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Kate Spade Saturday

Have you guys checked out Kate Spade Saturday yet? If you haven’t, I urge you to click right over and get a little crazy. Saturday is the new line by Kate Spade focused on fun, peppy designs to brighten your wardrobe or your home. And the prices? So much more affordable than traditional Kate Spade! New styles are added every Saturday (appropriate, no?) so you should sign up for their emails to get alerted when new stuff is arriving. Remember my love affair with all things black, white and graphic? It appears the fine folks at Saturday heard me and decided to fuel my addiction. I want all of these pieces in our new place! For more of my latest obsessions, be sure to follow me over at Pinterest…and if you haven’t already, leave a comment here with a link to your Pinterest account so I can follow you, too!

[Row 1: Mug | teapot | Row 2: Tablecloth | plates | Row 3: Pillow cover | candle holders.]

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A Picnic Baby Shower

I have to tell you right now, up front. If you’re like me and you’re watching snow fall out of the sky on the first day of spring as if the universe is playing some kind of joke on you, prepare to be jealous. Sarah-Kate’s beautiful picnic baby shower (held under a giant tree in Centennial Park in Sidney, Australia, no less) is so loaded with sunshine and pretty ladies in floral print dresses that it’s just a huge burst of happiness. So it’s kind of perfect for this cold, snowy day here in the northeast. And it’s kind of a perfect baby shower! With a huge spread of vegan desserts, an adorable photo guestbook, and mismatched linens and vintage china, it’s charming and sweet in the loveliest of ways. Many thanks to Sarah-Kate for sharing!

Chocolate cake bunting | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion Baby shower dessert buffet | The Sweetest Occasion

Photo guest book | The Sweetest Occasion

Photo guest book | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

Baby shower dessert buffet | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

Baby shower guest book | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

Baby shower guest book | The Sweetest Occasion

Baby shower guest book | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

A picnic baby shower | The Sweetest Occasion

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Photography: Linda Wales + Sarah-Kate McAleer | Flowers + styling: Sarah-Kate McAleer | Favors: Seventh Tree Soaps | Location: Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia

[Photos by Linda Wales + Sarah-Kate McAleer.]

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DIY Neon Tassel Necklace + Gift Topper

I am thrilled this morning to introduce our newest DIY contributor, the amazing Stephanie of Henry Happened! She’s going to be stopping by every month with a fabulous tutorial to help you rock the latest fashion trends with a bit of DIY style. Please give this awesome lady a huge welcome and get ready to add a little neon to your life!

DIY Neon Tassel Necklace | Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion

Every time I go to the hardware store I wind up buying more neon string – who can resist these bright, cheerful colors? I’m not sure what you’re actually supposed to do with this string, but I think it makes adorable jewelry. You can easily turn them into tassels that make perfect layering pendant necklaces!

DIY Neon Gift Topper | Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion

And when you go tassel-making crazy (like I did), you can use the extras to decorate all those spring wedding and baby shower gifts.

Neon String

Supplies -

  • Neon string cord (You can find these at most hardware stores. I found all 3 colors at Home Depot.)
  • A credit card or something in a card shape
  • A bit of glue
  • Scissors

How to make a neon tassel | The Sweetest Occasion

How to make a neon tassel | The Sweetest Occasion

Making tassels is so darn easy it’s addictive. Cut a piece of string about 9 feet long and wrap it around the long side of the credit card. I’ve found that holding the string against the card in the middle, leaving the initial tail hanging down, is the easiest way to deal with the end pieces.

How to make a neon tassel | The Sweetest Occasion

Once you have the string wrapped, slide it off of the card. Cut a 10-inch piece of string in another color and wrap around the top of the tassel. This rope doesn’t hold a small knot very well so you’ll need to add a bit of glue to hold it together. Then snip the ends of the string.

Next insert your scissors through the loops at the end of the tassel and cut. Trim the ends a bit to make them even. Then measure how long you want your necklace with the 3rd color of string. Cut the length and thread through the top of the tassel. Knot the ends and slip over your head.

DIY Neon Tassel Necklace | Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion

Wear your tassels stacked together with your favorite striped shirt (of course). Or just add some pizzazz to a plain white box!

DIY Neon Gift Topper | Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion

Do you love shopping for craft supplies at the hardware store? What do you always end up buying?

[Photos by Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Recipe Favorites: Everyday Dinners

Awesome everyday dinner recipes

I love to cook. I know I’ve mentioned this many times before, but getting in the kitchen and having fun is one of my favorite things to do. There’s no better way to leave the rest of the world behind for a bit. I usually crank Pandora on my iPhone and sing while I chop. It’s how I do. So in that spirit, I thought I’d share 10 favorite recipes that are perfect for everyday dinners! All of these recipes are vegetarian and you’ll see a running themes of loads of whole grains like quinoa and lots of veggies. Because that’s how I eat so therefore that’s what catches my eye. That said, get creative and switch ‘em to suit your taste buds and lifestyle. It’s more fun that way anyhow!

For many many more of the recipes I am wanting to try, be sure to follow me over at Pinterest where I have, oh, something like 700+ recipes pinned. Yup. I’m that girl. In the meantime, click on through for 10 everyday dinner recipes!

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Sarah’s Glam 30th Birthday Bash

So it turns out, I’m turning 30 in a couple of weeks! It’s been creeping up on me for some time now and I guess it’s just now hitting me that the big milestone birthday is quickly approaching. That said, I’m pretty comfortable with marking this new decade, although I know it freaks a lot of people out. (It probably stems from the fact that most people in my inner circle are already in their early to mid-30s so I’m the baby of the crew anyway and always will be. Muhahahaha!) All of that said, there’s a birthday party in the works and while it’s not intended to be nearly as amazingly glamorous as the 30th birthday of  Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio in Palm Springs last year, Sarah’s party has me totally inspired. Why shouldn’t we all turn 30 (or 40 or 50) in high style?

Glam 30th birthday party

30th birthday party invitations

Bow place setting Modern dinner party style

Painted gold flamingo Birthday party cake flags

30th birthday party invitations

Sarah’s all black and white birthday party was fashioned after a modern Palm Springs twist on Alice In Wonderland. Love! The touches of gold (including the birthday girl herself decked out in flashy gold sequins) add that touch of glam that I absolutely adore. Sarah designed all of the papers goods and even the textiles herself. Throw in oversized bows at each place setting, a rockin’ Smilebooth and the perfect cocktails and you’ve got, well, a perfect evening in my book.

Birthday party menu Graphic polka dot table setting

Graphic dinner party table setting

Graphic dinner party table setting

Polka dot place setting Gold mylar party bunting

Black cat party mask photobooth prop Party animal mask photobooth prop

Gold + black table setting

Birthday party cocktail bar Liquor in stopper bottles

'Drink Me' wine glasses Lemon cupcakes

Sequin party dresses

Birthday party photobooth

Birthday party photobooth

Palm Spring birthday party

Palm Spring birthday party

Uh huh. Now who’s ready to go rock the town in some sequins? Count this girl in. Many thanks to Sarah for allowing me the pleasure of sharing her awesome party!

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Event design + decor: Sarah Sherman Samuel | Stationery + paper goods: Smitten Studio | Photography: Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven | Textile designs: Sarah Sherman Samuel |Venue: Casa Verona in Palm Springs, CA | Catering: Food Mechanic | Makeup: Ximena Rolfe | DJ: Sven Barth

[Photos by Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven.]

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