DIY ON A BUDGET: Bright, Glowy Light-Up Letters! | A Tutorial By Kindred

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Today we’re sharing a DIY that requires *drumroll*… fake greens!  Eeek!  What would invoke such a thing?!  Well, clearly, we’re usually the #1 advocates for using fresh greens whenever possible… but occasionally, just occasionally, fake greens’ll do the trick.  In this case, it’s for what could be a more permanent fixture… a piece to hang over the bed, over the guest signing table, in front of the wedding party reception table (yes, those last two weren’t necessarily permanent but they can then be reused!).  Of course, if you prefer, you can also do this with real greens, but for all you who are looking for a DIY that might last a little over a week, this one’s for you ;) {Continue reading…}

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LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE | For you procrastinators out there…

All of these items were currently still in stores as of this morning in my area…

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(Fun Tip: Still searching for a gift for your parents?  Assuming a baby’s out of the question ?? then may I suggest {Continue reading…}

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

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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:

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This metallic case, $9:

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This little leather case, $34:

west elm leather zipped case monogrammed arrows

(except the mustache one – ENOUGH with the mustaches)

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

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This tray, $29 – $34:

west elm gold metallic monogrammed tray

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This jewelry box, $59:

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This jewelry box, too, $24 – $49:

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The snowflake stocking, $24:

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west elm monogrammed felt snowflake stocking

This ipad case, $34:

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

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

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

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

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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.

-Alison

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GOLDEN THREESOME | The Cream Recap Peek, DIY Gold Leaf Lettering + a Golden Surprise for Readers! + Alison Mocks the Ryan Gosling Coloring Book, Because of Course

(Sorry for the absence midweek, much needed brain-detox needed to happen.  Turns out event preparation and home buying are F**KING EXHAUSTING.)

Aright so that’s right, Friday party people.  I just led off with a threesome reference.  And I’m not f**kin around. …aside from the fact that the post has little to do with three people having sex.  Actually, interesting fact: reading this blog post is going to be waaaaay more rewarding and much less physically demanding, as compared to mushing three bodies together and hoping to be the person with the smallest workload.  So what I’m saying is the overall experience of this blog post is much more likely than a threesome to live up to the hype you’ve dreamed up in your head about it.

We should start over.  Let’s start over.    {Continue reading…}

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STREAMERS + FRINGED + DIY = PROGRESS | Are you kidding me, piñatas? | Plus, majority finds weddings to be “the worst,” one study discovers. Also, babies.

↑ These ain’t your grandma’s pinatas we’re talking about.  Nosireebob.

Happy Wednesday afternoon/evening, ladies and gents!

Aaaannnnnd a quick aside before we start.   {Continue reading…}

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WEDDING MONOGRAMS | Wedding details gone wild! … Or at least a little overgrown. Also, I’m going to freeze my nips off tonight, but at least I’ll be eating cake.

So, it’s Monday peeps!  How about that?!  I know it’s not the custom but I’m pretty pumped about this whole Monday thing.  Let’s forget for a moment the fact that tonight involves having to brace the bitter cold that is NYC’s current weather pattern, and let’s also put aside the fact that this weather is going to freeze my nips until they’re cold as ICE.  That part’s obviously not the reason I’m excited (I get that it would be for a select few types in this world… the types that go to conventions for said things… but it’s not for me).  {Continue reading…}

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RUSTIC WEDDING IDEAS | Anthropologie centerpiece mugs | Those details you wanted from my Style Me Pretty guest post! (+ my MacBook Pro review)

Hmm.  My titles are getting too long.

Ok, so, as many of you know, I recently purchased a hella expensive, hella worth it MacBook Pro.  Yup, all 17″ of it – worth it.  Except for one thing.  {Continue reading…}

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS™ | August 6 | OMG I LOVE THESE DRESSES, these ruffled heels are rad, here’s a free monogram crest, succulents, mason jars and my brother is going to be a gorilla for the rest of his life.


Ok, so my sweetheart and I have another salsa lesson tonight and I think it’s safe to say that we’re overconfident.  Let me explain: I don’t know who caught the finale of Bethenny Getting Married last night, but you know how {Continue reading…}

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DESSERT LOVE ~ COOKIES | personalized cookie-cutter creations! | This. Is. Awesome.

I am so excited… SO EXCITED… about this post.  I stumbled upon this awesomeness while perusing Creature Comforts, which made mention of this product.  I checked it out on Williams-Sonoma, and just cannot – I, I just – it’s so – just LOOK and you’ll understand:

Do you see what I mean?!!

You can imprint pretty much any word or phrase you want.  There are seven pre-made words (Welcome, Happy, Birthday, Holidays, Thank You, From, I Love You), and three alphabet sets, not to mention extra vowels and other commonly used letters.

After you’ve arranged your letters, just press the cookie-cutter into the cookie dough, and voilà!  You’ve got a cookie with a message.  AWESOME.

The set comes with three cookie-cutter shapes: a scalloped-rectangle, a heart and a star.

As if that wasn’t enough; it comes with a dishwasher-safe mesh bag, which helps to make cleanup and storage a lot easier.  I cherish such things.  Without this dual-purpose baggie, I can guarantee you that somewhere in the process of piecing together a phrase, making a batch of cookies and cleaning everything involved, at least 16 of those letters would be MIA.  Entombed indefinitely within the cracks and crevices of my little Brooklyn kitchen, like so many mini time capsules left for future inhabitants.  I wonder, what would they make of the messages I unintentionally left for them?  I guess we’ll never know, since we’ve got those mesh bags.

ANYWAY…

So, picture it: your name + your fiancé’s name, imprinted on 100s of sugar cookies.  And maybe the words “Eat, Drink, Be Married” or something awfully cute like that, on another 100?  Yeah, that’s kind of a great idea.  Doesn’t get much more unique than that.  But wait, do you already have a dessert planned (separate from the wedding cake)?  If so, I think these cookies would make the absolute cutest wedding favor EVER.  After all, it’s widely known that guests prefer edible treats over most other wedding favors.

Want it?  You can find it here: Message-in-a-Cookie Cutter Set

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