Color Palette: Prussian + Spearmint

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Somehow in the midst of a pretty jam-packed weekend full of family stuff going on, I tackled a bunch of prep over the weekend for a few upcoming projects. While brainstorming color palettes for said projects and making shopping and prop lists for upcoming shoots, I stumbled upon this image I pinned a while back and it absolutely served as the inspiration for this morning’s color palette. Paired with rich violet, peppy spearmint and shades of pink and it’s some kind of lovely in my book. Fair warning, next week it’s probably going to be getting all dark and spooky in the color palette department, but for this week let’s keep it good old fashioned pretty, ok? Good. I thought you’d agree.

Color Palette: Prussian and Spearmint | The Sweetest Occasion

[Photos, from top: Sarah Postma Photography from Style Me Pretty | T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Spring 2013 | The Merrythought.]


The Sweetest Occasion in Every Day with Rachael Ray

I was talking with B one day back in July and said something along the lines of, “We should probably start thinking about what we’re doing for Thanksgiving this year!” Insert loads of premature excitement on my part and a well-deserved head shake on his part. Of course, most people aren’t thinking about the holidays during the height of summer, but in this particular instance I had been working on a Thanksgiving piece with the editors at Every Day with Rachael Ray so I had all kinds of turkeys on the brain. A few dozen ideas for easy Thanksgiving entertaining ideas and a few months later, the issue is now on newsstands!

EveryDay with Rachael Ray November 2013

Featuring a select group of entertaining experts and bloggers, including the awesome Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave, the piece opens on page 93 and offers up a whole bunch of ideas and tips for celebrating Thanksgiving with style and ease. I am so happy to be included! The editors adapted these DIY turkey place card holders that the incomparable Jenny Batt of Hank + Hunt created for The Sweetest Occasion last year. Many thanks to Every Day with Rachael Ray for including The Sweetest Occasion and for asking me to be a part of this fabulous issue. Be sure to pick up a copy and check it out!

[Cover image by Every Day with Rachael Ray.]


Loving Kids Rooms

Lately I’ve been finding myself really seriously inspired by kids rooms. Specifically of the beautiful, modern and largely neutral-hued variety. Whether it be with Scandinavian inspired black and white or bright white walls with subtle pops of juicy color, I find these rooms to be so much more sophisticated than the primary colored kids rooms of yore, while still retaining a certain charm and nostalgia that I find irresistible. Think of these rooms like a beautiful canvas just begging for little minds to daydream and create. For the record, I want one of these rooms for myself. Yes, including the amazing built-in bunks and star-studded walls.

Beautiful Kids Rooms | The Sweetest Occasion

Because my Pinterest board dedicated to home decor was starting to get a touch overwhelming (with, oh, well over a thousand pins), I recently went through and organized it into several smaller boards, each dedicated to a particular type of room. So you can see all the kids rooms I am loving all in one place! (Oh, and living spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, entryways and work spaces, too.)

[1:  Joe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop | 2: Apartment Therapy | 3: Laure Joliet for  A Cup of Jo | 4: Seth Smoot | 5: Karen Mordechai for A Cup of Jo | 6: Lonny | 7: Sissy + Marley | 8: Yvonne Rock from Style Me Pretty Living | 9: Heather Kincaid from The Glitter Guide.]


Mix It Up: Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Spooky Halloween Cocktails

With just two weeks until Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween cocktails! (You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.) From champagne tinted with cranberry to resemble crow’s blood to vodka mixed with black cherry juice until it looks freakishly like some kind of black magic potion, these cocktails are perfect for a Halloween celebration of two or a few. (Or a whole crowd, for that matter.) I’m personally all about whipping up this incredible La Llorona (or the weeping woman) martini, billowing with clouds of dry ice. You know your friends would be talking about that one until, well, next Halloween!


[Halloween cocktails | 1: The Weeping Woman martini from Muy Bueno | 2: Black magic cocktail from Adventures in Cooking | 3: Crow's Blood champagne.]


Recently Pinning: Spooky + Glam Halloween Decorations

Recently Pinning: Spooky Glam Halloween Decorations

You’ve probably caught on by now that I’m really excited for Halloween this year. Well, in truth, I get really excited for Halloween every year. For the last couple of years I’ve been really drawn to dark, spooky and moody Halloween decorations. That spooky vibe is just so eerily festive, especially when it’s amped up with a touch of glam. Think touches of metallic, loads of candlelight and the occasional frilly embellishment. So if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ve been pinning Halloween decor, recipes, DIY ideas and inspiration like a crazy woman. You can catch it all over at Pinterest! Seen any amazing Halloween inspiration this year you’d like to share with me? Because I’d really really love if you did!

[Row 1: Confetti Pop | Irrelephant for Once Wed | Row 2: Julie Harmsen from Coco + Kelley | Sweet Paul | Row 3: Rebecca Hansen for Style Me Pretty Living | Funkytime.]