Friday Link Love + Would You Vote for Me?

Guys. I’m telling you. It has been one of those weeks. I know you know the kind. The kind that drags on forever and involves all natures of bumps in the road and unanticipated hurdles that leave you feeling positively drained. So needless to say, I’m really really looking forward to the weekend. But not without our usual Friday Link Love! And do you know something that absolutely thrilled me from the top of my head to the tips of my toes during an otherwise trying week? The amazing editors at Better Homes & Gardens selected me as a top five finalist in their first ever BHG Blogger Awards! (*Insert loads of excited cheering and clapping here.*)

Cyd Converse - The Sweetest Occasion

Now it’s your turn to chime in and vote for your favorite bloggers – you’ll find me under Entertaining, should you feel so inclined. Would it be absolutely shameless to ask for your support? It would mean the world to me! You can vote here now through March 5, as often as every hour. I’m so excited about this incredible nomination and truly honored to be keeping company with some tremendously talented and creative women for whom I have endless respect. Seriously. Those gals are grade A all the way. Many thanks in advance for your support! Now, enough with my rambling and let’s get on with the link love, shall we? See you here on Monday! xoxo


Progress at The Sweetest Occasion Studio

Because I’m deep in the process of packing this week and making arrangements to make The Sweetest Occasion’s very first studio a reality, I figured it was time to share some progress with you! At this point we’re about a week out from the tentative move-in date and things are coming right along. We should take a moment to pause in awe over the power of elbow grease and paint. To refresh your memory (you can check out the background on the studio here), we started with a cool industrial space with great bones that ultimately had loads of potential provided there was some serious TLC involved. Again. Elbow grease + paint = amazing things.

The Sweetest Occasion - Studio Before

The Sweetest Occasion - Studio Before

To start we were talking about walls with a fair amount of damage and stubborn, heavy duty adhesive left over from an ill-advised wallpaper application on the lower half of the walls. I immediately knew I wanted to go clean, bright and white with the walls to give me a totally blank canvas to work with when planning shoots and projects. After much debate, I decided on Designer White from Clark + Kensington for the walls, ceiling and all the trim. It’s a very clean white that doesn’t slant too warm or too cool and I think it’s going to be perfect in the space. (My other top contender was Benjamin Moore Simply White, which would have also been amazing, but I wanted to give the Clark + Kensington line a try since it’s new and prime for trying out!)

The Sweetest Occasion - Studio Progress

Originally the hopes were that the original wood floors could be sanded down and brought back to life. As you can see in the top images above, the floors were positively covered with an old sticky paper, likely some kind of adhesive-backed covering that was laid down who knows when and for who knows what. (Seriously, your guess is as good as mine.) After endless sanding the site manager overseeing the reno sent me the above photo showing where the floors were at and I knew that my dream of old, worn yet beautiful wood floors was out the window. Instantly I knew I wanted to paint the floors. I love painted floors so I’m excited to see it come together!

The Sweetest Occasion - Studio Progress

The Sweetest Occasion - Studio Progress

And here we are as of yesterday! When I popped by to check on the progress I was thrilled to see how far it had come. The walls and ceiling are patched, primed and painted. The floors had been primed and were slated for their first coat of paint yesterday afternoon. For the floors I pretty much instantly wanted a gray for the floors, but I did flirt with the idea of a pretty soft mint or a deep, rich navy for a moment. Ultimately though, gray won out for it’s neutral look (better for photography) and for being less likely to show the dust and grime of the navy I was leaning toward for a hot second. I went with one of my all-time favorite gray paints, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, in a slightly glossy finish to help ensure it will be wipeable when the inevitable spills occur. And honestly? I can’t wait to see it all finished. Even just primed the floors look so much better! Once the floors are finished and the final bit of trim work is done it’ll be moving time! Stay tuned, because it’s about to get good.

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Recently Pinning: Bright + Springy

Recently Pinning: Bright and Springy

My apologies for the delayed showing today, guys! I was waiting on a battery adapter for my MacBook Pro to be rushed here overnight after mine decided to take a permanent vacation and quit working. So 24 very fidgety hours with a laptop dead in the water later, I’m popping in this afternoon with yet another dose of color. Bright and springy. Gosh, it’s all I seem to be thinking about this week. Maybe it’s because we’ve actually had a couple of days of beautiful sunshine with temperatures stretching to kiss the 40s. It feels so so good and lets me know that, yes, eventually spring will be coming. It feels awesome. And so do all of these pretty pops of pink, if I do say so myself. As always, feel welcome to be a pal and follow along at Pinterest for all my latest obsessions should you feel so inclined.


[Row 1: Creature Comforts | Livet Hemma via Poppytalk | Row 2: Jordan Brittley via Style Me Pretty | The Proper Pinwheel | Row 3: A Subtle Revelry | Bryce Covey Photography for Style Me Pretty.]


Bright + Colorful Birthday Party Ideas

I was feeling like another dose of bright and sunny color today so let’s do it, ok? Specifically, we’re talking awesome birthday party ideas for kids. My favorite kind of birthday party is simple. Great food, a yummy cake, and one or two bold details that give that wow factor. Like a giant birthday cake poster. Or the perfect colorful garland or oversized balloons with streamers. Love! Here are a few of my favorite birthday party ideas at the moment.

Bright Colorful Birthday Party Ideas

[1: Giant birthday cake poster | 2: Mini kite invitations | 3: Fox cake | 4: Mini marquee sign | 5: Giant balloon with streamers | 6: Party hats | 7: Mokkasin.]


Color Palette: Winter Citrus + Granita

Good morning, friends, and happy Monday! We’re kicking off this week with a big ‘ol punch of juicy color, the winter citrus way. I love citrus season. While I may not live in sunny Florida, both of my siblings do and each of my parents travel back and forth regularly. So those big ripe juicy oranges and grapefruit plucked fresh from the tree in the backyard that end up in my kitchen here in upstate New York are my favorite this time of year. This color palette is all about channeling a bit of that sunshine and sharing it with you wherever you are. I know a lot of people are off today so I’m going to take some time to work on a few things that need tending to to prepare for the upcoming studio move, but not before wishing you all a fabulous start to the week!

Color Palette: Winter Citrus and Granita

[Photos, from top: Olivia Rae James for GardenistaJose Villa via Style Me Pretty | Liz of Zested for Mowielicious.]

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