Favorite Things: One Less Errand to Run Thanks to Dryel

I hate running errands. Like hate it with a passion.

I didn’t used to but I quickly learned that with kids, anything that should only take a couple minutes will inevitably take 5x longer. I think it’s Newton’s lost fourth law of motion.

Anything that can save me from having to spend Saturday mornings getting to tasks I obviously never made it to during the week is a huge win in my book. So when Dryel asked me to become a brand ambassador and try out their at-home dry cleaning system, I was all about it. Especially because when it comes to the hell that is running errands, the dry cleaner is the absolute worst. Carrying all that stuff in, trying to make sure your kid isn’t playing in traffic while avoiding judgement from passerby’s (with NOTHING in their hands) while also managing to lug in a giant car seat – no thank you.

For my latest dry cleaning runs, all I have to do it trek down to my basement (which is safe from judgmental passerby’s). The kits include everything you need to keep your ‘dry clean only’ and delicates safe. You just break out the booster spray to treat any spots or stains and then throw everything in the dryer bag alongside an Ultra-Cleaning Cloth. Then you throw it all in the dryer for 15 minutes (quick refresh) or 30 minutes (deep clean). I’ve already used it on the sequin jacket below (it got an unfortunate wine stain on it at dinner) and these dresses that I needed to get back in the rotation fast for the holidays.  The starter kit is only $7 so I suggest you throw it in your cart on your next “what am I here for?” Target run. Definitely better than anything you’re going to find in that dollar aisle.



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dryel but all rambling opinions and thoughts are my own. As always, I would never talk about a brand or product I didn’t actually use and totally dig. 

 

Required Reading: Rainy Day Reads

One of my favorite features that I’ve let fall by the wayside is my weekly link round-ups. I can’t guarantee that I’ll get back to doing them every single weekend but I’m gonna try.

Rainy weekends are kind of my favorite especially after hectic weeks. Last night I finally got to see Gone Girl and it definitely didn’t disappoint. So good. And you don’t need to have read the book to appreciate it. If you haven’t seen it yet, go. Rosamund Pike is the definition of crazy beautiful.

For the rest of the weekend, I’m looking forward to catching up on some shows, tackling a crazy massive laundry pile and dodging raindrops at a pumpkin patch (D3 wants to make a Mike Wazowski pumpkin). Exciting stuff, huh? Yeah real life is so glamorous. Happy Weekend Friends!

Photo by Trevor Triano

 

* Yesterday I finally got around to updating my events page and I’ve added a few that local gals will want to check out. One even involves playing bingo for designer handbags. Yup, you read that right.

* All of the sales are happening this weekend. I am restraining myself to stay strong with my no spend goal for this month. But that doesn’t mean I can’t pretend shop. So in my imaginary shopping cart is this pastel pink coat from Piperlime (save 20% with code FALL20) and this boots + jeans combo from Madewell (Get 30% off with code OHFALL or just pop in the store and save).

* My gal Grace {A Southern Drawl} looks all grown up in this tweed number. She crushes a casual look but personally I love a great work ‘fit and the jacket she’s rocking is both classy and super cute.

* I fell in love with Thirsty Hearts Design when I rocked this tee but I became officially obsessed after ordering this ‘Apple of My Eye’ print. Can’t wait to hang it up in D3’s room. Now I’m trying to narrow down my next purchase.

* I’m loving hats lately (clearly) so I couldn’t get enough of this edition of the Atlanta Style Series. Love all gals in this link-up so be sure to check out all their blogs. My only question: is it cool enough to rock wool hats in Atlanta yet?

* Do you follow District Sparkle on Instagram? If not, you need to. Meaghan is super witty, has great style and a REALLY cute dog. She’s also relatable (read: not all peonies, coffee and expensive shoes).

* This Caprese Pizza that Lexi {Glitter, Inc} made has my mouth watering. And the recipe looks easy. Add it to the list.

* If you’re looking to brighten up your Pinterest feed, make sure you’re following Mrs. Lilien (chances are you already are or if not, that you’ve pinned one of her bright, fun images before). Seriously, she’s pinning all things that are good – cocktails, pretty clothes, holiday fun, party planning, cute stuff for kiddos, travel lust, I could go on.

* Last but not least, in case you missed it, do me a proper and check out Monday’s post. Wasn’t sure how I felt about rocking a hat on the blog (well, a non-Derby hat) but now I think it’s one of my favorite looks I’ve ever shared. Thinking about wearing it again this weekend.

Favorite Things: How to Host a Murder Mystery Party

I thought about skipping over this post on the blog but I feel like having one of these parties is too fun not to share and seriously, I can’t recommend throwing one enough. If you’re more into the outfit game, I’ll be back to that tomorrow – promise.

I love a good costume party. Nothing like dressing up in something fun on a random Saturday. Also everything is funnier in a costume.

My friends and I had been wanting to throw a Murder Mystery Party for FOREVER so this past weekend we finally bit the bullet and put one together. Granted it was a little last minute but it was crazy fun and a good learning experience for when we, inevitably, want to have one again.

I had never thrown, or gone to for that matter, a Murder Mystery Party but as a long time lover of both the game and movie Clue – I figured it would be a lot of fun. Luckily my pals were on board and after a little internet searching (what did we do before the Googler), I found a kit that we all agreed to. The crazy fun/good thing about these is you can find a “murder” for almost any party theme. There’s 80’s, Old West, Luau, Toga, Prom, I could go on.

Initially we thought we might have more people, so I bought a party kit for a larger group that was Dallas (the tv show, not the city) themed. We all loved the theme but when we didn’t have the right amount of people, I bought this one instead. The Murder of Millionaire theme still fit with our over-the top 80’s Oil Baron/Cattle Rancher theme so it worked out perfectly. I think we also clearly have a bit of a Dynasty vibe going too.

If you’re thinking about throwing one (I HIGHLY recommend it), I’ve included some tips after the pics (sorry for the pic quality – it was hard to focus on taking pictures with all the ridiculousness).

Oh and if you’re in Louisville, there’s only one place to get a seriously bad-ass costume – The Nitty Gritty.

Here’s my quick tips/instructions after planning:

* Require Costumes. Seriously, it’s no fun if you’re the random person dressed in regular jeans and a t-shirt when everyone else is decked out.

* Pick a Host who can Keep a Secret. In some kits, the host knows the entire story so you’ll want someone who’s hair is big enough to hold all the secrets. In others (like the one we did), the host can assume a role and play along.

* Get everyone their roles in advance. I wish I had delivered the identities a little sooner to all the players but getting the characters out early helped everyone pick out a great costume and prepare for their role.

* Make sure everyone can come on time. You can’t roll in thirty or 45 minutes late or you’ll miss a huge chunk of the party and make it a pain for everyone else playing.

* Have Name Tags at the Party. Even if you only are playing with eight people, you’ll forget people’s character names. Name Tags are key.

* Encourage everyone to stay in character until the end. This is big time. It’s way more entertaining and hilarious is everyone stays in their character the whole night. Give awards at the end of the night to whoever played their part the best.

* Serve Drinks. Often and Early. No but really, after a drink or two everyone got WAY more into their parts.

Throw your own: Murder of a Millionaire Party Kit

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