1. DIY Succulent Box

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    While planning for my first outdoor party on our new patio, I wanted to go with a unique centerpiece to compliment the rustic chic vibe of the space, so when I came across an amazing assortment of succulents at my local Nashville flower shop {Import Flowers}, I knew I had found the perfect match. The outcome: a crate overflowing with moss and a variety of gorgeous succulents, a utopian earthy statement piece for an outdoor tabletop.

    To bring this project to life, I found a wooden crate from World Market which was long and narrow {9″ x 20″}.  I needed green oasis foam to add volume to the box in order for the succulents to be visible, so I bought enough blocks to fill the bottom of the crate. I recommend buying a few extra to make sure you have an exact fit; I had to cut some of the extras to completely fill the space.

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    I had seen photos of succulents sitting on a bed of moss and I loved the added texture and greenery, so I bought a box of moss to layer. I laid the moss on top of the green oasis foam, making sure to push down and shape the moss so it was relatively smooth. Moss is completely moldable so you can squish and shape it in any which way! I then broke off smaller pieces of moss to fill in the ‘bald spots’ because I didn’t want any of the foam below to show.

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    The last step was to simply placing a variety of succulents on top. I especially like one in each corner but then for the rest you can just stagger throughout. I tried to vary the colors and sizes of the succulents I bought so they didn’t look matchy.

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    When complete I placed the finished product right in the center of my table on top of a natural colored table runner {similar}. On either side I placed a World Market Lantern as well as a floral arrangement of white Dahlias, Eucalyptus and Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ {the green puffs!}.

    The succulent box was not only great for adding some greenery and texture, but succulents were the perfect choice because they are so low maintenance and last forever! Stay tuned for Wednesday’s tablescape with the whole table!!

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  2. Featured Guest Guru on DressBar

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    I was so excited when DressBar asked me to share some of my favorite Hostessing Tips for Summer. Whipping up a pink cocktail and a fresh dessert plate is always my idea of a good time. So be sure to check out my full list of tips {and outfits to match} on their website as I am the featured “Guest Guru”. Here’s a glimpse of what I made and wore for the shoot…

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    Hello Donuts! I am obsessed with a cake stand stacked with sugared donuts for a brunch party dessert. To compliment these sweets I wore a DressBarn Lace Sheath DressLele Sadoughi dangly earrings, and Louise et Cie wedges. 

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    Next I hit the patio for Happy Hour with these delish cocktails and wine. My secret ingredient being a splash of pink lemonade to give my cocktails just the right sweetness {see the full recipe on their site!}. For drinks I wore a Dressbarn Leopard Print Dress and Christian Louboutin pumps.

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    Always planning ahead, I also laid out some outfits for some of my upcoming events this summer. For a garden party brunch I love this bright floral DressBarn number {the Belted Floral Fit-and-Flare Dress} paired back to a navy croco Gigi Gigi New York clutch, Valentino Rockstuds, and spritz of Tom Ford White Patchouli perfume. Then for a bridal shower, I love this neutral Colorblock Darby Dress dress paired back to backless pointy pumps {by Pura Lopez}, a mini structured tote by Rebecca Minkoff and bold studs by House of Harlow.

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    Thank you to DressBarn for sponsoring this post.

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  3. Back to School with Old Navy

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    It’s back to school time and this girl could not be more excited! The night before Reese’s first day, we got busy picking out the perfect Old Navy outfit, packing her backpack with all her new school supplies, and making a delicious lunch. Amidst the prep I decided to sit down with Reese for a little Q & A that I wanted to have as a keepsake. The answers ended up being so stinkin’ cute I had to share with you guys!! Get ready to enter the world of two and a half…

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    Q & A with Reese {Birthday 1.31.13} conducted on 8.9.15:

    What is your Favorite Food:

    Reese: Avocado {I have to say I could not be more proud of this answer although I am not surprised! This girl will literally eat anything you put in front of her and actually loves fruits and veggies.}

    What is your Favorite Book:

    Reese: Pinkalicious… no, Silverlicious… no both! {Reese has loved this book series since she was one and a half… Moms, this is the cutest for your daughters, buy them here!! We read them so often that Reese can recite nearly the entire book by memory!}

    What is your Favorite Toy:

    Reese: Bear {Bear is her stuffed animal that she takes everywhere – literally! We finally had to buy a backup because she would cry at the thought of being separated for an hour to put him in the washing machine!}

    What is your favorite Favorite Movie or TV Show:

    Reese: Danny T {aka. Daniel Tigers Neighborhood which is a sweet take off of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS Kids. It’s the only show my kids want to watch and honestly I don’t mind at all because it’s educational and has the sweetest messaging}

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    Whats your brother’s name: {This wasn’t meant to be a Question but Brooks was screaming for attention so I threw it in… and I am happy I did}

    Reese: The Bubba Baby Bookie {Hysterical because that’s what we call him all the time… I guess we should start calling him ‘Brooks’ on a more regular basis so this nick name doesn’t stick and haunt him for life.}

    What is your Favorite Activity:

    Reese: Playing with Molly {Molly is Reese’s American Doll which was actually MY American Doll once upon a time! After a recent playdate where she quickly became obsessed with her friend’s doll I called my mom to send my Molly doll that still sat in my childhood room in Miami. Ever since it arrived two weeks ago, she and Reese have become best friends.}

    What is your Favorite Vacation Spot:

    Reese: Aspen {To be honest I was shocked at this answer. It was the last trip we took as a family but I didn’t realize she paid much attention to the name of cities! Guess she really is quite the sponge.}

    What are you most excited about at school:

    Reese: Watercolors {Aw my little artist… I guess I won’t be needing to find more art for our new walls after all!}

    And last but not least what is Mommy most excited about dressing this little girl in for school? Today’s outfit to a T…. Old Navy Heart Graphic PulloverLeopard-Print Faux-Denim Leggings, and Faux-Leather Boots. This girl is officially ready for a busy year!

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    Thank you to Old Navy for sponsoring this post.

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