• Create Dinners Big Bear Birthday Surprise

    This is Katie. And Elise. 

    A few weekends back we had the opportunity to contribute towards a first for Create Dinners, a private event hosted in Big Bear...specifically, a surprise 30th birthday party! 

    We had a small but mighty team to pull it off. And that team was:

    Elise kept everyone's looks on point. From the settings to the decorations, to keeping us all looking "creative professionals working a summer event in the mountains". It's safe to say Elise thrives on that kind of specificity aaaaaand she nailed it. Elise's crafting expertise also came into play creating a flower crown fit for the birthday girl. Subtle and colorful, she nailed it AGAIN.

    Katie not only helped with meal prep and plating, she was photographing throughout the evening, and edited photos for a guest album sharing that very night! Katie helped with plating the cherry tomato "naked bruschetta" crostini...the ultimate sacrifice for love and vision...because EW TOMATOES (in Katie's opinion at least). She also teamed up with Kate to photograph the nights key moments and edited like a MAD MAN during the dinner so that the birthday girl and guests could see some of the beautiful photos from that evening THAT EVENING. 

    Kylie joined with some of her most amazing recipes from her food blog Cooking with Cocktail Rings. Hours and hours of prep went into this meal for her and she was able to pull off an intimate, gourmet meal for 28 people in a kitchen the size of my closet.... with about the same amount of prep space, ha! She outdid herself and once again proved that she a BOSS in the kitchen. 

    Kate was our fearless leader from start to finish. Not only does Kate help out with every part of the dinner during the event, she plans, shops for, and executes every detail weeks before hand. Kate, as many of you know, is the founding mother of Create Dinners, and it was so awesome seeing her in action for this insane, but beautiful project. Kate was also photographing throughout the evening on top of coordinating every move from setting up to packing up. 

    Shoutout to The Wild Standard for the beautiful menus and to Natalia for the idea to use bed sheets as tablecloths when the linens were not to be found. Yup, that happened.  

  • Pondicherie - Palms Springs to Pomona

    This is Katie. 

    In an effort to keep cool while embracing the heat, we'll be sporting Pondicherie all summer long. A mindfully crafted and locally made (based and made in NY) brand that had us at "60's and 70s era", we're adding these gems to our collection of cat-eye sunglasses and straw bag summer staples. 

    Elise spent the whole weekend in her 100% cotton gauze, lighter-than-air Pari Caftan while staying poolside in Palm Springs, and I've been Pomona-lounging in my hand-loom woven Anita Linen Coverup with Wyatt in our baby pool... no complaints here. These luxurious but casual pieces are so perfect. Thank you, Pondicherie, for rounding out our summer wardrobe!

  • Shrinky Jewelry

    This is Elise. 

    Anyone remember these? I do. Today we're making a slightly more grown-up version of that: the poor-woman's-Annie-Costella-Brown version to be specific. 

    You'll need:

    • This. (also available on Amazon)
    • Scissors
    • Oven or toaster oven
    • Parchment paper
    • Jump rings
    • Pliers
    • Earring posts
    • Hot glue
    • Hole punch

    • Check the instructions on the package for temp and preheat the oven. 
    • Cut out your awesome pieces and make sure they're HUGE. Like, 4-5 times bigger than you want the final version. 
    • Hole punch where the jump rings will connect the pieces. 
    • Things can get weird while they're in the oven, so if you need to, you can straighten them out by placing them on a flat surface right out of the oven and flatten them with a metal spatula. 
    • Once they've cooled, attach them all together with jump rings and the pliers. 
    • Hot glue earring posts onto the back. 
    • Enjoy. 

    And Wyatt. You're welcome. 

  • Create Dinners No. 5

    This is Elise and Katie. 

    We're going to try to use as few words and as many photos as possible to communicate the spirit of that night. But, it's imporant to start with introductions. We had an incredible line up of creative, strong, kind and layered (yes, like an onion) women. And here they are (starting in the top left corner and moving across in rows). 

    • Emily of Hello Crisp. She provided many of the beatiful items on the table including the glasses and matte black silverware *swoon*.
    • Katie of well THIS BLOG. Katie searched high and low across the inter-webs to bring us the vintage embroidered napkins and runner!
    • Kristin, a graphic design and all-around babe, designed and produced the menu booklets.
    • Emily of MATERIA. She also providing gorgeous styling elements for the evening (like those woven bulls!).
    • Devin. As the su chef for the evening, she helped bring to life some of the most boss tacos ever consumed. She also hand painted everyone’s name onto colorful tiles for the table.
    • Lindsay. Besides gracing us with the presence of her AMAZING HAIR, she also hand painted adorable pots with succulents and cacti as favors!
    • Elise also of THIS BLOG. I was the wardrobe stylist for the evening! Kate and I shot a look book ahead of time with options for guests to wear, then brought the pieces that night.
    • Heather of The Scootabaker: chef and bad ass. Heather made hibiscus and strawberry powdered Mexican wedding cookies! A recipe from her grandmother. These as well as the most adorable little pig shaped cookies were also favors.
    • Kimberly, a writer moonlighting as a mixologist, brought a drink (ask kate) and read a story from her blog and had us all wiping our eyes from laughing too much, and connecting over the reality of the awkwardness of the human existence. It was great.
    • Shirlee of Quiet Lines Design. She spent over two weeks creating a set of dishes just for this dinner. She also brought many of her other porcelain and ceramic goods as decor.
    • Sofia: musician, and everything else creative you can think of. For this evening, Sofia kindly played us a few of her own haunting and sweet melodies as we munched on tres leche cake (thanks, Kylie).
    • Amy of Hello Honey Flower Co. She was our florist and sunshine for the evening.
    • Kate. Oh, Kate. What is there to say? She is our creator. “All that the light touches is yours” - Mufasa. Lol but seriously.
    • Kylie of Cooking with Cocktail Rings. Our chef! As always, she brought her soul to us through the delicious and beautiful eats that night.
    • Finally, Elli of Elli Lauren Photography. She was our official photographer, and I always love seeing the Dinners through new eyes, but hers were especially perceptive and engaged. It was a pleasure seeing the moments she captured. 
    • Korena Webber Jewelry. We did have one more guest with us there in spirit (or should I say "in necklaces"). We (The Happy Hunters) collaborated with long time friend and designer Kori to make a collection of necklaces just for the dinner! Everyone got to wear one for the evening and take it home, but she still has styles availble from the collab on her shop! You'll notice many of us have dope necklaces on. Thanks Kori :)

    Now on to more eye candy! ANd if you want to join in for Dinner No. 6 you can apply now on Create Dinners! (All photos by Kate, Katie, and Elli). 


  • The Summer Bag: Buy, But Don't Invest

    This is Elise. 

    By all means, get yourself some BASKET BAGS for this summer. They're already everywhere, and they're completely irresistable... at least to me. But do you really think we'll all be lugging it around come fall? Probably not. So please don't spend more than like $50 on them. Here are three options I bought for $4, $12, and $15! $31 and I'm good for the summer. Here's the secret: Etsy. Search for "wicker", "straw", or "basket" bags and adjust filters to show only vintage and under $25 and you will have pages and pages of great options to look at. 

    I'm all about investment pieces and spending more for a better product, but this is not that product. It's straw people, not leather. 

    Now let's take a look:

    The Wicker Bag: $15

    *my smug face*

    The Straw Bag: $4

    The Basket Bag: $12 (And my personal fav)

    Dress: vintage

    Sunglasses: Le Specs

    Earrings: home made

    Shoes: H&M (similar here)