THANKFUL FOR | *Blog launch countdowns* + holiday gift, fashion and decor loveliness!


… The Countdown begins.  OMIGODICANYOUBELIEVEITICANT.  We’re approx. two business days and one weekend away from the launch, peoples!!!!!  Monday, Monday, Monday!  Get your engines ready, because a whole new The Knotty Bride is comin’ to town.  WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

… I can’t capture the excitement in words ok – I just can’t.  It’s too much.  Too much.  So let’s move on and try to act cool, like nothing big is about to happen on Monday.  Aright?  ACT COOL.  NOW, moving right along…

There’s something really special in the air.  You know what it is?  It’s that wonderful holiday aroma.  Mmmm… get a whiff of it.  It smells like freezing.  Well, actually, this year, it seems to be far less frigid than typical for November (at least where I am), which proooobably has something to do with global warming.  Sigh.

Here’s what’s awesome – because the holidays seem to be ever-present on my mind these days (I’m not kidding you guys – I’ve got XMas undies on.  No, seriously.  No, SERIOUSLY.  Full disclosure: they’ve got tiny whales on them, but they are red, green and white, so technically, XMAS.)… I’d like to bring you a little somethin’-somethin’ that’ll help everyone out there who still hasn’t gotten any gifts yet.  … Which is likely all of you, since it’s only the middle of November.  Yeah, so, I’m excited, because I love all of these things, and want to hold/wear them in/to bed.  That’s how obsessed I am with what’s going on here in this post, today.  Aaaaaand…

The great thing about the decor elements peppered throughout this post is that I personally think they’d be a massive winfest for your holiday-inspired wedding!  I mean, handmade paper bunting, in both nude and gold colors?  What about that is NOT perfect styling for your wedding. And crackers are kind of the perfect little favor for your guests!  Are you getting excited?  :)

Ok, so, without further adieu, check it all out… I hope you enjoy!

handmade paper bunting

handmade paper flower garland

organic drinking chocolate flakes

organic chocolate truffles

Speaking of truffles… want to eat a lot but still look hot?  This gorgeous silk velvet wrap dress will hit the spot.  I know, random rhyme attack.

Pair that stylish and comfy little number with some sheer (or, opaque grey, imo) stockings and these Cora heels, and you’re holiday bound…

By the way, she’s wearing this feather headband, if you were wondering…

More shoes – these are the Cala heels…

Omigod I need a pair of these…

velvet lined slippers

Neck bling in the hizzy…

luisa necklace

disc necklace

aran hand knitted socks

I definitely need these in my life.

hand knit slipper sock

Wanna get someone a completely predictable gift, but you’re looking to make it extra special?

Glycerine soaps!


… crackers!

(note: Toast says they’re “good” so I guess that means there are tiers to cracker quality.  So uhh, I guess they’re saying these will work, or something?  Anyways, each contains a gift, a riddle and a hat – and I’m assuming they’re “good” gifts, riddles and hats.)

All images/items via Toast

Quick note: I’m a little obsessed with Toast.  In fact, there’s really only one thing I think I like more than the products Toast offers, and that’s the styling.  If a product shot itself doesn’t sell me all the way, the styling shot will finish the job EVERY TIME.  Can you dig?

So, about these decor and gift ideas… what think you?  Like?  Love?  Hate?  Do they make you want to spoon your eyes out just so you won’t have to look at them anymore?

Ok.  I officially cannot hold in my pee any longer.

Peace and love for now!

xoxo!  – Alison


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  1. Liz on November 18, 2010

    Um, I think I may need all of this. I’ll be sending you my mailing address. Thanks! ;)

  2. Anonymous on November 18, 2010

    Cannot wait to see the new site!! ;)

  3. Meli from Lovely Paperie on November 18, 2010

    Whoa…LOVE IT! I had never visited the Toast website…all I can say is O-M-G.

  4. Anonymous on November 18, 2010

    Excited for the new site! -E.

  5. Michelle Mospens on November 18, 2010

    LOVE, love, love! Thank you for sharing TOAST! I am so inspired. I whipping up a custom invitation design inspired by you. xo My paints are out and ready! LOVE! btw I can not wait for the brand new website! eeeeeep!

  6. Megan Acosta on November 18, 2010

    LOVE those flats! and those chocolate flakes! So cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Alison on November 18, 2010

    Omigod are you for real? I’m touched, beyond measure! Cannot wait to see it, Michelle! (Also, thank you!)

  8. The Realistic Nutritionist on November 18, 2010

    Those socks look SO cozy! I also love the shoes. Perfect holiday gifts :)

  9. Kristin Gast on November 18, 2010

    Love the socks, perfect for winter. Random note: I’m allergic to velvet, so those robes gave me the heebie jeebies through my computer screen ;) (issues? maybe…)

    Can’t wait for the new site!

  10. Postcards and pretties on November 18, 2010

    i’m thankful for this post!! i’m printing it out and using it as my christmas list…look out friends & family

  11. Jen on November 18, 2010

    Ummm These are incredible. I think I need one of EVERYTHING on this list.

  12. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on November 18, 2010

    OH MY GOD! Need those slippers, NEEEEEED THEM!

  13. Lena at La Petite Coquin on November 19, 2010

    LOVE THESE! I need those amazing knit socks (I was just fantasizing about them last night when I was standing in my ballet flats waiting for a train!), I am wild for the white and gold bunting, and red Cora heels are divine!

    Can’t wait until Monday!

  14. Victoria Sharkey on November 19, 2010

    You never cease to make me laugh! If I need a pick me up, I head over to your corner of the web and I’m allllllllll better :) Sooooooo excited for the new site :)

  15. TheDemoiselle on November 19, 2010

    Love that every post of yours is chock FULL of GOODNESS!!! I love it all – especially the velvet dress in that midnight blue…sooooo luxurious. My heart skips a beat when I think of your new site! PUMPED. night night!

  16. Thesassybride on November 19, 2010

    Love it all but most of all those truffles & chocolate flakes!!!! YUM! I am now “offically” off my diet & can actually have them! woohoo! ….Just reading my comment over..maybe it isn’t such a good idea..hmm But they look good! =)

  17. Kate Holland on November 19, 2010

    OMG I don’t even know where to begin with all this goodness, I’m a long time fan of Toast. Those velvet lined ballet flats belong on my feet with my new wooden floors, and those sock slippers!! Scrumptious!! Pumped for Tuesday (your Monday!) to see the new site!!

  18. tenthoubride on November 19, 2010

    yayyyy for the new blog! some lovely finds, lady!


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