Watercolor Save the Dates

I’ve been a paper junkie my whole life and I take no shame in the fact that I spend more time than most people I know obsessing about gorgeous stationery. These stunning watercolor save the dates from Swiss Cottage Designs featuring calligraphy from Love Jenna are my  latest obsession. An original water color painting created by the client’s grandmother is showcased as an unexpectedly beautiful envelope liner – the grandmother’s signature can even be seen in the bottom right corner of the liner! These are just special. And I’m truly, madly, deeply in love with them and the sweet story they tell.

{Photos from Swiss Cottage Designs.}


Breakfast Love

There is something about breakfast that I just love. Do you know those people? The ones who say they hate breakfast and refuse to eat it? I can’t even imagine what that’s like! If I could only eat one meal a day it would be breakfast, no contest. I love brunch the day after an all night wedding celebration or for a sweet birthday celebration with your girlfriends. Basically, if you call it breakfast or brunch I am sold. Hook, line and sinker. (And if anyone cares, wild Maine blueberry pancakes and buckwheat Belgian waffles are my favorites.)

{Photo by Our Labor of Love via Once Wed.}

{Photos from Honey & Jam.}

{Photo from Good Life Eats.}

{Photo by Leila Brewster from the Inspired Creations Contest.}

{Photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat for One Charming Party.}

{Photo by hokipoki.}

{Photos by Sarah Yates Photography via Green Wedding Shoes.}


Valentines Day Giveaway with Two Brunettes

I’m pretty excited (read: completely thrilled) to have the cutest Valentines Day giveaway today from my lovely friend Carolynn of Two Brunettes! Carolynn is always my go-to girl for great graphic design (including the recent site design for The Sweetest Occasion) and she does the most amazing customized illustrations. Today she is giving away an 11×17 poster perfect for giving your beloved on Valentines Day! Styled after her gorgeous custom Valentines Day cards, it will feature the likeness of you, your significant other and even your pet if you so choose. I love this giveaway. I wish I could win!

The fine print: You have between now and 8:59am on Monday, January 18 to enter! Simply visit Carolynn’s shop or blog and mention a design you love or a recent post you enjoyed. Then leave a comment here telling us about why you’d love to give this poster to your loved one for Valentines Day! A winner will be announced on Monday. (Please note: This giveaway is for (1) 11×17 poster including a custom illustration of you and your significant other styled after the Two Brunettes personalized Valentines Day cards. This prize does not include Valentine’s Day cards.)

Picture your face here:

Good luck!

{Photo + design by Two Brunettes.}


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.}


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.}