Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Rain in New Orleans is no joke!

Luckily we were able to take these pictures about 15 min’s before it started raining, but once it did, the entire french quarter was knee-deep in water.  No joke! I kid you not.  We had to walk back to our hotel, in water that, at times, was up to our knees!   We saw cars quickly being covered by water, manholes flying in the air from the water pressure, and roaches scurrying up the walls of buildings, to get away from the rising water levels.  I couldn’t even imagine what it’s like to experience a real flood there…  The rain lasted for about an hour, and then an hour after that, the streets were cleared and Bourbon St. was back in action – New Orleans is crazy like that.

I was pretty happy I had my Old Navy bag with me – since it’s faux leather, I didn’t have to worry about it getting ruined.  My shoes on the other hand were a different story.  I think they’re still drying out at the moment. Good news is that this particular pair still looks good with a little added “vintage feel”… i.e.. rain damage.  The top I’m wearing, I picked up at a little boutique in the french quarter, Sweet Pea & Tulip (same place I got this red dress).  I couldn’t find it anywhere online but I’m sure if you called them, you could purchase it over the phone.  If you do, please tell them I sent you.

Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

DSC_0074_2Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Sequin Heart Tank Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip, Madewell Shorts, Sam Edelman Woven Flats, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

{Top, Sweet Pea & Tulip | Shorts, Madewell (similar via Old Navy) | Shoes, Sam Edelman | Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, BaublebarSunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bag, Old Navy

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Hot Air Balloon, Napa Valley, Sage+Sparkle

A few months back, Memorial Day Weekend, we headed out west for my sisters college graduation.  We had a wonderful weekend spending time with family and seeing a few friends. First let me start by saying, I love hot air balloons – Disney’s Up is one of my favorite movies and this Up themed photo shoot pulls on my heartstrings every time.

Being on the west coast for more than 2 days and not working, I took the opportunity to plan a little adventure for my love – a hot air balloon ride, over Napa Valley (something we have always talked about doing).  The best part was that I planned the whole thing as a surprise.

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

I didn’t deluge much information leading up to the day, other than the fact that we had to get up at 4:30am and drive 30 minutes to our destination.  It was hard keeping the secret, but so worth it.  Now I must first start by saying that my love is not one to get excited about things – at least not in the way I get excited.   You know, screams, jumps, breaking out in to song and dance kind of excitement… yay, that’s not him.  But in his own way he was trilled for the adventure!

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If you have never experienced a hot air balloon ride, then let me tell you a little about it.  First off, they start early.  Like, super early! You have to be there by 5:30am and they even suggests you get there even earlier for coffee and pastries, and so you don’t miss you balloon taking off – no one wants to feel like Dorothy.

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

The purpose for the early call time, is the air at sunrise creates the perfect condition for ballooning.  Not to mention, the views are spectacular!

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

Another thing to note, the temps are pretty comfortable up there.  Not at all what I expected.  I wore tons of layers, as it was fairly chilly that morning, but once you get above the haze and the fact that the heat from the flame is right above you, it’s actually pretty warm.

hot air ballon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

On that note, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing a hat – not only to shield the top of your head from the heat, but to keep your hair from blowing around, which as you can imagine, would not be a good thing considering there is an open flame above your head.

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

It’s also not as easy as you may think to get into that basket – I totally understand how Dorothy got left in Oz (can you tell I LOVE The Wizard of Oz? ) You have to hold on tight, hoist yourself up (yes, hoist is the only appropriate word) and then fling yourself over, into the basket.  And if you have short legs like me, it’s even harder.

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

But the good thing about all the effort that it takes to get into the basket, is that you’re pretty confident that getting out will be just as difficult.  Good to know, considering you’re going up, up – like, way up in the air.

Hot Air Balloon, Napa Valley, Sage+Sparkle

Once your up, the feeling is so surreal.  It’s calming, peaceful, and inspiring, to say the least.  I absolutely loved every minute!

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

The whole ride was about an hour-long, give or take.  And I have to say the landing was pretty fun.  Hot air ballooning is so unpredictable and the landing is no exception.

hot air balloon, napa valley, Sage+Sparkle

They teach you a little grab and squat technique that everyone in the basket must do, in order to ensure that the basket doesn’t tip, once you touch the ground. Sounds scary but it’s actually pretty exciting (and easy to do).

Hot Air Balloon, Napa Valley, Sage+Sparkle

Our balloon “Big Blue”, was the first to land and our landing couldn’t have been more perfect.  The balloons behind us weren’t as lucky but everyone was safe and landed with grace, they just didn’t show off like our balloon did.

Hot Air Balloon, Napa Valley, Sage+Sparkle

Overall the experience was unforgettable and one I won’t ever forget.  I can’t wait to do it again one day in a new location, although I would be happy with Napa Valley again, too.

Hot Air Balloon, Napa Valley, Sage+Sparkle

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This is not a sponsored post, we just loved our experience so much and Napa Valley Balloons was by far the biggest and best option in the area. 

Red Summer Dress, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

If you follow along on Instagram, then you know I spent the weekend in New Orleans,  affectionately refereed to as NOLA – more on what we did, where we stayed later, and most importantly where we ate later.

Yesterday, all of the festivities caught up with me – hence the lack of a post.  But can you blame me?

Red Summer Dress, Gold Arm Party, Sage+Sparkle

Sunday night was the “On the Run Tour”.  J+B on one stage… need I say more! The night was amazing, but getting out of the Superdome after a major event is no joke.  It took us over 2 hours just to get out of there, which meant we didn’t get back to our hotel until almost 2AM and with a 3:45AM wake up call followed by a flight back to NY and a day at the office, blogging was not happening – hey, I’m human.  Our cab driver to the airport the next morning said, he hadn’t seen the Superdome that crazy since the Superbowl – and I believe him!

Red Summer Dress, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

Speaking of our hotel, The Saint, how amazing is this lobby?  After the crazy, out of no where flooding that we experienced, we had to take our photo shoot indoors.  But with decor like this, who cares.  Just please don’t judge the quality, it’s so much harder to take pics indoors.

Red Summer Dress, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

As for the outfit, I picked up this dress at a little boutique (SweetPea + Tulip) I stumbled upon on Chartes St. in the French Quarter and had to have it.  I did some major searching online but it only seems to be available wholesale, however, you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that, so I included some similar dresses below.

Red Summer Dress, Old Navy Bucket Bag, Sage+Sparkle

And if you haven’t picked up this Old Navy tote yet, what are you waiting for?  It’s seriously the best, most affordable, summer bucket bag – please don’t let it sell out again, before you have a chance to get one yourself.

Red Summer Dress, Lattice Shoulder, Sage+Sparkle

{Dress, SweatPea & Tulip | Necklace, Baublebar | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors similar via ShopBop on sale for under $75 | Bag, Old Navy 20% off using code FASHION}

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Parker Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoes, Sage+Sparkle

It has been one long week in my world! We just finished up hosting a 3 day summit for our team, and today I have another early morning training that I’m hosting.  But I do have something to look forward to that has made the day/week much easier to attack… My love and I are on the run this weekend – headed to NOLA for the Jay + Bey concert!!! Oh, and to eat lots of delicious creole food – I can’t wait!

But first, I wanted to share with you this amazing outfit inspiration.  The skirt was a score at the Parker sample sale I mentioned earlier in the week and this top is from Forever 21 and at least 4 years old – talk about shopping your closet.  While you wont be able to find these exact pieces today, I did share a few similar items below, to help you get the look.  Not to mention the necklace and sunnies are still available, so hurry – snatch them up while you can.

Parker Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoes, Sage+Sparkle

Red Lip, MICHAEL Michael Kors Necklace, Sage+Sparkle

Parker Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoes, Sage+Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoes, Sage+Sparkle

Parker Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoes, Sage+Sparkle

Parker Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Shoes, Sage+Sparkle

{Top, Forever 21 (similar from Anthropologie) | Skirt, Parker (similar from BCBG) | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Clutch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, MICHAEL Michael Kors

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here Monday!  In the mean time, follow along on instagram while I explore NOLA.  

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Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Platforms, Sage + Sparkle

Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

Black and White Print Parker Dress, Sage + Sparkle

{Dress, Parker (available on ebay) | Bracelet, BaubleBar | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors} 

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Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Zara Nude Sandals, Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

This past weekend I attended a beautiful bridal shower for a dear friend, Sylvia that was hosted by my amazingly talented BFF, Yaz.  If you follow me on instagram, then you have seen some of the amazing events she has put together in the past.  Here is a small peek in to what she created for Syl’s bridal shower, with the table setting and overall decor – minus the chair and tables, everything else she brought in for the event.

Now what does one where to an event celebrating the bride to be… sparkles of course! And, sparkles is exactly what I wore.  You may remember this Valentino skirt from all my Maxxinista of the Month moment, back in March.  When it came to deciding what to wear for the event, I decided to spare my wallet and shop my closet, working with pieces in my existing wardrobe.

The top and handbag I have had for years now, both from Michael Kors and the shoes are last season Zara.  But all together each items looks new and fresh and perfect for a summer bridal shower.

Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Zara Nude Sandals, Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Zara Nude Sandals, Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Sage + Sparkle

Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Zara Nude Sandals, Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Zara Nude Sandals, Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

Matte Sequins Tank, Valentino Red Embellished Skirt, Zara Nude Sandals, Bauble Bar Earrings, Sage + Sparkle

{Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Banana Republic) | Skirt, Valentino Red c/o TJ Maxx (similar from Net a porter) | Shoes, Zara (similar from Revolve) | Watch/Bracelets, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Crossbody, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Lily Pulitzer) | Earrings, Baublebar (similar in greige) | Necklace, Uncommongoods (similar from dELiA’s) | Nailpolish, Blanc Essie}

While these exact pieces are no longer available, I have pulled together similar items that will help you recreate the look and make it your own.  Let me know if you need more suggestions, I’m more than happy to help!


While my boyfriend and I have only lived together for a year now, we never fully finished decorating our bedroom.  When I first set out to decorate the room, I wanted it to be bright and happy.  We started by painting the walls a soft yellow with the intent to decorate the rest of the room in white and grey with dark wood accents.  Shortly after we painted the wall, I changed my mind – that was a year ago and the walls are still yellow.

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Recently, Ace Hardware approached me and asked that I checked out their exclusive Clark+Kensington paint colors and share with my readers a fantasy room makeover along with my inspiration.  Naturally I said yes, knowing that this would turn into more than just a fantasy.  Little did they know, this was exactly the push I needed to finally get my butt in gear and decorate re-decorate our bedroom.

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My inspiration for our bedroom makeover comes from my love for romantic foggy mornings. Growing up outside of San Francisco, fog is my comfort zone.  In my eyes, there is nothing more comforting than a dense foggy morning, giving you the feeling of being wrapped up in a cozy blanket enjoying a warm cup of tea.  Maybe I was meant to live in London, who knows… I digress. What I do know, is that I LOVE fog!

Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington Paint, Sage + Sparkle

Once I had my inspiration in place, the next step was choosing the color.  After debuting discussing colors with my boyfriend, we decided on a grey color for the walls.  I would like to go super dark but he doesn’t want it to feel too much like a cave so we’re going to keep it as light as possible while still creating a cozy foggy morning feel.

Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington Paint, Sage + Sparkle

We haven’t locked in on a color yet… but hopefully in the next week or two we will have decided on one that we both love.  Based on our schedules, early August will be the best time to start this little project.

Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington Paint, Sage + Sparkle

We did however narrow it down to an amazing assortment of grey – my favorite being “Eye of the Storm”, “Fog Rolls In” or “Saint Helena”  (which just so happens to be the name of a town close to where I grew up – go figure.) The great thing about Clark + Kensington is that they have pint size samples available for just $4.99, so when the time comes we can try out the color with out fully committing.

Ace Hardware Clark + Kensington Paint, Sage + Sparkle

Anyone else out there working on a interior makeover?  If so, I would love to hear how you find your inspiration?  And most importantly, what color are your painting your walls?  It’s the first thing that sets the mood after all, so make it count!

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Tribal Print Silk Shorts, Silk Tank, Cutout Oxfords, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

A good, comfortable pair of shorts is essential for summer!   What I love about this neutral pair, is that you would easily wear them to work during the week or causal on the weekends.  Because of the style and neutral print, they’re pretty versatile.

Today I’m showing you how I would wear them into the office paired with a simple silk tank and cutout oxfords.  Now, be forewarned – I work in not only a creative environment but also in fashion, so shorts are perfectly acceptable.  However, I know there are places out there where this would not fly.  My best advice would be to look to the leaders in your organization and if they would wear something similar, then it’s okay for you to do the same.  At my office, this look is perfect!

Tribal Print Silk Shorts, Silk Tank, Cutout Oxfords, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

Tribal Print Silk Shorts, Silk Tank, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

Tribal Print Silk Shorts, Silk Tank, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Cutout Oxfords, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

Tribal Print Silk Shorts, Silk Tank, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

Tribal Print Silk Shorts, Silk Tank, Cutout Oxfords, Maxxinista, Sage + Sparkle

{Top, Joie (similar by Everlane) | Shorts, TJ Maxx (similar by Forever21) | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors (black or luggage - both on sale!) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, MICHAEL Michael Kors (on sale)  | Bag, Michael Kors Collection}

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If you would rather skip the thought of wearing short’s to work all together, save this look for a weekend bunch with the girls or a causal little summer soirée. Either way you will look pulled together and chic while still being comfortable.

Now, I’m curious – where you work are shorts acceptable?  Sound off in the comment section below… 

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe Quick Pop Maker

With it being the first full week following a long holiday weekend, I thought we could all use a little hump day happy hour… aka. a reason to celebrate.  With that said, today I’m sharing a delicious cocktail recipe using my new favorite kitchen gadget – the Zoku Quick Pop Maker.

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe, Zoku Quick Pop Maker Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, Pinnacle Cocktail Club, Sage + Sparkle

As I’m sure you remember, I have partnered with Pinnacle Vodka this summer to share with you was cocktail recipes that will be the start of your next impromptu summer soirée. If like me, a bloody mary is your cocktail of choice for brunch, then you will love this summer take on a cocktail classic.

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe, Zoku Quick Pop Maker Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, Pinnacle Cocktail Club, Sage + Sparkle

I choose to make my own tomato juice using celery + heirloom tomatoes – cause I’m fancy like that… but any tomatoes will do.

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe, Zoku Quick Pop Maker Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, Pinnacle Cocktail Club, Sage + Sparkle

And with the Zoku Quick Pop Marker… popsicle making is so easy!  This babies where ready to enjoy in under 15mins – start to finish!

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe, Zoku Quick Pop Maker Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, Pinnacle Cocktail Club, Sage + Sparkle

So grab yourself some tomatoes and enjoy a hump day cocktail on me. Make sure to check out the fun little video I made below.

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe (using Zoku Quick Pop Maker) 

Ingredients: makes 3 pops

  • 4 parts fresh tomato juice (2 larger heirloom tomatoes + 2 stalks of celery)
  • 2 parts Pinnacle Vodka
  • Splash of worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon Bloody Mary Season Mix
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green olives
  • 1/4 lemon
  • Celery Salt for Garnish

Directions:

  • Juice heirloom tomatoes and celery to make tomato juice
  • Set aside lemon and celery salt
  • Combine remaining ingredients and mix
  • Inset sticks into Zoku Quick Pop Maker and place half a slice of lemon into each section
  • Pour Bloody Mary Mixture into Pop Maker to fill line
  • Let sit for approx.10 mins
  • Remove popsicles
  • Sprinkle edges with celery salt and enjoy

Bloody Mary Popsicle Recipe, Zoku Quick Pop Maker Recipe, Pinnacle Vodka, Pinnacle Cocktail Club, Sage + Sparkle

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Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

When it comes to summer deserts, the easier the better, right! And even better than easy, is when the desert comes with as little guilt as possible.  {Insert yogurt cream pie here}.

Who loves strawberries and cream?  Anybody?  Well, I know I do and when you get crust involved, how can you go wrong.  This summer dessert is so easy to make – you’ll be prepped and ready in under 10 min and then 2 hrs later you will be enjoying this delicious treat without sacrificing your bikini body – win, win for all!

STRAWBERRY YOGURT CREAM PIE RECIPE 

Ingredients:

  • 2 individual servings of strawberry yogurt – or fruit of your choice
  • 1 can fat-free Reddi Whip
  • 1 ginger snap pie crust - gram cracker crust works well too
  • 10 fresh strawberries

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

Directions

  • Add yogurt to a bowl

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

  • Add whip cream and mix

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

  • Slice strawberries

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

  • Stir strawberries into cream mixture

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

  • Pour mixture into pie crust

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

  • Let freeze for at least 2 hours

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

  • Remove and let sit for 5-10 mins before serving

Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie Recipe, Sage + Sparkle

Now didn’t I tell you that was going to be easy! This pie has become a summer staple for me and works well with many flavors of yogurt. So far, I’ve tried strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and all were delicious!  Next up, I think I may give peach a try… mmmm! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.