Parties

Floral Baby Shower

I'm so excited to share the baby shower I recently had the pleasure of styling! 

Nothing makes me happier than when a client says, I'm open to whatever you want to do, I trust you. YES! 

So of course I wanted to take the opportunity to finally create a floral cascading balloon piece, and I couldn't be happier with how it came out! 

Baby showers are always so much fun to design! I love simple yet beautiful decor. Also, I think it's always great to find centerpieces that are useful and not something that people feel obligated to hang on to until they finally give in to tossing it in the trash. So I really loved using Pellegrino sparkling water as a centerpiece. 

It's always funny how the pictures never show everything that goes wrong when styling a party, like when the bakery messes up your cake order and forgets to put the flowers on your cakes. But if there's one thing I've learned is how to roll with punches and make it work! (I say this after I have a mini internal anxiety attack, and all is well). Luckily, there was an amazing cake decorator there and she helped me out! Special thanks to everyone who helped make my vision come to life! 

Congrats to the momma to be!  hope you loved this baby shower as much as I did!

& Thank you for trusting me to design your special day. 

xo

-Melinda

 

Recipe

Did someone say Spicy Paloma??

Happy Soiree Bar

Happy Cinco De Mayo! 

SO I mean obviously I had to make some margaritas today!! More specifically a paloma - because it is one of my top favorite drinks! 

I love love love grapefruit... so so much. My abuela use to tell me they were her "dieta" (diet) food, and I use to steal them when I could, and smother them in sugar. 

But now I skip the sugar and just enjoy them as MY dieta food ;)

Well not only do I love them for breakfast, I love them in my dranks! bonus points that they're pink!

So today I made some for me and my neighbor (if you're following me on the gram than you know I hopped the fence to bring her some, because after all what are friends for?)

Anyway scroll down for the recipe....you're gonna love it! 

Ingredients (for two cups): 

1/4 cup of Tequila (more if you like it stronger, I won't judge)

1 grapefruit (freshly squeezed) or 1/4 cup of grapefruit juice

1/4 cup of lime juice (I used freshly squeezed)

Jalapeños 

2 tablespoons of Simple Syrup

Directions: 

Soak 2 slices of Jalapeños in the 1/4 cup of Tequila for 30 minutes

Then insert all the other ingredients in a shaker, and shake shake shake! 

Pour over ice, add some more jalapeños and sliced grapefruit for garnish and soiree! 

 

xo

-Melinda

Let me know if you tried these and loved them! maybe i could start a drink series here on the blog and share different drink recipes?

 

Parties

Avery's b-boy spiderman party

Whoa my baby boy is 4! I still can't believe how big he his. He's talking so much now. This was the 1st year that he was very clear on what he wanted for his birthday theme. Spiderman! 

Me being me-- I couldn't just do any old spiderman party. He's really into dancing right now. He tries to breakdance and do some hip hop moves--- tho it looks more like interpretive dancing. Either way I love it! It's the cutest! 

So I really wanted to tie his new found love for dancing in with spiderman. I'm also really into monochrome modern parties right now. Once again-- we all know I love the color black #mymoodisblack ;) 

The big goal was to create something he would love, but also something our wallet would love. 

Here's how I pulled it off: 

That's it! I hope you loved this party as much as we did! 

It's really easy to get all excited about decorating a party, next thing you know you went way over budget! Don't be afraid to keep your decorations simple and minimal. It can still look great & I'm sure your guest of honor will still love it! 

xo

-Melinda

Spidey Bboy prints, Avery's 4th Birthday sign & Thank you notes : Little Magic Prints

Spiderman sugar cookies: Comfy Sweets

BoomBox Pinata: Target

Marble Balloons: Meri Meri

Spider balloons, gift boxes, plates & napkins: Shop Sweet Lulu

Gold necklaces: Party City

 

DIY

diy mini photo album gift idea

I love sentimental gifts. The ones you know a lot of thought went into them. 

Sometimes it's a little difficult choosing what gifts to get my kids, plus my nieces and nephews- especially because they are all very fortunate so they pretty much have everything they need. 

This year I wanted to create a little special gift for my niece Liah. 

hahaha throw baacck little Melinda ....I think the bag is Chanel ;)

hahaha throw baacck little Melinda ....I think the bag is Chanel ;)

I can remember as a little girl always carrying around a little purse. Most of the time it was empty, when it wasn't it was full of random things like Barbie hair brushes, fake makeup, and whatever else I could find that was tiny enough to fit in there. 

So I found this little owl purse that I knew she would love, and thought about giving her that filled with some goodies. 

side note: I have to take advantage of all things girly! I have two sons, two nephews, and another niece who is the best kind of tomboy there is. So Liah is my chance to get all the girly thangs!

I knew I couldn't get her real makeup- she is only 3... my sister already wanted to kill me when I let her play with my tinted lipgloss buahahaha....

Bring in the super cute and fun Lip Smackers! Who doesn't love Lip Smackers? All the fun flavors and the pretty packaging, I remember getting them as a kid. So I knew she would love it! 

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Then I grabbed some cute besties bracelets because her and Auntie are def besties! duh!

Now for the personal touch; I remembered having those little wallet picture albums. Please tell me you remember those? Back when wallet size photos served a purpose and we didn't have 8000 photos available at our fingertips. 

Thus the idea for this DIY was born! 

I know she would love to have some pics of her squad (her cousins) in her purse. 

I printed some small pictures off my Canon

This was such fun quick DIY, the best part is that you can always add more pages! It's the perfect gift for anyone on your list. 

Hopefully this beautiful angel of mine loves it :)  Look at that face!! Yes- I am obsessed! 

 

If you make one be sure to tag me on IG I would love to see it! 

xo

-Melinda

 

 

P.S. to my sister who will probably see this before Christmas...don't tell her what I got her! Or else!!!

Contents:

Purse & bracelets:  Primark

Lip Smackers *Disclaimer: I was gifted the Lip Smackers by the company, but all opinions are my own :) Thank you for your support. 

Leggings: Target

 

faves

christmas trees that sleigh my heart

First of all- I cannot believe that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away! It really feels like I blinked and it was Christmas! 

I love love Christmas, I love it more than my birthday! Every year I tell myself I will just reuse the Christmas decorations we already have...then I go to the store....OOOO SHINY!!! ....I think I want to do a new color scheme.....shopping cart full. 

So this year was the first year, since living in our house, we decided to go with a fake tree. & Of course I wanted a pink tree but I live in a house full of boys...so I didn't win that battle. 

Even tho I didn't get my pink dreams tree...I wanted to share some of my all time favorite trees by some of my favorite bloggers:

Black & White Ombre Tree by Little Inspiration:

LittleInspiration.com

LittleInspiration.com

aaahhh I love love this tree! You all know how much I love the color black! This tree sleighs my soul because 1. it's white and black 2. it's so unique and creative. I probably could've gotten away with this one in the house...

The party tree by Sugar & Cloth:

SugarandCloth.com

SugarandCloth.com

I mean....do I really even need to explain why I love this? The party girl in me is screaming YASSS!! but also: "why didn't I think of that?"  This is the perfect mini tree for your holiday parties! 

Yes pink! by LuellaJune 

Luellajune.com

Luellajune.com

pretty pretty pretty....oh so pretty in pink! i have a serious love affair with flocked Christmas trees. It especially looks so beautiful with all the pinks, golds, and rose gold ornaments. 

the diy by the lolly Jane:

LollyJane.com

LollyJane.com

oh the beautiful simplicity/super cool DIY of this tree. Love it! The perfect color combos, this is just way too cute.

Since I know I couldn't get away with a pink tree in my house, I tried to convince the hubs to at least let me do white-but he wasn't feeling it. I think because waaay back when we had our first apartment, we had a little white tree, however, as it aged it turned yellow. like peepee snow yellow....so yeah. I guess I get it. 

the Floral Tree by design love fest:

Designlovefest.com

Designlovefest.com

THIS tree will always be one of my top favorite trees ever! i mean seriously, it's perfectly whimsically wrapped in flowers!!! so freaking beautiful! and it makes me feel like Christmas in a hot state may not be the worst thing ever. 

meet me at the disco by studio diy:

StudioDIY.com

StudioDIY.com

can you just hear the sounds of heaven? I don't care who you are or what you're into, you can not tell me this isn't the coolest Christmas tree ever! Blast that Christmas music and let's drank and be merry dancing the night away! 

pretty in pink by the pink dream:

thepinkdream.com

thepinkdream.com

this tree is so gorgeous! I love how she combined classic Christmas with pink and donuts and pineapples! it's so subtle yet super fun. I feel like this tree is most like me, very classic, girly, till you get up close and you discover all the really fun surprises! At least that's how I like to think I am ; ) oh and there's even the letter M hanging on it! 

 

I still haven't decided if I really love my little pencil tree....we usually go for the biggest and fullest tree we can find. But I'm adjusting. If you follow me on Instagram than you probably saw it on my stories, if not I will share it on my holiday party post, so stay tuned!

Do any of these trees sleigh your heart? What kind of tree do you have? How did you decorate it? Are you a crazed OCD tree decorator like me? Readjusting the ornaments your kids put on the tree when they're asleep? Or is that just me?  let me know...I'd love to know! 

xo

-Melinda

 

 

DIY, Parties

rodrigues family halloween dinner

Happy halloween!!

pssst...I love color....but my favorite color will always be black! 

I obviously love bright fun quirky halloween costumes....but I also really love dark creepy halloween themes. 

so this halloween we invite you to our creepy animal Rodrigues family dinner party! 

this post is for my fellow dark souls #mysoulisblack

come take a seat, pour yourself some bloody wine, and enjoy! ;)

DIY, Recipe

last minute halloween treats

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Are you super last minute like me?

Or maybe you aren't big on cooking or baking. Don't worry I've gotcha covered today with some super last minute easy Halloween treats. 

Pink Mummy Cookies:

Buy some Milano cookies, bright pink chocolate, and candy eyes. You can create a some super cute mummies! 

grab a small ziplock bag, add melted pink chocolate, cut a hole in the tip of the bag. Then drizzle the chocolate over the cookies and add some candy eyes. done! SO GOOD! 

Poison Cupcakes:

these ones you might need a little time! just to bake the cupcakes, but you could also buy some already made cupcakes. (Target sells some AMAZING mini red velvet cupcakes- seriously they're so good). 

I bought a red velvet cake mix box, made these cupcakes and bought some black frosting. Using a piping tip I frosted these creepy things. The witch fingers are candy I found at Michaels. I also bought the cupcake liners and "flavor shot" skulls there, they come in a package. 

Pour some booze (I used Black Label) in a shot glass and suck it up with the flavor shots and insert them in the cupcakes. DONE! 

There you have it some really easy quick last minute Halloween treats! 

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween! 

xo

-Melinda

DIY, Beauty

Pop art party kitty costume

OMG!!!! we are only a few days away from Halloween! 

it took me forever to decide what to dress up as (waaah) 

I wanted to do something original or at least with my own twist. I also love costumes that you can use your real clothes. because who really wants to pay all that money on a costume?? ridiculous! 

sooo....I asked Claudia to help me create a pop art makeup look

and the pop art party kitty was born! 

I mean what did you expect? of course I had to turn it into a party! 

now who's coming to dance with me? <meooooow> 

be sure to check out more of Claudia's halloween looks on her Instagram

xo

-Melinda

P.S. what are you dressing up as? what are your halloween plans? I wannna knooow! comment below babes!

 

 

headbands & dress: Forever 21

socks: Target

Beauty, lifestyle

wicked awesome graphic tees by: JZD

I don't know if you gals have realized this yet...but I'm totally an undercover unicorn....

magically colorful....I mean... I don't really let anyone know this.... but I think the unicorn is officially out of the bag ;)

I am so happy to have partnered up with one of my IG besties- Jen -from Jen Zeano Designs to share with you these really awesome t-shirts from her shop! 

I think Jen totally gets me; first we have: 

the Undercover Unicorn

now I'd say it pretty obvious why I love this tee ;) 

other than the obvious- I love that the tee is a relaxed fit it's super soft and the lettering is bubble gum pink! 

this tee is perfect for me, because I love my world all magically colorful, but as for my wardrobe, I tend to be more of a minimalist. which to me is the perfect description of an undercover unicorn. I don't let just anyone know about my magic! 

I may have mentioned a time or two the new MAC Selena line.... 

well Jen just so happened to hook me up with a Selena t-shirt to go with my new Selena lippies!! YAY!! 

Oh yesss....

MY heart goes bidi bidi bom bom !!

me canta asi asiiiiii!!! 

oooo yes I love Selena! so this is the perfect tee! for this shoot I paired the tee with the color Amor Prohibido. 

for those of you who may not know Selena...Google her...and go fall in love.

Selena was a huge part of my childhood. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw this tee & when the new MAC line came out. 

Selena is truly unforgettable, I still get emotional watching her interviews. Such a beautiful person inside and out. I can't help but imagine what it would be like to still have her here. 

this tee is also super soft and comfy, this one is more fitted. 

per Jens suggestion I ordered my real size in the undercover unicorn tee, and a size up in the Selena Tee. 

these tees are perfect for you and your girl gang! Whether you're Selena lovers and sing all of Selena songs at the top of your lungs with your girls and uber driver.... or magical undercover unicorns who are always on that color hunt! 

Visit Jens shop by clicking here & you know we have a special discount code just for you! Use the code HAPPYSOIREE and get 10% off, valid from 10/22/16-10/26/16

be sure to check it out and follow her on Instagram: @jenzeanodesigns 

stay magical my beautiful friends!! 

xo

-Melinda

*as always: just know even though I was gifted these tees, all opinions are honest & my own

direct links to tees:

Undercover unicorn (i'm wearing a medium) 

Selena Quintanilla Shirt - Bidi Bidi Bom Bom Tee (i'm wearing a large)

things to do, lifestyle, travel

bday trip to new york with the girls

New York with the girls was such a blast! I know some of you were following our adventures on Snapchat and Instagram stories- hopefully you still love us after witnessing all the craziness and the beautiful car karaoke singing! xD

honestly, I don't even understand where all the time went when we were in NY. There were tons of places we wanted to visit, but didn't get a chance. It was raining when we arrived Friday evening- total bummer. and it was that 'I can't see where I'm walking' type of rain'.

Somehow we still managed to go to a bar that night....and I wish I could tell you which one it was.... but I can't because I never even thought to ask where we were. it was fun tho! it's so awesome meeting nice people at a bar, especially when you're an introvert and usually don't do the whole 'lets talk to strangers thang'. 

Saturday morning was spent drinking bottomless mimosas and...shopping.... well...let me show you where we went! :

 

Miss Lily's

love love love this place!! it's a modern Caribbean style oasis! we went to the one in SoHo. they have a 2hr brunch deal- BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS! for 2 hours. which I'm sure is no big deal in NY- but we don't have that in Boston. and if there is some secret bottomless mimosa place in Boston someone better let a girl know! 

anyway back to Miss Lily's- the mimosas were so good- the one that we chose with our brunch special was the love bellini- champagne and passion fruit. have I mentioned my passion for passion fruit? ;)

oh and the food is AMAZING! we tried: the jamaican rancheros, jerk chicken, mac and cheese, and the fried chicken and waffles. it was all delicious. but if I had to say which one I suggest it would definitely be the chicken and waffles. OH MY GAWD SO GOOD! 

we called and ahead and made reservations. I would suggest you do the same. it's not huge in there and it's no secret that it's really good. 

i love the decor in the bar. all the caribbean vibes. I really love how the juice bar it's set up to look like an island bar. they also have a disco ball....so yeah you know I was sold. 

in the back they have more of a large group room. You may have caught the really fun celebration on my snapchat. if you missed it- basically instead of just singing happy birthday, they turn off the lights and blast Rihanna's  cake cake cake song, bring a cake with sparklers and EVERYONE gets real live. SO FUN! the entire staff was super nice and fun! 

basically if you're in NY and you haven't tried this spot- you must! 

Don't ask why New york

after brunch we hit up some stores in SoHo for some shopping. 

I think I just gravitate to neon signs. so obviously I had to check out the store Don't Ask Why store. 

another store that has great attention to detail. a very cute space. 

their clothes are a part of american eagle outfitters and are just our style....so many cute things. mostly new york street wear- which we love!

Cool mess

On our last day in New York- I made sure we stopped at the one really colorful ice cream shop I was dyyying to see. After catching it on our girl Vanessa's (Brite and Bubbly) NY ice cream blog post, we had to stop by and see for ourselves. 

wow this place definitely did not disappoint. no secret i love bright colors. i also love ice cream. like a lot. so this place was everything. right when you walk in the hallway is sprinkle and neon heaven. 

i love places that really put effort into creating a fun experience and then also have something delicious! 

now about the ice cream.....it's also a fun experience because you make the ice cream yourself!! they give you everything you need and you make it yourself. pretty cool ;)

the staff here were also super nice and friendly- which is always a +

this ice cream parlor is definitely another must! i don't care if you're lactose and tolerant lol

 

Saturday night we went to a club- which again I have no idea what it's called. but we met up with some old high school friends so that was a great time! 

i feel like I did a bad job documenting the night stuff, however I think I was really trying to just enjoy the moment and not worry about getting the perfect shots for once. but i do believe some of it was on snapchat....those following along saw us singing our hearts out to Selena with the uber driver at 4am xD 

shout out to that uber driver- he was definitely the best! only the best uber drivers will let your friend plug her phone into the AUX cable and blast Selena....AND then sing along! wherever you are friend- you are the man!

anyway....what's really funny is I normally don't do clubs, and i swore I wouldn't- but I did. I had so much fun too, sometimes your friends know what ya need! but- will I go clubbing again? probably not. I think I did enough of that in my early 20's. i think I'll stick to bars.

well, we didn't get a chance to head on over to Brooklyn, where we really wanted to go, so we are definitely planning another trip soon! 

Snaps you may have missed:

we stayed at the Hilton New York Midtown, which was super nice. and the view was amazing....but i didn't want to go near the window because holy crap we were up high! 

hotel view:

i'm so grateful to have such amazing sister/friends who made sure i had a memorable 30th birthday! thanks girls! love you!!

thanks for having us New York....you won this time....but we'll be back soon! 

xo

-Melinda

 

Beauty, DIY

Girl gang getaway gift

As you know all know the girls and I hit the road to New York for my 30th birthday!

It was my first girls getaway trip since my 25th birthday in Miami. We had soo much in New York (stay tuned because obviously I will share all the details with you this week here on the blog!)

So the girls planned out all the details for the trip, because I'm definitely not a planner....tho I wish I was. I'm more of the: "lalalala just point me in the fun direction" type of friend. Steph is pretty much the same, Jenny and Vicky are the planners. 

Only thing I did know was that I wanted to give them all a little thank you gift for the trip. 

So I made a girl gang gift for our little weekend getaway. 

 

 I knew I wanted some eye sleeping masks, so I was on a mission to find some really cute girly but not too kiddish eye masks. I found some at Forever 21. By the way am I only the only one who gets caught up in all their cute stuff they have strategically placed near the registers??!! 

I also picked up some party sweets flavored Lip Smackers- because duhhh, they had birthday cake and donut flavored ones in the package! I found these at Target

The Little Arrow girl gang patches were a no brainer! They are the perfect addition, they totally make the gifts. These are available in the Soiree Shop

Lastly, I attached some cute paper stock I had from my Messy Boxes from A beautiful Mess subscription. I wrote a little thank you message on the back of each card. 

To make them extra pretty I filled each bag with some pink gift shredded paper filler. Then I just stapled them shut! 

I am so happy that the girls loved their gifts! This was such a small gesture to say thank you to a great group of friends who went above and beyond to make sure I had the best birthday. Love these girls so much! 

Thanks again girls!! and thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to wish me a happy birthday- You all are the bestest :)

xo

-Melinda

 

lifestyle, Parties

mermaid after party- uncut

a lot of people don't realize how much hard work bloggers put into getting that "perfect" shot. Just imagine- how many selfies do you take before you find that Instagram worthy shot? personally I take at least 20 lol and most never make it on IG haha

as much as I love those perfect pics I also love seeing behind the scenes videos and pics...

I really think it's important to know; that even tho we work hard for that shot we also make sure we have fun! 

if it's not fun- what would be the point?

so I decided to share all these grainy blurry photos with all of you, because...well... to me they show how much fun we have together. and I feel like they show us in real life, so hopefully you still love us after this hahaha

fun fact: to me these girls are like my sisters. we practically grew up together. it's funny because we were all besties in high school,  and then somehow the universe gave me a husband with their last name.

now we all have the same last name and we're like legit sisters :p

the rodrigues sisters! 

i love these girls so very much! 

we hope you had as much fun as we did during mermaid week! we had so much fun during this shoot- there was glitter EVERYWHERE but totally worth it. I also thought I was gonna die from the amount of glitter I accidentally swallowed. (i can be a drama queen)

thanks for tuning in lovers <3 I hope this post helps you connect with us more :) 

oh and yes, we are very much aware that we are the weirdos! 

 

xo

-Melinda

P.S. all the soiree girls are heading to New York this weekend for my big 3-0 birthday sooo be sure to follow our adventures on Instagram stories!! @happysoiree !! we will also have a blog post all about our trip, you won't want to miss it!