Schoolhouse School

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile know I’m sucker for a good party. I love it all – the hosting, cooking, cocktailing, decor and everything else in between. I even have proof here, here, and here.

That’s why I’m over the moon excited to share with you a workshop I’ve been working on at Schoolhouse Electric. It’s called Schoolhouse School, and if I could attend this event, I’d do so in a heart beat (and I’m not just saying this because it’s my project!). At this one day workshop, experts from our creative community, along with widely acclaimed artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, will teach students the fine art of calligraphy, styling/hosting, and flower arranging. Other entertaining tips and tricks will be covered throughout the day as well – think gift wrapping, serving the perfect cup of coffee, and creating a few noteworthy cocktails too!


What’s specifically on the agenda?

- Calligraphy by special guest artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (2 hour class)
- Flower arranging by Anna Mara Floral Design (1 hour class)
- Styling, party favors, and table-setting by Commonwealth (1 hour class)

For more information, and to sign up for the event, visit the workshop page here.

Hope to see a few of you there:)!

The Wigwam

Morning! As I’ve mentioned before, Kyle and I worked our little fannies off this summer. We both love our jobs, but it’s nice to have a finish line at the end of a busy season, and ours was sunny Arizona last week.

We stayed at a darling historic hotel named the Wigwam. The place has individual casitas that are incredibly charming and cozy. I almost died when I saw our room for the first time – the fireplace killed me. Love. The Wigwam was originally built in 1918 as a gathering place for the Ohio-based executives of Goodyear Tire & Rubber who discovered the West Valley of Phoenix as a prime location to grow cotton for rubber production. In short, this place has some serious history, and that makes it so easy to love.

I didn’t take too many photos, as sleeping, eating, and relaxing aren’t anything to write home about, but here’s a quick snapshot of our time away + the beautiful Wigwam…









Going on vacation for us is like going to couple’s therapy. We actually get to really talk, spend quality time together, and relax. It’s the best, and just what we needed.

Now it’s time to hunker down in cloudy Portland and enjoy Fall…bring it on!

{TGIDIYFriday} Vanilla Extract

Friends! I am back for a special edition TGIDIYFriday craft. In all honestly, life has been outta control busy for myself and the hi, friend ladies. But, let’s be honest. We’re suckers for a good DIY, and with the holidays approaching, we couldn’t resist. Plus, the key to vanilla extract is timing and patience. Therefore, if you make the extract in October, it will be ready to go by the holidays. We’re all about planning ahead and prepping holiday gifts in advance, and this craft is certainly one you can make ahead. So head on over here to get your vanilla extract holiday gifts in gear!


DIY vanilla extract

DIY vanilla extract

The beauty of this craft? It can be used for a long time – vanilla extract keeps for many years if stored properly – at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

Happy weekend to you!




{Loving} Essie’s In Stitches

Today’s post is quick and dirty. I couldn’t resist sharing this new nail polish shade I’ve discovered. It’s called In Stitches from Essie. Come Fall, I always resort to gray or neutral polishes…so I was pleasantly surprised when this one caught my eye. It’s warm and subtle, but still seems fun.

Essie calls it “cheeky, blush pink polish” and neutral. I’m not a pink gal, and this color reads more rosy and soft to me, but it’s very grown-up too.

essie in stitches

Any other good fall/winter nail polish colors I should know about:)?