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Summer Soirée with Angeleno Mag

If there’s ever an excuse to host a summertime soirée — I jump on it! So, when local magazine Angeleno wanted to round up a group of creative minds in the biz, I happily started planning.

The friends, flowers + table setting details were easy to plan. But since I couldn’t solely serve grilled cheese and cocktails all night, I enlisted the help of Haute Chefs LA. They make an unbelievable everything — especially greek-inspired appetizer spreads.

Here are photos from the dinner [you can see the full story in Angeleno Mag this month, on newsstands]! Have fun throwing a little summertime soirée of your own this weekend. It doesn’t have to be fancy — it just needs to be fun and with the best people you know.

PS. Remember, I’ll be in Chicago this weekend. Tickets to Simply Stylist are still available!

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Pink peonies will seriously brighten your whole life.

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Macarons packaged in burlap = the tastiest gifts!

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I added a few floating flowers to the pool for a pretty pop of color.

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I always include a stem at each place setting. Simple, chic + inexpensive! Here, I used lavender (but I’ve also used rosemary, eucalyptus, and even cinnamon sticks in the wintertime).

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Feeling oh-so-feminine in this Victoria Beckham dress. The table included yellow peonies + mini olive trees [for good luck]! It all felt light, bright + comfortable.

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Cocktails are a party’s best friend. Sweet + Spicy: tequila, ruby red grapefruit, basil syrup, lime | Cool + Crisp: vodka, watermelon, mint, soda water.

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Angeleno 1

Top: Rochelle Gores Fredston + Alexa Gores

Bottom: Sarah Boyd + Catt Sadler [and my hubs, of course]!

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Angeleno 2

Katie Grossbard, Meto Christo + Kelly LeVeque

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The lovely Kelly Noonan [and now-fiancé of my pops]! Yay!

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Also at the table… Mike Alexander, Kyle Boyd, George Kotsiopoulos + Patrick Herning 

Photos by Annie Shak