Party Primping Faves

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the Dove and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

If I haven’t saturated you with Galentine’s Day ideas by now, then I haven’t done my job, haha!  Just kidding.  There really was SO much prep that went into that event, that I could talk about it for days.  But, what I want to share with you today are a few of the things that helped me prep that day.  If you haven’t read the post, catch up here!

I’ve heard a lot about the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, and in particular the Lavender Fresh and the Cool Essentials.  I recently posted them on Instagram Stories and I got SO many messages about how wonderful they were.  I tried them and let me tell you, I love them too! I love the fresh scent and it really does keep you dry throughout the day. When I’m in party prep mode, I’m running around like a mad woman.  On this particular day, I had to work, take care of my little one as he was not feeling well, pick up food and drinks, clean the house, pull out dinnerware, silverware, decor, I mean…should I go on?? It was a lot.  It was all worth it, but of course, I was super hot and sweaty.  YUCK.  BUT, not sweaty and STINKY!  And definitely not sweaty and stinky in the underarm area if you know what I mean. 😉

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For the party, I picked out this pair of tassel earrings which I fully described here, a pop of pink lipstick, my Dove Advanced Antiperspirant – because hello, I can’t bring the stank to the party – and, my signature fragrance.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, plus its Nutrium Moisture formula and 1/4 Moisturizers leave your underarms feeling soft and smooth.

Although both scents smell amazing, my favorite is by far the Cool Essentials – aka cucumber scent.  Also, the scent wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t alter the scent of my perfume.  Thank goodness for it!  I’ve officially found a new body deodorizer!  And, I got through my party too.

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Photography by Mary Margaret Photography

Have you tried Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant?  Do you love it too?!  Let me know in the comments section below.  Also, stay tuned for another post coming in the next days.  A work-life-balance post, for those of you who are interested!  Make sure you sign up to follow this blog via email on the right hand side of this post so that you get updates as soon as the posts go live!  As always, thanks so much for reading!!  It warms my heart that y’all take the time to visit my blog and read my stream of consciousness. 🙂

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

 

 

 

How to Host a Galentine’s Day Party

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Photography by Mary Margaret Photography

I love to host.  Parties, birthdays, you name it.  I love the detail that goes into the preparation, but most of all, I really enjoy the set up and decorating.  I’ve always wanted to throw a dinner party with a true tablescape and decor so a Galentine’s Day celebration was the perfect excuse.

So, where do you start??  If you don’t have a lot of money to dedicate to such an event, or if you simply don’t WANT to spend a lot of money on the event, then you take what you have and make the most of it!  You also invite friends who can make the event FAB.  In this case, Vasu of The Nutritious Bite and Lexi Mota of The Cakerie were on board to help with food!!  Vasu made an brie with green apples and pecan dressing, green bean bundles wrapped in bacon (YUM!), and THE most amazing superfood salad with avocado dressing. I mean, DELISH.  Lexi made individual heart shaped cakes, with fresh raspberry filling and the most decadent buttercream frosting.  Lexi went to culinary school, and it showed in her baking because the cake was seriously the best cake I’ve had in a while.  If you need a cake, she’s your girl.  AH-mazing.  Finally, Tropicaleo, a Puerto Rican restaurant soon to open at Pizitz Food Hall, provided a delicious plantain soup to complete the meal.  Please visit their websites to read about their tutorials and also to get the recipes!  Here’s a sneak peak to pique your interest:

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Once the menu was planned, it was time to get to the other details:  decor!  My friend Heather of My Life Well Loved has an amazing friend, Sara of Gold Leaf Floral who provided floral arrangements for our bash.   They arrangements were AMAZING. Can I also mention that the floral arrangements lasted DAYS after the dinner party??!  And, they were oh, so fragrant!!  She’s really so super talented!

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{By the way, Heather has a great post detailing an affordable Valentine’s Day outfit on her blog that you will want to make sure you check out!}

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Sarah graciously connected me with Ginger of Swan Lindsey Lettering, who made the cutest oragami name cards to complete the place setting decor.  I gave her the names of everyone who was going to be attendance and we all shared a Pinterest board and off each went to create magic!  The name cards were the cutest!

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Sometime before Christmas, I purchased wood chargers because I was hopeful that our kitchen remodel would be done and I would be able to use them for Christmas or NYE. Sadly, they sat unused as our kitchen remodel is just now on the verge of being complete (we are about 99.8% done now, with just a few minor details left to complete), and it occurred to me that they would be perfect for this Galentine’s Day dinner.  I used china that I owned, my own utensils, a crochet runner that my mom made and gifted me when I bought my house in AL, and a heart garland I found in the Dollar Spot at Target.  Target is also the place where I found a tassel garland that I hung over backs of the two chairs you see when you walk in the room.  Oh  yeah, I also had votives from long ago that I often use during Christmas time, so I pulled those out and put in a candle in each to add a bit of romantic flare to the table.  Two blush pink mercury vases added the final touch to the tablescape!  The two vases were also from the Dollar Spot at Target.

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At some point during the dinner, I knew we were going to want to toast, so I pulled out some plastic champagne flutes that I keep for New Year’s toasts, bought some heart shaped Peeps, and red and white straws, and dressed up the pink moscato champagne I had chilling in the fridge for our Galentine’s Day toast!

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Last but not least, my friend Brittany of Southern Mama Guide joined us for dinner and since she and I were both going to have littles around, we agreed to have a good friend of mine who often babysits for me, keep all the littles in the basement while the mama’s dined and wined upstairs.  It worked perfectly and Shira if you’re reading this, we were so grateful!!  Brittany has a great post sharing a fun Valentine’s Day outfit if you still need ideas for an outfit of the night!

Oh, one other thing:  I thought it would be super fun to have “swag bags” for my friends to take with them when they left, so I am beyond thankful to Fabrik in Homewood, AL who provided the CUTEST parting gifts for my guests!

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I was honestly amazed at how well it came together.  I was super nervous about it all, but so grateful to all these women who helped make it a success!  I’ve linked all of their blogs and websites throughout the post, so be sure to click and visit each of their pages and follow them along on social media.  They are each amazingly talented entrepreneur mama’s!

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So there you have it!  My low-key, low-expense way to throw a Galentine’s Day party together.  What are your plans for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day??  Check out my last post for a fun accessory idea for the big day!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

A Galentine’s Day OOTD

Friends, it has been over a month since I’ve blogged.  So much has happened!  Among them, our kitchen remodel which is ALMOST done.  I’d say it’s about 99% done.  At least it’s finally functional!!  I’ve started to move things in and even hosted a Galentine’s day party!  It was super fun!!  More to come on that, but in the meantime, wanted to share the earrings I wore because they are on sale and I wanted you to know about them before they sold out.

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The earrings were a tad long, so I had to cut them but otherwise, are the perfect touch of pink for your Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day festivities!  Because I was in such a hurry, I didn’t have much time to pick out an outfit for the dinner, so I threw on an old dress I had sitting in my closet.  The sparkly detail was subtle enough to add a bit of interest to the dress, without making the outfit too overwhelming given the bold earring choice. 🙂

I also went with a bright pink lip for the day.  Figure it would help tie in the pink of the earrings.  I think it worked!  These earrings are an amazing deal, considering they are normally $36 per pair.  They are currently marked down to $22, but worth the money considering the style and how well they are made.  You can find the earrings, a similar style dress, and my lip color below here, here, and here!

My blogger friend Heather of My Life Well Loved is also sharing an amazing deal on her site, so head on over there and check it out!

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I swear we didn’t pan to both wear opaque tights, but it’s definitely my favorite clothing item to wear in the winter.  Plus, you don’t have to shave, so it’s a win in my book every day!!!  LOL!

Stay tuned for my upcoming post about the Galentine’s Day dinner!  Here’s a sneak peak in case you are interested!

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Flowers by Gold Lead Floral and table decor by yours truly!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!