NEON + SILVER HALLOWEEN

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We wanted to reimagine Halloween. Tired of the traditional orange and black, we decided to turn it on its head with neon and silver. Add some white owls, pumpkins and flowers, and voila! Here's a look at the photos from Jenna Elliott, One Eleven Photography.

The spiderweb backdrop was so fun and easy to make. Just washi tape.

Our little ghost pops are vegan coconut bars with goji berry eyes.

Skeleton hands from Michaels were painted neon before serving up the macarons.

Little owls flocking to the coconut cake.

Cantaloupe lent a fresh element while reminding us of Halloween's traditional orange. 

Care for skeleton hand soup, anyone? The plates, bowls and cups are all affordable from Target.

Handmade "ghost" tassels floated over the bookshelves.

Mila’s playsuit and headband: Nellystella and Tutu du Monde via Thumbeline | Wings: Fairy Birds

And here it is on 100 Layer Cakelet!

Photos: Jenna Elliott, One Eleven Photography
DIY spider, skulls, skeletons, tassels, cake toppers: Michaels
DIY neon washi tape spiderweb: Office Depot
Coconut cake, macarons: Whole Foods
Ghost bars: Coconut Bliss
Milk glass cake stand: Sur la Table
Silver tablecloth: Town and Country
Dishes, silver trays: Target
Silver glitter box: Paper Source
White pumpkins: Gelson’s

MODERN QUEEN KIDS LAUNCH PARTY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo by: Krissy Millar Photography

Photo by: Krissy Millar Photography

Photo by: Rebecca Farmer Photography

Photo by: Rebecca Farmer Photography

If I were to dream up a magical launch party for a kids' line, this would be it. Hilary Rosinkranz and Stacy Rosen, founders of MODERN QUEEN kids, really outdid themselves on this one -- the perfect celebration for their new luxury accessory brand.

PHOTO BY: KRISSY MILLAR PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: KRISSY MILLAR PHOTOGRAPHY

The party was a mini queen's fantasy filled with dreamy portraits, glittering makeup, custom hair braids, tattoo jewelry art, cotton candy, macarons, cupcakes, cookies and donuts.

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Bon Puf spinning fruity flavors that were then topped with edible stars, hearts, flowers and butterflies, atop gold glitter cones.

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Queen prep underway. 

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: KRISSY MILLAR PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

The line includes a stunning collection of fanciful jewelry, sparkling adventure sticks, crowns and warrior bands. 

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY: REBECCA FARMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Launch Party for MODERN QUEEN kids

Venue: Ron Robinson Flagship Store in Santa Monica

MODERN QUEEN Event Portraits: Rebecca Farmer Photography

Event Photography: Rebecca Farmer Photography and Krissy Millar 

Capelets, capes and tutus for MODERN QUEEN portraits: Tutu Du Monde

Macarons: 'Lette Macarons (gold dusted with gold painted stars)

Cotton Candy Cart: Bon Puf

Custom Cookies: Modern Bite

Donuts: Best Donuts

Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes with custom MODERN QUEEN kids logo toppers, stars and hearts

MODERN QUEEN kids Gold Glittered Signs: Blessed Blondies on Etsy

Gold/Pink Glitter Star Picks: Catch Some Rae's on Etsy

Pink Paper Straws: Kikkerland

Gold Glitter Straw Toppers: Sandy Lynn B Scrapping

Florals for Photo Wall: Floral Art

Balloon Wands and Star Crowns: Party gift to guests from MODERN QUEEN kids

BETH RIESGRAF'S MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Photo by: Eric Ray Davidson

Photo by: Eric Ray Davidson

I couldn't be more excited to have one of my best gal pals - actress, photographer and super-mama, BETH RIESGRAF - as a guest contributor on the blog today! Known for her role as Parker on TNT's hit series "Leverage," Beth is the star of USA's upcoming drama "Complications."  She is beautiful, stylish and one of my favorite people. So, naturally, I asked Beth to share her MOTHER'S DAY gift guide picks with us! Let's see what's on her list!

CIELA BANGLE by SARAH CHLOE 

I love her bangles and Sophia Monogram Pendant. (enter MOM15 at checkout and receive 15% off!) Beautiful jewelry made personal? #YesPlease

HOUNDSTOOTH WINE & CHEESE COOLER by PICNIC AT ASCOT via ONE KINGS LANE

Pack a lunch, take your mom to the park, and repeat!  #MomDate

 

MADEWELL FLEA MARKET FLARES

Well hell-oooo Mom Jeans!  I am forever a fan of the 70's-cover-girl look and every time I wear these high-waisted beauties someone asks me where they can get a pair. #SweetRearview 

 

THE SCRAP DELUXE LADIES BICYCLE by VELORBIS OF COPENHAGEN

Your pretty mama will turn a few heads while cruising on this gorgeous model. The beautiful leather accessories and signature blonde balloon tires are the perfect combo of urban meets luxury. That's right. I said blonde tires. #Fancy

 

SEEDS OF LIFE SUNSHINE CITRUS LEMON TREE

If your mom is far away or you forget to call her (tsk-tsk!) send her an organic fruit tree! It's a very sweet reminder to let her know how much you love her each and every day. #Awww!

 

CROSLEY CRUISER PORTABLE TURNTABLE

Put the needle on the record, then gift her an album a month to help her build her record collection! #Vinyl

CLARE V. PEFORATED FANNYPACK

A hands-free solution for the fashion forward mom on-the-go! Guys, I know what you're thinking... but listen... Next time she's juggling the baby, dog, and your fresh pressed juice you'll be thanking me for showing you this is the perfect little #fanny.

 

 

POLAROID 250 LAND CAMERA

You can buy and choose from an assortment of cool instant cameras and gear at Urban Outfitters like the Fujifilm Instax 210 Wide Format Instant Camera OR you could look online for a Polaroid 250 Land Camera. Choose one that has been AAA battery tested, has an updated battery holder, and comes with the user's manual. Either way, you can get really creative and put together a little book of polaroids for her! (and yes, this may take a little work... but if you can find one they are amazing. And please remember that your mother carried you for 9 months so it's sort of the least you could do. KIDDING) #WorthIt

 

 

SLEEVELESS NIGHTIE by THE SLEEP SHIRT

Sleeping Beauty. This sweet night shirt is great for the mom-to-be! If you order now they will include a free sleep mask #Zzzzzzzz

 

 

 BOTTEGA LOUIE MACARON SET

You can customize your own box and shop the online gourmet market to choose from their extensive selection of sweet and savory products. The packaging is so lovely, and so are the treats! #LetThemEatCake

 

 

"901 TOO" ONE STOP BEAUTY LOUNGE 

"901 too" is the best invention. It's a one-stop-shop for blowouts, braids, make-up, nails, lashes, and tanning. They offer online booking, and quality control is their specialty. Great for a little pampering,  a special night out, or a weekly pick-me-up. Call and ask about the monthly membership. #ReadyToGo

 

 

THE SOOTHING LAVENDER CRATE from WILLIAMS-SONOMA

The pretty wooden crate includes a culinary-grade lavender plant, all-natural bath tea, soap and candle. My mom LOVES lavender, so this gift suggestion is made in her honor! #Janet

 

 

MINI KANTHA FUZZ QUILT by HEAD REGAL

The perfect, cozy, movie room throw. Vintage kantha on one side, luxurious fuzz on the other. Each blanket is one of a kind, made out of 5-7 layers of 1970's vintage saris, and has been hand stitched. #Cuddle

 

 

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ONEHOPE  "PINOT FOR PAWS" Gift Set

The gift that gives back!  For each bottle of wine or bag of coffee sold, ONEHOPE is making a social impact by donating HALF of the profits to one of their 16 partner causes. Choose a cause that is close to your mom's heart, or surprise her with a club membership! #Sip&Give

 

 

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OILS by AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES

Bring the spa to mom wherever she goes! These pure and natural oils will help relax, revive, and rest her system. #Breathe

 

OSMI uPHORIA FOOT & CALF MASSAGER via BROOKSTONE

This is literally one of the greatest inventions on the planet. Well, at least that's how she will feel after a long day on her feet! It's like having a personal masseuse, only you get to read and eat chocolate at the same time. #Footsie

 

 

BOOKS AND ART by DALLAS CLAYTON

My son and I love Dallas Clayton's art and stories.  They inspire us, make us smile, make us happy, and most of all, remind us that anything is possible.  #DreamBig

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Thanks Beth!! xoxo!!



THE COOLEST CAKES ON INSTAGRAM

I feel like there is the most amazing cake renaissance happening right now. Some cake makers are really taking it to the next level and creating the most daring, artful masterpieces I have ever seen. I also love that the more natural, less junky cake is also taking a front seat in the "cake scene." Here are some of my favorites, currently on Instagram, for your viewing pleasure.

@nectarandstone

@laelcakes

@matchboxkitchen

@andybowdy

@whiskandwhittle

@largemargecooks

@bluebellscakery

@sweetnsaucyshop

@jennaraecakes

@sweetbakes_

@tome____

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Inspiring stuff! xx