Monday, September 29

our trip to ixtapa // travel


so we're back from mexico… hope you guys enjoyed all of guest posts!
i took a few pics here and there, but definitely wasn't attached to my camera as i usually am on vacation. most of our time spent that wasn't on the beach was exploring the little town around our hotel. it was so lush a tropical in ixtapa and there was plenty of inspiration to find in the colors and patterns all over the city. i feel like that is always the one thing i am guaranteed to be inspired by in mexico. here is a quick recap of our trip!

palapas we spent our days under

view of the garden and pool

trail from our morning runs and walks

basics for beach days // bag . dress . hat

loved these stairs in our hotel

my favorite cocktail from the week, on the blog tomorrow!

pretty patterns on our walk

morning coffee stops (with wi-fi woo!)

gimme this palm.

worn tiles in the best color.

and back to real life this week, hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, September 26

Floral + Geometric Invitation Suite // Heather of River & Bridge

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

This invitation suite was created for a bride with amazing style. We worked together to incorporate vintage ikat fabrics, gorgeous watercolor florals, and geometric fonts. I love the juxtaposition of hard and soft, which gives the invitations a romantic, yet edgy feel. The metallic gold envelopes kicked it up a notch. I can't wait to see how the wedding turns out!


Heather also whipped up a fun printable tag for you guys using parts of the invite design!



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End of Summer Pool Party Inspiration // Carol of Calypte Collection

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

Make the most out of these last few days of summer and have a pool party! 


I've been looking for a simple beachy cover-up that's perfect for entertaining guests by the pool and this cute cutout tank dress from Loft is it. I've paired it with the Mint & Khaki Leather Wrap Bracelet and the Boho Bronze & Copper Necklace from Calypte Collection's summer pieces to tie the look together. These pieces also easily transition into fall with their neutral earthy tones. 

Enjoy the warm weather and look stylish while your at it!

2. Calypte Collection Mint & Khaki Leather Wrap Bracelet
3. Calypte Collection Boho Bronze & Copper Necklace

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Thursday, September 25

Peaches & Cream // Jessica of Champagne Thursday

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

I love the fall, but am usually not quite ready to say goodbye to summer at Labor Day. I clutch to summer-like days In September and squeeze every last drop out of my summer wardrobe.

When we had a week-long week of very warm weather in Boston, I couldn’t have been happier. I threw on one of my favorite summer staples (a flowy white dress) and went peach picking.


We were headed to our friends’ house for a BBQ later that day, and doubled-up the peach picking to ensure we had enough to gift some to the hosts. I reused the basket we got at the orchard, and added a jar of freshly-made scones. I added a tea towel and a jar of local honey to round out the basket. Easy, like a Sunday morning.


This works with any fruit, so if peaches aren’t in season near you, feel free to use something else.

Outfit details: My dress is from last season, but this is a great time of year to find one (or three) on sale. I usually have good luck at Asos, Madewell, and Zara. The sandals are from JCrew, and sunglasses are Ray Bans.
  
About Me:
Hi, I’m Jess! I’m a Boston-based fashion and lifestyle blogger. I am desperately in love with my family (my husband and two dogs), never met a glass of champagne I didn’t like, and recently dyed my hair pink.

Let’s be friends!
Blog: champagnethurs.com


Vacation Inspired Tabletop // Leona of Leona Morelock

while i am away on vacation i've asked a group of talented ladies to share something with you inspired by a little end of summer vacay! i hope you enjoy and maybe even find a few new creative girls to keep tabs on. pop on over to their blogs too and say hi! - lauren

hi, i'm leona.  i'm a wedding + event designer and blogger.  i'm my husband chad's wonderful wife and mommy to our beautiful miracle baby bronson.  and i'm happy to be here!
lauren told me to dream.  about a end of summer vacation.  i told my husband that in order for a great post for lauren's awesome readers, we needed to experience said vacation.  i'm still waiting.
while dreaming about where i would go, portugal kept coming to my mind.  i'm actually from england and lived six years in portugal so a piece of my heart is in europe!    during the day i would walk along the cobbled streets and pass all the amazing quaint houses with such charm and intricate tile work.  on my way to a beautiful beach to find a secluded little alcove to have as my own.  the water is as clear as my diamond (very clear when polished)!


the night life is full of friends, wine, laughter and more wine.  those are easy words to re-create.  My version wouldn't be touristy though, i love the native people and they are who would be my tour guides and friends.
with any excuse to have friends over i've used portugal as my inspiration for this small gathering.

bread is made fresh every morning and small rolls called Papo Secos are a staple at any meal.


the portuguese are so crafty.  their porcelein pieces are to die for.  case in point the pottery that is holding the biscottis.


mateus is a wine made in portugal and is one of my families favorites.  sangria?  of course!  this one is a non-alcoholic version.


all that is missing are laurens beautiful hand written signs!
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