Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Sorry this is a little delayed.  In honor of Memorial Day weekend, here is today's thought...


* Image via Pinterest

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pinterest Party

Lately, I have been seeing the most enchanting tablescapes and get-togethers on Pinterest.  Whether a high-noon tea party, small gathering in the garden, or a midsummer night's dream dinner with friends, I'd RSVP to any of them:

Wouldn't you want to attend one of these fabulous fĂȘtes?  Or perhaps you'd like to play hostess.  
If so, Annemarie's got some great tips for planning your own soiree.  Check them out here!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

What's Your Color?

If you know me at all, you know that I love color.  Lots of it!  So, when I came across Paper Source's Colorscope Palette, I was immediately enthralled.  To form the Colorscope, Paper Source took their rainbow of signature hues and translated them into personality types, the idea being that the color you're most attracted to will match your persona.   Before I get to my results though, you should try it out!  And don't cheat!  Make sure to focus on the colors before reading their descriptions. 

Here's a closer view for readability:

Which color(s) stood out to you?  Do you think the description matched your personality? 
Mine were:

* Images courtesy here & Paper Source via

Saturday, May 19, 2012

In the Kitchen with Jacob: S'More, Please!

Sady here.  Jacob is literally in the kitchen now cooking a delicious dinner for us (recipe for which he will post next week.)  So, I have decided to share a yummy treat with you guys instead.  Neopolitan. Smores.  Yep, one's good enough on its own, but the combination of the two is just divine!  Here goes...

Rose Vanilla Marshmallows (or simply substitute plain pink and white ones from your local grocer)
- Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar from here, but these are great too! 
- Graham Crackers, see below

Place marshmallow and chocolate square on one graham cracker.  Toast them in the oven until golden and gooey.  Top with another cracker, and you've got a pink, white, and chocolate extravaganza for your taste buds! 

 Of course, store-bought graham crackers taste just as good.  This is simply a fancy option : ) 

* Photos and recipe adapted from Oh Joy! 

What's It Gonna "B"?

Book // Bronzer // Beach Towel // Bag // Bauble

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

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Celebrating CelebraTORI

A few weeks ago, Tori Spelling was doing a circuit on major talk shows in promotion of her new book, CelebraTORI.  And from what I could see, she had some fantastic ideas.  More like an entertaining manual, CelebraTORI features parting planning tips and tricks suitable for a ladies-only get together, a child's birthday bash, or a holiday soiree.  And guess what?!? It's all budget-friendly advice!  Yep, Tori says you can throw a high-end party with fancy decor at little or no expense by simply utilizing items from your own home and local thrift stores/flea markets.  (One man's trash is another man's treasure, right?)  Check out these images from Tori's guest appearance on Rachel Ray's show and The Talk:

 The cupcake cones are displayed in a wire basket that was flipped upside down.  Very inventive!

A DIY drink bar...genious!  And notice that nothing matches.  
Instead, it's a beautiful assembly of random vessels.

Another DIY bar, but this time it's for the Body and Soul.  Tori provides the ingredients for her guests to make their own face masks and body oils while attending her Spa party. 

Instead of going through a professional printer or the post office, she saves by making her own invites and hand delivering them to her friends.  Shown above are Pampering Party invitations attached to a bar of soap...isn't that neat?   

Look at how elegant this is!  And, can you believe the flowers are carnations?!? Tori stresses to give them a chance because not only are they pretty, they are also cost-efficient.  Note too that she uses random objects, like the suitcase shown above, to vary the height of her tablescapes. 

  Overall, I'd say Ms. Spelling did a wonderful job!  I'll definitely be adding her book to my "Coffee Table Must-Haves" collection!  But what do you think?  Would you buy it?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Two-Play: Behind the Lens Inspired

Today's music picks- performed by 16 year-old British musician Jasmine van den Bogaerde (Birdy)- were inspired by the captivating work of photographer Tim Irving.  Tim is based out of Suffolk, United Kingdom and authors two blogs: StyleMed and The Negative.  He also has an Etsy shop featuring the most incredible photographs, which he claims commemorate his childhood*.  And I have to say, I completely agree with him on that.  His pictures are engaging, and you can definitely see a recurring theme of spring, greenness, juvenescence, and youth.  Take a glimpse through Irving's looking-glass to see what I mean...

Tim's talent with a camera really is like a time-travel!  If you'd like to view more of his splendid little snapshots, visit here.

* Source


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