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Champagne Pear Cocktail and Mini Naked Fig Cakes

I’m a big fan of a pretty cocktail. And when it’s paired with a pretty, bite-sized dessert? Well, that’s a home run to me. So this oh-so-lovely cocktail and cake combo from Rebecca With Urban Flip FlopsApril With Tea America and Maxeen Kin Photography is basically my idea of perfection, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’m saving these recipes for my next little gathering.

From Rebecca With Urban Flip FlopsI teamed up with Maxeen Kin Photography and April With Tea America to create some small tea size bites and seasonal cocktails, Sips & Sweets! This cocktail is an easy fresh pear puree, champagne , thyme and gold leaf. So pretty, so easy and so delicious. This would be perfect for a Fall wedding! Paired with mini naked fig cakes, it is perfect for a bridal shower, brunch or wedding.

Pear Champagne Cocktail

Fresh Pear Juice
Fresh Thyme
Fresh Pear
Edible Gold Leaf
Add 2 Tablespoons of fresh pear juice to a champagne coupe. 
Slice pears into thin slivers for garnish
Top juice with champagne. 
Place 1 pear sliver and 1 twig off fresh thyme on glass
Sprinkle with Edible Gold

Two-Bite Buttermilk Naked Cakes with Pink Champagne &  Tonka Bean Buttercream Frosting

Makes roughly 30 two-layer, two-bite cakes using an 8-cavity Freshware silicone popover mold
Buttermilk Cake
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen


3 3/4 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 sticks (10 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups plus 1/3 cup buttermilk
5 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Lightly butter the mold cavities using a pastry brush.
2. Combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Using a fork or  hand mixer, blend the dry ingredients thoroughly. Add the butter and 1 1/4 cup of the buttermilk. Start mixing the batter on low speed and once the ingredients have incorporated, increase the speed and beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and the remaining 1/3 cup buttermilk until well blended. Pour one-third of the egg mixture into the cake batter at a time, folding it in completely after each addition. There will be 9 cups of batter; transfer the batter to piping bags, scraping down the sides.
4. Fill each cavity 2/3 full, leaving enough room for the cake to rise.
5. Bake your two-bite cakes for 15 minutes and then increase the time in 3-minute increments, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Typically it will take 20-23 minutes.
6. Leave your cakes in the baking mold until they are cool enough to handle, and then turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack.

Pink Champagne & Tonka Bean Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from Food Network


4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons pink champagne (prosecco works just as well if need be)
1/2 a tonka bean, grated
Gel food coloring (if desired)

Photography: Maxeen Kin Photography | Styling: Rebecca With Urban Flip Flops | Cake: April With Tea America

Cape Cod Beach House Tour

If you’ve gotten your hands on the latest book from Young House Love then you may spot a few pretty pics from Abby’s beach house. We’re diving into the full tour of this magical spot; cute kids and fluffy dog included. It’s a casual, cozy home perfect for family entertaining and all done with an amazing view. But the best part? The beautiful mash-up of hand me downs and inexpensive finds from HomeGoods, flea markets and even a few found on the side of the road and given new life! See it all here!

From Abby… One of my Dad’s dreams has been to spend his Summers on the Cape. He grew up in New England with 7 brothers and sisters and collectively, they have spent hundreds of nights, cocktail in hand, watching their children catch fire flies and run until they literally collapse into bed. So when the opportunity came for us to all go in together on a house at the Cape, we dove in head first.

We bought the house as is, which included a great layout, brand new, gorgeous appliances and a very neutral palette. While there are a million things I want to do with the house – new fixtures, lighting, rugs, you know the obsessions I’m talking about – we aren’t doing anything just yet so that we can enjoy the home as much as humanly possible.


Sofa: Restoration Hardware | Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Rug: Restoration Hardware Outlet | Sofa Table: Home Goods | Tray, Bar Cart, Books, Vases & Decor: Flea Market Finds | Coral: Restoration Hardware Outlet | Mirror: Home Goods (painted white) | Flamingo Pillow: West Elm | Lamps: Restoration Hardware Outlet | Lucite Side Table: Craigslist | Kitchen Stools: Target

When we decorated, we made a conscious decision to save our pennies. Our furniture was all hand-me-downs from my own home or from our extended family. We peppered in with flea market finds, accessories from HomeGoods and other nearby shops + a hearty handful of super sale dishware and other necessities. The end result is comfy with well made, well lived furniture and details that embrace the easy nature of Cape Cod. We’ll update it all someday but for now, it’s just perfect.

My daughter, Audrey, will spend literally hours coloring. So now, she can just run up to her room and using a clothing pin, showcase all of her pretty artwork. I tend to edit as she goes but this little wall gives her so much pride and was such an inexpensive way to add a decor moment to the kid’s room.

We overfilled the house with beds. From the bunks in my kids’ room below with a pullout trundle to the crib room with an added bed for grownups, our hope was that each “family” within our family could have their own space and a comfy place to rest their head. All of the accessory style or accent furniture was scored at flea markets and has been painted, painted and repainted depending on the room that its in or the decor that it sits beside.


Bedding: IKEA | Yellow Throw Pillows: West Elm | Yellow Chair: West Elm | Woven Shark: Home Goods | Dresser: Flea Market | Rug: Land of Nod | Lamp: West Elm | Mirror:Home Goods, painted gold

My son, who rarely sleeps through the night in our own home (don’t ask, it’s a touchy subject), sleeps like a log here. Mainly because he is right next to his sister but also because he is obsessed with this bunk bed. So much so that he is willing to overlook the pink decor and namely girly style. For me, beach house = bunk beds.


Bunk Beds: Jordans | Flamingo Pillow: West Elm | Suede Pillows: IKEA | Rug: Land of Nod

The home has two masters. This one is upstairs near the kids room so Tait (my husband) and I staked our claim. My parents use another master suite that I keep threatening to turn into a Master + Game room because it’s so big. That said, I love this room. It’s light-filled, classic and captures a little bit more of “me” in the whole beach house vibe.


Bedding: IKEA | Side Table: Flea Market | Lamp: HomeGoods | Zebra Rug: ABC Home | Jute Rug: IKEA | Painting: DIY (by my 7 year old)

Photography: SMP Living

DIY Halloween Costume: Rain Cloud

No sew is my DIY love language. So is easy to put together and this Rain Cloud costume is all of that. Plus you can alter it for warmer or colder climates and there’s the whole “Holy cow that is the most adorable costume I’ve ever seen” factor. And bonus, if your kid has a major melt down it just adds to the stormy rain cloud ambiance as demonstrated by sweet little Thea. For even more costume ideas, click here.


Cotton batting
White sunhat
Blue leotard
80-100 yds of blue tulle (4-5 rolls of 6” wide tulle)
1 sheet silver sequin or glitter paper
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
3 yards of 0.75” wide elastic
Round bucket
Measuring tape or yardstick
Masking tape


step-1 Cut the elastic in half. Turn the bucket upside down and tie one piece around the bucket, towards the top.

step-1 Measure your kiddo from under their arms to their feet (for us it was about 18”). You’ll need to cut all the tulle rolls into pieces twice that length (36”). If you have a picture frame that is 18”, you can cut this super quickly using this method: tape one end of the tulle to one end of the frame, then flip the frame around and around (winding the tulle around it) until the whole roll is used. Cut through the tulle at one end of the frame, and voila! All the pieces are cut to roughly 36”.

step-2Fold a piece of tulle in half, then tie to the elastic using a girth hitch Repeat with remaining tulle pieces until all the tulle is on the elastic (or enough elastic is covered to go completely around your little one’s torso). This video gives a good visual of the method

step-3Place the second band of elastic over the top of the tulle dress, about 2-3” lower than the first piece of elastic. One by one, pull each piece of tulle through and knot around the elastic.

step-4 Cut small teardrop shaped pieces from the sequin paper to make the raindrops. I made some larger and some smaller, I didn’t worry about being too exact. You’ll want about 30 raindrops.

step-4 Hot glue the raindrops on the skirt and bodice of the dress.

step-4 Hot glue tufts of batting to the hat until both the underside and top side of the brim are covered.

8: Dress your child in the blue leotard. Remove the dress from the bucket and have your child put it on. Re-tie the elastic to fit your child snugly. Tie on the raincloud hat and send your little raincloud out to trick or treat!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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6 Ways to Update Your Decor with Pillows

I get it! In the same way you crave to update your wardrobe with the change of the seasons, you feel your home needs the same love as well!! I’ve come up with a fun and affordable solution to freshen up your living space without breaking the bank. Here I’ve styled 6 different pillow variations with the same velvet sofa, crisp white ottoman and natural rug to demonstrate how simple yet effective this style tip is! xoxo Roxy of Society Social

Change It Up with Pillows!
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Change It Up with Pillows!
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Photography: Society Social | Styling And Decor: Society Social

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The 15 Classic Pieces Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe

Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to curate an adult wardrobe. That means I’ve stopped talking myself into anything on a whim, choosing instead to invest in timeless pieces that will survive any trend. These 15 pieces are those classics—the ones that will give your wardrobe (and you!) that chic, confident vibe. Sprinkle in some fun pieces for an added dose of style, and you’re all set to take on the world!

The Makings of a Classic Closet
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The Makings of a Classic Closet
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