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Color Palette: Sapphire + Grapefruit

Friends, this color palette! It’s killing me it’s so pretty. If you aren’t already fully aware, I am obsessed with just about every shade of blue and teal under the sun. Whether you call it indigo, sapphire, turquoise or ocean blue, I’m just crazy for these colors. These are the colors that make me feel happy and cozy. Paired with a soft punch of grapefruit and apricot, the look can be really fresh and energizing, too. I don’t even know. You may not be as color-obsessed as I am, but I love how color can change your mood or completely transform a space and these are, hands down, the colors I love best. Need more color inspiration in your life? Check out all of these color schemes!

Color Palette: Sapphire and Grapefruit from @cydconverse

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[Photos, from top: Elephant Ceramics via Design*Sponge | Mette Wotkjær from KK.no | Justina Blakeney.]

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A Backyard Winter Skating Party

Today we’re giving up on fighting winter and embracing all of her cold, snowy wonder by revisiting this real party feature from way back in 2010. This backyard ice skating party is one of the most popular parties I’ve ever featured! Created by event planner Kate of Beautiful Days, it’s all the things I love about winter. A big frozen pond, a roaring bonfire, a few twinkle lights strung across the backyard, mugs full of hot cooca with homemade marshmallows, ice skating and yummy snacks like little paper bags stuffed full of popcorn. You can see more of the beautiful photos from Geneve Hoffman by visiting the original post. Here’s to staying warm, any way you make it work!

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

A Backyard Winter Skating Party from @cydconverse

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[Event design + planning by Beautiful Days | Photos by Geneve Hoffman | Original post here.]

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Loving a Coffee Cart

As I sit down to write this post, I’m thinking long and hard this morning about how much I hate complaining about the cold. I try really hard not to do it, because obviously my complaining is not going to make it any better. Whining doesn’t miraculously make spring arrive! That said, when I woke up a few hours ago, the real temperature was -25° with a windchill right around -40°. I promptly rolled myself into a blanket burrito and spent an extra hour lying in bed avoiding the day. On Friday, our town had the coldest recorded temperature in the entire United States (including Alaska) and I am pretty sure it has been over two weeks since we’ve seen temperatures above zero. So while I am going to refuse to complain, I am not too proud to admit that I probably won’t leave pajama pants today and that I will guaranteed be drinking as much coffee as I can get into my system, purely in an effort to stay warm.

Stay warm this winter with a coffee cart!

All of that is a long winded way of saying I am really starting to love the idea of having a coffee cart in our house! B and I are both coffee lovers and between our drip maker, our Nespresso, our French press and our pour over coffee carafe, we actually own a slightly insane quantity of coffee-related paraphernalia. We have a full bar set up in the house, so why not a coffee station, too? I need to mull over if it would make sense for us to do so, but in the meantime, this pretty little cart stocked full with all the keep-warm necessities, is serving as my inspiration. I also love this idea for entertaining or for hosting weekend visitors, even if you don’t have space for it permanently, because nothing makes guests feel more welcome than self-serve coffee with all the requisite accoutrements.

Stay warm this winter with a coffee cart!

Get more inspiration as well as tips for creating a coffee cart over at A Beautiful Mess. They keep a fully stocked coffee cart at the ready in their studio for their staff, so that no one runs short on caffeine during the day. (You can also see more of their offices and studio spaces here.) On that note, I’m going to go refill my cup and then get back to painting! I have another project for Valspar in the works that I’ll be sharing soon, so today I’m going to beat the cold by staying inside and getting my paint on. Wherever you are, I hope you’re cozy and warm!

Stay warm this winter with a coffee cart!

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[Photos from A Beautiful Mess.]

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DIY Cocktails to Go for Valentine’s Day

Happy Friday, friends! We’re less than a day away from Valentine’s Day and I’m squeezing in one final last minute Valentine’s Day gift idea! This may be about the easiest DIY “project” ever, but it’s also super cute and fun, which makes it perfect for a friend, a neighbor or that person you’re just starting to date. You know the one. You’ve been hanging out, you’ve been on a few dates, but you’re not really at the diamond jewelry-mushy-card stage just yet. All you need to get started is a little intel into your valentine’s favorite cocktail and you’re already halfway there! (Oh, and want to know a little secret? These bad boys will only run you about $5 each. Love that!)

DIY Cocktails to Go for Valentine's Day from @cydconverse

Today we’re talking DIY cocktails to go! With the booze, the mixer, a mason jar for sipping, and a paper straw, you have everything you need here for a perfect cocktail, other than the ice. I think this idea is genius! Lest that should sound like I’m getting busy with tooting my own horn, I will share that I received one of these sweet mason jar cocktail gifts at a holiday party this year and I thought it was such a fun little gesture that I just had to make some for a few friends for Valentine’s Day. And then I thought I’d share them with you so you can do the same! Cool? Cool.

DIY Cocktails to Go for Valentine's Day from @cydconverse

supplies

  • Mason jars
  • Baker’s twine (or ribbon)
  • Mini liquor bottles
  • Shipping tags
  • Striped straws
  • Mixers

DIY Cocktails to Go for Valentine's Day from @cydconverse

Are you ready for this? Because it’s a little involved and I don’t want to lose you. (Also, I’m fluent in sarcasm if you didn’t catch on.) Start by tucking a bottle or can of mixer in each mason jar. Just a note that you’ll need a wide mouth mason jar if you want to use standard sized cans, otherwise you’ll need to get slimmer cans or bottles. I made a Jager Bomb with a can of Red Bull, a Rum Chata and Coke with a little mini bottle of Coca-Cola, and a vodka tonic using a mini bottle of Kettle One and a bottle of Fever-Tree tonic. Wrap your baker’s twine, jute twine or ribbon around the mouth of the jar a few times, then wrap each end around the neck of the booze bottle a few times and securely tightly with a knot. Make sure the twine has enough length to leave fairly long ends.

DIY Cocktails to Go for Valentine's Day from @cydconverse

Pen a little note on a small shipping or gift tag. It can be sweet or, like mine, it can be cheeky. Then slip the ends of your twine through the shipping tag, tie it in a cute little bow and trim the ends to the length you like. Stick a paper straw in the mason jar alongside the mixer and that’s it. Bottoms up and happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

DIY Cocktails to Go for Valentine's Day from @cydconverse

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[Design, styling + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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