Friday, April 18

friday fave.

so. i've been a little swamped with fun calligraphy projects for weddings, birthdays, parties, presents, pretty much any reason you can think of. i love it, i could do it all day long every day (well, i'd have to stop for food breaks and happy hour), but you get it. so i wanted to leave you with a pretty pic of a shoot i did some watercolor for. i seriously can't wait to see the images from this shoot caitlin put together. something quick so i can get to work on some fun posts i have planned for you next week (ANOTHER awesome giveaway monday!). speaking of, have you entered the latest giveaway? you have until monday night!
enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 16

gimme that // spring finds with HauteLook

coming out of winter is always a bit of a downer around the house. i usually stick with neutrals and simple colors, which i LOVE, but i always need a bit of a pop right about now. i don't really like to invest a ton in these pieces though because i know they are seasonal and probably won't stick around through next year. so this week, i hopped on over to HauteLook to see what kind of deals they had to offer. i'll admit, i hadn't spent a ton of time on here before… i try to stay away from online shopping as i  can spend a lot of money quickly. but as i was browsing, i wanted to smack myself for waiting so long. i found a TON of stuff i cannot live without, and if i buy a few of my faves, it's not going to put me into debt through next spring. so, here are my picks for adding a touch of spring to your home and your wardrobe and get yourself ready for a bit of spring entertaining!

the bar in our kitchen could use a serious update with these fantastic rose gold pendants by zuo. woven baskets are always a necessity for spring cleaning (in the nautical & coastal decor). glass globes in rope nets are a fun touch and a little bit of nautical. loose dresses are going to be my thing this season (especially when entertaining with lots of sweet snacks and sips!). love this beachy clutch to hold all of my essentials. unique white vases make any flower arrangement fun. colorful stools are a simple way to add a pop of color and extra seating. new mirrors have been on my list for ages and make a small rooms seem a tad bigger! love this simple white bowl to fill with fruit for an easy centerpiece. tie-dye and flowing dresses? yes please. everyone can use a unicorn for a dose of whimsy in their home (found in animal trophy heads sale). crisp, clean white sheets are my best friend (found in the white sale). and if you don't find anything else on this list, i'm sure you'll find the perfect kantha throw for cool nights or a backyard picnic… i seriously can't pick my favorite.

find all of these goods and more on HauteLook! sign up here to have a look see at all of these (and more!) fabulous pieces. and tell me, what are your must haves to spruce up your space for spring entertaining?

[ some affiliate links have been used to compile this post. affiliate posts allow me to continue to create fabulous content for my fabulous readers:) but as always, choices for posts and opinions are my own ]

Tuesday, April 15

lemon ginger cocktail

i always learn about new cocktails when we travel. sometimes they're specific to the destination, and sometimes it's something they make all over the world, and i've just never tried it. this time in jamaica, it was the caipirinha. i heard some lady talking about it at one of the bars. it sounded light, refreshing, and like the perfect cocktail for a warm beach vacation. so, naturally, i drank them the rest of the vacation. when i got home and googled it, i realized they weren't really making it correctly at all (using lemons instead of limes, simple syrup instead of sugar, and vodka)… but it was good either way, so i put my twist on it and here's the recipe!

ingredients (makes one): 1/4 lemon chopped in half, 3 generous slices of fresh ginger, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1 1/2 oz vodka, club soda.

muddle the lemon and ginger in the syrup and vodka. strain liquid into serving glass, removing solids. top with ice and club soda.

seriously simple and seriously refreshing. this will definitely be one of my go to cocktails for summer entertaining!

Monday, April 14

gifts for your groomsmen + a giveaway

buying gifts for guys is tough. every year, events and holidays roll around and i search the web for ideas… usually resulting in poor results. that means gift cards, boring. so when i was introduced to a recently launched brand called jord, i knew it was something i needed to share with those of you planning weddings, have an upcoming bday, or want to stash away a great gift idea for your guy.

jord makes watches out of  100% natural wood in a ton of different styles and colors. i feel like we can call wood a neutral right?! so they pretty much go with everything, dress them up, dress them down. which sort of makes them the perfect gift for your groom to be, or even for your groomsmen… pick a style and give each guy a different wood finish. dare i say it's like a friendship bracelet for guys? ;)

the fieldcrest series blends seamlessly with my guys essentials and favorite things.

but… i kind of liked it too much to give him full custody of it. most of the styles look great on both guys and gals.

i love that these watches mix a great sustainable product with something that is fashion friendly. win win and a perfect fit for any friend, any age. but if you need more convincing, i'm giving one away for you to test out with your own wardrobe! stop by jord's website and check them out for yourself. to win the same fieldcrest series watch i featured above, leave a comment telling me how you or your guy would style your new watch! i'll pick a winner at random next tuesday (april 22nd) morning, good luck! (remember to leave your email so i can contact you!!)

[ thanks to jord watches for sending a watch for review! ]

Friday, April 11

friday, i'm in love.

if you are one of the few people not in the dessert this weekend, like me, here are a few links you should follow up on.
can my home (and life) look like this? plus this pick just makes me want to be back on vacation.
brittni found a super color combo.
i just want to drink rose all weekend. love this pic of varying shades (there's also a list if you need help choosing).
pineapple cocktail? yes please.
gimme these jeweled pants.
i'm going to paint everything ombre now. i'm still into it.
sharon made tassels out of mops. yep. and they're awesome.
i really want to stop giving away all of my money for gel manis, def going to try this at home version.
i wish i could have this pizza again this weekend, maybe she'll come over and make it for me.
happy friday, enjoy your weekend!
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