PUMPKIN BUTTER + SPICY PECAN HALLOWEEN SPREAD

 

 

Isn't he just the cutest? I spotted him last year at the party store and thought, you need to come home with me! I'm turning you into an appetizer, and a good one. He's the perfect thing to share at your next Halloween Party. It's equally delicious and festive. And people go CRAZY for this app. Plus it screams FALL, and one you'll want to serve now through Thanksgiving. Get ready for those savory + sweet and spicy taste buds to explode! 

Happy Halloween! 
landyn


RECIPE 

  • 8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese 
  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 2 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper or flakes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  1. pre-heat oven to 300°F
  2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, Worcestershire, red pepper, salt and garlic powder. Stir in pecans, and gently toss with chili powder to coat. 
  3. Spread coated pecans on a medium baking sheet, and cook 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes. 
  4. Remove pecans and let cool. 
  5. Sit Mr. Skeleton on your platter of choice and place block of cream cheese on his lap. 
  6. In a small bowl mix apple butter and pumpkin together. 
  7. Spoon pumpkin & apple mixture on top of cream cheese.
  8. Sprinkle with spiced pecans and serve with crackers. 

 

 

LIVING WITH LANDYN LIVE RECAP: PART 3

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Alright ladies, it is time for the third and final installment of the Living with Landyn Live recap.  I am sorry that it has taken me a month to get all of these recapped, but I just wanted to make sure I had all the details and could share all of the fun we had together.  This one is going to be a good one because today we are going to take a look at what all we actually talked about throughout the day.  Even better is, you are going to get to catch some snippets of segments that were captured by my videographer Anne Claire and the production company, Macro Productions, who did all the camera work and audio for the event.  I can't tell you how much I learned about what all goes into an event like this that I literally had never thought of before.  I had no idea how cameras and capturing the segments and having screens so everyone could see all the details that were happening on stage really worked.  It truly was amazing to see behind the scenes how that all comes together.

In some ways talking for 10 plus hours was both easier and harder than I thought it would be.  The filling the time was actually the easier part, but the keeping the time was a little trickier than I anticipated.  I had Julia camping out at the base of the stage during the afternoon to kind of help me with timing.  I know that was super distracting and will definitely be something that we will work on in future shows.  You guys were so sweet and understanding though.  It is hard because I never want it to feel too polished and staged.  I want it to feel like one really (really) long Insta-story, but I also want to make sure the audience is having the best experience possible.  Thank you guys for being my guinea pigs at this first show and letting me learn as I go.  I appreciate you all more than you will ever know.

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So what all did we talk about?  Basically all the things.  The agenda covered everything from health and fitness, cooking, make up and hair, interiors, relationships, fashion and tons of interactive segments.  My absolute favorite parts were when I got to interact with all the attendees and bring them on stage with me.  Whether that was through an on-stage styling segment, a fashion show, being a beauty or hair model or just sharing your story I absolutely loved getting to spend that time with attendees. 

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We started the day off with Amzie, the owner of Shed, and Virginia, everyone's favorite health guru.  Amzie was able to share the training philosophy behind Shed and demonstrate some sample work-outs that I do there.  He also may or may not have had a competition with two audience members that involved burpees and running around a baseball bat.  Just saying.  After Amzie worked us all out, Virginia got to come on and share her knowledge with us about how to fuel your body for not only working out, but for living your best life.  She really is so talented and I loved having her there.  Several people commented that they could have just listened to her share her knowledge and philosophy all day, and I couldn't agree more.

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After the health and fitness section, we went into the cooking segement.  Funny story, remember how I mentioned that timing was one of the hardest parts of the whole thing for me.  Well I accidentally forgot to dismiss everyone for the morning bathroom break and went straight into cooking.  Next thing I know, I could feel Julia hovering behind me and it turns out they needed the bathroom break to get all my ingredients for cooking set-up and I was about to cook without my ingredients.  As I said, we are still learning over here. HA! Once we got everything all situated, I was able to share all of my cooking tips and must haves and make the Pizza Kabob recipe that I shared yesterday.  I also got to share one of my favorite vendors, Instacart with everyone and give attendees a FREE month so they could all try it out too.

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After we had our delicious lunch we were back at it for more fun in the afternoon.  This is when we got into the fun stuff...fashion and beauty.  We had an awesome Style Ambush segment that was sponsored by Vici.  We were able to select an audience member in the morning and she got a head-to-toe makeover courtesy of Vici, the girls from Living Proof, and Melissa from Parlour 3.  I then had the audience ask me questions about their fashion dilemmas and I pulled them on stage and styled them.  It was so awesome! The best part was that Sandra, one of the owners of Vici, surprised all of us and ended up giving away all the clothes that we had on the stage for the segment. 

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Next up came Melissa and Oxana from Parlour 3 to share all of their beauty and hair tips.  It was so fun to have them there.  The best part was that they needed a beauty model to perform make-up on and unbeknownst to me a very special reader, Elee, was picked.  It was so fun to have her there with her mom and I loved being able to bring them both up on stage and share their family's story.  Melissa did an amazing job sharing all of her tips and trick and favorite products and demonstrating them on Elee.  If you guys didn't know, Melissa has been Carrie Underwood's make-up artist for many, many years, so you know she knows exactly what she is talking about.  After Melissa, my girl Oxana got on stage and killed it.  It was so fun to hear about her having the courage to live her dream, plus she shared some of her secrets on how she cuts and colors my hair.  The best part was she gave everyone a live demonstration on how to get my beachy waves.  It was a big hit.

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After Oxana, we weren't done talking about hair yet because we had the fabulous team from Living Proof on-stage do do a talk about their products and do a ton of product demos.  They also did probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen called the cornstarch test.  As you know, I am a HUGE fan of their dry shampoo and if this cornstarch demo doesn't sell you on it then I don't know what is.  Basically what they did was take a two wigs made from human hair that they treated with the exact same types of products.  The only difference was one of the wigs they used only Living Proof's products and the other wig used only competitors products.  They then proceeded to dump an entire container of cornstarch on each wig.  After the wig's were completely covered in cornstarch they started shaking them off.  Y'all I am not lying when I say that the Living Proof wig came completely clean and the hair returned to normal, while the other wig literally looked like they had stuck it in a container of flour.  It was so amazing.  If you are not using their dry shampoo right now, go order some RIGHT NOW.  Another fun part of having Living Proof as the presenting sponsor is that they brought three of their stylists with them and they literally styled hair for attendees the entire day.  I am not kidding when I say that there was a line at least 45 minutes long throughout the entire day.  People absolutely loved having them there and I was so grateful that they were willing to take a chance on me.

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After we learned how to make ourselves pretty we moved into interiors with my dear friend Lori Paranjape.  Lori is so incredibly talented and absolutely hilarious and I was so grateful she was willing to share her knowledge with all of us.  All of the living room furniture on the stage was donated by Redo Home and Design and Lori and her fabulous assistant Kate designed and styled the space for us.  Lori and I then got to have the most fun showing how you could style the space for less with items from HomeGoods.  It really brought home the importance of spending your money on investment pieces like sofas, a good rug, and furniture and save money on your accessories.  We literally had a cart full of goodies from HomeGoods that we wheeled out onto the stage and put all the finishing touches on the space.  She also talked about the importance of practical home design and focusing on function before form.  When she works with a client she really works to understand how her clients live in a space before she thinks one second about the actual design of the space.  So, so smart. 

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We finished the day with me up on the stage all by my lonesome talking about relationships.  It was so amazing to be able to share my thoughts on this with everyone because it truly is the subject I am most passionate about.  It was made extra special because my mom and my grandma were able to be there.  As you guys know my grandma was and is such a huge influence in my life and has really shaped how I think about my relationship to Steve in such a positive way.  I also was able to share a little bit of my mom's and my story that I haven't really talked much about publicly.  My mom made the brave decision when I was really young to walk away from a bad relationship.  For many years it was just the two of us, until she met my fabulous stepdad Kevin when I was 12 years old.  He has been the best father and has never treated me as anything less than his own daughter and for that I am forever grateful.  He was there as well and of course everyone's favorite Mister and Steve's mom Sandy was there too.  It was just really great to be able to share my heart with everyone and get to have both of our families and my children there to hear it.  Very, very special.

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So there you have it.  That was our day.  It was the most exhilarating and fulfilling thing I have ever done, but also the most draining.  It has really taken me a long time to recover from the event...and get feeling back in my toes after 15 hours in high heels.  Beauty is pain.  I am excited to see what the next event holds.  Thank you again for sharing this journey with me. I promise, no more recap posts!

GAMEDAY BITES: PIZZA KABOBS

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It's game day, and you want to have a few people over to cheer on your favorite team. You've got the beer and know what time the game starts.... now, what are you going to feed the people? Sure, you could fire up the grill, but then you'd miss the game. Order pizza? Good idea, but why not put a spin on that classic game day eat. Next time try these Pizza Kabobs. They are delicious + fun to eat and even more fun to make. Set up bowls in your kitchen with all toppings and guests can stack up they're skewers how they like, bake and enjoy! FYI: Also makes for a great week-night dinner the kids will love! 


WHAT YOU NEED 


  • 3 green peppers, cut into 1” pieces 
  • 3 cups whole cherry tomatoes 
  • 2 cups button mushrooms 
  • 2 cups sliced pepperoni or cooked Italian sausage 
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves 
  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough 
  • 3 table spoons olive oil 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 tbs Italian Seasoning 
  • wooden skewers 
  • 1 jar pizza sauce or marinara for dipping 
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WHAT TO DO 


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400°
  2. Thread your wooden skewers with tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni and basil. 
  3. Flour your counter top and roll out pizza dough. Slice dough into 1/2 “ strips and wrap around veggies. 
  4. In a small bowl combine olive oil and Italian Seasoning. With a brush, baste each skewer. 
  5. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until pizza dough is golden brown, about 15 minutes. 
  6. Remove and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place back in oven and bake for 5 minutes more. 
  7. Serve with marinara sauce. 

CROCKPOT WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

 

 

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I bet you didn't know what you were getting into, when you asked me for more quick and easy weeknight meals? Hold on tight, because I'm about to whip out 100 crock pot recipes. Here's another house favorite. This is such an easy one to whip up. Perfect for a simple weeknight dinner, but also works if you need something quick and easy for a crowd. I actually made it for the neighbors on Halloween night and it was a HUGE hit. This one is pretty healthy too. I don't use any cream or heavy dairy products. I love to add veggies to recipes when I can, and this one has yellow zucchini hidden inside. Hey, you've got to squeeze them in where you can, right? 

Side Note: I mentioned this in my Hey Landyn post from Monday, but I am absolutely obsessed with my crockpot. It truly is one of the most used appliance in my kitchen, outside of my coffee maker of course! So, if you plan on sticking around for quick + easy recipes, you'll need this. 
 

I hope this one makes it into as heavy of a rotation at your house, as it is at mine. Let me know what you think!

Xx
Landyn


RECIPE


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 small yellow zucchini, diced
  • 32 oz Pacific Foods Low Sodium chicken broth
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, or 4 boneless skinless breast
  • 1 can northern beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1  carton (12oz) Pacific Foods Organic Cream of Chicken Soup
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon cumin, or to taste 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional. I like it spicy :) 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 TOPPINGS


  • sour cream
  • tortilla strips
  • fresh cilantro 
  • lime wedges 
  • pepper jack cheese 
  • sliced avocado 
  • diced jalapeno 

DIRECTIONS 


  1. Place removable cast aluminum insert from your crockpot to the stove top.
  2. Heat on medium, add olive oil.
  3. Sauté onion + poblano + jalapeno peppers until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add chopped zucchini. 
  5. Add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, spices and fresh lime juice. Stir well. 
  6. Drain and rinse beans under cold water, then add to crockpot. 
  7. Add chicken tenderloins whole. You'll shred at the end of cooking. 
  8. Set your slow cooker to LOW setting. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours. 
  9. Before serving, shred chicken while in crockpot. Use two forks to do so. 

Serve with suggested toppings above. 


 

 

LIVING WITH LANDYN LIVE RECAP: PART 2

I am back today with another installment of the Living with Landyn Live recap.  I thought I could do it in one more post, but I think this bad boy is going to be a three part series.  There are just so many fun details from the day to share that I don't want to leave anything out.  Today we are going to talk about what we ate, drank and talked about throughout the day and I am going to just dive right in.


WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST?


We started the day off with a bang with my friends from Juice Bar.  You guys know I LOVE Juice Bar and I/Natasha (wink, wink-if you follow me on Insta-stories you know that joke) am a regular at their store.  I was so excited when they agreed to sponsor and provide breakfast for all of our beautiful attendees.  They served the most adorable mini-acai bowls that were so delicious.  We also had coffee from one of my favorite local roasters, 8th & Roast, which we of course added our Vital Proteins too.  I was so excited when Vital Proteins agreed to not only send samples of the product for everyone to share, but also sent tubs (and a sweet brand rep) for everyone to sample in their coffee.  I use mine in my coffee everyday, so it was fun to give people a chance to check it out for themselves.

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Photography: AIM Photography | Signage: Mootsa Designs | Paper Products: You're Invited Nashville

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Juice Bar was also sweet enough to supply us with an energizing Ginger + Cayenne Shot to everyone in the audience mid-day.  Let's just say that the taste of these is VERY strong and I must say it was hilarious watching everyone's faces right after they took the shot. 

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A FASHIONABLE LUNCH


Our lunch was hosted by one of my favorite brands, Fashionable, and we were able to kick it off with one of my favorite segments of the day.  They just launched their new denim line and I was so excited to be able to feature it in a little denim fashion show of sorts.  We got to pick three women from the audience the morning of event and take them backstage where Jordan, Fashionable Fashion Director, was able to style them head-to-toe in looks from Fashionable.  In fact, that was one of my favorite parts of the entire day.  I loved that we were able to get the audience involved in almost every single segment.  I loved being able to surprise people and interact with them on-stage.  So fun!  I was also so honored to have Barrett, the founder of Fashionable, there to share the mission and purpose behind Fashionable, which is to bring women out of poverty both here and internationally by providing them with jobs.  I love it that such beautiful products are matched with such a beautiful, important mission.  I also loved that attendees were able to experience the brand in-person at the event because they set up a FANTASTIC pop-up shop right in the venue the day of the event. 

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Photography: Tracy Jones Photography | Paper Products: You're Invited Nashville


WHERE'S THE DESSERT?


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After I made everyone eat a salad for lunch, I couldn't leave them hanging without dessert.  I learned many things after my first show and one of them is FEED THE PEOPLE MORE.  One of the ways I learned this is that the desserts were literally gone in two seconds flat.  In fact, I tried to get a mini-pie for the Pie Queen and they were gone before I could even get my hands on one.  So to all my future attendees, don't worry, I heard you and at future shows there will be more food options and more caffeine.   That was another sweet request I got back from our post event survey's.  I forget sometimes since I don't drink sodas, and typically don't drink coffee midday, that there are A LOT of people that need a little caffeine pick me up mid-day.  Sorry friends!

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Back to the desserts.  I can see why they flew off the shelves though, because all of them were delicious.  We had multiple different varieties of the individual sized pies from The Pie Queen, delicious mini-cupcakes from Copper Whisk, and a full on popcorn bar from The Popcorn Bistro.  I absolutely love that Lizzie, from Copper Whisk put my logo on the cupcakes.  It was such a fun, unexpected surprise and they were delicious.  Finally, I have to give a HUGE shout out to my two favorite popcorn ladies, Lesley and Rachel.  Lesley is the owner of Popcorn Bistro and Rachel is her sweet friends who came with her to help her deliver and serve the popcorn to attendees.  First of all, they literally personally drove all of the popcorn up from New Orleans because she wanted to make sure it arrived as fresh as possible and in good condition.  But here is the best part, they also contributed over 500 bags of popcorn for swag bags.  They came straight from my house after driving all day to deliver the swag bag popcorn and were sweet enough to ask if we needed any help.  Little did they know that I would TOTALLY take them up on that offer.  It was the night we were stuffing the swag bags, and they stayed until 10 o'clock at night, after having driven all day, and stuffed swag bags with us.  It was so sweet and we were so appreciative! Thank you Lesley and Rachel!  Y'all are the best...and so if your popcorn.  Seriously girls, order some right now and thank me later- as an added bonus they have free shipping until 10/31 for Living with Landyn followers with code FALLSHIPPING.

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I NEED A DRINK


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So after a long day of fun, I was MORE than ready for a drink.  I was so excited to have so many different alcohol brands that were excited to participate in our cocktail hour that was sponsored by e.Allen.  You guys know my love for e.Allen runs deep and I was so happy that they were willing to sponsor the happy hour.  I went down to their store and picked out some of my favorite pieces for fall with Elizabeth, the owner, and they were kind enough to display them around the venue.  I am kicking myself that I didn't get good pictures of them, but hopefully you saw them all on my Insta-stories.  Seriously, if you are local you have to get to one of the e.Allen stores here in town, and if you aren't local, don't worry you can always visit their website.

Photography: AIM Photography (1,2) | Tracy Jones Photography (3,4)

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Photography:  Tracy Jones Photography | Paper Products/Cups: Your're Invited Nashville | Florals: Lula Moss

All of our attendees got to sample some delicious drinks from TC Craft Tequila, Le Grande Noir, and Bravazzi.  You guys know that I am a tequila brand through and through and I was so excited when a local distillery reached out to me.  TC Craft is bottled and distributed right here in Nashville and it is so delicious.  We were able to serve the tequila the way I drink it- on the rocks with soda water and extra lime- as well as as a Paloma.  For the Paloma's we mixed the TC Craft Tequila with the Bravazzi Grapefruit Hard Soda.  I can not tell you how many people commented about how much they loved that combination.  It is a definite must try.  If you haven't heard of Bravazzi, just you wait.  It is still being distributed in limited markets because it is a new product, but seriously keep your eyes peeled for the it at your local grocery.  It tastes JUST like a sparkling soda, but it is even better because there is alcohol in it!  I was a little skeptical when they first sent it to me because I was having flashback to drinking Zima in my youth, but it is absolutely NOTHING like that.  It is so delicious!  Last but not least, you know I had to have some wine for my girls.  Le Grande Noir was so generous to send us some of their delicious Rosé for cocktail hour.  This is a Rose from France and it really has the most fascinating brand story.  It was so delicious and perfect for the day because it was almost 90 degrees out the day of the event and still felt very much like summer.

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TAKE YOUR PICTURE


Not just during happy hour, but throughout the entire day, we had the Go Bonanza photobooth there taking pictures of all the attendees.  Go Bonanza is not your typical photobooth.  It is an awesome touch screen photobooth that allows you to have larger images that you can print immediately and also gives you the opporunity to have them texted directly to you for immediate sharing on social media.  We had the most fun ever with it, even Mister got in on the action.  There were fun props and I have loved searching the LWLLive hashtag getting to see all of the awesome pictures that people took throughout the day.

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LIVING WITH LANDYN LIVE

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I can't believe that almost two weeks have passed since my very first Living with Landyn Live.  In some ways it feels like it was yesterday, and in other ways it feels like it was a lifetime ago.  I want to take the time to document the day and share what a magical experience it was for me, and hopefully for attendees.  There is so much to share that I will probably break it down into to different posts so as not to completely overwhelm you.

Before I start, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of you.  Doing a live event like this has always been a life-long dream and honestly something that I just kind of kept in my heart and never really voiced.  Luckily I took the leap and I was able to do that because of all of you.  The love, support, community, and enthusiasm you have shown me and the Living with Landyn brand is truly a gift. I don't know if I will ever be able to adequately describe what you support means to me, but please know that I appreciate and love each and every one of you. 

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I also want to take a minute to thank all of our sponsors.  Each one of these brands and companies took a chance on me and allowed me to make them a guinea pig in the experience.  When Julia and I set out to create this show, honestly we had absolutely no idea what we were doing.  Neither one of us have any event experience and have certainly not produced anything to the scale of this show...not even my wedding.  But here is my philosophy; I never want not knowing how to do something stand in the way of doing what I want to do.  I want to challenge myself, to be a life-long learner, and to not let the fear of not knowing how to do something stop me from chasing my dreams.  So to all the brands who sponsored.  Thank you!  Thank you Thank you!  Living Proof, Vici, Fashionable, Juice Bar, e.Allen, LASH, SHED, Life Edit, Redo Home and Designs, thank you for taking a chance on me.  Guys, all of these brands and companies are companies that I personally love and use, so please if you are ever in need of their products or services, use them.  I can vouch that they are THE BEST. 

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Presenting Sponsor: Living Proof: Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

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Refresh and Recharge Lounge Sponsor: LASH |Decor: 12th Table | Photography: Wild Native Photography


DECOR + LIGHTING


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Decor: 12th Table | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Florals: Lula Moss | Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

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Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Photography: AIM Photography

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Decor: 12th Table | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Florals: Lula Moss | Photography: Wild Native Photography

Decor: 12th Table | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Florals: Lula Moss (1,3) Lauren Marie Atkinson (2)| Photography: Tracy Jones Photography (1), AIM Photography (2,3)

Because the venue was so huge, and had a lot of black walls and a black ceiling, making sure that we were able to lighten and brighten the space was a huge priority.  Luckily Bright Event Productions and Quest Events came to the rescue with beautiful lighting and draping.  I was so lucky to have all of these teams working with me, because honestly there were so many details that didn't even cross my mind that these vendors would bring to my attention and help me with.  The lighting that Bright Events provided was so gorgeous and on brand.  The ceilings in Marathon Music Works are very high and they had the best idea to drop the lighting in the dining area so that it made people feel like they were sitting at a dining room table at home rather than at a huge event space.  It worked perfectly, was gorgeous, and was totally on brand.  Definitely a win!  They also had amazing gobo's, which is basically a custom light that was able to project my logo on the wall.  Quest provided beautiful draping for the stage which helped soften and lighten the room tremendously.


FLORALS


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Florals: Lula Moss | Photography: AIM Photography

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Florals: Sweet William Floral and Event Design | Photography: AIM Photography

I was lucky enough to get to work with three different floral design teams for this event: Sweet William Floral and Event Design, Lula Moss, and Lauren Marie Atkinson.  I loved being able to work with different teams and see them come up with unique, but complimentary designs.  They all did such an amazing job collaborating on the overall vision for the floral design and then putting their own unique stamp on their areas.  I wanted everything to be whites and creams and then to bring in a pop of color through greenery and succulents.  I like a really simple, modern, streamlined design when it comes to florals and to say that they all delivered on my vision is an understatement.  

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Florals: Lauren Marie Atkinson (1,2) Sweet William (3) | Photography: AIM Photography


ALL THE PRETTY PAPER + DESIGN


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Book Design: Design Suprette | Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

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Graphic Design: Margot + Co | Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

There were a lot of design elements that went into this show-from branding, to collateral, to signage, and the presentation the day of.  I could not have done it without the help of an AMAZING team of graphic designers who helped me.  There was a ton of deliverables that all had to be turned around very quickly and this team delivered beyond all my expectations.  I can say with certainty that if you are EVER in the the need for any kind of graphic design that these ladies are your ladies.  Let's talk first about the branding and ticket design.  When Margot, from Margot + Co reached out to me and I took one look at her Instagram feed, I knew that we were meant to be together.  I wanted the branding for the show to be a little different, but still tie very closely to the Living with Landyn brand and I love what she created.  Fun fact, the word live is actually written in her own handwriting.  I do not like really scrolly or scripted fonts and I loved her modern looking handwriting.  She also did the fun little program and cards that were in the check-in packet. 

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Printing: Printers Press | Graphic Design: Margot + Co | Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

Next up we have to talk about signage.  Girls, I needed a lot of signage.  Emily, from Mootsa Design, reached out and mentioned that she had worked on a lot of events before and would love to help.  I could not be any luckier that she reached out, because to say this girl knows her way around signage and event design is an understatement.  In fact, it is what she does for a living in her real job and she was kind enough to share her expertise with me.  She did such a wonderful job of helping to promote our vendors and sponsors and she captured my simple, modern style so perfectly.  She was literally always ready and willing to help out in a pinch...including having to rescue me and do a bag design when I found out two weeks before the event that the swag bags I ordered were not available.  WHAAAA.  Emily-if you are reading this, girl your the best!

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Signage Design: Mootsa Design | Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

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Book Design: Design Suprette | Photography: AIM Photography

So when we first talked about doing the event I knew that I wanted a really nice leave behind book that could almost serve as a little bible of all things Living with Landyn.  I wanted to be able to share all of my favorite products, tips and tricks, as well as all of the expert's who spoke advice.  What I could not have imagined was how unbelievable it turned out.  All thinks to the help of Nicole from Design Suprette.  Nicole is actually a freelance Art Director who specializes in magazine design and layout.  Her work is absolutely stunning and what she did with all the words we handed over to her is amazing.  She took pages of word documents and random photos and turned them in to a 40+ page book that is just so incredible.  I hope that it is something that all attendees enjoyed and kept for its treasure trove of fun, actionable information.

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Book Design: Design Suprette | Printing: Printers Press |Photography: Tracy Jones Photography

Last, but not least, is sweet Haley, from Haze Elizabeth Design, who designed the beautiful presentation that we used the day of the event.  She was a trooper and was able to get the whole presentation to us in a week, because we live by the motto if you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute.  She literally got 30 slides that only had bullet points on them and turned it into a perfectly on brand presentation. 

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Presentation Design: Haze Elizabeth Designs | Photography: Tracy Jones Photography


Okay, so this is gotten really long.  Like maybe I will need to do three posts on it instead of two long.  I will be back next week to show you what all we ate and drank, how we shopped, and what we talked about. 

 

FALL BEAUTY

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Hi girls!  I am back on the blog after taking the week off last week for post-Living with Landyn Live show recovery.  If you didn't see my Insta-stories announcement (read:crying breakdown) I am going to be pretty light posting here over the next few weeks.  The show was so amazing and I had to the best time, but it was a lot of work and a took a lot out of me.  I am so excited because I have the opportunity to expand the Living with Landyn team and I just signed a lease on my very first office space, but I need these next few weeks to get everything organized and set up.  Don't worry though, I will be back and better than ever just in time to share all of the holiday ideas that you will need. 

Xx
Landyn 


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So I am sure a lot of you are thinking what does all that have to do with fall beauty?  Um...nothing, but the good news is that I am here today to share a few ways that I am updating my fall beauty routine.  I actually stopped by Nordstrom last week when they were having their beauty sale and picked up a couple of new items to freshen up my fall beauty routine.  Bobbi Brown is my favorite, go-to beauty brand and I was so excited to see that almost all of the products I bought were marked down 15%.  I love Nordstrom's beauty sales because these items and brands rarely go on sale, so I love to stock up when they do.  The good news, is that I checked the site last night and they were all still on sale, so hurry before they go back up to regular price.


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SWEATER | TANK | JEANS

I actually tried my hand at a little make-up video for the first time.  I hesitate calling it a tutorial, because that might be overselling it a bit, but I thought it might be fun to let you guys hear me talk about the products I picked up and how I use them.  I am actually wanting to incorporate some more video into the site, so I would love your feedback.  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think and if there are any other things you would like to see videos of.


WHAT I BOUGHT


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Highlighter | Eye shadow Palette | Gel Eyeliner (Cobalt Ink/Thunderstorm)| Shimmer Eye shadow (Pebble) |  Lipstick (Telluride) | Blush (Powder Pink)

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SOME OF MY MAKE-UP TIPS


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I am not sure if my video gave it away, but I am NOT a beauty blogger; however, I have picked up a few tricks of the trade that I want to share with you guys:

  1. Cobalt blue eyeliner makes the whites of your eyes POP. I know, you are probably having flashbacks to your high school days right now, but trust me on this one.  The color doesn't even read blue on your eyes and it really does make a huge difference.
  2. This tip I learned from Melissa last weekend at the Living with Landyn Live show.  She said that if you want a shimmer eye shadow to stay in place all night, then make sure that you lightly dampen your eye shadow brush before you apply it.  It is like super glue for the shimmer and it keeps it from flaking all over your face.
  3. Always start with your lightest eye shadow first and apply that to the entire eye.  If your base color is slightly darker than your normal shade, like mine was in this palette, make sure that you keep the brush moving the entire time and do not push too hard.
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MY GO-TO BOBBI BROWN PRODUCTS



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you to all of you who support the brands who help make Living with Landyn possible.


SEEING STARS

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I am back today with another trend report for fall.  I don't know if you have noticed this in my previous wardrobe choices, but I have a thing for stars.  I don't know if I every really noticed it before, but while I was cleaning out my closet in preparation for our big construction project I saw a definite pattern developing.  Lucky for me, stars are actually a thing right now in fashion, so clearly I was just ahead of this trend.

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Sweater | Jeans | Shoes | Bracelets | Sunglasses

While I was shopping for some fall basics at Nordstrom earlier this month, I found this awesome sweater from Rails that I had to have.  That's right, Rails- the maker of my favorite button down- makes awesome sweaters too.  In fact, not just sweaters, but dresses, jackets, rompers and more.  Who'd of thunk it?  As a side note, if you are looking for the best selection of Rails clothing look no further than Nordstrom.com.  They have over 100 different Rails items online to choose from. In fact, when I was searching for my sweater online I even found this awesome chambray stars button down, best part, it is 40% off. See, starts...they really are a thing.

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Now I know what you are thinking.  Landyn, aren't I going to look like I am constantly preparing for a 4th of July picnic in stars?  Nope!  Now I am not advocating you go all stars and stripes bikini on me, but some subtle well placed stars in your wardrobe will definitely make you shine.  See what I did there. 

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I went through the entire Nordstrom website and looked for some of my favorite pieces that have stars on them.  Let's just say that I had my suspicions that stars where a thing confirmed.  Everyone from the top designers like- Stella McCartney to Givenchy- to jewlery makers and everyone in between have stars incorporates in their designs.  Here are some of my top picks...and there are a lot!

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Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  And thank you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.

EVEREVE: LANDYN'S PICKS FOR FALL

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Happy Monday!! It's almost SHOWTIME and I'm so excited I can't even stand it! Everything for Living With Landyn Live is coming together so wonderfully. I'm just in awe of the amazing people + brands that have joined forces with me to give you the most amazing day possible. There were so many details and so many hours put into bringing this dream to life and I truly could not have done it without everyone's love + support. It will be... ALL THE THINGS! 

You've heard me talk about Evereve for so many reasons. It's a store I've loved shopping at for over 10 years. I first walked through their door after I had Lily, and was pregnant with Luke. For the past decade it was a place I knew that if I only had 15 minutes, a stroller with one fussy infant and a wandering toddler THIS is where I wanted to go. They were so great at helping me find what I needed, and would cheer me on and tell me, "you got this mama" when I left. Even though I thought for sure I was losing it. They just get it. There's no wonder why they now have over 80+ stores across the country helping women feel beautiful and empowered day after day.  

For the past year I have been part of Evereve's Style Crew and have enjoyed teaming up with a company that helped give me the confidence to own this whole mom thing many years ago. Talk about a full circle moment. So, when Megan Tamte, Evereve's CEO and mother of two heard about my LWL Live Show she wanted to be involved and I wanted her involved. There's no better joy than when women get behind other women and their dreams. If you'd like to read an empowering story about dreaming big, read Megan's story here. It will get you off the couch and chasing your dreams. So inspiring! 

Xx
Landyn


LWL + EVEREVE


Megan and her team sent me over all the looks for Fall and new merchandise coming in. They then said, what about showcasing your picks in ALL Evereve stores nationwide!!!! WHAT?!?! ALL STORES? WOW. Yes! What an opportunity to be introduced to women across the country and show off my style in Evereve stores from California to Connecticut. What a thrill this has been for me, and no better brand aligns more with my mission about women, than Evereve. I'm honored to have Living With Landyn's Picks displayed in their stores. So, if you live near an one of their locations....stop by and check it out. Tell them Landyn sent ya! Here's a list of locations.  


THANKS MEGAN 


If you live in Nashville or are coming to Nashville for the event this weekend you should know about something really fun that's taking place on Friday, September 15th from 6-8pm at the Cool Springs location. Megan is hosting a fun shopping night filled with my picks + sips & snacks plus 15% off to everyone that attends. You will LOVE meeting her! If you can't make it to Megan's event, or don't live in Tennessee. Bummer. But, she would still love to honor the 15% to all my followers on www.evereve.com valid for one day only September 15th, using code LANDYN15 Go treat yourself, pretty mamas! 


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LANDYN'S PICKS 

AVAILABLE IN STORES + ONLINE NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER


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TOPS + JACKETS


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JEANS + SUCH 


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BOOTIES + SNEAKS


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JEWELRY


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MENSWEAR GAME STRONG

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Blazer | Tank | Joggers | Sunglasses |

This week is New York Fashion Week, and obviously I am not there right now, but I thought it might be the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite trends for fall and winter.  One of the trends that I am LOVING right now is the return of menswear into our closets.  You guys know that I am probably a blazer's #1 fan, but I am also loving the men's inspired loafers and the non-traditional take on suiting.  I can't get enough of masculine details with a feminine touch. 

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Blazer | Tank | Joggers (size down)| Loafer | Sunglasses

You guys might remember these fabulous joggers from last week's street wear post.  Well guess what ladies, these Trouve' joggers from Nordstrom are a must have staple in your closet.  I showed you how to dress them down and here is how you can dress them up.  This outfit is such a chic and unexpected twist on a suit.  You could easily take this look straight from the office to after work cocktails and dinner just by changing out your shoes. 

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Let's talk about theses shoes for a minute.  I had never worn a loafer before this year and to say that I am obsessed and a complete convert is an understatement.  You wanna talk about taking a classic menswear trend and totally taking it to the next level!?!  These shoes are EXTRA and I can not get enough of the stud detailing.  Run to your nearest Nordstrom or head online and get these babies.  They will be your go to shoe for fall. TRUST ME.  If you don't believe me check out the 21 reviewers that gave them an overall 5-star review!  In fact, if loafers are your thing you totally need to check out Nordstrom's website.  They have over 300 loafers less than $150 to choose from. 

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See, switch out that loafer for a sexy black heel and you are ready for a night on the town.

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WHO WEARS THE PANTS?



FOR THE LOVE OF LOAFERS



THROW A BLAZER ON IT



WHAT I'M WEARING



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you to all of you who continue to support brands who help make Living with Landyn possible.