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11th November 2013

A few years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead in brown and a few months ago I couldn’t live without a wrist full of bangles … but so much has changed since then and my style has evolved along with it. So when I needed a new coat to handle the NY chill (especially since I walk everywhere), I choose a fawn pallet which is coincidentally the same scheme as the four-leg French Man in my life: my frenchie, Sir Waffles!
peplum: h&m // turtleneck: j.crew // basic leggings // Bag: Coach // Sunnies: Karen Walkers (black) // Jewels: Threads // Boots: Bacio 61 // Socks: Zara // Pup: sorry, not for sale :]
I’m an Arizona native, so besides for the few trips to Wyoming over the years to visit family, I’ve never needed a really good coat … until I moved to NY. When I first stepped foot in the big apple early last year, I picked up a puffier coat for rainy/snowy days but I’ve found myself dreading pulling that giant monster of a coat on in the morning and in need of something classic, chic and most of all warm! So after a week of online shopping and a day store hopping in Flat iron and Soho, I think I found the perfect coat.

Blast from Birthday Past

24th July 2013

Incase you haven’t noticed, it’s my birthday week so we’re celebrating all week long on the blog!

 today we’re taking a look back at one of my favorite birthday celebrations of all time… my mad hatter tea party brought to you as part of my party planning segment: hopeless hostess!

we were in no short supply of sweet treats the party, i whipped up a pound (or pick one up from the store), frosted some cupcake (or substitute mini brownies) and surprised guests with mini fruit pizzas (Sugar cookies, frosting & fruit). Finger sandwiches are a tea party must! Try crustless cucumber & fancy cheese spread (or mix whipping creme with italian dressing), their fun & filling! 
Sweeten the deal with candy that doubles as decor! Try dropping fresh fruit in the water for refreshing citrus drinks that tastes as good as it looks.
What’s a party without games? The hopeless hostess plays bingo with buttons, charades and the plate game for her most peculiar tea party.
My party was a blast, but the finishing touches were my fabulous & fashionable friends who always dress the party-part! They showed up in theme with character costumes or over-the-top, yet absolutely necessary, tea attire.
Oh, and since this was my 21st birthday, candles and cupcakes were a must! not just for the birthday girl and hostess herself, but also for all of the guest’s celebrating their un-birthdays. Make a wish… 
I hope you enjoyed looking back at one of my favorite birthday celebrations!
Want to keep the party going? We’re celebrating all week long on CMC including a birthday earring giveaway! Enter here, and goodluck to all! Stay tuned, the celebration continues tomorrow!

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let the games begin!

28th August 2012

The hopeless hostess always follows trending topics && events to use for party themes! Since the hunger games movie has just been released on dvd, the hopeless hostess won’t be able to help herself. She’ll throw a celebratory hunger games dinner sworrie && screaming party, or save her ideas for a premier party for when the sequel debuts next summer.
The hopeless hostess decides to plan a “tribute feast” as depicted towards the end of the first movie, and uses easy e-vites to set the scene for potential attendees! To make e-vites even easier, use this custom invite option I created.

the hopeless hostess wants her guests to immediately feel in theme when they enter her own personal hunger games, so she decorates her table with a dark table cloth && fake foliage. she then hangs && frames hunger games posters (this hopeless hostess just bought the entertainment weekly hunger games magazine, but now a frugal hostess could find similar images online).
the hostess finishes the look by embellishing her table with custom character name tags && district pins. she is always in the know, && finds out what character her guests will be attending as so she can print adoringly. to take a little of the heat off of you as a hostess, I provided you with some free party printable. download district buttons && download name tags
Don’t let the name fool you, although the hopeless hostess may toast to the hunger games, there will be no short supply of food at her party! She starts will on-theme appetizers (peeta bread && spinach dip, goat cheese && sliced apple tarts) && then serves a district 11 agricultural salad (your favorite fruity salad), beef && veggie stew (try this one) && store bought rolls from the boy with the bread.   
the hopeless hostess won’t let her guests leave hungry, so she continues to wow with delicious desserts! she draws inspiration from characters like fox face (who’s demise came from poison berries) && cinna (katniss’s sensitive stylist) to create a poison berry perfection (1/3 of store bought mini short cake, berries, served with whipped cream) && mini cinna-buns.
the hopeless hostess has to have guests who leave feeling full && fabulous, so uses her final treat to serve as the grand finale! she ends the night with “girl on fire, flaming desserts” in honor of katniss everdeen, the girl on fire. she starts with peaches, adds vanilla ice cream (pre scoop && freeze in a cupcake tin), drizzles raspberry sauce && tops with a lemon juice soaked sugar cube (the juice allows it to burn). Then she set’s it all on fire as she serves && watches the jaws drop!
although the invites, food && decor are all important, the real fun comes from coming in character! so the hopeless hostess only invites guests who will dress the part for an epic party! the hopeless hostess herself, of course comes as the most outrageous && over-the-top character.
or go for a less extravagant, but probably more important like katniss everdeen or any other tribute by wearing arena ready gear!
so in summary … happy hunger games!

tutu .. twenty two

24th August 2012

cue the confetti, it’s time for another hopeless hostess celebratory post! && this post is long over-due, for it reflects my twenty second (tutu) ballet birthday breakfast
the hopeless hostess knows no occasion is too small to celebrate, so of course when her special day comes around she starts the day of right… with a tutu inspired ballet birthday breakfast. she also doesn’t like to break the bank so she whips up a quick pdf invite, and includes it in an email to her ballerina’s to be.

the hopeless hostess knows invitations are only half of the party’s first impression, and the table decor serves as the second. she hangs a few balloons at various heights to create a colorful backdrop and uses pretty pleated tissue paper for tutu trays.
the hopeless hostess lets drinks serve as decor, by choosing colorful options like orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice and pretty pink champagne!
drinks are just the beginning, the real stars of the table are the fabulous food, the hopeless hostess uses fun sized food for a fancy feel. she picks up small pastries, donuts and cinnamon rolls from the store, serves strawberries and raspberries with cool whip for dipping and whips up ity bitty pretty pancakes (just like normal pancakes, but use 1/3 the amount of batter, if you are a perfectionist planner, use a cookie cutter for perfect circles. pile on three, secure with a toothpick and garnish with raspberries, before serving with syrup, butter & jams).
and the hopeless hostess attends her extravagant events in style, wearing ballet-esque birthday attire with a little bit of sparkle!
i hope you enjoyed my second hopeless hostess post, be sure to check out all of my party planning posts. until next time, stay fabulous!

We’re all a bit mad here…

14th August 2012

“You’re entirely bonkers, but let me tell you a secret: all the best people are.” 
Today the hopeless hostess takes on a most peculiar tea party, inspired by mad hatter’s “un-birthday” tea extravaganza as featured in Alice in Wonderland! 

The hopeless hostess knows that invitations serve as a party’s first impression and have to be taken seriously. With just a an image & a color scheme, she’ll whip up her custom evites online to wow her invitees without dropping a penny. 
This hostess also uses an entree way display for maximum impact. Cover a table in cards, add on-theme hat boxes & front door signage for easy & affordable details.  
The details don’t stop at the door, let a thin, long, over-the-top table serve as the decor focus. Mix your matches with piles of patterned napkins and endless amounts of tea cups. Forget about perfect pairs, the wild and carefree aspect of the table adds a level of whimsy that every mad tea party requires.
The hopeless hostess is in no short supply of sweet treats for her tea party. She whips up her favorite pound or coffee cake (or picks one up from the store), frosts cupcake or mini brownies and surprises guests with mini fruit pizzas (Sugar cookies, frosting & fruit). Finger sandwiches are a tea party must! Try crustless cucumber & fancy cheese spread (or mix whipping creme with italian dressing), their fun & filling! 
The hopeless hostess sweetens the deal with candy that doubles as decor. She drops fresh fruit in her water for refreshing citrus water that tastes as good as it looks.

What’s a party without games? The hopeless hostess plans bingo with buttons, charades and the plate game for her most peculiar tea party.

The hopeless hostess has fabulous & fashionable friends who always dress the party part by coming in character or over-the-top, yet absolutely necessary, tea attire.
Oh, did I forget to mention that once upon a time this un-birthday tea celebration occurred on this hopeless hostess’s actual birthday? Imagine that. In that case, candles and cupcakes are a must, not just for the birthday girl and hostess herself, but also for all of the guest’s celebrating their un-birthdays. Make a wish… 
I hope you enjoyed the first of many hopeless hostess post! Want to keep the party going? Well stay tuned, there is much more to celebrate on the way… 


Hats Off

25th May 2012

let us reminisce…
In the past two years, I have had two graduations where Kate Spade dresses were important parts of these big days. So for this post, we are traveling back to next spring, when I wore my first ever kate spade dress to my Kentucky Derby graduation party.
Last year I graduated with my BS in Business Marketing and Tourism and a certificate in International Business from Arizona State University
That following Saturday, my Kate Spade fleur dress made its debut 
Dress: Fleur, Kate Spade (no longer available), Gloves: DIY white bow gloves, shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bangle: the grass is always greener, Kate Spade (nla), Earrings: Coach, Necklace: Vintage from my grandmother.
Of course, hats were required.
Even the fashionista in training, little miss Estelle (of tuesday’s kids) dressed to impress.
The day was filled with good food, great friends and celebratory croquette 
Despite my bias (which is fueled by my kate spade obsession) I highly recommend investing in a kate spade dress. They are truly special pieces that will enhance your wardrobe. 
keep the party going

Pop Your Collar

28th March 2012

Don’t let the name fool you, I will not be wearing a collared popped polo for this post, but featuring a bedazzled collar instead!

I was eager to wear my new sleeveless Kate Spade francoise top, but the weather has prohibited from doing so. Instead I layered this one-of-a-kind top under a basic long sleeve!

I altered the look a little bit to go bowling that night buy changing the belt and adding a headband.
Top: Francoise, Kate Spade. Skirt: Pleated Pleather Skirt: H&M Spring 2012. Bracelets: Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. Basics: Black Tights & Black Long Sleeve.Shoes: Medgorje Pumps, John Fluevog. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow, Kate Spade. Earrings: Gum Drops in Black, Kate Spade. Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking Pink, Kate Spade.

Spring Stripes

27th March 2012

The Secrets out: I’m a sucker for stripes!
 Spring into this season in stunning stripes, paired with bright spring basics!

This look is all about working with spring basics: colored pumps, bright studs, a bold bag (it makes the perfect color pop piece), fun bangles and a simple cardigan or jacket.
Saturday, I ventured to the fabulous french market for a relaxing brunch date with my sassy grandmother, amazing mother and bestfriend Dené.
 So I thought this look was perfect for this fabulously french affair.
When I think Spring I see bright colors, flirty prints and having fun with fashion!
By pairing stripes on stripes with some spring basics, you too can be stunning for spring.
Dress: Silverscreen Dress, Kate Spade. Jacket: J.Crew, No Longer Available. Shoes: Shoes: Medgorje Pumps, John Fluevog. Idom Bangles, Specific Styles NLA, Similar, Kate Spade. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow, Kate Spade. Earrings: Gum Drops in Flo Coral, Kate Spade. Bag: New Bond Street Florence in Shocking Pink, Kate Spade. Lipstick: Supercalafragalipstick in Fuchsia Fete, Poppy King for Kate Spade.

be buzzworthy

22nd March 2012

Lets discuss a creepy crawling trend that took flight last spring but is still buzzworthy for spring 2012, that I will be incorporating into this next look.

Top: Honeycomb One Piece, Modcloth. Skirt: purchased at a small boutique in New York. Belt: Gathered Bow Belt in Black Patent, Kate Spade (no longer available). Cardigan: Black Cropped Cardie, H&M. Shoes: Medugorje pumps in turquoise, John Fluevog. Clutch: Recital Farrah Piano Clutch, Kate Spade (nla). Tights: Sheer Polka Dots, Kate Spade (similar). Earrings: Gum Drops in Black, kate spade. Idom Bangles, kate spade. Ring: All Wrapped Up Bow Ring: Kate Spade.
Did you know…
That my top is actually a swim suit!?
 I buy a ton of swim suits, not because I swim (since I don’t swim… or go to the beach, sand… ew!) but because they make great tops! So this Spring, use what you have: If you have a cute tankini or one piece, pair it with a flirty skirt or high waisted shorts to reveal just a bit of skin and make the most of your wardrobe.
&& Did you also know…
I’ve done this before!? In a previous “obsessed” post featuring bralettes from about a year ago where I wore a swim suit top from asos.
A Do or a Don’t?
How do you feel about swim suits doubling as shirts? Is it a do or a don’t? and why or why not!?

hats off

21st March 2012

Well I’m back in the great state of Arizona for the time being & happy to bust out my spring attire & big summer hats!

I broke up my b&w ensemble with bold pops of nearly neon pink! I feel like a retro barbie doll!

Shirt: Striped Crop Top, Forever 21. Skirt: City Lights, Kate Spade. Black Tights. Shoes: Shelly in Lipstick Pink, Kate Spade. Clutch: Recital Farrah, Kate Spade. Idiom Bangles, Kate Spade. All Wrapped Up Bow Ring, Kate Spade (still in stores, or similar on sale). Hat, Vintage. Lipstick: Girl about Town, Mac.