My Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Week 11

30th May 2015

Here It Is! The Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Week 11

Hallelujah, the weekly round ups are going up on time. Not sure what else to say, but I’m happy because our parties are so cool! Sorry, had to say it. If you want to book one, it’s easy, just go here!

If you’re a regular follower of our Vodka and Donuts Blog, you know this, if not, read below. The event we featured this week was an 80th birthday party for a super sweet customer whose family I have known forever. He and his wife were big travellers so we encorporated a lot of those elements in the party – thus the references to Africa, Asia and the VW. They drove one in Germany when they were first married to get around AND to sleep in. Crazy, but great juice to fire up my design ideas!

Skip this part if you already know: In cased you missed it, here’s what we’re doing, this was mentioned in the first event photo recap blog: “Every afternoon we’re posting event photos & inspiration to my Instagram page to give you ideas for your own events, and of course, encourage you to hire yours truly, fabulous event planner in California for your next soiree! In terms of format, we’re trying to capitalize on the whole hashtag calendar world and take advantage of #WeddingWednesday (#WW) and #ThrowbackThursday (#TT) by posting wedding photos and cool stuff we’ve done on Wednesdays and on Thursdays, harkening back to a past client’s event, be it a celebrity, or just one of us tastemakers. So…here is the first weekly round up of my favorite Instagram images that we posted. (For more event images, click here.) Enjoy and tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below?”

Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:

The party was divided into 4 distinct areas: Africa, Asia, a German biergarten and a movie theatre since the guest of honor loved his old movies. There are so many details in this shot – love the zebras, giraffe and suitcases. If you look closely, you’ll see the birthday boy’s “head” on a stake next to the giraffe. Amazing photography by John Chapple!

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Tuesday:

When you go on safari in Africa, you’re in search of “The Big 5″: Lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and the rhino. We captured the rhino here! :) The horns in the second shot were some “naturally fallen” ones I collected. Love that term.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Wednesday:

Happy #WeddingWednesday (#WW): I have a bottle obsession. Literally, I collect them from everywhere and paint them, repaint and then add to decor, centerpieces, the whole nine. This centerpiece collection was part of the Asian area where guests had dim sum (get the scoop on dim sum here – love the concept for events) passed on carts and at a super long metal tables. The second shot really did have the mustard and ketchup in it from the biergarten area. Like a little German picnic! :) Here’s a great article in Esquire on How to Survive a Biergarten. 

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration -Thursday:

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) to the laughing Buddha of the event. This guy was about 9x the size of me and was parked right at the entrance to the party. LOVED HIM. Check out the steamer trunk and a better shot of that VW – “The People’s Car”.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Friday:

The biergarten featured Chimay White on tap with customized beer mugs (that lit up, natch.) Beer Advocate gives it 4.5 stars, who knew?

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xoxo M

Botox Me, Baby!? (The Step by Step Guide to Deciding if It’s for You)

27th May 2015

Why I am a Fan of Botox (& the Difference Between Botox and Fillers)

It is a surprise to exactly no one that I get Botox. It’s hard to one day look in the mirror and gasp in horror at the first sign of fine lines and wrinkles. (Mine aren’t even so fine, quite frankly.) Then thoughts run through our minds like: “When did these show up?” And “So this is what I’m stuck with now??” At first I tried to justify it with excuses like: “I had a tough week and I’m just tired”. Um, yeah, not so much. You can only ride that for so long.

Who wants to grow old naturally?

Who wants to grow old naturally? I guess not me. I love the whole French idea of looking amazing with zero makeup. Two problems: A) I’m not French. B) I don’t look good without makeup. C) An extra problem I didn’t initially disclose, I want to look good for myself, even if I’m the only one who thinks so. (I’m the girl, remember, who reapplies lipstick when she’s working from home all day.) The tricky part with this whole growing old naturally vs Botox and fillers, vs whatever else is out there, is knowing what to do, how much, where, and how often. It’s hard! I know, first world problems. This is NOT lost on me so please save the hate mail.

The difference between Botox and fillers:

To freaking figure out the whole thing, I asked my girl Tamara at Skin Deep in Pasadena. (Disclaimer: I have no tie to the place other than a girlfriend recommended it to me, I’ve been and I like it. I don’t get anything free, nor is this some pay for play. I’m just using my personal venue here to answer questions that my clients ask me, especially brides and go over what my girlfriends and I talk about anyway. Plus, I was curious and wanted the facts, so I went straight to my source.)

Difference Between Botox and Fillers

Keep in mind, this is not a solution for full on reconstruction. For that, well, you’re going to have to go ask Taylor or see one of the Real Housewives’ docs. (Although, bee tee dubbs, Ken Todd [Lisa Vanderpump’s husband] WAS at our event a couple of weeks ago for Kelly Rutherford and the Children’s Justice Campaign – #bringkellyskidsback – and he looked great, whatever, if anything he’s doing so not everyone is Botoxed out in La La Land.)

The Step by Step Guide to Know if It’s Botox or Fillers:

What do you want to treat?: Fine lines, deep wrinkles or both? If it’s those pesky lines around your eyes or those frown lines that make you look bitter all the time, Botox will be your new best friend.

What it does: Botox relaxes your muscles so you have limited movement, which prevents worsening of the lines and then also softens the ones you have.

How long does Botox last: 3-4 months and it takes anywhere from 3 to 14 days to see the full benefits, but I have to say that I feel better almost immediately, which is probably totally psychological. Oh well.

Once it’s gone: You’ll need to be re-injected to obtain the same results, but my own personal experience has been that it seems to kind of compound on itself after you’ve been a few times so I don’t have to goes as often.

How you know you want a filler

If you’re concerned about the lines that run from your nose down to your mouth or the deflation in the cheek area, that requires a filler to “fill in” the space. We start losing collagen in our late 20s (ugh, depressing isn’t it?) and it’s pretty much downhill from there.

What makes you need fillers? Well, we lose the collagen, and then, there’s the rest of it, the stuff we can control in our lifestyle choices:

  • smoking
  • weight loss
  • sun damage

What are the different types of fillers? We’ll have to get into that in a later post, or if you just can’t wait, check out this article.

How long do fillers last? Fillers typically last 6 months to a year.  That’s it? OK, OK, there’s a newer filler which is FDA approved for 2 years, but call Tamara and ask her about that because I have no idea what it’s called.

The bad news? We’re getting older. The GREAT news, there are options.

The net/net difference between Botox and fillers?

One relaxes the muscles which kind of prevents the fine lines while the other fills and re-stimulates collagen to our faces which reduces the deeper lines.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Yay or nah on Botox and fillers?

xx Marley

P.S. Thanks, Tamara, for agreeing to share!!

 

My Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Week 10

24th May 2015

Here It Is! The Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Week 10

Hi there! How was your week? As challenging, full disclosure, as it is for me to get these photos organized, and, oh, by the way, I don’t even do 1% of the work, it’s so fun to see the whole Instagram image week in review come together over the weekend. (See below for the full explanation of what we’re up to.)

This week’s recap features one of the parties we did for Keely and Pierce Brosnan. Ironic, because Pierce just celebrated his birthday on May 16th and I don’t think the office took that into consideration when we were planning this round up. So, Happy Belated, Pierce! xx

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re doing, mentioned in the first blog (and if you already know what’s going on, skip to the first photo!): “Every afternoon we’re posting event photos & inspiration to my Instagram page to give you ideas for your own events, and of course, encourage you to hire yours truly, fabulous event planner in California for your next soiree! In terms of format, we’re trying to capitalize on the whole hashtag calendar world and take advantage of #WeddingWednesday (#WW) and #ThrowbackThursday (#TT) by posting wedding photos and cool stuff we’ve done on Wednesdays and on Thursdays, harkening back to a past client’s event, be it a celebrity, or just one of us tastemakers. So…here is the first weekly round up of my favorite Instagram images that we posted. (For more event images, click here.) Enjoy and tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below?”

Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:

Evidently you liked this photo, which I do too, but it’s funny to me that it got so many likes on Instagram when it’s sort of “busy” if you look at it as a thumbnail on your phone. Oh well, Christine Chang did an AMAZING job for us with these Malibu beach party shots. (She has a great blog, bee tee dubbs…)

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Tuesday:

This amazing tent served several purposes, to seat everyone, but then to block the shots of the paparazzi. Ha! Not even their drones made it in. #Snap. P.S. How much do you love the fire dancers Kelly brought in from Hawaii? Nuts, huh?

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Wednesday:

Happy #WeddingWednesday (#WW): Love the pineapples and, well, tons and tons of champagne. Need we say more?

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration -Thursday:

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) to this photo with the hostess with a mostess, Keely Brosnan. #ATrueClassAct.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Friday:

Now that I think about it, let’s forget the champagne and just go to the rum. Take me to Kauai, please? Someone? :) Amazing food provided by Malibu’s #1 chef, Jennifer Naylor. (Let’s get together Jennifer!!)

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Event Photos and Inspiration – Plus, tell me what else you want to see on the blog!:

So which of these images were your favorites? Let us know in the comments below! And oh, by the way, make sure you go and see Pierce’s latest movie!!

Do tell?! What did you think of this week’s images? What are some of your favorite sources for inspiration, flowers, trends and all things fashionable? Share them in the comments below so we can all get inspired!  Stop back every weekend to get the previous week’s Instagram recap of Event Photos and Inspiration!

xoxo M

My Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Weeks 8 & 9

22nd May 2015

Here It Is! The Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Weeks 8 & 9

Alrighty, a little late with the recap posts, AGAIN. I am so trying to just “show up” and post on the blog and it’s not always easy. We seem to have nailed getting everything up on Instagram fairly regularly, but I guess when it’s yours truly responsible for the final final touches on this one, it goes south. Shout out to Camille for staying so on top of this and shame on me for lagging behind!

If you already know what we’re doing, skip this paragraph and head straight to the photos:

In case you missed it, here’s what we’re doing: “Every afternoon we’re posting event photos & inspiration to my Instagram page to give you ideas for your own events, and of course, encourage you to hire yours truly, fabulous event planner in California for your next soiree! In terms of format, we’re trying to capitalize on the whole hashtag calendar world and take advantage of #WeddingWednesday (#WW) and #ThrowbackThursday (#TT) by posting wedding photos and cool stuff we’ve done on Wednesdays and on Thursdays, harkening back to a past client’s event, be it a celebrity, or just one of us tastemakers. So…here is the first weekly round up of my favorite Instagram images that we posted. (For more event images, click here.) Enjoy and tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below?”

Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:

The Week of May 4, 2015

Ironically, this party was for Kelly Rutherford and her son, Hermes, Mattel and Rocky the Robot at the Alice and Olivia Showroom in New York. And while we were posting all of this stuff, we did ANOTHER event for Kelly and her project, The Children’s Justice Campaign this past week. If you’d like to sign Kelly’s petition to bring her kids home, please click here. To join the social media conversation, Tweet Kelly @KellyRutherford and use the hashtag: #bringkellyskidshome

The Rocky the Robot themed party for Hermes was all construction. Think tons of road signs, Rocky of course, cardboard bricks and bright yellow cones.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Tuesday:

Cylindrical jars were filled with ropes, chains and every bolt a boy could love. Peaches filled Rocky up to soften things just a little. SUPER obsessed with the graffiti credenza below at the Alice + Olivia showroom.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Wednesday:

Happy #WeddingWednesday (#WW): OK, so we’re cheating because these aren’t really wedding photos, but we wanted to stick with the theme of consistently posting about Kelly, Rocky and Hermes’ party, so there ya go. :). It trumped our #WeddingWednesday commitment.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration -Thursday:

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) to one of my favorite celeb photos. Since I was working the gig, we all wore the bright orange vests – I guess like I was picking up trash by the side of the freeway, but… Kelly, on the other hand, has not aged one single bit since her days on Gossip Girl, and I have no idea how, considering the stress she’s under. Ugh.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Friday:

Construction themed sandwiches with super healthy multi grain bread, natch. (More good ideas on my Food and Beverage Pinterest board, BTW.) Build your own cupcakes with scoops, candy and plastic organizers that would do VERY well in Rocky’s repair department.

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The Week of May 11, 2015

Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:

This week featured Ali Landry’s daughter’s birthday party at one of the waterfront beach houses in Malibu. We all got GREAT coverage for this one. (Thanks Christine Chang for the amazing shots!) Pirate’s Booty provided AMAZING booty, what can I say. Thanks to that event, I’m STILL a loyal customer! For real. And I pay retail! :)

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Tuesday:

Few color combinations make me happier than that bubble gum pink and wheat grass green. I can never get enough, evidently very much channeling Lilly Pulitzer. Maybe I should do a party for them and just bathe in the whole color sitch!

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Wednesday:

Happy #WeddingWednesday (#WW): The table girl dressed as the table? The table was part of her dress? How exactly do I describe this? It would be perfect for a wedding or bridal shower, but by FAR the most often asked question is: “How does she go to the ladies room?”

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration -Thursday:

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) and my photo with Ali Landry. Sweetest, kindest girl ever! Oh, and, drop dead gorgeous, for real, in person!

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Friday:

Fresh squeezed juices, perfect for anyone wanting to healthy it up after all of that PINK CANDY! #LOVE.

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More on Ali Landry by clicking here. More on Kelly Rutherford by clicking here. And to sign the petition to #bringkellyskidshome, please click here.

Do tell?! What did you think of this week’s images? What are some of your favorite sources for inspiration, flowers, trends and all things fashionable? Share them in the comments below so we can all get inspired!  Stop back every weekend to get the previous week’s Instagram recap of Event Photos and Inspiration!

xoxo M

My Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Week 7

3rd May 2015

Here It Is! The Weekly Roundup of Event Photos and Inspiration – Week 7

Hi! Mea culpa, the Instagram photo recap got posted today (Sunday) instead of yesterday. SORRY! What a cuckoo week; it seems like I haven’t been home in forever. Was at Sanctuary after a bunch of days locked in a room creating new systems for my biz, then home for about a day, then off to DC to judge the Entrepalooza (final entrepreneurship competitions) at Georgetown, my alma mater. God bless it, the participants were so freaking talented. Makes me want to be THEM! Hoya Saxa!

If you already know what we’re up to, skip this and just head down to “Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:”

In cased you missed it, here’s what we’re doing, mentioned in the first blog (and if you already know what’s going on, skip to the first photo!): “Every afternoon we’re posting event photos & inspiration to my Instagram page to give you ideas for your own events, and of course, encourage you to hire yours truly, fabulous event planner in California for your next soiree! In terms of format, we’re trying to capitalize on the whole hashtag calendar world and take advantage of #WeddingWednesday (#WW) and #ThrowbackThursday (#TT) by posting wedding photos and cool stuff we’ve done on Wednesdays and on Thursdays, harkening back to a past client’s event, be it a celebrity, or just one of us tastemakers. So…here is the first weekly round up of my favorite Instagram images that we posted. (For more event images, click here.) Enjoy and tell me which one is your favorite in the comments below?”

Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:

Roses! Tightly wound and bound and big, shiny green leaves. Not sure what to say. Love. (Or I guess I wouldn’t have made them/posted them?) :)

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Tuesday:

Kind of the theme for this whole week toggled a lot between hot pink and white. What’s funny though as I’m putting together this recap is that I don’t think I’ve done a lot of hot pink AND white combos. #MaybeIShouldTryThatDuh.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Wednesday:

Happy #WeddingWednesday (#WW): While I’m not a huge fan always of tulips, not sure why, maybe it’s because I have SO many favorites, I do love their supple stems and this perfect way Christine Chang captured the arch of the stems and the blooms perfectly open status.

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration -Thursday:

#ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) to Spring, orchids and these little mini cabbage set ups that, quite frankly, look like Brussel Sprouts to me. (Trying to eat more of those so maybe that’s why I’m dreaming of them now in photos.)

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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Friday:

I think I want a hashtag called #FlashbackFriday. Is there one already? The hot pink photo right below is a shot of the centerpieces for Snoop Dogg’s vow renewal captured by E! If you look to the back left of the shot, you’ll see this interesting French gray/blue sitch. It was a clump of great, interesting feathers on driftwood. Not sure HOW it worked, but it did. Loved that decor. Super unexpected, well, kind of like Snoop himself, I guess! P.S. I haven’t give a shout out to Eric Raptosh who did the Snoop photos, so Hi Eric! Let’s connect. :) The images are AWESOME.

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Do tell?! What did you think of this week’s images? Who are some of your favorite photographers now that I’ve given you two of mine? Share them in the comments below so we can all get inspired!  Stop back every weekend to get the previous week’s Instagram recap of Event Photos and Inspiration!

xoxo M