Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 32

We haven’t had a Pretty Little Things since before the holidays, so let’s talk about the pretty, shall we? Lately, I am in major nesting mode. All I want to do is make every inch of the apartment look cozy and inviting. Maybe it’s a winter thing? I’m thinking it probably is. However you slice it or dice it, right now I am particularly loving everything metallic (still) and everything cozy. Like the perfect mugs for my morning coffee and ridiculously fluffy knit throws. Anyone else in the mood for jazzing up your space? If so, I absolutely recommend the gold elephant. He’s the definition of awesome.

Pretty little things for home | The Sweetest Occasion

{Shop: Pendant light / gold elephant / Pantone mug set / gold flatware / knit throw / pie server / lacquer tray.}

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What to Wear: Winter Casual

Now that the holidays are fading into distant memory, it really feels like winter around here. As in, yes, I really wish spring were going to be here soon. But I’m a realistic kind of girl and I know we’ve got at least three more months of cold chills and winter doldrums here in upstate New York. So I am doing what any reasonable girl does under the circumstances by lusting after gorgeous velvet blazers and cozy oversized scarves. It’s only fair, right? I love this outfit for those casual winter outings like lunch with the girls, running errands or grabbing coffee with a pal. Oh, and those star earrings? They’re so going to be mine.

What to Wear: Winter Casual | The Sweetest Occsaion

{Shop: Velvet blazer / star earrings / scarf / clutch / chain link bracelet / booties / jeans.}

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Loving Gold Table Settings

Lately I’ve really been loving gorgeous table settings, in particular those that boast stunning golden details. There is just something so timeless and glamorous about gold flatware and gold-dipped glasses, don’t you think? What I love about this look is that it can go completely glam or just add a soft bit of shimmery sheen to a more rustic setting. I think it’s particularly perfect for winter! Naturally this look would be stunning at  a wedding, but let’s talk about cozy winter dinner parties, too, because gold deserves a chance to shine at celebrations of all shapes and sizes. Gold flatware not in your budget? (Yeah, mine either.) Check out our tutorial for making pretty gilded flatware!

Pretty gold table settings from The Sweetest Occasion

1: Leo Patrone via Once Wed | 2: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty | 3: Justin Marantz via Style Me Pretty | 4: Rylee Hitchner Photography via Style Me Pretty | 5: Patrick Moyer via 100 Layer Cake | 6: Green Apple Photography via Style Me Pretty | 7: Tinywater Photography via Style Me Pretty | 8: Jesse Leake via Barnwood & Birch | 9: Yan Photo via Snippet & Ink.

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Sunny Winter Cocktail + Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Sunny Winter Cocktail + Mexican Chocolate Pudding | The Sweetest Occasion

I am loving this delicious winter cocktail and dessert pairing that we have for you today! Dreamed up by Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker, I am all about this delightful combination of citrus and spice. The kicker here is a bit of cayenne that warms up all the sweetness and the fresh clementines. Don’t you just love that citrus is in season in winter? It’s like Mother Nature’s way of making these cold months a bit more bearable. This would be the perfect little pairing at an impromptu winter dinner party or a special sweet treat for yourself just because!

Sunny Winter Cocktail | The Sweetest Occasion Sunny Winter Cocktail | The Sweetest Occasion

Sunny Winter Cocktail | The Sweetest Occasion

Sunny Winter Cocktail | The Sweetest Occasion

Mexican Chocolate Pudding
by Samantha Huba

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 oz finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Bring the milk and cream  to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate, whisk until the chocolate has melted, add cinnamon, salt, pepper, and allspice. Whisk until fully combined.
3. In another bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
4. Slowly add the hot chocolate mixture to the eggs and whisk until combined.
5. Prepare 12 6 oz ramekins. Pour the custard into each, leaving a small space at the top of each. Place ramekins into roasting pans and pour water into the pan, so that it reaches half the height of each ramekin.
6. Place the pans on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for about 40 minutes, until the custard is set but still slightly jiggly in the middle. Let cool on the counter for about 30 minutes and then place the ramekins, covered, in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
7. When you’re ready to eat, top with homemade whipped cream and enjoy!

Mexican Chocolate Pudding | The Sweetest Occasion Mexican Chocolate Pudding | The Sweetest Occasion

Mexican Chocolate Pudding | The Sweetest Occasion

Sunny Winter Cocktail

  • Juice of 3 clementines
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz tequila
  • Sprig of marjoram
  • Clementine wedge for garnish
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt

Moisten the rim of your glass with clementine juice. Combine cayenne pepper and salt in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto the plate and coat the rim. Pour juice, triple sec, and tequila into a shaker. Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with marjoram sprig.

Sunny Winter Cocktail | The Sweetest Occasion

Sunny Winter Cocktail | The Sweetest Occasion

{Cocktail recipe + styling by Gray Harper Event Maker | Mexican chocolate pudding recipe by Samantha Huba | Photos by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.}

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Virginia + Michael: A Beautiful Ojai Wedding

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a real wedding around these parts, but today it’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to party! Virginia and Michael were married in Ojai, California in a wedding that was somehow a most lovely combination of budget-friendly, personal and absolutely stunning. Of course, a gorgeous couple with killer style never hurts. Take into consideration Michael’s amazing purple suede shoes and the couple’s pet tortoise who served as ring bearer and I’m all kinds of in love with this beautiful celebration. Many thanks to Laura Goldenberger for sharing this beautiful wedding!

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger PhotographyBeautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger PhotographyBeautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger PhotographyBeautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger PhotographyBeautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger PhotographyBeautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger PhotographyBeautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

Beautiful California wedding from The Sweetest Occasion | photo by Laura Goldenberger Photography

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Photography: Laura Goldenberger Photography | Venue: The Ranch House | Event planning: Adrienne Nussey | Hair: Guy Matthew Salon | Makeup: Layne Brookshire | Floral design: Angela’s Flowers

{Photos by Laura Goldenberger Photography.}

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