This post has been 2 months in the making, and so hard to write... I even had it scheduled to go live last Saturday, accidentally sent the email out, and then had to retract it, OMG (being human is hard too apparently, LOL)! I would definitely like to apologize again for blowing-up everyone's email last weekend, I just wasn't ready to publish. Failing at something I wanted to be good at hurts SO BAD!! But I'm hoping that being transparent with all of you now, will be sort of therapeutic!!
June brought more sunshine than we've seen in months, and I am not at all mad about it. I'm rounding up your favorite things from last month and it looks like you were feeling the sunshine too! The most purchased items were all about summer and I'm excited to share that most are still available!!
I have to tell y'all about something SO AWESOME today!! I'd like to introduce you to 2 ladies: 1. Gregg Renfrew is a MAJOR girl boss. Four weeks ago I didn’t even know her name and now I am a HUGE FAN. And 2. a local Beauty Counter consultant, Kellie House, reached out asking me if I would be interested in trying some of their products... I was intrigued, so I did some research and fell in love with their story.
I absolutely believe that there is no such thing as too many white shirts... They are classic, go with anything, and let's just face it - they're the easiest to mess up, so its always good to have more than a couple, anyway!! And white bottoms and shoes are post-Memorial Day MUST HAVES!!
Plus, A GIVEAWAY
I've been really obsessed with ASOS lately! I've been posting about them a lot over the past 2 months on Facebook and Instagram. But I thought it was about time that I wrote something for my readers! So, my friends... Let me introduce you to my new retailer crush!!
Happy Saturday!! We're now one week out from my birthday party, and I was thinking this morning that I should show y'all a few of my favorite things from that night in case y'all had a birthday party, a shower, or really any event that you were planning or hosting!! There are just a few items (short & sweet) that are definitely worth mentioning (A.K.A. I would totally buy them again!):
This drink dispenser was actually my favorite party find! This is one of the few items I bought specifically for this party!! Blake and I have only hosted one large gathering before this one, so we didn't have anything like this. But, I did need something to hold drinks for 15 people, and it was love at first site when I found this one at Walmart for under $15!!!! So happy I stumbled upon this one the morning I actually went to Walmart to buy Plaster of Paris to make chalk paint LOL! We served Blackberry Sangria out of this one and it did the job perfectly! You could see all of the fruit floating in it since the sides are clear! Plus, the rope & galvanized metal accents compliment my decor perfectly!!
For our Blackberry Sangria, we mixed 3 bottles of Roscatto, 2 cups of Blackberry Brandy, 6 cups of Cranberry Juice, Blackberry Syrup made from 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup or sugar, and 12 oz of fresh blackberries - reduced, and 1 cup of orange juice! We added apple, orange, and mango slices to float!!! Make it the night before and refrigerate it until the festivities begin!! :)
I love this table cloth that I bought on Amazon! It's for an 8' table, but when I put it on my 6' table, it reaches almost to the floor and is so elegant! I use it for holidays, events like this, pop-up-shops for my boutique... The material is thick and durable!! Plus, it has held up so wonderfully in the wash!! I recommend this brand to anyone who needs a table cloth! Seriously, its only $11 y'all!!
BloomsyBox provided some flowers for my little shindig!! They were a very sweet birthday surprise that brightened up the whole room!! I pretty much only have neutrals in my house (grays, white, black, wood, metal), so to have this gorgeous pop-of-rose-beauty in our party space made the whole atmosphere better! Does anyone else just melt at the site of some fresh flowers in your home!? I don't know about you, but for me, there is nothing more welcoming than coming home to my fur baby wagging his tail like crazy & the sight of fresh blooms on my table!!
BloomsyBox is technically a flower subscription service. You get to choose the frequency at which flowers arrive at your own, or someone else's, doorstep (Mother's Day is coming up... hint, hint). You can even choose what kind of flowers are delivered!! I believe these were April's rose selection! This service is a wonderful treat for anyone who receives it! If its for a holiday, a random surprise, or just to brighten up your own home, there is no feeling like receiving beautiful, fresh blooms! I can speak from experience, because I almost cried at receiving these, and they weren't even from anyone I'm close to, they were just straight from the company... Just imagine how a loved one would feel receiving these from YOU!!!
Another one of my party favorites were these Copper Cure Moscow Mule Mugs!! We've always wanted some copper mugs, and were so excited when Copper Cure wanted to send me some to review!! The copper gets SO COLD along with its contents, keeping the ice from melting too quickly and watering down your drink! We've used them a few times, and we still love them!! They are hand wash only, unfortunately, but that's no different from any of my other cutesy kitchen stuff (I'm rolling my eyes at myself right now because I just purchased decorative, "cutesy," gold measuring cups & spoons... You can also find those HERE). The mugs have held up really well to the alcohol, acidity of a moscow mule, and the washing; though, I have to say that the straws aren't holding up quite as well... But, the straws aren't necessary for drinking your drink, and aren't what you're actually paying for, so there is no love lost there in my opinion! I'm so happy to have these beauties adorning our bar & containing one of my favorite drinks!!
Our Moscow Mule Recipe is: 2 oz of Vodka, 3/4 oz of lime juice, and 4 oz of ginger beer (that's just one serving). We got it from a book called "The Bar Book" that I got Blake for Christmas! It has everything in it! Not to mention the fact that its cute too (as far as setting it out for decoration as well LOL)!
So, now that you think we're alcoholics LOL, please keep in mind that this party was "cocktail party" themed!! There were even more drinks than that ;) But, the real star of the evening was the CUPCAKES!!!
They were made by a local baker, Mrs. Delightful's Bakery! She is based out of North Augusta, SC. If you are anywhere close to here, she is worth the drive!! I got her Brownie & Snickerdoodle cupcakes, and she custom made these Cookies & Cream ones for me!! Honestly, "they were AMAZING," just doesn't even give them justice! Just look at that picture... They speak for themselves!!! The Cookies & Cream were my favorite, and the Brownie were Blake's favorite!! I can't wait for my next excuse to order from her again!!
Well, this post ended up way longer than I expected LOL! The "blogging" part of being a fashion blogger is hard for me because I say I'm not a writer, but boy am I a TALKER.... I could seriously just keep going, and going, and going!! But, I'm signing off for now LOL...
XOXO - Rachel
The flowers & Moscow Mule mugs were sent to me complimentary, but all thoughts and opinions are my own! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links from which I could receive a commission off of any sale procured after clicking.