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Alvina Valenta Trunk Show + A Promotion!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), then trunk shows are totally your thing.  Especially when that trunk show happens to be held at the JLM Flagship Salon and features the new...

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Romantic Equestrian Inspired Wedding in New Jersey

There are a bajillion reasons why I love this celebration, but the absolute winning factor is the couple and their story. It's one of strength, courage, and concluded with a seriously elegant affair. From the portraits amongst paddocks to the gorg reception space, Kay English captured all the...

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Tips for Photographing Kids

When it comes to taking beautiful photographs, we like to leave it to the pros, or, even better, pick their brains for tips and tricks. Today that pro is our girl Ruth Eileen. She is not only a crazy talented wedding and lifestyle photographer but she knows how to capture the littles like nobody's business. Dive into her 5 easy tips that will up your mini human photographing game starring SMP's littlest mascot, Thea. Use...

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SMP Blogger Bride: Finding the Perfect Bridal Accessories

Hi Brides! It's Jessye from City Tonic again here to chat all about bridal accessories. So far, my experience with bridal fashion has been such a departure from how I handle fashion day-to-day. I chose the second dress I tried on – which is shocking to anyone who knows me, since I'm almost clinically indecisive. After making the big decision, I realized it was time to consider my bridal...

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Fancy Neapolitan Popsicles

Oh, the beauty of Neapolitan ice cream! If you're an indecisive person, then you can appreciate how Neapolitan gives you the three best flavors so you don't have to pick. We didn't think there was a way to improve on something so perfect until we stumbled upon this popsicle version from Fix Feast Flair. Neapolitan on a stick?! Even better. "These [fancy] Neapolitan pops... are awesome because they seem kinda fancy but really are a breeze to whip...

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The Right Way to Slice a Pineapple

One of my all-time favorite fruits is a deliciously-ripened pineapple. It is a tasty addition to everything from salsa to a margarita. But before you can enjoy it, you'll need to get to the good stuff. Enter: the right way to slice a pineapple from Refinery 29. With their tips, you can enjoy this fruit all...

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6 Tricks to Maximize Your Floral Budget

Whether you're just beginning to plan your nuptials, or are only a few months out from finally saying "I Do," chances are you're already familiar with your floral budget -- and are also wondering how you can stretch it further to get the most floral bang for your buck. Lucky for you, we got the scoop on how to make that happen with six awesome insider tips from Becca Olcott of...

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5 Reasons the Tray is the Ultimate Home Accessory

Trays, although seemingly simple, are not to be overlooked in a well-appointed home. They are equal parts function and style and cover storage as well as serving needs. I’ve styled up a few fabulous spaces to show you why the tray is the ultimate home accessory! xoxo Roxy of Society Social Who doesn’t love an indulgent breakfast in bed? Dinner al fresco with friends and family? An impromptu picnic in the living room with...

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Elegant Ann Arbor Michigan Backyard Wedding

If you can think of a better way to begin a marriage than with a sentimental celebration in your parent's backyard (complete with anemonesSweet Heather Anne and rustic touches), I'd love to hear it. Because as far as I'm concerned this...

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A Dining Room Makeover

A few simple changes can completely transform a space. Things like fresh paint and moulding plus the addition of a few wow moments can make all the difference. See how Diane + Emily of Rehabitat started with this dining room and made it into a space that truly shines. And one that boasts a mighty fine chandelier might we add. See even more here plus...

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The 15 Things Every Bride Needs to Do Before Her Wedding

Even the most type-A bride-to-be can get caught up in the craziness, stress and last-minute tasks the week before her wedding. Sure, it's easy to transform into a Bridezilla, but if you keep this check list in mind (and the 11 Things Not To Do the Week Before Your Wedding), your big day is guaranteed to go off without a hitch, and happily ever after will be a sure sight for you and your new hubby!

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Vanilla Bean Cake with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

Psst... want to know the secret for the most mouthwatering cake? Double up the vanilla flavor in the cake with both pure vanilla extract and vanilla beans, and then slather on layers of creamy frosting made with fresh blackberries. Thanks to A Happy Food Dance, your summer just got made. "Three layers of vanilla bean white cake with homemade blackberry buttercream frosting slathered in between and then topped with fresh blackberries – well, now...

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West Elm Hack: DIY Ottoman Coffee Table

Taking an already gorgeous piece and molding it into something that is functional and fits into your lifestyle perfectly – that is what this West Elm hack is all about. Part ottoman, part coffee table, it wears many hats and can be used in so many different ways. Whether your resting your feet, your cocktail or using as extra seating, this gem is a winner. Grab the steps below and get ready to hack! Room...

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Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you'll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the...

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20 Wedding Photos That Prove Balloons Aren’t Just For Birthday Parties

There a few things more festive and fun than balloons. It's why they're used in almost every celebration ever, and now, balloons are making their way into weddings in seriously stunning fashion. From expressive love letters to whimsical, oversized balls of fun...

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S’mores Pudding Pie

We're self-professed s'more addicts here at SMP, and we've found a kindred spirit in Mara of M Loves M who came up this mouthwatering take on s'mores a la pie form! Buttery graham cracker crust, silky smooth homemade chocolate pudding and mounds of mini 'mallows toasted before serving—dare we say it's even better than the original campfire treat? "I love that...

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Mattely in Love

Sometimes I catch myself thinking about how much easier it would be to be a boy, but then I remember how much fun it is to be a girl, especially when I see something like the stunning photo below. The look, photographed by Jose Villa for Aria's...

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DIY Ombre Tassel Pillow

Once we spotted this ombré tassel pillow over at M Loves M, we knew we absolutely had to make one for ourselves. We're sure you're seeing the tassel trend everywhere, and now you join in with this easy and inexpensive DIY project thanks to the ever so talented Mara! And, if you haven't checked out M Loves M yet, what are you waiting for—you're totally missing out! 18x18 pillow embroidery floss (I...

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Fancified Grilled Cheese

These fancy grilled cheese recipes featured at Lauren Kelp are proof that the comfort food favorite can be dinner party-friendly. "Trust me, it’s the perfect time of year to add these to your dinner party cue. The weather is just right, and it’s such a good way to be intentional with your guests while avoiding that stuffy dinner party feeling," says Constance of Lauren Kelp. See her 3 favorites below! #1 –  The...

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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers!

Saturdays are pretty amazing (it's the weekend, after all), but when it's a Saturday that involves a meet and greet with the newest member of our SMP Family, it's a little extra special.  Think one full day dedicated to Grace Portraits and their totally fabulous + totally unique hand-drawn portraits.  It's a gift that is both stunning AND...

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