Bachelorette Weekend: Pool Party

Photo by Brooke Marcella Photography (www.brookemarcella.com)

Something I miss about Arizona, are the pool days! It was always nice to grab a group of friends, relax and drink poolside. Even though it was still around 100 degrees on Saturday, the was the perfect pool day – not too crowded, a fun DJ and an open bar of Palm Breeze!

When we woke up that morning, we mixed Bloody Marys, ate breakfast in the room and headed down to our cabana at the pool. As I mentioned before, the sombreros didn’t leave our heads that day! They were the perfect sunhat! We spent most of the afternoon at the pool and cabana, ate a delicious lunch from Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria – seriously, my good friend Amy hooked us up (check out her Instagram here)! If you’re in AZ, you need to go grab a slice! After lunch we ventured into the hotel for a private Tequila Tasting from our weekend’s host, and the Saguaro’s director of food and beverage, Wade. He is a wine sommelier and tequila expert!

Now, I’ve done wine tastings before, and it seemed very common to do one at a bachelorette party, but this was a fiesta – there had to be tequila! Wade and myself planned the surprise tasting for the girls and it was a blast! We tried five different types of tequila – and it was so interesting to experience the spectrum of tequila, versus the one I’m used to in my margaritas…or shots! You can see some snaps from the tasting at the end of the post (yes the sombreros, even mustaches, were involved!)

After the tasting we all took a well-deserved nap, glammed up and went to dinner. After dinner we headed to Old Town for our table at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, which was SO much fun! Tomorrow and Friday’s post will be covering Arseña’s and mine outfits for the weekend, and then check back on Saturday for the lingerie party post! The fun doesn’t stop here! xo

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A huge thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make this weekend happen!

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Bachelorette Weekend: DIY Margarita Bar

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Is it really a fiesta without a margarita in hand? The answer is no. So in that case, I decided to make an entire margarita bar! Once we all arrived to The Saguaro Hotel on Friday night, the girls opened their survival kits, unpacked and tossed on their sombreros before dinner. I’m not lying to you when I say that these sombreros stayed on our heads the entire weekend. Literally! (proof below) From dinner, to the pool, to naps and the bar – these trusty sombreros were our wingmen, sunshades and helped us spot each other in a crowd. (Thanks Oriental Trading for hooking us up with the coolest accessory that weekend!)

Once we arrived to the restaurant, the team rolled out a Make-Your-Own Gaucamole station. I honestly think I was more excited about the MYO guac than I was my actual meal that night. We each grabbed a little bowl, avocados, and selected from a variety of mix-ins! It was so cool being able do something with the group, that Arseña, my mom and I love doing when we’re doing together as a family. Once gauc, chips, cocktails and meals were consumed, we headed back to the suite for our DIY Margarita Bar!

A couple months ago, I did a recap on a blogger event I co-hosted called Carbs & Cocktails. At the event, we were introduced to this incredible cocktail mixer company called, Powell & Mahoney. They have a variety of mixes such as: Margartias, Bellini, Mojito, Bloody Mary and Cosmopolitan! We ended up picking up a couple extra Bloody Mary mixes for Saturday morning too! The mixes were absolutely delicious and the jalapeño flavored one definitely kicked up the spice that night!

Once again, a huge thank you to Oriental Trading for all the decor, Powell & Mahoney for the margarita mixes, and The Saguaro for an incredible dinner and additional fruit and juices for the marg bar! Hope you enjoy today’s post!

Check back on Saturday for an additional post about the lingerie gift part of the night! You’ll be able to shop some of the Soma pieces that the guests received, as well as some of my other favs! xo

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A huge thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make this weekend happen!

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Bachelorette Weekend: Arseña’s Final Fiesta!

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No time for a siesta, it’s Arseña’s Final Fiesta!

The past few months I have been talking non-stop about my sister’s bachelorette party! I am Maid-of-Honor for the wedding; but since I now live across the country, I haven’t been able to participate in many wedding planning procedures or appointments. So, I was really excited for this weekend because it falls under MOH duty, plus I couldn’t wait to spoil Arseña!

I started planning a few months ago and we first decided on hosting the weekend in Arizona. Most of the guests would be traveling, and we figured we knew AZ was a good meeting point, plus I could easily plan everything while in NYC. The next step was to figure out the theme! (*So a little background* Arseña and myself are both Mexican; and her fiancé is an amazing, white mid-west guy.) Eventually, “The Final Fiesta” was created- it was her last fling with her hispanic last name; plus a Southwestern fiesta in Arizona just seemed like the perfect fit!

I booked the weekend at The Saguaro Hotel, an ideal little Southwestern vacation spot with vibrant colors and in close proximity to everything in Old Town Scottsdale. The itinerary for the weekend followed:

Friday Night: Girls Night In! We first went to the hotel restaurant to Make-Your-Own Guacamole and have a delicious dinner. Next, we retired to the hotel suite for a DIY Margarita bar sponsored by Powell & Mahoney. Arseña opened gifts (thank you Soma for mine!) and we hung out for a bit before going to the bars next door.

Saturday Day: Pool day! We woke up and made bloody mary’s  (c/o Powell & Mahoney) and headed to our cabana at the pool. We hung out, drank way too many Palm Breeze and Jarritos – the perfect summer drinks BTW – and got a little sunshine! Later that afternoon we did a private Tequila Tasting at the hotel, and devoured some delicious pizza from Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria! That evening we went to Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row bar for our table/bottle service. Such a fun-filled day!

Throughout the entire week I’ll be sharing everything on the blog: Friday night, Saturday, our outfits, etc. You definitely won’t want to miss it – it’s a fiesta for crying out loud!

Today’s blog post is featuring my sister shoot with Brooke Marcella Photography before the festivities kicked off. You can see the handmade invites each guest received c/o of GingerBride House, the bachelorette party survival kits for each guest on her bed (sombreros, Starbucks and more!), and our super adorable sleep masks from The Sleepy Cottage, and shirts from Ali & Ariel! Also, this week you’ll get a full recap on all the INCREDIBLE decor, swag and more from Oriental Trading. They seriously outdid themselves to make this fiesta one for the books!

So grab a marg, kick back and let the fiesta begin!

 

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A HUGE thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make this weekend happen!

The Saguaro Hotel  – The incredible set up and activities throughout the weekend!
Oriental Trading – All the amazing decor and swag!
Palm Breeze – Alcohol Spritz and additional goodies!
Jarritos – Sodas, buckets, serving trays and sunnies!
Soma – Panties for all guests, plus Arseña’s gifts!
Starbucks – Cold brew coffee for Saturday morning!
Ali & Ariel – Bachelorette tank tops!
Powell & Mahoney – Margarita and Bloody Mary Mixers!
Dove -Dove Advanced Care Deodorant!
Vaseline – Lip Therapy Tins!
The Sleepy Cottage – Those 2 adorable sleep masks!
GingerBride House – The to-die-for invites! 
Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria – Saturday lunch! YUM!

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An additional thank you to my close friends at Redbook magazine, Condé Nast, Abbott (Pedialyte) and Trunk Club for additional weekend goodies! Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 2.20.34 AM.png

 

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Moves Like Jagger

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Happy almost weekend! I love graphic tees and they’ve been a staple in my summer wardrobe – they can make an outfit more relaxed, but also add just a touch of edge.  I recently got this top from The Fashion Foundation (You can read more about them in my previous blog post here). I paired it with this faux wrap skirt from Lulu’s and stacked a choker and statement necklace!

You can shop a similar look in the links below. Enjoy! xo

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CHOKER | NECKLACE | AVIATORS | SHIRT | BELT | SKIRT | PURSE | SHOES

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