90s Themed 25th Birthday Party Recap!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: 1990
Rugrats: 1991
Friends: 1994
All That: 1994
It Takes Two (Mary-Kate and Ashley): 1995
Clueless: 1995
Spice Girls' first album "Spice": 1996
NSYNC's first album "NSYNC": 1997
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (book): 1997
The Parent Trap: 1998
Sex & the City: 1998
Britney's first album "Baby One More Time": 1999

What do Lisa Frank, the Game Boy color, and Angelica Pickles' Cynthia doll all have in common?  They made their claim to fame in the 90s, of course!  And so did I.  A lot of my very favorite things came out of the 90s.  Since I was turning 25, I knew I had to incorporate them all into the decor of my birthday party.  

On Saturday, we were channeling vibes from a quarter of a century ago...

Read on for links to what I used for decor as well as lots of photos from the event!

We started out at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, which is HUGE by the way.  Not to mention beautiful.  And they have a canine concierge.  Oh, what's that you ask?  It's a dog who hangs out at the hotel answering questions.  Well maybe not the second part.  Her name is Millie and she's a mini golden doodle and THE CUTEST THING EVER.  We started our night by decking out the room the 90s way.  I didn't want it to be cliche neon 90s, so I chose a color scheme of maroon, blush pink, rose gold, and gold.

How I decorated:
-I printed out a bunch of iconic images to use as both decor and photo shoot props!  A Spice Girls group photo here...a photo of Elizabeth James and Nick Parker torn in half a la The Parent Trap over there...
-I got my rose gold 2 and 5 balloons and the gold confetti balloons from Amazon.  The pink marble ones were from the Five Below store.  Sorry, the leopard ones were extras from work!
-The Rosé All Day book, the Sex and the City book, and the new kate spade coffee table book called SHE were used for ambience!
-These Rosé All Day napkins
-This Old AF cake topper
-Blush pink table runner from Mrs. Freund & Co.

-This Original 1992 tee
-90s inspired skirt from Forever 21 (old, similar HERE)
-Harry Potter glasses ring from Alex & Ani
-kate spade Langley Boots
-kate spade Wine & Dine Watch

-I called it, "The One with the Rosé," as a nod to the way that Friends episodes are named!
-Basically it was a Friends themed bar area!
-Recipe HERE, and it was delicious.
-Gotta sugar the glass rims.

-Cake recipe is from Cake By Courtney and it's the "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" cake!
-Cookies are our recipe, decorated with 1992 and the Scorpio symbol!

Afterwards, we moved on over to Swig, which is one of my favorite restaurants in my ABSOLUTE favorite area of Milwaukee, the Third Ward.  I wrote one of my first Female Foodie reviews on Swig!

We stayed in the Third Ward for a while, stopping at the Outsider and a few other places before moving onto Cathedral Square.  I had the best drink everrrrrrr at the Outsider on their new fall cocktail menu, called "At This Time of Year."  Go try it.  Don't taste the garnish though.

Let me know if you need more ideas to throw your own 90s bash ;)

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Halloween Bar Scene + Chandelier by NK (with a nod to Harry Potter!)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy Halloween!

October is the kickoff to my faaaaaaaavorite time of the year.  First comes Halloween, then my birthday (at the beginning of November), Thanksgiving, the Christmas season, and NYE!

Being the extremely festive person that I am, I find no greater joy than dressing up for Halloween.  I usually have a million costume ideas and have to narrow it down to the best one.  And starting October 1, I think it's acceptable to decorate your home with all things spooky.  So fun.

I've been dying to do a themed bar cart, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity (although if you've noticed, it's on a table not a bar cart)!  I say it's a nod to Harry Potter because all the labels on the bottles are different potions mentioned in the books and movies!  I found all the labels on Pinterest from all different sites.  Now, why you would ever use Skele-Gro in a cocktail, I have no idea.  But it's a classic potion from the Chamber of Secrets!  (If you're a true fan, you know what scene I'm talking about!)  We have that, some liquid luck (felix felicis), truth telling serum (veritaserum), love potion (amortencia), and what Lupin took to stop himself from becoming a werewolf every full moon (wolfsbane potion).  Oh, and can't forget some freshly brewed butter beer from the Three Broomsticks!

This was also a great reason to use my Turquoise Fancy Chandelier from Chandelier by NK.  This time around, I have a black crystal hanging from my chandelier. Colored crystals are something you can add on to your purchase for $10 (black is special by order).

In case you missed my last couple of posts about the chandelier (the outer space celebration HERE & Addy's room reveal HERE), I'll give a little background.  I am lucky enough to be one of the brand ambassadors for Chandelier by NK, which means that I have centered a few different styled shoots around this lovely piece of decor.  These acrylic chandeliers are the perfect detail to add to your living space, party, or special event!  You can choose from a number of different colors for the fancy chandelier (that's the one I have).  It's super easy to assemble and surprisingly lightweight. It's just as amazingly beautiful in person as it is in photos!

P.S:  Nicole has begun crowdfunding in order to take the next necessary steps for her business.  She wants to do her first trade show in early 2018 AND come out with new chandeliers in different shapes, colors, and metallics!  SO exciting!  I donated and you should too.  Click here to support the Chandelier by NK campaign.

"It's always Halloween in my soul."

Turquoise Fancy Chandelier:  Chandelier by NK
Crystal Add-On for Chandelier (black is special order): Chandelier by NK
Wall Bats: Joann Fabrics
Cardamom & Ginger Candle:  Bath & Body Works
Happy Hour Sign: Target (Dollar Spot, earlier this year)
Two of a Kind Less/More Jigger: kate spade new york
On the Rocks Glasses: Target (Dollar Spot, last winter)
Bottles/Decanters: Everywhere, collected over time. But Dollar Tree has some good ones.
Polka Dot Paper Straws: Coqui Paperie
Brandy Sign: Twohig and Tuinstra
Cool Gourds:  Trader Joe's

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OOTD: kate spade Fall Faves Part Three!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Welcome to Part Three of my kate spade fall faves!

Although this dress is actually from a couple of years back, it's a classic.  This plaid never goes out of style.  And neither does a giant bow, at least in my opinion!  But the icing on the cake (or novelty purse cake, mwahaha) of this outfit are the accessories which can be found at kate spade right now.  

Read on for links!

Griffin Dress: kate spade new york // Golden Girl Bauble Drop Earrings:  kate spade new york // Ma Chérie Cherry Open Hinged Cuff: kate spade new york // Langley Boots: kate spade new york // Ma Chérie Cherry Cake: kate spade new york // Black Opaque Tights: Vera Wang // Black Opaque Tights: Vera Wang

Like I said, this dress is literally my fall favorite!  But accessories are what really helps putting the "fall spirit" into an outfit.  I am a huge fan of opaque black tights like these ones.  In the fall and winter, I throw them on under every dress.  And I finally found the pair of black booties I've always been looking for!  They can be dressed up or down, and have a cute bow that makes them unique.  

I knew that the cake purse would look great with this outfit, so I had to bring it out again!  To make things even more perfect, I wore my cherry hinged bangle.  I'm also loving this style of earrings this year.  Mine are the golden girl bauble earrings from kate, but I've seen this style all over the place lately.

I got this lip color in my Sephora Play box and I love it!  It's probably the darkest I've gone, in all seriousness.  At first I didn't know if it would work, but I ended up loving the way it looks.  For nails, this is my classic fall nail color.  I know I've influenced others to purchase it too because it's just THAT good!  It's a dark espresso brown called Smokin Hot.  I actually bought it for the first time back in college, when Jessica Garvin recommended it!  PS:  That's the first blog I officially started reading!

I can't wait to get even more creative with my fall outfits this year.  It's my favorite season!

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