November 8, 2013 | by cyd
I can’t even believe I’m about to type this, but guess what? Starting next Friday, we’re talking holiday gift guides! Yeah. That happened insanely fast for me, too. I hear ya. Pretty much that means that I’m going to be cranking the Christmas music anytime now, because I’m that girl. But in the meantime, I figured it was worth indulging in one more dose of Friday window shopping before we turn all our attention to gift buying and stocking stuffing. I’m not going to play games here, I’ve been really itching for a new pair of boots or a fabulous new bag this fall. It’s not going to happen because we’re officially in Christmas shopping mode, but a girl can dream, right?
[1: Brass candlesticks | 2: Striped wool scarf | 3: Leather tote | 4: Essie nail polish in Good As Gold, Licorice, Trophy Wife and Turquoise & Caicos | 5: Floral cut-out boots | 6: Lowball glasses | 7: Gather together salad plates.]
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November 7, 2013 | by cyd
So it turns out that something pretty cool happened this week. Namely, Pinterest gave me an awesome little shout-out in their newsletter as a Pinner to follow for Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration! With a few thousand new Pinterest followers, a big ol’ grin on my face and turkey on the brain (even though I don’t eat meat), you can guess what we’re talking about today. Yep. Thanksgiving. In all of its pie-loving glory. This year I’m finding myself really into a super elegant vibe for Thanksgiving, but in neutral shades with a simple touch that keeps it from feeling stuffy. Think the kind of time-worn elegance that comes across as totally effortless. Like old silver flatware with the softest patina paired with ivory linens. Loads of candlelight. A few sprigs of thyme or a cluster of dried leaves. That’s the Thanksgiving in my daydreams this year. For loads more where this came from, pop on over and give a girl a follow on Pinterest if you like! We’re talking recipes, Thanksgiving decor ideas, cocktails, desserts and tips for making the perfect pie crust.
[Row 1: Oh My Deer | Xeniya Amber | Row 2: Delicate Creature from The Stir | White Loft Studio for Style Me Pretty Living | Row 3: White Loft Studio for Style Me Pretty Living | Ali Harper for Once Wed.]
November 7, 2013 | by cyd
by Caitlin, Marla and Manda of The Merrythought
You guys have heard me rave about the crazy talented ladies of The Merrythought before. From head to toe, I love everything about their gorgeous blog. (Remember this end of summer s’mores party they shared?) Today I’m excited to be sharing the first of four holiday posts that we’ve teamed up to bring you, just in time for plotting your Thanksgiving festivities. They’ve created a really pretty DIY leaf garland with golden leaves all decked out with notes of thanks. Isn’t that the sweetest? Without further ado, I’ll let Caitlin, Manda and Marla take it away!
Around here we’re trying to get some projects done for Thanksgiving so that we have enough time to actually enjoy them before another holiday flies past! This project is perfect to add a little something extra to your wall decor and it’s also a great way to reflect on all the things you’re thankful for! You can do this project with your kids, by yourself, or set out a pile of leaves at your family get together and have everyone write down something they’re thankful for and hang it on the wall afterwards!
- Gold Spray Paint
- White Sharpie paint marker
Begin by collecting a bunch of fallen leaves that aren’t too curled up already and press them in a book for a few days. Next up, grab your gold spray paint and carefully spray paint the end/tips of the leaves and let them dry completely.
Using your white paint marker, write something you’re thankful for across the leaves. If you’re doing this at a party or Thanksgiving celebration, pile the leaves up in a bowl and ask guests to take a moment to pen what they’re thankful for, too!
Tie strings of various lengths to a long (but not very heavy) branch. Then, cut two equal lengths of ribbon, fold them in half to make loops and nail or push pin them to the wall a little closer together than the length of the branch. Finally, slip the ends of the branch though each of the loops and then attach the leaves to the strings with a little piece of tape or a dab of hot glue or just tie the string around the stem.
You could also go for a more simple display and tape the leaves to the wall with double sided tape or a fun washi tape across the stem. Let’s see what you come up with!
[Photos by The Merrythought for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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November 6, 2013 | by cyd
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I wanted to share a quick little update today on our progress in the boys’ room! (You can check out the empty space in this apartment tour post.) My goal for the room has always been to make it a super cool space that the little guys love to call their own. But we’re talking pre-teens here, so if you go too youthful things start to feel baby-like really quickly and no rough and tumble football-playing little dudes are down with that. So first, I came up with a plan. It involved each of their favorite colors (blue and orange) while trying to avoid an athletic team vibe.
I found really cool, modern low bed frames in a blonde wood that I just love. With a room that has to fit two of everything, the low profile visually keeps the space more open and avoids things feeling cramped. These beds are perfect in there! The bedding is bold rugby stripes in deep navy blue…because you know I love my stripes. But today we’re talking about the wall behind the beds, which I’ve always envisioned to be a really cool feature wall. Enter these graphic triangle wall decals from Urban Walls. I went with a mix of baby blue and dark blue and after spending way too long debating between a scattered layout or a strict grid, this past week N and I tackled the task of getting them up onto the wall. It was super simple, took us just a couple of hours and I love how it turned out. Or really I should say we love how it turned out, because I’m happy to report the boys are totally digging their wall o’ triangles.
Next on my list is to hang the DIY giant fringe monograms I made to go over each of the beds. (Which explains why over the beds we have a few more holes in the triangle pattern – no sense in losing them behind the monogram letters!) I’m also planning to paint the low dresser that serves as a shared nightstand and add a cool lamp there. Then it’s onto to finishing up art on the walls (much of which I already have) and this room will officially be done. Stay tuned for more updates from the home front!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Duvet covers and shams from Pottery Barn Kids
Beds from Walmart (yes, Walmart…can you believe it?)
Wall decals c/o Urban Walls
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November 6, 2013 | by cyd
A few years ago I started making butternut squash soup and I have to say, there’s been no looking back. It’s definitely a cold weather dinner staple ’round these parts, because it’s delicious and takes the chill right out of your bones. Also, it’s deceivingly simple to make and can be switched up with whatever herbs or spices you love best or feel like indulging in at the moment. If you can chop up a squash, you can make this soup! We had it earlier this week for dinner for the first time since the air has gone chilly so I decided it was high time I share the recipe. The other night we chose to top ours with sauteed portobello mushrooms, but have fun and mix it up however you like.
- 1 large butternut squash
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 medium red onion
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp flat parsley
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup veggie stock
Begin by peeling and chopping one large butternut squash into roughly half inch cubes. (Oh, and don’t forget to scrap out the seeds, too!) Toss the squash in a bowl. Peel the garlic cloves, chop your onion into big chunks and toss those into a bowl, too. Drizzle with the olive oil and add fresh cracked black pepper, sea salt, parsley and crushed red paper to taste. Toss to coat well. Dump the contents of the bowl into a glass baking dish lined with parchment paper and roast at 350° for about 45 minutes or until all the veggies are tender. Once done, transfer everything back into your bowl, add veggie stock and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. For a thicker soup, scale back on the veggie stock or add more for a thinner soup. You can also use milk and a touch of sour cream to make the soup a bit richer if you’d like. It’s delicious either way! Serve it up topped with sauteed portobello mushrooms if you like (I definitely suggest it) and be blown away by your yummy soup creation.
[Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]