Party Clothes Can Be So B(L)inding

Sparkling!

We tend to lean toward the “more is more and less is a bore” mentality (Thanks, Iris!). At a recent art museum gala, here’s an outfit that fit the theme and became unexpectedly versatile:

{Not Me}

A Rainbow Sequin Bomber Jacket paired with black pants and a back t-shirt. So easy! So simple! So fancy that people stopped me all night asking about it. I loaned it to a friend who wore it to The Emmy’s and she looked SO COOL. After, she donned it in a play called “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” A fitting jacket for a fitting title. For $36, this is probably the best find on Amazon.

I loved the way Sarah (above) paired it with a black-and-white striped shirt, that I ended up GIVING HER THE JACKET and then buying another one for me, just in time to get sparkly for the Spooky Symphony.

{I am not good at taking selfies…or brushing my hair, apparently…}
A similar striped shirt via Amazon.

I don’t remember where I purchased my Beetlejuice-inspired striped shirt, but here are some similar blouses on Amazon. To complete the outfit, of course you should consider some eye-blindingly bright (but sensible) shoes:

What are some of your go-to party clothes trends? And are you able to transfer them to daily wear after? Because that’s a win-win in our book! Pair the sequin bomber with jeans and you’re still the star of the show!

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These are a few of our favorite things…

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings…

With all the gift giving coming up, we thought it would be fun to gather with friends and celebrate our favorite things. Little treats and splurges that make our lives wonderful. Each guest was invited to bring ONE of their favorite items, priced under $20 and wrapped up nicely, to share in a gift exchange.

The more sparkle, the better?

We enjoyed crisp Belgian waffles with fresh fruit and flavored syrups. Hot tea with cold cream and pomegranate mimosas. And of course, each other’s company!

What would you bring?

Soaps, teas, facial oils, sparkling wine, incense, crystal balls, good books, cozy socks? Cream-colored ponies, warm mittens, lively houseplants, scented candles?

Here are some treats shared by our friends:

To Sip & Savor:

  • A big mug to savor your favorite tea, coffee, or as one guest likes to use hers for: CEREAL! {“You’ve never had cereal until you’ve eaten it out of a mug.” –Lori} These bubble mugs are from Polish Pottery, one of our friend Andrea’s go-to stores for gift giving. Check to see if you have a store local to you, or you can purchase online.
  • Roasted rosemary cashews, purchased from a local deli (although you could certainly make your favorite treat!) {Nancy brings these to any special gathering for an unexpected treat.}
  • Gourmet chocolate bars from ethical sources, like Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, MO {I love that they pay fair wages and don’t exploit children. –Lyndsey}
  • Cocktail ingredients, including Luxardo cherries and Bittermilk No.3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour Cocktail Mix {All you need to add is some Jameson. –Miriam}
  • Favorite teas like Harney and Sons Tea – Hot Cinnamon Spice {I love this flavor so much I buy it in bulk! –Erica}
  • Gift cards to your favorite coffee shop {You gotta love coffee! –Missy}
  • And a Milk Frother to take your drinks to the extra level! {“They don’t seem like much, but they are the BEST things to have! –Christa}

For the Home

  • Iridescent Votive Candle Holders {I’m so obsessed with opal glass right now. –Stephanie}
  • Fairy Lights & battery operated tea lights {So your house can feel hygge all the time. –Stephanie}
  • Houseplants! {Specifically, a split philodendron} {“Can you have too many plants?” –Alex}
  • Bottle Brush Trees {“I’m obsessed! I have these for all seasons. –Ricci}
Ricci’s Christmas collection of Bottle Brush Trees

For pampering your pretty self

For the hostess with the mostess

So next question…what are some of your favorite non-thing things?

  • Reading by firelight
  • Late night dinner with friends
  • Sunny autumn walks
  • Skipping work to have tea (and mimosas) with friends
  • Breaking out the holiday decorations each year
  • Looking through old photos
  • A well-loved cookbook and making recipes from it
  • Doing something creative
  • Working on a jigsaw puzzle
  • A long hot bath
  • Going to the movies
  • The smell of brownies baking
  • Driving around looking at Christmas lights
  • Warm towels out of the dryer

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Bloody Mary!

We recently treated our mom to a belated Mother’s Day lunch at the Hotel Vandivort’s restaurant, The Order. I’ve been bragging about their DIY bloody mary bar, and hot tamale, it was fun.

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Our server brought us a large glass of ice and Tito’s, the rim salted to perfection. We took our glasses to the Bloody Mary station, and filled them with mix, horseradish sauce, various salts, hot sauces, and garnishes (including bacon, carrots, and peppers).

There’s no need for us to worry about invoking Mary at our house. We want Bloody Marys EVERY week now! Here are some fun ways to create your own Bloody Mary Bar for your next boozy brunch…

A very merry unbirthday!

photo by Designing Indie

 

Maybe it’s because our high school senior photos were less than stellar (hint: don’t choose a photographer just because they offer a twin discount), or maybe it’s because we wanted to have an excuse to get dressed up and have a fancy tea party. Whatever the reason is, it doesn’t matter. We do recommend, however, having yourself a fancy photo shoot for no particular reason, like an unbirthday!

Our friend Andi over at Designing Indie is brill.iant. BRILLIANT. We follow her work and knew that she had to be our photographer and stylist. Her work is stunning, and she brings to the table vision that goes above and beyond what we could imagine. She did our hair and makeup, and we collaborated on a vision of a European-style tea party in the middle of nowhere.

Take a peek and then keep reading for inspiration to do your own tea party.

End of Year Lists: Books Read

It’s been a busy summer, fall, and winter! As we gear into a season of hibernation (hello, hygge life), it’s fun to look back over the last year and compartmentalize every detail into an end-of-year list.

Maybe not every detail. But books, movies, food, drinks…things like that, yeah.

We’re no Obama, but here’s the list of books we (collectively…not as a sister book club, because who has time for that?) read this year:

(the books in bold are must-reads)

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Cirque Americana x99

Each year, our marvelous Springfield Art Museum throws a party with a purpose, called “99x.” The purpose is that the museum raises money to restore permanent pieces for the next 99 years. So clever!

Both of us have been fortunate enough to put our creative crazy visions to work for the last two years. They don’t even check in on us! They trust us! Now that’s crazy.

Last year, the theme was “Gilded Glamour,” where we were inspired by John Frederick Kensett’s “Shore Landscape.” Stephanie was invited to create an interactive tableau, using the Newport Beach estate ”

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My project was to paint an interpretation of one of the Newport estates, using ‘illuminated’ qualities. It was then turned into a 10-foot wall hanging that was displayed in the lobby of the museum.

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It was such a magical, glowing night!

This year, though…was even better. The theme was “Cirque Americana,” where we celebrated Ben Messick and his clown paintings. Stephanie’s company Queen City Blooms was asked to help do a floral carousel-inspired centerpiece in the museum’s lobby, while I created an interactive tableau of a fortune teller.

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We had *so* much fun. Already we’re talking about collaborating on a tableau together next year. With so many talented and amazing artists in the area, though, the competition is fierce!

Looking to add a bit of fortune, gold, and circus-inspired bling to your life? Keep reading!

Book Club Bingo!

The Mixed Print Bookclub is relatively new, as in, I think it’s only met two or three times. But my other bookclub, Well Fed Head, has been meeting for about 15 years.

FIFTEEN YEARS!

The club originated from a local indie bookstore, Well Fed Head. Every month we meet, discuss, drink, laugh, and catch up. Recently, the concept of Book Club Bingo evolved, where we’d check off boxes from things our group says.

“A good yarn.”

“George Saunders.”

“The movie adaptation will be released…”

So of course I had to make our own set!

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photo by Lyndsey Strahan

We had so much fun, it made me want to make more cards, that are more generic for a variety of clubs.

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Want to play? Click the link to download your own version. The first three people to comment with what their club is reading will get a FREE download.

Happy reading!