Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 Will be the year that...

I welcome my first niece into the world and spoil her rotten!

Return to Italy for our Honeymoon! Andiamo in Roma, Positano, Capri!
and of course there's a little event taking place on September 8th...Our wedding!!!
(Pinterest, Hello Naomi, W. Scott Chester)
I'm sure there will be many great surprises!!! Can't wait!

Monday, December 19, 2011

2011 was the year that

It has with out a doubt been one of the best years yet! The first few months of 2011 were filled with life-changing events.

We moved into a new apt and went decorating DIY crazy. Here, here, here, here and here.


Traveled to Barcelona, Lisbon and Madrid.


I continued my Italian education and come along way.


This sweet little face moved back in to greet us every morning.


Bought a Vespa!


and of course, got engaged and started planning a wedding!


It was a wonderful and memorable year. No doubt that next year will somehow get even better!

Friday, December 16, 2011

May your days be Merry and Bright...

may your holidays be filled with loving family, friends, happiness and generosity.

Our rental car is about to look like this, as we make the drive back to Michigan this weekend.


Nothing is better than being surrounded by Christmas spirit,


relaxing with a "cup of cheer,"

and going back home to spend the holidays amidst warmth and love.

(Pinterest, Dustjacket Attic, Everything Fabulous, This is Glamorous)

Safe travels and happy holidays!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wedding Wednesday (Fabulous Floral)

If I could create a list of dream vendors, Amy Osaba floral would make it with out a doubt. I am OBSESSED with her whimsical, creative and original designs.



Sadly, we will not be hiring Mrs. Osaba for our wedding. I am not an Atlanta area bride, nor do I have a giant floral budget, actually, we have opted to tackle our table flowers on our own! But, you can bet I will use lots of Amy Osaba inspiration photos.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In my dreams...

I am wearing this pink dress below to the New Years Eve party I will be hosting. Don't forget the LV peter pan collar.

While I'm wishing for things, I wish the Christmas elves would turn my apartment into this for the party.

(Bazzar December/January 2012, Martha Stewart)

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas

Around my apartment. I have been hard at work on holiday projects and knee deep in Christmas spirit.



I've glittered pretty much everything,


gussied up some simple stockings. Inspiration here.


I created a bottle brush tree collection. Here's the tutorial.



Maggie is tired from all these projects.


Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Gift Guide: For the Dudes

Here is my last gift guide of 2011. Today I present a list of girlfriend-approved gifts for the fellas.

1. Every dude already has a football, basketball and baseball, but how many are ready for four square at a moments notice?
2. While there aren't any video games on this list, this leather butterfly chair would make an acceptable gaming chair for grown-ups.
3. Maybe I want this more than my man, but this diecast model of my Vespa would be the perfect desk or bookshelf accessory.
4. What's a Christmas without someone giving a tie? How about this handsome brown check number from Brooklyn Tailor?
5. Any fonty fan would love a pair of these sweet little ampersand cufflinks.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Gift Guide: Undeclared Panache

Today I present my gift guide! A.K.A. my wish list, so take note, cause I will be one happy girl to find any of these gifts under the tree.


1. I'd love to hang this sweet flamingo print somewhere in my apt.
2. A classic men's style watch.
3. Furniture making class at Makeville Studio.
4.
I would love a few packs of Polaroid film to get my camera out of hibernation.
5. Can't decide which book from my favorite decorating bloggers I'd rather to my library, Design*Sponge At Home or Decorate
6.
A very special little bag to match some very special shoes, Kate Spade Sparkler Gia
7. An adorable video camera to document my exciting year ahead!
8.
It's been haunting me ever since I passed up a whole set of these lucite foliding chairs at the flea market. Now, I just need one for some extra seating at the kitchen table.
9. Lulu Frost + J.Crew = arm candy I want to own.
10.
A stylish leash upgrade for both Maggie and myself.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy shopping!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gift Guide: Byrdie

Today's gift guide is from one of the coolest chics I know. Byrn is a product developer by day and a wedding coordinator on the side, she pens the blog, Byrdie and is always effortlessly cool. She is sharing her great style today and has picked out some sweet gifts.


1. this gold bird bowl would make such a pretty and interesting centerpiece
2. i've loved this calendar necklace ever since i first saw it years ago. it's perfect to commemorate a special date
3. the cartier love bracelet is on my dream wish list. it's something i would wear everyday and have forever
4. baggu has awesome products in great colors. i love this pretty, metallic pouch
5. a fun, bright coffee table book - great for kids and adults
6. i'm always a sucker for sequin. this party dress would be so fun for holiday parties
7. i could totally use an ipad or a macbook to easily jam in my handbag without weighing me down
8. i've always been a fan of this fun New York skyline dinnerware
9. this argan oil moisturizing stick is without any junk like parabens, fragrance, etc and perfect for multiple uses
10.
a sleek, functional (and bright) suitcase to make travel easier

If you can't wait until tomorrow, click over to a.b.solutely fabulous to see my picks.