Bridesmaids Shower at Club Lake Plantation

I love hosting a celebration, and what a better time to dream up beautiful details in the Fall at a stunning venue of a gem located in the heart of Apopka, Florida. I loved styling the gals dresses, mix and matching the color hues against the woodsy southern backdrop. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next brunch, shower or wedding, take a scroll below. Thank you to all the amazing vendors involved! In collaboration with Blacktwine.

Event Design/Styling/Floral: Andi Mans
Photography: Andi Mans
Venue: Club Lake Plantation
Catering: The Branch by Andi Mans and 4 Rivers
Cake: The Branch by Andi Mans and 4 Rivers, Sweet Shop
Rentals: Chic Event Furniture
Table Favors: Sugarfina
Dresses: Something New Bridal Boutique
Dishes: Dishie Rentals
Gold Balloons: Northstar Balloons
Cake Topper: Shop Bracket

Good Day Orlando Fox35 – Thanksgiving Decor Segment

It was a pleasure to be a guest on Fox 35 News this lovely morning with host Amy Kaufeldt of Good Day Orlando, sharing Thanksigving decor tips for the season! Check out some behind the scenes below and the full segment as well! Happy decorating!

Styled/Design: Andi Mans
Shop these items at: Hobby Lobby, Trader Joe’s, Target “Hearth and Hand

The Unconventional Wedding

The unconventional bride, the gal who does her own thing, doesn’t follow trends and stays away from formalities and does what comes naturally to her. Personally, I love trying new designs, florals, mix and matching textures, it’s a challenge that I love to take! I hope that you are inspired by this fall inspired non-traditional wedding editorial as much as I was!

Photography/Floral/Event Design: Andi Mans
Rentals: RW Rentals
Cake: Sweet Flours
Dress: Something New Bridal
Venue: Luxmore Grand Estate

Model: Kaley Dignen

Easy Brie Bites

This is one of the easiest appetizers you could ever make at home! A great light and savory bite for Thanksgiving or the holiday season. I used fig jam but you can use any flavor you like, Strawberry, Cranberry, Apricot, whatever! It takes 10 minutes in total prep time to make, so you can chat with your guests as you pop these tasty treats in the oven! Enjoy, you won’t stop eating them!

Ingredients:

2 boxes of Mini Fillo Shells ( buy more of everything to serve larger)
1 Brie Cheese
1 Jam of your choice ( I used Fig Jam )

Instructions: Place the shells on a baking cookie sheet, add a half of teaspoon of your jam in each shell, cut your cheese pieces in small blocks and place on top of the shell so it covers. Pop in the oven at 275 degrees and watch for about 3-5 minutes until cheese has melted, take out and serve!

When Fall mornings arrive

Sound the alarm! It’s 60 degrees out in Orlando!! You know what that means, we can put away our flip flops and tanks! Ha! Loving these high rise skinny jeans with crop at the ankle + my “Locals Only” cashmere blend which can all by found at Susie Q Boutique or online as listed below – Happy Wednesday!

Sweater: “Locals Only
Denim High Rise Jeans: Joe’s Jeans
Taupe Booties: Dolce Vita ( Gertie )
White Bag: Linea Pelle
Boutique: Susie Q Boutique

Birthday Treats and Pink Sweets!

October is my birthday month and wow, this year has totally flown by! I love birthdays, and no matter the number you’re turning over, it makes no difference to me, because personally, you should celebrate! Now, as the birthday girl should just sit back and relax…I just couldn’t help myself but design this intimate birthday celebration party together. You can get this same look at home or for your next birthday with links provided to shop everything, featuring items from Shop Bracket and Sophistiplate! A sweet pink lemonade recipe for you as well, scroll to read!

Photography/Styling: Andi Mans
In collaboration with: Blacktwine


Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade Recipe:

3/4 cup sugar
3 cups water
2/3 cup fresh or frozen lemon juice
1/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail, chilled

In large nonmetal pitcher, combine all ingredients; stir to dissolve sugar. Serve over ice or chilled. Garnish with strawberry on the side or chopped up in your drink! Enjoy!

Shop this post: Gold Foil Stripe Garland, Party Balloons “Party Time”, Pink Balloon Letters, “You’re a Gem” Toppers, Treat ( Yo Self ) Bags Party Time, Cake Stands, Popcorn, Donuts, Silver Napkins, Chevron Silver Dessert Plate

Real Wedding: Leah + Costi

Our very own Andi Mans team member Leah got hitched this year and we are so excited to finally share her wedding! These two lovebirds met randomly one day at Lululemon, you know those stories where they say you will meet someone when you least expect it? Well this is it, and it totally happens. Fast forward a year later, Costi proposed to Leah right in front of the store he met her at! How adorable! I love these two together and their intimate wedding of just close family and friends. After the ceremony, they enjoyed a small cocktail hour at a nearby family home. Congrats again you sweeties and enjoy!

Photography/Floral: Andi Mans
Rentals: A Chair Affair
Venue: Maitland Art Center

Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Something New Bridal

Recipe: Sweet n’ Savory Banana Pepper Chili

It’s that time of  year where the weather is crisp and you need to stir up something warm and tasty! This chili recipe makes my mouth water just thinking about it! If you’re a sweet n’ salty person like myself, you’re going to LOVE this recipe. It’s super easy, a crowd pleasure and one of the best chili’s I’ve ever had! I’ve shared it with friends and family and it’s been a total hit each and every single time. The best part about this recipe is it’s super easy to make, with no mess, no chopping or anything! Enjoy!

Sweet n’ Savory Banana Pepper Chili

Ingredients:

1 lbs – ground beef
1 lbs – italian ground sausage
1 can of black beans
1 can of great northern beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 bottle of regular beer ( any kind )
2 salsas ( Matteo’s Salsa is best, found at Publix or whichever salsa you like, just get a more liquid based one )
1 jar of hot banana peppers ( Mt. Olive )
1 jar of sweet banana peppers ( Mt. Olive )

*Low sodium on all beans if possible and pour out half of bean juice per can and the rest can go into the pot

Instructions: Cook meat in the pot first, then add salsa, beans and beer. Cook on low for 2 hours, then add the banana peppers ( entire jar with juice ) cook at medium for 15 min with lid open before serving and enjoy!

The Little Black Dress

Wedding season has arrived, and my go-to is always a comfortable black dress that’s perfect to move around in, dance the night away yet still look elegant without going overboard! I think I probably found the PERFECT one, by Amanda Uprichard. I love the lace accents and the knee length, so classy and pretty. I recently found this gem at one of my favorite little boutique’s here in Orlando called Susie Q but if you’re not local, to shop, check out the links below! Happy wedding season, and go rock this dress.

Dress: Black Eyelash Lace Dress an alternative shorter version
Heels: Steve Madden ( Carrson )
Clutch: DVF