Thursday, April 21, 2016

Eileen's Bachelorette Party, Part II

On the second day of Eileen's bachelorette party, we hit up the pool for some R&R before dinner at Juvia, a rooftop restaurant with a beautiful view, and then we bought a table at LIV, so we could drink all we wanted and have our own space while we listened to tunes by Arty.  Saturday night was neon night, hence the bright dresses.  And now, the photos!

L to R: Me, Trista, Raija, Eileen, Sam, Shannon, Jeri, Jennifer, Jackie, Ashley, Kristen and April

Jeri.  Jeri met Eileen in law school at Stetson.

Raija and Jackie.  These two met Eileen in college at the University of Florida.

Kristen and April, who met Eileen at Stetson.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Eileen's Bachelorette Party, Part I

I recently attended my friend Eileen's bachelorette party in South Miami Beach and it was a massive success.  Five of us arrived Thursday to start the trip out on a relaxing note, and the bach party officially began on Friday with Wynwood Walls and brunch at the Edition Hotel (Eileen is pictured there below).  Then we had some free time before Eileen's lingerie shower, dinner at Cleo and drinks afterward at SLS Hotel.  Here are a few shots from the first day and night.

Here's the group (sans April, who arrived Saturday) at Cleo.

We purchased a bed by the Shore Club pool and had poolside drinks and snacks.  I bought my first one piece (!) for the occasion.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tips for a Next Level Lingerie Shower

I recently organized my gorgeous friend Eileen's bachelorette party in Miami Beach, as you know if you've been following.  One of the highlights was her lingerie shower.  Here are my tips for throwing a top-notch lingerie shower.  

First, don't try to handle it all on your own.  Assign tasks to the other girls.  They will want to help and they will have special skills that you may not have.  For example, my friend Trista offered to help and she has the skills of attention to detail and experience throwing parties.  She agreed to make goodie bags and other favors for the girls.  She picked the below black glitter bags with pink foil packaging, Chandon Rose (the bachelorette loves sparking rose), Patron, glitter bombs for us to launch at the nightclub, snack bars and neon accessories for our neon night later that weekend.  

Our friend Shannon offered to help and she is awesome at crafting.  She agreed to handle the panty poem (google it), which you will hear more about soon.  She absolutely nailed it.  There were several other girls who wanted to help, so everyone chipped in by purchasing a pair of panties for the panty poem.

Oh - and one of the most key elements is that someone should take pictures!

I handled a few things, like the champagne, the decor and the champagne fountain.  The allegedly heart-shaped balloons were a bust - get it? - they looked more like balloons with nipples than hearts, and many of them popped before we were able to set them up.  Still, they looked festive alongside the lingerie gifts:

The gold streamers and black and gold tablecloths paired well with Trista's gift bags

Trista's gorgeous gift bags.  Those are the glitter bombs.

Shannon's impressive panty poem arrangement and Trista's "naughty thoughts" set-up:

 The beautiful Eileen:

Trista's custom cookies:

Treats in Trista's gift bags:

Here were the key elements of the lingerie shower:
  • Decorations
  • Champagne
  • The panty poem
  • Gift bags with next-day items like Advil, Emergen C, snacks and booze
  • Snacks and chocolate-covered strawberries
  • A champagne fountain
  • Naughty thoughts everyone wrote and added to a box for Eileen to enjoy later
  • Picture-taking, which I later made into an album for Eileen

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April Poolside

April is one of those months I feel so lucky to live in Florida.  The weather is ideal for poolside relaxation and soaking up Vitamin D.  Everything is in bloom and it hasn't become oppressively hot.  

A friend of mine snapped this picture, and then I snapped the one below it.  I wish you equally beautiful weather!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Versace's Mansion

Have you heard of Versace's mansion on Ocean Drive in South Beach?  After Versace's death, his mansion became a hotel, then a restaurant, then another restaurant ad nauseum.  For the first night in Miami, Trista, Jennifer, me and Shannon (left to right below) had dinner at Versace's mansion.  It exceeded my expectations with ornate and beautiful decor.  Service was good, servings were small and company was good.  Afterward we hit up a hip hotel bar for an aperitif before bed.  No sense tiring ourselves out before the beautiful Eileen's bachelorette weekend officially started!  More to come on that.  :)  

Friday, April 8, 2016

Wynwood Walls

Last weekend I had the pleasure of checking out Wynwood Walls, an outdoor art installation in downtown Miami, Florida featuring some of the world's greatest street artists.  I was in awe of the skill and creativity these folks displayed.  Check out some of the amazing artwork and stop by some time for a visit if you're in town!  There's also a restaurant and gift shop, in case you'd like a break from the Miami heat. 

I look forward to going back.  Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 7, 2016


#TBT to last weekend at Eileen's bachelorette party in South Beach, Miami.  Here are the first five of us to arrive, enjoying cocktails (mine had a rose in it!) before the bachelorette party officially began.  More to come!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Birthdays and Bolts

A few weekends ago I was thrilled to learn at the last minute that the all-day client meeting set for Sunday was cancelled, freeing up a whole precious weekend day.  I spent the day painting and stalking Hamptons-styled rooms on Houzz to select the perfect wooden floors for upstairs. 

The day before, we celebrated two birthday parties (Charlie and Keith) in one day and the following weekend we went to a Lightning game.  Here are a couple pictures.  :) 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Brinkley and Bella

Hi and have a great week!  Here are two gratuitous shots of Brinkley and Bella to start your week off right.  Love these two fluffy little girls.