There’s something about getting married and having your first home (we’re renting ours currently, but it’s still a first!) that just makes you want to host a party. I remember being so excited to host our first party at our home, spending hours planning everything from the decor to the food and beverages. Since we’re coming upon the time in Texas where it’s actually enjoyable to spend a day or evening outdoors (it’s just too hot in the summer, y’all!), today I’m so excited to be partnering up with my friends at Noonday Collection to share some ideas on hosting a sweet weekend gathering.
Click through for more party inspiration + learn more about the amazing, socially responsible jewelry Brand, Noonday Collection, and find out how you can host a party of your own.
Confession: this Southern girl loves candles as much as the next, but my husband Cole is absolutely obsessed with them. When we were registering for our wedding, the number one thing he cared about was which candles we would register for (I’m serious!) All this is to say that my husband and I (but mostly Cole) are very particular about our candles, and after burning these beauties in our home for the last few weeks, we’d like to introduce you to our new favorite brand: Votivo Candles. Make your way to the bottom of this post to find out why and find out how you can win a candle set featuring the brand’s newest fragrance!
Firs things first, let’s talk about how you can enter to win an aromatic candle, reed and travel tin in Caipirinha Lime (their newest fragrance and an $84 value!) Tonight, August 16th, I’ll be posting a photo on my instagram where you’ll find the simple steps to enter the contest. I’ll be selecting three winners and you’ll have one week to enter the contest. The contest ends at midnight CST on Tuesday, August 23rd and the winner will be announced later that week. Good luck loves!
Now back to why we love these candles so much. We had the pleasure of trying several of their amazing scents – all of them are oh-so-yummy and have that amazing effect of spreading their beautiful aroma throughout your home! My personal favorite was their new scent, Caipirinha Lime. I expected your typical citrus-smelling scent, but it was so much more than that! Inspired by the flavors and rhythms of Rio, the city where the 2016 Olympics is currently being held, this scent is so flavorful and perfect parts sweet and zesty. The scent is created with hints of citrus and lime peel mixed with muddled sugar cane and mint sprigs (umm can I also have those ingredients in an adult beverage please?!) It’s hard to describe scents in words, but I can promise you this is one of those candle scents that anyone would enjoy. SO amazing!
A few of our other favorites – Youthful Yellow is a fresh, clean blend of vanilla, orange blossom and jasmine – perfect for any season in any room of your home. Our favorite for the fall/winter was the Red Currant – a warm blend of lush, earthy green notes, tart citrus, cassis, tropical fruit and musk. My personal favorite (besides the Caipirinha Lime) was the Pucker Up Pink, which we tried in a reed diffuser (which I’m a huge fan of). This is a bright, girlie scent that combines strawberries, gardenia, mimosa, and sandalwood – it’s the perfect gift for your best gal pal.
**A huge thank you to Votivo for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
In the feature, I go in detail on how our home office became my little space to decorate as girly, colorful and Disney-inspired as I pleased (don’t worry – Cole has his man space in our home too!)
As a full-time blogger, I spend a lot of time in my office, so I decorated it with things that make both make me happy and inspire me – and Disney is one of those things that does both. Read more about how I tastefully incorporated Disney touches into my home office here.
You can shop all of the little Disney touches in my office below.
Today I’m starting a new series on the blog called “At Home” where I will share each of the rooms in our new home, starting with my cheery and colorful home office. Now that Cole and I have had a few months to settle in after the wedding, we are slowly getting every room in our home finished, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
But first, let me give you a chance to begin your dream wall collage like the one seen in my office with a $250 giveaway!
As a girl who loves fashion, it’s not hard to see why interiors comes in at a close second as another passion of mine. When Cole and I moved in together, I knew it would be hard to combine my ultra-girly, colorful style with his manly preferences, so we started by designating one room in the house for us each that we could completely make our own. Our home is only two bedrooms, so I called dibs on the extra bedroom to transform into an office while he took over our second living room area (details on that room to come later).
If you’ve seen my bedroom from my apartment that I shared over a year ago here on Vandi Fair, then you may see some familiar items I incorporated into my home office. My personal style in fashion is reflected directly into my decorating style – colorful, feminine and with just a touch of Disney. I knew I wanted a white desk to start with since so much of my accents are so bright. I found this L-shaped swivel desk at Wayfair and I absolutely loved the versatility the swivel added and the extra storage space it provided, without looking too stuffy. The next thing I looked for was an area rug. Our bedrooms have white carpet, so they beg for a bit of color pop. I was so excited to find this blue ikat rug (similar here) and knew it would be the perfect statement in the room. Finally, I knew I’d need some extra storage space, so I found this white shelf to arrange more of my decorative items and this amazing clothing rack to hang and organize my clothes and accessories for blogging purposes.
Next on the list was decorating the walls. Our first home is a rental home, so since we can’t paint the walls, I knew I wanted to fill them with color with a beautiful wall gallery. Minted is the perfect place to start when it comes to creating your ultimate wall gallery. With thousands of unique prints that are available in an array of sizes and frame options, it was a great place to find some staples for my wall gallery.
As for the rest, I incorporated desk essentials and trinkets of mine that just make me happy. This is the room where the magic all happens for the blog, afterall (and I spend a whole lot of time in it), so I may as well make it the happiest place in our home.
Shop my home office style, broken down by furniture, wall art and decor below!
If you’ve seen my post about my room or my vanity, you may know I love decorating. Last Christmas, a bar cart was at the top of my list, and I was so excited to receive this pretty gold one from Target. I love the sleek look of the gold and wood paired together and the wheels make it easy to move for parties, breakfast in bed surprises, and more. After doing some research on Pinterest, I immediately set out to decorate the newest addition to my apartment.
The great thing about a bar cart is that there are so many ways to utilize them and decorate them to fit your personal style or a particular occasion. As a wine lover, I already had a small wine rack, electric opener and wine glasses from various wineries to start with. I found these geometric mirrored coasters from Jonathan Adler (similar) and this set of fun patterned plates (similar) from Target to add some pizzaz to the cart and added some of my other favorite items from my kitchen like bowls, shot glasses and a few of my favorite wine stoppers. I added a little flair with some personal trinkets like this school-spirited gold longhorn sculpture, a couple of fashion books and one of my favorite Volcano candles. Check out some of my other favorite picks for bar care necessities and decor above.