Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Thing We Heart: April 2015

Happy April, y'all! Help us ring in April in the sweetest way, with things we heart!
Lilly for Target
1. Lilly for Target: This amazing collaboration was a "thing we heart" back in February, but they just released the look book this week...and it is GOOD! The dresses, the scarves, the shoes and home decor...swoon! We've already cleared our schedules for April 19th (the date the collection hits stores) and are creating shopping carts in our heads. In addition to all this amazing Lilly news...we just found out Lilly is coming to Chicago this summer! We are going to be one fabulously dressed office this summer!
 This romper will be in frequent rotation in our summer wardrobes!!
Pink and Green
 Afternoons by the pool? Don't mind if we do!

Pink pineapple chevron bikini & floral button down? That's the ultimate print combo!

2. Believe: The new single off of Mumford & Sons new CD (which is set to be released May 4th) is a must listen! If you haven't listened to their newest song, log onto Spotify and take a listen!! This song is heavily repeated in our office, so we can only imagine how much we're going to play their new CD!

3. Starbucks Cold BrewOkay, okay we admit it…we’re something of Starbucks addicts. Hot and cold alike, we love our Starbucks coffee! Earlier this week, the company released their cold brew…and we’re in love! We think it gives our old standby of iced coffee a run for its money! Both in taste AND it has a higher caffeine content...total bonus for these busy ladies!!

4. Southern Charm: Southern Charm is back for its second season, and is better than ever! This show combines two of the things we love the most: Bravo TV and the South! Set in Charleston, this Bravo hit follows a group of friends living in Charleston. Think lots of fabulous Southern fashion (we can't get enough of Cameran's outfits...every single episode) combined with one fun group of friends, and you've got our favorite show!! Another reason why we love this show so much: Lala grew up with Shep on Hilton Head, which keep us tuning in every week!! Catch Southern Charm every Monday 9/8 central on Bravo!

5. Destination Wedding Invitations: At N&L, we always think outside the box when it comes to creating original wedding invitations. But this week, we were all about thinking inside the box...because we did some fabulous destination wedding invitations quite literally in a box! These fabulous navy and turquoise invitations (for a Harbour Island wedding) were presented inside of a turquoise stationery box. The box had a custom sticker on the front, adorned with a palm tree and the couple's wedding date. The wedding invitation itself was printed in letterpress, and was wrapped with a palm leaf bellyband. Our favorite part of the entire ensemble was the starfish adhered to the bellyband...so neat! Check out pictures of the gorgeous Harbour Island wedding invitations below!
Tropical Wedding Invitation
Island Wedding Invitation
Unfamiliar with Harbour Island? This quaint island in the Bahamas is known for its pink sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and brightly colored architecture. Just our kind of place!
Harbour Island
Can we live here?! Hello, little pink house!
 N&L took a day trip to Harbour Island while in the Bahamas, and took these pics of the island!! So tropical and pretty!
Happy Easter!!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

A Slice of Swank...The Blog by Nico and LaLa

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bunny Brunch and Easter Egg Hunts

Happy Monday!

We can't believe Easter is just six days away! We love Easter, y'all! Between dying eggs and putting together baskets full of treats, to bright spring dresses and cute little bonnets...what's not to love?! In celebration of our favorite spring holiday, we've rounded up some of our favorite Easter themed birthdays we've done over the past year. From a watercolor pink bunny birthday, to a gingham egg hunt, we've done some really bright and festive parties! We've combined these cute invitations with some super fun and easy party ideas to help put some pop in your bunny hop this weekend!!
Southern Easter
Miles' birthday invitation has it all...Easter eggs, gingham, chicks (wearing party hats), and the Easter bunny! Could this invitation get any cuter?
The perfect Easter birthday theme for a Southern gent...bow tie and bunny bash!easter twin birthday
 Pink and green for a bunny brunch and egg hunt?! We're in for these sweet pair of twins' birthday!!
Grace's mom wanted to create something really pretty and vintage-inspired for her second birthday party, without being too "over the top" Easter. So we paired a watercolor pink background with floral accents and a bright white bunny!
These watercolor Easter eggs remind us of Grace's sweet invitation! They're both beautiful and easy to make; now that's an egg decoration we can attempt! For the full DIY instructions, visit Spoon Fork Bacon.
Speaking of Easter egg decorating ideas...our team uses our Pantone books just about every single day, so we can't help but LOVE these Pantone Easter eggs! To make your own, see the complete DIY on How About Orange.
No bunny brunch is complete without an Easter themed tablescape. Last year, we helped one our fabulous friend Dori (of The Social Office) design some swanky menus, place cards, and favor tags for her Easter brunch. We love the sweet Easter egg shaped cookie at each place!
No brunch is complete without using tulips in some way! We love the idea of placing one at each seat.
 These cookie sticks (complete with Easter colored M&M's) would be the perfect sweet treat for a bunny brunch!!
These bunny bum pancakes are a MUST!
Three ingredients (marshmallows, coconut, and white chocolate) and oh so cute!! Visit Two Peas and Their Pod for the full bunny tail DIY.

Happy early Easter!!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

A Slice of Swank...The Blog by Nico and LaLa

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vibrant Summer Wedding

There is nothing we appreciate more than a bright pop of color...especially when it comes to weddings! Jessie and Logan made a "pop of color" the main focus of their wedding, as a vibrant color palette dominated their summer wedding decor. Held at the historic West Baden Hotel in Southern Indiana, this grand resort provided a fabulous backdrop for their elegant wedding festivities. Originally built in the 1800's, the resort's design was inspired by the grand European spas and resorts of the early 1900's...very swanky! Combining this elegant location with Jessie and Logan's vibrant wedding colors created one unforgettable night. Join us as we share their colorful wedding day!
West Baden Hotel Wedding
For Jessie and Logan's save the dates, we wanted to highlight their custom wedding monogram and wedding colors: a juicy orange and lime green!
Gold and Orange Wedding Invitation
Jessie and Logan's wedding invitations were the perfect mix of traditional and fun. The invitation itself was printed on ivory paper with gold foil stamping, which gave a nod to traditional printing. To give it a bright pop of color, the reply card envelope and envelope liner were both orange. We absolutely love orange and gold paired together; it's very Tory Burch and fabulous!
Custom Wedding Monogram
Another one of our favorite features of their invitation? The modern die-cut shape of the invite! We also love how prominently the couple's custom wedding monogram was featured on both their invitation and website card.
Orange and Gold wedding party
Congrats to the happy (and adorable) couple, Jessie and Logan! We're so happy we got to be part of your special day!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

A Slice of Swank...The Blog by Nico and LaLa

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Preppy Gingham for Spring!

Happy spring, y'all! We couldn't be happier to see the seasons change after a long, harsh winter in the city. Even though spring apparently means it still snows...at least in Chicago. With the official arrival of spring comes many things: bright manicures, iced coffee, white jeans, and fun patterns for spring. We recently discussed our (and our customers) love of florals this time of year, but we also can't get enough of gingham! This classically preppy pattern pairs well with just about every color and other pattern under the sun. It's always one of our favorite patterns to use when designing (and getting dressed), but especially with the arrival of spring. Check out the different ways we've been using this preppy pattern.
Custom Charleston Pocket Square
 Y'all know we specialize in custom bachelorette parties, but bachelors like party swag too. T.J. and his friends recently headed down to Charleston to celebrate his upcoming wedding, so we created some swag (heavy on the gingham) to welcome his guests! T.J.'s bride-to-be even had custom pocket squares created out of his bachelor party monogram to match the rest of his bachelor swag. Talk about some Southern charm!!
Charleston Bachelor Party
 In bachelorette hangover kits, we include makeup wipes, along with Advil, saltines, and gum. But we didn't think these Southern gents would get much use out of the makeup wipes, so we switched them out for some EmergenC. Which ended up matching perfectly with the blue and orange swag!
 We love gingham for little girls' parties!! It's the perfect pattern to pair with both stripes and bows, and looks great in pink!
Southern Birth Announcement
 Gingham is also the perfect preppy accent for baby boy birth announcements.
Crown Monogram
Now onto the gingham items we're currently coveting for spring!
We LOVE this gingham midi dress for spring! Meghan on our team has been wanting this dress since last summer, and now that it's on sale ($37, originally $92) she thinks its a must purchase! Find at ASOS.
This hot pink little number by Oscar de la Renta has a spot in our dream closets. Combining two of our favorite patterns (gingham and ikat) and in one of our favorite colors...this is one fabulous dress.
This J.Crew bikini combines two of our favorites: gingham and seersucker. And in coral, how can we resist?
The only thing better than gingham is large gingham...in hot pink! This Vineyard Vine shirt would be perfect layered with a sweater and paired with colored jeans for the perfect spring outfit!
And one for the guys....yes this is a Vineyard Vines gingham bowtie. And yes, the gingham pattern is made out of horses!! Perfect for the Derby!
Last but certainly not least, we love this little wallet by Tory Burch. Big enough to fit your phone and the essentials, while still giving your outfit a fun pop of navy and white gingham.

Happy (official) first week of spring!!

Xo,

N&L

A Slice of Swank...The Blog by Nico and LaLa