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August 25, 2017

Popping the Question

So you're engaged, now what? Where do you even begin with the wedding planning process? Well, I think it would be wise to start by ordering the BFP wedding planner to help you keep your thoughts, to do lists and budget in check. From there, most brides jump in head first and get the bridal party in line. So, how do you ask your besties to play a part in your big day? 
Make it short and sweet, but oh so special. There's been a huge trend in 
putting together a special box of goodies to pop the question to your maids. 
We've put together a few ideas of how to execute this important ask, all
centering around the most important part, the "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" card. We also have something for the Maid and Matron of Honor. If you want to keep it more generic, stick with the "Stand By Me" version (also available in bridesmaid, maid of honor, and matron of honor). If the card isn't enough, try using one of our Winks. Tie it on the outside of a cute bag or around a bottle of champagne (available in bridesmaid, maid of honor, and matron of honor). There's also something for the flower girl. No matter how you pop the question, the answer is sure to be a major YES! 

tin box  |  Bridesmaid card  |  paper confetti  |  twine purchased from Home Depot

March 16, 2017

Crafter

Who's gearing up for Spring DIY projects?? Not me. I will always have the utmost admiration for those of you who have the patience to tackle projects around the house instead of hiring someone else to do them. This one is for you, my DIYers...

February 06, 2017

Paper London

While I've never been an avid fan of pink and red (especially together) or Valentine's Day in general, I'm going all out this year. I can't stop with the festive decor (and candy) in my home; I can't stop posting pink and red flirty illustrations (see our Valentine's-inspired print shop which will be up through Feb. 14); I have plans made for the 14th with even better plans on the 16th with my best gals... it's a fun time to just enjoy and spread the love. Why not? Our world could use a little more love, a little less hate. All that to say, when I saw this Paper London dress, I saw an illustration come to life before my eyes. Paired with a lower block heel (which is shaping up to be the shoe of spring), it's Vday approved...
dress: Paper London  |  shoes: J.Crew (similar versions here and here)
 
 
You can see this illustration actually come to life on my YouTube channel. Subscribe if you haven't already! 

December 09, 2016

2 Easy Holiday Cocktails

'Tis the season for eating, drinking and being merry!
Today we're bringing you two of the easiest cocktails that will surely make a splash with your guests. Whether you're the host or simply being a gracious guest by not showing up empty handed, these are two cocktails you'll want to have in your arsenal. Seriously, they're are so easy (translation: they take about 5 minutes to throw together and have about 4 ingredients total). They pass the taste test, the time test, and most importantly, the short list of ingredientstest. I have been wanting an excuse to use my fresh rosemary plant, and both of these cocktails called for a garnish of rosemary!
I came across the first one while flipping through the Favorite Things issue of the O Mag. Oprah always seems to kill it at all things Christmas, let's be serious. The only thing that takes a little planning is freezing ice cubes in advance. They are what takes this one to the ultra fancy (looking) Christmas punch level. I halfed the recipe below to simply make one pitcher full.
pitcher: World Market  |  champagne flutes: World Market  |  tray: West Elm  |  "Eloise" notecards
2 bottles Prosecco (chilled)
3 C white cranberry juice (or white grape juice)
20 drops Angostura bitters
1 C fresh cranberries
Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)
In each section of a large ice cube tray, place a few cranberries and a cluster of rosemary leaves. 
Fill with water and freeze about 6 hours or overnight. In a punch bowl, combine Prosecco, juice, 
and bitters. Add prepared ice cubes and additional fresh cranberries to bowl just before guests arrive, and serve.

(recipe source)
 
 
 
 
The next one popped up on my instagram feed as a sponsored ad and instantly grabbed my attention. It screams cold weather with hints of maple syrup, a splash of something sweet in the grapefruit juice and a Christmasy touch of rosemary as a finishing touch. 
wine glasses: Pier 1  |  "Mays" notecards  |  all photos: Catherine Truman Photography
 
4 parts Vodka (Grey Goose)
1 part organic maple syrup
5 parts freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 pinch of sale
1 sprig of rosemary
Add the maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and a sprig of rosemary to a glass. Mash
the rosemary to combine the flavors. Top with the vodka and fresh grapefruit juice. 
Serve over ice.
 
Cheers to the holiday season! 
 
 
 

December 07, 2016

Top Beauty Buys

The 2016 Gift Guide launched just in time for those last minute shoppers 
(hint hint: Christmas is less than 20 days away!!). Today I'm expanding it to include my favorites in the Beauty category. From the Tweexy Nail Polish holder to the Spa Tower (hello, perfect for moms and grandmothers), the people that created these items are pretty much geniuses. I've included some of my absolute must-haves that I use on a daily basis from the contoured eye mask to Drybar's Triple Sec texture spray (and let's not forget the St. Tropez gradual tan to help fight the winter blues). But one of my favorite finds this year has to be the Spatty Datty... get every last drop out of those narrow makeup bottles with these reusable mini spatulas (for lack of a better term). See the full Gift Guide here and the latest addition, my Top Beauty Buys.
I'm excited to share another one of my latest additions to the beauty counter...
the Quantum Switch by Theorie. The set includes 4 different sized barrels to
create the perfect look for every occasion. I prefer to use a larger barrel to create beachy waves, but if you're wanting a tighter curl, there are options! It also includes a glove so you won't burn your hand and comes in a perfectly sized travel bag. This one is a must-have! 



October 21, 2016

DIY Circus Performer Halloween Costumes

While I've never been an avid fan of Halloween, there is one thing I look forward to each year and that is to see what crafty DIY costume Lauren Conrad & co. will come up with. This year did not disappoint... she created easy circus performer costumes that can even be done by the non DIYer. See her full tutorial here. She manages to create costumes that are cute, non-scandalous and always have a touch of the latest trends (notice the velvet 
bodysuit on LC herself). She's the Halloween DIY costume queen. 

October 07, 2016

How To Make Custom Wedding Favors

I recently volunteered to help my mom take food to a bride-to-be on her 
big day. Wedding day food has become almost like hosting a shower.  Every detail must be thought out. The colors have to match. There needs to be personal details. The water needs to be room temperature as to not have condensation that will drip on freshly steamed dresses. I mean... the things we do. Everyone at some point in their lives will be a bride, bridesmaid, maid of honor, delivery team for day-of food, bridal shower hostess,etc. So, listen up...
Here's an easy way to make a statement with a personal touch for 
the bride to be on her big day. 
We ordered these cookies from a local Nashville girl. She's cute as
a button and her cookies are literally a slice of heaven. We paired them with a pack of notecards from the bridal section of my website. We picked up clear bags at a local party store and a spool of gold ribbon to complete the look! 
You will need:
-wedding-themed cookies
-clear bags
-scissors
-hole punch
-ribbon
-black ink pen
Step 1: trim notecards to just the illustration
Step 2: punch one hole in top corner of the notecard
 
 
Step 3: add the couple's wedding #
 
 
Step 4: insert cookies into clear bags
 
 
Step 5: loop ribbon through single hole and tie around bags
 
There you have it. A quick and easy way to add personal touches to the day-of food delivery. Don't forget to arrange them in a basket (one that you will most likely not see again, so don't give away your favorite!) for a cute sweet treat.