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

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Customizing Christmas Gifts on #CyberMonday with Free Shipping!

There’s an endless list of custom gifts at Tenereze and something for everyone. Happy Cyber Monday shopping!

Custom name photo frames

Mosaic Quilt with custom embroidery

Wine Bottles Pillow with initial

Monogram wine glass set

Script initial mug

Crystal initial necklace

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A Few of My Favorite Things…at 50% off

There’s no need to wait until Friday (because that’s when the sale ends). Everything’s half off before Thanksgivings! (but only through Friday, Nov. 23, 2012)

For your best friend : Custom batik quilt set and pillow sham. Originally $84 for the quilt and $24.50 for the sham – now just $56.25 for both. Now through Friday, Nov. 23rd, 2012. No code or coupon needed. Yay!!

Housewarming gift : A monogram pillow in various colors – now just $14.50!

Very cute DIY via the beauty department : glitter bobby pins

Just had to share this – a cute DIY that you can make for yourself or for your bridesmaids and slip into their thank you bags. It’ll add a little something extra to a bachelorette party or day-after brunch without being too matchy-matchy. All you need is a some glitter, bobby pins and creativity. See the full instructions here.

Four Great Uses for the Glass Cylinder

Flowers, ornaments, water, candles. What ever you decide to fill it with, a glass cylinder is a simple way to make a big statement on your entryway table or as a centerpiece. I like to keep a few handy under the sink to pull out for all types of occasions. They’re a lifesaver when you need an extra vessel and can serve multiple purposes at a wedding or shower. Here are four of my favorite looks with the inexpensive glass cylinder, in all different sizes too.

Place trimmed floral, slowly add water – voila! Lots of bang for your buck. Image : Martha Stewart

Take advantage of your palette and use multiple cylinders to include all your colors. Image : Added Touch Catering

Skip putting anything in the cylinder. Simply use its height and transparency as a beautiful stalk for arrangements. Image : Wedding Bell Talk

Cover the cylinder with decorative paper and group them together for a totally different effect. Image : Lansdowne Life

Frivolous and Totally Affordable: Custom Dinner Pieces

Your friends don’t have to know. The in-laws will be so impressed. Monogram glassware and candle votives can be affordable! Get a set of 4, 8, 12 with a letter of your choice and don’t say a thing. Just let them ooh and aah…

Red wine, set of 4, $34

White wine, set of 4, $34

Chalkboard frosted tea lights, set of 4, $11

Stemless glassware, set of 4, $20

 

Wow ‘Em Entertaining: One Simple Item

To me, October is the start of holiday entertaining season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Year’s. Boom, boom, boom. There’s no stopping once it starts. Even if you don’t host, you’re a guest and following etiquette. All this week (and really til the end of the year), I’m sharing scrumptious recipes and tips for being an awesome host and guest. Cheers!

Maybe you’re already an awesome cook and know all the ins and outs of creating a delicious meal. But we can’t forget that presentation is half of it. How it’s plated, the color of the food – it all matters. Here’s one simple trick that will knock their socks off. Serve drinks and apps on a tray. No, you don’t have to be the maitre’d all evening. But imagine stepping out of the kitchen with a gorgeous plate of goodies. Who cares if the rest of the dinner is just average? You came out with a tray!!

Custom lacquer trays, various prices

 Bent wood tray, $99

Square lacquer tray, $24

Chevron tray, $9.99

Quadrant square tray, $49.95

 

 

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!

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