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Girls Weekend Getaway in Palm Springs

Is there anything better than a girls getaway? It easily ranks up at the top of my favorite things list, and this fun and fabulous look into Gal Meets Glam and Packed Party‘s time in Palm Springs from Vero Suh Photography has me aching to plan just such a weekend for my girlfriends. Stylish as all get out, these girls know how to have a good time and look fabulous doing it. We want in on the next trip!

From Julia and Jordan…San Francisco is full of movers and shakers. There’s no shortage of female entrepreneurs trying to make their brands and businesses run. Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam and Jordan Jones of Packed Party are two of them. As most entrepreneurs know, running a business at times can be quite lonely. Insert solo lunching, which is exactly how Jordan and Julia met a year ago. Bonding over their similar interest and stories of making their way to the city, the two were fast friends, or Best Bebs if you will. Jones’ company Packed Party defines a “Beb” as a better version of a babe and the word has quickly grown with her business in the last 18 months.

Finding personal time is difficult for both women who dedicate so much of their lives to their brands, so they decided they wanted to have a Best Bebs Weekend to get away from the city hustle and take their talents to Palm Springs. Both women are self-confessed social media addicts, so they knew Palm Springs would set the perfect back drop for both brands while having no shortage of laughs with one another and their friend, photographer Vero Suh.

Engel, known for her feminine style, was in charge of styling the weekend’s attire with a little colorful 70s flair, while Jones was in charge of bringing props (cue flamingos and Packed Party Packages), and finding the most colorful doors to deliver to. The two had done quite a bit of research on Palm Springs ahead of time for inspiration and found a lack of information on what to wear, where to go on a girl’s trip, and sources of inspiration in the desert so the problem was simple. Creating a fun and inspiring hub for two friends to travel and showcase their styles and places they’d visit in a special city was how #BestBebsWeekend was created. Their hope is that other women are inspired to take time to travel with their Best Bebs even just for a quick weekend and can grab a few spots they want to visit from their series or by simply searching the hashtag.

Stay tuned for their next big trip!

Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Outfits And Styling: Packed Party and Gal Meets Glam | Favors: Packed Party

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Stylish Garden Planters with Pier 1 Imports

We’ve teamed up with Pier 1 Imports to bring you tips and tricks for crafting a summer filled with pretty entertaining and gorgeous outdoor spaces. And now we’re rolling up our sleeves and diving into three ways to gussy up planters. Meet our Ladylike Urns, a Tropical Tree, and an Herb Garden gone Fab. You’ll be the toast of the town once neighbors spot these beauties nestled in your yard.

Ladylike Urns

For a front door that leave a gorgeous first impression, we started with the Antiqued White Planter from Pier 1 Imports and filled it with a sea of colorful blooms. We wanted to add some timeless beauty to the front entry, and you can’t get more classically pretty than the beautiful shape of these urns. They give your door perfect symmetry, and when filled with delicate flowers, add instant curb appeal. To get the look try Dahlias, Ivy, Pansies, Sandwort Arenaria and Erica Carnea Heather.

A Tropical Tree

For an outdoor accent that pops, look no further than our favorite tropical tree. Sometimes you just need a touch of the Caribbean, and we think the patio is the perfect place to start. This aqua blue planter with shell-like handles looks as if it’s been washed in the ocean and pairs perfectly with a colorful tropical tree. To get the look combine a Hibiscus Tree with Pier 1 Imports’ beautiful Aqua Ceramic Planter available in stores.

Elegant Herb Garden

This perfect little herb garden is getting a lift with the help of the Oval Plant Stand from Pier 1 Imports. What could be nicer than having a garden you don’t have to bend and dig to cut from? Once we spotted this elegant stand, we knew it was the perfect height to keep a selection of fresh herbs to grab for summer meals. And it doesn’t hurt that the delicate wire detailing gives the whole setup a quaint, old-world European vibe. We added our favorite herbs into the mix including: Chives, Peas, Mesclun Lettuce, Dill, Parsley, Peppermint, Spearmint and Sage. 

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With all the pretty planter options at Pier 1 Imports, decorating the great outdoors has never been easier.  So grab your favorite planters, fill with lovely blooms and greenery and your outdoor space will be garden party ready just in time for summer.

Photography: Ruth Eileen

Pier 1 Imports Products: Antiqued White Planter | Aqua Ceramic Planter (available in stores) | Oval Plant Stand

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DIY Wanderlust Globe

For someone who has travel on the brain 24/7, this sweet little DIY from Jennifer of Pretty Little Details is one I need to add to my “must craft” list ASAP. Completely customizable and oh so cute, this globe will up your #shelfie (yep, that’s a thing) game in a jiffy.


I recently saw this amazing hand painted globe at Anthropologie and I thought it would be a fun and inexpensive project to diy myself! By purchasing an old globe off of Kijiji (Canada’s version of Craigslist), this entire project only cost me $25… A huge savings compared to the buying it in store for $198!

Materials

1 Globe
Black & Aqua acrylic paint
Gold spray paint
Gold paint pen

instructions

step-1

With the globe still on its axis, start by outlining the major land masses with black paint using a thin paint brush. Then use a larger paint brush to fill all of the oceans. Let dry and paint a second coat.

step-2

Now that the water is painted, you are ready to move onto painting all the land areas! Using an aqua coloured paint (or your colour of choice!) fill in the major land masses while staying inside the black outlines you already painted. If you mixed a few colours together to create the perfect hue (like I did), make sure to mix extra paint in case you need any touchups or another coat.

step-3

Remove the globe from it’s stand and paint Antarctica and the north pole. Balance the globe on a small bowl or plate to keep the globe from rolling away while you are working.

step-4

While, the globe is off of its axis, take this time to give the stand a fresh coat of paint (I used Rustolium specialty metallic in gold). Let the stand dry, then carefully reattach the globe to its axis.

step-5

Using a gold paint pen, write the names of all the continents (and a few bodies of water) on the globe!

step-6

Find a pretty spot to display your beautiful new decor piece!


Design & Styling: Jennifer Ashley Of Pretty Little Details

Surprise Garden Inspired Birthday Lunch

In terms of amazing birthday celebrations, this certainly ranks at the tippy top. It’s a surprise party for a Mom who is turning 60 years young crafted by Carol-Anne Kemp. And tucked inside are elegant details pairing vintage pieces with the modern look of ghost chairs and a dessert spread like you wouldn’t believe. Which is music to this birthday girl’s ears since dessert happens to be her favorite course. Find more captured by Cheryl McEwan right here.

My Mom is generally the family member to host birthday parties for the rest of the family but seldom hosts parties for herself. For her 60th birthday I wanted to change that so I planned a surprise birthday lunch for her. It was held in the spring so I wanted a light, airy look. My Mom loves floral and vintage pieces so we rented vintage crockery and mixed the crockery with pastel colored floral arrangements. We also rented vintage furniture and mixed the pieces with modern elements, such as ghost chairs, to give the venue a modern vintage look. Dessert is my Mom’s favorite course so we ensured there was a fully stocked dessert table that looked beautiful and tasted delicious. The result was a lovely afternoon thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Photography: Cheryl McEwan | Floral Design: Leipzig | Stationery: Lara's Designs | Venue: Dear Me | Cakes & Desserts: Lulubelle's Bakes | Event Planning & Design: Carol-Anne Kemp | Vintage Rentals: A Vintage Affair

DIY Coffee & Donut Gift Crate

If there were ever a DIY I would want to make solely for myself, it would be this scrumptious coffee and donut gift crate snapped up by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc. Guaranteed to make any morning feel extra special (and extra delicious), this sweet little DIY with the loveliest hand lettering from The Left Handed Calligrapher would be the perfect gift for just about anyone.

The next time you gift a coffee lover their favorite beans, give it an extra special touch with yummy homemade baked donuts, pretty cafe-style mugs and gold stirring spoons! Best. Morning. Ever.

Materials

Wood bin
Canvas Home Kaffe Tumbler
Coffee spoons
Coffee beans
Homemade mini baked donuts
Kraft paper bag
Kraft macaron box
Crinkle-cut paper shreds
Satin ribbon

instructions

Make it extra sweet by personalizing your tumblers! Write on the outer surface with an oil-based metallic gold Sharpie paint marker (avoid writing on the rim) and bake the tumblers in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Super easy and pretty!

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For even more gift basket ideas check out:
Pancake Gift BasketFarmhouse Omelette BasketGranola + Yogurt Basket, and Get Well Basket.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc. | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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The Modern Day Festival Girl with PopSugar

Festival season is upon us. The Women’s Project recently kicked off at Coachella with the ultimate celebrity and fashion blog, POPSUGAR, to create fresh, modern day looks for the unique evergreen girl. These days it’s not all about the bohemian. While we got her cute gal team to model, Lisa Sugar gave us the 411 on how to get inspired for a day in the sun no matter your personality. xoxo Lauri of TWP

Lisa Sugar – Editor in Chief of POPSUGAR

The All American Look: Frank and Eileen Button Down | J.Crew Jeans | ODLR Shoes

Coachella is one of the most influential events in pop culture for a millennial audience, and POPSUGAR and ShopStyle wanted to be there to bring together designers, celebrities, influencers, etc. to help shape the dialogue.

Lauren Sofair - Senior Producer at POPSUGAR

The Laurel Canyon Look: Jumpsuit by Badgley Mischka | Jenny Bird Cuff

POPSUGAR partnered with CFDA to launch our POPSUGAR Must Have CFDA Special Edition Box, Bauble Bar to launch Alessandra Ambrosio’s jewelry line, and Mara Hoffman and Cynthia Vincent to showcase their Spring collections. Lola Wolf (Zoe Kravitz’s band) performed and Hannah Bronfman DJ’ed. Over 1,100 influencers attended our event over the weekend.

Kasia Bohos - Makeup and Hair at POPSUGAR

The Rock & Roll Bohemian Look: Veda Dress | Furla Purse | Vince Camuto shoes | Alexa Mika Ring | Maya Brenner Bangles | Jules Smith Necklace (longer) | Sarah Chloe Necklace (spike)

Coachella is sexy, flirty, and fun. It’s hot in the desert but temperatures do drop at night, so people have to layer and think about their outfits for long periods of time if they are staying on the concert site.

Meg Cuna – Style Director at POPSUGAR

The Modernist Look: Cedric Charlier jumper | Fallon cuff | Vanessa Mooney necklace | Baublebar ring

And while the bohemian look will never go away since it’s the origin of festival fashion, people have been adding their own spin on looks over the years. Some are sportier, more all-American with their cutoff jean shorts and vintage t-shirts while others are layering more — bathing suits and cover-ups — we’ve seen it all. 

Allison McNamara - Host at POPSUGAR

The Trendsetter Look: Rebecca Taylor Shirt | Cameo Wrap Shorts | Kate Spade New York Clutch | J.Crew Shoes

More practical looks like large hats are happening more, and modern temporary tattoos are a great way to personalize for just those few days — nothing permanent, but something else to add some flare and unique personalization. Also maxi dresses are a dime a dozen, so you can always find your style in a fun, practical dress that can cover you up safely from the sun, and yes modern shapes and cutouts to keep you cool.

To learn more about Lisa and the story of Pop Sugar, pop over to TWP .

Photography: Lauri Levenfeld | Makeup/ Hair: Kasia Bohos | Site: Avalon Hotel | Stylist: Meg Cuna

Lauri Levenfeld

Contributing Editor, Life