oh what a surprise!

I have a love hate relationship with surprise parties. I think they are so fun to plan, but they are also such a PAIN to plan – especially when you live with the guest of honor. So to kick things off on this how to guide to surprise parties we are starting with the invitation. I sent this out about three and a half weeks out to give people enough time to plan, but not too far out to get forgotten.

Paperless Post is my go to for invitations. The invitation is all online and way more sophisticated than just a facebook event – which are easily looked over because someone doesn’t get on facebook (ha I am the worst at doing that). There are a lot of free designs and you can even upload your own designs if you don’t see anything you want to use.



Besides being easy to design and send, as a recipient it is easy to respond. You get the invite sent directly to your email and just click will or will not attend, and you can still send messages to the sender if need be. Even imputing all the emails is easy if you connect it to your email account or if you have a spreadsheet of all the emails, those can be imported.

For me it was great tracking device, because I could do a quick tally of how many people responded as well as send a mass message to those who have not replied asking for their RSVP. The interface is just so clean, beautiful, and easy to use.


*P.S. Name and Email will show up, just had to blur out my friends info, because I am sure they would like to keep their privacy*

If you want to you can add notes, have a comment wall for guests, and give invites with the option to bring +1 or others. This flexible platform makes it easy to customize for your party needs. We added a note to park around the corner and timing details so we could coordinate for the surprise.


What’s awesome is that if details change you can go in and change it after, and send a message out that there is an update to info – you can’t do that with a paper invite!

Next time you need to send out invites for an event or even just schedule a girls night out, this is classy, cute, and a great way to communicate!

Tomorrow we will talk cake – my favorite food group.



Channelling Jackie O

Today I decided to channel my inner Jackie O, and who can ever go wrong when they do that? So I pulled out my mock turtleneck, fabulous flats, & my oversized sunglasses.


These t-straps are super comfortable and have a great bottom to grip the ground. Not like other flats where you have to rough up the bottoms so you don’t eat it when you walk.


The half tucked look makes this simple top have some more depth and life to it.


I just love the way this mock turtleneck hits, not too high not to tight. Don’t forget the pearls. Keeping it classy and clean.


a splash of green

I love to wear black, white, and grey with a color pop, so today I chose this green vest! It feels simple but classy. Too many details and accessories is overwhelming, especially small stripes like this long sleep shirt from Gap. So pairing a solid vest helps calm it down without need for any more details.


This outfit super simple to put together with just a little bit of thought. It is nice without being over dressed and simple without being overlooked and sloppy.


The copper bracelet ties into the buttons on the vest while adding some pretty and subtle detail.


Pairing black booties and jeans elongates the legs and gives a clean look.

img_8069img_8096Best thing is that this vest was from the children’s department in Target and is not even the largest size they carried! I am never afraid to check out the children’s sections, because a lot of times the sizes go pretty large for things like sweaters, vests, and jackets.

Utilize some pattern and solids to create a nice simple outfit without falling to the casualty of casual!

yellow: frenemie

Yellow has never been my friend, especially the sunshine daisy yellow. That is until I found mustard yellow! It doesn’t even wash me or my hair color out. Then paired with the grey sweater (that I got at a garage sale), it is a real compliment against the dark jeans.

For the most part I wear light BB cream and neutral eye make-up and I did not have to alter any of more normal routine for this yellow.


The cut neck adds some funk but maintains it’s tailored appeal. Then the choker adds some finish without being too edgy. I love how elegant and delicate this choker is from Nordstrom. It can be worn loose like I did, or tightened to sit higher on the neck on days I like to be bold.


The jewelry does may not seem to go together at first glance but the silver on the right and sapphire tie neatly into the sweater and jeans, while the gold, teal, and purple metallic of the earrings of the necklace tie in with the mustard shirt while adding some pop.

img_7966The best thing about this outfit is that it is absolutely comfortable. The flowiness of the shirt and sweater makes sitting and working extra comfortable!

cut it off

Thank goodness I got a haircut today. My hair was in desperate need of tlc, and my guy has magic scissors I swear. Haircuts can either be your best friend or worst nightmare. Hair is a statement, so if you just casually get your hair cut, you miss out on getting a say in who you are.


Finding a good hairdresser is once in a blue moon and I have been beyond blessed to have stumbled into the chair of my guy. I let him chop my hair not once but twice. I trust him wholeheartedly.


I’m going back soon to have some fun with color and I can’t wait!

Blustery Day

So I woke up yesterday to blustery weather and dastardly cold temperatures. To beat the cold I took this fleece thermal and dressed it up denim skirt and tights.


Great thing about thermals is they are easy to layer without adding a lot of bulk, and the denim skirt is heavy enough to add warmth as well. Also black always flatters!


Of course then the rain started pouring and there was no getting out of the house without faceplanting.



Classy Sweats

Like I shared on insta, these sweats are THE BOMB. You can wear them with wedges and a classy shirt or like today don slippers and a fabulous sweatshirt.


I know, I can’t even wear a ratty sweatshirt, but hey, what is my motto: casualty of casual. I may have been relaxed and comfy, but I would have felt completely ok wearing this outfit in public – sans slippers.



Of course what’s a cozy outfit without a cute cup of tea in an anthro mug. This pattern is my weakness. So much I have it in several colors!


Don’t forget socks. Wool. Cozy. All the makings of a wonderfully cozy day.