CHRISTMAS CRAFTS | Gold Leaf + Twine + Tags = Easy Holiday Place Settings That Shimmer! | By Kindred

Happy Holidays lovelies!

It’s been so long since I’ve been back here to write a DIY and am excited to share this pretty place setting for all your upcoming holiday parties!  Easy, fresh, and a little bit of shine… what every table needs!  {Continue reading…}

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THANKFUL FOR… | Cool Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration + The Prettiest Gold Dress + Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes I Love


I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Pretty big deal in these parts.

Walmart didn’t get the memo. {Continue reading…}

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I’M OBSESSED… | This Sale On All The Things I Didn’t Know I Wanted For The Holidays


Found this little sale going on at West Elm on everything from monogramming to gold flatware this week and I fell in love.  I usually don’t fall in love with sales.

But when free monogramming is involved and it’s not cheesy, I-look-like-a-self-absorbed-little-fuck type monogramming, but instead pretty simple lettering that adds some attractive umph to the item, I’m all for it.  Which essentially means this is the first time I’ve ever been for it.  Makes a great gift for your bridesmaids in my opinion – or for yourself because we all deserve a little reward now and then, yes?  The answer is yes STOP PUNISHING YOURSELF.

Btw- I feel shameful about this but I am still hopelessly into little arrows and a touch of golden trim and shit like that.  I try to limit my purchasing of these things because I’m trying to avoid looking like someone on Princesses Long Island.  You have to admit though all the stuff below is just too cute to ignore.

For example…

This metal-wrapped wood tray, $59:


This metallic case, $9:

west elm metallic zipper case

west elm metallic zipper case silver gold

This little leather case, $34:

west elm leather zipped case monogrammed arrows

(except the mustache one – ENOUGH with the mustaches)

leather zipper case small - west elm

west elm leather zipped case monogrammed arrows 2

Comes in small, medium and large, $24 – $49

west elm leather zipped case monogrammed arrows 3

This tray, $29 – $34:

west elm gold metallic monogrammed tray

west elm gold metallic monogrammed tray 2

This jewelry box, $59:

rustic wood monogrammed jewelry box

This jewelry box, too, $24 – $49:

mirrored monogram jewelry box west elm

The snowflake stocking, $24:

west elm monogrammed felt snowflake stocking 2

west elm monogrammed felt snowflake stocking

This ipad case, $34:

baggu dipped ipad case 2

And the rest of the Baggu Bag Collection – Navy + Gold, $34 – $99:

Baggu Bag Collection - Navy + Gold

p.s. – I also love some things that are regrettably not monogrammable but I just had to include in this post:


this wireless bamboo keyboard, $69 // these color blocked utensils, $8 – $12 / this gold flatware, $23 – $84


gold serving set, $23 // gold cheese knives, $23


So guys, am I just smitten because they happened to burn my actual name into a lot of these things, or are these actually really fun and happifying-to-look-at additions to a lady’s wardrobe and daily life?

I have a personal post coming up, it’s taken me only a thousand years to finish it so I’m sure that’s not weird.  That’s not weird, right?

I missed you guys.


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10 GREAT IDEAS FOR JULY FOURTH | Patriotic Snow Cones, Patriotically Menstruate, Cool-Ass Nail Art, Alcoholic Drinks In the name of Freedom, Kid Crafts…

So July 4th, let’s do this.

last minute ideas for fourth of july diy party

Actually first a couple of cool gifs I thought you might like:

- watch hot glass being formed into a horse. via reddit

- watch this :)

Independence Day is one of ma faves, y’all.  I may not know how to file a tax return on my own but that doesn’t mean I don’t love celebrating the fact that I can, should I choose to educate myself one day, because FREE COUNTRY.  And who doesn’t love a day of drinking fully condoned by Big Brother, {Continue reading…}

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COOLEST EASTER DIYs | Zombie Eggs, Gold Leaf Eggs, Chalkboard Pen Eggs, Geometric Eggs… | Please Enjoy This Series of Easter-Themed DIY Projects That Don’t Suck.

It’s that time of the year again! LET’S MAKE S**T OUT OF EGGS.

First a Bambino update tho..  {Continue reading…}

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GIRL TALK + BRIDAL BOUDOIR | “I’m ~30 Years Old & These Are My New Year’s Resolutions.” AND: If You Think You Have to Get Nakey for Your Boudoir Session, Think Again.. By The Boudoir Divas. ALSO: French Bulldog Bunny?

ski bunny that is!  guys? guys where’d you go…

I feel like before you read this I should warn you that things got a little out of hand in this post.  I do that sometimes- please just go with it.

To start: my jeans appear to be cutting off blood flow to my feet today, so – I think I’ve got this *girl* thing down.   {Continue reading…}

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MY ‘BEST LAST-MINUTE GIFTS’ GUIDE 2012 | Plus: Best LOL Pet Video, Best Paper Tree Installation, Best Frenchie Instagram Pics, Best Self Tanner, Best Other Stuff, Etc…

My shoulders are at ear level right now.

Let’s jump right in.

Best video Honey sent me this week, by far:  {Continue reading…}

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DIY + UNIQUE PROPOSAL + PUPPY | White & Gold Fringed Party Poms by Renee, A Day in the Life of Bambino, & A Must-See Stop Motion Proposal Video!

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but it’s the holiday season.  And everyone knows that the holiday season is made up of three main things besides the thing where you have to sort through the office politics of who gets to take Christmas eve/Christmas day off, and that’s:

  1. generous gift-giving,
  2. the opportunity to spend time with extended family whether or not you’re interested in that, and
  3. soundless intercourse in upstairs childhood bedrooms on the DL.  Some might call this disgusting but it is technically *fetish-adjacent* and not a full-fledged fetish, and therefore within the realm of acceptable human sexual desire.  So you’re safe.

But we’ll focus on #1 for today (sorry, I know #3′s the coolest one, but {Continue reading…}

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HOT GIFT LIST | Gift Guide for the Ladies: Animal Rings, Polka Dots, Tech Accessories, Rubber Stamps & Bambino.

Whenever the holidays roll around, I have a lot of trouble answering the question “what should I get you?”   {Continue reading…}

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THIS or THAT? | My Room Appears to Be Haunted… Woot? PLUS: An App I’m Loving, Our New Fave Show, AND: Are You a “Balanced” Couple? | Cameron Leung Photography

Happy evening, you guys.  ’sup.

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TOP 10 EMBARRASSING THINGS ABOUT ME | The Holidays Are Here! Studies Show Couples Fight Approximately a Shit Ton During This Time. Let Me Distract You From It.

Yeah so I just thought I’d start off this post with some cheery pictures a la up top from the last few days, since we’re about to get into some heavy shit here.   {Continue reading…}

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My Top 5 Fave Relationship Tips, My Top 13 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts, and Why That TIME Magazine Attachment Parenting/Breastfeeding Cover Is Such a Drag.

Happy Saturday, folks!  This post was originally titled ‘That time I washed my hair with puppy shampoo and liked it’ but someone downstairs started practicing the theme to Star Wars on their picolo, so as you can imagine I got a little distracted by how Fifty Shades of Nerd that is and ended up meandering into other lanes of mind traffic.  At first I thought they were playing the intro to {Continue reading…}

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HAPPY MERRY HOLIDAY TIME FROM TKB! | Phew, ok I think that was politically correct enough. P.S. – Bambino McPuppyPants put on his holiday best for the occasion.

Happy Friday afternoon, dahlinks!  This holiday post is all Bam, all the time.  Nothing but Bam.  So just a heads up there, if you hate puppies.  (Some people actually hate puppies.)

So!  Since it’s the holiday season, {Continue reading…}

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GOLD, GLITTER, SPARKLE | I want pretty much all of this stuff. Mom. Dad. Honey. Brothers. Sister. Extended family. Bambino. Also, what should I wear to Honey’s holiday party?

Well hello and welcome to your Tuesday evening posticle.  We have much to explorrrrre…

But first:

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OH, HOW PINTERESTING… | Second Installment of My Fave Finds While Wasting Ti- I MEAN WORKING, DOING FIELD RESEARCH. Also, “Secretly Pregnant,” TLC?

Hey so real quick first – guess what I just turned to owne tha teeluhhveeshun?  No really, please- please guess.

“Secretly Pregnant.”

I’m watching “Secretly Pregnant,” a show about girls who are secretly handling the task of pregnancy.

There is a show called SECRETLY PREGNANT.  On OUR TELEVISIONS.  This is happening!  WTF????  Aright sorry, it’s just, WTF?

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HAPPY T-GIVE! | Always remember, whatever happens, whatever you do… don’t be like “Angry Kitteh.”

It’s Thursday my friends, and you know what that means…

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LETTER TO RYAN GOSLING + REAL LIFE ISSUES | Do the holidays test your relationship? Plus: Pinterest Finds, and a Classic Ryan Gosling Move.

Happy day, lovers.  Seeing as it’s evening-time, I’m feeling especially excited that you’re with me.  Thanks for sticking around for this HUGE POST that I, once again, put way too much effort into.  Anyway, it’s so lovely to have you back for a new week.  Tell me, how are you?  Did you have a good weekend?  How was dinner, since it’s pretty close to bed time at the moment.  More importantly, are you gearing up for another Thanksgiving?  It’s approximately five seconds away, just so you know.  By now you probably know where you’re celebrating it… right?  So, will it be at your own home?  Your family’s home?  Your partner’s family home?  Both homes; one for dinner, then mad rush to the other for dessert?  A restaurant equidistant between your respective places of birth?  A grassy knoll measured out beforehand to be exactly half-way in distance between your family and your partner’s family, so no one gets offended?

Ok, actually, I’ve gotta get something off my chest.  Bear with me?  I have a quick message for my Bizarro World BF Ryan Gosling before we get into today’s Real Life Relationship Issue…

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{#2} DIY PROJECT #2 | perfect little props for your shoot or party | Paper straws with hearts by Andrea Gray Harper!

I honestly can’t decide which project gets me more giddy; the hearts-on-a-stick cupcake toppers from earlier today, or the DIY coming up in this post.  Truly, on an adorableness scale of 1 to 10, these diy projects = MAXIMUM ADORABLENESS.  {Continue reading…}

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DECOR INSPIRATION LOVE | Round-up of super stylish and crazy creative tabletop looks and ideas for your holiday wedding or affair!

My sister and her family are in town for the holidays, and that means a lot of fort building and high tea.  Which is awesome, but has a way of making me feel extra guilty about working all day, with them staring at me, longing for a few extra hours of playtime.  They do that; they stare at me, not trying {Continue reading…}

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DIY DECOR | Star Garland, Book Page Pinwheels, Pine Tree Favors and Paper Trees = A Sparkly DIY Wintry Snow Scene! | by Lauren Elise Crafted

Happy holidays TKB readers!  It’s Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted again and today I am back to share a special holiday version DIY.  {Note: each of these projects could be employed as décor elements for a lovely winter wedding!  … Especially if it’s holiday-themed!}

Christmas is in just a few days!  Are you ready?

As usual, I am running a bit behind and if you’re like me, you’ll be scrambling {Continue reading…}

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS™ HOLIDAY EDITION | Felt garland, a sparkly dress I must have for a party next week, frosted gingerbread treats, DIY holiday postcards and tags…

I know, so cute!

A few quick notes before I get to the pretty stuff:

Today’s the last day to enter the free wedding photography giveaway by Gem Photo.  So, if you haven’t submitted your entry yet, I, uhh… I suggest you, uhh, get on that straight away.  Click here to find out more!

Vendor Love launched on Wednesday, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!  We’ve received incredible feedback about it, beyond-our-over-achieving-dreams-feedback, and we’re thrilled so many of you beautiful brides out there love it so much!  One could say that our goal is to be a bit like a dating site for brides and wedding vendors, creating ideal matches between brides and vendors, except without the high sex-on-the-first-date frequency.  So far, we’ve kept one-night-stands to a minimum, so we’re pretty thrilled about that! ;)  But seriously, we’re beyond glad everyone’s finding it so useful and easy to navigate, and just plain loving it so much (we do try to read all of your emails and tweets, we’re slowly but surely making our way through it all, so thank you EVERYONE for writing!).  Our vendors already started getting countless inquiries within the first 24 hours (!!!) of the launch, so we’re pretty freakin’ excited about that, obvs.

Brides: we’ll be continually adding vendors to the guide, so keep checking back for even more insane talent!

Ok, on to my holiday finds from around the interweb!

That adorable tray of cheery gingerbread cookies is from Ikea’s 140-page coffee table book, “Hembakat är Bäst” – which means “Homemade is Best.”  Styling by Evelina Bratellshot; photographed by Carl Kleiner; via Lushlee.

J’adore the sparkle factor below, ladies.  Smells like pretty.

Perfect for NYE, if you’re willing to freeze your nips off.


Really digging this felt ball garland project from Jordan Ferney’s Oh Happy Day!  I knew felt had its uses, but I didn’t know it could look this chic.

How CUTE is this DIY Holiday Paper Reindeer Postcard & Tag via Eat Drink Chic????!!!!!

Love it.  Go ahead and check it out if you want more of it.

Loooooving these hot cocoa ornament favors from Austin Wedding Blog.  Of course, I heart anything involving cocoa, so I’m biased.

Ok, that’s a wrap… for now.  Of course, there are approximately a LOT more of these awesome bits and pieces all over the web this time of year.  I just thought I’d gather up some of my absolute favorites for you guys to check out.  I’m dying to know what you think?  So, what think you?

Another thing I’m dying to know; what are your holiday plans?  Family, friends, parties… what are you guys up to this season?

Hope you’re having a happy Friday, friendlies!

xoxo!  – Alison

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HOLIDAY DECOR SPARKLINESS | Ribbons, garland, cake, and a feathered tree all add up to one seriously dreamy holiday shoot!

You.  Guys.  Even though we have massive photography giveaways, an incredible letterpress giveaway, and accessories to give away, I can’t get my mind off of this… so it comes first ’cause that’s how my brain works:

How phenomenal is all of this?  It was shot by the ridiculously talented {Continue reading…}

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