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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hear Ye, Hear Ye...It's a Knight Birthday!

We're celebrating the start of the weekend by sharing a chivalrous (and fun!) birthday celebration. Birthday boy Caldwell has done some really awesome past birthday parties with us! For his second birthday, we created an adorable planes, trains, and automobiles party, and last year we helped with his construction birthday! But this year was special. After showing great bravery and extraordinary valor, he was knighted! So to celebrate his fourth birthday, we went all out with his knight birthday celebration. Calling all brave knights of the court and fairest ladies...join us for a royal celebration, as Sir Caldwell turns four!

Knight Coat of Arms
Like any great knight, Sir Caldwell was given his own "coat of arms" which was included on his invitation, and the envelope liner!
Welcome Sign
Knight Birthday Party
Knight Birthday Party
Knight Birthday Party
Knight Cookie
We love Caldwell's party favors...knight shaped cookies tied with a ribbon and finished with a cute little favor tag!
Knight Birthday Party Cake
Happy Birthday, Caldwell!! Hope you had a royally awesome time at your 4th birthday! Wishing y'all a great weekend!

Xo,

N&L

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

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring has Sprung: Florals!

Spring has sprung, y'all! Believe us when we say...we literally never thought it would get warm again in Chicago. But slowly, our thermometers have been reading warmer and warmer, and the sun has been shining! Hello springtime in the city! Over the past week, our customers thoughts have been towards spring as well, as we've seen a great jump in spring's most fabulous design element....florals! From birthday parties to baby showers, and wedding invitations too...everyone has been loving spring flowers! Sneak a peek at some of the floral goodies we've been designing lately!!
Pig birthday party
For Emmaline's first birthday party, we created a Lilly-inspired pattern out of flowers and pigs! Her nursery is decorated with pigs, which was the inspiration behind her invitation. Pink and green, and so fun!
Southern first birthday
Rylan's garden party first birthday contains soft florals, a fabulous die-cut shape, and her monogram framed with traditional baby bonnets! 
hydrangea bridal shower
For this bridal shower luncheon, we incorporated cool colored hydrangeas, and paired them with a hydrangea colored envelope! So pretty!
Watch Hill Rhode Island Wedding
We love these hydrangea blue save the dates, and the coordinating wedding invitations! The couple's custom wedding monogram incorporated a hydrangea as well, which added the perfect floral touch to their wedding paper.
Hydrangea Wedding Invitation
Hydrangea Wedding Monogram
Pink Peony Wedding Invitation
This invitation for a Hilton Head wedding highlighted a pink peony present at the bottom of the wedding invitation and reception card. To bring the pink in further, the reply card envelope was also pink!
Southern Birth Announcement
Little Mary Carlisle's birth announcement features soft pink accents and a floral envelope liner. The perfect way to announce the family's newest addition!
Chicago Event Planner
We designed these floral business cards for our April who is just starting her own event planning business! If you're in Chicago and looking for an experienced event planner, we definitely recommend Occasions by April Zorsky!
Floral pink and green bachelorette
Last week, we teamed up with our new friend Ali (who blogs at A Dash of Details, and is currently a bridal blogger for Style Me Pretty) to create some fun, floral hangover kits and goodies for her bachelorette party! Ali wanted her goodies to reflect the romantic colors and floral accents present in her wedding. So we came up with some great swag highlighting just that!
Bachelorette Hangover Kit
Floral Bachelorette Party
To see more of Ali's floral bachelorette swag, be sure to visit A Dash of Details! For more custom bachelorette party design inspiration, visit our past blog post!

Xo,

Nico and Lala

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