch tape). All you have to do is tape a design over your vase and hide it with a little greenery here and there.
  • Most roses come with an outer layer on that are not petals but look like them. Peel those off!
  • Also, and this might be the best tip ever – BLOW on your roses. They open up right away and look much more pleasing to the eye for arrangements.

If you live in the DC area, Helen Olivia comes highly recommended by yours truly for both arrangements and workshops.They offer numerous classes throughout the year (I want to attend the peonies one!) and also do baby showers, hands-on bridal shower parties and even an adult summer camp for those of you that really love florals! I am already looking forward to the next class I can attend. You can find a complete list of their upcoming classes HERE.

P.S. I often mention that I think red roses are cheesy. Well, the truth is, after much chatting that evening, I realized it’s not red roses I don’t enjoy (I still prefer pink), it’s red roses + baby’s breath.

No, thank you.