BRIDAL BEAUTY | Look + FEEL Better with the Best Natural Cleanse I’ve Found, Y’all.


If you guys know me, you know I’m not a big fan of fad diets and cleanses.  Unless they work.  And it’s a mega bonus if they’re gluten free (gluten is BAAAAD, whether or not you’re allergic to it).  Soy and caffeine free = even better.  So that’s why, today, we’re gonna talk about Kaeng Raeng.  Because it works.

I like things that work, especially when they’re HEALTHY and make your colon happier.  There is literally nothing not to love about that.

I have to say, I’ve always been wary of trying out a cleanse – everything out there seems so unhealthy.  Just the idea of “cleansing” my body shouldn’t feel unhealthy to me.  This is why I’m a Kaeng Raeng fan; there are three all-natural flavors and each contains an ounce of freeze dried fruit (legitimate real fruit – I feel like I have to say that in this age of food fakeness), plus other important healthy components like protein, fiber and everything you’d typically get from your likely synthetic daily vitamin.

It’s pretty easy, too.  Drink three pouches per day (in addition to a healthy diet, ideally a raw vegan diet but I’m not your mom).  You mix the pouches with plain water, or you can make it interesting with some frozen fruit and ice <== smoothie time!

Recently, Kaeng Raeng launched Kaeng Raeng Bride.  These bridal packages are discounted cleanse packages made especially for the bride, the bridal party, even the happy couple.  I love a good discount and I imagine I’m not alone in this.  You can take a look at these packages (and the pretty significant savings) here.

I do want to note that if you check out Kaeng Raeng‘s reviews on the interwebs you’ll see people really rave about this cleanse.  Even Lauren Conrad is a fan.  I wouldn’t be sharing it with you if I didn’t think it was worth your while.  Duh.

Have you considered a cleanse?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.  I used to be super frightened of cleanses but this one took the fear away!

xo, Alison

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WEDDING DETAILS LOVE | baker’s twine | One Day, They’ll Accept Our Love…

Okay, you all know how much I love the little details that go into creating the ins and outs of your wedding decor.

And it’s no secret that I love me some craftaliscious gift packaging.

Well, one big component of those obsessions is twine.  And for a long time, it didn’t matter what kind.  You see, I do my best not to discriminate.  I don’t see type or color in my twine.  I’m twine-blind.  All twines are created equal, and that’s how it should be.  Twine, twine, twine.


Recently, I’ve noticed that I have a thing for baker’s twine.

I’ve developed a slight – a slight – partiality.  And here’s why.

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It is obnoxiously adorable.  In your face pretty.  It’s just irresistible, and you know what?  I won’t waste my time fighting off its advances. Why fight, when we can love?  Really, everyone, join me.  There’s enough to go around.  It’s string.


Baker’s twine is awwwwesoomme (I sang that like an opera singer as I wrote it).  There are SO many things you can do with baker’s twine.  About a bazillion things to be exact, and they’re pretty much all haute and chic… you know, stylish-like.




But they can be kitschy, if you like kitschy.

And they can be cutesy, if you like cutesy.

So if you want some colorful bursts of inspiration that’ll get you into wedding decor production mode tout de suite, well then gaze upon that which ensues.  I hope it pleases thee as much as it pleases me.

That above, that’s pennant bunting!  I love jargon terms.  They always have sort of a luscious taste to them as they roll off the tongue.

Some tags…

… more tags…

… and a pretty pink package, all from Nice Package.  I like that shop name, but for the wrong reasons.

Major red twine love going on here.  You can find the twine in these next two pics over at maythird.

Here’s a really lovely, simple wrap job to which I feel especially endeared:


Rifle Paper Co. via *

This right here is a personal fave; while it isn’t baker’s twine, it’s AWESOME and I’ve been dying to post it somewhere, recently:

And a bit more from Nice Package, because you know you want it.

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MARTHA WEDDINGS LOVE | take a peek… | New Winter 2010 Issue!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the latest issue of Martha’s fabulous weddings magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, maybe a peek at what’s in store will help you brace the winter winds and scurry over to that newsstand…

Of course, the first section to which I always flip – without fail – is DIY Style. Verdict: I can promise you that it’s a winner in this issue.  The DIY projects Martha features are quite often utterly amazing, and the current issue is no exception.  In fact, I’d like to get started on a few of these IMMEDIATELY, but I can’t get myself to stop staring at the photography.  I love pretty colors and tiny details, so mine eyes have seen the glory and my pupils are dilated to the breaking point.  Kudos, Johnny Miller.  What lovely work you’ve done here.

My favorite project?  Oh, I’d love to tell you, thanks for asking!  Right off the bat, I was drawn to the jewelry box that involves repurposing your ring pillow.  It’s so simple, so green, and so perfect for bringing a bit of your wedding into your everyday life!  That’s how I define a great idea.

Of course, you’ll have to wait until after your wedding (rough, I know), but it’s such a smart, beautiful concept that I think it’s worth putting on that post-wedding To Do List, don’t you?  All that’s needed to craft up this little homemade jewelry box is a simple wooden keepsake box, like this one, suggested by Martha.  Plop in that already beribboned ring pillow, and presto!  Too cute.  Have fun!

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INSPIRATION | pretty lovely and pretty creative | Color Schemes for Your Home Space Work Just as Well for Your Wedding

I love this idea… it’s something I’ve always wanted to do with the many lovely photos of my mother that my dad has taken over time.  This one’s from Cindy Russell, of her mother.  … Always loved that he took those photos.  So sweet, such a deep expression of love.  I’m joyous that they exist, and I’m sure my mom is stoked about it, too.  This is a big part of the reason I let the boy take candids…

… no matter how hideous I may be feeling at that particular moment.  I don’t let myself stifle his often adorably sneaky efforts, ’cause who knows, one of those snapshots might actually become an image I grow to cherish 30 years from now.  One never knows.  For real – there are a solid three, maybe four photographs he took of me about three years ago that I really do adore; there’s no mistaking that I wasn’t in the mood to be photographed at the particular moment each was taken, but they still come off quite lovely (if I do say so myself).

I want to make something clear, though; I’m definitely not always camera ready.  Rephrase: I’m nearly never camera ready, in my opinion.  But, I’ve found in the trials and tribulations of being this fine gender of mine, that it’s really just a girl thing.  (SO GLAD I figured that one out sooner than later.  We really are way more camera ready than we may believe ourselves to be.  Truth.  I wouldn’t lie to you.  And if you’d like to contest that on a personal level, go ahead and send me your argument in the form of a pic of yourself.  I will be brutally honest with you.  But not one in which you’re trying to look not-so-hot.  Then you’re just trying to get me to say bad things about you, and that’s not good for my image.  Capiche?)

Anyway, I also found these next few rather colorful – in the absolute sweetest way – and, for me, intensely inspiring photographs, all of her living/work space.  The first is sort of Narnia magical, the second is pretty much exactly what my work space looks like, but in terms of the towering book stacks, only.

Those colors, those delicious pastels mixed with bolds, arranged in a teetering zigzag of organized clutter.  That’s my favorite kind of clutter.  I think my better half would agree, if I made the surrounding area of our teetering zigzags look as delicately beautiful as Cindy Russell’s.

That home design prettiness combined with the playful and similarly colored party flags behind this lovely wedded couple (the flag line is in the second set below) make for a massive amount of inspiration.  Don’t you just love these COLORS?


I’ll wrap it up with an adorably colorful celebrate banner, and a totally cute getaway car flower garland, both of which Luzel featured on her lovely blog, iDiY.

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER LOVE | amelia lyon | 2009′s Greatest Shots

Amelia Lyon is one of my favorite photographers.  Yeah, it’s partly because she takes killer shots – but A LOT of people take killer shots.  That’s why it’s so hard to choose a wedding photographer.  There are just loads and loads of amazing photographers out there from which to choose.  So here’s what sets someone like Amelia Lyon apart.  She has a really cute little lion to the right of her last name in her logo.  Kidding.  It’s that she’s a giver.

I’ve borrowed a sampling – an amuse-bouche if you will – of what she has declared her greatest shots of 2009, displayed here below.  If you love it, and want some more of it, click your way over to her Best of 2009, or check out the whole shebang.  (It’s some good shebang for your buck.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost anything.)

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