BIRTHDAY DINNER TABLE

It's my birthdayyyy...table! This year I waned to do a little less then last year's full on beach party and so I settled on a pretty table at a nice restaurant for just myself and few good friends. And yes, my idea of "doing less" is decorating a table. Enjoy. 


The Place: there were many options, but ultimately Georgie's was at the top of my list! I've been for coffee and brunch at their adorable café setup, I also am obsessed with their blue and white plates. There were a few other places I considered but I was just so impressed by the immediate politeness and customer service I received when I pitched my idea of decorating the table, that made this the right place. Georgie's is a newer restaurant at the Montage Beverly Hills, replacing the former Scarpetta location. I must admit, my attraction started at the adorable decor and super girly ambiance, but I was thoroughly impressed by the delicious food and service. I ordered the salmon and we all shared the most delicious sweet and salty bread. Most of my friends ordered the dover sole and couldn't stop talking about it. But I must say, the martini cart was at the top of my list, so chic, just so incredibly chic. Thank goodness I had at least one friend brave enough to order a martini (or two) so we could have a cart experience! Two of my friends loved the Spring Meringue and the Georgie Gerber cocktails. I opted for a less sugary version of a Paloma, which was basically just tequila, soda and a splash of grapefruit juice and it was delicious! 


The Table: So this was, surprisingly, the very first table I have decorated! I wasn't exactly sure what look I was going for so instead I just bought a bunch of things I liked. Next time I will definitely make sure everything matches before I buy but I think it turned out pretty so no complaints! I knew the restaurant had blue and white plates and so I started there. I wanted to place a green palm leaf over the plate to compliment the blue and white, a color scheme I am quite fond of. I also knew I wanted pink flowers, unfortunately peonies are out of season and hard to find, so I settled for some pink roses and found these amazing little lavender pom pom flowers that I sadly can't find the formal name for. Instead of using vases I just spread out the lavender branches and placed the rose heads into the crevices. Then laid my battery operated copper light strings across the table. In hindsight, I would have opted for a transparent strand or mini individual lights so the copper wire didn't show but hey you live and you learn! For place cards I had this great idea of using miniature pineapples (they sell them at most grocery stores, mine are from Ralph's) and a mini flag. If you can't find a similar flag then I recommend just taping a toothpick to the back of a normal place card to mount it into the pineapple. I wrote (well my friend wrote as my handwriting is horrid) everyone's name on their flag with a metallic gold sharpie, and stuck the flag into the pineapple. Wallah, a super chic place setting is made!


The Treats: Per usual I ordered my absolute favorite marble cake from Susie's! This year I decided to have a Drake on cake - which for those of you who aren't hip is just a cake with Drake lyrics on it, made famous by this fabulous Instagram account. I had lots of options but ultimately choose the "feeling good, living better" because why wouldn't I haha. I am so absolutely happy with the way it turned out and of course, the consistent slice of heaven SusieCakes always delivers! The candles I found were perhaps my favorite detail of all! These blue and white marble candles are so chic and come in a few different colors. I just couldn't get enough! As a party favor I gave all my friends some yummy macarons wrapped in cellophane and tied them up with a baby blue pom pom fabric. As much as I liked the idea, I think that's enough cellophane for me and perhaps pairing baby pink and baby blue is a little too, baby. Not quite there yet! 


Cheers to #28!

Xoxo, 

-M
SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SUMMER TRAVEL INSPIRATION


Have you heard... I'm going to Europe and Israel this summer and as you can imagine, I'm BEYOND excited! I haven't been back to either since college and despite the many other places I'd like to travel to, I just couldn't resist the urge to head back to some of the most magical spots in the world. Some destinations on the list: the Amalfi coast, Portugal, the French Rivera and Tel Aviv! In major anticipation I've been planning away sites to see, food to eat, places to capture some beautiful Instagrams, and of course, outfits. So many outfits. I've been shopping for quite some time, in search of some great embroidery, stripes, and gingham, cool linen fabrics and some chic night out ensembles so I can pass for a european jetsetter and not the over enthusiastic American that I am. Here are some photos to inspire! Buon divertimento! 
















Salute!

CLASSIC BASK

Summer, summer, summertime... is the best of all seasons, for many reasons (didn't mean for that to rhyme) some being, my birthday, the reliably warm weather, and endless beach days... unless you live in Los Angeles and STILL wonder how it manages to get so cold at night!? I've always loved swimming - well actually more so chilling by a pool or beach with an ice cold glass of rosé and a good read. And with that comes the oh so taxing process of finding a flattering swimsuit, and then the dreaded cover up. I have so many that really seem to double up as dresses, and that's why I got so incredibly excited about - get this - a toweling blazer. Basically a blazer made from terry cloth, to wear over swimsuits for those chilly breezes post swim, or for me, a chic way to sip rosè and look civilized in my bikini. Oh and did I mention the monogram? My new obsession, from BASK, comes in white and navy, which to be honest was a really hard choice, but I like to keep things beachy so I chose white, with navy piping, but I also love the white with pink, and navy with red. Perfect for those long days under the sun and certainly my favorite resort wear item ever created. It's like going to prep school but on the beach; and with rosè and nothing to study haha. As Town and Country Magazine appropriately quipped "if Gatsby wore a cover up." So long gone are the days of trendy, embellished sheer, flowy dresses for me. I think I've found myself a classic. Enjoy. 












Let's keep it classic. 

XX, 

-M

THE M LIST: AUGUST

{ photography by Danielle Heinson }

1. IT'S MY BIRTHDAYYYYYY!!!!

Enough said! Last year I went a little overboard, planning an all white beach soiree. It was lovely but since this month is going to be a whirlwind with work and my upcoming travels I think I am going to lay low this year, perhaps a nice dinner with a few close friends and a special someone. I will be turning 28 so I might as well start planning for a blowout 30th. But for any of you planning any size gathering, check out my pinterest board for some serious party inspo! 

2. Rich People Problems

Kevin Kwan's third novel since his debut Crazy Rich Asians, Rich People Problems is now the third addition to his infamous trilogy about the frivolity of the Chinese super rich. He had me hooked from the first page and I'm amazed how quickly he's pushed out this third novel, right after China Rich Girlfriend. Even more exciting, they seem to be making REAL moves on a full motion picture version of the novel in the series and I'M SO EXCITED! I also have a few other beach reads on my list currently Fake Plastic Love, The Commonwealth, Our Little Racket.  

3. Bon Voyage to ... Europe and Israel!

AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT... until my "to do" list is finally done. It's going to be quite the trip and I can't wait to see everything, bask in the sun and eat lots of yummy food (aka pasta). We are headed to Lisbon, the French Rivera, the Amalfi Coast and Tel Aviv. It will most certainly be a whirlwind trip and I just want to make sure I enjoy every moment. I just got my first professional camera and so practicing all the great shots is a top priority! Would love any recommendations for both the trip and how to use a real camera! 

4. Goodbyes and Hellos

So this past year I had the pleasure of mentoring interns while they complete their master programs in Social Work at USC. Unlike most internships, they have been with me the entire year and I must say I am going to miss them. I have learned so much being a mentor and supervising for the very first time in my career as a therapist. It's been quite a humbling experience and very cool to have a part in training people in my own field. The upside to saying goodbye, however, is that I will be getting four brand new interns right after! I can't wait to do it all again, this year with a little more insight and mentorship practice; more to come on that in a future post. 

5. Eat, See, Here

This weekend my cousin invited me to a really fun night in the park hosted by EatSeeHear, an outdoor movie company that puts on events every weekend around Los Angeles in the summer. I used to do this in Chicago and my mother always told me stories about the old school drive in movies (anyone know if they exist anymore?). So we packed a picnic, listened to some live music and watched a showing of Young Frankenstein under the moon and the stars. It was a really fun night, I highly recommend going ahead of time and trying some of the food trucks before the movie starts with friends. They were also super dog friendly, so that was a perk for the canine obsessed like myself haha. Next movie showing is Mean Girls in Pasadena (classic), then When Harry Met Sally, and more through September.  

Any other Leo's out there? 

Happy August, 

Xo, 

-M