If you haven’t noticed yet, we’ve gone a little gaga for pineapples this summer. Tequila and pineapple party? Check! Showing you the right way to slice one? Totally. Pineapple Moscow mule? Oh yes. Thankfully, Wandeleur‘s Maya McDonald loves this tropical treat just as much as we do, and was kind enough to share her ingenious 3-ingredient scrub with us below!
From Maya… Whenever possible, I always love making my own all-natural beauty products. Recently, I’ve been on a sugar scrub kick and have been attempting to make one from as many summer fruits as I can find. As a lover of all things pineapple, I decided to kick off the last few weeks of summer with a little DIY pineapple sugar scrub that’s easy to make and good enough to eat.
- 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 – 1/2 pineapple (for 1/2 cup puree)
- Mixing bowl + spoon
- Storage jar
Blend the pineapple in your blender for about 40 seconds until smooth, pushing down the sides as needed.
Add coconut oil and continue to blend until well-incorporated.
Transfer pineapple coconut mixture to a bowl.
Mix in sugar, adding more until desired consistency is achieved.
Voila! Store your scrub in the fridge to keep it fresh for the next few weeks to make sure it lasts longer!
Photography and DIY: Maya McDonald of Wandeleur
At the end of a long week, there’s nothing quite like a little R&R in the form of a delicious (read: strong) cocktail. And what better what to kick off the weekend than a celebratory sip? Whether it’s a low-key dinner party with friends, a girls’ night with your BFFs or an outdoor affair to celebrate summer, the right drink will take the festivities to the next level and these are the party-starters to do it!
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This little spot is where preppy accents and peonies mingle; where storage is bountiful, the bar cart is stocked to the gills and fab reading material is at the ready. It’s also where Lacoya, the wedding and event planner behind Hello Love Events, works her magic. She called upon Kathleen Mapson to craft a home office with style for miles. Have a look at the full tour captured by Andrea Pesce right here!
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From the Designer, Kathleen … The inspiration for the space was based on a few key words Lacoya mentioned to me during our first conversation – Timeless, Contemporary, Clean, and Organized – and let’s not forget her love of Kate Spade. With all that in mind, I knew her office had to have an overall classic feel, while remaining fresh, airy, and bright. Warmth would be added by using smooth textures and touches of her favorite colors, navy and blush pink/coral. She also loves all things sparkly. So adding hints of gold throughout the room would add some shine and polish the space off nicely. I am in love with her space and I know she is too!
From Lacoya … As the owner of Hello Love Events, a wedding planning & design company based in Northern Virginia I wanted a home office that was both functional, inspiring, reflected my brand and where I could welcome clients. I had been working off of my living room couch prior, which offered neither function, inspiration nor a place to meet with brides. Now that it is complete, I honestly have no clue how I operated a business without this space (especially all that storage)!
Photography: Andrea Pesce Photography | Blue/White Ikat Pillow: Lily Pillow | Chandelier: Pottery Barn | Coral Pillow: HomeLiving Ideas | Desktop Calendar & Floral Print: Ashlee Proffitt | Floral Arrangements: So Lovely Weddings | Gold Sequin Love Pillow: Max And Me Homewares | Gold Stool : Wayfair | Grey Desk Chair: World Market | Indigo Diamond Jute Rug: Home Decorators | Interior Designer: Kathleen Mapson & Company | Magazine Boxes & Simplified Planner : Emily Ley Paper | Navy Table Lamp: Overstock | Sofa: Target | WHite/Gold Heart Pillow: The Indigo Summer | White Desk: Ikea
This collection of yard games is perfect for whipping up come Labor Day or any day that finds you out in the backyard hosting a little get together. I mean flamingo croquet? How could you possibly go wrong with those cuties? If you missed it, check out Abby gabbing with Hoda and Jenna on the Today Show about fun outdoor games plus a few hilarious #StyleMeBlooper moments, then dive into the slideshow for all the juicy details.
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Photography and Design: SMP Living
Who doesn’t love Yahtzee!? We just supersized ours so that guests could play on the lawn while enjoying a cocktail. We used 3.5″ wooden cubes adding traditional dice dots to each using round Avery labels, then sealed them with all weather sealant so that we could enjoy them for years. It’s fun, it’s crazy simple and it will provide tons of entertainment for your guests and it also makes a really cute gift when bundled into a tin can jazzed up with gold duct tape!
est. time to make: 1 hour for 2 buckets of dice
3.5” wood blocks
Exterior paint in various colors
1/2” white circle stickers
Gold duct tape
Bucket large enough for 5 blocks
Printable scorecard templates
Cut a roughly 3′ long strip of duct tape in half. Wrap the tape around the bucket to form gold stripes. Continue cutting and wrapping until you fill the bucket with stripes.
Paint the blocks in a variety of colors and let dry 1 hour. Make sure to use exterior paint if you plan to use this game outdoors.
Add white dot stickers to each die (each side of the die should be numbered from 1 to 6).
Paint all sides with a thin coat of mod podge and let dry 1 hour.
Print out the scorecard template and cut out each scorecard. Toss each set of dice in a bucket.
Give a bucket of dice, mini pencil, and scorecard to each player. Standard Yahtzee rules apply- you can get the rules here.
Photography And Design: SMP Living