Tuesday, November 24, 2015

gift guide: for the hostess

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tis the season for parties. As a girl who just can't help but put on parties, I can say they are a ton of fun but a lot of work! Cleaning, cooking, decorating then plus pre-party primping? It's a lot! While hostess gifts should never be expected, I think a small gift is the sweetest gesture and it will ensure you're invited back year after year. Here are some things I would be thrilled to receive (that tea towel says it all and is so cheap - I'd buy 10!)

Monday, November 23, 2015

pantry renovation

Monday, November 23, 2015
I'm so excited to share our beadboard pantry, built from the ground up! It was a long process - we started the project in March (although it was a brain child for a year before then), and it is done, done, done. Not almost done, or just needs finishing touches. I mean done. And it feels good.

First, the pretty photos:

The Project:

One L-shaped, beadboard pantry. Size: 3'x4'

While small in appearance, this project was a beast. It had a lot of components that we faced straight on. We wired (this was a first), rewired, built studs, drywalled (not easy in a stairwell, people!), sanded that drywall, painted, put up beadboard, painted, cut shelves, painted said shelves, put up shelves, painted again, filled in nail holes and painted again. Oh and of course, then came the organizing, which let's face it, was what this whole project was about! I'm sure I'll rearrange and reorganize throughout the year - but for now, I'm so very happy with our pretty pantry.

The Process:

The ugly beginning: This space was used for a catch-all, including the dog's crate. A "temporary" barrier (that was up for more than a year) was in place to protect kiddos when they came over.

Already looking much better. Billy had to move the light fixture since the wall would have intersected with it where it was.

Now let's make something! Shopping for studs, with my stud. 

Is that a pantry I see? I hope I don't have to drywall all those corners and edges....

Oh, I do? That's disappointing. But, what a nice door you have!

 Even with drywall dust all over him, he still makes my heart pitter patter.

Now for the beadboard - the good stuff! We even repurposed some of our old picture railing for the corners. I love repurposed old materials for 'new' parts of the house, I feel like it blends everything together. The shelves become more narrow as they get higher to help with sight lines.

Now that this big project is checked off our list we can enjoy it and brainstorm more ways to put our DIY prowess to use. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share any pantry tips you have!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

2015 holiday dresses

Thursday, November 19, 2015
With so many parties and social engagements during the holidays I think it’s well worth it to buy a special dress to make your feel pretty all holiday long. To feel festive, you should look festive (and I’m not talking about ugly Christmas sweaters…) with a touch a bling, a swatch of red or green or a classic navy blue. Or go the super glitz route and recycle your Christmas look for New Years! With work parties, holiday dinners and events, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of it! Below are my picks for a festive holiday season.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

spooky, black and white halloween party inspiration

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Can you believe Halloween is almost here? You've seen my personal preference for black and white Halloween decorations - here's some of the pictures that inspired my decor and food for the party I threw last year.  Unfortnatly I'm terrible at multi-tasking the blogger/photographer/and party planner that I am, so hope these help get your imagination going. Halloween parties are some of the most fun!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

wendy darling halloween costume

Monday, October 12, 2015
I am all about closet costumes, aka, costumes that could be sourced straight from your closet. But I like mine with a little twist - closet expansion costumes - ones that require the purchase of one piece that can be enjoyed year round - and I'm a sucker for pretty dresses. When I saw this blue ASOS dress, I knew it would be perfect for a Wendy Darling costume as well as weddings and events next summer. Now the only thing left to do is talk Billy into a Peter Pan or Captain Hook costume..... 

Pst. Check out my vintage witch costume from last year! 

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