Costume Birthday Party

“Playing dress-up begins at five & never truly ends.” -Kate Spade

I absolutely love playing dress up. I literally have three boxes full of costumes that I cannot seem to part with! People always have an excuse for not dressing up at theme parties, so for my birthday this year I decided to throw a “Halloween in Summer” themed party. Everyone can come up with at least SOME costume! I also took the opportunity to try some fun party decor ideas, like custom confetti from The Confetti Bar. Read on for more party pix & tips!


Custom confetti: The Confetti Bar


What can I say? I love myself some confetti glitter. Shoes: Nine West.


I created a simple DIY photo booth background using a white shower curtain, cardboard, gold spray paint, cardboard, and a hot glue gun, and made sure to have fun confetti on hand! Make It Rain Confetti: GAMAGO.

White corset bathing suit: American Apparel / Tulle skirt: Bel and Beau.



We made a bunch of gold banners with fun sayings. The letters were from a DIY banner kit at WalMart, then we just spray painted with gold and sprinkled on some glitter!


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Mini chandeliers from ZGallerie (old) were recycled from our wedding.

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Had a blast glamming up these mason jars! The all-over gold was achieved by simply spray painting a mason jar gold (easy). To get the dip dye glitter effect, we simply placed masking tape around the middle of the jar, painted Mod Podge along the bottom half, sprinked on glitter, and voila! Paper straws: Amazon.


Cut-out gold arrows (from posterboard) directed party-goers to the photo booth.


Gold flamingos (spray paint) and Y A Y balloons greeted guests. Gold balloons: StudioMucci on Etsy.


Thanks to all my amazing friends who humored me and played along! xoxo

Gold + Glitter Pumpkin DIY Party


With so many darling glitter, spray paint, and gold leaf pumpkin DIY ideas floating around Pinterest, I decided to throw an impromptu Crafternoon to put them to the test! I rounded up some of my girlfriends who share a passion for crafting + cocktails, and we had at it. Read below for our faves, and some tips we discovered along the way!



 What You’ll Need:

-Pumpkins of whatever size you choose (we liked small for ease of decorating)


-Gold and Black Spray Paint

-Painter’s Tape

-Mod Podge



-Lace Ribbon

-Gold Leaf Pen


The How-Tos

White Pumpkin + Glittered Dots / Stripes DIY  (Yesterday’s Sweetheart)

-This one was SUPER easy and fun! You could whip out a ton of these in no time. For the dots, we used a cheap round sponge brush we got in a $2 paint brush pack at Michael’s.

Glitter Stem (Nest of Posies)

-We were inspired by Nest of Posies’ glittered stem pumpkins, combined with the gold leaf writing from this gorgeous tablescape.

Confetti Ombre Pumpkins (Made In A Day)

-We didn’t have sequins on hand, so we made do with a glitter bomb instead. We called these little guys our “Fireworks.”

Dip-Dyed Glitter Pumpkins (The Farmer’s Daughter)

-We took liberties with this one and tried various combinations of spray paint and glitter. We loved them all!

Gold Spray Paint (4 Men 1 Lady)

-Make sure you press the painter’s tape ALL the way down to ensure the cleanest gold line

Black + Studded (Confetti Pop)

-Love this edgy take on the pumpkin!

Lace Pumpkins (Allyson Baker) aka the “Stone Cold Fox” Pumpkin

We were inspired by the above DIY link, but put our own twist on it using lace, sparkly ribbon, and twine.




 For more pumpkin decor ideas, check out the Luxe Happens Succulent Pumpkin DIY!


Tulum Travel Diary

For our first official vacation since our Honeymoon in Tahiti, my husband and I were ready to unplug and soak up some much needed sunshine. Tulum had been on our radar for awhile, and we were beyond excited to explore this gem of the Yucatan! Read on for some of my top Tulum travel tips.

The Beach Tulum – We stayed at this spectacular Adult-only boutique hotel for the first leg of our vacation. From the swings in the hotel restaurant/bar Ziggys, to the incredible ocean view rooms, I seriously cannot say enough good things about this hotel.


Swings + Coconuts at Ziggy’s

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View from our bed at The Beach Tulum


Plenty of couches to luxuriate in, steps from our room. Servers from Ziggys cruise by and take drink and food orders throughout the day.

Bikini: Acacia Swimwear.


 As part of our package we received complimentary breakfast every morning, which included the option to dine on our private patio! Fruit, coffee, juice, toast = happiness.


 The Beach Tulum had a wrap around pool that spanned the property’s length of rooms, but was never really used whenever we popped in. It does vie for attention with the glittering Caribbean Sea, but we enjoyed luxuriating with a Jalapeno margarita in the afternoons here.


One of my FAVE parts of Tulum is the abundance of bikes! Most of the hotels offer bikes for rental, and it’s super fun to cruise up and down the beach strip and check out the different places.

Hat: Lucy Love / Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper.


 ”Downtown” Tulum is full of adorable little places to eat, like restaurant/hotel Teetotum.IMG_0212

Tee: Sol Angeles

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Gitano is a Tulum hot spot for a reason. So adored this garden restaurant under the stars!




We changed it up halfway through our trip and shacked up in a Robinson Crusoe-inspired destination called Cabanas La Luna.



 Of course we HAD to check out the Mayan ruins! It was swarming with tourists, but is definitely worth checking out.

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 We used some of our Starwood points to stop off on Cancun before heading back to LA. This was our first time, and I must say we were pleasantly surprised! Truly the most beautiful beaches we have EVER seen.


 One-piece: Wildfox Swim


Until next time Mexico…


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