Behind the Scenes with Crest x Lucky

10.28.2014

Look ma, I'm in a magazine! I was so excited when Lucky & Crest 3D White invited me to take part in an incredible advertorial shoot on the Upper West Side to share my tips and tricks for entertaining around the holidays.


You can check out the shoot in Lucky’s November 2014 issue, but I’m also going to share my top entertainment tips here so you can spruce up your upcoming holiday soirée.

When it comes to the décor this season, I love using purple as a base color with a hint of metallic. It's luxe yet unexpected in a sea of reds and greens. Ditch traditional place cards and personalize seating with Polaroid pictures. I take my friends’ pictures and write their Instagram handles along the bottom strip. Then, I place them around the table for a fun and of-the-moment spin on seating.

I also like to feel relaxed when I entertain, so I typically wear something festive but comfortable like a floral crop top with a fluted skirt and no shoes!

Now to the perfect holiday beverage! I love preparing fresh apple cider made from Upstate-picked apples. Serve it hot with cinnamon stick stirrers to give it that festive cheer. Here is a recipe that I like to use from Martha Stewart:

•   32 whole allspice berries
•   24 cinnamon sticks
•   24 cardamom pods
•   12 whole cloves
•   12 strips (2 inches wide) orange zest (from about 3 oranges)
Makes: 1 gallon apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Cider can be kept warm over very low heat. Strain before serving, reserving cinnamon sticks for garnish if desired.

Last but not least, I never forget my finishing touches—great friends and a big white smile! I keep my teeth pearly white with Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit. You can win your own box plus a $500 gift card to fulfill all your holiday entertaining needs. To enter, snap your best #smilestyle look inspired by your favorite entertaining moments this holiday season with the hashtag #smilestyle on luckymag.com/go/smilestyle from October 28-December 2nd. 
This post was sponsored by Crest 3D White x Lucky Magazine
 

5 comments:

Rachel Martino said...

I did see the advertorial. Its nice. Congrats!

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Rachel Martino said...

So lovely! Makes me want to throw a party. And I love that the colour story is purple, you never see enough purple!


Emily


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Rachel Martino said...

Congrats girl - thats a BIG deal! And I have no doubts your feature will be anything short of stunning. ;) Xo, Alison

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Rachel Martino said...

I love this! I am also excited to enter the Smile Style Challenge! You look beautiful and I love your idea of taking Polaroid photos of your friends with their insta handles written on them! That is a fantastic idea and so fun! Xo Jana


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Rachel Martino said...

This turned out so well - you look beautiful and it was so fun to have you featured in this!

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