Let’s Party // Happy Joeywarming!

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It’s true that being a great host can involve a lot of moving parts, but I’m a fan of making life MORE fun and LESS frantic whenever I can.

We recently had a little “Joeywarming Party” at Casa de Pepper (welcoming my little brother into our home and celebrating the new space that the 3 of us now share!), and Santa Margherita helped us make sure that all of the guests has something special to sip on.

IMG_3470 Mr. Pepper and I are big fans of serving tasty, pre-mixed cocktails when we’re hosting a crowd, and keeping our hands free from playing bartender all night gives me a chance to hug and dance and have a great time at our own parties. ;)

Creating a simpler version of something seasonal can absolutely feel festive enough to skip a more complicated drink menu, and this Apple Ginger Fizz that Mr. Pepper and I mixed up was happily a big hit (Have I mentioned we love making things together?)

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Apple Ginger Fizz:

+ 1 bottle of prosecco or sparkling white wine
+ 1 cup of ginger ale (we use sugar-free)
+ A splash of apple cider vinegar

Serve by stirring in a dollop of fresh apple puree, and garnish with an apple slice! 

IMG_3508 We also had plenty of Santa Margherita chianti on hand for those who prefer something a little darker (like me!), and everyone was SO generous in bringing along extras, that our barcart is practically stocked for the rest of the year!

Ps. – Want something alcohol-free that feels just as fun for Fall?  Take a peek at my Healthy Cider-ade recipe, and add a dash of cinnamon for an extra super-food boost! ;)

How to Style // A Gracious Closet

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A note from my latest Pepper Letter:

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“At least TEN tops on the floor, and a bedside chair wearing enough skirts to clothe a troupe of Rockettes.

Lipstick tubes marching like tiny-shiny soldiers (Reporting for duty!) and an arsenal of jewelry strewn across the bathroom counter.

Rushing around to get ready and focusing SO much effort on pulling myself together often means that the important things (like coffee and kisses!) are left cold in the kitchen while I zip out the door.

If you can keep a secret, I’ll come clean and admit: Even Style Experts run into their own hang-ups from time to time, and this dreadful scene DOES play out in my closet on eventual occasion… Please tell me I’m not the only one with denim draped over the back of the door?!

Expressing ourselves by the way we clothe our bodies can have such an incredible impact on our day-to-day confidence, and yet – it’s also a great big purply-plaid point of contention for nearly every woman I know.

(Tough to do well, but miraculous when it’s mastered.)


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I’ve worked in the fashion industry for over five years now, and am always still a little amazed when I see that even the most elegant women struggle with what to wear from time to time. We all have doubts and downfalls and desires to be the best possible versions of ourselves, and there is a LOT of pressure from the world to do life with a perfectly polished set of fingernails the entire time.

The good news is: we are adaptable creatures.  The ability to edit and change and grow and flourish are all at our fingertips, and watching a woman transform her slumped shoulders into a sassy swish across the bedroom floor will show you that anything is possible in a matter of minutes.

There are certainly days when I miss being a part of those profoundly special moments as a personal stylist, but I also love the chance to watch the magic happen from the sidelines as Hilary walks a new season of gals through the steps of discovering their own creative cocktail of clothing.

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Her Style & Styleability class is BACK and better than ever this Fall, and I’m happy to help her celebrate with an inspiring (and free!) video series that will help you feel more graceful and gorgeous every time you go to get dressed for your day. ;)

(Head’s up: Just ONE of these videos changed my entire closet strategy in a single afternoon!)

The best part? She’s playing Stylish Santa, and the 3 Steps to Simplified Style is completely free!

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Y’all, I feel so lucky to get a lot of face time with this chica (we’re currently on a 4-night sleepover-vacay at a conference in Indianapolis!), and can’t even TELL you what a jolt of goodness you can expect from her at every. single. turn.

SO excited to partner with Hil as she presents something that enhances the lives of so many women, and I sincerely hope that you’ll watch with me so that we can see the daily expression of ourselves become more effortless and enlightened together!

*Top image from 8birds, the rest from Dean St.

Concrete Catwalk // Fall Fun

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I love it when a full afternoon of meetings in the city ends up turning into dinner & drinks with friends, and luckily – creating a look that goes straight from errands to evening seems to be one of my handiest super-powers these days.

Click through to see the full look, and to get my secrets for cracking the code!

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Peppery Picks // Entertaining Faves

peppery picks entertaining faves Happy Saturday, Sweeties!  We’re having a few friends over for a little housewarming later this afternoon, and I couldn’t be more jazzed to get back into the hosting groove after our move last month.

Here are just a few of my favorite party essentials for all of your entertaining needs, and I’m extra excited to invite YOU to come over for a sneak peek of our new place, right through the screen (next week)!

1. // Collapsible plates – Picnic perfection for taking the show on the road! (Or at least on the lawn. Or fire escape. Or living room floor.)

2. // Confetti push-pops – A must-have for surprise parties and vaccuum-cleaner demonstrations. ;)

3. // Stemless glassware – Are the bubbles on the inside or the out? Who can tell and why would we care when these are so flipping cute!?

4. // Popcart – Grocery shopping & delivery for the pinterest obsessed!  Dying to make a recipe that you’ve seen online?  Pop it into your Popcart, and the ingredients will be on your doorsteps in a day or two – Brilliant!

5. // Leather coasters – Because who wouldn’t want a snazzy silver spot to set their delicious drink?

6. // Placecard holders – Mr. Adler does it again with his quirky home accessories… These brass beauties would brighten up any tablescape in a flash.

7. // Boxed wine – Sounds questionable, but this Public House version looks great, and tastes even better.  Trust.

Ps. – Speaking of vino… Stay tuned for a fun fall recipe for our latest cocktail creation a little later next week!