January 13, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
It turns out you guys are apparently crazy for a good iPhone wallpaper! On a whim this past May I shared 12 awesome iPhone wallpaper designs for summer and you loved them so much that I followed it up with my picks for the prettiest iPhone wallpapers for fall, which you loved equally as well. So today, you guessed it, I’m bringing you a round-up of 12 iPhone wallpapers perfect for winter! Some are motivational (perfect for the start of the year) while others are just plain ol’ pretty, which is basically what I go for when it comes to everything and anything all year long regardless of season. To download, click the links below to be taken to the original download source!
[Row 1: Life is Lovely | Pink abstract flowers | Ombré snow | Row 2: She Believed She Could | Blue abstract | 2016 | Row 3: Shine Bright | Black abstract flowers | Bonjour | Row 4: Eat Well | Lips | Let’s Do Something Wonderful.]
January 12, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
At long last, nearly three months later, I wanted to take a moment today to share my baby shower! In my line of work, I’ve seen dozens of beautiful baby showers. With that in mind, we wanted to do something really special, but at the same time I wanted to keep things simple. We opted to have the shower at a local winery where they have the most adorable little barn perfect for parties. Because the festivities were taking place in October, we were all about playing off the season, keeping everything warm and cozy. We had friends travel from all over the eastern seaboard and even the midwest to celebrate this little lady of ours and it ended up being an incredible day with more than 50 people packed into one cute little barn! (All the more reason to keep things pretty but also simple.) My girl Alice was sweet enough to capture photos of the occasion so I have all the details to share with you!
To get the show started, the rose gold foil invitations from Minted were the perfect mix of girly and rustic to kick off the celebration. They were paired with kraft paper envelopes to keep them from feeling too formal and it was so fun for me to have friends text as they received them. (People go crazy for pretty stationery!)
The ladies in my life (my mom and some of my best friends, cousins and aunts) baked up a spread of desserts like none I’ve ever seen. Seriously. We’re talking cakes, pies, cookies and cupcakes galore! My sister flew home from Florida and the morning of the shower the two of us hung out in the barn cutting flowers and tucking them into mason jars. (You know I love some easy DIY flower arrangements!)
We skipped shower games of all varieties but made sure to serve up some our favorite wines from the winery in the sweetest custom stemless wine glasses that everyone got to take home after the shower. Just because mommy couldn’t drink didn’t mean I didn’t want all of my best ladies to kick back and relax with a glass. The gold foil palm leaf cocktail napkins and the balloons were some of my favorite little details!
Inspired by this tutorial from my friend Carrie of Dream Green DIY, we set out paints and markers and invited guests to paint baby blocks with sweet little messages for the baby. The blocks are now stacked up on a shelf in the baby’s nursery, which I’ll be sharing with you soon! (But in the meantime, you can see a sneak peek!)
Vendors + Sources –
Photography by Alice G. Patterson | Venue: The Cape Winery | Invitations c/o Minted | Balloons, paper straws, cocktail napkins + party decor c/o Revel & Co | Custom wine glasses + metallic gold candle holders c/o Kate Aspen | Cups + plates c/o Cheeky |
[Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
January 11, 2016 | by Cyd Converse
Hello, friends and a belated happy New Year to you! After unexpectedly taking an extra week off last week, I’m here. I’m in the saddle. My coffee cup is large and it is full to the brim and I am so excited to see where this year goes. While it has been quiet on the blog front so far this year, behind the scenes the wheels are already spinning. I’m pretty sure this year will be one for the record books! We have a new little baby (of course), my sister is getting married (plus I’m in two other weddings as well), I’m already lining up some amazing partnerships, and I’m most likely looking at speaking at two different conferences. And it’s only the second week of the year. Wild! Before all of that gets underway and the year starts running away from us (as they always seem to do), I wanted to take a quick moment to look back on 2015 and share a little bit about what’s to come in 2016. (I personally love reading this type of post!) We’re talking goals and plans and dreams, both personal and professional. Let’s do this!
December 31, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
If I wax poetic right now about how I can’t believe that we’re in the final hours of 2015, I’d be about the one millionth blogger to do so. Regardless, this is me officially proclaiming that I can’t believe that 2015 is just about a wrap. I’m still marveling over all the huge, crazy things that happened this year (like this one) and I’ll definitely be reflecting more on the year that was in the coming days. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a little recap of the top 15 posts of 2015! This is a semi-scientific round-up of your favorite posts of the year, presented in no particular order. Any other favorites not on the list? Fill me in! I’m brainstorming for 2016 and I’d love to know what you loved this year!
Pear and Poppy Seed Layer Cake
DIY Marble Dipped Mugs
Caramel Apple Sangria
DIY Gold Leaf Planters
DIY Painted Dresser Makeover
DIY Painted Mason Jars
DIY Marble Pitcher
DIY Gold Glitter Dipped Mug
DIY Gold Leaf Frame
DIY Striped iPhone Case
Host a Ladies Night Dinner Party
DIY Watermelon Print Napkins
DIY Abstract Painted Mug
Chocolate Chip Cookie Iced Coffee Float
DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments
[Top photo by Sugary & Buttery | All others by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
December 30, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
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The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is always one where I start thinking about the year ahead. I think that’s a pretty natural tendency for a lot of us following the craze of the holiday season. To start mulling over resolutions, setting goals, wanting to get organized and in general seeking a sense of renewal as a new year kicks off. As we prepared for the baby’s arrival, I was a flurry of nesting and organizing and decorating, but I definitely have a handful of projects I’ll be tackling early in the year. Today I wanted to share some of our progress around the house since moving late summer with a mini home tour. I’m also sharing three easy tips for choosing a paint color palette for your entire home! I know choosing paint colors can be a really daunting task for some people so hopefully this will give you a few ideas for making the process easier as well as give you the inside scoop on some of my current favorite paint colors! You know by now that I’ve become a total Valspar junkie so all of these rooms were painted with Valspar Optimus, available at Ace Hardware, which is hands down my favorite paint formula.
Choose a Neutral Base
I love using one great neutral for all of the main rooms throughout a home. Think gray, taupe, ivory or beige. As a rule, using a single shade throughout most of your public rooms allows for great flow and creates an open, airy feel versus visually chopping up your house with different colors every time you move from room to room. My favorite gray shade at the moment is Modern Gray 25-1B by Valspar, available at Ace Hardware. It’s an amazing mid-tone gray shade that doesn’t read too cool (blue or purple) or too warm (yellow or brown.) We’ve used it throughout our living room, entry, dining room and hallways, and paired with the tall ceilings and white trim it’s just stunning.
Once I have my neutral selected for all of the main rooms in our house, my next step is to add a bit of interest to our overall paint color palette with soft, subtle shifts in color. In our current home, our kitchen is located at the back of the house and you can see a peek of it from both the dining and living rooms. I loved the idea of changing up the color in that room, but I still wanted something light and airy to keep everything feeling really wide open so I chose Cool Mint VR079D also available at Ace Hardware. The hint of watery blue is gorgeous with the gray in the other rooms. Likewise, upstairs in the nursery (which I’ll be sharing a full, super detailed tour of soon), I went with another neutral, but this time I went a bit darker and a bit warmer with Moon Shot VR095D. It’s a really lovely warm gray that provided the perfect backdrop for all the bright colors I wanted to work into our little girl’s room while at the same time not overwhelming the tiny little room.
Take a Risk
After preaching about neutrals and how they’re my favorite (I love how they allow you to work so much pattern and texture into a room without things getting too crazy), my final piece of advice is to shake things up and take a risk! Usually I like to do this in a bedroom or a tiny little bathroom or some other room where it’s completely unexpected. In this house, that place is our master bedroom where we went with Sooty Lashes VR115A from Valspar’s Color Trends 2016 palette. Hands down, this is one of my favorite paint colors of all time and I’m so glad we took the risk in going dark. I always love dark bedrooms in theory, but I tend to stick to something soft and light. (Remember our last master bedroom?) This color is dark, moody and inky, reading blue, teal or gray depending on the time of day. Our room is really large and paired with our existing white bedding and black rug along with the blonde hardwood floors, the final look is killer. When in doubt, take a risk! Chances are you’ll love it, but if you don’t it’s easy enough to switch things up and start over, which is the beauty of paint as a design tool.
[Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Dining Room – Paint color is Modern Gray 25-1B by Valspar, available at Ace Hardware | China cabinet from IKEA | Rug c/o FLOR | Table from Pier 1 Imports (10+ years ago) | Buffet is vintage | Chairs found on Craigslist | Curtains from IKEA | Large yellow art print c/o Minted | Pineapple print by Ez Pudewa | DIY gold leaf frame
Kitchen – Paint color is Cool Mint VR079D by Valspar, available at Ace Hardware | Kitchen measurements art print by Whimsy & Spice
Nursery – Paint color is Moon Shot VR095D by Valspar, available at Ace Hardware | Crib from IKEA | Crib skirt + blanket c/o Land of Nod | ‘E’ pillow c/o Land of Nod | Rug c/o RugsUSA | Crib sheet + wooden toy crate from Target | Pouf from Amazon
Master Bedroom – Paint color is Sooty Lashes VR115A by Valspar, available at Ace Hardware | Bedding by West Elm | Jewelry stand from Target | Art print by Paul Lee | Throw pillows + basket from Target | Rug from RugsUSA | Lamps from Christmas Tree Shops | Nightstands from this IKEA Rast hack tutorial
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