It's gonna be {a busy} May- this month we're fêting our favorite fashion events of the year, two holiday weekends, and the perfect accessories to accompany your summer adventures!

1 | Vintage influences + pops of color make everything from summer luncheons to Sunday brunch feel inspired, thanks to Tory Burch’s new tabletop home collection, available exclusively on Moda Operandi.

2 | As the saying goes, mom knows best, so let Mother Nature be the ultimate hostess for a memorable Mother’s Day. Whether it’s family time or me time, mom can enjoy lakeside chats, wellness activities, farm-to-table dining and so much more at Lake Austin Spa Resort.

3 | Shed the Monday blues with Met Gala coverage and this year’s theme Camp: Notes on Fashion. The annual gala, hosted on the first Monday in May, is THE source for event design and fashion inspiration; we may not be in school, but we’ll definitely be taking notes.

4 | We can’t wait for summer itineraries filled with seaside escapes and of-the-moment shell adorned accessories are the ideal trend to complement a breezy vacay wardrobe.

5 | Must-Attend Local Event: Come hungry for three days of Texas-sized fun on Memorial Day Weekend at this year’s Hot Luck Festival, where there’s no shortage of what Austinites love most: delectable food, creative beverages, and of course, live music. Curated by local icon and James Beard Award-winner Chef Aaron Franklin + partners, this festival showcases culinary talent from across the country. Pictured here is one of our favorite bites from the 2018 fest: pâté grilled cheese sandwiches from James Beard Nominated Chef Steve McHugh of Cured San Antonio.

6 | We’ll be donning our darling derby attire as we celebrate the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby May 4th. Local in Austin and looking for a watch party with a purpose? Check out The Shade Project’s Down & Derby Fundraiser, where you’ll be whisked off to the races!

Photos Courtesy Of: 1 | Moda Operandi 2 | Lake Austin Spa Resort 3 | Vogue Magazine 4 | Zara 5 | Hot Luck Festival + Chad Wadsworth 6 | Pinterest

In our new blog series, we examine iconic event scenes in film and share inspiration for future fêtes! Up first, al fresco entertaining with the beloved film, Sabrina.

We have officially ushered in outdoor entertaining season, where the fresh air and extended hours of daylight beckon you to get out and celebrate. For those of us in Austin and surrounding areas, the opportunity to bring the festivities outside lasts well into the fall, giving us plenty of time to host several al fresco soirées.

Whether it be brunch, a chic backyard barbeque, poolside bash, or dinner party, now is the ideal time to plan a fabulous fête outdoors. Our inspiration for entertaining under the stars comes from our fond memories of the party scenes in the film Sabrina. The Larrabee family’s events always had the big three: bistro lights, a big band, and of course, lots of bubbly. Regardless of whether your favorite Sabrina is Audrey or Julia, you can’t help but fall under the enchanting spell of this love story, set amongst the twinkling lights and waltz serenades.

We love the dreamy backyard setting, with guests donning glamorous formal attire and ball gowns sweeping across the dance floor. For your own gathering, attire can range from casual to couture, leaving cause for celebration almost as endless as summer itself. Surprise and delight guests by preparing gifts such as custom beach towels, paper fans, or cozy shawls, guaranteed to set the tone and make guests feel welcome.

Much like the iconic parties in Sabrina, special occasions and charitable endeavors seem all the more personal and intimate when hosted within a beautiful home and outdoor living space. When entertaining outdoors, we seek inspiration from the surroundings and build an experience that blends seamlessly with the existing landscape. Bountiful spring blossoms, classic ivy trellises, rattan lounge seating, and eclectic serving pieces can create a space that is inviting and special to the host. Now is the time to bring out the table top items that you have amassed from travels near and far. Don’t be afraid to mix styles; each object has a story to tell, and guests will be curious to hear about the memories you formed collecting them. Heirlooms and antiques also shine in this setting, where a blend of old and new speaks to the merriment that has come before and that which remains ahead.

Taking a cue from the film, we love when a gregarious host knows that a special song request from the band and a toast to the guest of honor always makes for an evening that attendees won’t soon forget. For us, the range of possibilities including a spontaneous dance party on the tennis court, family-style meals with a side of laughter shared around a vineyard table, and revelry that lasts into the wee hours are all part of the season’s charm.

We can’t wait for guests to see what’s in store outdoors!

Say hello to some of our favorite things for the month of April- this month calls for fresh, floral, and al fresco!

1 | Putting a spring in our step: Liberty London + J. Crew ankle ribbon flats

2 | No better way to dine al fresco than at one of Outstanding in the Field's 2019 spring tour stops

3 | Food, shopping, and entertainment, all in the form of a public art installation, at the newly opened Hudson Yards NYC

4 | Must-Attend Local Event: Purchasing a basket from one of Austin's favorite restaurants means you can sit back, relax, and picnic under the stars at the annual Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic April 6

5 | "Florals for spring, groundbreaking..." Much to Miranda Priestly's chagrin, we're savoring the remaining days of our favorite flower season with these ravishing ranunculus courtesy of Ben White Florist

6 | Feeling fresh as a daisy with Tata Harper skincare. Goodbye winter dryness, hello moisture!

7 | Major #vanitygoals Gracie Studio Wallpaper brings the perfect touch of flora and fauna to this chic vanity; the blush and Lucite accents help, too

Photos Courtesy Of: 1 | J. Crew 2 | Outstanding in the Field 3 | Hudson Yards 4 | Giant Noise + Texas Monthly 5 | Ben White Florist 6 | Tata Harper & Neiman Marcus Austin 7 | Architectural Digest

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