Summer Movie Party

As much as I love planning the details when I’m throwing a party, things sometimes happen that are out of my control–and in the case of our rooftop movie party, that thing was rain! Thunder started to roll about an hour before our guests arrived, so Dave and I scurried to clean our apartment (one benefit of a small space=quicker cleaning time!) and set up inside. We were originally sad that a handful of the people we had invited couldn’t make it, but relocated to our cozy living room, it ended up working out for the best! We had a wonderful time snacking on homemade salsa, drinking spiked lemonade, eating s’mores bars, and enjoying sweet conversation with our friends, and it was so much fun hosting as a married couple for the first time!

The other unexpected part of the party? We all got so caught up chatting, we forgot to watch the movie! Dave and I ended up changing into our pajamas and snuggling up to watch it ourselves after all of our guests went home, so I figured it was still okay for me to call this post “Summer Movie Party” :)

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Summer Rooftop Movie Inspiration

Dave and I love our cozy little apartment, but there are two things that we really wish were different about it: 1. The fact that there is only one closet in the whole apartment, and 2. Our living area is not well-suited for entertaining. If you’re a longtime reader, you may already know how much I love planning and throwing parties, so as Dave and I got settled in and summer rolled around, we found ourselves itching to have people over. The solution? Invite them up on the roof! We recently discovered the rooftop patio at our apartment complex, so tomorrow, we’ll be lugging our TV, speakers, popcorn, and our new drink dispenser up there for a viewing of The Sandlot! Here’s some of the inspiration I pulled for a summer rooftop movie party.

Summer rooftop movieClockwise from top left: Belathée via coco+kelley, Remodelando la Casa, Southern Curls and Pearls, Oh Happy Day, She-N-He via Camille Styles, Love Katie + Sarah via Ruffled, unknown

I have all my fingers crossed that this works out and solves our entertaining space problem! And if you have any tips for entertaining in less-than-ideal spaces, I’m all ears :)

Five Easy Updos for Summer

Anyone who knows me knows that I am most definitely a “hair down” person–always have been, and probably always will be. I love having long hair, but during the summer, I admit, wearing my hair down sometimes makes me feel like I’m wearing a scarf. Early last week, when I checked the weather forecast to see a string of triple digit days, I decided to give myself a little challenge: wear a different updo for every day of the week. While I felt a bit unlike myself wearing my hair up at first, it certainly was more comfortable on those hot days, and I had fun getting a little creative! My requirements were that each style had to take under five minutes, not require any heat styling tools (who wants to wrangle a curling iron in the middle of summer, anyway?), and be somewhat unique. Here’s what I came up with!

something-pretty-top-knot-with-braidTop knot with a braid: After making a high ponytail for a normal top knot, I braided a small section, secured it with a clear elastic, and pinned it around the base of the bun.
something-pretty-ponytail-with-headbandPonytail with a headband: No explanation really needed, but I love how a beaded headband kicks a regular ponytail up a notch. Mine is from Anthropologie a few years ago–I also love this one and this one.
something-pretty-princess-twistBanded chignon: This style was fun to wear because it looks much harder than it is! I followed this tutorial, but didn’t curl my hair beforehand.
something-pretty-french-side-braidSide French braid: Again, not much explanation needed! I did my hair like this one day when I was working from home and then heading to the gym. I started with a deep side part and then very loosely French braided my hair across the top of my head. This style would also be perfect for the pool or beach–no tangles!
something-pretty-braided-low-bunBraided low side bun: I wore my hair like this to church on Sunday–it’s just a fishtail braid pinned into a low bun. My hair is so heavy that low buns often fall right down, but the braid (and crisscrossed bobby pins) helped it stay in place all day.

Do you have a go-to summer hairstyle? I’d love to hear more ideas! :)

LJO to LJK: My Surprise Work Bridal Shower

I have just ONE more wedding post I wanted to write before switching gears for a few months until I can share our actual wedding! Two weeks before May 2, while on our annual team retreat, my sweet coworkers at Southern Weddings threw me a surprise bridal shower/birthday party (it was the day before my 25th birthday, after all!). Since I recorded my Texas and New York showers on Something Pretty, I certainly couldn’t let this one go without a mention! The month leading up to the wedding was pretty busy in the office, so I was really touched that the ladies I work with took time out of our packed retreat schedule to make me feel so loved. The talented gals at Rebecca Rose Events apparently studied my blog and social media to come up with the perfect theme (and they hit it out of the park, if I do say so myself!), and the sweet-as-can-be Julia Wade captured the whole thing!

black-and-white-bridal-shower-invitationblack-and-white-bridal-showercustom-cocktail-napkinbridal-shower-tea-detailsessie-favorsgarden-of-wisdombridal-shower-giftsblue-lace-shift-dresssurprise-bridal-showercarolina-inn-tea-serviceafternoon-tea-bridal-showersouthern-weddings-galslisa-bridal-showerchocolate-birthday-cakesouthern-weddings-bridal-showerThank you so, so much to the SW gals, The Carolina Inn, Rebecca Rose Events, and Julia Wade for such a special day!

P.S. You can see more pictures on the Southern Weddings blog here!

 

Our Honeymoon: What We Did in Lake Como

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with taking pictures on vacation. On one hand, I love having great pictures to look back on, and beautiful photography is one of my favorite things in the world. On the other hand, I am far from a skilled photographer (something I am working on!), so making the effort to get a good picture tends to take me out of the moment. Dave and I share this sentiment, which is why we didn’t take a ton of pictures on the busy streets of Rome. In leisurely Lake Como, however, taking pictures of the incredible views felt like part of the experience! We happily toted my camera around for the whole week, and I’m so happy with the memories we ended up capturing. I’d love to share a few today!

Lisa and Dave in Lake Como | Something PrettyLake Como | Something PrettyView from Menaggio | Something Pretty After our week in Rome, we took the train to Milan, and then another to Como. From the Como station, it was about an hour-long bus ride to Menaggio, one of the major towns in the province, and the place where our AirBNB was located. It was quite a trek, but it worked out wonderfully, and we were so pleased with our apartment! The view was unreal, and the owners did a great job decorating–it reminded me of an understated Italian Anthropologie, if there was such a thing :) With the whole place to stretch out in, we really enjoyed cooking our own breakfasts and about half our dinners, eating on the porch, and reading in bed with the windows wide open. It was blissfully relaxing, and a perfect way to follow our time in Rome!

Lake Como AirBNB | Something PrettyDinner on the porch | Something PrettyCaprese salad | Something Pretty Each day, we hopped on the ferry to go explore a different town. There are lots of beautiful villas to tour in Lake Como, but we were content to wander up and down the streets on our own for the most part. Varenna, pictured below, was one of our favorites–no matter where we were in the town, we could take in this amazing view! Just like in Rome, afternoon drinks were a must, sometimes paired with bruschetta or gelato :)
Varenna | Something PrettyVarenna in Lake Como | Something PrettyView from Varenna | Something PrettySnacks in Varenna | Something PrettyOne of our favorite days of our honeymoon was when we hiked on the Greenway trail, as per our AirBNB host’s recommendation. We took the bus from Menaggio to Colonno, had lunch there, and then walked the 10 kilometers to Cadenabbia, where the trail ends. It took us a little over three hours, and we love that it gave us the opportunity to see tons of things we wouldn’t have seen otherwise, from different gardens, to little towns and back roads, to paths along the lake.

Hiking in Lake Como | Something PrettyOn our last day, we took the ferry to Bellagio, one of the most popular towns in Como. It was definitely a little busier than Menaggio and Varenna, and we had fun checking out some of the shops. We also had an incredible lunch at Ristorante Bilacus–we sat on the gorgeous, ivy-covered terrace, and loved it so much, we kept ordering more food and drinks so we wouldn’t have to leave! It was the perfect, celebratory meal for the last full day of our honeymoon.

Bellagio | Lake ComoBellagio Lake Como | Something PrettyIt was so hard to believe our honeymoon was over as we left Lake Como, but we were ready to be home, catch up with our families, and start getting Dave settled into our apartment. We had some travel hiccups on our way back that made us get home a day later than planned, but by the time Dave carried me “across the threshold” at our new home (which my sister had so sweetly cleaned up and decorated for us after the wedding–thanks, Dana!!), we had forgotten all about our delays and missed flights. We were home and we were married!! And from what I’ve heard, the good stuff is just beginning :)