Thursday, April 28, 2016

.Kennedy's 1st Birthday Inspiration, All Things Pink & Gold.









Ribbon Garland, c/o Confetti Momma  //  Monthly Photo Banner, c/o Confetti Momma // ONE Confetti, c/o Confetti Momma  // Crown, Love Crush Bowtique //  ONE Banner, c/o Pretty Lil Party // Rose Gold Mary Jane Moccs, c/o My Beautiful Little Shop // Gold K, Hobby Lobby

Gold Glitter One Candle, c/o Pretty Lil Party // Gold Bow Cupcake Toppers, c/o Pretty Lil Party // Pink & Gold Bow Cupcake Toppers, c/o Pretty Lil Party // Happy Birthday Banner, c/o Pretty Lil Party // Pink Tulip Bundle, TJ Maxx // Gold Polka Dot Dish, Marshalls // Party Hats, Target

Kennedy's Dress, Old Navy // My Dress, Styles For Less // Sequins Hangers, Etsy

After what feels like months of planning Kennedy's First Birthday, it's finally only a couple days away! If I'm being honest, I have been planning this birthday long before she was even born. I had the most fabulous baby shower that was also pink & gold theme, so I wanted to keep it going. Kennedy's nursery is pink and gold too...haha guess I know what I love! 

I think this will be the only party that I fully get to plan. By next year I'm sure she'll be obsessed with something that she'll want to be the theme of the party. I can't wait to see what that is! With this in mind, I wanted to take full advantage of planning this party down to every single detail. I may have got a little carried away, but hey, she only turns one once!! I'm also looking at it like, hey Tyler and I kept a tiny human alive for a whole year!! I think that also deserves a little celebration. Or maybe a toast with some champs. I'd like that too ;)

I don't have an exact theme that really has a name. I wanted the party to feel feminine, soft, girly, and a little whimsical. I went with pink and gold like I mentioned. I also added gold glitter (duh!), bows, crowns, and floral. I have had so much fun brainstorming and planning the party that I know I'll be a little sad when it's over. 

With every single package I received for the party, I did a dance party in our living room. My Pinterest dreams have been coming to life before my very eyes! Believe me when I say, every decoration for this party has stolen my heart! I have had the pleasure of working with a couple VERY amazing shops!! If you have a party coming up, I can't recommend them enough! The quality of everything is top notch, and I am a picky gal :) I am going to go into detail and tell you about each item and shop. If you have any questions that I didn't answer, feel free to email me {kaylaotineru@gmail.com} and ask away! I love talking anything party/decor related!! The party is also going to be photographed and I will be sharing those pictures as well.

First up, I have to start with the one item that I knew I couldn't plan this party without, the monthly photo banner!! I have been in love with this particular piece for over a year!! I love that it has every month written out in gold lettering and the bows are such a sweet addition to the ends. I got photos printed from Fox Print that I'm going to use for it. The plan is to layer the photo banner over the fabric garland backdrop! Tyler's mom has vintage windows that I am going to use to hang both of them. I know it's going to look darling! The fabric garland backdrop on it's own is stunning! Confetti Momma makes them in multiple color combos if you're looking for a different vibe too! I love this color combo and kind of want to throw another party around it :)

When you think first birthday, you think a highchair banner! Well, at least I do. I knew from the very beginning I wanted one on Kennedy's highchair, but I wanted it to have something extra. I worked with Pretty Lil Party and they were happy to customize their banner. I opted for bows on the end with gold trim. I sent her a picture and it was exactly what I had in mind. Once again, cue the happy dance!! They also made a matching "Happy Birthday" banner in the same colors. Both the perfect statement pieces!

Pretty Lil Party also supplied our cupcake toppers. I mixed it up with some solid gold bows and gold bows with a scalloped light pink background. We won't be having cupcakes. I decided to have a donut bar for our guests instead. I'm really excited about this!! I even got a special print made for the table that I can't wait to share with you guys!! Our local donut shop bakes cute all pink sprinkle donts. I also dropped off gold sprinkles so we could add those to the spread. I can't wait to see how they turn out. I've been collecting cake plates and different trays/baskets from Home Goods & TJ Maxx over the last couple months to display the donuts. The only thing I have yet to figure out for this table is what I want to use for a table cloth!! I have about a day to figure this out. Nothing like waiting till the last minute.

Another fun item that I wanted to share with you guys are these tiny little party hats from Target that my mom picked up! We have lots of little babies in our circle of friends & family. I can't wait to see them all rocking these hats.

Lastly, something I always have when I throw a party is paper straws. I love them! I feel like they always add a fun touch. My favorite shop to order them from is More Sprinkled Joy. I love all the fun options they have. I got my mom these fun leopard ones for her bar cart! I also love that they don't get soggy in your drink like some of the cheap ones do! I ordered this exact bundle {here} for the party.

Off topic from party decor, I don't think any party would be complete without a little outfit planning! It's been no secret that I adore twinning with my girl over the past year. I wasn't about to stop with her party. I was town between blush or cream for our dresses, but in the end went with blush and I'm so happy I did. Remember when Old Navy has that crazy sale back in March?? I snagged this tutu dress for Kennedy and knew immediately that it was going to be her Birthday dress. I ended up stumbling upon mine that is almost the same exact shade of blush a couple weeks later. It was fate!

I can't wait to see this party come to life on Saturday! It's always fun to see your hard work pay off. More importantly than all this party planning. I can't wait to see Kennedy spend the day with all her loved ones and friends. I also can't wait to see how see reacts to her cake :) She's pretty crazy, so I'm going to guess that she'll destroy it and have lots of fun in the process!!






Thank you for sticking around for the longest post ever :)

Xo, Kayla






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

.Blue, White & Ruffles.























Dress, c/o Shein // Sandals, c/o Shopjoyworks // Sunnies, Karen Walker // Bracelets, J.Crew & J.Crew // Lips, MAC 'Crem Cup' & NYX 'Butter Gloss ' // Necklace, Southern Touch Monograms

Kennedy: Headband, c/o Ellia May Designs // Dress, Old Navy // Jelly Sandals, Old Navy


You're probably wondering if I wear anything besides dresses these days ;) Truthfully, I do wear them 6 out of 7 days of the week. This one has been my current favorite for obvious reasons! The fit is so great. I love the dropped ruffle hem and the colors! When it starts to warm up, I love a great blue & white dress. It also has pockets, which always wins in my book!! It would also make the perfect cover up for summer. A perfect piece to transition from the beach to drinks/dinner if you are on vacation!

It's from Shein, so I always like to fill you in on the fit. I'm wearing a medium and love the way it fits. It does run on the shorter side. It's also not lined so I wore a slip under it. If you have any other fit questions feel free to ask :)

Getting the chance to work with Kate from Chasing Daylight Photography was on my bucket list!! I happily got to check that off my bucket list last week. I have been a huge admirer of her work for awhile now and had been counting the down the days till we actually got to shoot together! Shooting with her was just as amazing as I'd imagined it would be. We instantly clicked and I felt like I was working with a friend. She even got some of the best smiles from Kennedy. I of course had my girl jump in a few shots and they ended up being my favorite :) I can't sing enough praises about Kate and her work. If you're in the San Diego area, I highly recommend you get in contact with her asap!! You can also read her blog {here}.

P.S. Less than a week till Kennedy's First Birthday Party!! I'm currently in crunch time mode aka freaking out trying to get everything done!! Stay tuned for a little peak at her decor/theme on the blog this week. A little hint, it's all things pink, gold & sparkle!



Xo, Kayla 

Monday, April 18, 2016

.Red Floral Dress.








Dress, c/o Impressions Online Boutique // Sandals, Target {exact dupe for these!} // Necklace, c/o Southern Touch Monograms //  Hat, Forever 21 //Bracelets, J.Crew & J.Crew {these two are must haves! I wear them daily},c/o Heart Tribe  // Lipstick, Rimmel 'Viva Violet'

Hello, Friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! We had a pretty busy one, but it was filled with lots of fun. It was beautiful here in San Diego, so we took advantage of that on Saturday and went to the Farmer's market in Little Italy. Kennedy got to try strawberry gelato for the first time. She LOVED it :) We also got to finally celebrate Tyler's birthday with all of our friends and family with a brunch that lasted well into the evening!! I think I may need another weekend to recover from our weekend, ha! 

My red floral dress from Meritt Clothing was the perfect little dress to wear to the Farmer's Market. Aside for the print being gorgeous, it's light weight, comfortable and it has pockets!! The ultimate warmer weather piece. I don't normally wear a lot of red, but this print is truly one of my all time favorites. It also comes in a maxi version that I am dying over! 
A couple weeks back on Snapchat I was talking to you guys about a lip color that I had rediscovered and fallen in love with. At the time I couldn't remember the name of the formulation or color because it had rubbed off. After doing a lot of research I finally figured it out! The color that I was raving about is Rimmel's intense color lip balm in 'make me blush'. It's their version of a chubby stick. It smells delicious, the color lasts forever (even when eating/drinking) because it works like a stain, and it's less than $5!! I linked if for you guys above at Walmart.  I've seriously been loving it so much, I went the other day and picked up the color I'm wearing in these photos. It's called 'Viva Violet'. It's more like a dark pink than violet. I highly recommend!!


Xo, Kayla 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

.Instagram Lately.


Hat Lady vibes!! I'm sure you're going to be seeing a lot of this hat well into the fall. I love it!! Lately I have really embracing hats! Or should I say, embracing the fact that I can get away with not doing my hair and still looking put together ;) This tassel dress comes in white as well. It's one of those pieces that does not look like it's from Forever 21. It's such great quality!!



I can't stop wearing this overlay from Meritt Clothing Label. We had our fair share of April showers this past weekend! I love the overlay paired with my hunters. Any excuse to bust those babies out. It could be sprinkling and I will wear them :) I also have to share this Zoya polish that I have had my non-stop lately. It's the perfect nude/pink! Seriously I have never loved a polish like this one!! 



Well this is about as political as you will see me get around here! I could resist all the sassy new sweatshirts from Wildfox Couture at Nordstrom. I'm really loving the "dance party" one!!



My little fashionista!! I just die over those rose gold Mary Jane moccs!! 



These shorts are amazing! Not too short and just the right amount of stretch. Not to mention, I scored them for $20! We are going to Disneyland in May so I thought they would be great for our trip.



This dress!! I wish I could take credit for it, but I borrowed it from my mom when I was in a bind. I waited till the day of to find a dress to wear to a wedding. You can imagine how stressful that was...whoops! The leopard print is no longer available, but it does come in a couple solid colors! The fit is SO flattering. I highly recommend this dress! Also, my favorite nude strappy heels are a couple years old, but they released a new version {here} that's almost identical.



I'm sure you can tell I love my tassel bracelets from Heart Tribe since they are in just about every photo on my Instagram! They're so fun, cute and great quality!! I also can't get enough of this white denim from Old Navy! They have the fit of designer jeans, but not the price tag. #winning




When I came across this dress at Charlotte Russe I snatched it up so quick! They were having a crazy sale and I scored it for $9! I'm tucking it away for wedding activities. Sadly, at the time it wasn't available online. I'm happy to report it has been restocked and they have all sizes right now. Get it fast though because it will probably sell out again!




Again with my tassel addiction! This dress has stolen a huge piece of my heart and will be getting a lot of wear this summer! 



I HATE working out! The only way I can motivate myself is by buying cute workout clothes. Tell me I'm not the only one that does this?! This monogram tank from Southern Touch Monograms did that trick and got me moving!! I love that it's so customization from the colors over the monogram and bow to the actual font!




Xo, Kayla 

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