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A Cozy Gathering Should be the First Thing on Your Fall Bucket List

Chillier weather calls for home cooked meals, delicious carb loading and a whiskey toast with friends. So welcome all that Fall has to offer with this gorgeous dinner party inspiration from Emily Browne and Perry Vaile Photography. We can almost smell the fresh bread from here. Find even more inspiration for the coziest, laid-back Fall gathering in the VAULT and grab the recipe for that delicious cocktail below!

After a summer spent basking in warm sunshine, fitting in a vacation, and filling every weekend with tasks, travel and just an over-abundance of BUSY – the cooler fall months beckon us all to slow down and breathe.

This shoot captures that experience – hitting the break pedal of life for a bit on the first crisp weekend of Fall, spent with friends.

 This affair was planned with an eye for simplicity, where company and the warmth of a heated home beckon conversation and laughter around the dinner-table.

It showcases the easy-going vibe that we all are desperate for after a long, arduous and heat filled summer – where we can cook barefoot with our loves, as we anticipate arriving guests. The smell of fresh bread and perfectly seasoned pheasant permeates the living spaces, and a whisky toast welcomes the cooler months with open arms.

This cocktail was quite a special concoction, perfect for the changing seasons. The “Summer Goodbye” is a drink that gives a nod to the traditional summertime margarita, but exchanges tequila with a hearty autumn staple – whiskey.

The Summer Goodbye
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1.5 oz. Jack Daniels (Black) Whiskey
  • .5 oz. Triple Sec
  • 4 oz. Margarita Mix
  • 1 tbsp. Lime concentrate
  • Lime Wheel for garnish
  • Coarse salt (optional)
  1. Salt rim of glass.
  2. Combine ingredients into ice-filled cocktail shaker, shake, and pour.
  3. Add lime to garnish.

Photography: Perry Vaile | Event Design: Emily Browne

Secrets to making big things happen in your career

If there are two women who know the ins and outs to career building, it’s Jessica Camerata and Cathy Anderson. From their individual style blogs to a shared venture, The Blog Societies, they’ve proven time and again, they have what it takes to succeed in the business world. And they aren’t afraid to share their secrets. Read up on their tried and true tips for making big things happen in your career.

Jessica Camerata and Cathy Anderson know what it takes to make big things happen in your career. After all, they have both experienced much success with their individual style blogs, My Style Vita and Poor Little It Girl. But after seeing a direct void in the market for a digital space where bloggers could connect and grow their blogs, they knew that this was a way that they could make their mark on the world and further advance their careers.

Together they launched The Blog Societies, an online community of active digital publishers (at last count, there were 425 members!), in 2013. The Blog Societies started out as the Southern Blog Society, but soon after expanded to incorporate five regions in the U. S.: Southern, Southwest, Northeast, Midwest and Northwest. This, in addition to continuing to run their own blogs. With this success and newfound knowledge under their belts, they’re taking time to share their collective secrets to finding career success.

Make Connections & Join A Network

You’ll never know when you need to lean on someone until you desperately need it. Having a great network of supportive like-minded people is essential to forging ahead in your career. We’ve found that connecting with others via a network, like The Blog Societies, can provide you with the tools, exposure and inspiration to work harder and make big things happen.

Seek Out Education

A big secret to success is understanding and embracing the notion that we truly never stop learning. Whether it’s attending a workshop when you have a free weeknight at General Assembly or attending a full blown conference, seeking out education can not only boost your morale, but it can allow you to expand upon and hone in on your expertise.

Be Ambitious & Passionate

We’ve learned that finding success in our careers has often been the result of believing in ourselves and taking a big leap. There are no guarantees and the road ahead isn’t always easy. But it turns out that hard work and dedication are stepping stones to success. Be ambitious. Take on that extra project outside of your comfort zone. Be passionate. Share your love for what you do with the world. Just remember that whatever you do, do it well. No one notices the person who didn’t go above and beyond or who wasn’t the first to raise their hand to volunteer. Be that person.

Be Kind & Have Integrity

Kindness and integrity get noticed. Simple, but powerful. Be kind to yourself and to others. Being friendly, considerate and generous will take you places! And always operate with the highest level of integrity. It’s amazing how simple it is, but it can completely transform a situation, which is why we consider it a secret of our success.

Use Your Previous Experience To Your Advantage

Whether your previous experience was working a retail job, serving at a restaurant, or working in a totally different industry – take what you’ve learned and use it to your advantage! Apply that knowledge and those key skills to help you find success in what you’re doing.

Have Realistic Expectations

Even if you know you’re doing a great job, chances are that others won’t be applauding you for every little thing you do right. And that’s ok! Set your own expectations, cheer yourself on, and understand that it may take time for others to take note. And once they do – the sky is the limit!

50 of the Dreamiest Offices
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50 of the Dreamiest Offices
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Photography: Sydney Bruton | Insight: The Blog Societies | Insight: Jessica Camerata | Insight: Cathy Anderson

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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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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