If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Instagram, you might have seen that I was recently a bridesmaid in my friend Tracy’s wedding. The bachelorette party was fab and I loved the bridesmaid dress, but I don’t think I ever told you guys what I got her for her bridal shower. I should have shared this very significant detail earlier because it’s a great idea for a bridal shower gift or even a bachelorette party favor.
I wanted to get her something fun and original. So I opted for an off registry gift – a Black Sequin and Pom Custom Floppy Sun Hat from the HatsByOlivia store on Etsy. Here she is sporting her custom “Just Married” sun hat on her honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Her husband (who is also her Instagram husband) snapped this photo of her and of course I had to share it.
When it comes to weddings and bridal showers, I personally like to get an off registry gift for the shower and give something from the registry or cash at the wedding. This custom sun hat was an unexpected, yet welcome surprise and like love, I like my bridal shower gifts to be unexpected. It was so great to see her wear it on her honeymoon. If you’re planning on surprising a bride-to-be, a birthday girl or whoever, a custom floppy hat just might be the way to go!
I recently escaped the bitter return of the Polar Vortex at an unforgettable destination wedding in Cancun, Mexico. Though this was my first destination wedding, I certainly hope it won’t be my last. I absolutely loved lounging on the beach and swimming up to the poolside bar at Dreams Cancun. There’s truly nothing like life at an all inclusive resort. Even if I’d stayed forever (as I wish I had), the clear blue ocean, dolphins, and waking up to the sound of the waves crashing would never cease to amaze me.
I don’t know why I left, but I know I will return…
A couple days ago, I attended the beautiful wedding of my good friends Joan and Jonathan on a sunny beach in Cancun. As you might already know, it’s tough to find a tropical looking dress in the dead of winter. So I went with a classic little black dress by Cynthia Rowley and styled it with the brightest of accessories. I started with my favorite pair of Anne Klein yellow heels (similar) to match the sun and complimented them with gold accessories in the form of my vintage store find Just Cavalli bag and a Glass Layering Necklace (similar) from C.Wonder. Now, if only I could click my yellow heels together and immediately be transported out of chilly New York back to the beaches of Cancun…
I could get used to sunshine and yellow shoes
Before the ceremony, I couldn’t help but strike a pose
Happy Cinco de Mayo 2011 Socialites! Real Housewife of New York, Bethenny Frankel, once said, “Relationships are about compromise, my Margaritas aren’t.” This being a low-key party holiday makes it a socialite signature. Both abroad and about town, many a socialite will be seen doing what they do best: mingling over drinks in adorable outfits. Cinco de Mayo is the one day a year in which socialites trade in their tall glasses of champagne in exchange for more festive beverages such as Sangria, Margaritas, and Corona. Today, for the first time ever, I am revealing a super secret Margarita recipe passed down from socialite to socialite for generations.
How to make a genuine Socialite Margarita:
Step 1: Catch the next plane to Mexico for an authentic tropical experience.
Step 2: Check into the nearest beachside 5 star resort.
Step 3: Swim or walk up to the hotel bar and order a margarita.
Step 4: Lie back in a beach chair and enjoy!
For those of you watching your bikini body this Cinco de Mayo, try Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margaritas. Not only are they made with all natural ingredients, these premade Margaritas are also only 100 calories for every 4 oz. Now that is a drink even Jillian Michaels would approve of.