2014 Reader Survey + Giveaway

Hey, gang! I’m popping in this morning with a little request. This time of year gets kind of crazy for those of us bloggers in the lifestyle/entertaining/DIY realm as holiday prep and projects step into high gear. (In fact, some holiday stuff begins as early as July for me every year!) I’ve spent a lot of time this past year thinking about The Sweetest Occasion and how to grow it into something truly awesome and after months of feeling stuck, I’m finally feeling really excited about some changes I’m hoping to make. As I’m sifting through those ideas, I would love if you’d take a moment to take this year’s reader survey! The survey helps me to learn a little bit more about you, what makes you tick, what posts and features you love, and how I can continue to evolve The Sweetest Occasion in a really great way. Bonus! One lucky survey participant will receive a $50 J.Crew gift card as my personal thank you for contributing your thoughts and ideas. And no worries – the survey is short and sweet, just 10 questions!

DIY Bouquet by @cydconverse

If you feel so obliged, you can take the survey here. Many thanks in advance, you’re all rockstars and I’m you’re biggest fan. xoxo

p.s. Please note that in order to be entered in the giveaway you’ll need to provide your email address. (Only completed surveys will be eligible to win.) Your answers will remain completely anonymous and your email address will never be shared! The survey is open now through Sunday, September 14 and the winner will be contacted early next week!

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[Photo by Alice G. Patterson | Styling by Cyd Converse | See the original DIY post. ]

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Three Bloody Mary Recipes + Friday Link Love

This week has gone by in a blur! With the start of the school year, my sister flying home from Florida for the week and working on some behind the scenes things prepping for the upcoming fall and holiday season, I can’t even believe it’s Friday already. We have another super busy weekend on deck, not the least of which will be spending Sunday watching football. With the pro season officially kicking off last night, it’s time for tailgating, the best Bloody Mary recipes (of which I’ve rounded up three for you), and prepping for sweater weather. Even though today it’s already pushing 90 degrees and sweaters are the last thing I want. Be sure to scroll down for your weekly dose of link love and happy weekend, friends! xoxo

Best Bloody Mary Recipes from @cydconverse

[Cheeseburger Bloody Mary | Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar | Wasabi Bloody Mary.]

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Shop By Color: Emerald

Jewel tones have always been my favorites and over the last couple of years emerald has been the champion of the cause with me. As we head into fall, I’m loving this rich, gorgeous shade of green. Perhaps not coincidentally, I’m also loving malachite and banana leaf patterns at the moment, which are popping up in more and more places so there’s no stopping my emerald-loving ways at the moment. Pair this lovely linen shirt with your favorite boyfriend jeans and a stack of gold bangles and you’re in business. Or rock this canvas tote to and from the office. Any way you work it, emerald is my pick for pretty fall accessories.

Shop by Color: Emerald from @cydconverse

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[Shop | 1: Throw blanket | 2: Camp tote bag | 3: Malachite earrings | 4: Banana leaf chair | 5: Monogram stationery | 6: Linen shirt.]

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Color Palette: Wildflower + Old Gold

Hello, sweet friends! Did everyone have a nice weekend? I know we loved having an extra day to relax and tackle a few last minute preparations in advance of the school year kicking off tomorrow. Actually, I still have a couple of loose ends to tie up today so that the kiddos are ready for tomorrow and then tomorrow afternoon my sister flies in for a few days so this week already feels like it’s going to shape up to be another busy one. In the meantime, let’s talk about this color palette, which in my mind is bridging the transition from summer to fall. Our yard is still spotted with colorful wildflowers, but already the sun is stretching a bit lower into the sky and evenings getting a bit more golden as the days inch shorter and shorter. So this fuchsia, magenta and gold color palette seems to fit the season perfectly at the moment. Hold on at least a little longer, summer! I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet.
Color Palette: Wildflower and Old Gold from @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Wendy's Lookbook | Hello Natural | Avenue Lifestyle.]

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Last Minute Labor Day Ideas

Turns out, today marks the start of the last unofficial weekend of summer. Does anyone have any idea how that happened? Labor Day here in the States makes for an awesome long holiday weekend, one that feels bittersweet at the end of summer without all of the craziness of, say, July 4th weekend. We’re planning on a relaxed and slow this weekend and try to enjoy every last moment of it that we can. There are no elaborate plans, but for sure we’ll enjoy lingering over breakfast, sipping on a summery cocktail before the air gets chilly and maybe sneak in an ice cream cone or two. Here are my picks for last minute Labor Day ideas to inspire your weekend, too! See you on Tuesday when we’ll chat about things like, oh the start of football season. Because, duh, football. Happy weekend!

Last Day Labor Day Ideas from @cydconverse

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[Watermelon mojitos | Herb ice cubes | Chambray and denim | DIY gold leaf checkers | Funnel cake cupcakes | DIY polka dot glasses | Summer frittata | Spiked watermelon ice pops.]

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