Archive for November, 2010

November 23, 2010

You found love!

Heart pillow engagement shoot

Image from Beyond Beyond

November 22, 2010

Fun Etsy finds, just in time for the holidays

This roundup of my favorite etsy finds makes me wish I won the lottery. I’d be buying everyone’s Christmas gift online! (Although I admit, I’m thinking of making the jewelry display and chalkboard myself instead of spending more than $100 each! Sheesh.)

Etsy finds for the holidays

Clockwise from top left: 1. Distressed white jewelry display made from a printer’s tray by bluebirdheaven. 2. 1890 spoon bracelet by monpetitchouboutique. 3. his and her bike lamps by czechpub. 4. vintage coke crate from thehoarseduck. 5. birdcage pillow by Olive. 6. heart pillow by Olive. 7. baroque frame chalkboard by shabbymcfabby.

November 13, 2010

A confession, some Christmas cards, and a pretty sweet deal for bloggers

I have a confession to make. This past May, when Jon and I were flying back from our honeymoon in Italy, I started working on our Christmas card.

It’s true! We had an amazing collection of engagement photos and a ton more wedding photos on the way. I couldn’t wait to use them on a Christmas card.

Now, I have to admit–I’ve never been a big fan of the cheesy photo cards. My family never sent cards for the holidays (is that weird?) and we certainly never got dressed up and stood in front of a Christmas tree for a family portrait. But this year, I’m thinking of changing all that (well, at least the part about sending cards), thanks to Shutterfly.

I’ve been perusing Shutterfly’s holiday cards today, and I’m having a hard time narrowing it down to just one design! I’m thinking this will be our final choice:

Swirls and Dots Holiday Card by Shutterfly

But instead of using a straight photo of us, I’ve been playing around with some ideas in Photoshop, to give our card a little extra oomph. I think this is what our version will look like:

What do you think? I still need to play around with the size and spacing, but I’m totally liking this.

Another cool thing about this card? It was created by Blonde Designs, whose founders Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees used to work for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings. All you have to do is say Martha Stewart and I’m sold!

Blonde Designs has a whole line on Shutterfly, including this bright folded card

Love Peace Joy Holiday Card

…this colorful calendar card for businesses (which would come in handy for me, but I can’t tell you why just yet)…

…and a ton of address labels and invitations. You can find all their designs here.

So what are your favorites? Are you sending holiday cards this year? I’m getting pretty excited about ours. Although next year, I think I’ll try my hand at a stop-motion holiday video. (But I’m certain that will take a whole lot more time than choosing a card from Shutterfly!)

FYI: I’m receiving 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly thanks to this post. Bloggers, if you’re interesting in doing the same, sign up here.

November 11, 2010

Brown paper packages tied up with string…

And twine. And ribbon. Paper accents. Stamps. And sparkly things. Burlap and lace. AHHHH!

Anthropologie gift wrap

Gift Wrap from Anthropologie

Yep, I’m already talking about Christmas gifts. Not really so much about what I want, and not really about what I’m getting for other folks either. I just want to talk about what I’m wrapping those gifts in. Nevermind that it’s not yet Thanksgiving. And that I haven’t actually purchased anything yet (that’s what this weekend is for).

I blame Anthropologie for getting me all giddy again over pretty things (which isn’t such a bad thing, except for my wallet). Somehow they sneakily got my email address and have been bombarding me daily with beautiful things I need to buy. (This is probably also why my posts have been all about Anthropologie lately.) Usually they email me beautiful photos of skinny models in clothes that don’t match, but today was something special that I’ve never seen Anthropologie do: gift wrapping!

I can practically hear my sisters saying, “Who gets excited over gift wrapping?” Well, this girl.

Gift wrap from Anthropologie

Gift wrap from Anthropologie

All this fun wrapping reminded me of the sweetest post I saw on the subject of gift wrapping last year, from Grey Likes Weddings on Style Me Pretty.

Image from Style Me Pretty


Okay, you guys KNOW how I feel about neutrals. And I’ve been planning on making a burlap table runner, so now I’ve got something to do with the scraps. I’m sold.

So how do you get this look? Well, blog readers, I did a little research and found links to three DIY projects for you. (Goodness, I’m turning into the DIY queen–I had two projects featured on Ruffled Blog recently! More on that closer to the new year.) The first craft project is pictured above, on the left side of the middle row: that adorable pom pom. You can find directions to make it here.

Next, you can find instructions to make that paper medallion in the middle of the top row here (Style Me Pretty calls them pinwheels, but that’s a little misleading if you ask me). Use buttons, a brooch, paper, vintage coins, pretty much anything to accent the center of these paper medallions.

Paper medallions or pinwheels

And lastly, this DIY project comes comes straight from Grey Likes Weddings, but isn’t pictured above. It’s a wine bottle wrap, made from the sleeve of an old sweater!

Wine bottle wraps

Image from Style Me Pretty

Part of me cringes at the idea of cutting up a sweater, even if I don’t wear it anymore (it could always be donated!). But oh well. Are any of you planning on doing something fun to wrap your gifts? Send me photos!

November 4, 2010

Sweater weather? Skirt weather.

I wear jeans to work almost every day. So does everyone else in my office. And while that sounded like a good idea at first, I’ve recently realized this casualness has made me a slob. I went a whole week without styling my hair. I don’t even try to match my clothes anymore. I do laundry twice a month, and I can’t remember the last time I went shopping. Yikes!

Tales of Yesterday Skirt from Anthropologie



But now that the weather has finally changed, maybe I’ll try to breathe some new life into my wardrobe. And because I’ve been working on something exciting (and top-secret, for now) that may require me looking presentable in the near future, I want skirts.


Darjeeling Skirt from Anthropologie



Skirts with leggings, skirts with tights, sweater dresses with boots and artsy socks. Sheesh, I’ll take any skirt that looks good with HEELS (because I rarely wear those to work too).


Easy Keeper Skirt from Anthropologie



I also feel the  need to help redeem American fashion after Gretchen won Project Runway with her boring, brown, boho-homeless-person collection.


Hellebore Sweater Skirt from Anthropologie



But I don’t want to wear skirts EVERY day (sometimes I have to help unload trucks of books). So I’d take a pair of cigarette pants, too.