Double Chocolate Pecan Brownies

I know with everyone on diets and all that it’s probably sacrilegious to talk about brownies in January. I know, I know. I’m trying to stick to a new year’s resolution, too. With that said, I’d jump swiftly and gleefully off the bandwagon for these double chocolate pecan brownies. After the bustle of the holidays, I like simple recipes for easy entertaining come the start of the new year and brownies are just that. Plus, brownies make people happy so why not spread a few smiles?

{Photos + recipe from Call Me Cupcake.}

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Sweet Ladylike Style

When Kristin Muntean of Hazel West Photography shared this beautiful editorial shoot with me I was immediately captivated by the story. See, Kristin’s grandmother has a gorgeous collection of stunning vintage hats she wore throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s and Kristin has started styling shoots and capturing all of the hats in action as a personal project. I’ve blogged before about how much I adore a really great hat or headpiece and wish we American ladies took more pleasure in really getting dolled up. I love the British tradition of wearing great hats to weddings and would like to personally adopt the practice. Care to join me? These images may just convince you.

I dare you to tell me you don’t want to go put on a pretty dress and run around town in a fabulous hat. Completely lovely, right? Much love to Kristin for sharing her work with us and be sure to stop by her blog for more of her hat series.

{Photos by Hazel West Photography.}

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Printable Scribbles Gift Tags

Sweet and simple modern design is always a fan favorite with me and I love the look and feel of the Scribbles printable gift tags from Emmy Lu. Affordable and adorable, these gift tags and coordinating packaging strips are purchased and downloaded right away so you can start packing up wedding favors, sweet treats or wrapping gifts on the spot. Brilliant! I am a sucker of sweet details like these.

{Photos by Emmy Lu Design Studio.}

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A Vineyard Engagement Shoot

Happy Monday morning, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was busier than planned, but my husband and I did find time for a dinner and movie date. I also updated and renamed my personal blog, Sweet Notes, starting the year off with a new focus. It’s completely different than The Sweetest Occasion, but you’re welcome to follow along if you’d like!

Enough chatter, let’s get on to the good stuff shall we? Nashville wedding photographers Chris and Adrienne Scott sent over Natasha and Jeff’s gorgeous vineyard engagement shoot that had me smiling as soon as I saw the photos – they feel just perfect for a cold winter morning. The sun and the pretty green vines practically smell like summer and I’m in love with how Chris and Adrienne captured the beautiful light. These photos are the ultimate cure for the winter blues.

This is the kind of engagement shoot I love. It’s real and full of personality without being overly styled and it’s obvious how in love Natasha and Jeff are – her smile could light up a room! Plus, I’m still a believer that a few well-placed balloons never hurt a soul. Follow along with Natasha and Jeff’s wedding planning at Elizabeth Anne Designs where Natasha is a contributing blogger, too. A big thanks to Chris and Adrienne for sharing!

{Photos by Chris and Adrienne Scott.}

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Friday Link Love

Oh, Friday. How I love thee. I’ve got a busy weekend of little projects around the house coming up and some prep for an upcoming photo shoot, but otherwise I am hoping to lay low and just spend some quiet time prepping for the big and exciting things I am hoping to accomplish in 2011. We’re going to try and sneak off and see a movie, too, something we do far too infrequently. What are your weekend plans? Whatever they are, I hope it’s amazing. Happy Friday and I’ll see you on Monday, friends!

Don’t forget! If you’d like to write for The Sweetest Occasion, submissions are due by Monday.

Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses is giving away a $2000 wedding dress! Enter here.

The most commented-on post of the week.

A fun and simple home decor DIY project.

Easy and cute favor bags.

Inspired to gut our kitchen. (Note to self: start playing the lotto!)

Edible favors are always my favorite.

If you loved the skating party featured in December, why not plan a sledding party?

Thinking I should own this quilt soon.

Milk and cookies that would be perfect for a teacher’s gift.

Love this first birthday party!

{Photo from Le Love.}

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