HauteLook Holiday Event Recap

This past Monday I had the opportunity to host a DIY station at a super fun event HauteLook was putting on to kick off the holiday season. I'm not a huge fan of Halloween, so skipping right over that and straight into planning mode for the holidays was perfect for me.

In addition to the DIY station that the HauteLook team and I dreamed up, there was also a cooking demo with Adrianna of A Cozy Kitchen. The girls that attended were invited to sip on a fall inspired mocktail, snack and fill their feeds with the amazing views the house had to offer before we got started. After a bit of mixing and mingling, everyone headed to the kitchen and then down to start assembling the DIY gift boxes we had set up our little station for.

Here's a quick recap of everything they packed in the few hours we had together at the house!

Hollywood Hills Home | A Fabulous Fete
HauteLook Holiday Outfit | A Fabulous Fete

Dress + jacket from HauteLook | Nordstrom Rack

HauteLook Holiday Event Giftbox DIY | A Fabulous Fete
Products galore from HauteLook to stuff hostess gift boxes | A Fabulous Fete

We filled the table with items from HauteLook and paired them with simple DIY's. The girls assembled mini bottles with matchsticks to style with their candles, they curated sets of holiday notecards and wrapped with yards of silk ribbon, we helped them each create their own mini flower arrangement to tuck into the box, and to finish it off they chose mini sprigs of greenery to tuck into glass ornaments which were tied on the box with more ribbon and hand lettered gift tags.

How to build the perfect hostess gift box | A Fabulous Fete
Nail polish station for a gift box DIY table | A Fabulous Fete
Cute makeup bags perfect for assembling a holiday gift bag | A Fabulous Fete
Kate spade holiday cards for a simple gift box | A Fabulous Fete
Silke ribbon by Honey Silks | A Fabulous Fete
Collection of scissors for a DIY table | A Fabulous Fete
Holiday appropriate blooms by Beautiful Savage Flowers | A Fabulous Fete
Holiday gift box assembly table | A Fabulous Fete
Ideas for a hostess gift for the holidays | A Fabulous Fete
LA Home Views | A Fabulous Fete

In between eating, learning and crafting, everyone snapped away. Every room was different from the next but just as gorgeous. And that view! Hello Hollywood sign...

HOLLYWOOD | A Fabulous Fete
Customized event napkins | A Fabulous Fete
Simple table settings and bite menus | A Fabulous Fete
Flowers by Tigers to Lilies for the entryway | A Fabulous Fete
Spanish tile stairway | A Fabulous Fete
A colorful and cozy kitchen ready for the cooking demo at the HauteLook party | A Fabulous Fete
A cozy seating area  | A Fabulous Fete
Outdoor fall flower arrangments by Tigers to Lilies | A Fabulous Fete

Tigers to Lilies created all of the amazing flowers around the entire house and yard. They were perfectly wild and the colors reminded me of if we actually had fall weather;)

Hollywood Hills home for the #MyHauteHoliday party | A Fabulous Fete
Citrus Cider mocktails | A Fabulous Fete
A perfect fall setting to go with the cocktail station | A Fabulous Fete
Pot pie cooking demo in Le Creuset | A Fabulous Fete
Girls assembling their curated hostess gift boxes to get them inspired for the holidays | A Fabulous Fete
Cacti | A Fabulous Fete
Outdoor crafting area | A Fabulous Fete
DIY flower arrangements to tuck into hostess gift boxes | A Fabulous Fete
A gorgeous gift box with a mix of DIY and small items to gift to a friend | A Fabulous Fete

Everyone went home with their hand crafted boxes and lots of other goodies from the day. It was so fun to be able to spend a few hours with people that you interact with via instagram. Not to mention already got me thinking of holiday shopping!

Post in partnership with HauteLook

AND a huge thank you to Sharon of Cupcakes & Cutlery who followed me with the camera all day, Jaime of Honey Silks for the amazing ribbon and Naomi of Beautiful Savage flowers for our arrangement and fresh flowers the ladies used in their DIY's!

Fall Inspired Wedding Stationery | Meghan + Kyle's Day Of Items

Day of Stationery | A Fabulous Fete

I started working with Meghan quite a while back on her wedding suite. I actually haven't share that, we're doing things a bit backwards! She wanted an elegant suite with burgundy, hints of blue (you can see it in the crest here) and a touch of greenery. I designed the crest as one of our initial pieces and it was carried all the way through to her ceremony program. We pulled of few of the foliage illustrations and added those as accents on both her day of and invitation suite pieces.

While we're already deep into fall (at least the calendar says so), I wanted to share this inspiration for brides potentially working on their upcoming wedding items, or even those planning for a 2017 fall wedding. Either way, this deep wine shade is the perfect way to incorporate the feeling that comes with these cooler months. Pair it with gold and you have the perfect pairing. Here are a few shots of the pieces we worked on together including the ceremony programs, escort cards, table numbers and wood items (a peek here, not shown in this post... that hand lettered sign deserved it's very own blog post coming soon!).

Gold watercolor calligraphy table numbers | A Fabulous Fete
Custom wedding programs with crest | A Fabulous Fete
Day of wedding stationery in wine and gold | A Fabulous Fete
Wine escort cards with gold calligraphy | A Fabulous Fete
Burgundy wedding stationery for Fall | A Fabulous Fete
Gold watercolor hand lettered table numbers | A Fabulous Fete
Custom hand lettered and illustrated wedding programs | A Fabulous Fete
Real wedding stationery for Fall | A Fabulous Fete

I'll pair of few of these extra pieces with Meghan + Kyle's invitations and share that soon so you can see how it all came together in the end.

Inquire about programs for your wedding here | Table numbers, place/escort cards and thank you stamps available here.

Similar scissors available here | Ribbon by Honey Silks available here

BlogRx Retreat | August '16 Recap

BlogRX Retreat 2016 Recap | A Fabulous Fete

This past August, I teamed up with my good friend Sharon, of Cupcakes and Cutlery to host a retreat that we've been talking about for years, BlogRX. We both have a unique skill set when it comes to growing our businesses and blogs. While I can concept, style and create eye catching content, Sharon loves the back end of things... SEO, keywords, and growing your blog in that aspect. We figured, if we put our heads together, we could probably teach some bloggers and biz owners a few things about both.

In the past, we've put on fun gatherings like cocktail camp and #cactuscraftscocktails, always focusing on sharing fun spots around Palm Springs to get inspired as well as bringing our favorite girls together to talk shop or give each other advice. So BlogRX was finally our stab at taking it outside of our circle of friends and teaching others a few things (still with all of that inspiration Palm Springs provides... and cocktails).

Here's a bit about what we talked about, what we did, what we ate and where we went. If you love what you see and want to be a part of the next one, sign up for our newsletter here!

BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete

That's Sharon on the left, me on the right... you can read more about us here and how we met. And yes, I wear that dress a lot. Don't judge.

No event (that we put on anyways) is complete with a few cocktails. We set up a mimosa bar in the morning with fresh fruit + pastries. Throughout the day, snacks were served to the ladies provided by World Market. Sharon and I chose easy to serve items that were pre-made and ready to go. We wanted to keep everyones energy level up as it was a LONG day of soaking in lots of info.

Mimosa bar | A Fabulous Fete
Palm Springs Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
BlogRX Swag Bag | A Fabulous Fete

We gave everyone a small bag of goodies that were useful during and after the retreat. Small pouches from jujube kept their supplies neat. Wilde House provided our fave sticky notes and pencils for the girls to take notes. Ponder & Muse provided a mini dish which was great for them to practice their new found styling skills. And finally Tabled sent the cutest inspiration coasters, wine corks and place mats!

Retreat breakfast | A Fabulous Fete
Corners for coffee at our Airbnb | A Fabulous Fete
Palm Springs Airbnb for BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
Branding for BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
BlogRX Retreat Recap | A Fabulous Fete
Instagram worthy snack breaks at BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
Simple World Market snacks for breaks during BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
Note taking. See a few points we touched on during our BlogRX Retreat in the recap | A Fabulous Fete
Airbnb for our first BlogRX Retreat in Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete
Lunch with Kaiser Grille in Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete
Blog Workshop | A Fabulous Fete
Catered lunch with Kaiser Grille in Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete
BlogRX Recap | A Fabulous Fete
Rio Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete
Trio Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete

In the am, I started by walking our girls through what a brand is, how to create a memorable one, finding your voice and expressing it via all of your online channels, and finally, how I incorporate all of that into creating consistent content. This was the first time I'd ever had to put it all down onto worksheets and really go through it step by step. It's amazing how hard that is! When something just flows for you, it can be a challenge to break it down for others. But, in the end I really loved digging deeper into how to explain my voice and brand. It taught me a lot and helped me come out of the weekend with a new set of eyes on what I was creating.

We partnered with Kaiser Grille in Palm Springs to give the girls a delicious lunch. I had never eaten there (Sharon had) and HIGHLY recommend it if you visit. We had wraps, sandwiches, salads and homemade chips... all super fresh.

After lunch, Sharon started her session which covered best practices for social media, working efficiently while still growing your blog and her strategies for growth and goal setting. I never honestly knew how much work needs to, and can, be done behind the scenes to help you grow your audience. So much so that I asked if I could just hire her to do it all for me... I'm still waiting to hear back;) But really, so much amazing info that all of the girls took away with them.

At night, Rio Azul hosted a tasty dinner complete with margs for us. I'll go anywhere to try their margarita and I usually don't rave over the food. But this place, which is located off the main strip (ie. not touristy, over priced, etc.), is worth raving over. Honestly can't tell you what to get because it was all so good. We followed this by a round of drinks at Trio. I had my favorite glass of wine (mmm... Rombauer) and we all patted ourselves on the back for staying up past 9 after an incredibly long day. Visit Palm Springs helped us organize all of our meals for the day which was huge for Sharon and I. It's always a lot of work to organize a group of girls as well as reservations, pick ups, etc. They're a great resource if you are looking for help to plan your own Palm Springs getaway.

Palm Springs Airbnb for BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
Day 2 of BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete

Day 2 began the same way... but with an overflowing tray of donuts. 

We offered one on one sessions on our second day. We wanted the girls to take the night/next morning to digest the info we had given them and come back with their problem areas. In the one on one sessions, we let them guide it based on what they wanted to know from us. We also gave each of the girls a complete critique on their blogs, sites and social media. So if they had any questions on how to improve weak areas, this is when we explained things further.

We tried to keep the day short so they could take the rest of the day and enjoy the city, or the pool. But again, there was just so much more info that you can digest in a one on one, these could've filled up the whole day! It was great getting to help each person a tiny bit and really focus on what they wanted to bring out of the weekend. 

Instagram tutorials at BlogRX | A Fabulous Fete
Day 2 BlogRX breakfast, unlimited donuts! | A Fabulous Fete
Breakfast at BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
One on one chats talking blog + business advice with BlogRX atendees | A Fabulous Fete
Group brainstorming at BlogRX | A Fabulous Fete
Breakfast bar for BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete
The cutest Airbnb for our first BlogRX Retreat in Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete
Blog Retreat in Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete

The girls that attended were so fun and a great group to launch this retreat with. We both can't wait to follow along and see how their blogs and businesses evolve with all of the info they took from BlogRX Retreat.

Sharon I and definitely plan on hosting more of these. We're talking about a getaway that focuses more on creativity and getting inspired in addition to planning more where we cover building your brand, your voice, and your strategy for growth. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter here and stay up to date on when those will be!

Read more about BlogRX Retreat here + Read Sharon's recap here

See all of our photos here!

BlogRX Parnters:

World Market, Kaiser Grille, Trio, Rio Azul, Visit Palm Springs

Ponder & Muse, Jujube, Wilde House, Tabled

Most images by Dez + Tam Photography

Desert Dress | Style

The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete

It's no secret we love a quick getaway to Palm Springs. But right now is the absolute best time. It's still a little warm but you can actually enjoy the restaurants and shopping without passing out from the heat. This means getting to explore more + getting out of that bathing suit and into something cute.

During our last trip there, I packed one of my favorite fall colors... this shade of rust... or brick, or pumpkin, or whatever you want to call it. While this dress is no longer in stores (I tried and tried, it's nowhere to be found!), there are loads of new items in this seasonal color. It's a fun update to the usual wine/burgundy shades found everywhere and blends perfectly with my neutral wardrobe.

For this night out of appetizers and wine at one of my (new) favorite spots, Mr. Lyons, I added some nude heels and simple jewelry. That was one of my favorite parts about this flowy dress, it's easily dressed up at night, down for shopping + lunch, and layers perfectly with my favorite sweaters.

Rust Fall Dress | A Fabulous Fete
Simple fall accessories | A Fabulous Fete
Simple style for a weekend getaway | A Fabulous Fete
What to pack for an overnighter in the desert | A Fabulous Fete
Nude heels + rust dress for fall | A Fabulous Fete
Cozy spots at The Ace in Palm Springs | A Fabulous Fete

The Ace also has one of the best backdrops for sharing this color palette. Totally not planned... but those wood accents on white? Amazing. 

Here are a few more of my (available!) rust picks. What color are you wearing for Fall?

A Month in Review | September

Looking back at September, it was a blur of place cards and signs for wedding receptions. Since really diving into the wedding invitation world last year, it's been a huge learning curve in terms of busy seasons and client timelines. Working with brides from save the dates all the way through their day of items has shown me a whole new side of "wedding season"! And it felt like everyones wedding landed on the same day... but i'm sure that's how everyone in this industry feels;) So now that our brides have been taken care of, it's time to focus on new designs for 2017 clients which is really exciting! But today, let's recap what happened in September.

One huge life/work changing thing we did for AFF and Wilde House was hire 2 new assistants! I couldn't have made it through packing all of those orders above, answering client emails, and spell checking 1742 place cards without them. So, since they started, we tried to get the office organized (it's currently in it's 'a hurricane just hit' state) for them, I purchased an embarrassing amount of flowers (which promptly died in the heat that was the beginning of our SoCal "fall") and got out of the office a handful of times which is way out of the norm for me... and also on my list of goals. I feel like exploring new areas around me helps me break out of ruts and get inspired, so I'm making it a priority and going as far as scheduling them in my calendar. I hope that forcing myself to get out of the office will turn into a habit eventually!