22 May

Aloha themed bridal shower

Did you catch the lovely garden bridal shower from earlier this week? We’re back with another festive shower, this time for Kimberly of eat.sleep.wear. Kim wanted a shower with a tropical flair, since the chosen locale for her + fiancé Blake’s wedding next week is Maui. Naturally an “aloha” theme was in order, and who better to enlist than Beijos Events for such a job? After all, they did style up some of our fave tropical bridal shower ideas to date—in fact, that editorial is what inspired this fête.

Thanks to Felicia Lasala for the photos below!

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Pink floral crown

Love the pink shades + flower crown. Our bride-to-be tells it, I have been taking every opportunity to get dressed in white so I picked a fun and flirty white sequin dress from Parker for the shower. A special little treat for all the guests? Handmade flower crowns. Connected us all together. I loved that!

Tropical florals

Aloha bridal shower invitation

Tropical cookies

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Jacquelyn of Beijos Events says, Kimberly is getting married in Hawaii at the end of May and had seen our Aloha bridal shower styled shoot we did last year and thought we would make the perfect fit! It was a small gathering with each place setting made special with details like gold acrylic pineapples reading, “You had me at Aloha”, custom name macarons for each guest, and gifts such as gold Aloha necklaces by For Paul Handcrafted and pineapple necklaces by Wanderlust + Co.! And of course having the most picturesque venue on the rooftop at the Palihouse didn’t hurt either!

Pineapple place setting

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Kimberly, on the venue… I wanted to find a location in LA with a great outdoor space so the rooftop at the Palihouse was perfect with incredible 360 views of the city. Perched up in our little tropical oasis. Brunch is one of my favorite meals of the day so I did a daytime party to soak up the sun. We kept it small and intimate. I’ve had big dinners where you don’t get a chance to really talk with everyone so this was the perfect sized group for me. Every detail was perfect. Even the desserts were customized with the girls’ names.

Aloha themed bridal shower

Aloha themed bridal shower

Tropical macarons

Tropical macarons

Aloha themed bridal shower

And this time next week Kimberly will be a Mrs! Wishing you two the best!

Photography: Felicia Lasala / Venue: Palihouse West Hollywood / Styling & Design: Beijos Events / Florals: Bloom Babes / Hair & Makeup: Bride-to-be / Invitations: Nic.Roc. Designs / Prosecco & Wine: Ecco Domani / Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Signage: Twinkle & Toast / Acrylics (Cocktail Stirrers, Names, Pineapples): The Roc Shop / Palm Tree Pillows are by Whitlock & Co. / Kimberley’s Dress: Parker / Shoes: Givenchy / Sunglasses: Celine / Bag: Chloe / Girls’ Dresses: Parker / Gifts for Guests c/o: Aloha Necklace by For Paul Handcrafted, Pineapple Necklace by Wanderlust + Co., & Candy Favors by Sockerbit

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21 May

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

Hello again travelers! Hope you’ve enjoyed my Vietnam trip through the French colonial city of Hanoi, to the cascading mountains of Halong Bay, and to the breathtaking beaches of Nha Trang. To end our trip we flew to Ho Chi Minh City to the oasis retreat An Lam of Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels. After whizzing around the bustling city we were amazed to discover this hidden jungle retreat filled with oversized palms, plunge pools, and a captivating views of the Saigon river.

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

A sunset cocktail and watching the river slowly roll by was just the right speed for us.

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

My favorite dish at the hotel was a spicy mango and shrimp salad paired with a crisp white wine. Perfection!

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

Now that’s what I call a pool lounge! And in case that pool wasn’t enough each room came equipped with it’s own plunge pool. Decisions, decisions.

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

We had grand plans to tour the Mekong Delta, but there was some confusion and our trip was canceled, so the hotel arranged for us to go on a sunset boat ride along the Saigon River. It was amazing to see all the large and small boats carrying fruit or dried palm leaves. And, to see hundreds of motorcylists crossing the river from one side to the other. Certainly a different way to get a feel for this part of the city.

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

An Lam Saigon Hotel Vietnam

An Lam Saigon River Vietnam

All this guy really want to do was play in the pool. We didn’t mind. By this leg of our trip we were all feeling a bit homesick. It’s that part of your trip when you know the end is near but you’re still trying to hold on to those fleeting vacation moments. To snap out of it we took a taxi into town. It was so urban with pubs and cafes everywhere. You got the sense that this is very young and hip city. I started to feel like it would’ve been really nice to of stayed a bit closer to all the action. A couple of our favorite eateries: Country Kitchen or Cái quán qué, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa, and Pizza 4P’s. You can also check out this New York Times article for more on what to do while in Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Vietnam

Saigon Vietnam

To wrap up this trip we have to give a great deal of thanks and gratitude to Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels and Cathay Pacific for making this possible for our family. Here at 100 Layer Cake we strive to bring you the best in inspiration, and at times, it comes with amazing perks to share our travel experiences. We hope it inspires you to take a trip of our own whether it’s a honeymoon, babymoon, or a family adventure. Sometimes you just need to get away. We know! To help make that possible Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels and Cathay Pacific are running a very nice giveaway at this very hotel. You can pop over to see all the details.

Photo: Scott Clark Photo / Accommodations: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels / Flight accommodations: Cathay Pacific

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21 May

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Hello travelers! After a wonderful cultural trip through Hanoi & Halong Bay, we jetsetted to Nha Trang. Just an hour drive and 20 minute boat ride from the airport we arrived at the stunningly beautiful Six Senses Resort in Ninh Van Bay. The service is insane here. From the moment you get off the plane to when you arrive at the resort you are warmly greeted by a staff member. They quickly appointed us to our own private butler, um what? Yes, that’s correct. A lovely man to take care of our every need. We felt very spoiled. At last the relaxing beach retreat we were dreaming of. We had no idea how beautiful the beaches would be and boy were we amazed!

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

Vaulted seating overlooking the water, check! Perfect for sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunset.

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

A breakfast buffet fit for a king. There were so many options like traditional Vietnamese cuisine, a decedent pastry display, waffle bar, the cutest yogurt and granola station, and the freshest juices. Clearly there was no reason to leave this little piece of paradise.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

Each guest is provided with their own beach bungalow, jungle retreat, or cliffside accommodations. With a mix of honeymooners and families from all over the country you always felt secluded or able to commingle with travelers at your leisure. To get around they provided bikes for each bungalow. A nice way to slow down and take in the jungle and water surrounding you.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

While our son enjoyed the activities at the sub club, which he loved, we ventured out paddle boarding, snorkeling, and island hopping. We really needed this moment to reconnect our marriage and be adventurous. It was like we were having a mini “The Bachelor” moment. Cheesy, I know, but we were in paradise, being treated like royalty, and feeling so in love. This moment will stay with me forever!

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Sense Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

We had lunch on a floating fishing farm. The farmers were so nice letting us play with their catch and treating us to a delicious spread.

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Above, do you see that tiny house on the cliff? We were told that people live in huts 3-6 months out to of the year in search for the swallows nest. It’s a fine delicacy amongst easterners, and known as the caviar of the east. The homes are built in a particular way so as not to disturb the land. It was so impressive to see this type of living condition and what people will endure for such a prize. The bird is never harmed and they’re very sensitive to only take a few, only after the bird has made several. It’s a very delicate process.

Ninh Van Bay Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay

What an adventure we’ve had thus far, and it’s not over just yet. Join us later this morning while we eat our way through the last leg of our trip in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam tour.

Photo: Scott Clark Photo / Accommodations: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels / Flight accommodations: Cathay Pacific

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