pastel perfection: a spring table style diy
April 25, 2014

hello friends!

who’s excited that spring is upon us?!  as evidenced by the hillside wildflower shows, rosebunch upon rosebunch in beautiful bloom, and the cutest of baby animals making their début at the san diego zoo and safari park — the season of dainty delightfulness is in full swing.

so it’s no surprise i couldn’t wait to dress our kitchen table accordingly.  and thanks to amazing-yet-affordable finds discovered at my local target, michael’s and 99 cents only stores — as well as san diego’s incredible wholesale flowers near usd — this little creative adventure turned out so fun.  bring on the daily tea parties!

here we go!

SpringTableMaterials

what you’ll need:
– burlap runner (or full tablecloth, if you prefer), wholesale flowers
– laser-cut felt ribbon, michael’s
– assorted glassware (narrow vase, cake stand, trifle bowl and ), my own
– white everyday plate and silver charger, 99 cents only
– vintage-print  and flower melamine plates, 99 cents only and tuesday morning (thanks, mom!)
– tea cup and saucer, gifted by a sweet friend
– ceramic bird salt shakers, 99 cents only, and woodern bird accent, charlotte’s of salado
– silk hydrangea bunches, wholesale flowers
– pearlized gumballs, target

SpringTableGlasswareSetup

step 1: lay the burlap runner across the middle of the table (hint: it helps to take an iron — with dishtowels on top of and under the burlap — to smooth out any packaging wrinkles.)  set the larger vintage-print melamine plate on top of the everyday plate and charger, then top with the narrow vase.  next to this setup, place the trifle bowl atop the cake stand, with a smaller glass container inside it.

SpringTableGumballHydrangea

step 2: place the silk hydrangeas in the narrow vase, then fill around them with pearlized gumballs.

SpringTablePedestalArrangement

step 3: arrange tea cup and flower melamine plates around cake stand.

SpringTablePedestalSetup

step 4: place one of the other vintage-print plates on the cake stand, and arrange bird accents around it.

SpringTablePedestalArrangementFlowers

step 5: add flowers to inner container and finish with color-coordinated ribbon on the outside.

SpringTableinPlace

a quick shot of the final arrangement (almost complete!).

SpringTableinPlaceRibbonRunners

step 6: add two strips of laser-cut felt ribbon, splitting the middle of the burlap runner.

SpringTableinPlaceRibbonRunnersPlaceSettings

step 7: set table with desired placesettings…and enjoy!  i’d love to see your own take on seasonal centerpieces!

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girl power: san diego style bloggers’ one-year “blogivers​ary”
October 8, 2013

lilbitsofchic.com, malcriada.net, aglamdiary.blogspot.com, san diego style bloggers
with the lovely pau, jen, little lola & jess

although this post is a little dated (better late than never, right?) — i was so excited to recently help celebrate the one-year “blogiversary” of the san diego style bloggers group.

having been on a bit of a baby hiatus, it was wonderful to see and catch up with some old blogger friends — as well as meet many new ones!  as i’ve mentioned before,  i am just so continually impressed with the energy, ambition and — of course — personal style expressions of this group of gals.  from rock-and-roll cool to flirty feminine, perfectly on-trend to effortlessly eclectic, everyone feels free to be themselves (and dress accordingly!), and i’ve found myself making several mental notes for future looks.

any2ndnow.com
with cyrillynn of any2ndnow, a definitive first wave authority (and whose style is beyond cool!)

chevron pencil skirt merona, leopard print heels, gray tights
because a one-year blogiversary is all about stripes and spots!
(merona chevron pencil skirt and gray tights, target / franco sarto leopard peeptoes, dsw)

and what a great way to be introduced to the fabulous store that is shimmer!  from unending accessories to rows and rows of affordable, #ootd-worthy options — browsing during the event was too much fun.  many thanks to shimmer for hosting us.

snakeskin heels at iheartshimmer.com
miles of shimmer style

heart pattern headbands iheartshimmer.com
don’t you just *heart* these headbands?

san diego style bloggers blogiversary raffle
tuyaymya from whiteteeblackdress raffling off fab door prizes

i reminisced a bit with paulina from lil’ bits of chic about the very first meet-up last august, and a huge kudos goes to she and rachel (now of chicago chic blog) for the investment they’ve put into growing this lovely and encouraging community.

so, to wrap up this little recap of our night, what better way than with the ultimate quote featured on our delightful blogger gifts, courtesy of tuyaymya from white tee black dress — “bloggers do it better!”  (not to worry, they’ll be on sale soon!)

whiteteeblackdress.com, bloggers do it better, lauraneuzeth.com
the darling laura neuzeth, my new blogger pal (and fellow francophile!)

until next time!
– elle w.

a local look: first san diego style bloggers meet-up
August 11, 2012

i was so excited to see the @sdstylebloggers handle pop up on twitter, then watch the group take off — but most of all about the chance to meet some of these ladies last saturday!

a huge kudos to paulina of lil bits of chic and rachel of da paura for making this group a reality. it is so fun to see our fair city on the fashion blogging map, and i’m really honored to be part of such a — well, fashionable — group!

the shopaholics boutique in little italy hosted us (such a great spot, can’t wait to make it back for a shopping date!), and we all were spoiled with the most darling of gift bags with shop belina jewelry. unfortunately i missed the deliciousness of magner’s irish cider, so i guess a trip to the field is in order!

a big thank you to paulina for graciously taking the shots of me below!

Paulina lilbitsofchic.com San Diego style bloggers

striking a pose with new pal paulina — isn’t she fabulous?

nautical j. Crew boatneck top turquoise maxi skirt

adding some nautical to a turquoise maxi skirt, by way of striped boatneck top and knotted woven belt.

j. Crew striped boatneck top claire's the icing earrings zales monogram
Necklace turquoise nordstrom rack maxi the shopaholics boutique little Italy

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with another new blogger friend, lea of high heeled style. and the name is telling — you should have seen her way-too-fab leopard heels!

the shopaholics boutique little Italy San Diego

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shop belina jewelry

striped boatneck top: j. crew
turquoise maxi skirt: nordstrom rack
rose earrings: the icing
monogram necklace: zales
pearl necklace and silver bangles: loehmann’s
floral wedges: forever 21 (old)
woven belt: jc penney (old)

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