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!

Get Your Home Ready For Fall With This No Sew Floor Pillow DIY

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DIY No Sew and No Measure Floor Pillow | A Fabulous Fete

With Fall here, the days are getting shorter, cooler, and that means so is the urge to cozy up indoors. Whether it's with a book or a glass of your favorite wine, little nooks around the house are a must have to enjoy these things. My go-to is always something plush to sit on in front of the fire. Our couch is too far so having some floor pillows to pull up to and around the fireplace is an easy item to add to your decor and welcome the change of the season! So today, in partnership with Cotton, I'm sharing a super simple DIY to make your very own in under an hour.

How to create a no sew floor pillow | A Fabulous Fete


  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric 6 to 12 inches larger than your pillow on all sides
  • Pillow insert
  • Scissors


1. Measure your fabric. Lay the pillow on top and measure 6-12 inches larger on each side (this will determine how long the fringe around your pillow is). Cut 2 pieces.

Step by step tutorial for new so floor pillows | A Fabulous Fete

2. With your pieces of fabric stacked on top of each other, and your pillow centered, start cutting in towards the edge of the pillow. Strips can be anywhere from 1/2" to 1".

DIY fringe floor pillow | A Fabulous Fete

3. At the corners, cut one piece directly at the corner and trim the rest away as the image above shows.

How to make a floor pillow | A Fabulous Fete

4. Repeat this on all sides.

Fringe pillow how-to | A Fabulous Fete

5. Put the pillow in between your two layers of fabric.

Easy no-sew pillow instructions | A Fabulous Fete

6. Start tying the top and bottom strips of fabric together to encase the pillow.

Simple cotton fringe pillow DIY | A Fabulous Fete
How to make these pillows in under an hour on the blog! | A Fabulous Fete

7. Once you have tied all the strips together, trim them to your desired length and fluff.

Cotton floor pillow DIY | A Fabulous Fete
How to make floor pillows for your fall get togethers | A Fabulous Fete
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Cozy spot for a little wine and reading | A Fabulous Fete

Add to your favorite spot, enjoy and relax! I paired mine with a favorite rug we have, a few other pillows and a tiny table to keep a candle and cocktail.

I can't wait until it cools down even more so I can utilize this cozy pillow right by the fire! What are you guys doing to get your home prepped for Fall?

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