Inspiration for Entertaining on New Year's Eve

posted on: Tuesday, December 31, 2013


champagne cocktails
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pomegranate cocktail
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champagne cocktails
One of my favorite nights of the year is New Year's Eve, as it marks a time to reflect on the past year, and also to toast to new beginnings in the year ahead. (And truthfully, I love any occasion beaming with gold, glitter, florals, and champagne!)

While tonight's celebration will be hosted by my lovely friend, Maryna, I'm bookmarking inspiration for entertaining at home in 2014. A few of my favorite Christmas gifts this year included a bar cart, this beautiful crystal decanter and a new set of my favorite champagne flutes - all of which I'm excited to put to use with friends and family in the new year.

How are you celebrating the new year? I hope you have a wonderful night, wherever you may be celebrating!



8 Stylish Calendars and Planners for 2014

posted on: Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 calendars agendas planners
One of the best ways to keep organized is to, quite simply: write it down. In today's digital age, it can be easy to rely on your iPhone or try to commit things to memory when you're on the go. For me, there's something nice about keeping documentation of important dates, birthdays, appointments, notes and goals in an agenda or calendar. A little old-school, but it works for me! 

Here are a few of my favorite calendars, agendas and planners to keep organized and on track in 2014:

|| 2014 Soho Diary (Smythson, $260) || 2014 White Gold Notebook (Graphic Image, $70) || 2014 Pink Stripe Wall Calendar (Sugar Paper for Target, $12.99) ||  2014 Centennial Stripe Journal (Henri Bendel, $48) || 2014 Desk Calendar (Tory Burch, $75 now $52) || || Confetti Wall Calendar (Sugar Paper, $12.99) || 2014 Leopard momAgenda (Container Store, $45) ||  2014 Kate Raspberry Desk Calendar (Sugar Paper, $52) ||

Which item is your favorite? How do you keep organized with dates/birthdays/appointments/etc.?
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Merry Christmas

posted on: Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading and for all your sweetness this season.

I hope your holiday is filled with lots of joy and love, wherever you may be celebrating!

xo,
Laura

A Rustic Holiday

posted on: Saturday, December 21, 2013


aerin lauder ski aspen
Good morning and happy weekend to you! The final countdown until Christmas is here... can you believe it? I'm thankful for time off this week to relax, spend time with family, and fully get in the holiday spirit. 

Lately, I'm loving these photos of Aerin Lauder's Aspen home, which have me dreaming of a mountain getaway this season. There's something that just feels right about a rustic holiday, filled with lots of cozy sweaters, days spent outdoors in the snow, and nights by fireside. Here are a few items I'm loving for a traditional, rustic holiday...

|| 1. Lanterns (Pottery Barn, $34-$249) || 2. Faux-fur blanket (Restoration Hardware, $79) || 3. Cashmere candle (Linnea's Lights, $28) || 4. Wool hat (Old Navy, $12) || 5. Stripe tunic sweater (J. Crew, $378) || 6. Sunglasses (Michael Kors, $99) || 7. Lodge parka (Eddie Bauer, on sale!) || 8. Mug (West Elm, $6) || 9. Sugar lip treatment (Fresh, $22.50) || 10. Vintage ski poster (Pottery Barn, $279) || 11. Copper fire pit (CobraCo, $252) || 12. Welly socks (Hunter, $30-$50) ||

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Happy Weekend

posted on: Friday, December 13, 2013


Happy weekend to you! I hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead. I'm planning to catch up on a little reading, sip hot coffee by the fireplace, and watch a few Christmas movies. 'Tis the season ;)

Thank you for reading this week! In case you may have missed, here's a round-up of recent posts:

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Gift Guide for the Beauty-Obsessed

posted on: Thursday, December 12, 2013


Beauty products are always one of my favorite gifts to give (and receive!) for Christmas. While I shared a few of my fave budget beauty buys with you in an earlier post, the holidays can be a time of year to treat someone (or yourself!) with a fun, splurge-worthy item or two.

Here are my selections for "best in beauty" gifts this season. Do you have any similar items on your wishlist?

|| Rose Shimmer Compact by Bobbi Brown || Sheer Lip Color by Bobbi Brown || Brush by MAC || Viva la Juicy Noir perfume by Juicy Couture || Blush by Estee Lauder || Cosmetics Case by Tory Burch || Gold Polka Dot Brush by Forever 21 || Cosmetics Pouch by Forever 21 || Lip Gloss by Marc Jacobs || Corrector by Bobbi Brown || Mascara by Dior || Candy Perfume by Prada ||




Christmas To-Do List

posted on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013


christmas bucket list
One of my favorite things about Christmas is taking part in traditions - and creating new ones! This year, I decided to put together a little list of fun things to do during the holiday season. I have a good start on the list, like decorating the Christmas tree, finding a perfect holiday dress, and watching classic Christmas movies (hello, 'Home Alone' marathon!).

What holiday traditions are your favorite? Is there anything you would add to the list?

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Green Smoothie

posted on: Saturday, December 7, 2013


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green smoothie recipe
Good morning! I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend ahead. I'm looking forward to getting our Christmas tree today and dressing it up with lights and ornaments. I can't believe Christmas is only a few weeks away!

Also this weekend, I'm planning to try a new recipe for a green smoothie. I absolutely love smoothies for breakfast (or anytime really), and especially this time of year, when our diets can lack fresh fruits and veggies. This recipe from Rachel looks so refreshing and easy, I think it'll stay in my morning routine.

INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup ice
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 1 banana
• 2 cups fresh spinach
• 1/3 cup greek yogurt
• 1/2 cup orange juice

Combine ice, blueberries, banana, spinach, yogurt and orange juice in a high-speed blender and mix until completely blended. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

(P.S. How fun is this dinnerware?)

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Gift Guide for the Girly-Girl

posted on: Friday, December 6, 2013


Since Monday's gift guide was dedicated to the guys, today's post is for the girls! And in particular, the girly-girl. She's the type who appreciates classic feminine designs, fresh flowers, delicate jewelry, and of course — the color pink. (I'd say, on most days, I'd consider myself a part of this category.) 

Whether she's your sister or best gal pal, here are a few gift ideas I'm sure would make any girly-girl swoon...

|| lipstick || Bonjour print || perfume set || mini macaron cases || peonies || heels || love poems || champagne flutes || jewelry box || pearl bracelet || candle || pink champagne truffles || bath salts ||

Do you have any similar items on your wishlist this year?

Gifts for the Guys

posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013



Whether it's for your Dad, your brother, best guy friends or special someones, selecting the perfect holiday gift for the guys in your life is no easy task. This holiday season, I've decided to kickoff a little series of gift guides with my favorite picks for the guys — and hopefully a couple of them will work for the guys in your life, as well. Enjoy!

|| Boat Shoes || Old-Fashioned Glasses || Leather Billfold || Travel Kit ||
|| Monogrammed Flask || Wool Socks || Flannel Shirt || Watch ||
|| Sweater Jacket || Ballparks: Then & Now || Aviator Sunglasses || Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with Literary Twist ||

Which items are your favorite? Are you planning any fun or special gift ideas for the guys in your life this year?


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