party, style, Uncategorized

#AgelessinSeattle {Kendra Scott Event}

A year ago as I attended an event in Seattle, I looked around and I realized I was one of the oldest women there.  The bloggers in their 20’s were adorable and so gracious, but I as I stood there with girls the ages of my children, I knew there had to be women out there my age who were bloggers, on instagram, or just wanted to connect in this very social world.

That night I came home and put up an instagram post reaching out to women in their late 30’s and up who wanted to connect…and they responded!  Since that night, I have dreamed of hosting an event to gather us all together, to meet one another and be inspired by each other.  That night finally happened.

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-74

Kendra Scott Bellevue was our gracious venue host.  They have such a heart and desire to bring women together.  Not only is their jewelry one of my favorites, their store is GORGEOUS…and let’s be honest, the lighting is perfect for aging skin!

My sweet co-host for the evening is my gorgeous friend, Christina of Christina Skally Styling.  We met on instagram, and the friendship was instant!

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-46Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-56Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-54

Look at these gorgeous ladies.  We have marriages that span 25 years, collectively we have 20+ children, we have careers and have started buisnesses…the life experiences in the room were vast!

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-156.jpg

One of the best parts of the evening was playing dress up with all the amazing Kendra Scott jewelry.  I love these pictures of each of us trying on pieces and helping one another find what they were looking for!

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-67Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-132Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-137Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-49

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-43

One of the best parts of hosting an event with bloggers, is that no one thinks twice when you pull out your phone to take a “selfie”!

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-58Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-89Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-96Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-98Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-123eKendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-121Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-182Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-134Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-144

My heart is so full…this night truly was all I hoped it would be, and I know that this is just the beginning for this amazing tribe we have created!

Kendra Scott Ageless In Seattle Event-61

(*all photos by the amazing Lauren @ dit_ell.org )

xoxo~ DawN

Advertisements
style

Spring’s Perfect Little Black Dress

013e3541075e2371e931f7ed6ccd1ab802fa150e7b_00001

I have found your favorite dress for Spring!  Paired with a lightweight or denim jacket and sneakers now, and then with sandals this Summer, this little black dress is a unicorn!

With the perfect amount of stretch and ruching in all the right places, the Haley dress is great for so many different body types!  I want to show you how you can take this dress from running errand around town to date night with your hubby by just changing up your shoes and jacket!

01d1dea9e3dc2650f7102a5b92cd4bf8c49de3d9a0

I have this little Roma anorak jacket in white, and LOVE it, so getting it in this neutral olive green was a must.  It is a lightweight material, but perfect for those cool Spring days.  For daytime, just add some white sneaks and you are set for lunch with a girlfriend or a quick run to Target!

 

01ccf869a25bf460afe6b94fe0c2b90ad05223ff6f

For a nightime look I just put on my new favorite heels, some fun earrings and my white leather jacket and I’m date night ready!

0154dadd9cb1e5fc15b8c1ae725fed9cd54f3ba77a

This dress is a classic staple piece that I know will be worn a ton this season!

01dbdf36e174ec7889092e208dd31514865ae9efca

Visit Peach to see all the cute things in the new Dolce Vita collection!

Thank you to Peach for sponsoring this post.  As a brand ambassador I love sharing items I love! As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

 

party

Modern Floral Baby Shower (or any occasion)

I love the idea of creating parties and tablescapes not in the traditional style.  Take this Baby Shower for instance, I wanted to show how you could shower the Mother-to-be without decor full of teddy bears and pastel colors.  This decor could easily be a bridal luncheon, a birthday dinner or just a fun girls night in!  You can see all the details on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website!

Flourescent Floral Baby Shower Article Image Wide & Carousel Template (1858x1062)

 

Flourescent Floral Baby Shower Article Image Wide & Carousel Template (1858x1062) (1)

If you’re looking for a couple of  easy and delicious recipes, look no further than my Goat Cheese Honey, Pecan and Honey appetizer or my Mini Cookies and Cream Trifles.

Goat Cheese, Pecan and Honey app Hero Half Desktop 1824x1371

Cookies and Cream mini trifle Hero Half Desktop 1824x1371

Serve your guests a Sparkling Water Spritzer done three way!  You will love these recipes!

Sparkling Water Spritzers Three Ways Hero Half Desktop 1824x1371

Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

recipe

Blueberry Overnight Coffee Cake

Oh the sweet smell of butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in the morning. This recipe is the perfect way to wake your guests or family on a cozy morning. An easy, make ahead the night before coffee cake filled with delicious blueberries. So the next time you have overnight guests, give them the bed and breakfast treatment with this delicious treat!

Copy of Copy of Blueberry Coffee Cake - Step image 6

I am sharing this easy and delicous recipe over on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website!  I think you will want to make this for New Years Morning!

Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

party, Uncategorized

A Thanksgiving to Remember

This is it friends…Thanksgiving is this week which means ready or not let the Holiday hustle begin!  I will say, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites so I make a big effort to give it its glory.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m itching to get my house decorated for Christmas, but that happens the day after!

I have partnered with Oriental Trading to create this simple, but beautiful tablescape.

DSC_2175

This year I will be hosting dinner for 15 which makes me giddy, the more the merrier!  I am however planning to make things a little more “no-fuss”, which means I miiiiiight be buying the premade mashed potatoes from Costco because they are amazing, and I have let my guests bring their signature dishes, which leaves less time in the kitchen for me!

DSC_2180

Another tip is paper plates.  I know…paper plates??  Honestly though, have you seen how beautiful some of them are??  I found these pretty floral plates and napkins from Oriental Trading and loved the colors and the touch of gold.  Paired with chargers and glassware, you almost forget you can throw them away at the end of the night!

DSC_2182

For an easy centerpiece, I gathered up things I had around my house, like the cake stand, votive holders, and inexpensive table runner…I went to my backyard and clipped cedar branches and sprigs of fresh rosemary…and done!

DSC_2183

DSC_2185

DSC_2186

DSC_2194

I’m the first to admit, I LOVE a pretty table, and I  love creating a tablescape that will make my guests feels special.  I also know that being present and a wonderful hostess means not fussing over the dishes, letting others help, and just enjoying the day…so that is exactly what I plan to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope your day is filled with friends and family, and this is a Thanksgiving to remember!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

recipe

Ultimate Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary’s make it perfectly acceptable to have a cocktail before noon! While you’re at it, why not just turn it into brunch! I made three versions of the Ultimate Bloody Mary and am sharing all the details Oriental Trading’s site, Fun365!

Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Bloody Mary - half hero

Breakfast:  Mini pancakes, french toast sticks, sausage, brown sugar rosemary bacon

Bloody Mary Step Images (5)

Lunch:  Grilled cheese, soft pretzel, tater tots, brown sugar rosemary bacon.

Bloody Mary Step Images (3)

Dinner:  Mini bacon cheeseburger, fried chicken, tater tots, brown sugar rosemary bacon

Bloody Mary Step Images (4)

Head on over to FUN365 and get the full recipe!

Enjoy!

xoxo~Dawn

 

 

recipe

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Fall is the perfect time for Apple inspired cocktails.  Today I’m sharing a delicious version of one of my favorites, the Moscow Mule.  This is a delicious twist, perfect for those Fall evenings around the fire.  Enjoy!

PartytilDawn_Sept17-8993

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 2 oz Vodka (a caramel vodka would be delicious too!)
  • Ginger Beer
  • Apple for Garnish
  • Cinnamon Sticks

PartytilDawn_Sept17-9038

  • In a copper mug add apple cider and vodka and stir (or shake in a cocktail shaker)
  • Fill cup with ice
  • Top off with ginger
  • Stir with a cinnamon stick and add an apple slice for garnish

PartytilDawn_Sept17-8934

PartytilDawn_Sept17-9028

You can read all about this gorgeous Fall photo shoot collaboration and the amazing ladies I worked with HERE (A Picnic Under the Apple Tree)

styling // Party til Dawn

venue // Dig-It Flower Farm

photography // Missy Palacol

florals // First & Bloom

google-site-verification: google5a4ef34f31e6d8bb.html