#alainakills30 / by Alaina Kaczmarski

Hello hello!! Not only am I alive, but I'm 30! Crazy to think I started this blog when I was 23. Wow how the time flies! 

I celebrated the big 3-0 this past weekend with family and my closest friends in the way I always dreamed: I threw a murder mystery party a la Saved by the Bell Mystery Weekend, Clue, Sherlock, Agatha Christie, et al. I've always joked I'm a big of fan of whodunnits, but not necessarily birthdays, but I figured if I was ever going to force people to go all out and do this right, the excuse of turning 30 was going to be the time! Think glam 1920s a la Downton Abbey meets sleuthing Sherlock Holmes: trench coats, smooth jazz, dim lights, women wearing gloves, and men in hats. Done and done.

Danny found the perfect spot to host it: The Option Room, a bar located in the lobby of a building built in 1907 complete with black and white tile flooring, chandeliers, wooden walls... it was spectacular and felt very Mystery Manor!

My mom helped me cart in hers and my vintage silver and glassware to use for drinks and food. Rent Vintage Chicago loaned me a few items to create a perfect 1920s vignette by the fireplace–they had so many great pieces to choose from–furniture but also glassware and table linens–it was difficult to narrow it down. And Jayson Home created dreamy floral arrangements that felt very moody fall glam. It's a thing.

As for costumes, BHLDN loaned us a few dresses and accessories that really capture glam 1920s–floor-length beaded gowns, feather clutches, art decor jewelry... they have it all (links below)! Marie at 2PennyBlue recently launched her fall collection that includes these stunning fur stoles, so she let us use a couple for the ladies. Other than that, we used local rental places like Fantasy Costumes, and online retailers for top hats, cigarette holders, faux pearls, etc.

I really explain it all in detail on The Everygirl today: How to Throw a Glam 1920s Murder Mystery Party! Or see more on Instagram with the hashtag #alainakills30.

Venue: The Option Room
Furniture rental: Rent Vintage Chicago
Flowers: Jayson Home
My one-shoulder dress, my sister's nude dress, Danielle's navy dress: BHLDN
Costumes and Accessories: Fantasy Costumes Chicago
Photography: Jennifer Kathryn

As for life, I've taken on a few interior design projects lately that I'm SO excited about. This is on top of The Everygirl, ps, which is still my full-time job and I hope to be for a very long time. :) Speaking of which, Danielle and I have some exciting things in the works and are hoping to officially grow our full-time staff by early next year. Ahh so exciting!

And as far as turning 30? I'm not going to lie, I've struggled with it a bit, only because I feel like just yesterday I was 16 and I'm very aware of how fast time is flying by. It's also one of those benchmark years where you can really look at life and see "ok, which goals have I reached? Which have I not?" And my pessimistic brain has a tendency to focus on the negative and worry if it will ever happen if it hasn't already. I'm very grateful and happy with what life has thrown my way and the past five years of my career have been kind of amazing–way better than I ever could have dreamed ten years ago. I don't know what the future holds for our company in an ever-changing market. I recently got on Snapchat @alainakaz, which is something I never thought I'd do, but apparently I needed to for work and now I'm actually having a lot of fun with it! But I'm not sure I'll be able to keep up with whatever new social media platform launches tomorrow or next week or next year, and quite frankly, I'm not sure I want to. So we shall see! Right now everything is good, life is good. And that's good enough for me.

Hope to report soon on the interior design projects I've been working on. I have a BIG install this weekend so I'll come back with photos for ya'll–I promise!

photography by Jennifer Kathryn Photography