Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

I just love this ad from Horchow.com.  It is a refreshing sight after a season of bright colors.  I hate that the holidays go so fast but this photo gets me excited for new things.  I like the mix of metals and mirrored accents - feminine and boutique-like.  The look has a quiet elegance that I am all about these days!

*image via horchow.com

Saturday, December 25, 2010

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Hustle & Bustle

Hello all!! Its been a while.  I have been in quite the busy rush for past few weeks as you all can imagine.  The holidays are definitely winning the race and I am trying to keep up!  I have been tying up loose ends on some design projects and that means that everyone wants things done before the holidays so they don't get too behind over the break.  So, I have been living in my SUV.  

Oh, and there is that little holiday that is rapidly approaching.  I started my shopping this week and finished today...why do I do this to myself?  Next year my plan is to buy everything on-line in September.  That should make my life easier.  But, I am done and happy with my selections.  

Now we are packing for our two week trip to Florida.  We are driving this time so we can take the pup. It will be a long two day drive to get there but I think I am prepared......I think.  We will get to see a lot of Bryan's family so that will great.  We had a family celebration with my family last weekend and it was wonderful.  Mom cooked a fabulous dinner, we shopped, drove around for Christmas lights and attended Mass together, it was great.  My sister and I laughed hysterically at the drop of a hat.  Never a dull moment and always a good time.  And now, we're off...

I took a small break from packing to catch up in the blog world.  I will be back very soon.  I have lots of design ideas and inspiration to share.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide...For Him

Next on our holiday gift list is the men in our lives.  We all know how hard it is to shop for these guys.  I hope these ideas can simplify things for you.  I always stick to simple and basic dude stuff, items he can play with or wear.  You can't go wrong with some fun electronics like the iPad {if your budget allows} and interesting things like the Holga camera.  I think guys don't spend a ton of money on clothes, so I like to get cold weather items like puffer vests and sweaters.  The Darth Vadar alarm clock is just funny. Most guys tend to be simple and practical so you can't go wrong with a gift that is so.

1. Tom's Ash Canvas Men's Classic, $44; Tom's
2. Brooks Sweater, $78; Fossil
3. iPad, $499+; Apple
4. Leather Messenger Bag, $298; J. Crew
5. Darth Vadar Alarm Clock, $42; Urban Outfitters
6. Holga 35mm Camera - Mint, $48; Urban Outfitters 
7. Crosley AV Room Portable USB Turntable, $160; Urban Outfitters
8. Men's Regular Down Vest, $24.50; Lands End
9. Timex Vintage Field Army Watch, $150; J. Crew
10. Kraft Speakers, $20; West Elm

Keep this in my mind, guys are hard to shop for but easy to please.  They will be happy no matter what.  Happy shopping!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide for HER

If you're like me, you probably start a wish list for presents a bit earlier than December....in your head, of course.  Well, I've had my eye on a few things already and they are sure to please any gal on your gift list.  I always try to buy the girls on my list gifts I would love to unwrap myself and anything monogrammed is always thoughtful.  Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for HER this year. 

1. The Aventura Ring from James Avery, @ $79
2. Silk Cargo Shirt from Madewell, $110
3. Idesia Necklace from Anthropologie, $48
4. Open Top Canvas Tote Bag from Lands End, $17.50-$30.50
5. Polka-Dot Small Natalie Make-Up Bag from Kate Spade, $85
6. Letter O' Mine Coin Purse from Anthropologie, $24
7. Royal Jelly Body Butter from Savannah Bee Company, $28
8. Original Tall Boot from Hunter, $125
9. Sutton Place Marielly from Kate Spade, $295
10. Calling Cards from Pixelimpress, $25

I just picked up the Lands End tote for all the gals in my family - monogrammed with each of their initials.  I have 3 totes and use them everyday for work, trips, groceries, etc.  Such a great gift alone or to fill with "stocking" stuffers.  I am also in love with the engraved ring, so classy and feminine.  And for those new moms on your list, how about some totally rad calling cards for play dates. 

Remember to think about her personality and you can't lose.