Especially now, I consider myself to be a pretty good lemonade maker (ex. this blog!) so when I saw these adorable little how-to prints I thought it would be only fitting to share them with you. This summer I'm totally trying the orange blossom water suggestion!
I have spring on the brain. Despite the absolutely crazy weather we've been having (up to 60 degrees one day, snow on the ground the next) I can feel springtime trying to push through the winter gloom, ready to pop up & say "I'm here!" That in mind, it's definitely time to start exfoliating away that dry winter skin. Arms, legs, shoulders, backs (elbows & heels, I'm talking to you) need to be in their very best buffed condition, ready for that first opportunity to bare themselves for the warmer season. My mother in law makes the best Homemade Sugar Scrub - so simple & effective - sugar, olive oil, a pinch of almond oil, & a drop of whichever essential oil she's in the mood for. I am always excited to receive a fresh little jar. So when I saw this super easy & heavenly sounding DIY Salt Scrub from Deliciously Organized I became super excited to try to make some myself!
I know I've posted these many a times over, but that is just because they truly are my favorites. (I am wearing them right now). The most perfect CZ earring you'll come across, just enough sparkle with a vintage heirloom look. Bookmark them now, as they make a wonderful gift for any ladies (bridesmaids, girlfriends, mothers, etc) in your life. & at $30, they are so reasonable!
I love having little vignettes set up in various corners/tabletops/shelves around the house. It's such fun for the eyes to fall upon a little story nestled into a nook or cranny of the home - particularly when it's set for a purpose. Take this re-purposed frame & mirrored tray... I could only wish that my dresser/vanity looked so pretty.
Alas, it's just a lovely dream, because if it did I bet it would only last 5 minutes before the cat jumped up & knocked everything all over the place (he has a penchant for sitting a top my dresser & peaking out the window).
If you have a nonstop hankering for a little something sweet (like me) then do I ever have a special treat to share with you. Perhaps the most soft & dreamy thing I've ever sunk my teeth into; the homemade marshmallows & smores from Sweet Lydia's confections. Pure deliciousness!
aka rugs... but doesn't floor jewelry sound so much fun? After all, rugs really are an accessory to help dress up your floors (albeit yes, they do serve a utility as well). I'm loving these snazzy & affordable printed weaves from Urban Outfitters to add a bit of pizzazz to one of our spaces...
I've long adored the pretty little baubles by Bride Blu - the perfect mix of sweetness & simplicity with just the right little pop of sparkle. Oh, & did I mention that they are also handmade & super affordable? Bonus!
& sparkly in its own right, a petite shooting star
I'll be completely honest... I'm not a huge coffee table book kind of gal. You're much more apt to find a small fan-out of magazines (a mix of current & some old favorites) on my table, but very occasionally, a specialty book will catch my eye & may take over that prized table space. The Luminous Portrait, famed photographer Elizabeth Messina's first book, is one such book. Knowing all of the awe-inspiring gorgeousness that her blog, Kiss the Groom, brings, I can only imagine all of the beauty that awaits us in her book. My pre-order? Done.
p.s. I just can't help myself but to add that if you haven't done it yet, you must go & create your own "kissing tree" on her blog. It was one of the first things I did when Dan & I became engaged back in 2009 & holds a special place in my heart.
I just LOVE this folksy embroidered table number idea for your wedding. & how fun to do yourself or perhaps have some special ladies (say... that crafty aunt or knitting needle happy grandma) in your life help out in doing a little something for your wedding. Bonus idea - why not save those table numbers after the wedding for possible nursery decor to use as counting decorations or combine with framed photos of your (future) new little one in a month-by-month or year-by-year fashion?
Quite possibly *the* rustic chic dress designer, Claire Pettibone does it again with her 2012 collection. My favorite pick? The Provence (ok, I admit to being slightly biased by the name too, but it is undeniably beautiful).
Before Sparkle & Hay went down, I had just started a new feature called "Wedding Dress Crush" where I was going to (weekly) post some of my most favorite gowns. I've decided to start all over again here, so today I'm going to start back up again - with my first pick...
Sweet yet stunning, the Duchess gown by Ivy & Aster has long been one of my favorite wedding dresses, so I couldn’t think of a better dress to lead off my new weekly wedding dress crush feature. What do you think?
Now these are my kind of Valentine's candy. My mother in law makes the most AHmazing frosted sugar cookies... I may just have to send her this link as a little hint when next Valentine's Day creeps around.