Friday’s Five

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Yayay Friday! I’m so exited for the weekend! I don’t have a lot planned, but I’m excited to have some time to rest, clean, and get caught up on thank-you notes from graduation. I did have some of what would usually be “weekend fun” on Pre-Friday yesterday, but more on that in a minute. As much as I definitely needed and enjoyed being by myself these past few weeks, the “new” is starting to wear off and I’m ready to make some new friends here. I started visiting churches a few weeks ago, so hopefully I will find a group of people to hang out with soon! But until then, it looks like it will be gourmet pizzas on Friday nights. I mean, hey, life could be worse. Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. Burd Jewelry

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Last week, I received an invitation from Natasha, the creator of Burd Jewelry, to attend her second trunk show in Rice Village! I was excited because it was my first trunk show as a blogger, Rice Village is one of my favorite parts of Houston, and her jewelry is so beautiful and surprisingly affordable! I will be writing an entire post on Burd next week, but until then, check it out for yourself!

2. Holy Crepes

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After the trunk show, my bestie Ashley and I headed over to Sweet Paris Creperie for dinner. We’ve been here quite a few times, because it’s the best. This time, I tried something new and ordered the Ham & Gruyere crepe and I almost DIED it was so good. We also had a lemon dessert crepe, which was the perfect crisp finish to our meal. If you’re in Houston, be sure to stop by, even if it’s just for dessert! It’s also incredibly adorable inside.

3. The Skimm

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As you all know, I cannot start my mornings without The Skimm. It’s a quick little email that gives you the rundown on current events in an easy-to-read, easy to understand format with fun little subject lines (possibly my favorite part) such as “Whoomp there it is”, etc. Want to know what’s going on in Washington, the Middle East, and even in cyberspace? Then Skimm it. That way when someone brings up the FIFA corruption in conversation, you can at least say, “you know, I have heard a bit about that”. BOOM. Adulthood made easy.

4. Cookie Butter Iced Coffee

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL, I REPEAT, NOT A DRILL. Lauren from DC Girl in Pearls, God bless her. She is a saint for sharing this with us all. I found her recipe for Cookie Butter Iced Coffee the other day, and after that I couldn’t really focus on anything else. I mean, it’s cookie butter and coffee. What a time to be alive. I still have to find a lazy girl’s method for iced coffee for this to work well, though. I think that’s going to be my weekend project. Maybe it can be yours too!

5. Milania Guidice

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Miss her. She’s going to be that friend you can count on to say what everyone’s thinking, but nobody really wants to say out loud. And somebody needed to tell Tre, if we’re being real.

That’s all I’ve got. Have a great weekend!

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Party Planning With Paperless Post

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You may not know this about me, but one of my goals in life is to be the modern “Hostess With the Mostest”. I love entertaining and planning events, whether it’s a small dinner with my friends or a brunch for 150. I’m very particular about even the most minor details, most likely because I believe the quality of the details affect the quality of the big picture. For example, I had my cousins over for dinner this semester, and I set out sombreros and used our most fiesta-like dishes because I was serving enchiladas- let’s be real, they’re 18 year old boys living off of dining hall food- they probably wouldn’t have noticed if I had used styrofoam plates and plastic sporks. But I believe that when you take the time to make an effort and make things a little fancier than usual, it shows your guests that they are important to you and that you’re glad they came.

When my sister asked me to be her MOH, one thing I was super excited about was planning the bachelorette party. Not because it was going to be wild, but because I knew it would take some actual planning and creativity- remember, this is one reason I used to justify buying the big Lilly agenda. Well, when the time came to send invitations, I was faced with a big decision- paper or online? I wanted to send them via snail mail, but time constraints prevented that (my bad). I was hesitant to send invites via email, because I’ve received some that were a little…unimpressive. And after all, doesn’t the first impression you have of an event come from the invitation? However, my sister had raved about Paperless Post, so when I was home for Thanksgiving we logged on and all of my preconceived notions about e-vites were shattered.

I was very impressed by the selection and variety of invitations Paperless Post had to offer. There are so many options for every occasion, including designer options such as kate spade new york, Jonathan Adler, and Oscar de la Renta. There are a plethora of free options for party planners on a tight budget, but if you find a design that isn’t free, it actually isn’t that expensive! You can buy and earn coins, each worth about 20 cents, and most cards range from 2-5 coins, and extras such as fancy envelopes, liners, and stamps are 1-3 extra coins each.

We settled on this fun, glamorous card from kate spade new york:

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Next, we typed in the details and chose the envelope, liner, and stamp, which could not have been easier! Then we entered in the email addresses of all the guests, and they were off! The site also makes it easy to keep up with who has RSVP’d and received the invitations, which was quite helpful!

Paperless Post is a wonderful service for the modern-day “Hostess with the Mostest”. It’s simple and inexpensive, but also quite impressive! I will definitely be using it the next time I throw together a soiree.

That’s all for meow!

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