11.26.2014

{Last Minute} DIY Fall Centerpiece Ideas

We've all been there. That moment when you're hosting a gathering and realize that, among the food preparation and getting ready, you've <DOH!> forgotten all about decorations. It's not that your guests will mind, but you do want to put your best foot forward, so of course you want everything to look fabulous.

Fear not, this post has come to the rescue! Here are 6 quick and easy centerpiece ideas that'll take your table from drab to fab in minutes.

1. Spray Paint Pumpkins. Spray paint different sized pumpkins shades of gold and copper. Place them in the middle of your table, surrounded by candles. You can run burlap underneath your ensemble for a little added love.

2. Recycle Wine Bottles. Grab some old wine bottles, tall flowers, and perhaps a few branches. Place the flowers and branches in the wine bottles. Stagger along the middle of the table so that your creations bring height and personality to the table.

3. Use Your Yard. If you're in a huge time crunch, head outside and gather leaves, branches and pine cones to arrange in a bowl or on a flat surface. These would look create if surrounding a large candle in a vase!

4. Create With Cranberries. Have extra ingredients from your famous cranberry sauce? Use them! Place a plethora of cranberries in vases. You could use water to give the cranberries added volume if needed. Tea lights look adorable when floating on the top of the vases, as do flowers.

5. Leafy Rose. Place a "rose", handmade from leaves, on everyone's plate. Here's a great tutorial on how to make them!

6. Turn Things Upside Down. Grab a few wine & martini glasses and display them upside down while putting flowers or leaves in the middle.

Any other suggestions for quick DIY centerpieces? Do share! 

11.25.2014

ShopBop Sale :: Gifts for $100 or Less

You guys. Shopbop is having an insane sale from today - 12/1, and it's the perfect opportunity to snag some gifts for the most stylish on your list!

Basically, the more you spend, the better the savings. I've rounded up some favorite gift items that are $100 or less, so you can fill up your shopping cart with multiple people in mind and save big while you're at it. Swing by this link for the code to apply your savings & details, and get shopping!
:: Shop The Post ::
#1 - #6 - Kate Spade New York | #7 - #9 - Rifle Paper Co | #10 - #14 - Gift Boutique | #15 - #16 - Gorjana | #17 - #18 - Jonathan Adler | #19 - #22 - Books With Style | #23 - #25 - C. Wonder | #26 - #27 - Marc Jacobs | #28 - #29 - Elizabeth and James | #30 - Plush

Here's the scoop on the savings! 

11.24.2014

Fall-Themed Wedding Shower

There's nothing quite like the beauty of fall colors as the leaves starts to turn. Bright reds, vibrant oranges, happy yellows and lush green in between make for the most gorgeous landscape. There's no place that does it quite like Michigan, and at my bestie Jess's wedding shower, the ladies hosting proved that there's no one who can throw a fall-themed shower quite like Midwestern ladies. The fall-themed decor was stunning, and when met with a bright and sunny day, it was the perfect way to celebrate *falling in love*. {See what I did there?}
Click the jump for more photos!

11.18.2014

TOMS for Target

Today I'm beyond excited to help spread the word about what I consider to be one of the greatest collaborations of the season. Target has launched a gift collection that is as stylish as it is socially conscious with Toms. For every collection item purchased, a gift will be made to a person in need. Donations include a blanket from the American Red Cross, one week of meals from Feeding America, or a pair of shoes via Toms. Talk about embracing the season of giving, eh?

And if you were at all hesitant about shopping the collection even after the above, consider this: Every item below, with the exception of the navy men's jacket and black shoes, is $40 or less. Time to get shopping! And giving, of course.

:: Shop The Post (+ a few extras!) ::

11.17.2014

Alright, Let's Do This.

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This past week, I had to remind myself to stop for a moment and just breathe. {On that note, this post was great for me to revisit!} When the clock struck 5 on Friday, I totally disconnected from technology. Doug and I were in Michigan to spend time with his parents since we won't see them for Thanksgiving, and on a drive where I'd normally crank out 4 hours of work, I slept. The entire weekend I neglected email, read books, saw a movie, ate a few donuts guilt-free, and enjoyed time with no agenda. And when Sunday came, I made a really long to-do list for my upcoming week while looking it square in the eye and said, "Alright, let's do this."

To say that life has been busy lately would be an understatement, and to be totally honest, it's thrown some curve balls that I wasn't prepared for. I've had to step back and remind myself to both relax a little, and keep on keepin' on, which are two feats that don't often work simultaneously well, but are both absolutely necessary.

I'll give away one spoiler alert before I start to tackle that said to-do list of mine: Blair and I are working on a big project, and we have every intention of moving mountains. I'm beyond excited. The future is filled with really amazing things. 

11.12.2014

Soak It Up

It occurred to me the other day that something was missing. I was going through my usual before-bed ritual of washing my face & brushing my teeth when I started shivering from being cold. You see, the heat in our apartment has had a less than stellar performance lately, and so my daily unwind has gone from cozy to slightly cruel.

I kept thinking about how nice it would be to hop in the bathtub and soak in some bubbles, the way I used to growing up when even the slightest twinge of shiver came over me. But, our tub doesn't have a stopper, and despite trying multiple out they just don't seem to want to work. So I'm officially tub less {at least until I find a good stopper!} and wishful, here to remind all my fellow tub-lovers of something very simple today: Remember to take some time to soak it up. Especially on those days when you feel like you haven't stopped moving & thinking, are feeling a little stressed, or when you just need a little alone time to relax. <3

11.11.2014

Belted.

If there's one accessory I love, it's a scarf. Hands down, they're my favorite, and I simply couldn't function properly in the fall and winter months without them. There's a harsh reality that I've faced, however. With a serious style love comes a  bit of redundancy. Tying scarves around my neck is something that I've reached "Expert" status with, but this year I began to crave a little something different. I started exploring new ways to wear scarves, and Olivia Palermo ignited an audible "Ohhh!" when I saw this pin recently. And with that, I've been belting my scarves lately as I wear them, which has opened my wardrobe up to whole new possibilities.

Do you have a recommendation for scarf wearing that you've been loving lately? 
Spill the beans in your comments!
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