Day: 12 August 2014

FRIENDS AT THE TABLE

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During the summer, days are filled with vacations, day trips, beach hangouts, and spontaneous get togethers that last into the wee hours of the night. With holidays and warm weather, there are sure to be planned soirees, but there are also many opportunities to throw together a last minute affair and spend a Saturday catching up with friends over a gorgeous table scape in the afternoon breeze.

If you’re not usually the party host, darling glassware, adorable straws and centerpieces may not currently be in your possession, but with a few creative ideas you can whip together the perfect setting to cross one of your summer bucket list items off immediately.  Below are a few tips on how to set the stage for an afternoon BBQ or luncheon with some of your besties on a whim.

Last-Minute-Tablescape-Ideas

Mix and Match – We all wish our lives looked like a Pinterestboard, but sometimes that’s not always doable. Luckily, some of the most beautiful settings are an eclectic mix of styles. So when gathering the necessary items for your party–dishes, napkins, glasses and place matts– think of what you already own and how you can mix patterns and textures to make an inviting and fun tablescape.

Centerpiece

Make the Centerpiece Count – Even if you’re using small white plates from your kitchen (great for portion control thanks to the small red plate illusion), your table doesn’t need to look boring. Lining the center with candles and decorative glass will not only give the table a bohemian feel, the candles will also be functional for when the sun begins to set. The trick that changes everything–invest in a pretty floral garland to line down the center of the table instead of a runner. It will fill any bare space, scream summer and add feminine flair to any setting. No matter the style, bold stripes, subtle pinks or an earthy boho mix the flowers will tie everything together. Plus, a floral garland can be saved and used for many DIY projects in the future.

Silverware Place Setting

It’s All About Accents – Sure you could just pull out your cutlery, place some dishes around and say let’s party, but your guests will love it if you go the extra mile and add subtle accents to the place settings. Little twine bows around the silverware don’t draw a lot of attention, but give them a polished girly finish that contrasts nicely against a vibrant rolled napkin. Adding fun colored strays also ties more colors from the table together. And there you have it, you’ll be the hottest host around within no time!

Sara Dal Monte

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AUGUST WITH SHORTS

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August with shorts.

It’s the hottest month of the year in a lot of places, and in some, extremely dry or really humid. When it’s so warm that you can’t even fathom choosing a cute outfit to run errands or meet friends for lunch in, it’s hard to think of style as a priority. That’s where loose-fitting, airy, and really adorable shorts come in. Forget denim, these flowy embellished shorts are all you need to pair with a t-shirt and sandals. No worrying about tight jeans or a dress sticking to you when it really heats up.

 

Embellished Shorts | MichellePhan.com
Southern Curls & Pearls

Pom-pom shorts: Floral prints bordered by cute pom-poms or tassels make for a springy look when it’s far past spring.

Pair them with a light, semi-sheer tank like Southern Curls & Pearls and you are sure to beat the heat. Love the heart sunnies, too!

Embellished Shorts | MichellePhan.com
Gal Meets Glam

Embroidered shorts: A pair of gauze shorts in a cotton fabric keeps you cool on the go but also serves as a great beach cover-up.

The embroidery is beautiful and looks great with gold accessories for a glowing summer look.

Embellished Shorts | MichellePhan.com
The Little Magpie

Lace shorts: Breezy satin shorts are perfect for cooling off, but they’re also a great layering piece.

The lace hemline gives them a feminine feel, and I love them with the contrast of basic sneakers and a pullover.

Embellished Shorts | MichellePhan.com
The Sweetest Thing

Scalloped shorts: Basic printed shorts are instantly dressed up with a scalloped edge. Throw a blouse on top and complete the look with chic wedges. The image above shows just how classy a pair of easy-going shorts can be if you combine them with the right accessories and hairstyle.

Embellished Shorts | MichellePhan.com
Seams for a Desire

The short: Asymmetrical shorts were huge last summer and it seems all the biggest fashion bloggers are breaking them out again this year. This is one old trend that has been glammed up and totally transformed. The silhouette elongates your legs like a micro-mini would. And the possibilities for shoe pairings? Endless!

Sara Dal Monte

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