Be my Bridesmaid

champagne, macaron,s and Diptyque candles

Asking your bridesmaids to be a part of your wedding party is such a special moment. It’s a chance to show the people who have been most supportive in your life that you appreciate them and want them to stand alongside you on your big day. If you are lucky enough to live in the same city as this select bunch, I recommend hosting a memorable evening filled with champagne and sweets so you can ask “Will you be my bridesmaid?” face-to-face.

How do I recommend you pull it off without giving away the surprise prior to guests arriving? Call / text / or email each girl individually and say you are having a few people over for cocktails. Maybe makeup a movie on TV you want to watch, an announcement at work you wanted to share, or simply call it a girls night. Don’t mention EVERYONE who is coming… make it seem relaxed like “a few people will try and stop by.”

My favorite details to hosting this party are for your table of course. Champagne is a must and I LOVE the newest collection of Sofia canned champagnes {ie. sold as the Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs 4-Pack}. They are pink cans that come with a straw and perfectly sized for each gal to have their own! Then for sweets, I love Macarons {I picked mine up from Laduree}; they look so elegant displayed on a pretty cake stand alongside pink and white cocktail napkins {or better yet, match the color of your napkin to your ‘wedding colors!’}. Once everyone has arrived, it is time for the big announcement. Cheers and relish in the happiness!!

Shop some of my favorite Cake Stands for assembling this pretty spread:


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Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

I am so excited to officially embrace summer with a cocktail in hand! This margarita recipe is perfect for Friday’s post-work sunset cocktails or for Saturday BBQ-ing with friends. The key is choosing a good quality Tequila {I chose Avión}, and then adding two simple ingredients. Serve with a complimentary garnish and bright cocktail napkins and this drink will be the life of the party!

Blood Orange Margarita Ingredients:

Directions:  Add Avión Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, and Blood Orange Juice to a martini shaker with ice. Shake well and serve over ice with Simple & Crisp garnish. Festive cocktail napkins recommended.

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Meet Baby Brooks

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On June 20th at 12:48 am, we welcomed Brooks Lee to our family (exactly 3 weeks prior to his due date!). An absolute peanut, weighing only 5lbs 7 oz, what he lacked in size he made up for in hair – a full mohawk to be exact! Reese was a tad concerned as to why this little man was intruding her space and hogging her parents, but thanks to a clan of 15 relatives who came to town to celebrate his arrival, she was showered in endless attention and presents, so she wasn’t TOO upset.

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Fast forwarding to today, how ironic – his due date of July 11th, it’s been a wild three weeks. The first week home was a blur – recovering from giving birth I was incredibly tired and slept constantly. That was probably the hardest part of transitioning from one child to two, because not only did we have a new baby, but I was too tired to play with Reese when she was awake. Thankfully my full-time nanny started so I had someone to watch her while I spent time sleeping in between feeds.

As I headed into the second week, I started functioning better on minimal sleep plus recovered more from delivery, so I started feeling more like myself. Unfortunately Brooks was really a night owl this week – up for stretches from 1 am to 5 am and then would sleep all day. I have no idea how my poor husband would function at work! That week though I made a special effort to do an activity alone with Reese for at least one hour a day. Whether it was taking her to the park or a music class, it was important to me to leave the baby home with the nanny, so we could have our mommy – Reesey time. She still wasn’t too happy with her baby Brother, but she wasn’t completely appalled when she saw him.

Now on to the third week, Brooks still wakes up every 2 – 3 hours during the day and night to feed, but at least he has transitioned to spending more of his time awake during the day versus night. Thankfully he also goes back to bed relatively quickly after he eats at night… just some rocking for anywhere from 5 – 30 minutes… a huge improvement to last week. This week I am “back to work” which means having some meetings at home, writing posts, and even hosting guests for dinner. It sounds fast and crazy but since Reese has a long nap mid-day from 12-2:30, and the baby sleeps tons, I have a few hour stretches where it’s quiet and I can get some things done! Not to mention, blogging is a part of me – I can’t imagine going long without it!

So this is where I need to take a second and thank you guys – my family, friends, readers and followers for all of your support!! In an exhausting time, it has been so nice to wake up at 2:00 am and see encouraging comments on my Instagram, or to get home and have awesome packages awaiting with cool baby gear. I am so grateful!!

I look forward to sharing more about Brooks – like his sister’s fashion posts, I am sure he will want to show off his wardrobe as well. Then I need to debut his grey and white nursery, all of the baby essentials I have put to use since birth, and more pics of him with his big sister. I am so excited for all that’s to come and look forward to having you share in the ride!!

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