Thursday, August 18, 2011

Party Time Thursday: Kim Kardashian Wedding Details

Reality star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian will be marrying NBA player Kris Humphries this weekend at an exclusive event in Montecito, CA.  Given the starlet’s taste for all things luxurious, I’m super excited to see how this wedding will turn out!

The extravagant affair will be uber stylish and sophisticated, just like Kim.  Since we often see her in signature black or white outfits, I predict that we’ll see those colors in her wedding, as well, taking a modern approach to classic and traditional wedding staples. 

Even though this is the second marriage for Kim, I think she’ll feel the pressure of the reality spotlight on the event, and will go all out, creating a lavish experience for her guests.  From the elegant hematite crystal studded wedding invitations, to the sure-to-be-fabulous gown that Vera Wang is designing for Kim, this event will be nothing short of dazzling!

Here are just some of the looks I’m expecting to see once photos are released.


My congrats to them both, and may they always celebrate in style!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Whatever Wednesday: A Birthday Girl's Wish List

Hello and happy birthday to ME!  Yes, that’s right, today is my birthday, and while some might find it rude to just announce your birthday all over the interweb, here at, celebrating unabashedly is encouraged!

But worry not, for there is still time to get me that perfect gift!  Here are three suggestions that I’m ogling today.

I first spotted this chair yesterday and haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since, and I continue to picture how utterly fabulous it will look in every room of my house.  I’m too scared to actually register with the site to find out the price of it, but I’m sure it’s well worth every. single. penny.

And what pretty birthday girl doesn’t need a pretty pink hat to wear to the party?  Which is why I’m nuts about this magnificent piece.  Isn’t it delightful?

And last, but certainly not least, while I’m sitting in my pretty chair with my pretty hat, I would like to be rockin' this beauty.  Sure, I could rent it from Bag Borrow or Steal, but I’d much rather have it gifted to me so I can use it every day!  Any takers?

And since it’s my party and I can be a self-indulgent birthday girl if I want to, I can’t let this Whatever post go on without mentioning my sheer glee about all the celebrity wedding rumors… Jessica Simpson?  Brangelina?  ACK!  These weddings are what event planners dream about at night!  (And while they are supposed to be working on other things during the day.)  Stay tuned for my predictions on what their big days will look like.  And in other celebrity marriage news, boo to J.Lo and Marc… but hey, I’m all for a divorce party!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Make It Monday: Bubbles of Fun!

I double dog dare you to celebrate summer with this easy Make It Monday project for giant homemade bubbles!

I spotted this idea from Down Memory Lane over at the lovely Kirstikoo blog.  It looks like it would be so simple, and so much fun!  Click here to see just how it’s done.

And in other Make It Monday news, it’s Make It Madness week at Michaels, with great deals each day this week.  You can check out their specials and project ideas here!


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Party Time Thursday – A Sunny SoirĂ©e

Nothing makes me think of sunny days more than the color yellow, which just happens to be trending this season!  Incorporating this vibrant hue into your summer party is easier than you think… check out these sunny inspirations.

Flowers just might be the simplest way to bring yellow to your celebration.  Display in clusters around the party, or accent with a single bloom in a pretty vase.



If flowers aren’t your style, try filling clear vases and jars with sliced lemons or candy.  Save the empty vases and jars you have around your home, or stock up at your local thrift store.

Adorn your desserts with yellow touches, too!  This wedding cake seen at The Knot is lovely, but you could do something similar on a smaller scale.  Try displaying cupcakes in yellow baking cups or add yellow royal icing flowers to them.  

And don’t forget the party favors!  A pretty favor will allow you to send the sunny party home with your guests.  Both of the favors shown here are handmade and available on Etsy.

If yellow by itself is a little too much for you, try pairing it with another color.  Yellow and aqua together feels sort of vintage, while yellow paired with grey or yellow and black seems very modern.  Don’t be afraid to play with this fun color – it really can add so much to your next celebration!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Serve It Up Tuesday: No Bummer Summer Cocktails

Summer is officially here, and what better way to celebrate the sunny season than with delightfully simple summer cocktails!

It seems that lemonade is the official drink of the long, lazy days of summer, so here are two lemonade cocktails that you can make in a flash.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Just Add Vodka Cocktail
Make your favorite lemonade, either fresh with your own lemons, or with a powdered or frozen mix.  Pour ¾ cup of lemonade over ice.  Add ¼ cup of flavored vodka (strawberry, cherry, raspberry, etc) and serve.  Throw it in the blender for a frozen version!

Lemonade Sparklers
Mix 1 cup of lemonade with 2 cups of champagne or sparkling wine.  Add 2 tablespoons of cranberry juice and serve over ice.

For me, it’s just not summer until I mix up a batch of this peach sangria.  I received this recipe from a good friend (thanks, Helene!), and every single person who tries it asks for the recipe because it is just. that. good.

White Peach Sangria
Into a large pitcher, add the following:
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of your favorite white wine
  • ¾ cup peach flavored vodka
  • 6 tablespoons of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 pound sliced peaches, fresh or frozen
Stir until the sugar and lemonade mix have dissolved, then chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours, preferably overnight, for the flavors to blend together.  Serve over ice, and be sure to include some of the peach slices in each serving!

And what summer cocktail showcase would be complete without a watermelon recipe?  I think I could live off watermelon for the next three months and be perfectly happy.  Here’s a trick I’ve learned for picking the best one:  look for the one with the most scratches on it.  These are usually animal scratches, which mean those coyotes could smell just how sweet that watermelon was, and tried to get into it before you did.

Water You Waiting For Watermelon Margaritas
Before making the margaritas, you can prep your glasses by adding a sugar rim – just spread a thin layer of sugar on a small plate and rub the rims of your glasses with a lime wedge, then spin the rim of each glass in the sugar to coat.  If you do this first, your fresh margaritas won’t have to sit too long after they’re made.

Next, cut up a watermelon into small chunks, taking care to remove any seeds (or save yourself the trouble and buy seedless), until you have about 3-4 cups.  Add these to the blender, along with the following:
  • ¾ cup tequila (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec
Pulse ingredients to blend up the watermelon, then top off with ice, and blend until smooth.  Pour into your margarita glasses, which are ready to go with their sugar rim, and serve!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Thursday Edition

You ever have one of those days that goes by so quickly that you’re crawling into bed when you realize something you forgot to do that day?  Well… yesterday was one of those, and it was about 11:00 PM when it occurred to me that I didn’t post for Whatever Wednesday.  Oops!

I think it’s only fitting that I say, whatever!  In my world, Whatever Wednesday can be posted at anytime, so here you go!

This will be the last post of 2010 (epic, I know) so I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year’s celebration full of confetti and glitter!  See you in 2011 for more fun!

someday i'd like to see this in person!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Make It Monday: Make It Organized!

Yesterday evening I sent Christmas packing.  We spent a delightful month together, which concluded with a fabulous Christmas celebration on Saturday.  But when I woke up Sunday morning and realized Christmas had no intent on leaving, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands.  That’s when I started packing Christmas’ belongings and sent him on his merry way.  Even though Christmas is festive and bright and magical and wonderful, he also leaves his stuff all over my house, which doesn’t lend itself very well to the whole ‘neat and tidy’ thing I like to have going on.  So, we said our goodbyes, and off Christmas went, leaving me with a home that’s almost back to normal.

I wasn’t always like this, all neat and tidy.  Ten years ago, when my husband and I first met, he claims he couldn’t even tell what kind of flooring I had at the time.

Over the years, I slowly evolved into wanting my home to be more organized, and it’s literally taken me years to get it right.  Or at least better.  Now that I run a business from home, I find that it’s even more important to keep my house clean and organized.  If it’s not, it becomes a distraction to me while I’m trying to work and I become far less productive.

If you haven’t jumped on the organization bandwagon just yet, I wanted to share three simple tips that have helped me become more organized over the years.

#1:  Seek (professional) help.
What I mean by this is look for books, magazines, websites and stores that offer organizational tips and tricks that you can peruse to find inspiration that suits you.  Compile your favorites (neatly, of course!) so that you can refer back to them when you need motivation to continue this ongoing project.  Here are two of my faves:
The Container Store not only offers a fabulous selection of products to organize every space in your home, but their site features beautiful images of organized heaven in their Inspirational Spaces section, plus a whole section with expert tips and ideas to get you started.

I heart the arts and crafts closet from
I also love Get Organized Now!, a site created by professional organizer, Maria Gracia.  I’ve been following this site forever.  Do yourself a favor and sign up for the weekly newsletter for organizing inspiration delivered right to your inbox.  In addition to tips and tricks offered by Maria and her readers, one of my favorite features of the site is the monthly organizing checklist (click here to see what December’s checklist looked like).  It is my dream to one day complete an entire list within the month it’s featured.  I don’t know how she does it.  She’s seriously the Martha of home organization.  Adore.

#2:  Start somewhere.  Anywhere.
Now that you’ve found inspiration, it’s time to go for it.  I know the idea of organizing your entire home can be extremely overwhelming, but the thought of organizing just one junk drawer or just one closet shelf?  Not as scary.  My advice to you is to just start anywhere, and take on one little project at a time.  Here’s an example:  my refrigerator is a mess.  I haven’t had taken the time to clean it out for a while (no need to actually disclose how long it’s been), and now it’s a huge project.  So, rather than stressing over how much work it’s going to be to clean out the whole thing, I’m going to tackle one shelf or drawer at a time.  Today, I’m going to clean the top shelf.  See?  That doesn’t seem so bad!

#3:  Make it make sense.
This may be my most simple tip, but it has the biggest reward.  When organizing your space, be sure to put similar things together, and put them closest to where they’ll be used.  In my mom’s rather large kitchen, she has her plates and silverware in the cupboards and drawers closest to the dining room, for quick access when setting the table.  I have mine closest to the dishwasher because I’m lazy like that.  The point is, put the stuff where you’ll use it most, where it makes sense to you.  This will save you so much time in the end, from having to run from one end of the house to the other, trying to find what you need.

Wonderful organizing goodies from

Now, you’re probably wondering what this all has to do with Make It Monday… the truth is, I just. can’t. make. anything else. this year.  So I’m inviting you to join me in making it organized instead.  No hot glue burns required.