When I was planning for Brooks’ birthday party, I made sure we had all his favorite foods on hand. Typical pool parties have hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, potato chips with creamy dip, and a sweet, sugary cake — I’m sure you’re thinking, YUM! I was, too.
Happy first of March! With spring well on its way and shamrock decor about to take over, this month is all about one color: green. The happy hue reminds me of all things fresh and bright, two things I strive to incorporate into my everyday. One way to celebrate the luck of the Irish and their signature grassy shade is to go green… on your eyes!
When I apply a colored eye shadow, I steer clear of going lid to brow. Especially in this case, where it would appear as if I’m growing a lawn over my eyes. Instead, I choose a neutral shade that matches my skin tone to accompany and balance out the stronger shade.
I’ve learned, to keep heavily pigmented colors from falling onto your face during application, causing crazy color cheeks (yikes), apply your eye make up before foundation. Post eye-make up, clear any debris using a cotton swab with toner.
I don’t know about you guys but I’m really looking forward to the Oscars this weekend! There were many incredible films this year and I look forward to celebrating them all. In addition to the theatrics, I can’t wait to see the second most important thing… what’s everyone going to wear?!
Getting ready is half the fun when it comes to going somewhere glamorous. So much thought goes into which dress, with what accessories, to the perfect makeup and right hair. The top designers, stylists and artists in fashion and entertainment come together to create these looks and I love seeing what they come up with. Everyone brings out the very best of the best for the Oscars, so it’s like every other red carpet combined — times infinity.
Last year, I had a blast with my BFF Nina in our (coincidentally!) red gowns. This year is going to be drastically different — I’ll be in DC with Brooks, having a watch party with a bunch of hockey players! 🙂
This Sunday night, I’m beyond excited to play Sandy on FOX’s Grease Live! Thank you to everyone for the shared excitement and support. I love that so many of you are having Grease Live viewing parties! That’s so much fun!
I’ve pulled together some 1950s-inspired food and décor ideas, because let’s be real — the only kind of party is a theme party. If you need some inspiration for your costume, I talked about my favorite looks here last week.
My extremely talented friend and stylist Anita Patrickson knows a thing or two (million, that is) about finding unique and stunning clothing pieces and accessories. Anita generously took a beat from composing New Years Eve ensembles for her best-dressed clients and compiled a list of sparkling must haves just for us! I love how playful and frilly each piece is.
What will you all be wearing when the clock strikes midnight? Which of these pieces inspire you?
When you’re hosting an event, whether it’s a birthday, bat mitzvah, fab forty… whatever the occasion, one way to turn your party into a par-tay is to wow your guests with a cool and unexpected memento to take home.
Simply Troy, my go-to guy for all things event related, shared some entertaining and authentic ideas that are sure to be a success at your next party. Check them out!
When it came to planning my engagement party, I turned to the event executor extraordinaire, Troy Williams of Simply Troy. His parties are always beautifully done, original, extremely thoughtful and most importantly — fun!
We discussed that family & friends were the most important aspect to Brooks and myself when it came to the party. We wanted everyone to be comfortable, excited and have a great time. Our overall goal for the evening was to host a celebration filled with love, good food and cocktails.
The first step was locking down a space and I must say, Troy hit the jackpot when he secured Eric Buterbaugh Florals. It has a stunning rustic outdoor garden and a cool, glamorous indoor gallery. It felt like we were in someone’s beautiful home, which was exactly the vibe we were going for. Once Troy locked down the location, the inspiration started pouring out of him and the party really began to take shape.
Last week Brooks and I celebrated our engagement with a bang! We hosted an insanely fun party for some of our family and friends in LA. There were many choices to be made when it came to planning for the party but the first one that came to my mind was of course, what should I wear?!
I immediately called up my friend and fashion stylist, the wonderful Anita Patrickson. We decided to start looking for a timeless, classic dress that also felt fun and sexy. Anita said her goal was for me to be able to look back at the pictures in 20 years and love them, rather than cringe at a “trend” that was fleeting. Knowing me as well as she does she also knew it was really important to be able to dance up a storm (which we did, obviously) and have a great time in what I was wearing. The less fuss, the better!