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Mimosas, Mumus + Manicures – A Bohemian Brunch

It’s all about the three M’s – mimosas, manis and mumus for this bohemian inspired get together. Designed and styled by The Venue Report, the coolest ladies in L.A. gathered at Cote for picnic lunching and cheersing in kaftans all while getting a little pampering time in. It sounds like heaven especially when you add florals by JL Designs and loads of cute images by Joielala Photographie into the mix.

From The Venue Report… Our picnic boho brunch was “mumus, manis & mimosas” themed – where the dress code was mumus and guests were treated to manicures and mimosas! We served miniature picnic baskets filled with chia seed parfaits, savory morning rolls and organic fruit. In addition to manis and pedis, there was also a ring stacking station and a make your own mimosa bar in a vintage picnic basket. Overgrown flowers and wooden signs with cute sayings (“life needs more picnics!”) added the finishing touches. Guests were also treated to favors filled with ring Bling Wipes, nail wraps from Tattify and spa facial serums. It was the ultimate girly gathering!

Photography: Joielala Photographie | Floral Design: JL Designs | Catering: Urban Palate | Venue: Cote | Cocktails: Kimo Sabe Mezcal | Event Styling + Design: The Venue Report | Favor: Bling Wipes | Glassware: Borrowed Blu | Wood Signs: Pitbulls And Posies

Flea Market Edit

At the surface, going to a flea market is a magical experience. All those treasures just waiting to be snatched up for a bargain. But when you arrive, and that treasure-induced haze turns into a full out overwhelmed panic – things get real, fast. But have no fear! I teamed up with my girls Emily of mStarr Event & Erin McGinn to help you get lazer-focused so you come away with the very best finds this flea market season.

Don’t bypass the textiles

Coverlets, tablecloths, throw blankets – you can find some real gems tucked under the piles. Don’t be afraid to dig down a bit, or ask to see the piece in full.

Look for glassware

The perfect champagne coupe, the goblet in just the right hue, or the set of wine glasses you never knew you needed (so badly) glassware is where it’s at when it comes to flea markets. I could have easily walked away with a few sets, but settled on the perfect yellow beauties that now call my stylish shelves home.

Rugs, rugs and more rugs

This is the place to find that perfect piece to really finish your room. Whether it’s a the main statement piece or a lovely rug to layer, there are so many beauties to choose from if you are willing to look hard enough.

Snatch up some silverware

The perfect set of silverware is such can be such a steal, and will immediately up the ante on your next party or even  In all different shades, shapes and sizes, walking away with an amazing set should be high on your priority list.

Shop with a theme in mind

Emily was designing a really amazing party for Lookout Farm, and having a list (or idea) of what she was looking for made us all like sleuths. The things she scored for that party took that event to the next level.

Think Repurposed Details

Think outside of the box a bit and look for details you can take home and use in an unconventional way. I’m drawn to all things coastal, so I couldn’t help but think of a million ways to bring these buoys into my home. Door stops, book ends, or just a little piece to add some interest to a shelf, the options are endless.

Above everything, have fun. Enjoy the hunt. You’ll naturally be drawn to things that make your heart flutter – and those are always the must haves in my book.


Photography: Erin McGinn | Curating: Mstarr Event Design | Curating: Abby Capalbo

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DIY Watercolor Cake

Watercolor decor is one of our favorite trends this season, so much so that we want to apply it to just about anything. Yes – even cake! While we love a simple white frosted cake, we also love taking things up a notch with a gorgeous design like the one below. With these easy tips, you’re guests will be wowed with this pretty watercolor cake!

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DIY WATERCOLOR CAKE

Materials

  • 4-5 pastry bags with varying colors
  • Bench scraper
  • Frosted cake

instructions

step-1 Fill 4-5 pastry bags with various shades of icing, any frosting tip will work!

step-1Begin piping 2-3″ lines using your darkest color around the cake. The lines should be random so don’t worry about being perfect!

step-2Layer in additional lines using the rest of your colors. Continue doing this until most of your cake is covered.

step-3Use your bench scraper to gently pull the colors across the cake, rotating it all the way around.

step-4Add more color if necessary, and continue scraping until it looks even!

Film: Elysium Productions | Photography: Ruth Eileen | Design & Styling: Style Me Pretty Living

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Chic Los Angeles Bungalow

I’m fully convinced that the number one rule to an ultra chic interior landscape is books: lots of them. And this Los Angeles bungalow got the memo. Populated with books, books and more books plus a leafy patio retreat with a bonfire at the ready; it’s just the thing to inspire a summer house redo. Find even more captured by Brit Solie right here in the full gallery.

My Photographer friend and on a recent trip out to L.A. to shoot a wedding, were lucky enough to get to stay with her cousin in her trendy L.A. home. It was picture perfect right out of a magazine. Julie and her Husband were the sweetest hostesses, I hope we get to go and sleep over again real soon.

Photography: Brit Solie

Lavender Honey Ice Cream

Feeling vanilla? Break out of your waffle cone shell with this lavender honey ice cream recipe from Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen! It’s the perfect remedy for the doldrums thanks to a heavenly combination of floral and sweet flavors that will instantly transport your taste buds to the south of France—kind of like summer vacation in a cone!

“It’s subtly floral, not overly sweet and, while delicious on its own, tastes particularly fantastic atop a slice of dark chocolate cake,” describes Jacquelyn. We can totally get behind that idea. For the full post and more gorgeous inspiration, check out Lark & Linen!

Lavender Honey Ice Cream
prep time
3 Minute/s
cook time
20 Minute/s
total time
23 Minute/s
Serves 12Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream (I used 18%)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2/3 cup mild honey
  • 2 tablespoons dried edible lavender flowers
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring cream, half-and-half, honey and lavender to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it comes to a boil, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
  2. Once steeped, strain lavender using a fine-mesh sieve. Return the cream mixture to the saucepan and heat until hot.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and the salt. Grab 1 cup of the hot cream mixture and slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking as you go.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick (it should coat the back of your spoon - about 5 minutes). Make sure you don't let it boil.
  5. Pour the custard through the sieve and let cool completely, stirring occasionally. Once cool, chill until cold (at least 3 hours, but up to a day).
  6. Run the custard through your ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's directions, transfer to airtight container and enjoy!
  7. Notes: The ice cream will keep for a week (if it lasts that long).

Cool down this summer with more sweet ideas:

3 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream | Chocolate Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich | Strawberries & Cream Pops

Photography: Lark & Linen | Recipe: Lark & Linen