Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Event Style: Office Grand Re-Opening Celebration

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Last month, I planned a big event to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of my beautifully renovated Marriott hotel! As some of you know, I'm proud to be the Sales & Events Manager at this gorgeous hotel. It was a long road for us to get to this point; renovations are quite a process. A huge celebration to share the news with the community and our clients was a must!

I designed the above 'Before and After' graphic using Microsoft Powerpoint, saved it as a PDF, and brought it to our local Staples to get this great poster made. We wanted to show off the huge difference in our guest rooms. What better way than to display the before and after photos side by side! Can you believe this is the same hotel?

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photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

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photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

For the big event, we rearranged our lobby to encourage movement and socializing. This area is normally set-up restaurant style, with small tables and chairs. We moved most of those out and replaced them with these great high-top cocktail tables. Our guests loved standing at these tables while watching the live acoustic band. Some guests even danced!

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 photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

I ordered some hot hors d'oeuvres from a local restaurant to take the pressure off our kitchen. We then added two items from our spring specials menu to give our guests an exclusive sample; a salmon salad displayed in a stemless martini glass and apple slaw in a shooter. It was a big hit!

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 photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

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photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

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photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

I took the lead on the decorating, my favorite part! I recruited a fabulous decorating team, a few members of our regular staff, to help make my vision a reality. Our event color palette was shades of grey with yellow accents, like our new guest rooms. I got this amazing fine paper from Paper Source to make the paper fans. They had such a variety in our colors! Can you believe these gorgeous things started out as a piece of paper?

To craft these- you simply fold two pieces of paper into a flat paper fan (remember making these as a kid?), tie a string around the center to hold the two fans together, and open it up! Once opened, it should form a circle like in the above photo. You just need to use double sided tape to connect the spaces.

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photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

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 photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

Of course, what's a party without a beer and wine bar? We also got these great mini cupcakes for almost guilt-free sweets!

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photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

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 photo credit: Jac & Jules Photography

Here's our Leadership Team after the ribbon cutting! I'm wearing a tan and black LC Lauren Conrad floral dress with a black blazer from The Limited. I accessorized with my favorite black White House Black Market elongated bow belt and a Banana Split Kluster necklace, to tie in the event colors!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stylin' Hair: Wrap-Around French Braid & Loose Waves

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Whether it be a french braid, fishtail, or sock bun; the hair truly completes the look. That's why there is such a thin line between the Fashion and Beauty Industry's, and so many Fashion AND Beauty Blog Extraordinaire's! 

Everything- hair, make-up, and fashion- works together to create impeccable style.  

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My personal favorite style is braided anything! I'm known among my friends as the braid queen. I taught myself how to french braid as a tween and have been constantly learning and trying new braid looks ever since.

On this random Saturday afternoon, I wore an oversized neon pink tee with my favorite LC Lauren Conrad jeggings. I accessorized with Charming Charlie gold layering necklaces and of course, my fancy hair 'do! I don't always wear my hair in complicated styles, but I especially love to jazz up my hair when I'm wearing a casual or understated outfit. 

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On this day, I styled my hair with a wrap-around braid and loose waves. The braid is a simple french braid that begins at the crown of my hair and literally wraps around to the back of my head. I used a seashell clip and bobby pin paired at the end to hold the braid. 

TIP: It's definitely best to do this type of braid on damp hair so the details more defined. 

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I use a Remington pearl ceramic styling wand to curl my hair. I love this product because it's easy to use, it works quickly, and holds the curl pretty well without using any hair products. I met a fabulous blogger at Lucky FABB earlier this month that revealed the trick to creating a loose wave with a styling wand! You just wrap the hair around the wand, hold the barrel on an exact horizontal angle, and voila! I've been trying to achieve this look for quite some time now, so I was surprised to learn it was that easy!

 
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