A Royal Birthday Bash

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There are few things that I love more than planning my kids’ birthday parties. It is truly so much fun to me. All-out birthday celebrations are something special that I get to do for them; the love, energy, and effort that I put into making every detail perfect is my gift to them. One day, when they look back at pictures of their parties, they will hopefully be able to feel the heart and soul that went into making these milestones memorable. My sweet babies are only young once, and each stage is worthy of a blowout bash!

This year, I planned a combined party for my youngest son, Bradley (turning 3), and my only daughter, Anna Blair (turning 1). A lot of life changes were also taking place for us around their birthdays, and I knew that it would be too much on me to plan two separate parties just a couple of weeks apart. We actually moved to a new home a few days after the party; therefore, this party took on a special importance to me because I knew that it would be the “last hurrah” in our home before we moved.

Since Anna Blair was called “Pretty Pretty Princess” from the second she was born (she does have two older brothers, after all!), I decided to work around that nickname and settled on the princess and knight theme. I had the best time brainstorming creative ways to bring the Royal Birthday Bash to life with the personal motto in mind that “love is in the details.” I am so grateful to the people who helped me realize my vision and will give special mention to each of them below.

All good parties start with a great invitation!  For this and the other printed materials (such as the party favor tags, food labels, and envelopes in which the invitations were mailed), I collaborated with my best friend and graphic designer, Anna, of Anna Hatcher Design.  Anna is incredibly creative and helped me execute every aspect of the party; I am so thankful that she could come all the way from California to be there!!! 

Not everything has to look perfect, professional, and purchased; in fact, I actually prefer incorporating mom-made aspects into each party that I give.  For example, I drew the prince and the princess for the invitation because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted the prince and princess to take on a sweet, storybook quality, so I decided to design them myself.  Anna was able to scan in my drawing and resize the characters for use in the invitation and other print materials.  She’s seriously SO talented!!!

 This is my beautiful and talented friend, Anna! It meant the world to me that she flew across the country to celebrate my children’s birthdays with me. Below you can see some more of the darling designs she did for the party’s print materials—they seriously added so much and made everything feel more custom, special, and personal.  Anna’s company is called  Anna Hatcher Designs . She is an amazing graphic designer who can realize any vision and make the ideas you have in your head come to life on the page.

This is my beautiful and talented friend, Anna! It meant the world to me that she flew across the country to celebrate my children’s birthdays with me. Below you can see some more of the darling designs she did for the party’s print materials—they seriously added so much and made everything feel more custom, special, and personal.

Anna’s company is called Anna Hatcher Designs. She is an amazing graphic designer who can realize any vision and make the ideas you have in your head come to life on the page.

Anna also made these precious party favor tags for the costumes that I ordered from Amazon (They are hyperlinked below at the end of the blog post!).

These menu tags really brought the food table to life! (Picture them folded in half so that they stand up like a little tent).

The Menu:

Fruit (“The Crown Jewels”), Uncrustables Sandwiches (“Knight Shields”), Bugles Chips (“Dragon Claws”), Hummus (“Dignified Dip”), Chicken Nuggets (“Royal Nuggets”), Cookies (“Charming Treats”), and Veggie Sticks (“Spears and Swords”)

 

I am really lucky that my precious, handsome brother, Chance, agreed to be our Knight in Shining Armor. There are few people in the world who are as special to my kids as Uncle Chance is, so it was genuinely a treat having him visit from Louisiana to be a part of this family milestone. I also greatly appreciate that his girlfriend, Anne (who I adore!) came from Auburn University to be Chance’s Princess. The children LOVED seeing Chance and Anne dressed up, and they were so great with the all of the kids. Can you imagine being a little boy or little girl and seeing a real knight and princess walking in your midst?! They helped make this a magical occasion for Bradley, Anna Blair, and all of their friends.

I also have to give my mom a shout out because I am so grateful to her help. I had so much on my plate trying to process and pack for the move and she helped me pull all the finishing touches together. I could not have held it all together and gotten it all done without her help!

 

Below are details of the entrance to the Boyd Castle. Here is another example of an opportunity that I took to hand-design and execute the decor of the party. I was so tickled with how cute it all turned out!

 

Julia Child famously said, “A party without cake is just a meeting.”

Thank you to Christie from Sweet Chloe’s for making all of my cake dreams come true.  Just look at the meticulous attention to detail in the font on the writing above the castle doors and on the wood texture of the doors themselves!—just incredible. This is my 9th Birthday cake order from Christie. Not only are her cakes beautiful but they taste AMAZING!

These cookies are such eye candy as well!  They truly are edible works of art, and they are as delicious as they are gorgeous.  Thank you, Lynn at Razzle Dazzle Cookies! I genuinely cannot host an event without these cookies! If you live in the Atlanta area you must order from Lynn. She is adorable and crazy talented!

 

I wanted the table decorations to be whimsical and in keeping with my storybook vibe. Fresh flowers always add the perfect touch to any tablescape! But what really makes me smile is watching that table fill with children during the party and hearing their musical laughter and happiness filling the air.

 

Lastly, I have to give special mention to my big 5-year-old, Brooks, who valiantly kept watch over Prince Bradley and Princess Anna Blair as they shared the spotlight for the day. He had a blast participating in the festivities and proudly celebrating his little brother and baby sister.

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Below you can shop our looks from the party and find hyperlinked images to the various vendors who helped make the details come together.

My Party Outfit

Anna Blair’s Party Outfit

Bradley’s and Brooks’s Party Outfits

Party Favor Details

Party Decor Items

Chic in Cupcakes and Cashmere

Cupcakes and Cashmere is an accessible and affordable brand that makes beautiful, unique, truly wearable clothes. This dress can be glamorous and elegant, as I’ve styled it in the pictures below. But it can just as easily be thrown on by itself with a pair of sandals for an easy, casual look. When a garment is well-constructed and beautiful as a stand-alone piece, its versatility is limitless! Cupcakes and Cashmere makes just such pieces time and time again. I hope you will enjoy exploring this brand if it is new to you. If you are a long-time fan, then you can leave me an “AMEN” comment on the Blog!!!

***Note: This exact vest and this exact necklace are out of stock, so similar ones are linked. The dress, shoes, purse, and earrings are all still available, and the shoes are on MAJOR sale!!!***

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Trendy Tiger!

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How adorable is this tiger-print shirt from J. Crew?!?! It is such a chic pattern, and it’s also a fun twist on the animal print fad that is sweeping the runways and fashion houses this fall. This shirt also happens to be the PERFECT piece of clothing for my fellow Auburn fans out there! You’d be the Belle of the Auburn Tailgate Ball if you showed up in this outfit.

Below are all of the details you need to recreate it. The shorts I’m wearing here are sold out from Draper James, but a similar pair from ASOS is pictured and linked. My wedges are called Audora from Sigerson Morrison. They are still available at footnotes.com in a caramel color, but the navy Seychelles pair linked below accomplish the same effect as the navy Audora. Likewise, my earrings are called the Beaded Bauble by Lela Rose but are no longer available. This BaubleBar drop ring pair will do the trick instead!

Lastly, my cross body purse is from the Fran Mae line. Please see my previous post that details these fantastic bags, and be sure to take advantage of the discount code that M. Boutique is offering to Hearts of Style followers when you call the store to place your order! Just use the code Hearts of Style for 10% off and Free Shipping!

Target for the Win!!!

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This is my look of shock and awe when I walked into Target and saw this great dress from the Who What Wear collection! It has just enough pattern to give it flair but can still be styled and restyled in multiple ways for a variety occasions. For the price point, you simply can’t beat the quality and versatility!

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 Don’t forget to check out our previous Blog Post on the new  Fran Mae  bags from the owner of M. Boutique in Shreveport, LA! They are offering Hearts of Style followers  10% off  and  free shipping  when you call to place your order. Just mention  Hearts of Style  on the phone! In the picture above, I am carrying the Departure Backpack in the color Marina. It’s a lifesaver as a busy mom who always has her hands full!

Don’t forget to check out our previous Blog Post on the new Fran Mae bags from the owner of M. Boutique in Shreveport, LA! They are offering Hearts of Style followers 10% off and free shipping when you call to place your order. Just mention Hearts of Style on the phone! In the picture above, I am carrying the Departure Backpack in the color Marina. It’s a lifesaver as a busy mom who always has her hands full!

Savannah’s Outfit Details

Anna Blair’s Outfit Details

Fran Mae Bags

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My friend and owner of M. boutique in Shreveport, Louisiana, just released an amazing new handbag line called Fran Mae!

M. is offering a discount code that includes 10% off and FREE SHIPPING just for Hearts of Style followers. Simply mention Hearts of Style when you call the boutique to place your order! See below for details about the bags and pictures that showcase their design and quality. I know you are going to love Fran Mae!

You can reach M. at 318-220-8828.

The bags come in a variety of styles, including The Day Tripper Crossbody ($110), The Departure Backpack ($145), The Stowaway Pouch ($75), and The Transit Tote ($145).

Each style comes in four colors, and the palette was inspired by all things travel: Cement, Port, Tarmac, and Marina.

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I’m in love with the quilted texture and woven seatbelt strap styling.

With these details, the Fran Mae bags achieve the perfect blend of edgy, timeless, and durable.

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I own the Departure Backpack, the Stowaway Pouch, and the Day Tripper Crossbody. I take my Departure Backpack and Stowaway Pouch with me everywhere I go! They are the ideal stylish accessories for a busy mom-on-the-go. The Departure Backpack holds everything I need for business and parenting in one convenient, updated “diaper” bag. I use The Stowaway as an insert to hold my diapers and wipes.

The Departure also makes the perfect gym bag, school book bag, or day-to-day purse, while The Stowaway is great as a clutch or wristlet. These bags are stylish, versatile, and functional!!

Below you can see some pictures of how I incorporate my Departure Backpack, Stowaway, and Day Tripper into my daily life. I really love them, and you will, too!

 The Departure Backpack in Marina.

The Departure Backpack in Marina.

 The Departure Backpack with the Stowaway tucked inside (both in Marina).

The Departure Backpack with the Stowaway tucked inside (both in Marina).

 The Departure Backpack is so roomy and has great pockets, which we all know are the key to staying organized and being able to quickly get your hands on what you need in your bag.

The Departure Backpack is so roomy and has great pockets, which we all know are the key to staying organized and being able to quickly get your hands on what you need in your bag.

 The Stowaway has strategic zippered pockets on the outsides—so smartly designed!

The Stowaway has strategic zippered pockets on the outsides—so smartly designed!

 I love that The Stowaway can be pulled out and used as a wristlet or clutch.

I love that The Stowaway can be pulled out and used as a wristlet or clutch.

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 The Daytripper Crossbody provides plenty of room for essentials when you have a day on-the-go and don’t need the whole kitchen sink but DO need your hands free!

The Daytripper Crossbody provides plenty of room for essentials when you have a day on-the-go and don’t need the whole kitchen sink but DO need your hands free!

***Savannah’s outfits that you see pictured here will be featured in several upcoming Blog Posts! I bet you will never guess where the polka dot dress is from!!!***

The Art of Packing

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Ok, ladies. Admit it! How many of you have made lists until you were blue in the face, stressed until you added extra gray hairs and wrinkles, then scrambled around right up until the last second to get packed for a trip, only to arrive at your destination and STILL not have everything you need?! We have all been there! This is why Hearts of Style offers a full packing service for our clients. We will take care of every detail of each outfit, completing a head-to-toe look from the shoes to the earrings to the purse to the belt for every day, night, or event of your trip. When we leave, you will have a zipped suitcase complete with packing cubes for each outfit, printed pictures to remind you of how to style them, and NONE of the hassle, worry, and stress that is typically associated with getting organized and mobilized to travel. This blog post details Hearts of Style’s process on a full A to Z packing job!

You will never want to go back to packing for yourself ever again!!!

The client featured below is off to Las Vegas for a few days to accompany her husband, who has a work conference there. Friends from Houston are also flying in to meet them!

Her itinerary is as follows:

THURSDAY DAYTIME

Lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, Spago, in The Bellagio with her husband, as well as her husband’s boss and his wife, then shopping with her husband

THURSDAY EVENING

Dinner at Le Cirque in The Bellagio with her husband, as well as her husband’s boss and his wife, followed by a performance by the ventriloquist, Terry Fator, at The Mirage

FRIDAY DAYTIME

Lunch and spa day at The Bellagio with her best friend from Houston

FRIDAY EVENING

Dinner at é by Josè Andrès at The Cosmopolitan with her husband and their good couple friends from Houston (é is a unique, 20-course molecular gastronomy experience where only nine guests are served at each serving)

SATURDAY DAYTIME

Shopping at The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace with her friend then lunch with the husbands at Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesar’s Palace

SATURDAY EVENING

Dinner at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace with her husband and their friends, followed by a performance of The Beatles Cirque du Soleil called LOVE at The Mirage

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Hearts of Style comes to your home to help you select looks for each day, evening, or event that you have planned for your trip.

We try on the looks to make sure they are perfect and take pictures for future reference.

Then we restyle the looks on a white board to capture printable photographs for the client to pack inside their packing cubes.

Here are the looks that we styled for this client’s Las Vegas trip:

  THURSDAY DAYTIME : Lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, Spago, in The Bellagio with her husband, as well as her husband’s boss and his wife, then shopping with her husband

THURSDAY DAYTIME: Lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, Spago, in The Bellagio with her husband, as well as her husband’s boss and his wife, then shopping with her husband

  THURSDAY EVENING : Dinner at Le Cirque in The Bellagio with her husband, as well as her husband’s boss and his wife, followed by going to see the ventriloquist, Terry Fator, at The Mirage

THURSDAY EVENING: Dinner at Le Cirque in The Bellagio with her husband, as well as her husband’s boss and his wife, followed by going to see the ventriloquist, Terry Fator, at The Mirage

  FRIDAY DAYTIME : Lunch and spa day at The Bellagio with her best friend from Houston

FRIDAY DAYTIME: Lunch and spa day at The Bellagio with her best friend from Houston

  FRIDAY EVENING:  Dinner at é by Josè Andrès at The Cosmopolitan with her husband and their good couple friends from Houston (é is a unique, 20-course molecular gastronomy experience where only nine guests are served at each serving)

FRIDAY EVENING: Dinner at é by Josè Andrès at The Cosmopolitan with her husband and their good couple friends from Houston (é is a unique, 20-course molecular gastronomy experience where only nine guests are served at each serving)

  SATURDAY DAYTIME : Shopping at The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace with her friend then lunch with the husbands at Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesar’s Palace

SATURDAY DAYTIME: Shopping at The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace with her friend then lunch with the husbands at Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesar’s Palace

  SATURDAY EVENING : Dinner at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace with her husband and their friends, followed by a performance of The Beatles Cirque du Soleil called LOVE at The Mirage

SATURDAY EVENING: Dinner at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace with her husband and their friends, followed by a performance of The Beatles Cirque du Soleil called LOVE at The Mirage

  EXTRA OUTFIT : Just because you never know!

EXTRA OUTFIT: Just because you never know!

Once a look has been finalized and photographed, Hearts of Style gathers each item that you will need for that look, places those items into an individual packing cube with the corresponding photograph, puts the packing cube into the suitcase, and that’s all there is to it! The process is repeated until the suitcase is packed and ready to go.

(Note: This client owns the packing cubes, suitcase, and jewelry case you see pictured here, and they will all be linked below.)

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All ready to go! VEGAS BABY!!!

Below you will find links to individual items pictured in the looks for our client’s getaway to Las Vegas.

***Please note: Some of the items are no longer available.

Exact items are pictured whenever possible, but in some cases,

similar items are pictured and linked.***

THURSDAY DAYTIME LOOK

THURSDAY EVENING LOOK

FRIDAY DAYTIME

FRIDAY EVENING

SATURDAY DAYTIME

SATURDAY EVENING

EXTRA OUTFIT

READY TO GO

PACKING ACCESSORIES

Souped Up Sweatshirts by English Factory

I was so excited to glance down at my phone and see a message from Mulberry & King about our upcoming collaboration. Both of the “souped up” sweatshirts featured in the looks below are pieces that exemplify Mulberry & King’s elevated-yet-wearable style. The boutique is owned by two of the sweetest gals—Meredith and Megan—out of Charleston, SC. Check out their Instagram page @mulberryandking, as well as their website at www.mulberryandking.com. Their motto is: “Life isn’t perfect, but your outfit can be.” Can we get an AMEN?!

Sweatshirts aren’t just by Hanes anymore! Keep your eye out for easy-to-wear, throw-on-and-go tops that are the right weight for the chillier weather that will soon be upon us but that have pizzazz, flare, and style WAY beyond the boring, solid, crew neck sweatshirts of yesteryear! English Factory brand is known for adding just the right amount of color and detail in just the right places to make for the perfect blend of practicality and fashion. Throw on one of their tops with a great pair of jeans, a sensible shoe, and a fun earring, and VOILÀ—you have a “uniform” that is cute and comfortable!

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Unexpected Neutrals: Pearl Detailing and Camouflage

When someone says she likes to dress in “neutrals,” you probably picture shades of black, gray, beige, and white. But did you know that certain patterns (I’m a sucker for camouflage and animal print!) or subtle embellishments (I adore pearl detailing!) can still be considered neutrals?

For the look pictured below, I’ve created a casual outfit with just the right amount of pizzazz by pairing this pearl-detail sweater from Mulberry & King with these Veronica Beard camouflage loafers. At a glance, the look reads “neutral,” but the details bring it to life and make it sing! Of course, my best accessory is always my sweet Anna Blair!!!

Click on the images below for direct links to the items that I am wearing here. Anna Blair’s outfit details are included as well. And Hearts of Style has also gathered some additional pearl-detail and camo-inspired items in case you want to put together your own “unexpected neutral” look!

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Savannah’s and Anna Blair’s Outfit Details

Pearl Detail Hearts of Style Picks

Camouflage Shoes Hearts of Style Picks

***Note: There are not a lot of options for camouflage shoes right now, but animal print is a great alternative!***