Unique Weddings : A Life Less Ordinary

I’ve seen some incredibly unique real wedding ideas this week and I had to share. Have a wonderful, warm and safe weekend, everyone!

mwd104082_sum09_77_xlFloating butterflies – how brilliant is that? Image via Martha Stewart

wedding-guests_300Wedding rings passed around for guests to pass on well wishes. So sweet! Image via Real Simple

multicultural-diy-pub-wedding-karolina-juanA whimsical and absolutely original backdrop for the dining area. Image via Rock N’ Roll Bride

viewfinderinvitationRemember the Viewmaster? A wedding invitation unlike any other. (Darn, I wish I still had mine)! Image via Bridal Musings

il_fullxfull.337394331Probably the most original engagement ring I’ve seen in a while. Even for a black diamond – look at that chunky setting! From Art Masters

blogIt’s hard to believe this sculpture is edible but it’s a wedding cake! Image via 100 Layer Cake

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The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts + Activities for Kids

One of my favorite holidays when I was a kid was Valentine’s Day. I relished writing out each person’s name and dropping them in the little makeshift “mailboxes” we made for the special day. I excluded no one (that would be cruel!) and adored getting little hearts and treats in return. What better way to encourage acceptance, love and friendship with a kid than through Valentine’s Day? I don’t see any reason to fret or feel left out – ever.

I love making Valentines with my niece and I always get her a little treat to celebrate the day. Here are some of my top picks!

bubble-gum-machine-pillowTotally custom! Bubble Gum Machine Pillow, on sale now for $18.90

mla102749_0207_candy_bag_xlWe love custom projects. Include a cute photo of your little ones and make a sweet custom tag for candy-giving.

Valentine-heart-cookies-5Help them make something sweet like these iced heart cookies from Cake Journal

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.22.35 PMChocolate hearts from Dylan’s Candy Bar, $18

frames_horizontal_vday2I Love You frame, on sale now for $16.80 (and it’s made in the USA!)

1Let them pick an adorable Valentine’s Day card from Tiny Prints or make your own!

Five Easy DIY Projects You Do with String, Ribbon and Paper!

I am a craft and art supply hoarder. I can’t help it. I have two entire closets and two bins in the basement of items that I think I will need someday. Because what happens when I need something and don’t have it? I kick myself for not having bought it off the clearance rack. One of the things that you can never have enough of is various strings, ribbons and yarn types. See five great examples of what you can do inexpensively with string!

ombreweddingchairVarious grosgrain and satin string tied around a simple chair achieve a fabulous ombre effect via Wedding Ch

267763Wide, varied and fanciful ribbon make a grandiose backdrop via Style Me Pretty

73563A rainbow of colored ribbons and tissue poms make a real statement against nature via Wed Over Heels

big-fringe-garlandsCut your own crepe paper sheets for fringy fun via Oh Happy Day

mwd106482_win11_bowondress1_xlWho says a corsage has to be floral? Tie on a velvet ribbon corsage via Martha Stewart Weddings

Best Red Carpet Looks at the 2013 Golden Globes

Oooh, what a night of glamour. Did any of the winners surprise you? Last night’s Golden Globes did not disappoint on the red carpet or during the awards. These were the looks that really knocked my socks off. I’ve starred all the bridal worthy looks too. What were your favorite picks?

NBC's "70th Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Red Carpet ArrivalsJulianne Moore is so chic in a geometric Tom Ford.

Picture 2Zooey Deschanel shines in her Oscar de La Renta gown

Picture 10**Bridal Worthy** This glimmering Chanel is incredible on Anne Hathaway with her soft, pixie cut

Picture 7Totally age appropriate, Ariel Winter from Modern Family is a doll.

Picture 8**Bridal worthy** This lacy look from Nicole Ritchie is growing on me by the minute.

Picture 3Prom king and queen goes to Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough

NBC's "70th Annual Golden Globe Awards" - Red Carpet Arrivals**Bridal Worthy** Sparkling and so much fun, Lea Michele in Elie Saab shines

Picture 11Jessica Alba’s salmon gown is classy and flirtatious at the same time

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsA little more edginess than I’m used to seeing and I love it! Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

Picture 5**Bridal Worthy** I’m in love with Emily Blunt’s lacy, golden look. I would get married in this (again) in a heartbeat!

Picture 6**Bridal Worthy** Amy Adams’s nude look is seamless and beautifully feminine.

A Yummy DIY for Valentine’s : Creamy Fudge Hearts

I love to cook and I love to craft. So this DIY is the perfect combination project for Valentine’s Day or a wedding favor. Creamy Fudge Hearts are easy to make and look so pretty in a variety of packaging with your colors and themes. See the full instructions via Martha Stewart Weddings.

And Happy Friday, everyone!

candy_01394_xlImage via Martha Stewart

favorboxesFavor box kit includes 20 boxes with coordinating ribbon, $25 for 20

10-1815Sweet little dots for a unique favor box, $9 for

12407450With a large sheet of paper, cut long strips the width of your favor box to size and fold over fudge hearts. Voila! Pretty white blossom paper to line the boxes, $8 per sheet

Wedding Color Forecast : Tangerine and Violet

Pantone is the company that researches and forecasts the colors for the upcoming year. They announced a while back that Emerald was the it color for 2013. Colors like Linen are timeless and great bases to build a wedding palette around too. But my favorite on the list are African Violet and Tangerine. Can’t you just see a whole day built around those hues?

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VioletTangChiffon tiered dress with flutter sleeves, David’s Bridal  |  Violet and tangerine floral bouquet via Wedding Vibe

Jimmy Choo acrylic glitter clutch via Shopstyle  |  Lavender floral pillow, Tenereze

Marbled cake with purple accents via Pinterest  |  Custom fan program kit, Tenereze

A Short List of Things to Do Before Getting Married via Simply Bridal

There are so many things to think about when you’re planning a wedding from taking care of the guests, to getting all the logistics right to making sure you look your best. Thanks to Simply Bridal for sharing their essential list of 5 Things to Do Before Getting Married. Have a great weekend everyone!

5 Things To Do Before Wedding Planning

New Year, New Ideas in Floral

Look Upv43v8zFloral chandelier via One Wed gives the room unexpected wow factor.

Look downflowers-under-glass1I love the idea of flower boxes on the ground via Ms. Brooke Peterson

Look all aroundvert_gardenSucculents are a great greenery for a wall garden via Michelle Kaufmann

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.

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home6b0a5c51df7cb83d002213127c50-postBut always be yourself.

tumblr_lw9cydU6H81qa31s0o1_500And everything will work out. Promise.