My favorite award show, The Academy Awards, is coming up on Sunday, March 2nd and it’s the perfect excuse to gather some friends for a little watching party. My idea of the ultimate Oscars party is small and intimate, with just a few of my closest friends. Here’s my inspiration:
(No. 1) Keep decorations simple in a color palette of black, white and gold. A glittery star garland is just the right touch of glitz and Hollywood glam. Add a floral arrangement of solid white tulips or roses and a few candles. No need to break out the cheesy cardboard cutouts of the Oscar Statuette.
(No. 2) Send out a beautiful electronic invitation through Paperless Post. They have a whole collection of award show viewing invitations. If your also into the red carpet pre-show, this one is perfect.
(No. 3) No party is complete without a fun, festive drink. The Glamour Shot, a decadent blend of Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon and pure gold leaf, would be a hit with your guests. Serve with this high-style decanter and shot glasses.
- 1 oz. Baileys® Vanilla Cinnamon
- 0.5 oz. Goldschlager® Cinnamon Schnapps Edible gold flakes
- Rim shot glass with gold flakes.
- Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Strain into a shot glass.
Legal: This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl oz. of alcohol per serving.
(No. 4) Since the evening is all about celebrating great film, a large bowl of movie theater popcorn is a definite must. This white porcelain and metallic bowl makes a beautiful serving piece.
(No. 5) Add your own red carpet with a solid table runner.
(No. 6) For dessert, order these amazingly clever “Best Picture” cookies from Eleni’s New York. They have several Oscar themed collections, including Best Actor, Best Actress and Hollywood Quote cupcakes. They’ll definitely be the talk of the night!
Not Pictured For a little added entertainment, make your own Oscar winner predictions with the official Oscar ballot. Challenge your guests and keep track of the winner. Have your own “award” on hand for whoever gets the most correct. Perhaps a bottle of Baileys® Irish Cream?
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Valentine’s Day may be a little biased in the female direction, but there are still some great ways to show your man some love. Here are some top gift ideas for your boyfriend or husband this year.
(No. 1) Show him you respect his hard work with a new leather briefcase. Madison Commuter Brief from Cole Haan, $398 (30% off with promo code ‘Spring’)
(No. 2) Find a creative book to encourage his hobbies or interests. For example, my husband loves making homemade hot sauces. Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces by Jennifer Trainer Thompson on Amazon, $10.
(No. 3) Comfy loungewear is always a welcome luxurious gift. Brunswick Robe from UGG Australia, $145.
(No. 4) Pick out a sport jacket or blazer that he can wear on special date nights. Contrast Panel Wool Jacket from Ted Baker, $475.
(No. 5) You can’t go wrong with a sexy scent. Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum at Nordstrom, $210 – 290.
(No. 6) Encourage his health with this high-tech wireless activity and sleep wristband. Fitbit Force, $130.
(No. 7) Give the gift of style with a trendy watch. The Corporal Bracelet Watch by Nixon at Nordstrom, $200.
(No. 8) This classic shoe looks great in Valentine’s signature color. Saucony Jazz Low Pro at Club Monaco, $53.
(No. 9) Valentine’s Day theme boxers are the perfect budget-friendly gift. Kisses Boxers from Gap, $13.
(No. 10) Fill up this caddy with an assortment of local beers. Wood Beer Caddy from West Elm, $49.
>> Check back to see our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her and for Little Ones.
Valentine’s Day can be about more than fancy chocolates and over-priced floral arrangements. Here’s our gift guide for that special woman in your life.
(No. 1) Cupid’s arrow would look great around her neck. Jennifer Meyer Mini Gold Arrow Necklace at Barney’s New York, $525.
(No. 2) Put your love on display with this modern suede pillow. Love Suede Pillow by Maison de Vacanes at Calypso St. Barth, $175.
(No. 3) Pick out a dress for your big date night. Bonus points if you add a pair of heels and jewels to match. French Connection Grace Knit Dress at CUSP, $118.
(No. 4) If you don’t have the words, borrow some. Faces of Love by Hafez, Jahan Malek Khatun and Obayd-e Zakani, $14.
(No. 5) Sexy sleepwear is always a hit. La Perla Studio Mimi Chemise at Journelle, $108.
(No. 6) If your going to go with perfume, make it a trendy fragrance. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black at Sephora, $75.
(No. 7) Women can never hear it enough. Hello Beauty Full Vintage Framed Art Print from Sugarboo Designs at Nordstrom, $60.
(No. 8) This kiss sculpture is perfect for her office. Kelly Wearstler Classic Little Kiss, $1,495.
(No. 9) Fill this planter with an arrangement of succulents. They’ll last longer than flowers. Cast Log Planter at Terrain, $24.
(No. 10) Flowers for her ears. Oscar de la Renta Carnation Earrings at SHOPBOP, $130.
>> Check back to see our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him and for Little Ones.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we’re feeling the love! Last year, we rounded up some of our favorite lipstick kisses and this year, we’re paying tribute to the classic heart shape. This modern graphic print is the perfect way to celebrate the month of February!
(No. 1) Chinti and Parker Heart-intarsia Cashmere Sweater, $550; (No. 2) Big Hearts Wool-Silk Scarf on LEIF, $120; (No. 3) Printed Poplin Shorts from Gap, $20; (No. 4) Stella McCartney Falabella Heart Print Crossbody, $975; (No. 5) Corgi for J.Crew Cashmere Bordeaux Heart Socks, $98; (No. 6) Heart Collector Pillow from Anthropologie, $198; (No. 7) Equipment Slim Signature Peacoat Hearts Print, $248; (No. 8) Metallic Hearts Cosmetic Bag from FOREVER21, $6; (No. 9) DVF Hanovar Modal Valentine’s Day Scarf, $165; (No. 10) alice + olivia Me Heart Print Calf Hair Clutch, $158 on sale; (No. 11) alice + olivia Hilary Heart d’Orsay Flats, $240.
You’ve made the New Year’s resolution, but if you’re anything like me, you still need a little motivation. I wish taking care of my health was enough, but that doesn’t seem to get me into the gym week after week. However, trendy sports bras and printed capri leggings can. Sometimes, you just need to dress the part. Forget the old sorority tees and faded Soffe shorts, I’ve rounded up my favorite trendy tanks, leggings and sports bras that are perfect for the gym, yoga class or a run around the lake.
(No. 1) Run Performance Tank and Run Three-Quarter Tights by adidas by Stella McCartney, $90, $85; (No. 2) Sports Bra by PRISMSPORT, $40 on sale; (No. 3) Lima Capri by Fabletics, $40; (No. 4) Running Shirt by Nike, $40; (No. 5) Elite Mesh Tank by Lucas Hugh, $95 on sale; (No. 6) Skirted Compression Crop Leggings by Pure + Good from Anthropologie, $88; (No. 7) Galvanize Sports Bra by Lorna Jane, $66; (No. 8) Seamless Bra with Removable Pads by c9 by Champion for Target, $14 on sale; (No. 9) Don’t Them Fall Sports Bra by Work Out Life, $10; (No. 10) Reflective Leopard Short by Juicy Couture Sport, $48; (No. 11) Fast Track Tee from ATHLETA, $54; (No. 12) Surya 2 in 1 Yoga Vest from Sweaty Betty, $75; (No. 13) Halter Bra with Mesh Lining by Solow, $59; (No. 14) Velocity Running Singlet Tank from C&C California Sport, $64; (No. 15) Luna Top by Body Language, $52; (No. 16) Ultimate Gym Wire-Free Maximum Control Sports Bra by Shock Absorber, $75; (No. 17) Pop Art Mid Length Leggings by Trina Turk, $78.
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