24 Merry Days

Ok, friends. Get ready, because it’s almost time for 24 Merry Days! (Insert me dancing a jig here. It happens. A lot.) Honestly, this is one of my favorite posts to write each year. Long time readers will know that this year marks the third annual 24 Merry Days extravaganza. In a nutshell, it’s the ultimate Christmas countdown calendar that rolls out over 24 days, features 24 bloggers and showcases 24 absolutely mind-blowing giveaways. This year, 24 Merry Days is back and it’s even bigger, badder and cooler than ever before. The party kicks off on December 1 with an awesome prize that has me feeling jealous of the winner already. From there on out, you can visit the 24 Merry Days site each day to see which blogger is giving away which prize now through Christmas. While I can’t yet tell you what I’m giving away or who is giving away what on which day, I can tell you the prizes this year are killing me they’re so good. We’re talking insane prize packages and huge gift cards from the likes of Madsen CyclesLoeffler RandallSmegPublic BikeWest Elm and Drop. Shut the front door! And the back door. Shut all the doors.

24 Merry Days | 24 Days, 24 Bloggers, 24 Giveaways

I wish I could spill all the beans right now, but I’m sworn to secrecy so make sure to pop over to 24 Merry Days first thing Monday morning to see who is giving away what and then get yourself entered to win. (Because I really really want you guys to win something awesome for yourself this holiday season!) Huge thanks to Audrey of This Little Street who is the mastermind behind 24 Merry Days and who coordinates everything each year. Now, buckle your seat belts. It’s about to get good!

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[24 Merry Days site design + logo by Gloria Chen.]

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Salted Caramel White Russian

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away and the holiday season taking on a life of it’s own, I wanted to whip up a special little cocktail so you can sip something really yummy this holiday weekend. So today we’re talking about this little gem, which I’ve dubbed the salted caramel white russian! It’s basically a classic white russian with a twist inspired by my love for all things salted caramel at the moment. As is my way, this is an easy one to whip up and it’s perfect for making just one or two or for a whole crowd. If we had a big enough house I would absolutely invite all of you over and serve you one of these. They’re just plain ‘ol yummy!

Salted White Caramel Russian by @cydconverse

  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 oz cream
  • 1 tablespoon caramel
  • Ice
  • Coarse ground sea salt (to garnish)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, vodka, Kahlua, cream and 1/2 of the caramel. Shake well. Swirl the remaining caramel around the inside and rim of mason jar or cocktail glass. Fill with ice. Pour cocktail mixture over top. Garnish with sea salt. Yum, yum and yum.

Salted White Caramel Russian by @cydconverse

The key to making this drink shine is definitely the caramel swirled around the inside of the glass and along the rim. Make sure you go with a coarse sea salt and remember that just a little pinch will do. This isn’t a margarita, after all, you just want a little bit of that yummy salt flavor to balance out all the sweetness. And that’s it, friends! So easy and crazy delicious. (You can ask B’s sister. She’s my official cocktail taste tester and she loved this one!)

Salted White Caramel Russian by @cydconverse

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[Photos, recipe + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

Sources –
Cheers gold foil coasters from The Pink Orange
Gold foil twizzle sticks by Erika Firm of Analog Creative Co.

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Pretty Holiday Coats

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of years when it comes to fashion! Who doesn’t love an excuse to wear a great pair of heels or a little something sparkly that wouldn’t ordinarily make it out of the closet? I put coats in that category, too. There is no season like the holidays to rock a really pretty coat. These three are the ones that have caught my eye this year. Boasting really awesome colors and fun little details like gold hardware and waist-cinching belts, they have a little something-something that makes them feel special and festive without being so fancy that you can’t wear them all winter long. From a classic trench (for those of you in warmer climates than mine) to bold citron yellow, I’d be happy to add all of these to my holiday wardrobe.

Pretty Holiday Coats from @cydconverse

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[Pretty Holiday Coats | One: UNIQLO | Two: J.Crew | Three: OASAP.]

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu Guide

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! And, yes, I’m absolutely the type who celebrates all week long. As a kid this was always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Now that I’m an adult, I still love how festive things feel as soon as Thanksgiving week hits. By tomorrow night I’ll have my shopping done and Wednesday night is always dedicated to making pies and bread while sipping wine and blasting Christmas music at full volume. So today is the day that I’m bringing you my guide to planning the ultimate Thanksgiving menu! From appetizers to cocktails, sides and desserts (and even turkey!), you have more than everything you need here to plan an amazing feast. Oh, and I even included a handful of awesome recipes that make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers, too. Done and done.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu Guide from @cydconverse

Cocktails

Appetizers

TURKEY

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pies

leftovers

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[Top photos, clockwise: Honestly Yum | Minimalist Baker | Cook Your Dream | The Boys Club.]

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Best Thanksgiving Printables + Friday Link Love

The countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on so today we’re heading into the weekend with my picks for some of the best Thanksgiving printables going! Dress up your table, your dining room decor or your leftovers with these fun and hip ideas. I love the poster! Have each guest pen a few thoughts and you can roll it out and hang it up to reflect back on year after year. So sweet! Don’t miss your weekly dose of Friday Link Love, too, where I’ve gone a little crazy with food, drink and other pretty things, as per the usual. What are you up to this weekend? I hope it’s warm where you are! Sending you all huge hugs and wishing you a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Thanksgiving Printables from @cydconverse

[We Are Thankful poster | Thankful tags | Thanksgiving leftovers | Thankful for friends like you | Thankful for delicious leftovers.]

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