Lavender Ice Cream Floats

Hi! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with a yummy grown-up version of an ice cream float, lavender floats. They are easy, and with just a hint of lavender flavor, a perfect late summer treat. All you will need to get started is some vanilla ice cream and Lavender DRY Soda.

Fill your glass half way with the lavender soda, add two scoops of ice cream, and garnish with a fresh lavender sprig. Instant summer ambience…and you have instant sweet simpicity. Delicious.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Party Palette: Pretty Woodsy Pastels

For this week’s color palette I was feeling something soft and romantic. Something with a touch of woodsy elegance, pairing rustic woods with the beauty of classic white roses and big puffs of baby’s breath. I love loads of white and ivory with shades of pink and green for a color palette that’s quietly elegant.

{top. Christine and Ian via Oh So Beautiful Paper. left + right. Austin Warnock via Style Me Pretty.}

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DIY Shortie Ruffle Apron

Oooh la la! It’s Chelsea from Lovely Indeed, cooking up a cute little DIY for you! I’ve been seeing these darling little shortie aprons lately in some of my favorite shops, so I decided to figure out how to make one and share it with you gorgeous people. Let’s make an apron.

Now don’t be scared – this is a sewing project. But being a beginner seamstress myself, I can attest to the fact that this is completely doable, and totally fun.

Supplies –

  • various colors and patterns of cotton fabric
  • grosgrain ribbon
  • sewing machine with thread
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • iron

Start by cutting and hemming all of your pieces. From one fabric, cut a piece 22″ by 18″. Make a 1/4′ hem on all four sides of this piece by folding over a 1/4″ of fabric on all four sides, ironing it down, then sewing it down with a straight stitch. This will serve as the base for your apron.

Decide which fabrics you’d like for your ruffled layers, and cut out 7 pieces that are each 44″ long and 3 1/2″ wide. Make a 1/4″ hem on each of these pieces on three sides (both short sides and the bottom long side).

Then, ruffle each of these pieces with the following method: Set the straight stitch on your sewing machine to its longest length and sew across the unhemmed side of each piece of fabric. Leave a long tail of thread at both ends, and don’t backstitch on either side. Then, tug gently on the top thread with one hand while gathering fabric with the other – it should start to create a ruffle. Work the fabric together until the ruffle is about 22″ across – long enough to span the width of the apron base.

Next, decide the order of your fabric ruffles and pin the bottom ruffle onto the apron base, lining up the two hems. Readjust the stitch length on your machine to a medium length. Sew this ruffle down with a straight stitch.

Pin the next ruffle above the bottom one so that the hem of the second ruffle will hide the place where the bottom one is stitched to the apron base. Sew this ruffle down.

Repeat this process with each ruffle until you reach the top hem of the apron, which should line up with the top of the final ruffle.

Take a length of grosgrain ribbon long enough to wrap around your waist and make a bow. Hem the ends of the ribbon so that it doesn’t fray. Pin the ribbon down over the stitched portion of the top ruffle and sew the ribbon over it with a zigzag stitch. After the ribbon is sewn down, trim any stray threads.

Congrats! You did it! See? Not so tricky, is it? I’m thinking this apron would make an adorable gift for a bride who loves to cook or bake, or even a fantastic little hostess gift. Heck, I might even make another one to keep for myself. Happy sewing!  xoxo

{Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Winner: SPG Starpoints Travel Experience

I am so excited this afternoon to have the pleasure of announcing the winner of the SPG Starpoints Travel Experience giveaway from American Express and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. All of your travel ideas and suggestions absolutely blew me away – I wish I could go everywhere! While there can only be one winner, don’t forget about American Express’s limited time offer (which ends today!) 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, hurry up and apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest card today! For ideas on how you can maximize the power of your Starpoints, read through the comments on the original contest post where many devoted Starwood Preferred Guests chimed in with their input. Love all the inspiration!

Congratulations to Rosaleen, the winner of the 100,000 Starpoints from American Expressand Starwood Hotels and Resorts whose comment reminded me how much I’ve been longing to go to Vieques, Puerto Rico! (Rosaleen, email me to follow up!) For everyone else, here’s Rosaleen’s vacation inspiration –

One word: VIEQUES! Stay at the W Retreat & Spa (part of the Starwood Caribbean Collection) and make sure you rent an all wheel drive car to visit some of Vieques’s gorgeous, but more secluded, beaches like Navío, Red and Blue Beaches. Go horseback riding through an old plantation, explore old Navy bunkers or kayak through mangrove channels. But the real star of Vieques, and this is me burying the lede, is its bioluminescent bay (swim in starlight). I would highly recommend you take the All-In-One Biobay Tour with Abe’s Snorkeling. As for food, I always eat in the Malecón, but I’ve been to Chez Shacks too and it’s pretty tasty.

Thank you to everyone who participated in sharing your vacation inspiration and for all of the incredible ideas! I have so many new places I want to explore. And don’t forget to and apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest card today if you’re interested because the Starpoints promotion ends today!

This post was sponsored by American Express.

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Melinda + Chris: A Pretty Indie Wedding

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I always love starting the week with something really beautiful and today Melinda and Chris’s wedding does the trick. Always a favorite look for me, the mix and matched gray bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous and I can’t get enough of the flowers, which are classically romantic. With gorgeous photos by Celine Kim, a unique sense of style and pretty homespun touches, I just love the sweet feel of this celebration.

{Photos by Celine Kim.}

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