What to Pack: Girls Gone Glamping

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Guys. Remember earlier in the week when I was having a bit of a moment and mentioned I would be traveling much of next month? Well, let’s just say one of those trips is an adventure of epic proportions that I can’t wait to tell you about. Next Thursday I’ll be boarding a plane with one of my best girls in tow and we’re off to Montana for the most incredible glamping trip. We’re talking crazy luxe accommodations at Paws Up, a ranch that is already blowing my mind with its combination of rustic wilderness and resort quality amenities. (Um, yeah, can you say ‘paradoxical paradise’?) Horse back riding. Massages. Giant campfires. Get out of town. I am literally dying I am so excited. (Only, you know, not literally.)

Glamping at Paws Up | The Sweetest Occasion

So, what’s the scoop? This summer Skinny Cow is hosting the most incredible promotion I’ve ever heard of, offering nine grand prize winners (and their BFFs, of course) the opportunity to go on their own amazing glamping trip to Paws Up, while encouraging all of us ladies to indulge in having it all at the same time! (You know, kind of like Skinny Cow’s yummy guilt-free ice cream and candy treats! And you know this lady loves treats.) As a part of that, they’ve invited a handful of super lucky bloggers to go out to Montana, soak in the sights, explore the ranch and enjoy all the trappings that glamping has to offer. Of course, then we get to bombard you with photos, rave about all the delicious food and pretty things, and get you really excited about entering for your chance to win! Are you game? Are you in? You have to be in it to win it, don’t forget. (Because I really really hope one of you wins! Visit Skinny Cow for all the details and get yourself in the running to win a luxury glamping trip of your very own!)

What to Pack: Girls Gone Glamping | The Sweetest Occasion

First thing’s first though. Packing! You all know I love camping like it’s my job. Seriously. Send me off into the woods with a pair of flip flops and a tent and I’m pretty much set. Granted, I usually try to remember snacks and SPF, too. (Ok, ok. The air mattress and a set of really nice sheets are also always in tow.) But give me the opportunity to glamp it up and this girl is on board quicker than a flash of lightning. Because if there’s one thing I love as much as camping it’s pretending I’m fancy. (And do not even get me started on how much I love massages. It’s a whole lot.) So today I’m sharing my picks for what to pack when going glamping! Be sure to follow along on Instagram where I’ll be sharing the trip in real time and stay tuned for all the behind the scenes details from our amazing trip. (And, you know, enter to win! Because you know you want to. xoxo)

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[What to Pack | This hair scarf. Because fashionable glampers need to keep those locked tames while riding horseback. | This glam bathing suit. For evenings spent relaxing in the hot tub. | This sparkly watch. Because you still need to know what time it is, even when glamping. | This suede tote. For stashing all your glamorous goods. | These floral wellies. For ensuring your feet stay dry when exploring the ranch. | This glass water bottle. Because it's the prettiest way to stay hydrated in the wilderness. | This Instax camera. For taking fun snapshots along the way. | This Happy Camper tee. For lounging around your cabin after hours. | This luxe tinted moisturizer. Because your skin will look flawless without having to be a slave to makeup.]

Girls Gone Glamping | The Sweetest Occasion

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A Birthday Craft Camp Party

As a lady who adores a good craft project, I’m definitely in love with today’s birthday party shared by Alivia Gibbens of Bracket. Planned as a joint birthday celebration (um, which in and of itself is so fun) Alivia planned the day around a cheeky craft camp theme designed with grown-ups in mind. Guests celebrated by spending the afternoon crafting pretty beaded necklaces and all of the details were designed with summer camp in mind. Each room in the house had a cabin number and guests received mixed CDs, temporary tattoo friendship bracelets, and wood ‘badges’ to get in the mood. Isn’t that just so fun? My favorite part by far is the awesome party backdrop made with colorful popsicle sticks! This one really has me wanting to host a craft party, fo sho.

Custom Birthday Headband | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

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A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Beaded Necklace | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

A Birthday Craft Camp Party | The Sweetest Occasion

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[Event design + photography by Bracket.]

Vendors + Sources -
Birthday banner, birthday headband, wooden cutlery + cupcake toppers from Bracket
Paper + stationery design by Alivia Gibbens of Bracket
Wooden beads from The Beaded Bead + Lindsay Streem DIY

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5 Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Graduation Party

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With graduation season quickly approaching it’s the perfect time for us to talk about celebrating the graduate! Today I’ve teamed up with Tiny Prints to bring you my 5 tips for hosting the ultimate graduation party, inspired by Tiny Prints’s amazing collection of graduation party invitations. I’m all about using your paper goods to inspire your entire party design so today I’ll show you how to do that in a few quick and easy steps that will have you partying in no time. Hip hip hooray!

Gold Foil Graduation Party Invitations | The Sweetest Occasion

INVITATIONS

As a stationery lover from way back, you know I always preach that pretty paper is the perfect way to set the stage for any party. These graduation invitations from Tiny Prints are so cool and I love the extra details like a bit of gold foiling and the awesome graphic patterned backing. These invitations are perfect for high school graduates or college graduates and the glam black, white and gold color palette is right up my alley. You know I love any excuse to bust out a little gold!

Hosting the Ultimate Graduation Party | The Sweetest Occasion

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Personal Notes 001: On Being Stuck

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[Lettering + photo by Jennet Liaw.]

Lately I’ve found myself wanting to share things that are a bit more personal and a bit more real. The rare times I’ve done so in the past I’ve always been grateful for doing so, so I’ve decided to open up more often. In fact, the words of this post have been tumbling around in my head for a while now. For whatever reason, today seemed like the day to get them out of my head and into the world in some manner. Because I feel like I need to give these words shape to help myself process them and also because I feel like where I’m at is a place where many of us end up at some point in our lives, so perhaps my sharing will happen to be helpful for both of us. Or maybe I’ll put all these words out into the universe and an hour later delete this post. That part remains to be seen I guess.

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Color Palette: Driftwood + Sea Grass

You know those beautiful yet kind of moody spring or summer days after a rain storm? This color palette kind of feels like that for me. While in Mexico in November, most of our afternoons fit that bill perfectly. Rain washed and yet still so warm. The kind of days made for lounging around a thatch roofed porch watching the waves and reading a favorite book. If I close my eyes and think about it real hard, the weather here feels a lot like that lately. Minus the waves. And the thatch roof. And still occasionally dipping below freezing. But you get what I mean, right? Cool. So here’s a moody palette that I still find oh so pretty and a happy Monday to you!

Color Palette: Driftwood and Sea Grass

[Photos, from top: Erich McVey from Once Wed | Brookelyn Photography from Entouriste | Pastry Affair.]

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