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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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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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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THANKSGIVING TIPS WHILE VISITING FAMILY + AN UPDATE | While we’re getting the little bits and pieces ready for you, here’s a fun little post…


While we plug away on the back-end, uploading Vendor Love member pages, answering eleventy million emails and generally setting up/configuring little details that otherwise haven’t yet been completely set up or configured, I just wanted to key you in on some things, afternoon-post-style

Thing 1: Tomorrow is Wednesday.  For the vast majority of you, your work week is almost complete!  Get ready to pack what I am going to assume is your totally authentic smile, and remember to put it on when you see your immediate and/or extended family!  (My smile will indeed be authentic; will yours?)

Brides and grooms ~ get ready to be asked a gazillion questions about your wedding.  Have fun with it.  If it starts to get annoying, make a game out of it.  Give crazy answers like, “We’re getting married in a pool; Aunt Maggie and Mom, the attire is strictly bathing suits, NO EXCEPTIONS.”

Or, if your family is very controlling and/or insane, “we’re eloping” is guaranteed to make for a lively conversation after which injury or death is possible.  Proceed with caution.

Thing 2: Thanksgiving is Thursday.  If you don’t have the day off, let me know your boss’ phone number so that I may call AND BERATE HIM/HER. {Continue reading…}

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Etsy High-Beam | Give Thanks for Holiday Sales on Charming Wedding Details

I scoured Etsy today for all the darling details I could find at a discount.  Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything we’ve got, and that includes pretty good deals on some really delightful little treasures!

(Note: hover over the images for their shop names and descriptions.)

1 UntamedPetals on Etsy - Bridal Crystal and Rhinestone Beaded Headband or Halo

2 UntamedPetals on Etsy - Bridal Crystal and Rhinestone Beaded Headband or Halo

3 TRUECONNECTION on Etsy - Four Personalized Hand-Painted Signs with Stakes

4 rachel323 on Etsy - sea green necklace

5 mcfarlanddesigns on Ets

6 DavieandChiyo on Etsy - Secret Garden - 8 inch - Silk lined Frame Clutch Bag - with_withouth a chain

7 hollylynne on Etsy - Ariel Earrings with Sterling Silver and Freshwater Pearls

8 passionforbeauty on Etsy - Pink Mother-of-Pearl Necklace

9 passionforbeauty on Etsy - Blue Bayou Earrings

A. shopsomethingblue on Etsy - Alissia gold tone hair comb

B. PrecociousPaper on Etsy - Rainbow of Cupcakes - Tiny Tags on a Ring

C. ilickyou on Etsy - Pet bridal veil

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Double-Duty Table Decor That’ll Charm Your Guests on Thanksgiving… and Then Once More, on Your Wedding Day.

Recently, I’ve been interested in finding great ways to personalize a Thanksgiving table.  (I know, shocking!)  While searching out my favorite styles and settings, I found quite a few looks that, at least to me, seemed quite capable of serving double-duty; perfect for the holiday table, and utterly ideal for the bride who wants a fresh, chic look for her reception.  Why this is a good idea: listen, these projects don’t make themselves.  It takes some effort, on your part, and what’s better than a little reduce-reuse when it comes to your table decorations?  The only people who’ll know – not that it matters – are the guests you’ll be inviting to both events.  So make sure you tell them not to spill the beans – both by word of mouth, AND as they pass them over your centerpieces.

Here are my favorite looks for a chic celebration… whether it’s for a truly terrific Thanksgiving, or your wow factor wedding celebration.

(Note: Hover over each image for more detail.)

1 Martha Stewart's Cornhusk Votives

2 Martha Stewart's Glimmer and Shine - spray painted miniature pumpkins and a place card written in gold ink

3 Martha Stewart's Oak-Leaf Cornucopia

4 Martha Stewart's Printed Linens

5 Martha Stewart's vivid fall leaves (clipped maple sprays, from your yard!)

6 Martha Stewart's Tabletop Collage - Display autumn leaves beneath a sheer tablecloth

7 Martha Stewart's photo place cards - copy your fave photos, then glue them to card stock

8 Martha Stewart's Glowing Hurricane Glasses

9 Martha Stewart's Cornhusk Napkin Rings & Place Cards

9a. Martha Stewart's Step by Step for Cornhusk Napkin Rings & Place Cards

A. Martha Stewart's Fall Basket Centerpiece

B. Martha Stewart's basket-weave place cards

Bb. Martha Stewart's Basket-weave place cards detail

C. Martha Stewart's Feathery place setting

D. Martha Stewart's Beaded Napkin Rings

E. Martha Stewart's Ribbon Napkin Rings

F. Martha Stewart's Sleek hurricanes filled with fallen leaves

H. Martha Stewart's No-Stitch Cross-Stitch

Hh. Martha Stewart's No-Stitch Cross-Stitch details

{Images courtesy of Martha Stewart}

If you would like to try your hand at any of the above projects, click here to go to Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Table Settings Gallery and check out her corresponding How-To instructions!


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