Break Out The China!

You don't need to wait for a grandiose event to enjoy your fine china! Display it out in the open, or mix it with your everyday flatware and a fun block-print tablecloth to spice things up. I bought this gold and white set at an estate sale a few years ago, and use one of the serving platters as a succulent planter!  
Since all of it is easy to access in this antique piece, I use it so much more often! I like mixing in pieces like the coral candy dish, and the silver teapot that was Will's grandmother's for some color and shine.
Our gold wedding china on a gold plate hanger, mixed in with our black and white gallery wall. I've painted these vintage sconces just about every color of the rainbow!
When they were painted red and paired with fun plates from Anthropologie. I love their selection of unexpected dinnerware and dessert plates that can easily be mixed into your collection without spending a fortune!
For Easter this year, my MIL set the kids' table with some of her antique china and fancy glasses. They loved it! 
We've also made these easy place cards (see the full post here) that the kids can help with.
For a party at the park, I used a cake stand with pink and turquoise dessert plates for the cupcakes...  
Since it's nearly impossible to find pink dinosaurs, I made cupcake toppers out of wooden dinosaurs I spray-painted!   
My girls love pulling out fancy plates for any kind of occasion, but especially birthdays!!
{A tiny ginger jar that I ordered on Etsy for a few dollars}
 Ginger jars on display in an antique secretary at Kate Kingman Interiors!
This peacock plate wasn't part of a set, but I love it for little treats or sitting out on my skirted round table with a black wooden easel.
In one of our old dining rooms, there were built-in corner shelves that I displayed vintage pieces mixed in with our china and Will's grandmother's blue and gold set.
Vintage blue and white jars are easy to find at thrift stores or estate sales, and often times are marked down if they're missing a lid-perfect to use as a vase!
A blue and white "cookie jar" I found at Tuesday Morning and filled with carnations for a teacher gift for Valentine's Day last week.

I love the idea of using a large ginger jar to chill wine and champagne like This Aerin champagne bucket from Williams Sonoma!!
Tory Burch used vintage camel tassels as napkin ring holders with block print napkins for this colorful mix!
 There's so many colors of the Otami Embroidery, or use a fun Indian block print tablecloth that you can throw in the washer!
 The options are endless!! xoxo


Dressing for V-Day!

Call me cheesy, but the older I get, the more I love celebrating Valentine's Day!! Looking back at pictures reminded me how much I already wear red and pink, but you don't have to be head-to-toe heart eyes to get the look.
My (very old) red Old Navy coat paired with a sleeveless navy and white check shirt from Target and white jeans with booties. 
My African skirt by lovely Natal, worn with a black scoop neck tee and simple gold earrings. I like to wear it out with chunky heels and a fun red leather clutch! 
Classy and casual with a white button-down and pumps like Leandra Medine, or a fun pleated skirt and t-shirt complete with heart glasses on Giovanna
The first part of my day will be dressed down and kid-craft-friendly, so I think I'll do black and white separates with a pop of pink.
{Black Forever 21 jeans, Wilt White Tee, Pink Pashmina, World Market Hoops, J.Crew Factory Coat}
I love an oversized pink sweater paired with edgy leather pants like Emmanuelle AltOr a crisp white button-down shirt tucked into pink trousers with nude heels à la Victoria Beckham.
For an engagement party over the holidays, I raided my MIL's closet and wore my black pants with this silk top and fun Kate Spade heels layered with a long sequined jacket.
We're going on a casual date night, but if I was dressing up I'd love something frilly like this!!
My J.Crew black pants that I wear with EVERYTHING and a fun pop of color with clutches I've made...
I love florals in an unexpected color palette, like this silk Joie dress that I've dressed up or down with flats, sandals, booties, etc...
Zara has SO many floral dresses right now that I'd pair with black booties, inspired by this Olivia Palermo look.
I think turquoise and red can also be a fun combo with black or white thrown in the mix.
 {J.Crew eyelet top and gold earrings, with Mar Y Sol clutch and white jeans}
Chunky vintage necklaces make an all-black ensemble festive, or a fun long dress even more eccentric...
{Black jeans, Rebecca Taylor sweater, Target tank, vintage necklace}
I wish they made this Crewcuts dress in my size! It looks so cute on P, especially with Annie's red leggings and ballet flats!
If you want to add just a touch, I love a bold pink or red lip paired with black and white, like my Target top I got for a steal!
{Red nails}
Aunt Lela tied a sweet velvet ribbon around her bun last week and it was so chic!!
An all-white look layered with a pink coat--H&M has so many fun ones on sale- like this pale short version or a bright long one.
New York Fashion Week is in full swing right now, and there's pink and red all over the runways. Literally! Tory Burch lined hers with 14,000 carnations, drawing her inspiration from Jackie O's chic sister Lee Radziwill-
Photographed by Horst, Vogue 1971
Her Paris apartment and that iconic pink sofa!!
Lela's been living in this FAB coat she got for her birthday, which suits her personality perfectly :) Whatever you decide to wear for Valentine's Day, I hope its a good one!! xoxo