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I’m headed back to Dallas (my hometown) this weekend for a really exciting weekend at rStheCon! This will be my first time attending and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a fun weekend. To be honest, I have no idea what’s in store! I’m most excited to catch up with some old friends, meet some new ones in person finally, and just take it all in. Friday we have a lunch with Neiman Marcus and a Happy Hour with Kate Spade, Saturday we have lunch with Express and then a finale party with The Outnet and Sunday we are having a Texas-style brunch soiree.

I’ll be following up with more details, highlights and hopefully some fun news next week when I’m back, but in the meantime don’t forget to follow along with my adventures via Instagram (@viewfrom5ft2)! You’ll be able to see what I’m up to and some of the other great bloggers I’ll be with as well.

I’m finishing the weekend with an extra day at home where I can finally see my nephew again who is now trying hard to stand up. I’m going to shoot some photos for my sister of their family in his Easter outfit that I had bought him (a seersucker suit… yep take that in.. he’s 9 months old) and am excited to squeeze that little guy! In the meantime, if you’re starting to think about Mother’s Day gifts I’ve added some of my early favorite picks below and don’t forget you can always find inspiration via the Shop page!

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Mother’s Day Brunch

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Life is full of reasons to celebrate, big and small! I love that our friends always find a way to turn even a normal nice Saturday into a reason to get together and enjoy some great food and company. With the arrival of Spring comes even more reasons to have people over and entertain! This season is full of weddings, showers, farewell parties, and a few traditional holidays like Mother’s Day. I love hosting, but I’m also a pretty low key person when it comes to my apartment. I’ve been a nomad for the past 5 years and try to keep things no muss and no fuss so I don’t own a ton of entertaining platters, pitchers or serving ware. When you’re living in a big city, space is limited! I try to find inexpensive ways to make parties more fun and visually appealing without having to invest a ton in anything that I won’t be able to store.

A few weekends ago, Kit and I created a brunch fit for Mother’s Day, a shower or just having friends over! We put our heads together (her cooking expertise and my love of decor and arranging) to share with you an easy and affordable way to host a soiree of your own. These tips will show you have you don’t have to break the bank – or spend lots of time in the kitchen to create a memorable meal and event. The cost for this brunch, including decorations was under $75. The recipes can be accomplished with basic cooking skills, and they don’t require many ingredients. Fear not – your guests will be so impressed they will never suspect how easy it was to prepare this party!

DECOR

Less is more in terms of decor when you have beautiful and vibrantly colored food. We chose flowers as our centerpiece and a couple of additional items that coincided with the colors of the flowers we chose. It helps tie everything back together! We spent only $20 on decorations, proving you can throw a beautiful party on a budget.

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Napkins

It’s the little things at a brunch that make the biggest difference! These striped napkins add another color to our palette and brought out the colors of the sprinkles that we placed them by.

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Flowers

The easiest way to draw attention to your table is to choose a beautiful bouquet of flowers as the centerpiece. It’s quick and easy and will make the room smell incredible with your food.

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Labels

If you don’t have time to make individual place cards for the food and can use butcher paper like we did, the paper serves as the perfect background for your food labels. You can use combinations of cursive, lowercase and capital letters to create more interesting labels all with a Sharpie or permanent marker. Use arrows pointing toward your dish to add an additional fun touch.

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Mini Sprite Cupcakes are great for brunch because guests can have one if they just want a taste of something sweet, or more if they really want to satisfy their sweet tooth. Using sprite zero instead of oil and eggs reduces the fat and number of calories in the cupcakes. Colored sprinkles make these cupcakes even more festive, and we dyed the frosting with food coloring to match our color scheme.

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This Strawberry Arugula salad is perfect for people who prefer the lunch half of brunch. Plus, the recipe is easy – serve the panko crusted chicken on a bed of arugula with crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and sliced strawberries. We dressed it with balsamic vinaigrette, but you could also use a lemon or poppyseed vinaigrette (or pretty much any vinaigrette for that matter!). brunch ideas, mothers day, spring brunch, entertaining, tablescape

Before your guests arrive, place all dishes that can be served at room temperature out on your table. For dishes that need to be served warm, arrange them on oven-safe serving platters so you can keep them warm in your oven and then take them straight to the table when you are ready to serve brunch.
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Drinks

Pour juice into a pitcher to dress it up a bit. We picked up a pitcher at our grocery store for just a few dollars and will be able to reuse it for future parties.

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Prosciutto Egg Cups

This dish is already divided into individual portions, which makes serving it simple. We placed the prosciutto egg cups on a bed of arugula to dress up the presentation.

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Cinnamon raisin french toast sticks

This recipe is a sophisticated take on a childhood favorite. Making French toast sticks instead of whole pieces of French toast is faster to prepare since you can fit more into the skillet, and the smaller serving size means guests can have just a taste. To prepare, pull out a stack of slices of cinnamon raisin bread and cut the slices into thirds. Leave the bread out for an hour to get stale. Mix up ⅔ cup milk, with 4 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Soak each slice of bread in the batter, and pan fry with butter. Garnish with strawberries and serve with maple syrup.   brunch ideas, mothers day, spring brunch, entertaining, tablescape

Setting the table

We placed each dish in it’s own corner of the table with a good amount of space in between so that guests could help themselves without bumping into one another. Small dishes are great for serving syrups and dressings so that you don’t have to set the bottles out. brunch ideas, mothers day, spring brunch, entertaining, tablescape brunch ideas, mothers day, spring brunch, entertaining, tablescape

This brunch menu has a great mix of sweet and savory, and breakfast and lunch – so there is something for everyone. I always try to be conscious of this because I love breakfast, and my mom really prefers lunch, so together we really embody what brunch is all about! Also, each dish is easy to serve in small portions so guests can try a little of everything (which is my favorite way to dine).

I had a blast preparing the brunch with Kit, and I’m really excited to finally tell you guys that I’m going to be contributing to Coca Cola Journey! It’s been a secret I’ve wanted to share and will be bringing more fun content to my site that will also be shared there. It’s been really encouraging because as you guys have probably seen, I really enjoy writing! Lindsay mentioned this to me last week at the Blaze Pizza event too and it was a positive reminder that it’s a huge part of what I love about having this blog. I hope you continue to enjoy! Thanks for all of your support and continuing to read & follow my adventures!

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Primary Colors

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My style is something that I have a hard time “defining” because as you know I really like trying new things and enjoy mixing different styles together. However, I’ve had moments lately where I’ve held back on some bold purchases/styling for the sake of practicality … and the result has actually been pretty pleasing! My roommate and one of my best friends Melanie (who you guys virtually met a week or so ago) is a first grade teacher and has the unique challenge of finding something stylish but also classroom friendly everyday. I’ve mentioned before, but her style is pretty clearly defined – simple, preppy, feminine chic with rarely a print or bold color outside of pink or poppy and you’ll find her closet is full of Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Lilly Pullitzer, and J.Crew (but she does it better than almost anyone I know). I come home from work some days and am amazed at how she can take things I’ve seen her wear on the weekends and make it teacher friendly.

She also has the world’s most insane collection of cardigans… ever. I’d like to see if anyone could top her, honestly I would. We counted last year and she has over 60… six-ty. Take that in for a moment. She did in fact clean the tower of cardigans this weekend though and is donating a lot of them, but that’s beside the point. As I was getting ready for work recently and knowing we were finally getting a sunny day out, I felt inspired by Melanie to come up with something a little less edgy than some of my recent looks.  I decided to color block an ASOS skater dress (in petite) that is going to be the perfect breezy summer “bop around the city” dress. I’m looking forward to styling it without a cardigan & with espadrilles or sandals when it really warms up!

I’m Spring cleaning in a new way this year because the weather has me confused on what to pull out and put away. Do I store these coats or not? Is it time to do my annual boot/sandal swap? It’s a very confusing time for my closet. However, I have cleaned out two bags worth of clothes so far that I’m going to be selling (and through Poshmark!) or donating  before summer really hits. My rule of thumb is if I haven’t worn it in at least 2 years and don’t see myself being able to pair it with anything I really love currently, it’s gotta go. I used to have a separation anxiety problem before I moved here and as my friend Blair (who’s moving!) is finding out, a good cleanse and purge of your things is really refreshing! Have you done your Spring cleaning yet? What are your closet cleaning rules?

SHOP THE LOOK

ASOS petite skater dress  •  Zara cardigan (similar)  •  DVF wedge sandals (summer Net-A-Porter sale find 2 seasons ago, similar)  •  Leather obi belt (c/o Peruvian Connection)  •  Bauble Bar plumed gem necklace  •  Urban Outfitters tortoise sunglasses (similar)

Photos by Blair Culwell, The Fox & She

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There’s nothing quite like a light and airy summer dress! If you get a little creative with your styling, you can wear them all year long. It’s barely Spring here in Chicago, so I styled the tiered baby doll dress with light layers. It’s the perfect loose-fitting cut that allows you to layer over or under to achieve a unique look no matter what the season. I chose a floral button down shirt that I wore loosely over the dress so that it looked like a casual jacket and mossy green sandals in a similar shade of the dress. I also paired it with a peachy-nude clutch and floppy fedora hat to tie in other shades from the blouse. I completed the look with a chunky gold watch and bracelets and tortoise sunglasses. You can use your silky button down shirts to quickly make strappy dresses Spring-ready!

It was so wonderful to have a sunny day last weekend and I’m really looking forward to more. I’m leaving for Dallas next week and am headed to the Reward Style conference, which I’m SO excited for! At the end of the weekend I’ll be seeing my little nephew, sister and brother-in-law and I’m most excited about that. I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Don’t forget to check out how Blair and Jess styled their looks too on the American Eagle blog! Which is your favorite?

SHOP THE LOOK

American Eagle tiered babydoll dress (c/o, size S)  •  Zara floral blouse (worn as a jacket)  •  Dolce Vita ‘Niro’ sandal in olive  •  Shiraleah Vegan leather clutch (from Green Goddess Boutique)  •  Topshop hat  •  The Limited watch (c/o)  •  Marrin Costello ‘Natasha’ bracelet (c/o), Green Goddess (gifted), and Anthropologie bracelets  •  Urban Outfitters sunglasses (similar)

Photos by Melanie Neuhaus

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