Giveaway: SPG Starpoints Travel Experience

As a blogger I am always really thrilled to be able to bring my awesome readers unique inspiration and the inside scoop on fabulous opportunities. That said, today I am so excited to tell you about the most incredible giveaway! American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts are giving one lucky The Sweetest Occasion reader 100,000 Starpoints redeemable at any of the Starwood properties to plan the vacation of your dreams! (Insert some pretty serious squeals of joy over here.) I am an absolute travel fanatic so the opportunity to share that experience with you is killing me with glee right now!

Wondering how to win? It’s simple! American Express and Starwood are also giving me 100,000 Starpoints to take my own dream vacation and I’d love your input on where to go, what to see, where to eat and what to do. Have a favorite restaurant in Montreal or beloved memories of a ski resort in the Rockies? Tell me all about it! Comment here with your travel inspiration for my upcoming trip between now and Monday, August 22nd at 9am EST and one lucky winner will be announced that day!

But the awesome doesn’t stop there! Between now and August 22nd American Express will be running a promotion providing new Starwood Preferred Guest Cardmembers with up to 30,000 in Starpoints (10,000 at First Purchase and 20,000 more by spending $4,500 in 3 months). The limited time offer also includes $0 introductory annual fee for the first year. So basically, if you’re a travel junkie like me and you want to plan a killer trip, apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest card, charge up the batteries for your camera and start making memories!

For my own trip, I’m loving The Liberty Hotel in Boston, one of my absolute favorite cities. I can never get enough of strolling along the Freedom Trail, visiting the museums, wandering through Quincy Market and eating some of the best seafood and pastries you’ll find anywhere. (Mike’s Pastry in the North End is not to be missed.)

{What I’d wear in Boston: Striped tank, flare pants, flats, bag, sunglasses, necklace, belt.}

I’ve also heard the most amazing things about San Antonio lately where the Sheraton Gunter Hotel looks right up my alley. I already know I could get lost for hours exploring the River Walk and the Alamo.

{What I’d wear in San Antonio: Dress, bag, boots, glasses, scarf, belt.}

That said, I think I have my heart set on jetting off to the Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin resort in Key West. I mean, it’s Key West! After a really busy, life-changing summer I’m thinking long lazy days of sunshine, icy cocktails and the slow pace of island life are just what I need.

{What I’d wear in Key West: Bathing suit, sandals, cover up, tote bag, sunglasses, sun hat.}

(Editor’s Note: To give you a sense of how the points translate, 10,000 Starpoints alone could get you a free night at a Category 4 hotel, such as a Westin or W hotel, and 30,000 Starpoints could get you up to two weeks-worth of free nights at a Category 1 hotel such as the Four Points by Sheraton. In other words, the winner is going on one heck of a honeymoon or vacation!)

This post was sponsored by American Express.

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Back-to-School Party Printables (for Adults!)

Hi all! Chelsea here from Lovely Indeed, about to hit you with a dose of reality. We know that you love your little ones with all of your might, but you have to admit that back-to-school time is just a little bit exciting. After a long summer of quality time, you may be ready to wave goodbye to your kiddos for a few hours as they hop on the school bus, and enjoy a little time in a quiet house. Anyone? Anyone? Well folks, have I got a project for you!  This one’s easy as can be. It’s a Back-to-School Party for the big kids!

Just for you, Super Moms and Super Dads, I’ve made a free printable party! All you have do to is click here to download, print, and cut it out. After that, grab some lollipop sticks, toothpicks, or swizzle sticks and attach the small flags by folding them over and affixing them on their inside with double-sided tape. For the t.g.i.b.t.s (Thank Goodness It’s Back-to-School!) banner, fold the flags over some string, twine, or ribbon, and affix on the inside with double-sided tape as well.

The banner can go on a wall, on the front of a table, or over a doorway. For the little flags, pop them in your drinks as drink markers, use them as cupcake toppers, or plant them in some finger sandwiches to jazz things up. Have a little giggle with your hardworking mom and dad buddies, and celebrate that you made it through the summer in one piece! Cheers to all you amazing parents! xoxo

{Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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A Pink Carnival Baby Shower

It’s only Monday morning, but I’m already having one of those weeks where loads of pretty and pink just make everything rosier. This delightfully pink, carnival themed baby shower is just the ticket. I’m a sucker for the over-the-top girliness of this celebration where sweet treats and ruffles took center stage. Let’s start the week off with something hopelessly adorable, shall we? Happy Monday!

{Photos by Nikki Reilly Event Photography via Bump Smitten.}

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Party Palette: Honey + Nectar

It’s amazing to me how quickly the seasons change here in upstate New York. While we still have several blissful weeks of summer left, the shift in the air from July to August is almost always palpable. A couple of weeks ago we were melting in 100+ degree temperatures with incredibly high humidity and this week I’ve found myself wearing a cardigan almost every day! All this to say, I can tell it’s not far off before I’m thinking of fall, which may be why I was so inspired by these gorgeous golden honey colors this week. I love pairing bold, saturated color with softer hues that then almost act as really pretty neutrals. Suffice it to say, I am loving this color palette right now.

{top. Desserts for Breakfast. left. Poppy and Pinecone. right. Magpie Paper Works.}

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Pretty Party Cocktails

Hi friends! I know posting has continued to be a little light this week, but a whole bunch of major life changes are converging in my world right now so I’ve been busy elsewhere. That said, I miss waxing poetic about pretty things so I am loving these pretty cocktails right now. Part of a beautiful inspiration shoot created by Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs and photographed by  Sara Gray Photography for MarryThis!, the inspiration here was all about a romantic summer fête. To get the look, pair simple glassware with fresh, seasonally-inspired garnishes and serve colorful pre-mixed cocktails from a pretty dispenser. (I love this one.)

Vendors –
Styling – Elizabeth Anne Designs \ Photography – Sara Gray Photography \ Floral – Fleur \ Venue – Room 1520 \ Gown – Oysters and Pearls from The English Dept. by Elizabeth Dye \ Bridesmaids dress – Rosebay full length in Cobblestone matte silk from Simple Silhouettes \ Suit – J Crew \ Headpieces and earrings – The Left Bank \ Hair – Gia Tummillo \ Makeup – Nika Vaughan \ Catering – Pure Kitchen Catering \ China – Plate \ Rentals – Tablescapes \ Couch – Event Creative

{Photos by Sara Gray Photography for MarryThis!}

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