25 Jul Flamingling with Cloche: Party City Pretty
By: Natalie Steen, @upthegetup Contributing Fashion Curator
Every now and then it gets to be that time to acknowledge a sad truth. We, my friends, are (whether we like it or not) alive at a time when adjective “Insta-Worthy” is a household term. Don’t believe me? Then take it up with Urban Dictionary, which provides us with the obvious definition: “when a picture is good enough to be posted on Instagram.”
That’s the truth part, now on to the sad part. I know I’m not alone when I find myself creeping on social media, digging through a treasure trove of inspiration only to arrive at a screeching halt, a mental standstill that plays out as such: “Who even are these people? Do they have jobs? They must.., for how else would they afford this jet-setting-new-outfit-a-day-for-all-the-fabulouse-fêtes-they-attend lifestyle? Oh, what’s that – a text? Nope, just a work email.” If you are anything like me, this back and forth repeats itself several times a day. And if you’re reading this and are not like me because you identify with the targets of my aforementioned social media creeping, well…I guess you’re not as cool as I thought.
Which brings me (once again) to the genius of Cloche Designs, the detail wizards behind everything from full service occasions (weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations, etc.) to unique, special projects (collection displays, monograms, smaller soirées, etc.). Laura Nell and Christin designed a fabulous, flamingo pink party on a tight budget – hence the theme “Party City Pretty” (check out the gallery here).
It’s pretty unbelievable what some great taste and two sets of careful, creative eyes can do with $85 worth of supplies from Party City. Sprinkle in some goodies from Etsy and Oriental Trading and what we have is way better than your average late-night, deep-dive Insta-Worthy tablescape – and not just because the whole thing won’t break your bank. But because it gets better (drum roll…) there are zero dishes involved! When clean up involves just throwing it all away, my dreams of being a hostess with the mostess seem less like a “maybe in my second life” delusion and more like a “should I send out Paperless Posts now or mañana?” reality. The inspiration is so real, I’ve already (no surprise here) planned some mistress of ceremonies outfit options. With Cloche and I doing the hard work for you, the only thing left on your pink party plate is a good caption – oh wait – I’ve taken care of that for you too: “single & ready to flamingle”
Rose Earrings – By MALKA// Off the shoulder dress – Mango// Green Bead Earrings – Oscar De La Renta// Rouge Off The Shoulder Blouse – Tuckernuck// Green and White Wide-Leg Pant – Monse// Flamingo Swizzle Sticks – Jenn & Jules// Floral-Print Cotton Gown – Moda Operandi// Fringe Earrings – ZARA// Blush Halter Maxi Dress – LOFT// Famingo Head Clutch – The Bagtique// Floral Print Top – Marissa Webb// Pink Wide-Leg Pant – PAPER London// Flamingo Cocktail Napkins – Tuckernuck// Embroidered Flamingo Clutch – ASOS// Flamingo Coin Case – Lilly Pulitzer// Flamingo Platform Sandals – Sophia Webster// Backless Velvet Loafers – Malone Souliers// Ballet Flats – Gedebe// Pink Pumps – Gedebe// Flamingo Sandal – Charlotte Olympia// Green Petals Mule – Moda Operandi