Light Pink and Pistachio Green Bridal Shower

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

So, I mentioned yesterday that I threw a bridal shower for my cousin this past weekend.  I’m back today with some photos of the food display table, which turned out lovely!

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

One thing I haven’t discussed much on here is my professional life. I actually work part-time for an online party supply store doing social media, content marketing, and PR. I live and breathe parties three days a week, so it’s fun for me to actually use some of the inspiration that I’m constantly coming across.

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

I went with light pink and pistachio green for the bridal shower theme to match my cousin’s wedding colors. It was such a pretty mix — especially for an April shower!

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

Check out my post from yesterday to learn how I made the flower arrangements…

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

Oh my goodness these cucumber sandwiches were tasty! The spread was 8oz cream cheese, about 4 tbsp fresh dill, juice from half a lemon, and salt and pepper. I spread that on extra thin white bread with crusts removed, added cucumbers, and cut the sandwiches into fourths.

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

My mom made the fruit salad to match the pink and green theme! It had strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, green grapes, kiwi, and honeydew.

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

The spa water was also DELISH! You really can’t go wrong with a beverage dispenser of spa water, because it’s tasty AND pretty. Our water had cucumbers, lime, strawberries, and fresh mint leaves, again to complement the color scheme.

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

All the party decorations came from PartyPail.com. I used the Pink Chevron and Polka Dots ensemble, as well as the Pistachio Green party supplies.

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

These pink chevron treat cups are pretty much the cutest things ever.

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

Tulle and Trinkets: Pink and Green Bridal Shower

I’m happy with the way everything turned out! Everyone seemed to have a great time, and my cousin got lots of great stuff for her soon-to-be newlywed life!

A Year of Flower Arrangements: April

DIY Mint Julep Flower Arrangements with Mini Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

I’m pretty excited about this month’s flower arrangement because for once it was an arrangement with a purpose other than my own enjoyment. I made these four mint julep cup flower arrangements for my cousin’s bridal shower this past weekend. They turned out really well and looked adorable with the decor, if I do say so myself! I’ll post more photos from the shower later, but here’s a sneak peak of the flowers in action:

Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements

Originally, I wanted to use my cousin’s wedding flowers: pink roses, green hydrangea, and baby’s breath. You can find pink roses and baby’s breath at pretty much every flower shop and grocery store around here, but not so much when it comes to green hydrangea. I looked into ordering it online, but shipping and handling itself was going to cost $38+! No thanks…

So, I ended up going with mini pink carnations, baby’s breath, and leatherleaf for the pop of green. This was a better decision not only for my budget, but also because I needed to make the arrangements a couple days before the actual shower. Carnations, leatherleaf, and baby’s breath are all hardy and tend to last. I’m not so confident hydrangea would have stayed fresh enough for that period of time.

Miniature Pink Carnations

I kind of fell in love with the mini pink carnations as I was arranging them. Their coloring is gorgeous and they’re full little flowers with a romantic “ruffle” to them. Plus, pink carnations are Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite, so you really can’t go wrong. ;)

I actually used a lot of what I learned from my flower arranging classes as I was making these. Here’s how I did it:

Grocery Store Miniature Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Flowers & Greens:16 stems mini carnations, 6 stems baby’s breath, 6 stems leatherleaf.

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Tools: half a block of floral foam soaked in water with flower food, floral scissors and/or knife, 4 silver mint julep cups.

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Cut the foam to fit the mint julep cups. I cut the half block into fourths.

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Green the foam with leatherleaf.

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Add a mini carnation to the center that’s as tall as the mint julep cup (essentially doubling the height of the overall arrangement).

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Fill in carnations around the center one creating a round-ish shape. The beauty of using mini carnations is each stem has four-or-so laterals — aka, flowers off the main stem. Exhibit A:

Mini Pink Carnation with Laterals

So, my bundle of 16 carnations was actually more like 60-some flowers … which goes a long way throughout four small arrangements. Same for the baby’s breath, a little goes a long way.

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

Fill in the gaps with baby’s breath and more leatherleaf. You don’t want any green foam peeking through. Don’t forget bend down and look at the arrangement from table-level. It’s easy to arrange from the top and miss the bottom.

DIY Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangements with Pink Carnations, Baby's Breath, and Leatherleaf

My mini carnations had a lot of laterals that were still buds, so I added those at the end a little higher than the baby’s breath for an extra pop of green throughout the arrangements.

Mint Julep Cup Flower Arrangement

I have to say, these are probably my favorite arrangements of the year — so far!

A Year of Flower Arrangements: March

A Year of Flower Arrangements: March

Look at me posting my March flower arrangement in MARCH! It’s the last day, but still, it counts. I broke out of my white flower rut of January and February and went with a super-springy mix of light pink snap dragons and bright yellow daffodils. I also threw in some white wax flower for filler and myrtle for greenery.

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

2 stems of snap dragon, 2 stems of wax flower, 10 stems of daffodil, 4 stems of myrtle

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

DIY Spring Daffodil and Snap Dragon Arrangement

By the way, I got these flowers at Gillespie Florist on the west side of Indianapolis. They have great customer service and fantastic prices. The bunch of daffodils only cost $2.95!

Gillespie Florist
9255 W 10th St
Indianapolis, IN 46234

Gordmans Spring 2015

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Gordmans Spring Review

Kensie Cropped Mint Daisy Shirt

Gordmans Spring Clothing Review

Kensie Cropped Mint Daisy Shirt

Cropped Daisy Top — courtesy of Gordmans
High Riser Skinny Jean — Madewell
D’orsay Flats — courtesy of Gordmans
Hair Barrette — CLOTH, Carmel City Center
Pearl Bracelet — Gift

Long time no outfit post! I have several excuses including, but not limited to: the crappy cold weather; the fact that you’ve seen me wear everything in my closet at least twice; the fact that I’m trying to downsize my closet, not add to it (shop it on Poshmark!); and the fact that on an average day I wear t-shirts and yoga pants stained with spit-up.

That said, it’s exciting to get something new once in a while. So, when Gordmans asked me if I’d like to team up with them once again, I was excited to check out their new selection of spring clothing. It took me several passes through the store and no less than three trips into the fitting room to narrow my selection down to this A-DORABLE, cropped mint daisy top and these black d’orsay flats. I also got a necklace to wear with the outfit, but somehow it didn’t make it into my bag at check-out, so I have to go back and pick it up.

If you’re not familiar with Gordmans, they have 90 locations in 22 states (and counting!). See their locations HERE. They offer brand name items at deeply discounted prices. The top I got is by Kensie, which is a brand you can buy at Nordstrom or Macy’s. They also have kids’ clothes (I stocked up on stuff for Christopher!),  mens’ clothes, a killer home decor department, and lots of odds ‘n ends, like pet toys.

If you’re headed to Gordmans any time soon, be sure to take this coupon with you!

Check out  my other collaborations with Gordmans:

Gordmans + The Weekend
Striped Maxi + gRewards
Gordmans Striped Dress 2.0 + Indians Game
Deck the Halls with Gordmans Part 1
Deck the Halls with Gordmans Part 2
Maternity Style 14 Weeks
Screened-In Porch Updates
Fancy Plaid

 

Me Time — Dermalogica Facial Review

As a new mom, carving out “me time” is one of the most important things I can do not only for myself, but for my family. A happy mom means a happy dad and baby, too! I consider myself lucky because Chris is always willing to watch Christopher so I can take a bath, go downstairs to watch the new episode of Pretty Little Liars, get dinner with a friend, go the mall, etc. Just a little break from diapers and feedings is an instant mood-booster.

Tricoci Universtiy Dermalogica Facial Review

A couple weekends ago, my friends at Indianapolis beauty school Tricoci University asked me if I’d like to receive a complimentary Dermalogica skincare service. My response was obviously, heck yes! Now, this wasn’t my first time working with Tricoci University. A couple years ago I stepped in as a “beauty school drop IN,” so I already had an idea how things work there. Students perform the services under the supervision of instructors. They obviously don’t throw a student on the floor giving haircuts and chemical peels on his or her first day. The students are very knowledgeable, thorough, and careful — their grades depend on it!

Tricoci Universtiy Dermalogica Facial Review

Once I arrived they helped me decide which Dermalogica skincare service would be best for me. It was decided I’d receive the Rejuvenating Facial, so I headed back into the spa, which they keep quiet and dim — very relaxing! They gave me a towel to change into and a locker to keep my belongings in. This was my first facial experience, so I was a bit thrown off by being asked to wear a towel. I had an awkward moment in the changing room where I didn’t know if I should leave my bra and pants on – HA.  (Real talk: I kept my bra on and pulled the straps down, but removed my pants because I was wearing jeans and thought it would be uncomfortable laying down in them. I later saw women wearing pants under their towels, which made me feel even more awkward that I removed mine. HAHA. Next time, I think I’ll bring yoga pants or shorts to wear under the towel.)

The facial was wonderful! I’m not positive about all the steps and Dermalogica products used, but I know there was a skin analysis; some exfoliation; a mask; and a face, hand, and shoulder massage. They also put cream on my hands, wrapped them up, and put them in warm mitts. I’d say the whole process took about an hour.

I won’t lie: I’ve done a horrible job caring for my skin since Christopher was born. Most days I don’t even wash my face, which I justify with the fact that I rarely wear makeup. (It’s bad, I know.) After the facial my skin felt and looked so fresh! I was glowing and hadn’t felt that good in a long time.

The Rejuvenating Facial I received costs $35. I shopped around online and determined this is less than half the cost of a facial at a regular spa — and that’s being very conservative. I found facials in the Indianapolis area that cost hundreds, so getting a Dermalogica facial for $35 is quite a steal.

If you’re in the Indianapolis area, you can check out Tricoci’s salon and spa menu HERE.

Tricoci Universtiy Dermalogica Facial Review

Tricoci Univeristy
9725 Crosspoint Commons
Indianapolis, IN 46256
(317) 841-9400