Farewell 2017

posted on: Friday, December 29, 2017


Before welcoming a new year, it's natural to take a look back on the year previous. For me, 2017 was a transformative and largely good year. I began a new job, delved into wedding plans, landed a big partnership, traveled to a handful of destinations near and far, said goodbye to two wonderful grandparents, and celebrated news of another niece (or nephew) arriving soon this February. In some ways, I didn't feel as close to blogging this year as I have in years past. And in all honesty: I'm content with those feelings, for now. It's given me time to strengthen personal goals (and #reallife) — and become insanely excited and energized for 2018. It's bound to a big year, and I can't wait to share it with you! I'm feeling focused, creative and determined to create new content and bring fresh ideas here. As always, I thank you for visiting and all your love. May your new year be filled with the very, very best! xx, Laura


Lately

posted on: Thursday, December 28, 2017


{winter white ❄ Shop: coat and sunglasses}

{our best tree yet...!}

{assembling a holiday place setting... Shop: charger | plate | ring}

{one year ago...}

{... our engagement, 12/15/16}


{Christmas in the city}

{my 5 favorite candles for Christmas and the winter season}

{baking Gingerbread cookies at home}


{Christmas at home in Wisconsin with my parents and family}

{the sweetest pup! Our family dog, Bailey}


My Holiday Playlist

posted on: Friday, December 22, 2017


How do you get in the holiday spirit? For me, it's all about the music. I admit: I'm one of those people who could listen to Christmas music (almost) year-round. When it comes to favorites, I'm partial to the classics like Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. Spotify is where I love to create and share playlists, including this collection of Christmas tunes — old and new. Enjoy!

Let it Snow! — Frank Sinatra
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Ella Fitzgerald
Here Comes Santa Claus — Elvis Presley
O Tannenbaum — Vince Guaraldi Trio
Please Come Home for Christmas — Willie Nelson
Santa Claus is Back in Town — Elvis Presley
Hey Santa Claus — The Moonglows
Here Comes Santa Claus — Ramsey Lewis Trio
Frosty the Snowman — Ella Fitzgerald
Christmas Tree — Zac Brown Band
Mele Kalikimaka — Kacey Musgraves
Little Saint Nick — The Beach Boys
Blue Christmas — Elvis Presley
May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas — Irma Thomas
White Christmas — Otis Redding
Let it Snow! — Dean Martin
The Christmas Song — Nat King Cole
Silent Night — Shan Kenner
Santa Baby — Javon Jackson
Winter Wonderland — Kermit Ruffins
Silver Bells — Tony Bennett
Blue Christmas — Michael Buble
Run Rudolph Run — Chuck Berry
Cold December Night — Michael Buble
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve — The Head and the Heart
Auld Lang Syne — Guy Lombardo



Holiday Gift Guide: Traditional Christmas

posted on: Sunday, December 17, 2017




We're officially one week from Christmas Eve! There's still time to order and ship a great gift in time for Christmas morning, like these traditional favorites. You can browse more gift ideas below (along with The Holiday Shop), or click each item directly on the image above. Have a wonderful week, everyone!


SHOP THE GUIDE:







Gift Ideas for Bridesmaids + Groomsmen

posted on: Friday, December 15, 2017


I'm writing over on Style Me Pretty today, sharing personalized gift ideas for bridesmaids and groomsmen. For the gals: I love these monogram totes that hold all the essentials, a black-and-white stripe cosmetic case, these cute wine glasses and a portable iPhone charger (total lifesaver). And for the guys: a customized pint glass, classic vintage map journal, this etched flask and stainless steel growler. All gifts are available from The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly. To see the full post, click over to Style Me Pretty.



New Holiday Traditions

posted on: Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Thank you to Pyrex for sponsoring this post!

The holiday season is in full swing — and has me embracing traditions, old and new. Growing up, I'd always look forward to decorating our Christmas tree, watching all the classic films, wrapping gifts, sledding with friends, and baking sweets with family. This year is extra special: as it's my and Kevin's first (full) holiday season together as an engaged couple. I'm all about staying true to old traditions, and adopting new ones, too! We tried our hand at making gingerbread men, to share with family & friends. (Who else loves a good holiday cookie exchange?) I admit, I'm much more of a 'cook' than a 'baker' — but Christmas cookies are a tradition I just can't skip ;) Over the years, I've stocked my kitchen with kitchenware by Pyrex — like these mixing bowlsmeasuring spoons and glass measuring cup. I was happy to partner with Pyrex to share a favorite holiday tradition of baking cookies in Christmas PJs, one that'll continue for future years, I'm sure of it! If there's one thing I've learned by trials in baking: It's not about creating something that's perfect, it's about making something with love. 



EASY GINGERBREAD COOKIES

• 3 cups flour
• 2 teaspoons ginger
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup butter, softened
• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup molasses
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(1) Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar in separate bowl until light and fluffy; add molasses, egg and vanilla to mixture. Gradually beat in dry ingredients on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into a thick flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

(2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into shapes with desired cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets.

(3) Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate cooled cookies as desired.

For homemade icing, mix together: 2 cups confectioners sugar, 1 large egg white, and 1/2 teaspoon water.







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