I have been so super busy planning my husband’s 30th birthday that I have not had any time to blog! His party was last weekend and I am so excited to tell you all about it!
I wanted to do something really special for my husband for his 30th birthday! I wanted a sophisticated yet fun party for him with all of his friends. It was really important to me to make sure that the party was things that he liked and something that he would have picked himself. I first thought of a “Cigar and Whiskey” theme, but then switched to “Scotch and Cigars”. I worked with an amazing event planned who gave me some of the ideas. It helped that my in laws have a beautiful spacious backyard that is perfect for parties. My mother in law is an amazing cook and she also makes beautiful flowers. So she was able to make all of the centerpieces. The party was at night so we used a lot of candles and lanterns to add more light to the different stations of the party. The set up was a lot of work so thank God my sister and brother in law my mom and my mother in law were all there to help me. I think I moved each of the tables around at least 5 times.
I rented wine barrel bar tables from a local company called Vintage Affairs. I wanted a real rustic feel and tried to incorporate a lot of wood. I ordered a customer wooden sign from Etsy to be the centerpiece of the Scotch bar. The wood that the Scotches are displayed on are actually wooden cake slabs that I ordered from Amazon. My husband loves Scotch so a good friend helped me find a very unique selection of scotches for the event.
On the other end of the Scotch bar I had a small “Shot Bar” because my husband loves shots. Let’s just say the bar was a huge hit!
I wanted to incorporate my husband’s love of cigars for the party. I started out with researching different brands of Cigars that I know he likes, but then I decided that hiring a cigar roller would be a much better idea. I ordered custom labels from Etsy with Areen’s name on them to add a little more of a personal touch to the cigars.
FOOD & DESSERT
The party started late so I was not serving a full dinner, but I wanted to have food that was filling. I worked with iCater.menu to pick out some fun items that my husband would enjoy. My mother in law made her famous hummus, babaghanoush and pirashkis filled with potato and meat. My father in law and Classic Bakery made the most incredible cake for Areen along with cupcakes, cake pops, and chocolate cigars. I am very blessed with incredibly talented in laws.
I cannot believe it’s already July and I have not talked about sunglasses! I love love love sunglasses! I never leave the house without a pair, and I even throw on a pair in the winter when it’s not that sunny. I think sunglasses are like shoes, you can’t leave home without them. I also think it’s important to match your sunnies with what you are wearing which is why I have a nice collection that I have compiled over the years. I am very picky with my sunglasses and I’m sure you all know that not all sunglasses look good on everyone so when I get a new pair I get really excited. This past January, I got a pair of these Dita ones that I wore on 4th of July in the picture below. Actually, my husband bought them for himself and I stole them because I loved them so much. Before these, I think I hadn’t found sunglasses that I really liked in over 2 years. I am very happy with the Dita brand because unlike most sunglass brands, Dita actually designs and makes their own sunglasses and these particular ones have 18 karat gold hardware ;). When you pick up a pair of Dita’s and see the quality and craftsmanship that they put into each pair, you will quickly realize not all sunglasses are equal.
As always, I am going to include a few pairs of my favorite sunglasses that I have seen out there for all you shopaholics out there.
I’m sure you have noticed by now that fringe is kind of a big deal this season! It has been slowly making a name for itself and now it’s everywhere. I wasn’t really into fringe until my best friend got me this amazing fringe vegan leather skirt, but now I am obsessed! I paired my skirt with a white cropped tee and some gold jewelry for a very simple yet polished black & white look.
I am loving fringe because it is so fun, and there are so many ways you can incorporate it into your wardrobe. I would definitely invest in at least one fringe piece because it isn’t going anywhere for a while. To help you out, I’ll share some of my favorite fringetastic finds at the bottom of the post. Happy shopping!
as most of you are well aware, I am really into dressing up and being fashionable everywhere I go. Being fashionable doesn’t always have to mean being uncomfortable. I love being comfortable, and if I am able to pair the two – well it doesn’t get much better than that. Enter the maxi skirt. In my opinion, the maxi skirt is a must have for spring and summer. I love that I can wear wedges or heels if I want to, but I can also hide my flats if I am going to be doing a lot of walking. Skirts are so feminine and I am a super girly girl so I love to wear skirts. The outfit that I am wearing below I wore to a brunch. Unfortunately, the skirt that I am wearing is no longer available, so make sure to check out a selection of my favorite skirts below. I am loving all the variety of maxi skirts available this season from a variety of different designers. There is something for any look you are going for whether you are feeling casual, romantic, or sexy, there is a maxi skirt out there for you. Not all of them are going to hide your flats, but it’ll be totally worth it otherwise.
Hope you all survived this crazy snow – unless of course you are some place sunny and warm at which point i’m super jealous! Today, I want to tell you about an amazing blazer I recently purchased. I love, love, LOVE sequins, so when I was shopping for an outfit to wear to my beast friends 30th birthday, I spotted a sequined blazer I had to get. I actually had no intention of wearing it to the party until it arrived at my house! This was my first purchase from House of CB and I am very impressed! The quality of the blazer is exceptional which is important especially when it comes to sequins. You never want a cheap sequin piece mainly because there comes a point when there are no more sequins left. The color is a midnight blue/black hybrid, but it still adds a pop to an all black outfit and you can clearly see the contrast. The satin on the lapels give it the tuxedo look making it a definite statement piece and must have! And guess what, the blazer is on sale, so grab one before they’re all gone!
I don’t know how I ever survived without a pair of over the knee boots. I feel that they are a wardrobe staple, and if you don’t have a pair – well you better go out and get one. I love them in all shapes and sizes: flat for casual looks, heeled for a night out, wedges that are comfortable, and even peep toe to wear all year round!
I have an amazing pair of boots that I got from Shoe Dazzle. They are wedges so they are super comfortable and they keep me really warm in this weather. I’ve worn them a few times this season and I can’t seem to get enough!
It is actually really hard to find the right pair of boots, so as promised, here are my favorites along with an outfit I recently wore with mine.