Monthly Archives: April 2013

Get the Look: Cinco de Mayo

I love Cinco de Mayo – it’s an awesome holiday full of chips, salsa, margaritas, and a pretty great excuse to play dress up ( … in lots of color!) And hubby and I have made it a bit of a tradition to throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta – even if we are occasionally a few weeks late (this year we’ll be out of town … but I’m thinking I won’t let that stop me from throwing a mid-June/July fiesta.) We usually keep it pretty casual, we serve a TON of food, and the drinks are endless, so I love the idea of a sweet little dress, a great pair of heels (that can easily be swapped out for flats), and plenty of coasters to go around.  (If you’re throwing a fiesta of your own, don’t forget to try my Sauza-rita Margarita recipe: easy to make and oh-so-good.)

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By the way, how adorable is that embroidered dog bed?  Oh, Free People, you’re so clever!

Get the Cinco de Mayo look: Tory Burch Marlow Loafer (25% Off for the Tory Burch Friends & Family Event, with code: TBSPRING) // Ace and Jig Maine Mini Dress // BaubleBar Silver Snake Ring // Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Shorts // Chan Luu Beaded Eye Bracelet // J.Crew ISARO by Jill Golden A-list wide cuff // Blonde Ambition Renata Dijon Yellow Strappy Studded Sandals // Cleobella Cantina Large Bag // J.Crew Embroidered Scarf // Kenneth Jay Lane Flower Post Earrings // Agate Coasters // Free People Embroidered Dog Bed


Tuesday Shoesday


These shoes are just so lovely … really, the whole bohemian Botticelli-esque wedding shoot is lovely … but the shoes = so unique. So far, these Free People heels are as close a match as I can find to the lovely nude and black strappy heel seen on this bride.  Any thoughts on where these beautiful shoes could be from?

boticelli-wedding-inspiration-bohemian-couple Via Ruffled // Photographer: Taylor Lord // Creative Direction + Styling: Lindsey Zamora // Florals: Stems Floral Design // Venue: Villa Del Lago, Austin TX // Rentals: Furbish, Marquee Rents // Bench: Loot Vintage Rentals // Bride’s Attire: Dress: Zimmerman, Skirt- stylist own // Earrings and Bracelet: Alexis Bittar // Groom’s Suit: Zara // Groom’s Bowtie: Nordstrom



Romantic + Eclectic Ranch Wedding

safari-inspired-wedding-mismatched-chairs-tablescape You have to see this natural and eclectic ranch wedding shoot to believe it … and, get this, the entire designed editorial shoot was inspired by zebras.  Zebras.  I couldn’t think of a more inspired subtly-zebra-themed wedding if I tried.  Lucia of Utterly Engaged Magazine and Nancy of So Happi Together created a fictional wedding story inspired by the zebras at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA, pairing organic blooms and safari inspired graphic patterns to create a natural down-to-earth wedding that’s rich in textures and fashion.

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To see more of this gorgeous styled shoot, visit 100 Layer Cake (and be sure not to miss the dessert bar!)

Via 100 Layer Cake // Photography: Caroline Tran // Venue: Saddlerock Ranch // Editorial Creative Director: Lucia Dinh Pador of Utterly Engaged Magazine // Head Designer and Stylist: So Happi Together // Floral Creative Director: Inviting Occasion Inc. // Floral Assistant: Art With Nature // Caterer: Chef Anahita // Cake: A Wish and A Whisk / Desserts: Cake Monkey / Lighting: Chivari Chairs Rentals / Stationery: DL/sh Designs / Rentals: Found Rentals / Textiles Props: Scalamandré / Linens: Wildflower Linen


The Coffee Habit

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I’ve come to a disturbing realization: I drink way too much coffee.  I blame the office environment (because surely it can’t be me.)  Working in an office, you start to develop this Pavlovian reaction to the smell of coffee.  So much so that even when a pot of fresh coffee isn’t brewing, your mind plays tricks on you, it’s 3:00pm and you’re exhausted, and you could swear you smell coffee.  So you make a pot.  And have your third cup of the day.  Or when you’re out shopping, you make at least two visits to the mall’s Starbucks counter.  (In shopping’s defense, shopping can get really tiresome.)

So I’m trying to kick the habit.  Or at the very least, curb the addiction.  I’m at a quiet roar right now with a lame-o one cup of coffee in the morning.  And I still cheat, because who am I kidding, three glasses of iced tea at lunch packs plenty of caffeine.  But I’m trying to limit that too.  I swear I’m suffering in the office most of all.  The pots of coffee keep on getting brewed, and some days, I still go for cup number two.  All suggestions are welcome.  I love tea – but most of the teas I love are packed with caffeine (green and black tea).  And the idea of chamomile tea puts me to sleep just thinking of it (also, it reminds me of a spa, and since I’m generally nowhere near a spa, I’ll spare myself the wishful thinking).  I’m trying a box of decaf earl gray right now, but it’s not quite doing the trick.  I like Starbucks’ passionfruit tea – so good – and caffeine free – but I’m spoiled and only like it on ice (the green straw is not half bad either … I’m a straw slut), so that’s not always going to work.  Any thoughts or tips for kicking the caffeine habit (or tricking myself into thinking I’ve gotten my “fix”)?

Original Image via Cheetah is the New Black


Mesh Booties (for the Obsessed)

Hi, I’m Lexi, and I’m addicted to boots.  And every Spring, I fight the urge to wear boots on the hottest of days (in Miami), and usually, the urge wins … I wear my boots, and get funny stares.  But lo and behold, Phillip Lim goes and designs the perfect mesh boots – stunning, modern, on-trend, and breathable, my love affair can continue.  By the way, if you don’t suffer from my extreme boot separation anxiety, the 3.1 Phillip Lim D’Orsay mesh pumps are equally gorgeous for Spring.  Do you do boots for Spring and Summer?

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Meet the 3.1 Phillip Lim Shirley Booties and the 3.1 Phillip Lim Francis Booties.

Image board created by Glitter, Inc. // Upper-left image via NY Trendy Moms


Dress of the Week

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I’m blown away by this beautifully orchestrated wedding inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  All of the whimsical elements came together perfectly in this simple and sweet wedding, but of course, I’m ever drawn to the fashion, and this bride’s delicate English net and lace gown and floral crown had me immediately. I’m currently dreaming up ways to combine headbands and flower crowns.

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Via Ruffled // Wedding Location: New Fairfield, CT // Photographer: Kelly Kollar Photography // Event Coordinator: Events Paisley // Venue: The Sculpture Barn // Wedding Dress and Veil: Priscilla of Boston // Hair Accessory: Anthropologie (re-fashioned by the Bride) // Bride’s Earrings: Stefan Otter