Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Eve Options

Ah New Year's Eve, the biggest holiday of expectations, where to go....who to go with..what to wear...so many options! Most New Year's I have this high expectations of going to some fabulous chic party with a fabulous dress and yet that has still never happened. Probably because I would rather sit at home in my sweats and ring in the New Year with friends doing karaoke! And that is exactly what I am going to do this year, all though there will be no sweats because we are going to Bill's Place, a dive karaoke bar. We will sing our way into 2010! I couldn't help but put together this fun collage of pictures of a great New Year's party with these fun clock earrings to make sure you find someone at 12 to kiss! What are you doing New Year's?

Happy New Year!!!!!!

* postings will be short this week due to New Years and my birthday! Normal posting will resume on Monday.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning by Devon Watkins featuring Aerie
As a child waking up Christmas morning was filled with excitement and anticipation, there is still a little bit of that in me, but I especially enjoy waking up with my whole family enjoying the fire and each other. It has been a while since we have all lived under the same roof, and I love staying in my pajamas all day with my family as we catch up and laugh and eat together. Say goodbye to fashion for a couple of days because I plan on living in my plaid pajamas and slippers as I enjoy family, lots of food and Christmas! Have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Art Of Entertaining

Last weekend I went home to spend some much needed time with the family. On Friday my mom had a lovely work Christmas party at our house. I helped out with some of the details but was so blown away by the creativity of my mother. Not that I ever doubted it but she pulled off quite a classy work party. Here are some of her tips, she served butternut squash soup in vintage glasses, and mini pulled pork sandwiches and rosemary champagne spritzers. Of course the best part of hosting the party is decorating the house. A guest brought a gift (shown above) that spelled out Merry Christmas that she handmade! I love the gesture of a homemade gift as a hosting present! The evening was filled with laughs and great food and wine but I couldn't help but realize halfway through that in my generation we have somewhat lost the art of entertaining. I hope to bring it back, because nothing makes me heart full like a house full of people and good food. Hope you took away some great entertaining tips and I put the dress in there for good measure because every hostess needs to be the mostest!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Evergreens and Metallics

I love the freshness of evergreens in the house for the holidays! The home is filled with the most wonderful Christmas smell and I especially love mercury glass mixed in with the evergreens. Not to mention one can always sparkle in metallic for the holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Home for the Holidays

I am leaving to go home for a long weekend, and I can't wait! There will be lots of baking and Christmas decorating! Have a lovely weekend! Keep checking back to see who the winner will be for the Christmas ornament.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Vintage Christmas

One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting the tree and decorating it. I love how the house feels warm and inviting. The house is filled with the smell of pine and sparkles in lights! This year we have gotten some pretty vintage ornaments at Anthropologie and since it is the season of giving I am going to give one away this week.
Leave a comment below to share your favorite holiday memory, and the best holiday memory will win this ornament!

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**** I loved hearing everybody's favorite Christmas memory they were all so good! I picked my favorite 2 and then had to draw out of a hat, and the winner is Julia Huttle! Congrats Julia, love the proposal story and love that it was around Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Feeling Blue

I have been drawn to the color blue lately. I don't have much in my closet, but I am hoping to add a few items to my wardrobe perhaps this lovely dress would make the perfect addition. I love the dusty blue mixed with cream for winter and navy mixed with a crisp white for summer! What is your favorite shade of blue?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chasing Trolleys and Holiday lights

What are you lovelies doing this weekend? baking....holiday parties.....getting cozy by the fire? Well Tim and I have decided that we are carrying on our tradition of seeing Christmas lights by following the Christmas trolley. Let me explain..there is about 9 trolleys that go around all of Santa Barbara showing people the Christmas lights and spreading Christmas cheer. It is a lovely idea but it costs $20 per person and you sit in a freezing cold trolley for an hour and a half. Realistically we would rather take that $40 and go to a nice dinner and that is exactly what we did. We found out where all the trolleys gathered and followed them throughout Santa Barbara in the comfort of Tim's car with heated seats and hot coco. It is quite festive all the houses are lit up and the owners come out and play music or simply wish everyone a Merry Christmas as the trolley goes by. Quite a few people were thrown off as they saw the BMW follow the trolley wherever it went and I hung out the window yelling Merry Christmas. After wards we decided to go back to our first date restaurant, Via Maestra 42 a quaint Italian restaurant. We enjoyed wine and pasta and soaked in the holiday cheer and chuckled to ourselves for we outsmarted the people on the trolley!

* Don't you wish you had a house like this covered in snow and pretty lights, and I thought this outfit was the perfect cozy evening out on the town!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Looks Like Rain...where are my wellies?

The rain came pouring down this morning and in a mad rush to get to work I was desperately wishing I had a pair of rain boots! On a hunt to find inspiration I came across this image from Emersonmade. She looks adorable in her dress and rain boots! She completed the look with one of her own handmade cloth flowers, love the creativity. Luckily in California I can get away with rain boots and a dress, not very practical but very fun, who says fashion has to be practical? I pulled some different looks for rain boots, which ones are your favorite?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Color of Warmth

Something about the color of this buttery yellow makes me happy! The unexpected pastels in winter is refreshing and I am in the market for something in the warmer color palette. What about you, what is a color you can't get enough of right now?


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