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spring inspired shoot + weekend fun.

Happy post Easter weekend! I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and got some much deserved time with family & friends! Adam and I spent the weekend with my little sis in Albuquerque, NM and had a total blast! BUT honestly, there is nothing to make you feel older than spending 3 nights in your little sis’ college pad – yowza! It was so much fun seeing Coli in her space, and I’m always so so grateful for any amount of time I get with her. Seeing her this weekend also made me all the more excited for our upcoming trip to Europe too! 4 weeks and counting….wahoooo! I’m now doing the standby travel thing and waiting patiently at the airport for a flight to Denver and then on to Seattle. No luck with a flight last night or early this morning, so currently crossing my fingers for the 10:20 outta ABQ. We shall see!

In the midst of waiting for a flight home, I thought I would share some cute pics from a recent holiday/spring inspired shoot that made its way onto Style Me Pretty last Friday. Jessica of Jessica May Photography asked me awhile back to share some scout. goodies for a fun spring inspired styled shoot and I’m so so happy I did! Jessica’s adorable detail shots sure did brighten my holiday weekend and it’s always such a thrill to collaborate with other creatives! Isn’t that ombre cake by Dianne freaking divine?! For more pretty pretty pics of the shoot head on over to Style Me Pretty.

Happy Monday friends!

photo cred: {jessica may photography}

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DIY quilted escort cards.

I’ve been dying to get some fun DIY projects up on the blog and I couldn’t think of a better day to start than the most mushy day of the year!

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!

This first official DIY was certainly inspired by today’s LOVEfest! Adam and I are working hard to dine “in” more often – i.e. making more meals at home. Second goal? Less meals at the coffee table and more meals at a set table….gasp! With that comes the desire to style up our dinner tabletop with the prettiest of place settings to keep those creative juices flowing and to liven up the drab dinner plate.

I wanted to create a fun escort card that could go along with my dream Valentine’s Day tabletop. The classic heart shape felt like a “must” but I wanted it to have a unique twist with fun texture. These little “quilted” escort cards are a total cinch and are perfect for a valentine’s day party or dinner surprise for your sweetheart! Or change up the colors and shape cutout and use it for any party or event!

Here’s what you’ll need:

scissors, craft cutting board or x-acto knife (optional, but will create the the straightest lines), firm cardstock for escort card, colorful sheets of paper (i used 3 various pink/red shades for this project), glue runner, fun washi tape, pen

The Steps:

Step 1: Cut firm cardstock into escort card shape (3 1/2 x 5″) and score line down center of card for easier fold. (You can eliminate this step and save time by buying precut escort cards from a craft supply store).

Step 2: After folding escort card down center, cut out half heart shape from center of card with scissors. *Tip: save the heart cutout and use as template so that other hearts are about the same size.

Step 3. Cut a square out of pink paper. You want to make sure the square is large enough to “fill” the inside of the heart.

Step 4: Cut straight lines into the square making sure NOT to cut all the way through but leaving a little uncut edge. This is where I used the cutting board to ensure that each line was the same width and was super straight.

Step 5: Cut out strips of paper using other sheets of colorful paper. You can make these strips at the width of your choosing. In this case I cut the red ones at 1/4″ and the coral ones at 1/8″. Also, make sure that the strips are at least 1/2 inch longer than your square in Step 4.

Step 6: Start weaving the red strip of paper through precut square to create quilt affect. Tip: be sure to “push” each strip tight against the square with your finger tip. You don’t want there to be any holes and you want the lines as straight as possible. Repeat the weaving process using color strips alternating between red and coral color.

Step: 7: Use glue runner to glue around edge of precut heart on underside of escort card.

Step 8: Lay quilted paper facedown against glue to fill heart space. Using colorful washi tape secure edges of quilted square on underside of escort card to ensure paper won’t come undone.

Step 9: Write name of guest on escort card and place on tabletop.

Extra fun and very green Step: Use leftover heart cutouts to top dessert.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Muah! xoxo!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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sunday dreaming / 39.

dreaming of…

the perfect valentine’s day dress.

photo cred: {ASOS SS12 via park & cube}

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pic me a palette : the love cake.

I’m all about the love on the blog today! For whatever reason I’m totally pumped about this year’s Valentine’s Day! I guess I look at it not only as a time to celebrate the love of an SO (significant other) but all the love in your life – friends, long lost acquaintances, pets, family, passion for fashion…etc. etc.!

I about fell out of my chair this morning when I spotted this ombre xoxo love cake over on Ruffled. You’ll have to definitely check out the rest of the fab shoot by Couture Events by Lottie here for more lovely inspiration! Yay for LOVE!

photo cred: {sara & rocky photography}

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valentine love.

Why is it that I always wait until the last minute to figure out something to wear for Valentine’s Day? Red? Pink? Just a little pop of color? Hmm. What to wear this year…what. to. wear?!

I’ve rounded up a few must have accessories and gift ideas for this year’s LOVEfest. How are you celebrating the day of love? Dinner? Low-key movie? Trip away? Night out with friends? The possibilities are endless!

photo cred: lips {via i heart makeup art} bag {marc by marc jacobs via net-a-porter} valentine accordion {the craft dept martha stewart} lace plunge {mimi holliday by damaris via net-a-porter} sequin hearts {ban.do} pink bamboo utensils {core bamboo via fab.com} xo earrings {cocodot} cupcake {georgetown cupcake} greeting card {rifle paper co.} off pitcher + cup {branch home}

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inspired board #12: winter wonderland.

photo cred: candles {kristyn hogan via elizabeth anne designs} invite {delesie via snippet and ink} {sean flanigan via ruffled} {orange girl photographs via style me pretty} shortbread {cannelle vanille} ski lift {thayer photo via martha stewart weddings} escort cards {sean flanigan via ruffled} resort {luce via style me pretty} scarf {via grey likes weddings}

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sunday dreaming / 33.

dreaming of…

a very merry snowman.

after a long drive, we made it home for christmas and as i wake this morning, i can’t help but think of all the things i’m grateful for. most particular this morning? a family to come home to, oh and snowmen too!

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! and thank you so much to those of you who have stuck with me and this blog this year. your readership and friendship are an ever consistent inspiration to me!

photo cred: snowman art {tickled pickle original source unknown}

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double dose wishlist! red + yellow.

Since Christmas is less than 48 hours away I thought I’d give you a double dose of color and wishlists today. Yellow and Red have to be two of my fav colors, and these little gift yummies are nothing short of awesome. Any of these gifts would be a happy compliment to our rather bare bottomed tree.

Good luck with those last minute shopping trips and Merry Merry Christmas! We woke up bright and early this morning to hit the road for our trip to CO. I hear there is snow waiting for us! YES! Pics surely to come soon!

Happy Friday friends!

RED LIST: photo cred: HIM – white snowflake patterned mittens {rokit} francis illy coffee machine {tesco direct} corgi lightweight pattern socks {jcrew} red aluminum eiffel stool by shiegeki fujishiro {fab.com} icade iPad arcade cabinet {think geek} HER: sequin heart {ban.do} wellies {joules} ray-ban rubberized wayfarer {barney’s} zippity rabbit wine opener {metrokane} chacha chocolate clutch {kate spade} johnny loves rosie crystal ball earrings {asos} oxblood satin collar jacket {topshop}

YELLOW LIST: photo cred: HIM – black diamond gizmo headlamp {REI} canvas laptop case {west elm} james perse v-neck tee {barneys} HER – chevron clutch bag {etsy} coltskin ballerina {zara} jonathan adler porcelain vase {nordstrom} all wrapped up pave studs {kate spade} mustard cable scarf {topshop} taylor by elizabeth & james {piperlime} sun stripe lidded basket {leif}

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last minute.

What’s that saying? If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done? Um. Yeah. Nothing like leaving a whole boat load of stuff to complete before heading outta town tomorrow. On the agenda?

1. Finish up gift wrapping. 2. Start DIY recipe for family. 3. Finish chevron-ing floors for Trophy. 4. Start paper chandeliers 5. Get the last of my x-mas cards out the door. 6. Pack. 7. Load the car. 8. B-Bug bath & teeth brush. 9. Shower (hopefully). 10. Water dead Christmas tree. 11. Clean up house for landlord inspection the day we get back. 12. Stuff Adam’s stocking. 13. Oil change. 14. Blog posts x 5 for vaca. 15. Print labels for upcoming art show. 16. Find the time to get pedicure. 17. Schedule next PT appointment. 18. Remember why I love the holidays. 19. Nag Adam about last minute shopping for his parents. 20. Watch love,actually. 21. Sleep for at least 2 hours before we leave.

I hope you are getting all those last minute details completed for your own holiday celebrations. I love this time of year SO much, but it always seems to be overshadowed by all those last minute to do’s.

Whelp, they’ll all get done eventually, right?

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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assemble shop.

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a super adorable event at Assemble Gallery and Studio. I actually found Assemble during one of my morning run’s about a year ago when I spotted their bright apple red door from across the street and couldn’t help but peek in their windows.

Assemble offers loads of workshops for the crafty or crafty wanna-be’s – think sewing, painting, knitting, print etc. They also have a crazy amazing collection of letterpress greeting cards and fun little gifts perfect for your best bud or any special occasion (um, hello – if you’re still on the hunt for that perfect stocking stuffer you best stop into their shop quick!).

In the past couple months I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Andie (co-owner of the shop) a whole lot better, and boy can I tell ya – this chick is hilarious AND also one of those small biz owners whom I greatly admire and respect. I was all too happy to celebrate Andie & Emily’s 2nd birthday with them complete with cookies, milk and a book drive – it always feels good to give back, right?!

I soooo enjoyed the evening complete with Christmas caroling, an accidental self portrait, and a little present to check off my “I didn’t even know I NEEDED this!”  list.

photo cred: {moi iPhone and maggie’s iPhone}

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bow tie wednesday / 28.

oil painting bows tied atop presents.

photo cred: {karen appleton via the style curator}

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pic me a palette: the winter cake.

photo cred: {rebecca hollis photography via ruffled}

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sunday dreaming / 32.

dreaming of…

a wintery stroll with my love.

Adam and I are packing up the car on Friday and driving the 20 hours back home to Colorado for Christmas. I’m crossing my fingers for good road weather (I hate driving in the snow!) and so looking forward to some chill days with my family. I’m also hoping to sneak in a snow stroll with Adam. There is nothing better than trekking through the snow in the evening when everything is super quite and serene and the snowflakes are brushing against your face. I can’t wait for Christmas!

photo cred: {paul sheaffer via society 6}

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the BLACK list.

Are you ready yet?! Or are you like me and Adam and have kinda only barely started?

Usually I’m super on top of it, but this year I’m a little slow to get the list complete. I’m heading out today for all the trimmings….paper, tags, ribbon etc. etc. I’m kinda OBSESSED with getting the perfect wrapping paper with the perfect matching (or not matching) ribbon. I absolutely LOVE wrapping gifts! There is just so much potential to make the gift super special from the moment they lay eyes on the box.

Only a few days to go…will we get it all done??! Oh and those Chloe ballet flats? Please Santa, please!

photo cred: HIM – toddland mustache wallet {urban outfitters} eastland sherman 1955 boot {via need supply} bowers & wilkins mm-1 speakers {apple} old camera art by toddy mclellan {20×200} wusthof ikon hand held knife sharpener {crate and barrel} smartwool balaclava {REI} dodrops morse suitcase by jules {dot drops} HER – jcrew heart-intarsia wool sweater {net-a-porter} michael kors watch {nordstrom} marc jacobs nylon iPad case {nordstrom} black oslo necklace {le voyage creatif} love ballad top {modcloth} paper + cup book {paper + cup} chloe embellished ballet flats {net-a-porter}

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the BLUE list.

Did you know there are only about 2 weeks left until Christmas?! Uh-huh. Those shopping days are trickling away faster than you can fa la la la la!

I’m heading out this weekend to find the perfect secret santa gift and some stocking stuffers for Mr. Blake & Bailie Bug. I’m definitely gonna keep this week’s BLUE wishlist in mind.

Adam and I actually exchanged our “gift” this week! I’m not even gonna lie. Our brand spanking new 50 inch flat screen television is pretty freaking amazing in our living room right now. And I think most of my excitement stems from the fact that the ‘old school’ t.v. jokes will finally subside from our friends & fam.

Happy weekend friends!

photo cred: HIM – Hand Powered Electric Razor {amazon} Yamaha PDX 11 Speaker for iPhone {yamaha} Lacoste Canvas Belt {lacoste} custom fit college striped polo {ralph lauren} royal stripe boxer {kings underwear} pass on sneaker {diesel} urbanears ‘plattan’ headphones {nordstrom} HER – steven womack scales iPhone case {society 6} honeydew flower lace bralette & undies {madewell} spotted snowfall headband & gloves {madewell} helen dress {wiksten} retro eames style rocker {vintage looks} kate spade dot to dot earrings {nordstrom} denim fitted shirt {topshop}

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