Monday, November 9, 2015

Harry Potter Dinner Party 2015

When my friend Susan and I hosted our first Harry Potter party back in 2011, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into!

Susan is the party queen (see her son's amazing birthday parties here & here) and for years she has been hosting Halloween themed parties. The year we met, 2011, she chose "Harry Potter" as the theme for her annual event. Being newly friends (my first year living in Ada) and a devout HP fan, I offered to help her out. The party was a smashing success. All of our guests had a marvelous time -so much so that they begged us to do it again! 

Alas, a tradition was born.

Every year we add a new feature to our party and it continues to grow!

This year we added a Dementor...

the proclamation wall...

Which made the perfect background for my Dolores Umbridge costume!

and we added the Great Hall! (not pictured: floating candles...none of my photos turned out!)

The dinner was delicious and the company was wonderful!

So thankful to have friends that don't mind being a little goofy -yes we're total nerds but I wouldn't have it any other way!

(5 house points to the person that can name all of our costumes!)

My costume was thrown together the week before. I came across this Buzzfeed article and was sold on the very first idea! The jacket is from a thrift shop & I paired it with this dress. I found the hat at a local antique store. Not too bad if I do say so myself! 

Any other Harry Potter fans out there? I'd love to hear ideas for costumes and decorations! We're already making plans for next year -don't judge! :-)

Have a good week!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is this thing on?

Hello internet!

It's been exactly one month (to the date) since we last has been so busy!

Here's what I've been up to:

-I traveled to Austin, TX for a bachelorette party. On our way we stopped in Waco to checkout the Magnolia Market. 

We missed the Silo grand opening by a few weeks -however, it's probably for the best because I don't know that I would have been able to control my spending! Everything was so cute and perfect for the doll house! I brought back this wooden cookbook holder, it 's great for my iPad (when looking up those Pinterest/Pioneer Woman recipes!)

A few weeks later I attended the ionOklahoma 30 under 30 banquet. It was such an honor to be recognized and truly a wonderful evening. 

My favorite part of the entire experience has been getting to know the other 30 under 30 recipients. They are all exceptional individuals who've accomplished so many wonderful things in such a short time...but what impressed me the most was how welcoming and friendly everyone was to one another. Standing in a room filled with successful men and women can be a little intimidating but that wasn't the case with this group! They were delightful!

A few days later I donned the same green dress to a vineyard wedding! 

I know there is an unspoken rule about repeating an outfit in the same week...but I loved this dress! It was perfect for both occasions so I threw the rules out the window and never looked back!

Last weekend I attended a Halloween party & I went as Morticia Addams. 

I don't think I've dressed up for Halloween since college. It was so much fun planning my costume! I probably watched a dozen Morticia Addams makeup tutorials on YouTube and even broke out the Addams Family Movie for inspiration!

The other costumes were pretty clever -I especially loved the DIY McDonalds french fry costume!

In my spare time I've been binge watching The Mindy Project. Oh my gosh, she is so funny!

Also, my other shows have made their way back into my life. Shonda Rhimes is to me what Beyonce is to the rest of the world. Thank you Shonda for Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and my longtime friend, Meredith Grey.

I'm not ready to talk about The Walking Dead yet, however, I would like to address two of my (former) Facebook friends who thought it was socially acceptable to leak the major spoiler in this week's episode! Please read the following in Stephanie Tanner's voice: How Rude! #Unfriend

October is my favorite time of year. At the risk of sounding "basic" (did I use that new catch phrase correctly? please advise) ... I love the changing leaves, festive parties and pumpkin spice everything. I can't help myself!

Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this month:

You all know how much I love theSkimm! One of the founders was recently married in Chicago and it was gorgeous! 
-Style Me Pretty

-The New York Times

-Business Insider

-AD Week

31 Alternative Harry Potter Costume Ideas I'm co-hosting a HP party next week. I found my costume in this article & it's going to be perfect!!

The week ahead:
Halloween book club, trick-or-treaters and a cozy (scary) movie night with friends! Can't wait! 

Happy Halloween!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Week in Review

This has been such a good week. I've been surrounded by friends and family almost every day, which is a rare treat!


A gender reveal BBQ -the invitations read: "Bun in the oven, burgers on the grill!" Isn't that clever?

I have such an amazing group of friends here in Ada. Our friendship reminds me of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda...except there are thirteen of us instead of four!


It's kind of hard to think of a pit, but if I have to choose...I'd say the pit of my week is all of the yard work that awaits me this weekend. It's out of control...sometimes I fantasize about clearing out my entire backyard and filling it with rocks! I hate yardwork.


My mom stayed over at my house night last night. We had dinner with my siblings and toured my brother's new house. We stayed up late talking about everything under the sun. Those are the best nights.


Fall is ALMOST here -that means it's time to dust off those cozy sweaters and shop the fall trends! My favorite boutique has put out their fall selection and it is adorable! They asked me to model a few outfits and I was in heaven!

Follow @Serendipity_ada on Instagram to see the other looks. My favorite hasn't been posted yet but it involves a tulle skirt! Swoon!

Here are my favorite things on the internet this week:

She answered his ad for a roommate, moved in and never left. This story needs to be made into a movie!
-The New York Times

Greetings from pengy! This made my heart tingle, the internet can be such an awesome place!

One Day More! Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals, also I'm  little obsessed with flash mobs...combine the two? Magic! (If you're a teacher, you need to watch it!)

Of course, I got sucked into the YouTube rabbit hole and spent an embarrassing amount of time watching "One Day More" flash mob videos (there are so many!)...this one was my favorite. It's a wedding flash mob where they surprised the bride. Please tell my future husband to make this happen. K thanks.

The perfect half up bun. So I'm really liking the half up bun trend but I've been a little intimidated to give it a try...this fashion blogger is rocking it! I'm making it a goal to wear one sometime this weekend!
-Pink Pistachio 

The week ahead:

-A street festival (Ada Fest), a sushi date and digging out my fall doesn't get better than that!

Have a good weekend!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Rocksbox Review

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For my birthday my little brother gifted me a RocksBox jewelry subscription. I'd heard about RocksBox before but wasn't really sure how it worked or what to expect.

Here's what you need to know: It's like renting designer jewelry! 

The first thing you do is complete a short survey about your style- Do you wear mostly yellow gold or silver? Do you wear statement pieces or are you drawn to delicate pieces? What's your ring size (do you wear rings?) -etc.

After completing my survey, I browsed their stock of jewelry. I was surprised to see that they have all of my favorite designers! Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, Gorjana -to name a few! If I saw an item I liked, I added it to my wishlist -then the RocksBox designers will include at least one item from my "wishlist" in my box! #love

So last week I received my first box and it did not disappoint! 

The box included three pieces that I can wear as long as I like. If there's something in my box that I want to buy, I can purchase it at a discounted rate (not to mention you get a $10 credit for each box -on top of the already discounted jewelry..that's a pretty good deal! Especially on designers that NEVER go on sale *ahem, Loren Hope I'm looking at you!) 

If I don't like any of the jewelry in my box, I can send it back and they will send me a new box! RocksBox does not limit the number of box renewals each month...which means you could sample as much jewelry as your heart desires! 

Included in my first box: 

1. Gorjana Mave Lariat Necklace
(one of my "wishlist" items)
Retail: $78
RocksBox discount: $62

2. Perry Street Kara Earrings
Retail: $33
RocksBox discount: $26

3. Sophie Harper X Ring in Gold
Retail: $30
RocksBox discount: $24

I loved each and every piece! I wore the necklace 3 times (It looked so perfect with this black maxi I wore to a BBQ last weekend) 

The ring is one of those everyday staples, and I really loved it! However, I already own a ring very similar so I decided to send it back.

The earrings are darling and a fun way to jazz up any outfit!

I decided not to purchase anything from this box. I am saving my $10 credit for something special! I can't wait to see what's in my next box! I sent this one back today so I should have something new soon!

Have any of you tried RocksBox? What do you think? I have so many events coming up in the next few months -a wedding, a bachelorette weekend, holiday parties -this is going to save me so much money on styling my looks!

If you're interested in signing up (and want to try the first month free!!!) click here!

**RocksBox does not know who I am. As I mentioned earlier, this was a gift from my brother. I just thought it was cool and wanted to share it with you! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Week in Review

This week I began a new workout/diet regimen & the struggle is real (read: I'm starving). I wanna live in a world where I can consume unlimited amounts of pizza and chocolate chip cookies without getting that too much to ask?

I had my makeup done by a professional makeup artist this week (I had head shots taken for a secret project) and I can't remember the last time I felt more beautiful. Lately, I've been in somewhat of a was so nice being pampered and glammed up for the night. Ladies, if you're local you must call Krischelle! I swear she is magic!

School is back in session which means summer is almost over. I feel pretty confident in saying that this has been the best summer (post college)...I'm really sad that it's coming to an end. Just a month or so left to layout by the pool and play on the lake. How is it possible?

Yesterday I came home to a little surprise in my mailbox. My best friend (Autumn, I'm talkin about you!) sent me a little gift, a Kate Spade bracelet and earrings. She is such an amazing friend! I don't know what I'd do without her.

My favorite things on the internet this week:

The most amazing a capella cover of Lion King's "Circle of Life" all the parts sung by one man! Goosebumps!

Mindy Kaling's guide to killer confidence. A long read but well worth it!

 Target advertisements for Vogue, simply stunning! I love seeing creative (and unexpected) advertising campaigns. Target really hit the mark on this one!

A workout inspired by ballet for non-dancers. This is right up my alley. If it ever comes to Oklahoma I will be the first to sign up! 

When you finally nail the high note. Couldn't stop laughing!
-Twitter via @sixsecondcov

Sometimes I daydream about moving to NYC...and then I remember that I'd be living in a teeny tiny apartment -which is so unappealing. However, I think I could make it work if it looked like this posh place.
-NY Mag 

Dressing better can change the way your brain works.  Dress for success my friends!
-Huffington Post

The week ahead:
This weekend I'll be attending a birthday/welcome home party for some dear friends & I'm hosting a bridal shower!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Parker's 2nd Birthday Party, a trip to the farm!

I am so behind on sharing these photos...when I was editing them for this post, I couldn't help but feel a little sad that summer is almost over. This has been such a wonderful summer filed with birthdays, travels and a lot of time spent by the pool! I don't want it to end!

One of my favorite memories from this summer is Parker's second birthday party. His mom is one of my best friends -and boy does she know how to throw a party! Remember his circus party last year? It was darling! I didn't think she could do it, but she has totally outdone herself with his second birthday!

I'm going to let the photos speak for themselves! Enjoy!

Isn't that the most adorable party you've ever seen? It was such a fun afternoon! The cake was incredible, it looked just like a hay bale (yes, they "hay" was edible and it was delicious!) -the pies were homemade by Susan's mother...fresh squeezed lemonade and BBQ to boot! Take me back!

I loved the backyard games, the dads were really competitive with the sack race! (not pictured, the pie eating contest -I didn't get any good photos of that but it was so much fun!)

We ended the party with a hay ride around the neighborhood...I don't remember the last time I took a hay ride but I felt like a little girl again! It took me back!

Susan, you are an expert party planner! I think the adults had just as much fun as the kids! Parker is one lucky boy!