Saturday, May 22, 2010

Emma is Prize-worthy!

My Emma party was featured on WWEPW, the Mecca of Emma Pillsbury fashion! I am so thrilled! Danielle even honored me with the Nobel Prize for Awesome Birthday Party Ideas! Click on the banner above to see my feature. Thanks again, Danielle!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fiesta Friday- The Emmas

I am so excited to share this party! Well, I've actually shared a bunch of it already. But, I am really excited to introduce the Emmas:  Ericka and Leslie are a couple cool chickadees with whom I work, Kandi is one of my sorority sisters and bridesmaids, Diane is a hilarious lady that I met through my close-to-home BFF Christy and Leti is my little sister.  Don't we look lovely in our colorful cardigans?

from left: Ericka, Leslie, Kandi, Diane, Christy, me and Leti

We went out to dinner last Friday in a torrential downpour dressed like my new fashion idol, Emma Pillsbury and even though they could have stayed home and kept dry, my girls didn't let me down. They were troupers...troupers in cardis!

This is the invitation I designed and emailed to the Emmas. We met at my house, took some pictures, grabbed umbrellas and ran to our cars. It was ridiculous! There was flooding all around the city. The windshield kept fogging up and I had to wipe it with a towel every few minutes so Christy could drive!  But we quickly put the tropical storm behind us and ordered cocktails that matched our cardigans.  Mine was a lemon drop, of course!

You know I am addicted to party favors, and even though we were just going out to eat, I couldn't resist the opportunity to put together some little pressies that Emma just might give out at one of her parties. The cello bags had a package of tissues, latex gloves and antibacterial wipes. I also gave them Glee cds with cover sleeves that matched the invitation design. If you are hosting your own Emma party, you might want to give each girl a flowered brooch or a bento box with celery and grapes. Or, all of the above!

So, that's it. I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to the Emmas for my fun birthday adventure. You are all golden in my book! Now, go disinfect. That keyboard is a breeding ground for germies.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Emma's Closet

So, I thought I'd give you another peek into my Emma Pillsbury birthday party.  I'm saving the rest for Fiesta Friday!

The most important part of the whole shindig was the fashion.  So, I turned to What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear (WWEPW) for inspiration. It's awesome! If you are a fan of Emma's wardrobe, definitely give it a look-see.  Click here to check out the WWEPW Polyvore group with a bunch more Emmalicious ensembles.

My original look was red and black, but I found a yellow embroidered cardigan in my mom's closet and two beautiful vintage brooches from my grandma's old jewelry box that were perfect!  So, my outfit changed from Cherries Jubilee to Bananas Foster (I imagine Emma giving her ensembles dessert names.)  I put my outfit together on Polyvore, like the other WWEPWers do. Here's what I came up with:

Bananas FosterFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Bananas Foster by melgarzaallen featuring Rocha.John Rocha Petite cardigans

All the Emmas looked amazing; I think we made Miss Pillsbury proud! I decided to play around a bit and Polyvore some of the outfits that showed on Friday.  Here are Leti, Kandi and Christy's outfits:

Coconut SnowconeFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Coconut Snowcone by melgarzaallen featuring Lola Rose jewelry

Grape GranitaFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Grape Granita by melgarzaallen featuring Gilles Dufour For Browns cardigans

Blueberry SorbetFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Blueberry Sorbet by melgarzaallen featuring Unisa shoes

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Good Chocolate

OK, so you know how I love these things. Well, Dove is now taking Promises Messages from us! Just click on the wrapper above, to submit yours. You just may see yours on the inside of a yummy silky smooth chocolate wrapper just like Amy's!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Holy I-Would-Never-Leave-This-Room

Once in a while I find something truly amazing that makes my brain go boi-oi-oi-oing! This is one of those. It may not change your life, but I think it would be LOADS of fun to use in a playroom or crafts room. It's crossword puzzle and maze wallpaper. How cool is that photo? It would be fun on an entire wall, or you could cover a canvas with it and hang it as interactive artwork. Click on the image above and check it out.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Channeling Emma Pillsbury

I have a challenge in front of me folks.  I need an Emma Pillsbury worthy outfit for my birthday party!

Most of my "outfits" involve a solid colored top and pants, so creating a "look" with pieces that didn't all come from the same rack is simply beyond me.  For a little help in that department, I went directly to my new favorite fashion blog, What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear.  These gals have it going on!  I love the Polyvore deliciousness that readers enter into the WWEPW Fashion Challenges.  Talk about genius! They looked so much fun that I decided to try it. Check out my first Polyvore below!

I studied the blog and figured out that I already own a polka dot dress (that I've never worn) and a couple pair of heels that could totally work.  Whew!  What a relief! I don't actually have to start from scratch. Now, I need to find a cardigan and some Emmaccessories.

This is the look I'm going for.  I have everything but the necklace, earrings and sweater. The whole outfit hinges on the red sweater. I think that more than the other pieces, it really makes the whole ensemble Emmalicious. Without it, it's just not Emma.   Forever 21 has it online so I hope it is still in stores.  Wish me luck!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Birthday Party Peek

As soon as I laid eyes on those enamel flower brooches, doe-eyes and peaches 'n cream complexion, I fell in love with Emma Pillsbury from Glee. What's not to love?  So, when I was pondering my birthday shindig options, I thought why not get some of my fun-lovin' never-question-my-crazy-hair-brained-costume-party-ideas chickadees together and bump around town dressed as my new favorite fashionista, Ms. Pillsbury!  More to come...