la vida loca + buenos aires-inspired dinner party

Blogging has been on hold this week as I have been tied up with client projects and prepping for six photo shoots next week. Certainly not complaining because I am having so much fun shopping and putting these looks together.

Time now to put work aside and start prepping for hubby’s birthday celebrations tomorrow. Inspired by one of our favorite cities Buenos Aires, and the awesome food there, we are hosting a dinner for an intimate gathering of friends. Milaneses, chimmichirri steak, proscuitto paired with Argentine Malbec and bubbly on the menu.

Hoping to make something like this for dessert with Dulce de Leche. Anyone have any recipes to share?


We might do it al freco depending on the weather.

I thought it would be fun to create my own double-sided invitations.

I printed an old map of Buenos Aires and a calendar graphic I designed and cut them credit card size. Stuck them on each side of card stock cut into same size and added gold stripe Japanese tape to the borders. I  inserted each invite into a glassine bag which I had also decorated with the gold tape. I mailed these invites in cream-colored postcard-sized envelopes, that I also trimmed with the gold tape.

Hubby was very pleased and I think they turned out well too. What you think of them? Would love to know.

images: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo, From BA to Paris and Shannon Nicole Smith




hello monday + new credenza/bar

Came across Casa de Perrin in the sneak peek of Rue Mag’s upcoming anniversary issue, LA-based Casa de Perrin is a boutique rental company specializing in tabletop and decor, a love-child of husband and wife photographer and stylist duo. I instantly fell in love with the styling of their pictures, I think you will too.

I have never seen food look this good….dont you agree? And they sure do have an amazing collection of china and stemware curated from their travels around the world.

Speaking of tabletop, my collection here at Casa Hidalgo, while probably modest compared to Casa de Perrin, is still pretty substantial. Professionally and personally I am constantly adding new plates, glasses etc, and this leads to a constant battle for storage. One day when we do our kitchen reno I hope to have enough space for it all but for now I seek out affordable ideas to store my tableware. So when I spotted this mid-century modern credenza by Charak Furniture on sale at the local goodwill I knew I had to bring it home. The manufactures note says it was made in 1961 and what I love most is how deep the storage is. There is a drawer on top and three shelves behind the sliding doors. I love the tambour doors. After bringing it home I did some research and found a very similar one on ebay for $400! I feel so good because I got this one for $56!! woohoo!


Toying with the idea of staining it darker but kind of digging it the way it is.. It looks awesome next to the forest green chesterfield. I accessorized it using some of my old stuff but want to get a more modern lamp, tray, art etc for it but for now it is super functional and I love it.

Dexter loves it too and insisted on being in the pictures.

From my casa to yours have a great week. xo

 images: casa de perrin + manvi drona-hidalgo



modern family

My favorite shelter mags just keep getting better…I am loving the curated, practical with a nod to tradition, and glamorously decorated spaces suited for modern families. Yes, please.


I was instantly drawn to this home office. While I like everything about how this space is decorated, I am in LOVE with the gilt guest chairs and candle stand.. I DIE!!!

images: Veranda