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.


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.


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

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FASHION for your HEALTH | your happiness and your look | Not Enough Sun in Your Life? Try Wearing it.

In her “Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not,” English nurse Florence Nightingale wrote that light – preferably sunlight – plays an essential role in the process of getting well.  She also said that those of us who are ailing “should be able to see … sky and sunlight,” as she observed that most patients tended to lie with their faces turned towards the light, much in the way that “plants always make their way to the light.”

This is why doctors are always telling us to make sure we get enough Vitamin D.  Among its many purported health benefits, it is understood that the Vitamin D our body produces when our skin is exposed even to just a little bit of sunshine can actually make us feel better emotionally.  Which means it can literally and figuratively brighten our day!  That’s kind of awesome.

So, now that we know that sunlight is pretty important for our general well-being, it seems like it should be easy enough to get our hands on it – err, faces in it – right?  Just step into the light for 10-15 minutes and ta-da, you’ve got yourself enough rays for the day (well, health-wise; certainly not fun-wise).

Unfortunately, while at work, many of us do not have the privilege of being seated near south-facing windows, and still others have the misfortune of being caged inside of too-high cubicle walls, seemingly fated never to experience the touch and feel of daylight between the hours of 9am to 6pm.  (Which reminds me – when did the acceptable amount of hours in a typical work day go from 9 – 5 to 9 – 6?  When and WHY did this change?  Yes, I am asking you, The Man.)

Anyway… so what are we to do if we can’t spend some time outside, soaking up those warm winter rays?

Well, if you really don’t have any time at all to do it, then a) you’re being seriously overworked, and b) you might want to check with your doctor about alternative ways to get your daily dose – ’cause, for real, it’s important.

Beyond that, I’ve got some fashion advice: how about a fun, alternative way for you to get some light in your life?  While it won’t result in the production of Vitamin D, it will give you a seriously useful boost of confidence that should last well beyond sunset.  What is it?  Well, unless you’re interested in waking up at dawn to catch a few minutes of sunbeam satisfaction before you head off to work, I suggest dawning some glam threads that’ll serve to brighten your mood… not to mention many of those around you!  I love it when I see someone who has really put some effort into her look… especially if it’s on a day when I HAVEN’T!  :)

So, what to wear?  Today, I’ve gathered up a healthy mix of fun, shimmering, soft, chic and romantic looks for the flashion-obsessed bride!  Any sparkle or glow in your get-up will do; from a dress with lots of glitz, to a clutch that catches some serious light, to earrings that illuminate your immediate surroundings.  Whether you’re into a frock with some flash, or you prefer a soft, chic look that leaves the razzle-dazzle to a super accessory, it doesn’t matter… when you arrive at your bachelorette party in any one of these get-ups, you’ll look and feel hotter than each and every one of those girls on stage at your future hubby’s bach… I mean, any of those girls in their winter coats working the ski lifts at the lodge.  Because that’s where men go for bachelor parties; they go to ski lodges, and then they turn in early.  ;)


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STATIONERY LOVE | a wedding suite + colorful, coordinated details | Ceci New York

I count her among my favorite stationers.  She makes fabulously pretty paper, and inspires me just as much as this lovely lady.  Her name is Lisa Hoffman, and she’s the creative force behind Ceci New York

Lisa designed this luxurious wedding suite of lavender, deep purple and brilliant blue.  Her paper perfection was the featured invitation suite for a soft, sweet, and absolutely darling wedding shoot arranged by one of my favorite sources of specialness, Style Me Pretty.

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Ah.  Be still my heart.  You’ll have your day, sweet thing.

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DETAIL LOVE | wedding decor | The Cutest Little Ceramics

Adore these pieces.  Found on a visit to simplesong.  Made by French designer L’Atelier de madame M.  Possibilities  are endless, but I especially love the numbers for an escort card board, and the tags as labels for your favors.

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | ideas for a perfect wedding day | That is, if You Like What I Like

Must capture:


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Typography treasures for the tables +

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Obviously, there will be dancing:

Delicious details I must create +

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A look I’m loving +

A REALLY GENEROUS gift for your bridesmaids +

A stationery suite that screams glamour and glitz +

MSW Monogrammed Stationery

Lovely light blue! +

A little gold leaf can go a long way +

MSW The Gold Standard Cake

More adorable phrases with which to adorn the tables

And finally, some stellar bouquet inspiration +

Here’s my new invitation idea: send them calendars w/ your date circled? +

The way I’d like to “belt” my gown +

Favors for a winter wedding +

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VINTAGE WEDDING LOVE | Lovely Looks for a Lingering Moment of Sweet Langour

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Just a glimpse of these vintage-inspired looks made me want to jump through my screen and try on all of them.  The way I’d describe them is almost identical to the way Rodellee of Adore Vintage, which means a) I have a strong sisterly love for her, and b) I won’t attempt to do it better.  So – she identifies the dreamy pieces, by designer Juliette Hogan, as “a mix of late 30s elegance and 70s bohemian, but with more subdued colors.”  Couldn’t have said it better, myself.

The full print gown on the upper right is just sooo ideal for a vintage-inspired wedding.  Wedding gown or bridesmaid gown, either way, someone must wear this magnificent flowing luxuriousness.

The timeless elegance of those looks would look so lovely with any mix of these items on what is shaping up to be your super-chic wedding day:








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GIFT LOVE | Only Things I Like More Than Great Gift Ideas Are Great Gift Inspiration Boards…

These gift ideas caught my eye so firmly, that I just had to share.  Though I think my love for them is quite apparent, given the very crudely exacto’d page tears on the right side of each leaf.  Somehow, I need to learn an effective way to manage my excitement when I’m tearing that excitement out of somewhere and scanning it into somewhere else that the world is going to see.  Any suggestions on how to reconcile thrill and precision?

I will eagerly await your advice; in the meantime, delight in these very glam, very thoughtful gift ideas.  Perfect for the holidays, a bridal shower, your office’s secret Santa (does capitalizing his name mean I still believe?)… really, any opportunity you may have to present someone with a little bit of superb style.  Plus a little assistance for the man in your life…

By the way, I’m starting with my favorite item, the Banana Republic Viscose dress on the right – which, by the way, I CAN’T FIND ANYWHERE.  Even right when this issue of InStyle Weddings hit newsstands!  Anyone able to locate it?  Such a dreamy frock… I want to be wearing it right now.  And I want to be wearing it for my rehearsal dinner, too because it is SO RICHLY BEAUTIFUL.



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BRIDE STYLE | Stylish Shades of White – Not Just For Your Wedding Day

Float like a cloud in these dreamy little numbers, marked by their cream and ivory hues…
Baby We Can Make It If We're Heart To Heart

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WEDDING DIY LOVE | Candy Tin Labels from The Inspired Bride!

Omigod.  When I saw these little candy tins from The Inspired Bride I jumped a little in my seat.  These are absolutely perfect; they’re the perfect color, the perfect size, the PERFECT design, and they’re well within my budget (free).  Thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you!


Visit The Inspired Bride’s Sweet Treat Favor Tin project for her instructions!

FYI, here’s what you’ll need for the project:

4-ounce Food Safe Metal Tins (should be approximately 2.5″ in diameter like these from SKS Bottle)
Our Tin Cover Label PDF (available here)
Our Tin Base Wrap PDF (available here)
Good Quality Printer Paper
Double Stick Tape
Rotary Trimmer and / or 2.25″ Circle Punch (optional)
Assorted Candies of Your Choice

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Wedding + Holiday Paper Swoonfest | Delicious Illustrated Paper Creations By Anna Bond of Rifle Design

"Anatomy of Love" Print

While rifling through some paper goods in house and online today, I rediscovered something.  Something really special.  I’ve seen her work before; colorful, expertly drawn prints…

Monsters in the Bushes Print

… and flawless, unique stationery…

Just A Little Note... Card

… but she’s got something pretty awesome of which I just caught wind, and I cannot wait to tell you about it.

I’m talking about an A. MA. ZING. wedding stationery line from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.  I am so frikin’ excited (SNL?  Anyone?) about her wedding stationery line, I can’t even tell you.  I can’t even.  I mean I’m nearly keeling over due to dangerous levels of being thrilled about it.

So, looking for a brilliantly illustrated and personalized save the date?  Or maybe you want an exquisitely drawn marriage certificate.  Or maybe what you really want is the whole kit and caboodle (totally recommended… I like the way you think).  Look no further.

I hope you love these, because they are deserving of someone’s love.  I’ve included my favorite wedding suites, and in addition to those beauties, I’m showing you some of her equally amazing work in the form of thank you notes, business cards, and more, all available on her site.  And all of it is perfection.

By the way, since it’s holiday time, I wouldn’t just post about wedding paper, now would I?  Scroll to the bottom for the most relevant treat of all…


~ A wedding suite by Anna Bond ~







Check this one out, New York brides…

~ Marriage Certificates by Anna Bond ~



~Save the Dates by Anna Bond ~


~Beautiful stationery and other paper goods by Anna Bond ~

Botanical Card Set

Folk Card Set

Ava Thank You Card

Frances Thank You Card

Many Thanks

Ella Thank You Card

Assorted Dog Card Set

Monogrammed Notes

Botanical Notes & Calling Cards

Illustrated Notes & Calling Cards

Garden Recipe Cards

Go on, check out the rest at her store.


Now, here’s that treat I mentioned…

Yes, she makes holiday cards, too… if you want some of your own you’ll have to hurry, many are already sold out!

Holiday Birds

And did I mention she makes wrapping sheets, as well?  I know, I want to hang out with her right now, too.

Holiday Pine Wrapping Sheets

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