Archive | May, 2013

Summer Parties, Let The Planning Begin!

27 May
A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

I think we are finally getting some good weather! Finally…where  we can really start planning!

Planning?   Those summer parties where we can get together with family and friends!

How about starting off having small parties,  the first being an intimate party of 12 to 14 people! It’s less stressful and you can do a lot of preparing ahead of time, making it a little easier on yourself!  You’re the host; you are supposed to have a good time!

Your table setting can have a theme and the matching items can be found right from the house!

Like the leftover mason jars from your strawberry preserve project, they can be used as vases for flowers you’ve picked from your garden or even bundles of flowers brought from your local grocery store!  Like two beautiful damask curtain panels  for your tablecloth or even a runner made of brown paper with a scrolled detail added by using an ink stamp!

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Rosemary Olive Oil on scrolled runner, Mason vases & a divine salad!

Even the  place settings from your own dishes (they can even be mismatched) and silverware from your home, with cloth napkins made from three  old shirts you no longer could fit; but just hated to give away!

Even old fruit glasses filled with farm cherries to add; where your guests feel free to nibble at each and every conversation while enjoying the LA sun!

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Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

If you can guess, one of my dear friends did just that and I thought I would share!   It was so beautiful and  anyone could do this; it’s not as hard as you think! You can be creative and do different things, making it really special.

So when planing,  first look around in your home before buying anything new!   Put them all together and have your checklist ready, to go around a second time in the house to see if you can add some items!

And  please, please remember….EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH!

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Summer Planning, beautiful table set for 12

Checklist

  • Theme
  • Tablecloth
  • Runner
  • One or Two Signature drinks
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella(s)
  • Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Celandine cables

Hope this gives you some great  ideas! Start planning to enjoy the  summer! 🙂

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Giambattista Valli, Beautiful Dresses!

20 May
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Giambattista Valli Spring Collection

I’m in love with these dresses and in love with the designer, Giambattista Valli! So what do I do, go to my seamstress and say this is it…take all to make it happen! A McCall’s pattern, some pictures, the shoes out of the closet, the nail color and it can happen! Even my favorite perfume! All off of my picture board!

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Letia’s Picture Board

Taking Victoria Beckham, also pictured in a Giambattista Valli dress and my J Crew shoes, Valentina as the inspiration…. it’s going to be great for this upcoming summer white party! See how a picture board can help, try it for yourself for putting it all together…just like a designer!

Now about Giambattista Valli, shows four times a year during Paris Fashion Week. He also designs an eponymous line of accessories, has a deal with Italian top fur-maker Ciwifurs for his own fur coats and jackets and designs a line for the oldest sporting jackets manufacturer, Moncler. The brand has more than 245 selling points in 41 countries worldwide. A very international, glamorous, sophisticated crowd of young, beautiful women have endorsed his talent by wearing his clothes. Among them the likes of Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Diane Kruger, Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields and also royals like Her Majesty, Rania of Jordan!

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Marc Jacobs, Coke and Great Designs!!!!!

16 May
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Fabulous Ladies on A Coke by Marc Jacobs!

Early this month, I had mentioned that Marc Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke!

In honor of the brand’s 30th anniversary, Jacobs will spend one year where he is slated to give the brand a “stylish and light-hearted” makeover!

Sooooo! What do you think!  Their cool!  I don’t even want to open mine!   A well dressed bottle! (even the bottle caps!!!)

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