brunch

Hosting a Galentines Soirée 

Brought to you by 1-800-Flowers.

Galentines is the perfect excuse to spend time catching up with the girls over mimosas, brunch, and fresh blooms! I’ll take any reason to style an event, but when it comes to a fun girls soirée celebrating your friendship, I love to incorporate some of my favorite things!

The Menu:  Finally dig through all those to die for recipes you’ve been pinning and go to town! Go for a chic brunch menu with all the fixings or if you’re like me and my tribe and Mexican food is your jam, opt for a nacho bar and serve churros for dessert!

The Decor: Gorgeous flowers set the tone for a colorful party! I used this vibrant bouquet from 1-800-Flowers as my muse for the rest of the decor and it couldn’t have been more perfect for the occasion!

The Activities: Set up a Lip Bar. It’s the perfect time to try out a bold red, or bright pink you’ve been dying to see on! Have fun by layering hues to customize your color!

Instagram Round Up

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This blue hue has been on repeat lately. This polish is really long-lasting, especially with how my fast my nails have been growing.

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The countdown is on to meet our sweet baby boy! I’m gravitating towards basic tees, comfy lightweight cardigans, and my favorite maternity denim and ankle boots (even though they’re becoming a little more difficult to zip on and off! haha)

breakfast

My favorite weekend breakfast, vegan sausage patties, gluten free cinnamon raisin toast and fresh fruit. When in need of a caffeine fix, this Black & White Cold Brew with Almond Milk is pretty yummy!

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Coloring eggs for Easter weekend.

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The Freshly Picked team sent Baby H the cutest moccs! I can’t wait to stick his little feet in them!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com

Wedding planning has been so exciting, and so much fun. I can’t even begin to explain how much I can’t wait to marry my best friend, and how amazing this day is going to be. There are so many fun and exciting things that come along with wedding planning, as an event stylist, and having a serious love of putting pretty things together, I’m taking full advantage and planning every detail. For my bridesmaid proposals, I wanted to do something special. I hosted a brunch for them so they could all meet and spend the afternoon together.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Box - TheSubtleStatement.com

In my bridesmaid’s proposal boxes, they received a Kate Spade Planner (with upcoming wedding festivities penciled in), a glitter covered mini bottle of bubbly, a swatch of the “pop” of color for the wedding, a post card of the location, in a matching box. (Purchase the Printable here)

Mimosa Bar - TheSubtleStatement.com

Mimosa Bar - TheSubtleStatement.com

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com

The menu consisted of belgium waffles, yogurt parfaits, breakfast potatoes, bacon, fresh fruit, cupcakes and a mimosa bar.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com

I chose five bridesmaids total. My Matron of Honor is my best friend since 1st grade, my Maid of Honor is my best friend since preschool, my best friend from college and my future sister-in-law are bridesmaids, and my little cousin is my Junior Bridesmaid. My future niece is our Flower Girl.

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Brunch - TheSubtleStatement.com

DIY: Glitter Envelope Liners

DIY - Glitter Envelope Liners | TheSubtleStatement.com

For my bridesmaid proposals, I planned a weekend brunch to be able to spend time with my girls, let each one get to know each other and give them their gifts. I wanted to add a little sparkle to their invites, and it was so simple and chic.

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I purchased a pack of 5 x 7 silver envelopes from Staples and individual sheets of adhesive glitter card stock from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft.

DIY - Glitter Envelope Liners | TheSubtleStatement.com

Cut the card stock to 5 x 7 inches (the envelopes themselves measure 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, giving the liners room to slide in easily.) I used a card stock cutter to keep them even.

DIY - Glitter Envelope Liners | TheSubtleStatement.com

Slide card stock into envelope, remove the adhesive strip off of the top and press firmly.

DIY - Glitter Envelope Liners | TheSubtleStatement.com

Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Loaves

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

For a sweet fix in the midst of our weekend projects, I used up the fresh blueberries I had on hand to make muffins. I came across a recipe that was vegan and gluten free (We’ve also tried her belgium waffles, they’re so yummy!) I switched up a few things, like substituting Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour for the flour blend, and organic brown sugar instead of white sugar. I also sprinkled a little brown sugar on top before I stuck them in the oven, as well as the last 2 minutes they were baking.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

Covering the blueberries (fresh or frozen) in 1 T of the flour blend was a great tip in the recipe, preventing any juice and color from entering the batter.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

I used mini loaf pans, which are great for a brunch and for gifting. Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

They turned so delicious! This will definitely be a brunch staple for upcoming weekends.

Weekend in the City

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Weekends exploring the city are never anything less than entertaining. I caught up with two of my fave friends in fashion over brunch at Lallisse.

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Jamal is definitely on of the most stylish guys I know, his on point style is showcased daily on his blog, it’s pretty amazing.

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It’s surprising how soon you can get ready when you hear the words David. Yurman. Sample. Sale. I brought these staple baubles home with me.

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So glad I got to catch up with one of my faves, Angela from Hello Perfect.

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Caity and I dropped by the Capwell + Co Pop Up Shop for some new Fall statement pieces.

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I can’t leave without bringing New York bakery treats home for my friends and family.

Cruising through the Capital

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After returning from Florida on Thursday, I repacked for cold weather and headed to DC with one of my best friends.

Drybar DC

First stop, Drybar blowouts. I was excited to share the experience with my bff who’s never been.Drybar DC

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Mimosas & Mean Girls @ Drybar DC

Mimosas & Mean Girls. What better way to start the day, while getting a blowout?

Drybar DC

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This time, I opted for the Mai-Tai (messy & beachy.) Drybar

Jade & I after our blowouts.

Gerogetown Cupcake

We had to stop at Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes on TLC.) Georgetown Cupcake

How amazing is this Swarovski crystal embellished KitchenAid mixer? 

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They have the best vegan carrot cake cupcakes I’ve ever tried. Yes, the Whole30 got pushed back to this week to avoid torturing myself, and not being able to prepare meals while traveling.

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The trip was filled with fun touristy DC  sight-seeing.

Givenchy scarf

Beach days ahead with this fun thrifting find at Current Boutique.

Zaytinya DC

On Sunday we had an incredible brunch at Zaytinya. The mix of Turkish, Greek & Lebanese flavors was tdf! Santorini Fava & Squash Soup, Smoked Olive, Pistachio Santorini Kale Salad and Carrot, Apricot & Pinenut Fritters with Pistachio Sauce.. I definitely plan to recreate these recipes.

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Smoke & Barrel DC

On Saturday we had brunch at Smoke & Barrel. This is one of my faves in DC. A brunch buffet that includes vegan french toast, tofu scramble and sweet potato hash is pretty amazing.

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Easter Brunch

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Easter Attire. Dress-Rag & Bone, Handbag-Chanel, Shoes-Manolo Blahnik.

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French Macaroons in complimenting hues.

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Easter inspired dessert table at Scarpetta.

My mom and I.

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Casual attire for after.

I’m currently on vacation in LA, with my family for the holiday. This week I’m going a different direction by including outfit posts and inspiration photos other than the norm. I’d love your feedback. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday!