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CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING – IN 5 EASY STEPS!

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

CHIC TRAY STYLING FOR SPRING

Happy 1st day of Spring, everyone!!

When it comes to the change of seasons from winter to spring, I like to do a little re-decorating by swapping things out from cozy & warm to lighter & brighter! I typically start with the throws and decorative pillows located on the sofa to swapping out items on my tray that sits on the ottoman in the living room. Below are steps I use when curating the perfect collection on my tray for the new spring season!

How To Style a Chic Decorative Tray for Spring in 5 Easy Steps:
  1. Display a decorative object for character. I swapped out my tree branch design hurricane candle holders to a gold and marble figurine statue, found at Home Goods. Displaying a decorative object is like a piece of art and can be a conversational piece.
  2. Add some living nature. Add a beautiful arrangement of flowers that complements your decor and furnishings. Flowers and/or plants, instantly adds life to a tray. I love the colors of the ‘Esperance roses’ I selected. The color combination between light pink (that coordinates well with my blush toss pillows) and cream (compliments my ivory sofa) with a touch of green on the outer petals (green starts popping out everywhere in spring), make this light and bright rose very special.
  3. Add a stack of books. I love to add to my collection of coffee table books. Not only are they beautiful and inspiring,  a stack of books will create height and elevate your flower arrangement and/or decor pieces. Find some new books that have decor ideas for spring.
  4. Display a scented candle. Scented candles serve as a dual purpose. Not only do they permeate a lovely fragrance in a room but they also add evening ambience with its flickering light. I swapped out my spicy-scented winter candle that had notes of either tobacco, bergamot, or clove to a fragrance that evokes the freshness of spring. I absolutely love when candles are housed in pretty boxes and/or jars. I found my white box with a rose gold topper on sale at ZGallerie. Unfortunately, it is no longer available online but they do sell others, that are just as pretty. Since the lid on the candle box is typically covered, I also added a mini scented candle and placed a glass dome on top.
  5. Add stylish coasters. I swapped out my darker coasters for gorgeous gold rimmed marble ones that I found at TJMaxx. Adding a stack of coasters on your tray is a great central location for guests to easily find when having drinks in hand.

The look of my tray essentials can easily transition to the summer months but I have a feeling I might just swap out a thing for two…because frankly – I can’t help myself!

Have a great week!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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DRESS OPTIONS FOR AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

Over this past weekend, I visited a few stores to find that perfect dress to wear for our upcoming engagement shoot and was surprised I didn’t have a handful to choose from. Since we wanted to take cue from the location of the natural outdoor setting, we also wanted to choose outfits that express our style and personalities too.

While I found a dress that I’m really happy about, there are a few contenders that I adored as well! So if you plan on dressing it up with a fancy photo shoot whether it’s by the beach wearing a flowy dress and no shoes, glammed up in a ballgown and heels under the city lights or at a park wearing a pretty floral print maxi, here are a few dress options that caught my eye and may just catch yours as well!

Dress Options for an Engagement Photo Session

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Belted Print Organza Ballgown

Embellished Waist Maxi Dress

Blush One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

One-Shoulder Floral Print Gown

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Spring & Summer Look: THE OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOPS TO SPORT

Looks like off-the-shoulder tops are back in trend, again this year. A perfectly designed top to keep you cool during the warm months of spring and the hot days of summer. From day to night, this airy, boho-chic top let’s you flaunt your shoulders and is a quick way to spice up your jeans!

I’ve rounded up my favorites below:

Spring Look: The Off the Shoulder Top

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MY CASUAL SPRING TABLESCAPE THAT’S PERFECT FOR DINING ALFRESCO + A DIY PLANT CENTERPIECE

It was too pretty this past weekend not to dine al fresco, so after sharing yesterday’s post on my Salsa Verde Steak Salad, today I wanted to share with you how I brought the fresh look of springtime to my outdoor dining table, where we shared that delicious meal!

A Spring Tablescape Perfect for Al fresco Dining

My Spring Tablescape Perfect for Dining Al fresco

In order to bring nature’s elements to the table, I clipped these branches off of a tree in our backyard and took a petal from my DIY plant arrangement I made for a more delicate feel that added color.

My Spring Tablescape - Perfect for Dining Al fresco

My Spring-inspired Tablescape - Perfect for Dining Al fresco

I caught this busy little bee buzzing around and checking out all the flower petals.

When dining outdoors, I like to use fresh flowers as the centerpiece but only during the early morning or early evening when the sun is not at its brightest because sometimes florals can die quicker when hit with the afternoon sun for a long period of time. I wanted to create an arrangement that resembled a pretty bouquet of flowers so I purchased a few plants and a flower pot from Lowe’s and put it all together.

These are the plant names that I used for the arrangement: (1) Fort Hill Creeping Phlox, (1) Lithodora, (1) Juncus Grass, (2) Blue Moon Phlox, (3) Variegated Vinca – I love the trailing Variegated Vinca that resembles a vine. I purchased three of these plants so that they can drape from all sides of the flower pot. I used a combination of colors; purple, pink, blue and green that contrasted nicely with this light mint green tablecloth.   

My Spring-inspired Casual Tablescape - Perfect for Dining Al fresco

I happen to have flatware that has enamel coated handles that were an exact match to the tablecloth! I purchased these last year but found similar ones, here. To add contrast, while still maintaining the airy-light feel of the table, I went with a cream colored cotton dinner napkin.

My Spring-inspired Tablescape - Perfect for Dining Al fresco

My Casual Spring-inspired Tablescape - Perfect for Dining Al fresco

My Spring Tablescape - Perfect for Dining Al fresco

In order to have this table flow nicely from early evening into the late evening, I added six white tealight candle holders that have a variation of design cut-outs so that the flickering light of the candles emits a beautiful glow!

In case you like any of the items I used, I listed where I purchased them below. Happy Spring!

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OFTAST White Plates 

Threshold – Light Green Tablecloth

Cream Dinner Napkins

Enamel Flatware Set (similar)

Tealight Candle Holders, purchased from Marshalls

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Seasonal Item Must Haves: FLORALS, FRUITS + HERBS

Wishing the weather felt more like Spring than Fall, I can’t help but be inspired by these seasonal items that include florals, fruits and herbs.

Seasonal Things: Florals, Fruit + Herbs

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1. Kate Spade ‘patio floral’ melamine dinner plate – would be a perfect compliment to a spring and summer backyard garden tablescape!

2. Watercolor Herbs Print – would accent a kitchen wall so nicely.

3. Set/10 Lemon Branch Note Cards – make lovely thank you cards to send someone during the spring and summer months. 

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