Loving Red White + Blue

As the sister of an Iraq war veteran, Veterans Day has taken on considerable meaning for me as an adult. The sacrifices our military servicemen and women make every day are never lost on me, but especially on Veterans Day I think it’s important to take a moment to salute our troops. So with that in mind, here’s my little ode to red, white and blue. To those who are currently serving our country or have served before, thank you for all you do.

{Photos: Flag in a field / bedroom / hallway / flag curtain /red Hunter boots / striped dress / throw blanket.}


Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Ok, ok. So it might be a little early to dive headfirst into all-out Christmas mania, but I just loved this Christmas inspiration that Ez drummed up so much that I couldn’t resist sharing. Admittedly, I may or may not already be scheming where the Christmas tree is going to go this year and just how we’ll spruce up the front porch. (Read: there will be many many twinkle lights required.) So for those of you who, like me, think that the Christmas cheer really can’t come soon enough, here’s a little inspiration to get you going.

{Image from Creature Comforts. / 1. DIY Twisted Felt Garland from The Purl Bee via Adam / 2. DIY Painted Jar Advent Calendar from Brigitte.de via Lindsay. / 3. Wrapping Details from Katherine Marie via Adam / 4. Organzing Nature from The Art of Cleaning Up by Ursus Wehrli, seen on Tajak via Rozhia.}


Friendsgiving with Baileys

A while back, I was contacted by Baileys about hosting a Friendsgiving party. What’s Friendsigiving, you ask? In a nutshell, Friendsgiving is all about coming together with your friends during the holiday season to celebrate friendship and togetherness. Bailey’s tapped me and a few other party animals to help inspire your own Friendsgiving celebrations! You can check out all of the details including menu ideas, recipes, DIY tutorials and more at the Baileys facebook page. I’ll be sharing all of the details from my own Friendsgiving event here over the next few weeks (with all the goods to rock out a killer party of your own.) I’m also going to be hanging out around the Baileys facebook page all holiday season wearing the hat of exclusive entertaining expert! I hope you’ll join me there because I’ll be dishing out all kinds of tips and inspiration for holiday entertaining. In the meantime, here’s a little peek at the Friendsgiving festivities…

Huge thanks are due to my amazing mother, my biggest fan (love you, B), Alice and Beth, Chelsea, Jenny, Carolynn and Kate for helping make this so much fun! I absolutely could not have pulled this off without you guys. xoxoxo

{Concept, design + styling by The Sweetest Occasion. Photos by Alice G. Patterson.}

This post was sponsored by Baileys.


Party Palette: Amethyst + Bubble Gum

We’ve been having the sunniest, loveliest weather this week in Syracuse and while today is feeling a bit more overcast and gloomy, I’m loving bright and happy colors right now. This palette is all about fun! Funky shades of amethyst, bubble gum pink and lipstick red can easily translate to summer or fall, depending on how you mix them up. For even more color palette ideas, check out our past Party Palette features.

{top. Erin Hearts Court. left.Joseph K. Muscat Photography via Style Me Pretty. right. Jennifer Elin Hogan of Ever Whim Photographs via Ruffled.}


Sponsored Post: Weddings in Kissimmee

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{A glimpse at my Florida trip earlier this year! Photo by my cousin in-law.}

{Photos from Kissimmee.}

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