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




Are you ready for Fall?

As much as I love Summer, I love Fall even more. The weather is much nicer, there are fewer mosquitoes here in DC and I love the bright colors of leaves.

Over at Bright Bazaar I spotted 6 beautiful Fall party themes created by the immensely talented creative team of stylists over at BHLDN. These tablescapes got me instantly excited for Fall entertaining. Each features several quirky, whimsical and pretty party supplies which you can mix and match to create a totally unique look for your party.

While they are all lovely, dreamy and sure to put any guest in good spirits,  I was especially drawn to these three themes.


A real party starter, this look brings out the romantic bookworm in me. Easy to create too. Buy vintage/old hard cover books from thrift stores, I get them as low as 10 cents, and tear pages to create one of a kind placemats, menu cards and more. Add glitter + sparkles and voila!

printed lumire votives | black eyed susan tablecloth



Arent these favors adorable? I do something very similar with my business cards: insert into clear velum sleeves and ink stamp them with pretty designs. Once, for a client I used these sleeves to insert recipe cards as favors.

banded guest diary | champignons favor bags


Dont forget to create a sip station. Guests feel instantly at home when they can help themselves to beverages. How fun are these chalkboard planters? I would love to use these at a sip station to jot down the name of cocktail and fill with herbs (such as mint) that are part of the recipe.

How would you use these?

chalkboard planter | crinkled wheel set

Tell me how are you getting ready for the new season? Or are you sad Summer is almost over?

ps: dont miss the beautiful collage that Will created with all six looks.

images: bhldn