soiree

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!

Empire State of Mind

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My 7am arrival, left me with an entire day to get lost in the city. There’s an energy in New York City like no other, and I love getting wrapped up in it. The glitter drenched sneaks I bought at Kate Spade this week not only came through with receiving endless compliments, but after about 5 miles of exploring on day 1, my feet were in tip top shape, sans blisters! That is unheard of for roaming the New York streets. I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a fabulous statement shoe, that exudes comfort! I ventured over to Le Pain Quotidien for a tumeric chai latte, followed by a stroll through Central Park, because there’s nothing quite like it during the Fall months.

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After coming across the Jin Soon Spa in numerous glossy reads as being a top nail salon, known for their nail art, I’ve been itching to go (their instagram feed serves for amazing nail inspiration) Upon arrival, I asked for a gold leaf design, tucked in between layers of CND gel manicure. Bimala intricately placed each piece one by one, and I left with the most fabulous manicure I ever did see.

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While in the West Village, I spotted David’s Tea, another spot I’ve been dying to try, because tea obsessed would be an understatement. Overwhelmed upon arrival, (and being the incredibly indecisive person that I am) I didn’t know where to begin, as I smelled and learned about the most popular bunch, my eyes came across the name “Glitter and Gold.” As the employee opened up the canister, I set eyes on the chicest tea I had ever seen, as gold glitter and pearls shimmer throughout the loose tea.  If I could invent a tea, this would surely be my signature. I left with a supply to go, along with the All About Nuts tea, because it literally smelled like a walk in Central Park.

After my glittery tea, a fabulous gold leaf manicure and my sparkly sneaks winning the award for an orthopedic equivalent of comfort, I pretty ecstatic. The little things in life.

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I went back to the hotel, got ready and headed out to fabulous pre-fabb events. At the trendy Refinery Hotel, I caught up with Taylor, Shelby, Jackie and Katie over cocktails and the latest crimson lip hues Jane Iredale has to offer. Afterwards we headed over to the Reiki Salon for a Paul Mitchell styling of loose curls.

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DIY: Ghouls Night Out

What’s better than a relaxing night of crafting, cocktails and yummy treats (oh and dressing up too!)

Create a Fab Invite. Or customize this one from my Etsy Shop.

Create a Signature Cocktail, or Two. I chose a Bloody Float (so delicious!) and a Whipped Caramel Apple Cider Martini (Apple Cider + Whipped Vodka + Caramel Vodka)

Add Chic Decor. I found such fun decorations like glitter skulls, “Poison” Mercury jars, and spider web cake stands at Home Goods. Festive lights and rustic tablecloths were scooped up at a local Halloween store. Chic glasses, straws and coasters were fab finds from Target.

“Boo”rito Bar. Display a spread of endless options to create a burrito, bowl or salad. Chicken, black beans, fajita vegetables, cilantro lime rice, roasted tomato salsa, tomatillo-green chili salsa, tomatillo-red chili salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas are all possible options. Make your own or order from your favorite burrito joint.


Caramel Apple Dipping Station. Slice apples, and place on skewers. Heat caramel in a candy melter, and create an array of topping choices in easily accessible ramekins.

Festive Desserts. Homemade Apple Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares were displayed on fun cake stands.

Pumpkin Painting Station. For a change from carving, display an array of paints, glitter, rhinestones, jewels, and ribbon. Everyone grabbed a brush and personalized their own pumpkin to take home.

Moonlit Mani’s. Create a manicure station with festive colors and glitter.


Dress up. Or tell everyone to bring a fun accessory, such as a witch hat, cat ears or goddess wreath.

Party Favors. These theme coordinated favors were whipped up in minutes.  Festive Halloween cupcake wrappers and sprinkles filled mason jars, tied with color coordinating twine.