It! Inspiration: Polo Club

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Channel your inner “Pretty Woman” and get ready to stomp the divots! We love equine details like horse shoes, boots (what It! Girl doesn’t love a great pair of boots?), polo balls and mallets. Of course, every great polo party is equipped with a tricked-out tent on the green. Saddle up the horses, and jump on: It’s going to be the wedding of a lifetime. And when you and your beau ride off into the sunset on horseback, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

xo

Megan + Kaylin

Centerpieces: The Planning Company; Cake: Cake Central; Venue: Spokane Polo Club; Greenery: Palmer’s Market.

A Day in the Life: Fall Fling

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In Florida, fall can be somewhat lackluster. No changing leaves. Temps in the high 80s and 90s (yet somehow the pool water gets colder – boo!), and the roads start to swell with Snowbirds.

Sigh.

Sometimes, a gal’s just gotta get away.

In Southampton, the temp is currently a brisk 63 degrees, with a low of 60 this evening. Pumpkin patches are laden with gourds. The leaves rustle and fall, dancing onto the cobblestone like amber and yellow ballerinas.

The grapes are ripe on the vine at Wolffer Estate, where yours truly will soon be bundled up, sipping sparkling rose and enjoying the season. Here’s what I’ll be taking along:

Fall in Southampton

Nepali beaded bracelets available at Wolffer Vineyards; Paige Premium Denim skinnies; Laura Mercier Face Polish; Gucci tote

It! Inspiration: Support Breast Cancer

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invitation via Invitations Flash; table display via Wedding by Color; garter via Pinterest; cocktails via The Knot; pink tie via Wedding Obsession; bridal party via Elizabeth Anne Designs; flower girl via Wedding Gawker; cupcakes via Love from the Oven; keep calm and fight on via The Beauty Department; cake via Pinterest

A day in the life: It! Girl Geena heads to the North Woods!

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This weekend I’m headed back to my hometown of Milwaukee to catch up with some old friends and family. However, going from hot and humid South Florida to the crisp Fall air of Wisconsin is going to require a stylish outfit or two to keep me warm.

Knowing that I’ll go from a photo shoot for my younger sister to a night out in downtown Milwaukee, fashion-forward clothes are a must to let everyone around me know that I am an It! Girl at heart.

Geena's fall fashion board

Jeans: Earnest Sewn – Esra Mid Rise Skinny in Amber. Sweater: Forever 21 – Static Print Sweater. Booties: Steve Madden – Milaan Grey Suede. Necklace: Kate Spade – Disco Pansy Graduated Necklace. Bag: Arrow and Arrow – BillyKirk 12″ Carryall Tan Leather. Beauty: Walgreens –  Gloves in a Bottle Shielding Lotion.

Five essentials for heading home this Fall:

1. A pair of jeans with a burst of fall colors to draw attention everywhere I go.

2. A warm sweater to keep the bitter wind off my shoulders.

3. A cute pair of booties that not only look hot, but keep my toes warm through the night.

4. A statement necklace that keeps the compliments flowing.

5. A bottle of heavy duty moisturizer to keep my hands as soft as they are when back in SoFla.

Keeping up with my good friends’ stylish ways are one thing, but on this trip, I plan to exceed them and set trends of my own.

XO,

Geena

Summer comes to a close in Southampton

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You probably know by now that Southampton is my happy place. Crisp, clear skies infused with intoxicating salt air lingers on the palate. Verdant lawns, pristine privet hedges and boxwood parterres are punctuated by fruit trees laden with apples, figs and pears. Roadside farm stands offer the freshest local produce for home cooking — we’re talking out-of-this world tomatoes and roasted corn that instantly transports one to a simpler time.

And the hydrangea! I die.

Hydrangea Hydrangea

This summer I was lucky enough to spend a bit more time than usual in the East End as Annie Falk, Daphne Nikolopoulos, Victoria Amory, Jerry Rabinowitz and I are shooting our new book, which will feature some of the Hamptons’ most fabulous hosts and hostesses doing what they do best: Entertaining in style! From backyard family oyster roasts to art collectors’ fall feasts, the new book will be offer inspiration and recipes galore for those who savor the flavor of this very special place. And while you’re waiting to get your hands on your very own copy {the book will launch pre-summer 2015} you can still get your hands on our debut tome, Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember (Rizzoli, $45). Purchase through the Children’s Home Society of Florida, and 100 % of the proceeds benefit the organization.

When in Southampton, I always hit up my favorite foodie haunts: Silver’s Restaurant on Main has the most ridiculous smoked salmon sandwich this side of Alaska. An institution since 1923, Silver’s is only open for lunch and offers stellar fare in a casual, cell phone-free environment.

Up the street is Sant Ambroeus, a delicious Europpean bistro that’s equally delicious for capuccino and pastry or gourmet dinner fare like the signature vitello tonnato, carpaccio di manzo and branzino alla griglia by chef de cuisine Fabio Gutierrez. {We also love their signature cookie tins for hostess gifts}.

New on my radar this trip was Little Red cafe and restaurant on Jobs Lane, where the flatbread with gruyere, black truffle and arugula had us coming back for more {no really, we went twice!}

Another fave spot is Wolffer Estate Vineyard for vino, fromage and a romp through the rows of delicious Long Island grapevines. {Hint: This is an insane wedding venue for those of you looking for a northern venue!}

Given that the temperature is a steady 68 degrees this time of year, we have a little summertime sadness heading back to Palm Beach, where 4 p.m. thunderstorms on the daily steam up the evenings. But Fall is here, and cooler days are ahead! Happy autumn, everyone! Sniff a cinnamon broom at Publix for me.

xoxo

Aime

Connoisseur Q&A: Deborak Koepper, Deborah Koepper Beauty

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Deborah Koepper, Owner, Deborah Koepper Beauty, Palm Beach

For 20 years, Deborah Koepper’s eponymous salon has played host to a celebrity clientele and the Palm Beach elite. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Town & Country, Palm Beach Illustrated and The Knott. Her brides have included Minnie Pulitzer McClusky, Olympia Shields (sister to Brooke), and Wall Street princesses. She also has a line of beauty products, DK Beauty, which was launched on the movie “Confessions of a Shopoholic,” and has been featured on “Game Change,” “My One and Only,” is carried at luxury ateliers nationwide.

We caught up with her over coffee this summer to talk beauty and swap stories (Picture The Hoff singing “Mustang Sally” at St. Edwards Catholic Church).

She’s obsessed with: Color, but in a natural and seasonal sense. I believe a woman can look natural and beautiful and change colors subtly from season to season. Eyes and lips will always rule the day in color, but don’t forget about hints of color on the cheeks. A natural California girl might use a bronzer as a a blush. A classic Grace Kelley type in a Monique Lhullier gown is more of a blush kind of gal. Use more natural nail colors on fingers and toes for a timeless look. Like a monogram, a customized lip color is another way to personalize the day, and it’s a fun accessory to bring on your honeymoon or save for anniversaries!

What is so 2012? Following the leader and being a slave to fast friends. “On trend” is a buzz phrase that has always been in, yet out. Beauty and style are truly something to embrace as an individual woman. From your skin and makeup, hairstyle and wardrobe — even your fragrance — be authentic. Embrace and enhance your own style vs. obsessing over the latest and greatest.

What’s the next big thing: As women become more and more taxed for time, ease is in. A haircut that’s easy to style, a flawless face with a realistic time investment, a wardrobe that comes together with not too much time and effort. High low is another fabulous look that’s never going to go out of style: A great Chanel, Alexander McQueen or Ralph Rucci jacket paired with a skirt from the GAP or Target, inexpensive adn beautiful accessories with a men’s Old Navy T-shirt and a pair of wickedly wild shoes from Payless!

What should brides know before contacting you: Grooms forget some of those grooming essentials for a wedding, and we have those down to an easy and discreet science: A deep-pore cleansing facial a month in advance, a great haircut a week in advance, a manicure/pedicure the week of, maybe a little bronzer on the big day for photos. Brides who are unsure about their wedding day look can consult with Deborah about bringing her inner beauty out. Again, embracing the authentic. Event the word classic can mean different things to different people.

What is your specialty: I continue to evolve my collection with my clients and their lifestyles, from expert skin analysis and care services and products to a collection of foundations, blushes, colors for the eyes, cheeks and lips, mascara for highlighting the eye even further. The current collection moves from day to evening with minor adjustments, which goes back to the need for an easy beauty routine. My team is constantly training and retraining with world renowned experts like Dr. Brandt on the most innovative and best treatments for the skin. For nearly 30 years, we have been a part of the fashion scenes in New York, London, Miami and Los Angeles, perfecting techniques in styling for day, evening, weddings, events and on the runway.

Having styled in the Reagan White House and worked with Nancy Reagan as well as countless diplomats and visiting dignitaries, I know that continuing education, research, exploration and application is tantamount to giving a client your best. It is important for clients to feel comfortable, inspired and indeed beautiful when we have them here. I can’t stress education and research enough. We are constantly learning and finding new points of inspiration, which helps us offer stellar experiences on location for a magnificent wedding, or backstage at a Michael Kors runway show.

For more tips from Deborah, follow her on Facebook.

xoxo

Aime

It! Inspiration: Circus Circus

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“Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.”-
David Niven

Step right up to the biggest little wedding theme this side of the Mississippi! From the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey to the elephants and monkeys, life is a circus. Why not make your wedding one too? Nothing completes a circus wedding like ladies and gents on stilts, hoola hoops, suspenders, and a traditional a tux with a tail… all under a red and white striped tent. Get up and dance the night away, enjoy popcorn, corn dogs, and cotton candy while you partake in ‘The Greatest Wedding on Earth’. Come one, come all!

xo Megan + Kaylin

Wedding Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography; Cake: Pastries by Design; Stationary: DIY; Event Styling and Props: Dirty Fabulous.

 

A Day in the Life: It! Girl Aime hits the beach!

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One of my favorite places on earth is our beach cottage in St. Augustine. It’s on a private little road with nothing but seagrass and sand dunes separating us from the ocean. The wraparound porch is our perch for sunrise over the Atlantic and sunset over the marsh to the west. My toddler loves to do laps around the house — amazed each time to turn the last corner and see the ocean — and chase the “duckies” down the shore.

St. Augustine is rife with history to explore {and wedding loveliness of course}. Established in 1824, Memorial Presbyterian Church is Florida’s first Presbyterian congregation, and final resting place to the man who once called our beloved Whitehall home, Henry Morrison Flagler. His Casa Monica Hotel remains one of the most luxurious spots for visitors to the historic town square.

But aside from the occasional jaunt to Cap’s on the Water for fresh Florida seafood, Rhett’s Piano Bar for a Manhattan or two {sans toddler} or The Tasting Room for tapas, typically we get our foodie on at home courtesy of beachy recipes found in Coastal Living or Cooking Light. Our summers at the beach house are all about lobster rolls, rose wine, sandy toes and lazy reading material. It’s the only place where we totally unplug as a family, which is so rejuvenating {though I sneak a little Bloglovin’ in from time to time!}. The routine here is strictly: Wake up, brush teeth, apply sunscreen and swimwear, indulge, rinse and repeat.

Of course here in Florida, we can all hit the beach year round. Here’s a few things this It! Girl is loving for just that. Surf’s up!

xoxo

Aime

1. Bon Shopper by Kate Spade 2. Baby-G watch. 3. One-shoulder suit at Target. 4. Tory Burch fedora. 5. Coola Suncare (smells like a cocktail!) 6. Spiked sandals by Steve Madden.

It! Inspiration: Pumpkin

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pumpkin via Masterpiece Pumpkins; pumpkin cake via Yahoo; pumpkin pie drink via Cocktail Times; invitations via MomentVille; escort card display via Masterpiece Pumpkins; bride and groom via Wild Flowers Photos; koozies via Embellished Weddings; table display via Orchard Ridge Farms; bridal party via Intimate Weddings