Planning for one HAUTE Birthday…

Life is all about planning ahead and birthdays are no exception to this rule. My daughter’s first birthday is coming up in June and both my and I have decided to keep it small, as what 1 year old EVER remembers who was there. Let’s be real any child’s first birthday is mostly for the parents and family. So on that note we are keeping it to close family friends & family. With that said you still need to put some thought into it as you want to start creating memories for whomever they may be for.


Here is a quick and easy step by step of how to plan a successful party!

This is the WHEN, WHERE, HOW, WHY & WHEN of the party planning process!

1. Save the date- Decide WHEN you want to set up this little shindig.  Day & Time.

2. Theme- Come up with a theme that is relevant to the person who is celebrating their birthday. This is the WHY! WHY? would we choose one theme over another? Example is you may not want to have a Mickey Mouse themed birthday for a 16 year old, but for that infant/toddler in your life , it may make all their dreams come true.

3. Guest List- Determine WHO you want to invite… no matter how big or small starting a list is important ( it can help keep you organized for your thank you letters & on who gave what present.)

4. Location, Location, Location- After you determined your theme & HOW many, now is a good time to decide WHERE you want  have the celebration. ( Example- Neighborhood park ( depending on where you live you may need to reserve it months in advance), at home, ice skating rink, movie theater, etc.)

5. Sweet Treats-  Decide on the type of sweet treat you want to serve. ( Examples- traditional birthday cake, cup cakes, cotton candy, etc.) This can also be determined by your theme. Circus themes are going to be a very different feel from doll themed parties.

6. GAME plans- No matter WHERE, WHEN, WHY a certain them, HOW many people, or WHO the birthday person is a strategy for keeping your guests entertained is a must. Make sure you devise a plan to keep them entertained from start to finish. This is apart of your proactive scheduling process. If a party is from 3-5pm and it’s a pool party, have an egg toss, or water balloon fight for a bunch of 10 year olds will help spice the party up.

7. Goodie bags- Not a necessity, but always a nice touch for those  to remember your special event.


Planning a party obviously has A LOT more small details to it, but if you follow this guideline it will certainly send you in the right direction for planning a successful party. After you get the party planning started, literally, then comes food & decorations. THE FUN STUFF!!!


So start planning your next birthday for those around you that you love. ENJOY the process and remember to always keep it HAUTE!!!

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We Picked Our Top Five Looks from the 2013 Met Gala, Now You Pick Yours!

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There were dozens of amazing looks at last night’s 2013 Met Gala, and we whittled down our favorites to the top five you see above. These ladies all interpreted the punk theme of Punk: Chaos to Couture in their own way, which is why Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior), Beyoncé (in Givenchy), Anne Hathaway (in Valentino), Rooney Mara (in Givenchy), and  Sarah Jessica Parker (in Giles) top our list. Now that we’ve told you our faves, you tell us yours by making your own top five with’s A-list tool. Visit and pick your top five looks, then share your picks with your fashion-savvy friends on Facebook and Twitter. Head to the A-list maker right now to get started.

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Launch You’ll Love: Ella Moss Intimates


Now this is making me SOOO excited!

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The Ella Moss clothing line is taking its ultra-feminine approach to an even more personal level with the launch of Underella, its first intimates collection. The lineup, now in available on, and in Neiman Marcus stores, includes bras, bottoms, camisoles, chemises, and rompers ranging from $22 to $82. And with pieces covered in whimsical patterns and fresh colors, they’ll have you feeling pretty from the inside out.

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Nikki Reed’s Jewelry for 7 for all Mankind
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Ten thousand things


OK LOVE those nails!!!

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{ Manicure from Marie Nails, moon and star confetti from Greenwich Letterpress }

♫♪ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — Ten Thousand Hours

The Buddhists say that in meditation you trick the mind and shift your focus away from “the 10,000 things.” The 10,000 things being all the crap in life that you don’t need to think about– which is all that I’ve been thinking about lately.

What am I going to wear to this event, what am I going to wear to that event, daydream after daydream, where to eat dinner, oh yeah I haven’t been on Pinterest in a while, tweet, tweet, I should finish my book, I need to download a new book, what’s my Kindle password, don’t eat that, god why did I eat that, should I get a haircut, what’s the deal with white nail polish, and then it all goes on repeat. Again and…

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springtime dinner al fresco for my momma’s birthday


Will need to make these for my family over the summer!

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 {dungeness crab rolls with homemade light brioche buns}

This past weekend we headed down to my parents’ house in San Jose {after a much needed pit stop stop at In N Out for lunch}, and spent the rest of the afternoon around their outdoor table, sipping on champagne, catching up, and relaxing.  To celebrate my sweet momma’s birthday, we prepared Dungeness crab rolls with homemade light brioche buns, a butter lettuce salad with grape tomatoes, avocados, feta and an herbal vinagrette, cornmeal crusted Vidalia onion rings and a fresh raspberry tart with lemon and vanilla scented pastry cream.  A perfect meal to be enjoyed al fresco as the temperatures start warming up!

If you haven’t already tried the New York Times recipe for light brioche buns that is floating around, I highly recommend you do – immediately!  I have always been so intimidated by homemade bread, having experienced bread that won’t…

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That’s a Wrap!

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It is going to be a big movie weekend, and I am appreciative for the time off to visit the theater. I finally saw a movie last week and it really made me realize how much I miss the theater-going experience. In addition to movies, I intend to re-watch the entire 3 seasons of Arrested Development, probably with dim sum leftovers within reach. Have a wonderful weekend!

* This really is how I get sucked into an SVU marathon.

* I am officially obsessed with Arrested Development, and May 26 (the start of Season 4) cannot get here soon enough.

* Lavender lemonade: a perfect summer drink.

* Met Gala 2013 – I wasn’t very impressed with the theme and most of the dresses. My favorites: Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Alba, and Anne Hathaway.

* Indulged in one of the best chocolate lava cakes [photo above].

* Stoked to…

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Instagram Photo We Love: Tiffany & Co.’s Deco Headpiece for The Great Gatsby

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In the new book-to-film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan wears this Tiffany & Co. sparkler, a piece that has all the drama and oppulence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s heroine. We spotted the flapper style at a New York screening of Baz Luhrmann’s film and decided it would make for an even better accessory than a pair of 3D glasses! And you love it, too—so far the snap got over 10,000 likes. Keep up with gorgeous shots, like this Tiffany’s blockbuster, by following us on Instagram at @instylemagazine.

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