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Grapefruit and Sage Sparkler

Herbal cocktails are my jammmm! Ever since I chanced upon a thyme gimlet at a restaurant in Brooklyn (because let’s face it, that’s where ALL the herbal cocktails are) I Continue Reading


The Great Gatsby Cocktail


It’s that time where everyone keeps saying “it’s been a great year”, but as cliché as it may sound it is so true. In this year I’ve seen the biggest growth for EDS and I’ve also met and  connected with many other  creatives whose advice and insight has been so helpful. So yes, Continue Reading

Party Styling

Rooftop Brunch Party

Essie Does Summer turned 1 on 1st July! #YASSS. What started out as a ‘boredom project’  flourished to become a blog (now website!) that I have grown to love so much. It literally keeps me sane when I’m tried of reading about quantum mechanics and amino acids.IMG_1

Forget what you’ve heard; any reason is a good reason to throw a party. When I realized that the anniversary of my DIY blog coincided with the 4th of July weekend, I couldn’t think of any other way to celebrate than with a rooftop brunch party. I knew I wanted whatever party I was hosting to reflect the vibe of Essie Does Summer – chic, summery and bright.

I kept the food to small bites and hors d’oeuvres to cut down cost and to give my guests the opportunity to taste many different things. Of course, my world famous (I wish) mini chicken and waffles made an appearance and were gone within seconds.

The party theme was floral and summery and I pretty much went overboard with that; even down to the floral ice cubes in the champagne bucket! Of course, my favorite color, gold, made an appearance as well.

The Photo Booth was a hit and my trusted selfie stick came in handy. I was nervous before that people wouldn’t use the props but I can safely say that they were definitely overused in the pictures.



It was a beautiful day and the turnout was great. What was supposed to be a brunch party ended up going on until 7pm! My BFF Jake (aka the champagne angel) was so helpful during the setup and I think I might have a new intern now ha! It was all what you might call; on fleek.

My guests enjoyed themselves and I got so much positive feedback following the brunch, including a ‘How To Plan a Summer Brunch’ feature in Ayiba Magazine!


Are you throwing a summer party? I want to hear about your party ideas!


Gold Confetti Champagne Glasses

I once told someone that gold was my favorite color and they responded that gold is a finish and not a color, apparently. Long story short, gold is still my favorite color. I got bored with my regular champagne glasses and decided to jazz them up a bit – and what better way to do this but to add some gold.

This is a really really easy and budget-smart DIY! You only need one other supply apart from your glasses and this cost me $2.99 at Michael’s (there’s a 20% of sale going on this week!). Read on for the scoop.

What you need:

-Champagne glass(es)

-Metallic gold dimensional fabric paint



1. Make sure your glasses are clean and dry, then dot the gold paint all over it. The best technique is to squeeze the bottle till a little bit comes out, then touch it to the glass and then lift it straight off. This will ensure your dots are nicely rounded and have a 3D effect.

side note: For an ombre effect I concentrated my dots at the bottom and thinned them out towards the rim of the glass. Feel free to try other designs though!

2. Let stand for about 1 hour to dry completely.

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I was so excited with how these turned out guys! You can throw them in a dishwasher or hand wash these still as long as you’re not scrubbing. BRB gonna enjoy my new bubbly glasses!