A Glittery Book Club Meeting

I’m a self-professed book geek and I’ve been dreaming about starting up a super fun book club for a while now. My dream book club would feature only the best books, delicious cocktails and we’d all show up wearing the cutest outfits. Oh. What do you know? The book club of my dreams kind of looks like this book club meeting that the lovely Caitlin recently hosted for pals Taylor, Erin, Meg, and Natalie. Although, actually, Caitlin rocked even more girliness than I knew a book club could. Needless to say, I’m loving every little bit.

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Photography: Christine Taylor / Styling + DIY garland: Bustle Events / Blood orange Bellini recipe by Caitlin Flemming / Cake pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes

{Photos by Christine Taylor via The Glitter Guide.}

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Party Palette: Lagoon + Cherry

When channeling the inspiration for today’s color palette, it was kind of all about bridging the gap between summer, fall and the holidays. Ok, weird, I know. But here in Upstate New York that’s kind of how the seasons go. One second it’s summer, then fall sort of flirts around for a few weeks (and by flirt, I mean last week it was in the mid 80s in October) and then suddenly you’re knee deep in snow, digging the winter coats out of the hall closet. So, with all of that said, this combination of greens and red paired with a splash of great plaid sort of feels exactly like the weather in Syracuse right now.

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{top. Robin Thom. left. House Beautiful. right. Ciara Richardson via Steph.}

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Pretty Thanksgiving Wares

Ok. It’s confession time. I’ve never actually hosted Thanksgiving dinner before, but I’ve got to tell you, it’s something I’m really looking forward to doing someday. (Maybe this year is the year?) Right now I’m feeling especially inspired by West Elm’s gorgeous Thanksgiving tableware, featuring modern design and rustic-inspired treasures that would make any holiday tabletop look incredibly special. I’m always a fan of West Elm’s seasonal decor and tableware, but this year they’ve really done it for me with these pretty gold dessert plates and platters. I may just need to call in an early favor with Santa to get a set of my very own.

{Photos from West Elm.}

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DIY Hand Painted Mug

I’m such a sucker for sweet little DIY ideas that add a little pretty to every day life. Right now, I’m crushing on this lovely hand painted mug. All you need is a steady hand, a little inspiration, a set of pretty porcelain mugs and inexpensive tubes of outliner paint. They’d make fabulous hostess and holiday gifts, too! Get the tutorial at Wit & Whistle.

{Photo + tutorial from Wit & Whistle.}

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A No. 40 Southern Picnic Birthday Bash

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. (Mine was pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself.) To kick off the week, I’m loving this Southern picnic style 40th birthday party. It has everything you need for the perfect celebration – embarrassing childhood photos, great food, lots of games (think Twister and cornhole), and an abundance of light-hearted cheer. What more can you ask for? If this is what 40 looks like, it looks pretty fun to me!

{Photos from You + Me via Party Perfect.}

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