Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Friendsgiving Blog Video!

Yesterday I shared the super fun collaboration between me and my good friend, Dina, the Dish It Girl.  We had a blast using our passions for decor and food to create a little Friendsgiving dinner.  If you want to see some behind-the-scenes action (and what I sound like in person....eeeeeek), check out the YouTube video below!!

And I know you'll want the recipe for that UH-mazing fig and Cabernet cranberry sauce after watching, so head here to grab it!!

Thanks for teaming up, Dina...and again, Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I'm so thankful for each one of my readers and friends! Xo!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape & Dish It Girl Food!

I love this time of year.  It's all about gathering with loved ones, and celebrating all we have to be thankful for. Unfortunately, the stress of planning a gathering can occasionally get in the way of the enjoyment it should bring us.  So to keep things simple, just remember there are two key components for a successful celebration: 1) good food and 2) fun decor.  The good company you keep is just a given in this equation. ;)

Hubby and I hosted a little "Friendsgiving" dinner this past weekend.  I supplied the decor, and thankfully (for this not-so-skilled cook), my good friend Dina from Dish It Girl, brought the good food along!!

When it comes to dinner parties or hosted holidays, I like to keep things relaxed and casual.  I don't worry about proper place settings...making sure my water glass is properly spaced from my plate, if my silverware is appropriately laid out, etc.  Instead, I focus on creating a table that is practical, comfortable and pretty to look at. :)

Like most projects I complete, I did this tablescape on a budget and even included a few DIYs in the mix.

My runner was a simple strip of fabric I carefully cut, making sure to remove any rogue strings from the edges.  The acorns were a past project that I updated this year to match my color scheme.  

I found the faux pumpkins and pine cones at Michael's.  I updated them with some brightly colored spray paint and acrylic paint.  The wooden candle sticks were a beat up clearance find from Target that I gave new life to with, what else, but more spray paint!  

I found the tea light holders and mason jars (just remove the lids) at Michael's during a 50% off sale, and the coordinating cloth napkins were only a few dollars from Home Goods.

I know it's not a typical Thanksgiving table you'd see every day, but that was my intention.  I really wanted to step outside my comfort zone and try to put a colorful spin on the holiday. :)

You know what else wasn't typical?!?  Dina's food!!  It. Was. So. Good.  She spoiled us with herbed turkey breast, sausage stuffing mushrooms and fig and Cabernet cranberry sauce.

Yes, that's right...fig and Cabernet cranberry sauce.  It was delish!

Head to Dish It Girl right now to get all of her amazing recipes!  Your taste buds will thank you. ;)
***And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!  I'm so very thankful for each and every one of you!  Xo!!***

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blogger's Favorite Holiday Giveaway!

Well helloooo there!!  I know it's been quite a while since I popped in to the blog, but you know how it happens, and I needed to focus on myself and my health for a while.  No hard feelings?! I sure hope not because I'm making it up to you guys with an amazing giveaway!

With the holidays quickly approaching (how is it mid-November already?!?!?!), it's totally understandable that many people have gift-giving on the brain.  Mallory from Charming in Charlotte asked me, and 8 other fantastic bloggers, what our favorite stocking stuffers are for the holidays. 

The Holiday's are the perfect time to step up your makeup game and this Sephora eye shadow palette is my go to for Holiday parties. The colors last and are warm and perfect for winter tones. I also think that it makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your girlfriend.  -Mallory, Charming in Charlotte

2-  Geometric Pillow Cover + Your Monogram and 6 Diamond Ornaments:
At Christmas, I'm all about adding little bits of sparkle around the house.  I've had a set of these oversized diamond ornaments for a few years, and when I recently came across more at a local store, I thought you might like some too!  They really stand out and shine with the lights on the tree.  Also, I love a good monogrammed pillow, and one in a designer look-alike fabric for Christmas is even better!  This is for the covers only, and I will monogram the center with the winner's initials of choice.  -Jennifer, Dimples and Tangles 

As most of my followers already know, I love including animals into my decor and I just adore the animal plates by Rachel Kozlowski for West Elm. To me they are the perfect combination of quirky chic animal decor and I have an entire wall full of them in our kitchen (which you can see HERE). There are some colored and neutral plates. I like them all and they make me happy when I look at them. -Julia, Cuckoo 4 Design

I am a sucker for all things Nate Berkus and this angel wing bowl is no exception! It’s such a unique and affordable piece and the gold seals this deal. It will be an amazing conversation piece on your holiday entry table or for serving treats at Christmas dinner!  -Summer, Simple Stylings

I love this wristlet because it is the perfect size for a kid-free night out.  I spend so much time lugging lunch boxes, diaper bags, jackets, sippy cups, and whatever else is thrown in my hands that I love to go out with as little as possible.  It has enough room to hold the essentials: lipstick, my phone, and a credit card and it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.  I added the tassels because, let's face it, everything is better with tassels!I grabbed couple of these for Christmas gifts and I love that I could play around with color combinations so they will perfectly fit the recipient!  -Beth, designPOST interiors

I am giving away a jar of Gedeo King Gold Gilding Wax and a set of Threshold agate coasters for the lucky winner. I will run a DIY on the coasters and send the supplies for the winner to DIY their own coasters. -Emily, Eleven Gables

I love heels and a dress as much as anyone, but my favorite way to dress lately for the everyday is in classic, casual silhouettes with a bit of sparkle to add some interest.  This necklace is currently on heavy rotation in my wardrobe!  It's as perfect for a Tuesday afternoon as it is for a Saturday night.

The minute you brought up a favorite things giveaway, I immediately thought of jewelry.  I have what some may call a "slight obsession"...especially when it comes to statement necklaces.  They are such versatile pieces.  They can be the finishing touch for a dressy outfit or add an unexpected pop to casual attire.  To me, they are a must-have for any girl!

I chose this because it's on my own wish list! I love the trucker style of this hat, and love to wear hats!  I also love the sentiment and I think it's one we can all relate to, especially around the Holidays!  -Cassie, Primitive and Proper

One of my favorite gifts to give is a chic scarf.  With all the pretty designs, sizes, materials, and colors it makes it easy to find one to fit everyone's style.  I love how adding a scarf to a simple outfit makes a huge statement and adds an instant pop of color.  It's a fun, classy, versatile accessory that makes a great gift!  -Becky, This is Happiness

I don't know about you, but I'd love to see all 10 of those items under my tree and in my stocking this year.  And for one lucky reader, Santa...errr, I mean Mr. Delivery Man...will be dropping each one off right at your doorstep.  All you have to do is enter below!  Good luck!!

Now tell me...what's your favorite stocking stuffer for the holidays?!