Favorite Things

It was a hectic week, and stressful for most of us on the East Coast, thanks to Sandy. My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered loss over the past few days and I pray that things return to normal soon. On the brighter side, November has arrived and the next few weeks will be quite busy with the anticipation of the holidays just around the corner. For many of us, this is the time when planning for parties and events goes into full swing. It's also when I pull out my favorite resources to make things easier. I thought I'd share some of my inspiration with you. I figured since Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, this is what I'll do with my extra hour! Happy Friday!

Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas 

Amy Atlas, "The Sweets Stylist" responsible for creating the stylized dessert bar trend, recently published Sweet DesignsIt's a wonderful book full of tips, recipes and crafting projects to help you style an unforgettable party. It’s easy to follow and is a perfect reference when I need new ideas for parties or events.

 Dylan's Candy Bar

"Candy Queen" Dylan Lauren is the daughter of clothing designer Ralph Lauren and the owner of the largest candy store in the world, Dylan's Candy Bar. Her book Dylan's Candy Bar is bursting with beautiful photos, creative ideas for celebrating and tips for decorating with candy. It includes everything from the history of some of our favorite candies to recipes for candy cocktails. I had the chance to meet Dylan last year in New York City and  I have to say, she was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Funny how candy is her passion! I love this book and never get tired of flipping through its tempting pages. It's a great book to have if you like to throw creatively themed parties.

Real Simple Celebrations

In case you haven't noticed, I love books that help me celebrate. I feel like Real Simple Celebrations was written for me. It's a great book full of party planning ideas for every occasion. It includes everything from prep, tableware and etiquette to recipes and decorating ideas. The ideas are simple, classy and creative. I absolutely love this book!

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Cupcakes and Cashmere by well known blogger Emily Schuman, is a great little book about entertaining, decorating and creating your own sense of style.  Emily seems to know the importance of celebrating the little things in life and that's why I love the book. It's a great guide for living an inspired life.

Spend time doing what inspires you and have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie xo