Monday, December 31

so long 2012 // favorite posts

it's been real 2012, but i am SO ready for 2013... for multiple reasons. but mostly because i can already tell it's going to be more productive, more creative, more fabulous, and well, straight up, better.
i always love a look back though, so here's a wrap up of my favorites from the past year.

happy new years eve to you all! have a fun and safe celebration tonight.
see you in 2013!

Friday, December 28

winner winner!

congrats justicecw! you're the winner of the sierra mist giveaway!

and a big thank you to the rest who entered!
cheers and enjoy the weekend.

[image via pink bow]

Wednesday, December 26

diy // glittered star cocktail stirrer

i hope that you are all enjoying celebrating the holidays! we've been visiting family in arizona.. but i still managed to pack some craft supplies and find a few items to style a shoot with!
i've been having a little moment with stars. i'm in love with them. and i think they are the perfect addition to holiday decor. in glitter and black they make a fabulous cocktail garnish right in time for new years eve parties!

grab some glitter, bamboo skewers, card stock to match your glitter, scissors and glue.

fold your card stock in half and cut out your stars. keep the fold at the tip of one of the star points so that they stay connected like below.

unfold, brush on your glue to both sides and add glitter. once the glitter has dried, turn over and apply glue to inside and close over a bamboo skewer.

cut skewers to length if necessary and garnish your favorite cocktail!

these are simple, quick and a fun way to jazz up your nye cocktail party or bring to the hostess as a gift. enjoy!

ps. have you entered the giveaway for the entertaining pack? click here to enter. you have 2 more days!!

Friday, December 21

holiday cocktails + a giveaway!

with the holidays here and christmas just a few days away, i couldn't think of a better time to share some cocktail recipes! (not to mention it's friday and we probably all need one).
sierra mist sent over some of their seasonal cranberry splash for me to experiment with. and with family in town this was perfect timing for getting a little feedback on my mixology skills;)
i also have a great giveaway to share with you at the the end of this posts if you are into mixing up cocktails and mocktails!

first up, my own creation... let's call it a cranberry spritzer shall we? if you read my blog, or even follow me on instagram, i'm sure you are fully aware by now of my love for wine. which is why i decided to give a cocktail with wine a go.
all you need is a bottle of pinot grigio, sierra mist cranberry splash, a lime, handful of blackberries and a bit of agave nectar. oh, and don't forget holiday lighting and candles to get you in the spirit.

pour about 4 oz. of wine into a cocktail shaker, 1/2 oz. of agave nectar, squeeze in a quarter of a lime, then muddle that with 4-5 blackberries. add ice and shake.

top of with sierra mist and you have yourself and refreshing holiday drink!
i garnished with a toothpick of blackberries to enjoy as you sip.

using some recipe cards i received, i whipped up a quick cranberry citrus sparkler.
you'll need orange vodka, sierra mist cranberry splash, orange liqueur and grapefruit juice.

combine 1 oz. orange vodka, 2 oz. sierra mist cranberry, 1/2 oz. orange liqueur and 1 oz. grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake and serve in a martini glass. mmm.

my favorite part about adding this to my cocktails is refreshing citrus kick (and bubbles) it provides.
so, mix up a cocktail for yourself and keep reading to enter the giveaway!

To enter, just leave a comment here and tell me your favorite holiday cocktail!
You will receive a sierra mist cranberry splash entertaining pack worth $110. The entertaining pack includes all the equipment (and plenty of sierra mist) you need to host a cocktail hour... cocktail shaker, measuring cup, strainer, 2 glasses, sierra mist cranberry splash, recipe cards including cocktail AND mocktail recipes, and coupons to pick up free sierra mist at your local grocery store!
Entertaining in January? You want this.
Leave your comments and I will pick a winner next Friday, December 28th! Contest ends 12/28/12 at 8am (PST)

[all images are my own]

I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received product to facilitate my post and monetary compensation, but all opinions stated are my own

Thursday, December 20

color inspiration // nye palette #4

black on black

ok. i know black technically isn't a color. but i think it's the perfect palette for a new years shin dig.
it's chic, it's easy, and everyone likes it.
wear a simple black dress like she did, and add some jewels like miss zebra did, and you've got yourself a nye look.
saw this 2013 drawing on pinterest and am loving the simplicity. perfect for decor at your bash.
i've been dying to make some star garland like this. i just might and donate to our friend that is hosting nye this year.
wrap up late gifts with black glitter ribbon like this. and why not try taking all black and white pics at your party? they're timeless, and fyi, they make almost everyone look good;)

[see all of the other holiday color palettes here!]

i hope you are all enjoying the holidays! check back tomorrow for some fun cocktails and a giveaway!!

Monday, December 17

holiday tag printables

with one week left until christmas, i'm sure many of you are prepared and have all of your packages tied up. but if you're like me, you're wrapping up until you hand over gifts to their recipients;)
if that is the case, then you are in luck! i created some free tags to download and add to any of those pressies that are still waiting to be tied up with something pretty.

we all know as party goers and hostess', a bottle of champs or wine is the easiest thing to give and show appreciation around the holidays. add a simple tag and sprig of festive greenery and you have yourself a great gift for the next shindig you attend.

the joy tags are perfect for clipping onto homemade baked goods for the neighbors!

add this thank you tag to some candy bagged up and take as another hostess gift.

i hope that you can all find a use for these! i know at least the thank you tags will take you all through the year;)

all tags are my own hand lettering except for "and be merry" which can be downloaded for free on

Wednesday, December 12

color inspiration // christmas palette #3

rose gold + red

look familiar? after i found this fabulous clutch i shared yesterday, i knew right away what my next inspiration palette would be.
essentially you are getting as girly as the holidays get with this mix. so not sure how your man will feel, but wherever you plan to infuse these colors will be glamorous for sure.

see my other holiday color palettes here!

ps. those glitter boxes are calling my name for a little diy!

Tuesday, December 11

window shopping // the perfect holiday clutch

oh hey pretty little clutch.
how perfect is this for holiday parties this season?
and rose gold + red velvet? perfection.

Friday, December 7

diy // glitter tags and place cards

i'm always looking for easy (and inexpensive) ways to update simple paper items. so when i found this emerald glitter, i knew this project was happening. (ps. love this color combo? check out yesterdays color inspiration post!)

this was way too easy which means, by monday, everything in our house may be covered in glitter;)
all you need for the tags and cards above is fine glitter, double sided tape and heavy card stock or art board.

cut your paper to size, stick tape and cover with glitter. make place cards for your holiday dinner table, or small tags for presents and hostess gifts.

easy enough right? happy glittering!
i would love to see any projects you guys do using this technique as well!

Wednesday, December 5

color inspiration // christmas palette #2

emerald + black

some might say black is a bit dark for the holidays. i really don't think so. mixing it with a rich emerald green cheers it right up and makes it a very chic combo for the holidays.
what do you think of mixing black in your decor  or party palette for christmas?