Halloween Countdown

Halloween is just a month away and I already know what I’m going to be. Do you? Check back all month for tricks, treats and entertaining tips!

Lots of ghoulish fun and more can be found here.

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“Fall” into Love : Autumn Wedding Details

TABLE : Pumpkin votive via Pinterest  |  All the colors of fall

 CAKE : Autumnal cake via My Wedding Place  |  SEATING : Gold seating card display via Martha Stewart Weddings

FAVOR : Cozy up to your partner with this Route 66 pillow via Tenereze  |  DESSERT : Yummy donuts via Your Best Wedding

Recipe: Fancy, Not-So-Fancy Hot Cocoa

Aahhhh. The weekend marked the start of Autumn and right on time, it was gloomy, rainy and chilly. But no complaints here! I swapped out my summer dresses for fuzzy sweaters and made my first batch of hot cocoa. It really is the easiest recipe, it’s not even worth being called a recipe. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid and I’m sharing it with you today. Here are the simple things you need:

Custom Script Initial Mug, $12

1 tsp. honey. Image from Silverbow Honey *Honey is the secret ingredient that makes this taste so warm and decadent!

12 ounces milk per serving – don’t even think about using water!!

Frothing milk is super simple, and a nice treat. Instructions at Real Simple

Whisk (optional, if you’re foaming milk). 

Hot cocoa powder, your favorite brand will work. Image from Foodie-isms

Who doesn’t love marshmallows??

DIRECTIONS:

1. Put 2 tbsp. cocoa powder and 1 tsp. honey in your favorite mug.

2. Add 12 ounces of milk to a saucepan, turn to medium heat.

3. As you see small bubbles start to form, start whisking for 1 minute. Milk with begin to thicken.

4. Pour hot milk immediately into mug. Mix thoroughly.

5. Top with marshmallows. Enjoy!

Emmy Red Carpet Looks worthy of the Aisle

WOW. There were so many drop dead good-looking frocks on the carpet last night, it’s hard to choose my fav. But I have to try anyway.

So fresh and modern, Katie Holmes is beautiful in blue.

Not sure how she got into that thing but Lucy Liu looks fierce in armor!

I adore Julianne Moore, but I’m on the fence on this high neck look. Hhmm…

Jessica Pare looked like a goddess in this Jason Wu dress.

January Jones is an asymmetrical vision.

So pretty in electric yellow, Julie Bowen wins an Emmy and fashion points.

So much drama from Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier.

Kristen Wiig looks demure and lovely in ecru.

A sunny and momma-to-be friendly dress for Best Actress winner, Claire Danes.

Leslie Mann goes for the fun ticket in another bright yellow. Seems to be a theme this evening!

Heidi Klum shines in mint with lots o’ leg.

Hands down, my vote for the evening goes to…Sofia Vergara! She’s like a mermaid vision in seafoam sequins.

Yes, I’ll Take Two of Each…Fall Gifts for Me!

When I woke up to walk the dog this morning I lazily slipped on my flats and ran out, no mind to the gloomy clouds rolling through. I was halfway down the block when I wish I had worn socks. Fall is definitely starting to settle in, (officially in two days on September 22nd), I get teary-eyed thinking about nostalgic apple picking and donuts and jumping in piles of leaves. I may not have that anymore with apartment living, at least not the raking part, but I do love a Fall wardrobe change! What’re you adding to your closet and home?

GIFT : An easy gift and a great hot cocoa companion. Custom Monogram mug, $12  |  SHOES : Snuggly and lots of character for everyday wear. Mizo Boots, $12

CLOSET : I WISH I could get these! Joseph leather front leggings, $830  |  BODY : This is a must-have for easy carrying. Dooney & Bourke leather cross body bag, $198

HOME : Such a great mantra, perfect to wake up to. Live, Laugh, Love pillow, $27

 

 

Great Pairings : Print + Pattern

I love color and I’m not afraid of it one bit. There’s something uplifting about an unexpected hue on pillows, clothing, shoes. Everyday things that are ho hum really pick me up when I see them in a bright color and the same can be said for a wedding or party setting. Don’t let your guests get too comfy. There are plenty of ways to surprise them at every turn. See for yourself.

ENTRYWAY: Saturated floral makes a bold statement paired with graphic chevron from Style Me Pretty

CAKE : Talk about a centerpiece of the evening. Teal, pink and gold exceed your wildest expectations in chevron, stripe and dots at 100 Layer Cake

MORE CAKE : Flowers look even sweeter when you pair them with the hard edge of a stripe at Ruffled

SETTING : Treat your guests to a stunning and layered backdrop for any occasion. Confetti and layers of paper from Confetti System

PARTY : Cotton candy pink is especially pretty when you mix it up in stripes and dots at Tiny White Daisy

 

 

#MuseMonday : White &…

BRIDESMAID : Can a bridesmaid wear white? Marianne dress, $480  |  DECOR : Not just for birthdays anymore White balloons via Martha Stewart Weddings

FAVOR : Square flower pots, set of 5, $15   |  FLORAL : Subtle and sophisticated White bouquet via Botanical Brouhaha

FAVOR : Easy and effortless favors Porcelain heart dishes, set of 10, $11  |  CAKE : Meyer lemon cake via Martha Stewart

DECOR : Eye-catching poms from Pom Love, $13  |  GIFT : A keepsake for everyday, I Do pillow in custom colors, $27

What’s Your “Something Blue”?

FLORAL : These blues aren’t moody, floral via Bouquet Wedding Flower  |  FAVOR : A touch of blue makes for a pop of color and lovely wedding favor at Tenereze

ENGAGEMENT : Aquamarine beauty from Penny Preville  |   BRIDESMAID : Chiffon pretty from J. Crew

FASHION : A royal event with Eterna pump from Nina  |  KEEPSAKE : A little bit of something blue to handle the sniffles at Tenereze

Spring Fashion 2013 : A J. Crew Moment

Ok, yes. I’m obsessing about Fall leaves and cider and donuts. But Fashion Week gets me excited for a new round of pastels, floral, all things spring and summer 2013 (wait, this one’s not over yet…)! But no matter, I saw J. Crew’s mix and match 2013 collection and I’m in the mood for some prep-chic-cool. Check it out. It’ll take you from work to shopping to rehearsal dinner.

That last number is so effortless but gorgeously cut. Can’t wait to see them in person and drool all over ’em!

So Many Rings, So Little Time…

How do you narrow down your favorite when there are so many choices? Did you have a say in what your lifelong ring would look like? I did! I absolutely LOVE my vintage yellow sapphire with diamond pave. They basket setting is so much larger than any other I saw. And since we found the ring at auction, it was a steal! I’m not one to care about material things (I would’ve gotten married with a ring pop. Well…not really, but you know what I’m saying…) How much does it matter to you to get the perfect ring?

Have you noticed a turn toward intricate and fanciful settings lately? Here are some of the ones that stand out to me.

DeBeers Bridal designs for every dream detail

The rainbow’s the limit at Kwiat

It’s not your mother’s Tiffanys

Engagement rings galore at Overstock.com

Now you can have celebrity jeweler Neil Lane’s creations too from Kay Jewelers