Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hi all,
It is the most wonderful time of the year! The radio has been tuned to KOIT 96.5 since November 18th, when I heard the first Christmas song of the season and has not been turned off once - I really do think the cats enjoy it when we are out and about!!

Most of the holiday to do list is done...I delivered some fun toys and much needed donations to The Bay Area Crisis Nursery and know they will go to good use, the house is decorated and ready to go, although I am debating adding more lights out front - the cool white LED lights just don't give off the holiday glow I am looking for.

The trees are done, yes, we have two this year! Emmie gets her very own little tree, because it is cool to have more than one tree, and it is her first Christmas! Oh alright, the real reason is I am super picky about my type of tree and particular about each year's theme. Crazy right?? This year's tree theme is snow and the tree is covered in silver, white and blues. I love glitter ornaments, especially old school ones, and always, always have white lights on my tree.

The thing I have yet to complete, ummmm, should I say start...is my Christmas shopping. It is so hard to find the perfect gift! I must let you in on a little secret though...one little gift I am giving my hubby and daughter this year is a mini vacay from blogging. So, this will be my last post of 2010, and I will resume the week of January 10th bright eyed and bushy tailed!!

Happy Holidays my friends and I will see you in the new year and I can't wait! I hope Santa brings you all that you dream of and more...

Photo source from an adorable new blog I found called Kate's Place.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Kate Healey Flowers

Happy Friday! It's a bit rainy, but that won't dampen my spirits as I am headed to Carmel for a little R&R! Super excited! I plan on hitting up those outlets, a few wineries and then catch up on some reading in front of a roaring fire, hot cocoa by my side. So now that I have tortured you with visions of my perfect weekend, let me also say that I have barely touched my Christmas list - no shopping or wrapping has been done! So much to do!! Maybe those outlets will come through for me!

While we are there, we will also be revisiting the restaurant Casanova where my adorable hubby proposed! So excited to go back and take it all in! When we were there the first time, after he popped the question, I couldn't eat a thing I was so excited! Now I can't wait to go back and try it again and clean my plate!!

OK, enough ramblings about me. This week's flower Friday reminded me of some of the gorgeous and rich shades of purple that pop up in holiday decor. Purple is known as the color of royalty and it simply looks divine in this wedding.

The photography is from my fav, the amazing Sarah Yates, the flowers are by Kate Healey Flowers in Big Sur and the mixing and matching are simply stunning! The lovely cake is by Royal Bakery - so sweet and simple!

Here are some of the best of the blogs this week!

A cake in an unexpected place and a gorgeous shoot
Kiss the Groom & Nonpareil Magazine

The holidays are almost here!
Ritzy Bee

Dainty glass baubles
Postcards & Pretties

Gift wrapping party prettiness
The Sweetest Occasion

Mirrors and greenery = love!
Elizabeth Anne Designs

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dainty Details - Wedding Winter Wonderland

I'm in winter wedding mode. I'm torn between loving an all white wedding or a winter wedding with fun pops of color such as bright teals and yellows. Dreaming of soft faux fur shrugs and wedding snow boots (is there such a thing you ask? Of course!!) I've also really been into the perfect table setting using multiple textures and colors. Check out this nifty teal winter wedding shot from the talented Jessica Claire and Carissa of JL Designs...

And then I couldn't resist showing you these great ideas and images I found over on Once Wed...

And then speaking of winter wedding boots, I had to share this image from Thayer Allyson Gowdy found over on Martha Stewart Weddings - I also blogged about the entire wedding over on Bay Area Bride Guide today - you should check it out! But first peek at these warm boots and this sassy lil' shrug...
And the image over on the right - yup those are the guest favors - flasks for him and snug boots for her! Wish I had been invited!

Stay warm by the fireplace friends, I am excited to say that my little fam will be headed to Carmel for a few days this week at the stunning Bernardus for some pre-holiday R&R.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - A Nashville Wedding

Hi hi Hi! As your read this post, me, the hubs and baby girl are on a plane to the Happiest Place on Earth! I know our little one is a bit young but our whole extended family is going and it should be crazy and fun. Every year when I was little girl my Grandparents would take me to Disneyland (I am a bit of a spoiled brat right?!) and so this year when my Grandpa passed away, our family decided to honor him by heading down there for a fun trip. I'm excited and happy to go especially since it will be decorated for Christmas and oh my lovely readers, I am a
Christmas-aholic. I get serious about Christmas, but let's save that post for another time. I could ramble on and on about my decorating traditions for ever.

Flower Friday! Here is a gorgeous, GORGEOUS bouquet from Souder Photography, found on their blog but the wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty (you should take a peek!) The sad thing is I have no clue who did the flowers! SMP didn't list anyone either. So, not knowing where to give credit, I simply share! Loving the softness and really loving the burlap and twine!

Here are some of my favs this week!

Are you kidding me with these adorable succulent Christmas trees?!
Somewhere Splendid

Let it snow, pretty white details
Ritzy Bee

I need a simple bunny hat for Emmaline stat!
Sugar B Baby

This couple took the plunge, seriously!
The Bridal Bar

I want this! And some chalk of course.
Design Sponge

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sweet Treats & Dainty Details - Black and White Wedding Cake

Hello all! I rambled on and on in a recent post about my almost black and white wedding dress. Well, I have now found the perfect cake for the wedding theme that almost was! How gorgeous is this?! The lace detail is amazing! I think later this week I will be building an inspiration board around this baby! I can't wait! Keep your eyes open! ;)

Photo source: Real Simple.com

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Peaches and Greens

Happy Friday! It's a rainy day here in Nor Cal and this lovely photo I am about to share truly is a bright spot of happy color! I am loving all of the orchestrated chaos in these bouquets - succulents, grapes, garden roses! I'm seriously giddy about the color combos too! The fabulous Holly Heider Chapple created these lovelies and Kristen Gardner captured their beauty. I found this image over on the Southern Weddings blog and although they had a rough day today with their new site launch, I know it will be simple AMAZING when it does get up and going - so an early congrats to the rad gals over there at Southern Weddings on all their exciting new things!

Here are this weeks must see posts!

Pretty soft colors for a romantic inspiration board!
The Inspired Bride

A little holiday cheer!
Twig & Thistle

I'm a sucker for a wrap around porch and a snakeskin belt
Magnolia Rouge

Excuse me, but the back of this wedding dress is a MUST SEE!
Alchemy Fine Events

Thank goodness for this fab little gift guide for all your holiday shopping needs!
Design Sponge

Happy happy weekend!

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