Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Fondness - A Mini Vacation

Have you ever just needed a break but you knew  you didn't have the time (or money) to travel somewhere exotic? That happens to me a lot, so I've started having 'mini vacations' in my own city! It's actually really fun! You can do all those touristy things (that you've always secretly wanted to do) without feeling like an idiot. This weekend my parents are joining me; we're going to do the coveted 'Christmas shopping at the Mall of America' - which for us is no big deal, but people literally travel across the country to do this.... We're staying at a hotel over night - and no work allowed! 

Hoping you all have a mini vacation of your own this weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gifts For Your Quirky Twin Sister

We may not all have twins, but we do all have that sister or friend that's amazingly quirky and totally embraces it! They don't always know what they want, so get them what they need, like a stylish backup batter for when they forget their iPhone charger. Or a new pair of metallic flats since the old ones are dull, maybe a new wallet that's slim and sleek, or a color block pouch so they can always stay organized! Whatever it is make sure it's as bright and bold as they are!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Weekend In Short - Delayed

{Australian Candy Bar}

{Making Pie Pops}

{Pre Thanksgiving Dinner Snack Bar}

Sorry for the delay everyone! I've been doing a lot of 'catch up' work after a very fun and relaxing Thanksgiving Break. I got back to Eau Claire on Wednesday {with the intention of getting lots of homework done} and spent the rest of the weekend doing everything other than what needed to be done...which felt great! We spend Thanksgiving with our good friends' family {which ends up begin 30+ people} which is always a blast and is full of great food! However, I did pull an all nighter and worked Black Friday from 2 a.m. to 11 a.m...yeah, I'm still feeling it. Hoping you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for so many things in my life: my family and friends, my education, my health, and you all, my readers. I live a very blessed life and I am so glad that I get to spend today being with the people that make my life beautiful. 

Have a wonderful and fun filled Thanksgiving! 

p.s. I'm also thankful for know I'll be eating turkey sandwiches for a week :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gifts For Your Simple But Picky Dad

I've always thought that guys are difficult to shop for, especially dads. I'm not sure what it is, but nothing ever really jumps out at me saying 'get me! he'll love it and use it every day!' so I've learned to stick to the simple basics; something he needs in a more styled approach than he'd usually go for. Most dads have the same wallet for years, you know the ones where the velcro doesn't stick anymore? Give him a wallet he'd be proud to pull out {and you wouldn't be ashamed of}. Or how about a watch that's universally awesome? It can be worn at the office or just out for Saturday brunch...oh and maybe a cool phone case to go along with it. I've learned that guys use what's ever around, even women's instead of having dad smell like a flower get him this awesome soap so he smells like a real man! {p.s. this soap was originally sold at Berkley, CA farmer markets}. Last but not least a few final a new wool tie {soon to be his favorite} and some rugged boot laces.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

investigations | thanksgiving dinner details

Thanksgiving dinner will be in just two days! Can you believe it? I can't wait! I may not host Thanksgiving dinners, but I know how hard it can be to not only prepare a meal, but a beautiful home too. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas so close together, I don't like having to redecorate every 25 days, so I stick with something that is multi-seasonal. I've said before it's all about the little details that really pull everything together; just like these pumpkins. Cute, right? Well here's how you can get this same simple {but beautiful} effect in your own home:

1. How can you keep up with three holidays in two months? White pumpkins. They're a neutral color that look both autumnal and wintry. Don't worry about having 'real' pumpkins, maintaining vegetation for that long can be expensive, so just go and buy some artificial ones instead. The white allows it to be multi-seasonal and holiday appropriate. 

2. An organic arrangement: simple yes? Wrong. Making an arrangement look like you just threw it together is difficult. Sure, you could just throw them in a random bowl and leave them, but then it will look terrible and your guests with scoff and leave. Okay maybe not that extreme; but still. Make sure you have 'highs and lows' - aka, don't keep it linear. Even if it's in a bowl or a platter, keep the elevations different and make some areas 'heavier' than others. This will appear to the 'normal' person as a natural simple display {when really it took you an hour to get it just right}

3. Natural finishes. Since you'll have food, candles, flowers, and lots of people walking around, keep the final finishes natural. Especially since it's autumn, use twig or branch like structures to 'bring the outdoors in' {as normally opposed to that as I am.} 

There you have it! It's simple. Keep it clean, natural, and neutral and everything will fall into place. Now go out and buy some fake pumpkins!

image via here

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Weekend in Short - 52 Hours

{Beautiful Holiday table display at Crate and Barrel}

{Gem Hair Clip from H&M}

{A Festive Holiday Sweater}

{My go-to winter lips saver}

Do you ever have those weekends where you know you have a million things you have to do, but you just don't do them? That was me this weekend. I have so much to do in the next week it's scary, but I decided I needed to spend some time relaxing and having fun! So my best girl friends came up this weekend and we spend those 52 hours watching 7 movies, eating $200 dollars worth of junk food, shopping until our feet hurt, and just having a blast! It was technically a 'girls' weekend but Vince {Becca's finance} joined us for most of the weekend - he even participated in mud masks! At one point, the six of us made a human pyramid {pictures to come later ;)} I managed to pick up a cute new sweater for this cold weather and gorgeous new hair clip to jazz up any outfit from H&M. While I may have some catch up work to do this week, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Fondness - Living Color

I'm in a color theory class right now, it's very interesting. We spend six hours a week in class learning and working with color relationships that deal with value, hue, and chroma. It's amazing how much it's opened my eyes! Now whenever I go shopping, or take a walk through campus, or even if I'm just looking on Pinterest, I am struck with the beautiful use and effects of color. What would we do without such a beautiful thing? 

image via here

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gifts For Your Super Stylish Mom

You may think it's too early to start thinking about Christmas shopping, but not so! This week begins 'Gift Guide' mania. Okay not mania, but I it'll be fun! So to start off the gift guide season we're beginning with moms. You know, those super fine ladies that are classy, stylish, and are always fun to be around. They're the ones that always have the cutest (and practical) shoes, have the spunky iPhone case, wear the classic red polish, and have golden taste in accessories. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Would You Put A Bathtub In Your Bedroom?

I'm curious...would you ever think of putting a bathtub in your bedroom? I've been thinking about it and it's kind of a brilliant idea. It's easy, romantic, and soothing. Who doesn't love soaking in a bubble bath after a long day and then crawling under the sheets? 

Do you think having a bathtub in your bedroom blurs the 'line' between spaces or is it a great idea?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

investigations | thanksgiving tablescape

Last week we talked about plate settings for the holidays, so today we're going to take a look at perfecting your table settings such as flowers, candles, and more! 

First things first, use natural and oddly shaped pieces in your table decorations; it will create a unique and organic shape that is visually pleasing. Using branches, gourds, succulents, and other natural objects are great and can often be really inexpensive. 

Use candles! Eating by candle light {even if there is other lighting as well} is festive and fun. Most importantly it creates a welcoming and friendly atmosphere - your friends and family will feel instantly more festive and will love the idea of a meal by candle light!

To make your table settings {and plate settings} really stand out you will want to use a blank slate - be it a neutral table cloth, no table cloth, or modest place mats. Keeping the surface of the table simple will allow the rest of the decor to take precedent {and will be way easier to clean up!}.

image via here

Monday, November 12, 2012

Client Comment Art

For those of you who work with people on a regular basis know all about the 'did you really just ask that face palm' - when the ever so eager client asks that, well, dumb request? Well the Irish creative team Mark Shanley and Paddy Treacy organized a project where illustrators, creative directors and other designers teamed up to create posters based on their best uniformed client comments. The best part is that they exhibited the posters at a Dublin gallery and gave all proceeds to the Temple Street Children's Hospital! How cool?

Check It Out!

My awesome sister just updated her blog! You may have recognized her as the writer of Clyde and Nora....I now introduce you to Sarah, writer for Sarah Carlson Etc. {love the title if I may say so...}