SEXY E-SESSION LOVE | Joyce + Joey + Boudoir | Strike a Pose with Your Honey for the World to See…

I saw this PHENOMENAL e-session on Wedding Chicks the other day and couldn’t believe my eyes.  Let me explain.

There have been a LOT more risqué photo shoots on the internets these days.  But just because they’re becoming more prevalent, it doesn’t mean I’m getting used to them.  Each time I catch a glimpse of a brand spankin’ new butt, or the side-most section of a titter-tatter, I feel like a peeping Tom.  It’s like I’m seeing something I shouldn’t be seeing…

But then I scroll down – because you can’t look away… I mean, right? – and I’m usually met with a bevy of absolutely stunning, evocative images that prove to me, almost every time, how beautiful and important these sessions truly are to the subjects involved.  Of course, there’s the obvious drive in pretty much all of us to capture forever on film the smooth, supple skin of our youth… the fleeting, all over “perkiness,” if you will.  But there’s also a deeper, less superficial purpose to these sessions, and it involves the unique bond between these couples.  It screams off the page in sessions like these.  That electric love experienced by both partners charges these images, and who doesn’t want that etched in something that lasts forever… say, film?

Well… Joyce, Joey and Ellen of Hong Studio: this is what I consider a mission accomplished:

I should note here that the shoot wasn’t wholly scandalous.  I mean, even the finest couple needs a few shots to take home to Grandma.  So, Grandma’s shots:

Precious.  Touching.  Totally innocuous.  Grandma will never catch on that they were just sexing it up, naked-style half an hour earlier.

Umm… s’cute! as my baby nephew says:

Here’s a fun fact: the breathtaking bride-to-be has her own eyelash studio in Vancouver, Canada.  Uh, wow, Joyce.  I’m impressed.  It’s called Noir Lash Lounge Inc. Sadly, I couldn’t be farther from Vancouver, and I don’t have a good enough reason to take a trip out there any time soon.  (My bank account doesn’t consider eyelashes a good enough reason, and I have to agree with it.)  Oh, and by the way, she’s not just the owner… she’s also a client!  HAHAHAHHHH yeah I’ll be here all week.

Photos: Hong Photography Studio // via Wedding Chicks

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PARTY PALETTE LOVE | apples, milk cartons and composition books | Guess the shower theme? *Duh*

Breaking the hell away from Easter for a second, here.  (I didn’t think it was possible to be on pastel overload.  But here we are.)

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I discovered this totally not too cool for school baby shower over on Amy Atlas‘ blog, Sweet Designs.  The photographs are by Whitney Smith Photography.  This is so awesome, I can’t even tell you.  It was created by friends of the mother-to-be, one Mrs. Emily Moulton, and it is TOO PRECIOUS.  I’ve gotta say, I love the color scheme most of all.  And it’s the first (and last) time I’m gonna say that I am loving me some Diet Coke cans right now!

In Amy’s words:

“The shower included lots of cute details including a chalkboard menu, lunch-sack sandwiches, cafeteria lunch trays, a composition guest book, milk and cookies, and pb&j bars. Whitney and Britney even arranged for Mrs. Moulton’s students to write advice for the mom-to-be {such a cute idea!}”


Those look exactly like the Mrs. Fields cookies I used to love in high school.  Brings me back.  To eating too many Mrs. Fields cookies at lunchtime.

Just a couple more good reasons why it’s smart to stock up on cute ceramic cake stands.

Little brown paper lunch bags are my FAVORITE thing.

Ok, coming up next, a post about my childhood, complete with pictures.  And that pastel thing I worked to avoid here will return IN FULL FORCE.  I just needed to detox for a little bit.  Alright, talk to you soon!

xoxo, Alison

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{ LINGERIE + FACE LOVE } Lara Stone for Eres… + pink lips and yellow eyelids

Holy s***.

By the way, I love a matte frosted pink lip and wet yellow eye.  Just felt like telling you.

Credits: Fashionising // True North Style

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WEDDING LINGERIE LOVE | Keep it Pretty… Pretty Itty Bitty.

I love the Summer 2010/Special Issue of New York Weddings.  It’s really good.  SO good, in fact, that I’ve been in the habit of keeping it on my person wherever I go for the last couple of weeks or so.  And I must say, their site is no less entertaining and informative.

Here are some lingerie suggestions I picked up on a recent visit.  These would be quite the delightful bridal shower gift for any bride-to-be.  Though, I’m sure those of us who love this kind of stuff will be more than tempted to, uhh, take things into our own hands…

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Myla Annabelle peek-a-boo bra/button-back knicker ~ Journelle; 3 E. 17th St.; 212-255-7800.

Kiki de Montparnasse pearl restraints ~ Kiki de Montparnasse; 79 Greene St.; 212-965-8070.

Commando Better Than Nothing thong ~ Journelle; 3 E. 17th St.; 212-255-7800.

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Myla Body Silk strapless bra/suspender belt/thong ~ Journelle; 3 E. 17th St.; 212-255-7800.

Damaris Faroux bra/knickers ~ catrionamackechnie.com.

The Lake & Stars Trick Date silk-chiffon chemise ~ Journelle; 3 E. 17th St.; 212-255-7800.

Kiki de Montparnasse Muse corselette bra/tuxedo panty ~ Kiki de Montparnasse ; 79 Greene St.; 212-965-8070.

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Photos: Hannah Whitaker // Source: New York Magazine

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WILL YOU MARRY ME? | the great cake lollie proposal…

Bakerella does some amazing things with a little bit of flour, sugar and some lollie sticks.  But this project takes the cake.

It goes on, as you can imagine…

But, here’s the beauty part:

And, stop right there. That’s it – that’s where I start to tear up.

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Find out what prompted all of this and more, over at Bakerella.  If you have feelings, the story will touch your heart like crazy.  I tear up a bit every time I read it.  I have never met these people, and I tear up a bit.  You want to make fun of me?  Go ahead.  I may be ridiculous, but at least I have copious amounts of feelings that cannot be contained.

Happy Thursday, to all.

Alison

P.S. – Want more stuff related to engagements/proposals?  Here’s a whole category for you.  Enjoy!

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GIFTS I COVET | This Girl Wants These Gifts. You Will, Too.

Hey everybody, hope the holidays are treating you well this year.  With Christmas days away, unless you have car (not the case for a city-dweller like me), I’m not so sure you’ll be able to grab these gifts in time.  But here’s the thing, and let’s be honest with ourselves… we’ll probably just want to get these goodies for our own personal use.  Am I right or am I right?  And I wouldn’t give myself a hard time if I got myself a belated gift.  Would you?

Most of these gifts I caught wind of either through friends, family, People, or the good ol’ boob tube.  I found the following items to be my absolute faves, and I think you’ll like them, too.  If you’d like to get your hands on any of these products, the links to where you can find them immediately follow each image.  Hurry though; each of these items is still in stock presently, but of course there’s no way I can promise they’ll still be available in the minutes after I post this!

+ Colin Cowie Felt Trivets, $14.95

~ COUPON CODE: C56574 for 15% off your order until 12-31-09 (new customers, only) ~


+ THE BEST eyelash curler ever, $19-$24

+ a personalized stamp for the wedding; this one was created for one of my favorite weddings.

+ Peek A Boo liner in cream, $6, or 3 for $15

+ Yup, comes in black, too, $6, or 3 for $15

+ Love this DKNY watch (looks A LOT like a Cartier I covet)

+ “Dirt” is THE BEST for taming frizzies, $26

+ “Hollywood Intuition” Wrap – Silver Scarf, $15

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+ Colin Cowie Notched Serving Bowl, on sale, $19.95

+ Wool and the Gang Scarf Kit, $150

+ Philosophy Classic Cookbook, $35

+ Cookie Pro™ Ultra II Cookie Press, $24.99

By the way, if you like to bake, a Cookie Press isn’t the only thing I’d want this year…

+ Gifts for the baker in your life!

+ Philosophy The Cookie Exchange, $30

+ An embosser!  (priced at around $30)

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HOLIDAY FAVES LOVE | dreamy diys + pretty printables + awe-inspiring images | Heavenly Holiday Decor + Gift Packaging Perfection = My Happiness

There are lots of reasons why the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, but ranking high among them are the following two:

~ dreamy and delightful holiday decor

~ pretty packaging perfection by incredibly creative crafters

Combine those two with my absolute favorite thing in general and of all time – photography – and you get marvelous, breathtakingly beautiful things… wondrous things that never cease to amaze me, no matter how many times or however long I stare at them.  Here are several examples of that magic, created by some of the greatest triple threats around.  Click on the links announcing each set to visit each artist’s space on the web (Flickr pages or personal weblogs).

I Love Danielle Thompson

Visit her ridiculously awesome blog, too.

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I Love giverslog

It gives me the loveliest leads and most darling ideas; like this:

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And, best of all, this:

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I Love Martha

Just look at what she creates!  One cannot help but be inspired by this:

This:

Or this:

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I Love eatdrinkchic

Just look at this and you’ll understand:

So many projects and free printables:

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So not done with the Love for Danielle Thompson

If you haven’t visited her blog or Flickr account yet, I am now pressuring you to do so.  It is AH. MA. ZING.

Here’s more of what you’ll find:

Told you.

I think it would be a nice time to live inside of her pictures.

As far as gift wrapping/packaging is concerned, here are just a few of my personal faves:

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And I just LOVE this tree:

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HOLIDAY BAKED TREATS LOVE | Festive Cupcakes That Go Way Beyond Icing and Sprinkles…

Want to make a serious impact this holiday season, but feel your typical treats just aren’t cutting it this year?  Or maybe you kinda sorta forgot to buy gifts for your family and friends, and it’s December 22 already.  Whoa, came outta nowhere, right?!

Okay, no worries, everything’s fine.  Bakerella has some major league ideas that are sure to drop jaws…

Show up on the scene holding a sweet lookin’ batch of any of the uber-creative confections below – all courtesy of the magnificent Bakerella – and you’ll finally be able to throw away your copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

It’s through their eyes and their stomachs, my friends.  Their eyes and their stomachs.

So, how about these adorable Coca-Cola Cupcakes?

(Sooo cute.)

My favorite part might be the multi-color shells you have to buy:

It’s a little involved, as you can see, so…

Go check out the instructions on how to Make These Coca-Cola Cupcakes.

Another one of Bakerella’s projects I adore:.

How PERFECT are these itty bitty cupcake Christmas trees?!!

To make them, you’ll need sugar cones…

Snowflake sprinkles…

And candy canes, just to name a few ingredients.


Want to try your hand at this? Here’s how to make these Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there.  Bakerella has tons of ideas and recipes, and some seriously phenomenal photography to go along with it.  I especially love the shots that depict the initial steps of her baking process:

Okay… so I’m going to leave you with that for the time being, as I go bake something immediately, because I’ve just thoroughly enticed and tortured myself and unfortunately there’s no turning back… Talk soon!

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{All images courtesy of Bakerella}

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PAPER LOVE | wrap it up | Don’t Get Your Hopes Up; No One Can Wrap Like This…

Don’t you wish you could wrap your gifts this perfectly? I do.

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But, unless we’re sending our packages via email – aka not sending real gifts to people in real life, a serious holiday-fail – we’ll just have to settle for a little human error in our gift wrapping efforts.  Fortunately, there are gift wrapping papers as fun and spirited as these bright beauties from Design Army, which make even the worst wrap-job totally forgivable.  This bundle is called the “Do-Re-Mi” Wrapping Paper collection, and you can get it here.

Rudolph:

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Frosty:

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Jingle Bells:

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12 Days of Xmas:

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(You get two sheets of all four designs)

My favorites?  The “12 Days of Xmas” is quite nice, and I really get a kick out of another design, called “To/From” Wrapping Paper, which saves you an obvious step in the gift-wrapping process:

Cute idea, no?  If you think so, you might want to hurry up – you don’t have much time left!

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HOLIDAY LOVE | so pretty and so festive | Red + White + Brown – form of – PAPER ‘n’ TREATS {so delicious looking}

Leslie’s Color Me Pretty posts on her blog, decor8, make me feel all warm and festive inside.  Just look at the sweet, sweet goodness of these projects she created and photographed so brilliantly.  Go Leslie, with your bad self!  I love how you rock that hyper-creativity that so obviously flows through you in immeasurable quantities.  Did you know that red, white and kraft paper brown are, as a matter of fact, my favorite holiday colors?

Leslie’s loveliness inspired me to gather up my favorite manifestations of that oh-so-special color triumvirate.  My heart actually beats faster when I look at these other bits ‘n’ pieces of holiday inspiration.  Totally serious.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

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HOLIDAY LOVE | Wrap Your Gifts in Pretty, Decorative Packaging… It Makes ALL The Difference

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Yesterday, I received a package.  I was promised it would arrive several days ago, but, as you can easily infer, it didn’t.  I’m not so much a stickler for timeliness as I am someone who appreciates keeping your word if you’ve promised something.  So, it shouldn’t surprise any of you that I wasn’t too thrilled about the late arrival.

But guess what?

When I opened it up, it revealed THE MOST PRECIOUS packaging efforts I had ever seen in my life.

The package came late?  Oh.  I had forgotten as I stared lovingly at the pink tissue paper and brown Kraft confetti.  Lateness?  Completely forgiven.

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Clearly, the right packaging can make quite a splash with your recipient.  Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done with myself, had that item arrived on time.  Great packaging and timeliness might have made me fly out there and thank her myself.

So, in case you were looking for the perfect way to package your gifts this holiday season, I think I might have just the thing.

Have you seen these lovely paper goods from Martha Stewart Crafts?  I just love all of the packaging materials she offers.  Below are a bunch of my favorites.  They are divine for packing up some fresh, homemade (or store-bought like the rest of us) cookies, or a bunch of your favorite chocolates.  … Or any other little bits of love you’d like to share with someone.  She also has absolutely darling flair for you to pretty up your basic package.  Crafty or not, you can do this!

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QUICK NOTE: Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing with you some of the best wedding crafts and deals floating around in this here ether we call the ‘net. Do you know the only thing that upsets me about all these goodies and DIY projects?  That I can’t have 17 separate weddings, just so I can use it all and do it all.

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Oh, did I mention a lot of these items below are on sale right now?

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Large Gingerbread Treat Boxes

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Iced Cookie Boxes

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Tall Goodie Boxes

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Candy Cane Compartment Treat Boxes

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Say you’re all set with your basic packaging.  How about some wonderful ways to jazz it up?

Dimensional Pink Rose Stickers

I SO love those rose stickers.  How cute, right?  :)  Ok, now on to the holiday appropriate ones…

Heirloom Tags

Gold "Happy Holidays" Transfers

Silver "Merry Christmas" Transfers

Frosty Village Edge Punch

Woodland Metal - Rimmed Gift Tags

Woodland Ribbon-Threaded Tags

Apricot Ribbon Bows Dimensional Stickers

Colorburst Ribbon Borders Transfers

Looking for some step by step guidance?  You can find tutorials like this one on Martha Stewart Crafts as well:

Food Packaging

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