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Splurge or Save: Summer Beach Bags

With summer now officially in full swing (yay!), chances are you’ll be headed to the beach ASAP, and – like most of us — you won’t be making the trek to the shore with only an iPhone and sunscreen in hand. So why not make your day at the beach as chic as can be with a brand new beach bag? Whatever your budget, we’ve found some of the cutest options around, so take a peek below!

 

SPLURGE: Sophie Anderson, $606 at Matches Fashion

SAVE: Mar Y Sol, $109 at Everything But Water

STEAL: Old Navy, $29 at Old Navy

 

 

SPLURGE: Sophie Anderson, $606 at Matches Fashion

SAVE: Mar Y Sol, $125 at Huff Harrington

STEAL: Old Navy, $29 at Old Navy

 

Want even more summer fashion? Check out:

Cutest Summer Rompers | Summer’s Little Black Dress | Summer Hair Playbook

French sparkle inspired Baby Shower

The unexpected details of this shower crafted by The Wedding Stylist make for an outdoor party that literally sparkles. From golden pineapples to flower crown making by Floribunda Rose, glitter giraffes and sparkling cakes; it’s a beautiful backyard celebration all for a little bébé on the way. See the whole shindig captured by Barefoot Brunettes right here.

After styling her wedding the year before, my gorgeous friend Gemma asked me to add my helping hand to planning & styling her first Baby Shower with her family. It was based around her love of sparkle, giraffes with a little nod to her time living in Paris. Gemma owns Gemma Milly Illustration, a fine art wedding stationary company, so I knew she would love detail, glitter and overall beautiful moments. It was important to make sure everything was close to Gemma’s heart and her wonderful sister in law, Maree, designed her pink toned invitation which was sent out to each guest with bespoke handmade confetti.

I knew how much Gemma loves Giraffes and especially since her husband, Tom & Gemma have decided to wait to find out the gender of their baby the shower was all about Gemma’s favourite things so giraffes became a little side running theme.

For the overall style, there was glittery animals, hand cut gold glitter banners, a stunning floral crown making station and lashings of beautiful English sunshine in her parents back garden. We even decorated one of Gemma’s favorite drinks, Fentimans Rose Lemonade with G’s & Giraffe decals by With Love from Josie.

Brunch was handled by Gemma’s wonderful mother, with a feast of bacon, eggs, pancakes and fresh fruit. All the guests delighted in a relaxed outdoors whilst chowing down before hitting the “sucre” table for the sweet treats. I had bespoke cookies designed for the shower, one of Gemma’s favourite cookie makers, Honeywell Bakes along with gold leafed chocolate lollipops & pyramids by Pink Sugar works. Maree struck again making the most wonderful main cake for Gemma to cut.

There were a few games such as “who’s that bebe?” where guests brought along a baby photo of themselves for Gemma to guess who was who! but the main activity was a beautiful Floral Crown making station manned by the ever wonderful Sarah of Floribunda Rose. She stayed for the entire event helping and teaching the guests how to create their own floral crown as well as creating Gemma her very own one to wear for the day.

Photographed by the wonderful Tamryn Henn of Barefoot Brunettes, she whizzed around capturing all the beautiful golden pineapples, hanging lanterns and floral crown making in action. She was such a wonder to have around, seriously relaxed and a joy to celebrate with Gemma.

Gemma had dreamt of a beautifully relaxed, yummy day and the result was this joyous, sparkly occasion celebrating her and her growing bump!

Photography: Barefoot Brunettes | Florals: Floribunda Rose | Chocolate Lollipops & Pyramids: Pink Sugar Works | Glittery Banners & Decals: With Love From Josie | Hanging Lanterns: Hanging Lantern Company | Stylist: The Wedding Stylist

The Prettiest Patriotic Cocktails for the 4th of July

For many, 4th of July means a three-day weekend, sand between toes, a celebration filled with family and friends, and a much-deserved ice-cold cocktail in hand. Still have to work on Friday? Not headed to the beach? Well you can still have your red, white or blue cocktail of choice some Saturday, and — with our distractingly delicious patriotic picks — we promise you won’t even miss the beach.

Patriotic Cocktails
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Patriotic Cocktails
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More 4th of July Entertaining Inspiration:

DIY Push Pop Confetti Poppers15 Recipes For The 4th of July | 4th of July Party DIYs

Abstract Painting with Hillary Butler

Around this time last year, I made a promise to myself to make time for learning. To step outside of my comfort zone and get my hands dirty a bit. And something like this Zimmerman Workshop Series would be so up my alley. With the lovely Hillary Butler instructing and Jessica hosting, this workshop captured by Arshia Khan was just added to my “must attend” list.

Just a few short weeks ago, a fun group of ladies came together in our Zimmerman Studio for our third Zimmerman Inspiration Series Workshop – abstract painting featuring Hillary Butler. We invited the talented Arshia Khan to capture the day and we are so excited to share this creative class with you today!

From Jessica…Zimmerman Inspiration Series is very close to my heart. In an industry where it is easy to compare and compete, I wanted to create a program that inspired genuine encouragement and community. Zimmerman inspiration series is a program that inspired genuine encouragement and community. Zimmerman Inspiration Series is a program for creatives taught by creatives. It’s a way to nurture budding artists and help guide them on their path to success. It’s an ongoing collaboration to support a community of creatives

From Hillary…The workshop at Zimmerman could not have been any more wonderful! We had the sweetest group of women who joined us for the afternoon and we had the best time learning and panting together. Jessica and her team have created a laid back, yet gorgeous environment that encourages creativity the minute you enter her doors. Teaching is a passion of mine and it always inspires me to do better work when I get to delve into the process and technique with others. Art is one of those mystical elements of life that doesn’t really become art until it is shared, and I was so honored that each of the attendees showed up to join me in this journey. I left more energized and encouraged than when I came!

Find out more about upcoming workshops here. 

Photography: Arshia Khan | Event Design: Jessica Zimmerman Of ZIMMERMAN | Styling: Jessica Zimmerman Of ZIMMERMAN | Floral Design: Jessica Zimmerman Of ZIMMERMAN | Catering: PattiCakes Bakery | Venue: ZIMMERMAN Studio | Instructor: Hillary Butler | Paper Goods: ZIMMERMAN | Rentals : Party Time Rental And Events

DIY 4th of July Confetti Cake

If you need a last minute holiday dessert, this sparkling cake is just the thing for the Fourth of July! There couldn’t be an easier way to dress up a store bought cake and make it party ready. Seriously, if you can use scissors, you’ve got this in the bag. Grab all the details below and get ready to celebrate the 4th with a dessert decked out in red, white and blue.

Materials

  • Wilton sugar sheets (1 each of red, white, and blue- we used the multipack to save money)
  • Fringing scissors
  • Scissors
  • Smooth frosted cake from your favorite recipe, bakery, or box mix (we won’t judge!)
  • Sparklers (optional)

instructions

step-1 Fringe about 1” tall along one side of the white sugar sheet. Use the scissors to cut the fringe off the sheet at about ½” lengths. Repeat until the whole sheet has been fringed and cut.

step-2 Repeat step 1 with the remaining colors of sugar sheet and mix all the colors of confetti together in a bowl.

step-3 If the frosting has set a little or is dry, gently brush on a little warm water to give the confetti something to stick to. Sprinkle the confetti on the cake, placing small clusters on at a time. Press gently on the sides or even insert the confetti by the ends so it sticks out and gives the cake more texture.

step-4 Top with a few sparklers to really kick off the holiday!

Photography: Ruth Eileen

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