Friday Link Love

TGIF, friends! I am so ready for the weekend, aren’t you? We’re looking at a cold, rainy weekend, which sounds like the perfect equation for a weekend of movies and cuddling up inside. I’m also in the midst of a move, so if I’m smart I’ll dedicate a big chunk of time to sorting through boxes of treasures to decide what stays and what goes. (Which is a nice little way of making moving sound like fun, which we all know it is decidedly not.) What are you up to this weekend? I hope you make time for enjoying a bit fall, even if it’s just swinging by Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte and hiding out inside to avoid the rain like I’ll be doing. See you Monday! xoxo

Love this look: what to wear to a bridal shower.

A pretty rooftop dinner party.

Fun little DIY for your next party.

Really beautiful hand-dyed scarves. (Congrats on your new shop, Jess! xoxo)

It’s time to go apple picking.

{Photo by Marchorowitz.}


Loving Party Cocktails

I’m so pumped that it’s finally Friday! I feel like I’ve been waiting for the weekend all week this week. Admittedly, I’m ready to kick my feet up, mix up some cocktails and usher in the weekend. I love a pretty party cocktail served up in a fun glass with a colorful garnish and a paper straw. (No, really. I drink out of paper straws on a daily basis at home. I love them that much.) Here are a few of the cocktails that are serving as inspiration for my Friday happy hour…

From top left: Aaron Delesie via Style Me Pretty. / Tim Halberg for Santa Barbara Chic. / Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty. / Lauren Ledbetter via Style Me Pretty. / Jose Villa via design*sponge. / Jesse Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love via Once Wed. / Tim Halberg for Santa Barbara Chic. / White On Rice Couple.

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Holiday Advertising 2011 (Limited Time Offer!)

It’s hard to believe it but the holiday shopping season is swiftly approaching. (I am not complaining  – I love the holidays!) This year, we’re switching things up a bit and offering exciting new holiday advertising options geared specifically toward small businesses, indie artisans, Etsy shop owners and the handmade sector. Want to maximize your holiday exposure, but don’t have a huge advertising budget? Now is your chance to partner with The Sweetest Occasion to get your brand in front of thousands of design-savvy brides, newlyweds, moms, hostesses and handmade lovers. We’re offering limited edition advertising options at special budget-friendly pricing for the holiday season, but you’ve got to get on it while it’s hot. Inquire for rates and details today (or no later than October 15, 2011) to take advantage. Happy holidays!

{Photo from Confetti System.}


Loving Bridal Fashion

I love how fashion forward bridal style has become in the last few years. Gone are the days of wearing a poofy veil just because your mother did. And if you love a poofy veil? There are more rockin’ options than ever before. I love a pop of color, a touch of metallic shine, a hint of vintage whimsy and an unexpected accessory or two.

1. Polka dot blusher veil / 2. Tulle wedding dress (by Tec Petaja) / 3. Rhinestone headband / 4. Gold sequin shrug (by Shannon Nicole Smith) / 5. Pink cardigan (by Bradley James Photography) / 6. Marigold clutch (by Belathée Photography) / 7. Flower headpiece (by Elizabeth Messina) / 8. Romantic bouquet + veil (by Elizabeth Messina).


A Pink Train Birthday Party

I love all the pretty, girly details of little Sophie’s third birthday party. Add in the unexpectedly updated train theme (glittery pink trains? yes, please!) and this party is just too sweet. Each little girl took home a personalized canvas bag with a train motif on the front and a wooden train whistle tucked inside. Loads of streamers, ribbons and fabric bunting made the whole space feel incredibly festive, while pretty little extras like custom water bottle wrappers brought all the details together. Plus, little Sophie is literally too cute for words. Thanks so much for sharing, Stacie!

Shop this party –
Train whistles / personalized canvas bags / train cookie cutter / paper straws.

{Photos by Stacie Hawley Photography.}