I love entertaining.

Camille Styles Entertainiing

tulips, coffee, and reading up on how to make Camille Styles’ Lavender Lemonade

Whatever the season I love to have guests over for dinner, for drinks, for lunch or brunch. Any excuse for a get together!

I love planning the themes of my mini events, planning the menu, the drinks menu, the playlist. I also love throwing things together last minute for a spur of the moment party.

I’m an avid collector of party planning books, from Martha Stewart in the early days to Lulu Powers who has been a standard in my home for years. Recently while reading some blogs online I came across Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style. I featured this book on my March Coveted List, then promptly ordered it on Amazon!

Camille Styles Entertaining

Camille Styles Entertaining is all about effortless style. A little planning up front, but essentially setting you up to be able to throw together a super stylish yet casual little party, for 4 or for 40, without any stress or drama.

Camille says “My secret to modern, stress free entertaining: keep the focus on just a handful of details that pack a major punch and leave a lasting impression in guests’ minds.”

 

Camille Styles Entertaining

 

I’m planning out some spring and summer entertaining, so this weekend will involve some quality time with good coffee and Camille Styles Entertaining, picking through her ideas for table settings and menus, cocktails and party themes. I love outdoor chandeliers and lights strung through the trees, and I love normal weeknight dinners served on pretty plates at a beautifully set table outdoors under the stars.

 

Camille Styles Entertaining

 

One of the things I love about this book is the celebration of everyday life, making the normal feel just a little bit more special. Camille tells us not to wait for special occasions but instead to infuse some of her ideas into our regular life. Make our dinner tables looking prettier and more festive, eat outdoors rather than at the dining table.

 

Camille Styles Entertaining Ideas

Her book is full of lush images, great personal stories that breathe life into her parties (when I read the first page story about turning a tedious work dinner into a fun Mexican fiesta I knew this was the book for me!) recipes, menus and cocktail ideas. It makes a great gift for friends, for Mother’s Day, for yourself. Whether you entertain all the time or whether you never entertain at all, there is something for you in this book.

You can find Camille Styles Entertaining on Amazon.com

Camille Styles Entertaining

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I’m sitting on my couch, it’s late at night and I’ve had one hell of a week. I’ve had editorial shoots, I’ve been teaching a pro makeup class, I’ve been doing the final prep for the next Glam Tour which takes off in a couple of days.
Yesterday I took a red eye (at 1:45 am) from Phoenix to Dallas to speak to a fabulous crowd at the Pinner’s Conference Texas. I am the beauty director for a fantastic new magazine called Luca, ( I am super proud of this magazine!) and I was in Dallas with Luca speaking on one of my favorite subjects, beauty. It was great fun. I wish I could have stayed overnight, but my schedule is crazy at the moment, so I had to fly back last night at midnight. And this morning was up and working super early again.

 

With a few shell shocked minutes up my sleeve I’ve been clicking around Amazon.com looking for books for the trip ahead. I figured you might enjoy the books sitting in my shopping cart waiting for me to click and ship. I may double buy them actually, as each would make a fabulously chic gift and Christmas is on it’s way.

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Love Style Life  by Garance Dore
I covet Garance’s life. It is so glamorous just as she is so glamorous. Her book is a best seller and her blog is legend. (GaranceDore.com)

 

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Garance Dore

 thirty chic days

Thirty Chic Days: Practical inspiration for a beautiful life

I’m super excited about this one! Written by fellow Kiwi Fiona Ferris who you may know from her blog How To Be Chic, this book will feed your inner imaginary life in Paris. Even though I’m on my way back to Rome this will make a fab read on the plane!

 how to be parisian wherever you are

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

Parisiennes are the epitome of chic cool n’est ce pas? And you and I can channel our inner Parisienne with the help of this book. I’m especially interested in the bad habits….

Visiting Paris? Find Deals, Compare Rates, and Read Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor

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