Absolutely in love with BHLDN Decor

5 May

Have you seen BHLDN’s new decor items? I’m in love, love, love! Slate heart placecards, floral epherma, treat pedestals, glass glitter and more.

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Love it all.

xoxo McKenzie

all images from BHLDN.

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Giveaway: Bake it Pretty Grab Bag

28 Apr

Who doesn’t love a surprise? Okay – who doesn’t love a surprise that includes free, fun baking goods? Is there a single person out there? Didn’t think so!

I’m just in love with Bake it Pretty – so when I placed a recent order, I ordered a few extra grab bags to give away as gifts. Of course I had to have a grab bag for myself. It was packed full of darling cupcake liners, a few paper straws, some bamboo spoons (perfect to take and toss), a fun cake topper and some yummy candy with which to top cupcakes. An absolute score!

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Because I’m feeling generous this fine day, one of those grab bags could be yours!

Just comment below whether you’d want the tomato bag, the blueberry bag or the vanilla bag, and tell me what your favorite item is on the Bake it Pretty website.

A winner will be selected via Random.org and announced on the blog on 5-9-11.

Giveaway begins on 4-28-2011 at 8 am CST and ends on 5-5-2011 at 11:59 pm CST.

WINNER:
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Nicole, who said: I love the Bake It Pretty grab bags! I’m a total sucker for surprises. I’d love the tomato bag!
My favorite thing on Bake It Pretty is the cupcake liners. They have such a variety of colors, patterns, & sizes to choose from!

Nicole – send us an email and we’ll ship your tomato bag to you!

xoxo McKenzie

*Note: grab bags were purchased by me, and assembled and sold by Bake it Pretty.

DIY fabulous crepe paper flowers

22 Apr

Ooh, I am in love with these crepe paper flowers that Jessica from How About Orange came up with. She is so darned creative!

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Add this to my list of crepe paper crafts I need to try – a list that just keeps growing!

Find the tutorial here.

xoxo McKenzie

Image via How About Orange.

Party dresses worthy of a fab party

20 Apr

I don’t think I could love these more. The muted tones, dip-dyed styling, ruffles and fluffles. I’m 100% enamored by Tutu Du Monde‘s fabulous party dresses. I just wish they came in MY size.

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I discovered Tutu Du Monde via one of my favorite blogs: Hip Hip Hooray!

xoxo McKenzie

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

18 Apr

To begin with, I want to thank everyone who entered to win the Kate Spade tote. And secondly, I want to thank the new Facebook fans – because of you, I am donating and additional $30 to the Red Cross for Japan relief. Thank you for motivating me

After compiling all the entries from the blog, twitter, and the new Facebook fans, and meshing them up against Random.org, we have a winner.

Congratulations to Rylee Field! (Rylee, watch for a message from me!).

To everyone else, I have another fun giveaway next week (from the always fabulous Bake it Pretty!).

xoxo McKenzie

Brilliant first birthday party

9 Apr

What do 1 year olds love more than anything? Boxes! So this cardboard box-themed birthday party ranks right up there for smarts and cool-factor.
The charming/cool invites:

The super-cool castle with perfect paper bunting:

Is that a cake or another box? Who cares? It’s awesome!

Consider me inspired – by cardboard!

xoxo McKenzie

All images from Hello Lucky! view the original post here.

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

7 Apr

I’m a bit of a shoe hound. I don’t know how it always happens, but each year I throw out at least 5 pairs of spring/summer shoes, and by the end of the summer, I have at least 8 pairs more than I did at the start of the season.

Right now, I am dying over these neutral lovelies. I’m triple-heart loving the soft, muted pinks and peaches (so ballerina-esque). And glitter, done. Always love glitter. Perhaps that love was born from my 13 years of dance.

Here are a few of my current loves. If I were getting married this summer, you can bet I’d be wearing one (or more) of these.

Badgley Mischka – Lyndee
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kate spade NY Charmer
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BP Platinum Bow T-strap
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Enzo Angiolini – Merryann
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xoxo McKenzie

All photos from Nordstrom.com

Giveaway: Kate Spade <3 Japan Tote

5 Apr

I was lucky, lucky, lucky enough to score 2 of the sold out lovely Kate Spade ❤ Japan totes from katespade.com!

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Soooo, since the proceeds were given to Japan Red Cross Society, I figured this would be a great opportunity to pay it forward. Who doesn't love doing something great while getting a fab tote bag?

*****Contest has closed! Check back on April 18 to find out who won the Kate Spade Japan tote – and THANK YOU to those who entered! *****

In addition, I pledge to give $1 to the American Red Cross (for Japan Tsunami/earthquake relief) for each new Facebook fan we receive between today and the close of the contest – up to $120.

If you want to win the tote, comment below and just share your favorite color. Mine is spring green.

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There are two ways to get additional entries to win:
1. Like La La Soiree on Facebook and make this your status: @La La Soiree is giving away a @kate spade Japan tote.

2. Follow La La Soiree on Twitter and tweet this: @LaLaSoiree is giving away a #katespade Japan tote and I’d love to win it!

xoxo McKenzie

Giveaway is available only within the United States. Giveaway period begins on 4/5/2011 at 8:00 am CST and ends on 4/12/2011 at 10:00 pm CST. La La Soiree reserves the right to extend giveaway period in order to reach greater audience. Winner will be chosen via random.org.

Pro Interview with Chez Bloom

30 Mar

Laura Chase of Chez Bloom was kind enough to answer a few questions about her business. Oh how wonderful it would be to work with flowers and create gorgeous bouquets each day!

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1. Describe your floral business – what is it, how do you do it?
Chez Bloom is a full service retail florist that specializes in weddings, events, flower delivery for life’s everyday celebrations and sympathy floral arrangements. We design two weddings per weekend and have a staff
under 10.

2. What are some challenges you face?
All florists face the challenges of having “phoney florists” listed in both the phone books and on-line that simply forward orders to other florists. We always encourage people to call florists in the city they need flowers deivered to directly. Not to go through (an old fashioned expensive Wire Service) Other challenges can be finding good quality product, especially if it is out of season. Chez Bloom keeps relations and builds contacts direct with farms and we try to buy locally or at least within the US if possible.

3. What is the best part about your business/job?
Getting to be creative everyday, working with beautiful plants, flowers and greenery some that are new and recently developed i.e. Roses, I am always amazed at new hybrid varieties.

4. Do you have any tips/recommendations to brides who are looking for a florist?
Yes, I would talk with more than one, I would try to select flowers that are in season to keep your budget reasonable and I would not recommend hiring a florist who works from home with no cooler, insurance or who does not accept credit cards. If anything were to go wrong, you have little or no recourse of getting flowers on time or your money returned. Check references!

5. What should a bride bring when meeting with their florist?
Pictures if bouquets that she loves (although we do have lots of images) and the colors she wants to work with. Its also great to get an idea of what she wants for centerpieces.

6. What recommendations do you have for brides when choosing florals for their wedding?
Go for seasonal, steer clear of scented flowers if you have friends or family with allergies and I would stay away from dyed or “sprayed flowers”. You need not match the flowers exactly to fabrics and some dyes
can stain. A stained wedding dress-not so good!

7. And the old “stranded on a deserted island” question – what 5 items would you want with you?
1. Seeds, a good knife, tank of propane, twizzlers, Johnny Depp.

8. If you have anything else you’d like to say about your business, weddings, or life in general, here’s your soapbox (say it here).
I would say, “Don’t overstress about your wedding day, have fun, take lots of pictures and start planning early, in fact, get the best planner you can and your stress will be much less!

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I have to be honest and let ya’ll know that my wedding bouquet came from Chez Bloom and it was GORGEOUS (see above, don’t you agree?) – so I may be a wee bit biased.

Thanks to Laura for sharing!

xoxo McKenzie

Photo taken by Laura Ivanova | florals styled by Chez Bloom | Event styled by La La Soiree

Bunting Roundup!

28 Mar

Buntings are SO popular right now – I adore them.

Here are a few of my favorite links to free bunting goodies!

Free personalized bunting wedding invitation suite from The Wedding Chicks
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Printable letter buntings for weddings, parties etc from Two Brunettes via Ruffled.
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An adorable DIY bunting birthday (or shower, or anytime) card from How About Orange.
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An easy, quick-to-sew fabric bunting from Joyful Abode.
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If you’ve got other links to cute buntings, please share in the comments!

xoxo McKenzie

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