End of 2012 Wrap Up : Happy Thoughts for the New Year

To wrap up this wonderful year I’m putting together a list of all the good little things I’ve stumbled upon and pairing them with my personal mantras to ring in a Happy New Year. What ever your plans, I hope they’re spent with loved ones and lots of cheer. And if not, chin up. There’s a whole opportunity ahead of you for better things tomorrow!

Happy New Year!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

tumblr_lpql4g6oGY1qbfymro1_500Remind yourself to stay positive.

Besties191191946652289473_LRWEIr1XYour closest friends are all you need.

dolce-gabbana-rtw-ss2013-18_12105284414-1Don’t be afraid to stand out. 

375x550xCappuccino-Cake.jpg.pagespeed.ic.5yvJ7DMN-q3758961159Know when to indulge…

kid-with-chocolate-on-face-and-hands1…and when to hold back.


home6b0a5c51df7cb83d002213127c50-postBut always be yourself.

tumblr_lw9cydU6H81qa31s0o1_500And everything will work out. Promise.

Trend Alert : Custom Wedding Nail Polish

There are splurges and then there are things that seem like they make a lot of sense. For the ladies that cater to all your bachelorette, bridesmaid and wedding needs, a custom nail polish seems like such a fun way to celebrate your wedding palette.

3The company Pretty Please now customizes labels and ships multiples to you.  Isn’t that a brilliant idea? What would you name your color?



Must-have for the New Year : Monogram Glassware

How was your Christmas? I hope everyone got what they wanted. All I really wanted was snow and some time with the family – and that’s exactly what I got! Now we’re looking to New Year’s and a night in with our closest friends. I’ll be pulling out the monogram glassware to impress the guests 🙂 What are your New Year’s plans?

a91037Custom pint glass set, $20 for 4

a91039Red wine glass set, $34 for 4

Getting Graphic for the Holidays

I love black and white. It’s timeless and works for every occasion. Are you ready for Christmas tomorrow?

il_fullxfull.398177399_gyj4Coloring posters from Roxy Marj


prettiest-christmas-trees-ideas-iveLovely ribbon details for Christmas


18030bkBlack and white compact mirror from Tenereze, just $4 each!

il_fullxfull.367764299_1tpeRing holder from Promise Pottery, $18


il_fullxfull.403624784_gl14Chalkboard greetings from Lily and Val


void(0)Womens toothpick jean in geometric print, J. Crew, $135

Glimpse Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s Wedding Photos with Glimpse of Marchesa Dress

They got married months ago but we’re just now seeing glimpses of the nuptials between newlyweds Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. This was my prediction months ago.

blakeryan3This is more what it was really like including a glimpse of her couture Marchesa gown.

blake-lively-ryan-reynolds-wedding-inlineblake-lively-ryan-reynolds-wedding-desserts-inlineQuite down home and delightful, don’t you think? There were definitely lots of rose and gold details so I wasn’t far off the mark about that! I can’t wait to see more.

What Beauty Moves *Not* to do Before Your Wedding Day

It’s tempting to try out a new hair color or do something extra special to look your best to walk down the aisle. But I’ve heard enough tanning nightmare stories to know better. Here’s a great list of 11 things not to do before the big day via Brides.


Over the Top *Texture* Wedding Details

There’s so much paper and flat design at a wedding, or any part for that matter. Why not give your guests unexpected eye candy with a few textural elements? Here are a few pretty inspirations.

SONY DSCMulticolored floral covered cake by Krishanthi London

vintage-garden-peach-wedding-ideasTextural decorations made from doilies via Vintage Garden Peach Wedding

6a01156ed03c2b970c0120a61628dd970b-500wiSpiny and thistle via a creative mint

j-mendel-look-7__detailLayers of floral via J. Mendel

balloons blown up to different sizes and just taped to the wallAdd visual interest with a backdrop of transparent pops of color via Honey + Fitz

pleated veil | reem acraReem Acra lace and lines via Once Wed

A Few of My Favorite *Red* Things

I really love this time of year. It’s festive and fun and there’s too much eye candy to handle. While I’m shopping for others, I’m taking in all kinds of inspiration for the upcoming year too. Lately I’ve been curating a lot of red. Enjoy the rich colors and themes! Happy Friday, everyone. 12Graphic and modern cake via Project Wedding

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Toms Vegan Wrap boots

verona_albumVerona memory book with Austrian crystal brooch via Tenereze

ft_wrapping02_xlJust like Julie Andrews sang, “brown paper packages tied up with string…” via Martha Stewart


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Red Rose & Anemone BouquetAnemones and roses. I’m in love! Via Fleurology

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Bud vase favors, multiple colors via Tenereze

void(0)-1For the man in your life: Thomas Mason J. Crew slim shirt

Got Milk? Three Holiday Cookie Recipes I *Have* to Try

Every Christmas, my aunt from Iowa sends a beautiful fruit cake and/or cookies. It’s something that I look forward to all year. From the powdered melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pinwheels to the buttery pecan half moon delights, I don’t know what’s my favorite. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I don’t dare ask for the recipe though, because I’ll never be able to live up to it. But a girl can dream. And eat lots of cookies in the meanwhile. Here are three that I’m going to try. Happy baking!

gingerbread-cookies-473-mld108759_vertA variation on a good thing, Gingerbread iced cookies via Martha Stewart

RX-JIF_Chocolate-Hazelnut-Peanut-Butter-Pinwheel-Cookies_s4x3_lgThey use JIF peanut butter, perhaps a plug? Chocolate hazelnut pinwheels via Food Network

29089_chocolate_crinkle_cookies_3_620This looks simply decadent! Chocolate crinkle cookie via Chow