Sunday, April 20, 2014

Life's Pleasures

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above photos by Linda Xiao

Some of you might remember that a few months ago, Keiko and I rented a "creative space." I have to say, it's really so great to have a place to work out of; a place to get the creative juices flowing (and a place that also serves as a photo studio). Keith and I love to go there in the evenings, put on some jazz music, pour ourselves a glass of wine and just hangout and brainstorm. The other great thing about our space is having the ability to have parties, both large and small. I love entertaining, especially when it's for no reason, except to be around the people I love. Isn't that what life is about?  We don't need a special occasion and sometimes it can be easy to forget that.  In honor of simply celebrating life and upgrading the everyday, I've partnered with one of my favorite wine companies, Ecco Domani, to throw a little party. Earlier in the week, I invited a few of my close girlfriends over to the space and began the planning. 

The Party Prep 
 1. First things first, I wanted to get some bright accents to liven up the area. I picked up some bright vases for the flowers,brightly colored pillows and lastly, some beautiful coffee table books. We're currently using a vintage trunk (which belongs to Keiko's boyfriend, Bobby) as the coffee table, so the juxtaposition between the trunk and the other touches is quite nice.

2. I made a pit stop at my favorite cheese shop and picked up the essentials: a variety of cheeses, nuts, crackers, grapes, olives and fig jam. Obviously the perfect compliment to the wines.

3. I served the Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio and Merlot, so there's something for both the white and red wine drinkers. The Merlot has been mine and Keith's favorite and lets just say, it hasn't lasted long in our house.
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The Outfit
I will use any excuse to dress up because really, it makes life so much more fun, no? Itching to wear something springy, I went with this bright yellow dress. I purchased it last year for a wedding and have gotten so much use out of it! Topped off with a bright red lip, red nails, lots of gold ringsa leather jacket and my trusty black pumps
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After everyone arrived, I was excited to sit back, relax, enjoy some wine and just laugh and be silly with my friends. It's those type of moments that I treasure so much. The biggest thanks to Ecco Domani for being part of our night.

The Best Giveaway!
Last, but certainly not least, I'm hosting the best giveaway I've ever hosted. Seriously...
 Ecco Domani asked me to curate some of my favorite things and I put together a luxury travel package which includes an iPad Mini, a Louis Vuitton Passport Cover, a Tumi Carry-On, Frends Headphones and more!! I want to enter my own giveaway.

 To enter, head on over to their Facebook page. Good luck!

Rest of the photos by Keith Hodne
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55 comments

  1. You look so gorgeous and happy in these pictures! I absolutely LOVE that dress :) It fits you perfectly.

    Thanks for sharing these other pictures of your creative space...looks like a cool hang out spot!

    PS. Happy Easter

    xo Azu

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  2. Awesome dress, wonderful decor and food!

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  3. So yummy! Perefct yellow dress too!
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  4. Beautiful photos, this looks pretty amazing!
    xx

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  5. cheeeese :)

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  6. That cheese looks delicious, and I am loving the yellow dress!

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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  7. Your photographs are beautiful! Lovely blog! Lilly xx
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  8. Love your dress.

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  9. Those colours are to die for! Absolutely stunning. I'm definitely feeling very inspired!

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  10. Great dress!
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  11. Great post! You look stunning in this yellow dress :)

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  12. Such beautiful interior decor, I liked those bright pillows, those beautiful flowers! I agree with you, it also gives me this excitement whenever I dress up, especially in summer time :). You look gorgeous in your sunkissed dress, and I also liked your makeup. Wish you great week ahead! <3

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  13. That dress is perfection! x

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  14. love your yellow dress

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  15. love!
    xx
    daniella
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  16. I've been craving a wine and cheese night! Looks great!

    Happy Easter to you and yours!

    Sarah
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  17. love every minute of this!!

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  18. Everything looks soo nice! And absolutely love your dress! I am actually shopping for dresses to a attend a friend's wedding and I was wondering if you have any suggestions where I could buy a similar dress from? :)

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  19. love every minute of this!!

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  20. Such gorgeous photos and I love that yellow dress!
    xo,
    Melissa
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  21. love every minute of this!!

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  22. First I love the creative space idea and seems like you are really enjoying it! That dress screams spring and makes me smile (cheesy?) But the best part has to be that giveaway WOW fingers crossed on this one

    
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  23. Lovely photos and creative space. Wish I had a creative space lol. Anyway totally OBSESSED with your yellow dress.

    <3
    heather
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  24. Beautiful dress! Gorgeous as always :)
    xo,
    yaudy
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  25. Love this dress and color on you. And your make up is flawless! Looking stunning.

    xoxo
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  26. Love the bright flowers that you picked out. The creative space looks a nice sanctuary for you! The yellow dress looks great on you.

    Stay Styled,

    Lindsey

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  27. I want to come to one of your parties! That's fantastic that your creative space doubles as a place to host social gatherings. The decor is so fab and I have to say that you look stunning in yellow! I feel like it's not a colour I've seen you wear much on the blog. It really suits you :)

    Marisa
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  28. Lovely post, and of´course your look looks perfect too ;)

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  29. Lovely photos! You look stunning in that yellow dress : )

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  30. What a beautiful look on you. Yellow is a great color on you. Love the display of cheese and nuts you had.

    Hope you had a wonderful and Easter holiday with your family.
    Love,
    Sofia

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  31. Amazing post!!! :) xoxo

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  32. love the dress! I just did a post on sales where I included one very similar for under $40!

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  33. Love the red and yellow combo doll!

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  34. Pretty pictures! Love the outfit! Hope you had a great weekend:)

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  35. This giveaway is perfection! Entering right now.

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  36. Such great interior inspiration....I am definitely feeling spring!! xx

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  37. Your yellow dress is so beautiful- wonderful pictures! I am super excited about your giveaway!!

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  38. Wow so many beautiful photos! That yellow dress really pops on you, it's so stunning!!

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  39. Loving this spread! Looks like such a fun night in!

    xo Jessica
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  40. I love your coffee table, everything looks so lovely. You look amazing in yellow by the way!
    xo,
    May

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  41. What a beautiful creative space! Ecco Domani is one of my favorite wines! I love your springy dress too!

    Maggie
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  42. amazing decor and love the dress!

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  43. Absolutely gorgeous, love the look.
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  44. so cute!!! where is your gold tray from?!! ive been looking for one!

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  45. That dress is beautiful and so versatile. The leather jacket gives it a very edgy feel.
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  46. That dress looks perfect on you.
    Adela x

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  47. Loving the bright colors of the table. Makes me so ready for summer time!!

    xoxo | Lauren from Adored Vintage

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  48. I love that dress! You look absolutely flawless.
    I just wrote a blogpost about my night time skincare routine, please check it out here: thefashioninsomniac.blogspot.com thanks so much :)

    xo Jordan

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  49. Can you please tell us who makes this dress!! Coveting!!! I have a destination wedding to go to in a couple weeks and would love something similar!

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Helena