Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrating Labor Day with American-Made Products

    In honor of Labor Day, we wanted to share some of the amazingly talented artisans creating and selling American-made products!  Support these companies and their labor of love, and support your local businesses!

1. MULBERRY PRESS CO.: This only design shop offers fun and creative visual communication through well designed products, from mugs to t-shirts, and more.

2. QUIN CANDY: We had the pleasure of meeting QUIN founder, Jami Curl, last weekend and instantly fell in love with her modern reimagining of the candy classics we have grown up loving!  Not only is the candy delicious and well designed, they also use natural and locally grown ingredients! Sweets + quality = a company we can get behind!

3. RIFLE PAPER CO.: This charming stationery company is based out of Florida, and produces thoughtful and well designed pieces from calendars to cards, and much more!

4. RENNES: Rennes is a Boston based design studio.  All pieces are designed in house, and are either sewed in house or produced local in Massachusetts.  

5. FRESHLY PICKED: This company was started by a crafty mamma,  Susan Petersen.  Today they sell high quality baby moccasins and other clothing for kids, as well as accessories for moms.

6. THE EVERYGIRL: This is not only a fabulous site and brand, but they also offer such gorgeous prints, mugs, phone cases, and more! 

Have a fabulous labor day!

Jen & Jess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Life's A Beach

     Happy Labor day weekend everyone!! I hope you have wonderful plans, full of fun, friends, and sunshine!  Since it's "technically" my last chance to wear white shoes...I thought I would! (Of course that's never stopped me before.)
     And what better place to wear them, than Coney Island! One of our good friends recommended going to a Brooklyn Cyclones game, (the New York Mets farm team) on Coney Island, while we were in New York.  Having never been to Coney Island, or a Cyclones game, this seemed like the perfect weekend outing..and it was.
     Coney Island was packed, and beautiful! Bright colors, happy, sun-soaked tourists, and a giant fair ground! Who could ask for anything more?  
     I have been a fan of the brand, 360 Sweater for a long time now, but the price tag was a bit out of my sweater budget...then I stumbled upon a sample sale in Chelsea Market, and am convinced that Chelsea is my new favorite place ever.

Sweater: 360 Sweater // Jeans: Articles of Society // Shoes: Keds // Sunglasses: Fossil // "Camera Bag" Actually a purse I use as my camera bag: Madewell (old, and I got it on sale, but anything from Madewell is adorable!)

The Cyclones' season ends this weekend, but anyone visiting (or living in) New York should go! It is so much fun, and the park over looks all of Coney Island fair grounds, and the ocean.  Plus, it has the cheapest ballpark hotdog you will ever find! 

"Life's a beach" soak in the sun, run in the waves, and watch the sunset. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Labor Day Link LLLove! Celebrate your hard work!

     Well, it's time to start saying good-bye to Summer and welcome in Fall...Do not "Labor" in vain ;) something fun!   
     Since Labor Day is in honor of those who work, it should be a day off in every way imaginable.  What do you love to do?  Hike?  Picnic?  Sail? Get together with your friends?  Do that!

Picnic in the park.
Sail away with good friends.
Celebrate the last day you are technically aloud to wear white with wearing a lot of it.
Find a beautiful hike, and then get lost because you can.
BBQ and bonfire on the beach.

     What's left on your list that you didn't do this Summer?  Get out there and do it!  It's not too late, make this gift of a day off as relaxing or epic as you want!

Jen & Jess

images via here, here, here, and here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grab and go! Individual servings for a more social party! {and food styling tips}

    What's Food Should Taste Good you ask?  They are one of our favorite new chips! Food Should Taste Good are delicious and made with real, natural, and simple ingredients!  Chips that are good for you?  Go on...  and I will! They have five varieties of Tortilla chips: GuacamoleMultigrainBlue CornSweet Potato (our favorite, but they are ALL delicious!!), and Olive.  Food should taste good chips are perfect for your next event or gathering, from cocktail party to picnic.      

    How many times have you thrown a party and everyone ends up in the kitchen, or by the food table?...all of them?  Because people gravitate to where the food is.  

     A) They are probably hungry.  B) It's a social place filled with easy ice breakers to meet new people, "that dip is so good!" = instant party friend.  C) It gives people an activity.  But! what if you served the food in easy to carry, cute little cups, or bowls?  Then the party spreads out, and so does the food.  A) They get food, and their own cute little portioning of it.  B) They still have a great ice breaker, "how brilliant is this idea?!  No double dipping, and no waiting in line.  Only [insert your name] would think of something like this!  I love her."  (This is, of course, what your guests will say verbatim.) C) They still get to eat, they just get to take the food with them.   Win, Win, Win!
     Why stop at one layer? Spoon refried beans into a small glass, then add guacamole, sour cream, and salsa and top it all off with cheese, diced tomatoes, and olives for the perfect seven-layer dip. We paired this dip with multigrain tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good

    How cute are these individual no-bake nacho bites! Get the recipe at Evite Gatherings!

    Serve salsa in shot glasses, and top your individual servings off with guacamole chips!
    Jess, Evite, and Sugar and Charm helped style this fun shoot, to give you a few ideas of how to make "grab and go" servings for your next party.  See full article here on Evite Gatherings.

Food Styling Tips:
- speed: work quickly! The longer the food sits in the plate, the less appetizing it looks
- color: always think about the colors in your image. Add a pop of color with an herb or colorful kitchen towel or napkin.
- proportions: keep plates and portions small, and use less food then you normally would. Large amounts of food loose proportion on camera and aren't as photogenic.
- texture: use parchment or baking paper to add texture to plates.
- natural: allow food to spill over naturally, it will add movement to your image.
- dig in: once you have a shot of the food. Take a spoonful or bite out if it, and then take a other shot. A half eaten plate is sometimes more appetizing then the whole plate.

And that's a wrap!...or a chip!


Jen & Jess

*sponsored by evite, written by us!

Friday, August 22, 2014

For The Love of Fall, and Ice Cream

Safeway and Magnum Ice Cream want you to Discover your Chocolatey Bliss!...and we are very happy they asked us to help!

If you know Jess and I, then you know we have a giant sweet tooth!! When putting together any big party, we know to stock up on all things chocolate in order to make it through the late nights of crafting. 

So partnering with Magnum again was a no brainer!  This time we moved from parties to fashion, as we took their quiz to find our chocolatey bliss...yummmm, and infused that bliss with a little bit of style.
Romper: // Boots: BCBG (old! but still darling.) // Key Necklace: Custom made by my Mother (Jess and I have matching ones) // Bracelets: Free People

Discover your Chocolatey Bliss, by taking the Magnum personality quiz. Answer questions to reveal your Magnum flavor profile, then print a $1 off coupon, and enter for a chance to win a variety of prizes. 

I took the quiz and got double surprise there.  Belgian chocolate, vanilla bean ice cream, and carmel...that has my name all over it :).  
Now it’s your turn - share a link to your e-card result in the comments below.

Take the quiz, here!

We hope this helped you satisfy your sweet tooth.

Jen & Jess

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Glitter-Dipped Cups

    These DIY Glitter-Dipped Cups from Evite Gatherings are perfect for adding some glitz to your MTV and Emmy Awards viewing this weekend!  We also love this DIY for a Birthday or Bachelorette party!


Step 1: In a well-ventilated area, spray the bottom of your cup with adhesive. We recommend wearing latex gloves, to prevent your hands from getting sticky and covered in glitter.

Step 2: Pour glitter onto the sprayed area of your cup. 
Step 3: You only need to let your cups dry for about three to five minutes before they’re ready for use.
To see the original tutorial, visit Evite Gatherings!

Jen & Jess

Friday, August 15, 2014


We were so flattered to be asked to take part in The Classic Brand's: "5 Days of Coca Cola: The Classic Drink by the Classic Brand" campaign!  It was an easy sell...cute top, great drink, we're in!  So without further ado, Day 5!
This already adorable and super soft tank didn't need much embelishing.  It was all about simple and easy for this day at the beach. 
Tank: The Classic Brand // Leggings: H&M // Shoes: Chucks by Converse // Sunglasses: Fossil



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School Party Ideas

Well, it's here…school!  So let's send the kids (or almost grown-ups) off is style.  Here are some of our favorite back to school party ideas...

The Cake:
images via here

 The Dessert Table: 

 The Goodie Box: 

Smart Sweets:

Some Colorful Decor:
images via here

No matter what your age, if you're starting school…you should have a party.

Jen & Jess