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Never Underestimate the Power of a Pink Ceiling

Blush colored walls are one thing but a pink ceiling? That’s a whole different ballgame. The head quarters for wedding and event designers Kate & Co have a view that is oh so rosy. Pops of pattern, creative gathering spots, bar carts ready for Mad Men style sipping – this is an office worthy of your most coveted pin board. Get the grand tour designed by Savvy Surrounding Style in the VAULT.

From Kate & Company… This summer, as we raised our glasses to year number four in the wedding industry, we decided to take on a whole new project – moving! Our team of 16 had outgrown our old home on West Monroe, so we knew that we needed a larger and more productive space.

We’ve taken over an old classroom inside the historic J. Milton Turner building in Kirkwood, Missouri. Although the outside appears like a school, we have truly transformed it into an office space all our own.

Coupled with functionality and productivity, the new office enhances the overall integrity of our design work, while our conference room and fully loaded design room offer a one-of-a-kind experience to our clients and guests.

A pop of color [we have pink ceilings!] and whimsical design elements personalize the space. Our floor to ceiling bowtie wall creates a graphic and signature entrance for our guests, while our US map showcases our travels near and far – where will we jet to next?!

Kate’s office and the design room are emblazoned with our signature XO! Our favorite new space is the conference room – where we host client meetings, collaborate on design ideas and host cocktail Fridays – Mad Men Style!

The gallery of photos showcase our work in the perfect light. Our bar height table also allows for a standing work space – which has helped us be even more productive in the new work space!

The design room features a set of shelves that are any designers dream come true! They are the home for all of our mock-up materials – chargers, stationery, linen samples, ribbon – you name it! Our new space is simply just us!

The design room features a set of shelves that are any designers dream come true! They are the home for all of our mock-up materials – chargers, stationery, linen samples, ribbon – you name it! Our new space is simply just us!

Go-to Pink Paint Colors
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Photography: Mike Cassimatis - MNC Photography | Florals: Festive Couture Floral | Decals: Cheree Berry Paper | Interior Design: Savvy Surrounding Style

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The Ultimate Guide to Using Beauty Oils

I recently started incorporating oils in my beauty routine. To be honest, I didn’t use them for many years because I was a bit intimidated by them—why would I want to make my skin more oily?! But I’ve learned that if you’re using oils properly (and using ones made with good ingredients) they can take your skin to a whole new level. Thanks to Danika, the founder of Oak & Ashland, we’ve got the beauty oil breakdown for you today—read on for her top tips on how to (and how not to!) use them.

APPLICATION

Body oils like our Vanilla Chai go on best when applied right after you have gotten out of the shower, while skin is still damp. This allows your body to easily absorb all of the nutrient-rich oil which will keep skin smooth and silky. When it comes to face oil, it also works best when applied to slightly damp skin. Work in a few drops after cleansing and toning or right after a shower, while skin is still moist.

AMOUNT

Body and face oils are usually very concentrated, making them easy to overuse. Always remember that less is more when it comes to oil. A tiny bit goes a very long way.

APPLYING BEFORE MAKEUP

I always get asked if makeup can be worn over face oil. The answer is YES, but I always suggest waiting 5 minutes before applying makeup over top. This gives skin just enough time to fully absorb all of the face oil, which makes for a super smooth (not greasy) canvas for makeup to be applied over. The Blue Nirvana Face Oil is perfect for this. Also, if you are wondering when sunscreen fits into the routine, it always goes after the oil and before the makeup.

SILKY SMOOTH

If your skin is feeling extra parched and you are in need of some serious smooth skin, try massaging in a generous amount of your body oil all over (avoiding the face) right BEFORE getting into the shower. Once you finish showering, towel off as usual and then apply more body oil or a body lotion and leave on. This will give you a serious glow and rid your skin of any dullness (great for the winter months or before a special occasion).

INGREDIENTS MATTER

There are dozens of choices out there when it comes to beauty oil, but not all are made equal. Choose the ones that list natural plant oils like jojoba, grapeseed or olive-derived squalane, these supply skin with non-pore clogging nourishment and instant smoothness. Another thing to look for is how the oil has been scented. I would steer away from words like “parfum” or “fragrance” which can be irritating, and instead opt for the ones that use pure essential oil. Other ingredients to avoid are mineral oil and alcohol which can dry and clog the skin. Our subtle Floral-Infused Body Oil is ingredient-conscious and smells divine.

NAILS AND HAIR

Get the most out of your body or face oil and try applying a couple of drops to the ends of dry hair or even to nails to keep the cuticles smooth.

KEEP IN MIND

Body oil can be more concentrated with essential oil or fragrance which can sometimes be irritating to the skin on your face. So always remember to keep your face oil for the face and the body oil for the body.

 

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Get Ready for Game Day with these Home-Gating Essentials

Whether you’re a diehard football fan or just love an excuse to throw a great party, the Football Bettys and Victoria Canada are serving up easy + yummy ideas to add to your game day festivities.  From treats, to sips and accessories too, check out how to add some oomph to your home-gating. Plus the cutest idea for a football centric hostess gift captured by Annie Randall can be found in the VAULT.

The Grub

We love to set up snack stations for our “home gating” parties. Pretzels or popcorn in cute little paper cups allow your guests to snack without leaving the couch! Some other ideas to try…

Salted Beer Football Pretzels
Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn
3 Bite Pulled Pork & Biscuits
3 Bite Tacos w/ Avocado Cream
Mini 3 Layer Cakes

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The Cheering Essentials

This NFL book of referee calls is a fun little addition to the football festivities. And a few more decorative ideas to include in your game watching…

DIY Newspaper Party Poms
Tassel Drink Stirrers
Rating Cards

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Thirst Quenchers

Wash down all those delicious snacks with your favorite signature cocktail like the Shakedown Shandy. Grab the simple recipe below plus a few other options to sip…

Champagne Beer Jello Shots
Apricot Whiskey Smash
Boozy Lemonade
Classic Moscow Mule

Sack'Um Shandy
prep time
4 Minute/s
cook time
total time
4 Minute/s
Serves 2Ingredients
  • 4oz of Ginga Syrup
  • 1oz of Lemon Juice
  • 1 bottle of Ale Smith IPA (or your favorite IPA)
Instructions
  1. Fill two pint glasses with ice
  2. Divide Ginga Syrup and Lemon Juice between glasses
  3. Top it off with the Ale Smith IPA
  4. Clink glasses and cheer!
50 Recipes for Game Day
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50 Recipes for Game Day
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Photography: Annie Randall Photography | Event Design: Football Bettys | Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events | Make-Up: Linda Wagner | Hair: Salon Red Scottsdale | Artisan Cocktail Mixs: Iconic Cocktail Co. | Beer: Alesmith IPA | Football Shaped Bread: Eat The Ball | Graphic T-shirts: Live Love Gameday | Hostess Gift: Presently Plum | Location: The Royal Palms | Model Talent: Kyle Kriesel | Paper Products: Page And Mason | Resort and Spa: The Royal Palms | Soda Water: Fever-Tree Soda Water | Sparkling Wine: One Hope Wine | Tequila : Casa Migos Tequila

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