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Last month, my love and I had the privilege of attending Le Dîner en Blanc in NYC.  I say privilege, because not everybody gets the opportunity to attend.  An estimated 4,800 people attended the event, but over 30,000 people were on the wait list! You have to either be a member, meaning you attending the year before, or be invited by a member – which still doesn’t guarantee you entry, but just gives you the chance to purchase a ticket.

Luckily my BFF, Yaz sponsored me and I was able to purchase a ticket.  Now getting my ticket was only the beginning.

Next on the agenda was getting all of the supplies for this spontaneous, magical, all white, picnic.  You see, the location isn’t even received until moments before the festivities begin – but more on that later.

As far as supplies, we needed to bring with us: 

  • A table + two white chairs
  • A picnic basket filled with quality menu items and a china dinner service including proper stemware + flatware
  • Decorations: tablecloth, napkins, flowers, candles, etc.
  • Wine or Champagne

What I wore: 

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And… we needed to wear all white.  I opted for this BCBG Dress, rose gold accessories, and  white feathers in my hair.

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You meet at a select location, ours was Time Square, throughout the city where you are assigned a table number.  From there you and your group take public transportation to the location (still unknown), carrying all of the above mentioned stuff – during rush hour!

Did we look crazy?  Yes

Was it all worth it? 100% YES

Getting to the location, was a little stressful but still so magical as we were instantly transported back in time and felt like you we were experience New York much like Jay Gatsby.

Once you arrive, you have to quickly set up your table and get ready for the signal to swing your napkin in the air above your head and let the festivities begin.

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Moet was the sponsor of the event this year and my BFF, Yaz was selected to design their VIP tables.  I can’t even begin to express how proud I am of her!

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Check out this floral table runner she created, that went all the way to the ground – have you ever seen anything like it?!

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And of course, no party is complete without a Photo Booth! Which I took advantage of more times than I care to share…

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Photo Credit: {Amy Anaiz Photography: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9}… follow her on Instagram here!

{Daniel Verley: 2} {Moet & Chandon Photo Booth: 10, 11}

Table Design: {pop! by YAZ: 5, 6} … follow her on Instagram here!

 Check out the official video below, to get an idea of what the experience was like:

Olive Green Silk Top, Distressed Jeans, Red Velvet Vintage Sunglasses, C Wonder Leopard Print Sneakers, sage+sparkle

When it comes to transiting your look from day to night, you can easily do so by simply changing up your accessories.  Starting with a simple silk button up and distressed denim, I’m able to show you here how you can wear this look, two ways.

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For day, this looks is perfect with a fun pair of sneakers and sunnies.  I just picked up these leopard print sneakers from C. Wonder and now I’m obsessed! I literally love the print so much, I might have to go back and get these heels too.

The sunglasses I found at Red Velvet Vintage, in Memphis a few weeks ago – super cute store, if you’re ever in the area, be sure to check it out.

Adding my go to necklace from Baublebar and a nude lip, and my day look is good to go.

Red Velvet Vintage Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

Olive Green Silk Top, Distressed Jeans, Red Velvet Vintage Sunglasses, C Wonder Leopard Print Sneakers, sage+sparkle

C Wonder Leopard Print Sneakers, sage+sparkle

Olive Green Silk top Day to night, sage+sparkle

For night, I pulled my hair back for a more polished look.  Added a bold lip from Smashbox and trended in my sneakers for a pair gold pumps.  The finishing touch was adding a neutral clutch and statement necklace.

With this simple changes my look is ready for a casual night out of dinner and drinks.

Olive Green Silk top Day to night, sage+sparkle

Gold Kitten Heel, sage+sparkle

{Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from REVOLVE)  | Jeans, Zara}

Day: Sneakers, C.Wonder (also love these heels too) | Sunglasses, Red Velvet Vintage (similar from Stella McCartney) | Necklace, Baublebar

Night: Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Ganni) | Clutch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, H&M (similar from Kate Spade) | Lipstick, Smashbox

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Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Hey there!  Fancy seeing you here so late in the evening…

As most of you know, I have a full-time job outside of blogging, which has led me to getting in the habit of raising every morning at 6AM to finalize my post, before diving head first into what is sure to be a hectic/productive day.  Today was no different, except for the fact that I was rudely interrupted by the sound of jack hammers and drills right outside of my hotel room – all before 8M!

After countless calls to the front desk, I was able to switch rooms and move to the opposite side of the resort just in time for my first conference call of the day – but sadly, today’s post had to wait.  All in all, it turned out to be a great day and I got upgraded to a suite in the process.

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Now let’s talk about today’s look. I’m super excited to share with you this amazing dress I recently picked up from Anthropologie – which is the perfect dress for fall.

The colors – amazing! The fit – extremely comfortable. Looks great bare-legged AND layered with tights.  Seriously, can this dress be more perfect?!? Since you asked… why yes, it can! With the blue small scallop trim on the lining and a matching blue zipper pull at the back neck, the details really take this dress over the top. And since we haven’t spoken about it yet, let me mention the price – at under $150, this dress is totally worth – especially when you consider how many times you will wear it.

I recently wore this dress to a birthday party last weekend and have already started plotting how I will wear it in Italy later this year.  For a print dress, the possibilities are truly endless.

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Anthropologie Pintura Silk Shift Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

{Dress, Anthropologie | Jacket, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar faux leather, Love Token) | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, H&M (similar, House of Harlow) | Bracelet, H&M | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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high roller cocktail, pinnacle vodka, pinnacle cocktail club, cocktail recipe, girls poker night, sage+sparkle

Why should the boys have all the fun when it comes to poker night?  After seeing this video High Roller from Pinnacle Vodka, I knew I needed to have a girl’s night in, poker night of my own.

Full disclosure, I just played poker for the first time, this past 4th of July and since we just played for fun and not for money, I loved it! Card games and cocktails with your best girlfriends = fun…. Gambling = not so much!  Like Carrie Bradshaw, I like to keep my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet!

Girls Night In – Poker Night 

What you need: 

  • Playing Cards
  • Poker Chips
  • Snacks
  • High Roller Cocktails (see recipe below)
  • your BEST girlfriends!

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high roller cocktail, pinnacle vodka, pinnacle cocktail club, cocktail recipe, girls poker night, sage+sparkle

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high roller cocktail, pinnacle vodka, pinnacle cocktail club, cocktail recipe, girls poker night, sage+sparkle

High Roller Cocktail Recipe – Pinnacle Vodka 

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Vodka
  • Splash of olive juice
  • Spritz of vermouth

Directions:

  • Shake then serve
  • Garnish with an olive

Today is my final blog post for the “Pinnacle Cocktail Club”, I hope you have enjoyed the series.  Please check out this video for one last Pinnacle inspiration for your next Girls Night In:

“Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at http://www.pinnaclevodka.com. Also, check us out at Facebook and Twitter or find more fun entertaining and drink ideas on our Pinterest page.” 

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“Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission.  This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media.  The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.”

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Transitional style can sometimes be hard, as you don’t want to look like your holding onto Summer, but it’s still too warm to wear tights + coats and your favorite wool sweater. However, with a few key pieces you can easily transition your Fall/Winter pieces, like this light sweater, from late September right into October.  The key to transitional style, is the color palette and the fabrics.

I picked up this skirt over the weekend, at Joe Fresh – I mean, did you really expect me to resist a leopard print skirt, with striped waistband at only $29?  I have will power, but not that much… Not to mention, the skirt has pockets! Seriously ladies, this is a perfect transitional piece as we move into Fall – with the fabric being so light, it would work in pretty much any part of the country.

With tomorrow being the first official day of Autumn, I have included a few tips below to help you transition into Fall, like a pro!

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

Joe Fresh Animal Print Skirt, Orange Sweater, MICHAEL Michael Kors Brandy Booties, sage+sparkle

{Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Skirt, Joe Fresh | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace,  Boutique in West Palm Beach (similar from Macy’s) | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

 

Tips for transitional Fall dressing like a pro! 

  • Stay away from the heavy knits, for now, but do bring out your light sweaters and cardigans
  • Start to incorporate deeper oranges, olive green, navy, burgundy, and camel into your wardrobe
  • Put away your sandals and bust out your favorite booties!
  • and most important, layer, layer, layer!

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s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka

With the hint of Fall in the air, I can’t help but dream of escaping away for a weekend glamping trip – enjoying s’mores + a cocktail, by a campfire with friends.  But since my schedule wont allow for that at the moment, why not bring the glamping to me, right?

Glamping in your living room is easy, with friends + the right cocktail. When your cocktail is inspired by your favorite glamping treat, s’mores, not much else is needed.  Plus, it’s so much easier to planning a glamping inspired girls night in, as opposed to an actual glamping trip – although, one day I will make that happen!

Glamping Inspired Girls Night In

What you need:

  • Ingredients to make your favorite s’mores (I highly recommend sea salt dark chocolates with caramel filling or Reese’s peanut butter cups)
  • Cozy blankets (bonus points if they’re plaid)
  • A fire or lots of candles work too!
  • Fun board games, like Taboo or Words Against Humanity
  • Your BEST girlfriends!
  • and last but not least…. S’mmmores Cocktails (recipe at the end of this post)

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s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

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s'mmmores cocktail recipe, pinnacle vodka,  pinnacle cocktail club, sage+sparkle

S’MMMORES COCKTAIL RECIPE 

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 1 part cream soda*
  • Hershey’s Chocolate, Gram Crackers, + Marshmallows

*Can replace with a chocolate liquor + a splash of club soda, as suggested by Pinnacle Vodka – I personally am not a huge fan of chocolate, which is why I substituted with cream soda – the result… a super yummy cocktail! 

Directions: 

  • Rim glass with hershey’s chocolate, then dipped in a bowl of crushed gram crackers
  • Pour vodka + cream soda in glass, over ice
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a roasted marshmallow, for an authentic touch.

 

Check out this video, for more inspiration and then go enjoy a little s’mmores cocktail tonight! 

“Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at http://www.pinnaclevodka.com. Also, check us out at Facebook and Twitter or find more fun entertaining and drink ideas on our Pinterest page.” 

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“Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission.  This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media.  The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.”

 

pumpkin spice oatmeal recipe, sage+sparkle, twelve weeks of pumpkin, all things pumpkin

As we enter mid-September, you know what that means around these parts… Pumpkin Season is in full swing!  But since I know many of you are not quite ready to let go of summer, I decided to ease into my “12 Weeks of Pumpkin” this year, by starting with a few post on Instagram and now featuring my first recipe of the season.

Keep reading for the recipe… 

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

Camo print is something that seems to go in and out of fashion every couple of years, dare I say it – but for the last couple of fall seasons, it has become almost a fall staple.  Each season, we see it in new variations and this Fall is no different.  I’m really loving how it’s done here, with the pop of acid lemon (one of my favorite colors),  as it pairs back so perfectly to the luxe chocolates that we are seeing everywhere.

Don’t you just love how fall gives you so much freedom when it comes to getting dressed in the morning.  What other time of year can you wear a sleeveless leather dress, calf hair bag, leather booties, and sunglasses and walk outside looking totally normal? Truth be told, I did have a light jacket in my bag for the moments I was caught in the shade, but all in all, the weather right now is pretty much perfect.

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AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sprakle

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, sage+sparkle

MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Chocolate Leather Dress, Camo Print Handbag, AJ Morgan Sunglasses, sage+sparkle

{Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar from Barneys) | Booties, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Bracelets, Alex & Ani | Watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Necklace, Baublebar | Ring, Flea Market in London | Sunglasses, AJ Morgan via Maya Star in Austin} 

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Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip , sage+sparkle

Last weekend I was in California, celebrating my Mom’s birthday.  We celebrated with brunch in Napa at The Boon Fly Cafe (which is where we took this pictures).  The food was incredible as was the location – barn setting at the Carneros Inn.  On one of my trips out to California, I have to stay at this place.

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Growing up in Northern Ca. I never used to think we got seasons, then I moved to the East Coast, and while the seasons are much more prominent, Fall and Spring (my two favorites) are so short-lived, where as in Northern Ca.  they seem to last forever.  This time of year, can get pretty warm as they often experience Indian Summers, but for the most part the days are sunny and the nights are cool and the BEST part is that there is no humidity.  So even thought it was in the 70′s on this particular day, it felt perfectly appropriate to wear a fall hat, light sweater, and leather shorts.

Northern California DOES have seasons – something I often took for granted.  It seems as if Northern Ca. is similar to the east coast, just the opposite – Fall + Spring seem to dominate, while Summer and Winter (in more recent years mainly Winter) seem to dominate for the East.  I guess the saying is true, you never realize what you have until its gone.

However, with that said – there is nothing quite like the feeling of a crisp East Coast fall day, driving up-state seeing all the foliage change.  While California may have its perfect weather year-round, the east coast has its extremes and while when its bad its terrible… when its good, it’s magical – in a way that nowhere else can compare.

Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip, two tone oxfords, sage+sparkle

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Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip , sage+sparkle

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Oxfords, sage+sparkle

Bordeaux Wide Brim Hat, Leather Shorts, Camel Tiger Print Sweater, Fringe Crossbody, Bordeaux Lip , sage+sparkle

{top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar on sale at Neiman Marcus) | shorts, J Crew (similar via J Brand) | shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors | bag, Flea Market | Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Hat, Forever 21 (borrowed from my sister – similar via Nordstrom) | Necklace, Forever 21 | lip, Smashbox

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Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkleIt’s finally starting to feel like Fall in New York and (you already know this) but I’m loving every minute.  One of my favorite things about his magical season (aside from pumpkin), is that you can really wear almost anything in your wardrobe and make it feel appropriate – case in point, with this hot pink summer dress.

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When it comes to wearing summer brights into the fall season, there are a few things you want to keep in mind:

  1. Pair your BRIGHTS with MUTED fall tones.  Hot pink goes great with olive green.  
  2. Always LAYER.  A light jacket goes a long way. 
  3. Keep your accessories NEUTRAL.  Luggage/tan accessories will help tone down an otherwise bright ensemble. 
  4. Trade in your aviators for DARK plastic frames.
  5. Keep your MANI neutral.  Hold off on your dark winter tones but put away your neons.
  6. Pair the whole look back to a darker LIP.  A darker lip instantly toughens up a cute summer dress.

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

Hot Pink Dress, Olive Green Military Jacket, Missguided, sage+sparkle

{Jacket, Missguided c/o | Dress, Missguided c/o | Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors | Shoes, MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar) | Bracelet, H&M | Necklace, Baublebar | Rings, MICHAEL Michael Kors + H&M, Sunglasses, MICHAEL Michael Kors

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