One thing I love about Pinterest is the never-ending supply of ideas. Type in “girl’s birthday,” “turning 3″ or “pink party” and the stream of beautiful images ready to be DIY’d is non-stop. Another reason I love this is that I can browse the ideas along with Emery and get her reaction to all the pretty pictures. After being introduced to a flamingo on one of our flash card apps, Emery’s now-favorite bird quickly shot to the top of the potential themes when we saw a few of snapshots of flamingo parties on Pinterest. Who knew Emery would be so enamored with Florida’s signature bird? Of course, I love the fact that we can incorporate black and white stripes into the party somehow – win, win for us both. Here are just a few of the inspiration images that we’ll be trying to emulate when her big birthday rolls around at the end of the month. Of course, the real priority is just to enjoy the day and celebrate our sweet little girl. Until then, drool on and find all links and sources via Pinterest here.
A girly birthday banner…
Gold lettered balloons…
Adorable flamingo cookies…
Chic and preppy invites….
Obsessed with the table cloth and this big gold heart…
Every party needs shimming gold directions…
This makes serving ice cream so easy! Love the overhead lanterns here…
Mini Milk Bottle
The Tom Kat Studio
South Walton Fashion Week has just wrapped up and all I can say is “Wow!” From the trunk shows, to the runway shows, to talented emerging designers, to super sweet celebrity judges and, of course, all the amazing style, I feel like I’ve just woken up from a fabulous fashion dream. We’re doing a full wrap-up report in the next issue of 30A Street Style, but for now, here’s a glance of what my week looked like.
Getting country glam for the Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March Boots & Bubbly party:
With talented designer Stephanie Carter of Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March:
Hanging with my new friend Michela, MADE in the Deep South designer, at SFH headquarters:
With the lovely Cassie McConnell Kelley of Womanista blog:
Caitlyn and I chatted up Mychael Knight of Project Runway fame and now also of Project Runway All-Stars.
Sporting my new favorite black and white grid print blouse during Day 2 trunk shows:
Getting an insider recommendation on a lovely lipstick (YSL Volupte Candy No 4) at the Alys Shoppe:
Checking out Emerging Designer shows including winner Ashlie Ming’s feminine edgy style:
Getting a backstage view:
Adding this dress from the Alys Shoppe to my wish list:
Seeing these totally awesome Jeffrey Campbell shoes:
Experiencing extreme bikini envy (and possibly hair envy) during the Ophelia show:
Celebrating a successful week at the Red Bar during the 30a.com / Ophelia Swimwear Bikini Brunch:
More About Me
What a busy weekend this was! I love action-packed days full of friends and fun, but man, does it wear me out! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we used to spend every non-work day out and about, from one event to the next, flying by the seat of our pants, heading in any direction we wanted, meeting friends at all hours of the day or night, fast forwarding through work, not to make it to Friday, but only to 5 since we could just as easily do on a Tuesday what some reserve for Friday and Saturday. Apparently, I’m not as much a night owl as my former self, though I’m pretty sure a husband, a baby and longer work weeks factor in somewhere. We’ve gone from late nights involving bars and beer bottles to late nights involving lullabies and milk bottles. Such is life.
This weekend was a return to the old days. Fun with friends, drinks in hand, hopping from one activity to the next. The good times kicked off with a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon at Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest in Sandestin, one of our sponsored events at work. It’s always such a fun event and I was a little sad I couldn’t attend last year (hello, baby on board!), so I was excited to make up for lost time this year. We met up with Cassi and Travis and made the rounds from tent to tent, checking out the selections, sipping, sipping and sipping more. It was wonderful.
Before we knew it, though, it was time for a quick change and a short drive into Destin for Ash & Claudia’s wedding. We swore we would be back after the wedding to dance the night away and keep the night going as long as we could.
Have I mentioned that I love when Hunter wears suits? I think they’re growing on my country boy, but I’m not sure he would admit it. He definitely wouldn’t let me sneak a picture of more than our shoes.
The wedding ceremony was lovely; I always love watching the first dance and remembering ours.
We sat next to Amanda and her husband Chris, who I found out were expecting. So excited for them! As we have experienced, a baby has the power to change your life completely in the craziest most amazing way possible.
A few hours and a few drinks later, we decided to hit the road. We didn’t stay out as long as we planned and we never made it back to Baytowne to meet up with Cassi and Travis (sorry guys!). We sneaked out a tad early to have our own little date night, just the two of us, reminiscing on those days before promotions and more responsibility, before diapers and a baby, and before we had a clue that those fun Fridays (and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) would take us as far down this lovely road as they did. So happy they did. I love you, babe!
She’s baaack! India Hicks is back at the beach armed with a fabulous trunk show my eyes can’t wait to devour. India is launching a fine jewelry line and is showing it off to all of us lucky beach girls (and guys) before it even hits Bloomingdales. Location: the equally-fabulous studio b. in Alys Beach
, which I adore. As a style icon, designer and possessor of impeccable taste, India brings an impressive background to the jewelry scene. Not to mention, she’s practically a royal and was even one of Princess Diana’s flower girls. Wow!
Not only is she all of these things…
… but she’s a stylish mom, too! How cute is this picture?
She is the epitome of casual luxury. A relaxed style that loses not one ounce of chicness.
India has quite the family history of elegance and style and lives up to every bit of it.
As someone who has a mild obsession with monograms, initials and all things type-related, I was immediately drawn to the simple but creative lettered patterns.
Several pieces even pay homage to the geometric hexagon design her father was famous for.
The collections are simple, elegant and interesting without trying too hard. I’m so excited about seeing them all at studio b. and can’t wait to see India in person.
Here are all the details. I’m definitely going to be scoping her style and hoping I can pick up a tip or two about being comfortable and looking fabulous. She just makes it look so easy! Pictures to come!
Photos: IndiaHicks.com & studio b.
The second night of the fabulous 30A Songwriters Festival rolled on with non-stop amazing performances at venues like Rosemary Beach Town Hall, Caliza Pool at Alys Beach, Bud & Alley’s, Fish Out of Water, Shorty’s, Stinky’s and Bluz. Here are a few of the snapshots I was able to get, despite the crowds everywhere and constant drizzle. It was amazing! Such intimate performances and great talent. I loved every bit of it!
Rain soaked Caliza
Everyone was trying to squeeze under the tent to stay dry!
Susanna Hoffs, Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, Amy Ray
Singing Manic Monday
Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls
I found a (sort-of) dry spot for a minute
Lari White at Bud & Alley’s was fantastic!
Note: a little water-proofing spray on suede boots goes a long way!
Chely Wright and Rodney Crowell at Fish Out of Water
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for…..
Susanna Hoffs sings Eternal Flame!