With the holidays almost upon us it’s time to start thinking about hostess gifts. This is a recipe for a super easy hostess gift that is sure to impress. The key here is attention to detail. Choose a local craft beer in a beautiful bottle like this Stone Brewery Coconut IPA. Choose a beautiful organic artisinal cheese. Cowgirl Creamery is a great source for this. You can’t go wrong with any of their cheeses, but for a real foodie, Red Hawk is my pick. If there is time, whip up a batch of these delicious rosemary marcona almonds. If you run out of time Whole Foods has some killer ones. The key here is to repackage them in a darling little mason jar. Now drop all your treats in one of these fabulous wire baskets and your are done!
Filed under: Design, in the kitchen on November 13th, 2013 | No Comments »
Well, if you haven’t heard already, the first night of Hannukah falls on Thanksgiving this year. This hasn’t happened since 1888, and for those celebrating both, it’s really a chance to make your Thanksgiving menu fun and new. Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination. Think about blending both culinary traditions in to one meal!
Think Challah Stuffing or Apple Cranberry couscous.
How amazing would Sweet Potato Latkes be with Cranberry Apple Sauce!!
And don’t forget dessert! These Pecan Pie Donuts look divine, and they are even vegan and gluten free! What!? I would love to hear some of your ideas of how you plan on blending the 2 holidays!
Filed under: in the kitchen on November 12th, 2013 | No Comments »
I cannot get enough of the amazing work that Sissy + Marley do. So when this new nursery landed in my inbox I could not wait to share it with you guys.
The warm grey and tangerine color palette, and jungle animal vibe is pure perfection. As usual, Sissy + Marley incorporates chic touches of whimsy, to make this nursery pure perfection! How adorable right!??
Interior Design by Sissy + Marley
Photographs by Marco Ricca
Wallpaper Sissy + Marley for Jill Malek
Filed under: Mom Monday on November 11th, 2013 | No Comments »
We are working on a few very special, top secret projects and they are the perfect place to use our latest obsession…stars. Stay tuned…I cannot wait to share with you!!
Here are a few of my favorite Star must haves…
Star Confetti // Star Washi Tape // Star paper straws // Star garland // Star Toms ballet flats
Filed under: Design, Event Design, Wedding, wedding trends, WV Couture on November 8th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
We all love Toms right? Their mission of One for One, and their fabulous shoes have become a part of our culture. They have created real change, and this is something I admire and adore. So what happens when Toms joins forces with like minded companies who share the belief that everyday purchases can create positive change? Marketplace is born. Marketplace provides shoppers with a platform to shop amazing and exclusive items from these like minded companies. Genius you say? I agree. Just in time for the holidays, what a great way to start off your holiday shopping and create change at the same time! Here are some of my favorites from the site.
Honest Co. has an exclusive kit that includes a soy candle, organic lip balm, and some of their soaps and lotions…Brilliant!
I am madly in love with this iPad case by Stone + Cloth
This Bell Jar Lamp by Rose & Fitzgerald is officially on my wish list!
This necklace from 31 bits includes a real apple seed hand cast into brass!
How adorable is this Le Petit Prince onesie from Out of Print
These magnetic wooden blocks come in this darling pouch and are a must have I think. From Tegu
The site allows you to shop by cause or even use a gift finder to find the perfect gift for someone. You can also learn more about each company with videos, profiles, and the most adorable illustrations of the founders! Bravo Toms! So excited to see the change this makes in the world!
Filed under: Smitten With, Things I heart on November 7th, 2013 | No Comments »
Just a little reminder to you my friends. When things feel too stressful, too overwhelming, too much, stop and remember to cherish the little things. xoxo
Filed under: Design, Quotes on November 6th, 2013 | No Comments »
I love these unique ways to infuse a bit of sparkle into your special day!
A sparkle arrow to guide your guests to the reception! via 100 Layer Cake
Loving these glitter goodie bags filled with sparkle confetti via Southern Weddings
Glitter covered mini bottles of champagne! cheers! via Style Me Pretty
Glitter covered light bulbs as escort cards! via Wedding Chicks
Sequin dance floor created by Jesi Haack! Swoon! via 100 Layer Cake
Filed under: Event Design, inspiration boards, Wedding, wedding trends on November 5th, 2013 | No Comments »
Halloween is not my favorite holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I love the costumes, and the act of trick or treating with the little ones is loads of fun. But the candy itself just feels so wrong to me. Filled with all the things we, as a family, try to avoid, chemicals, GMO’s, yucky non-food stuff. So this halloween we started a new tradition. Something I read about the morning of Halloween on Healthy Child’s Blog, the Swtich Witch, an idea from Healthy Happy Tot. We had Piper leave her basket of candy out by the fireplace, and the told her the Switch Witch would be visiting. She would switch out the candy for a special present. Piper could not have been happier with this idea, and the next morning when she saw her new Sophia princess dress, she was overjoyed. This made me so happy, and I love this new tradition. I know that this is a controversial topic, and I know there is not one right way to do things, but this just really works for us, and I hope it will inspire other families to do the same. I made us a batch of raw, sugar-free chocolate peanut butter cups to enjoy Halloween night, which were such a fabulous treat. You can find the recipes here. For families that might not want to give out candy, but also don’t want to be the house with the raisins, why not try little tiny toys. You can buy toys like this in bulk for very inexpensive. Or why not try UnReal candy, I just discovered over on Style Me Pretty Living the other day! Happy Mom Monday my friends.
Filed under: Mom Monday on November 4th, 2013 | 4 Comments »
Emily’s mother, sweet Wendy, brought me stacks of vintage ephemera to use for styling. Among the treasures were these vintage seed packets. Too cute right!? Happy weekend everyone!
Filed under: Design, Inspiration To Go on November 1st, 2013 | No Comments »
Happy Halloween my friends. Wishing you all a safe a fabulous day! xoxo
Filed under: Design on October 31st, 2013 | No Comments »