I am so excited to be sharing photos of my recent Montana glamping adventure with you today! (Actually, I’m going to be sharing even more photos tomorrow because there are just so many that I can’t even help myself.) A couple of weeks ago I was among a group of super lucky ladies who got to fly out to The Resort at Paws Up with Skinny Cow to experience the ultimate glamping excursion. We flew into Missoula at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon and by the time our chauffeur rolled into the gates of Paws Up an hour later, I was sure I’d landed in heaven. They aren’t kidding about Big Sky Country. The skies are endless, the views vast and the beauty infinite.
This was the first photo I snapped once we were at the ranch. From that point forward, my camera didn’t stop clicking for the next three days. Erika and I road around the ranch, jaws dropped and eyes full, exploring every nook and cranny that we could. We went horseback riding. We hung out around big campfires. We were wined and dined in five star style. We were treated to amazing massages and an endless supply of crazy delicious Skinny Cow ice cream, candy and treats. (The snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches are my favorite!) And at the end of every day we fell asleep in giant beds covered in massive down comforters that made sleeping pretty gosh darn easy. I have so much more to share with you from Montana and all the ways Skinny Cow and the amazing folks at Paws Up went above and beyond to make this trip one I’ll long remember. But for today, I kind of want to let the photos do the talking.
I think it’s safe to say that I both found and left a little piece of my heart in Montana. The primary reason I’m so passionate about traveling is because it inspires me on every level. Getting to see and explore new places, meeting new people and learning about new cultures never ceases to be a deeply spiritual and ultimately invigorating experience for me. Do you even realize how vast and amazing this country is? It constantly blows me away and Montana is seriously the kind of place that could downright bring you to tears, it’s that beautiful.
While I was there I also shot this video to share with you in my attempt to bottle up some of that beauty and bring it home to you! A word of note, I actually shot this video (edited with Cameo) and all of the photos in this post (edited with VSCO Cam) on my iPhone. I’ve been playing around with both apps lately and am excited to see what I can create to share with you in the future. But I digress. If Montana is on your bucket list, make sure you find yourself there one day. (Or better yet, let Skinny Cow take you!) I promise you, you’ll fall in love and never want to leave.
Pssst! Don’t forget that you can enter to win your own amazingly luxe glamping experience for you and two of your best friends at the very same ranch we visited! Pop over to Skinny Cow for the details and get yourself entered to win. We’re talking gorgeous accommodations, spa treatments, horseback riding, and so much more, all with Skinny Cow’s thoughtful attention to detail designed to give you the experience of a lifetime.
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[Photos + video by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. I am a grade A, certified lover of all things floral. Turn those blooms into a gorgeous fresh flower necklace made simply in a few minutes with velvet ribbon and, well, I’m crazed. In a totally good way. Today our awesome gal pal Andrea of Gray Harper Event Maker is showing us how to make just such a piece of beauty, with stunning photos from the always awesome Jade and Matthew. Whip up one of these pretty bloom-festooned necklaces for your next party or to don at a summer wedding!
- Greenery or herbs
- Velvet ribbon
- Sparkly ribbon
- Floral tape
Begin by cutting your velvet ribbon to the desired length. A long piece looks particularly pretty for this project, but you can play with different lengths to achieve the look you’re going for – there’s no wrong answer!
Next up, remove any leaves or greenery from your flowers and cut down the stems. You’ll want to leave the stems about 1-1/2″ or so in length. Mix up the colors and varieties of flowers to suit your outfit or personal preference. Heck, you could even pluck blooms from the backyard! Anything goes. At the same time, trim down any greenery or herbs you might like to include, keeping them at the same length as your floral stems.
Using your floral tape, wrap the stems of your flowers and greens together, forming a small bouquet. Then wrap the mini bouquet with the velvet ribbon you’ve already cut for the necklace, using floral tape to keep the ribbon and flower bouquet attached.
Continue to use your ribbon to cover the stems, completely covering the floral tape. Then pull out your sparkly ribbon (or an accent color of your choice) to ensure the remainder of the floral tape is covered and then tie it to secure it to the necklace. You can even tie it in a bow for an extra pretty touch!
And there you have it, friends! A really gorgeous statement necklace that will look as fabulous with a button front shirt as it would with your favorite summery dress. Huge thanks to Andrea and also Jade and Matthew for sharing this beautiful tutorial with us!
[Design + styling by Andrea of Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos by Jade and Matthew Take Pictures.]
I have to admit that I’ve always held picnics up on some sort of nostalgic, romanticized pedestal, pretty much my whole life. One of my favorite picnics to date was adventuring off into the back field behind my friend’s house for a girls-only picnic one summer afternoon following the third grade. Her grandmother had helped us pack up our basket with lemonade, little sandwiches, a gingham blanket and mini heart-shaped brownies and it was one of the best afternoons in the history of ever. I can’t even tell you exactly why, but since then picnics have always felt sort of magical to me. So a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to plan a picnic for a few of my favorite ladies and my awesome mom, you can bet I jumped on that pronto!
The folks at Martha Stewart offered to let me take some of Martha’s gorgeous summer picnic wares from Macy’s for a test drive and my mother and I spent the evening before prepping all of the food. We tried a few new recipes and also rocked out some old favorites like fruit salad served up with wildflower honey. Of course I’m pretty sure no picnic is complete without a cheese board of some kind so you know I didn’t let that slide. Otherwise, it was just a group of the best girls on the face of the planet, sunshine, lemonade, wine and one wonderful afternoon I absolutely want to relive again sometime soon!
p.s. Here are all the yummy picnic recipes we made for the day! While everything was amazing, the fresh pea hummus was a major hit in a big way. You have to give it a try! It’s so easy to make and perfect for summer parties and picnics. Oh, and the deviled eggs. Those were a crowd favorite, too!
Oh, and of course a huge thank you to my awesome mom and also my lady friends Darlene, Erica, Carolynn and Alice for celebrating the sunshine with me! xoxo
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Martha Stewart Collection White Wicker Picnic Basket
Martha Stewart Collection Star Spangled Melamine Storage Containers
Paper straws from Shop Sweet Lulu
Wooden serving board from Scout Mob
[Photo by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures for The Sweetest Occasion. See more here!]
As the weather is warming up and B and I are looking forward to all things summery (camping, s’mores, bonfires, parties, boating, and all the good stuff), I’m also hard at working planning loads of fun and pretty things to share here on The Sweetest Occasion throughout the summer season. Recipes, cocktails, DIYs, party inspiration, travel inspiration and basically all of my favorite things. With that in mind, today I’m excited to announce a pre-summer advertising special if you’d like to team up and be a part of The Sweetest Occasion this summer! The Sweetest Occasion readers number in the many thousands and they’re smart, savvy, fashionable and utterly awesome women that would love to hear what your business has going on to help inspire their summer vacations, parties and adventures. Email me at email@example.com for details on special summer savings if you book a campaign between now and Memorial Day!
p.s. And to all of you aforementioned awesome readers, thanks for supporting everything I do and helping make The Sweetest Occasion the best job a lady could ever ask for – you’re all amazing. xoxo
Hi, guys! Happy happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day. B and I had a busy weekend of celebrating our awesome moms and the weather finally took a turn for the decidedly warm and spring-like. Hooray! After weeks of cold, rainy weather the grass has finally been cut for the first time this season, the trees are budding, flowers are growing and we’re making loads of plans for summer. After the winter that was this past one, we’re so excited about the promise of spending summer camping, boating and fishing. Today’s color palette is certainly an ode to all that. Summery things like tropical vacations, messy top knots worn with bathing suits and funnel cakes scored at the county fair. Sign me up!
[Photos, from top: Love, Blair | Lindsay Madden via Style Me Pretty | Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.]