Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mirrors on my Mind

It won't have quite the same effect as the Hall of Mirrors, but creating your own wall of mirrors is a great way to infuse some character into any space in the home.

& I kind of love that coffee table as well


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lemonade - 8 ways

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!

(found via Jillian's Pinterest)


Not your Mama's Monogram

Ok... perhaps not really a monogram at all, but I have a definite crush on these shimmery gold initial necklaces by John Wind.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Lace & Stripes

Preppy meet Romance... I think we have a L-O-V-E connection.


Scrub Away Winter

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!

Will let you know how it goes!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Ear Candy

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!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

DIY: Oh Deer!

Whimsy woodsy mixed with sparkle - what could be better?! DIY the cutest little glittery details (& all from the dollar store!) for your next tablescape.


Glamourous Everyday Life

Sequin shorts to add a little something extra to your everyday attire (& in keeping with this new neon trend... apparently 1993 is back).  Gosh do I wish I could pull this off!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Perfume Tray Pretties

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).


Wedding Dress Crush: Emerson by Wtoo

At first glance it's a pretty, but simple white dress.  A closer look shows off GORGEOUS texture unlike any other gown out there. Absolutely in love!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sweet Treat of the Week: Marshmallow Dreams

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!


A little Knotty

After that last outfit I got to searching for more belted inspiration.  Ever wonder how to add a little spice to your everyday belt? Here are 4 easy ways.

Pure Genius via The Style Mentors (a new favorite!)


Lace, Wrap & Tie

Lacey top, pencil skirt, & wrapped belt - now this is my kind of power suit.  Why can I not look like this everyday?!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Would you say Yes?



A lovely little PSA... in case you've always wondered (I know I did!)

Thank you Jacin!!


Floor Jewelry

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...

What do you think?  Could any of these rugs come to live in your home too?


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Valentine's Ranunculus

Because I think they look even prettier today than they did on Tuesday...

Best.Husband.Ever. xo


Friday, February 17, 2012

Food for Thought...

Have a wonderful weekend!


Shower to Shower

Thank you Anthropoloie for letting even my shower be sparkly (looking).

 (below you can see it's actually fabric, which I'm sure is much more water-friendly)

(no, this isn't actually my bathroom)

Lace Laid Out

I wish I could magically awaken each morning to an adorable outfit laid out oh-so-prettily, waiting, just for me...


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sparkly Baubles by Bride Blu

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


Luminous, Elizabeth

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.


Chanel Latte

Well if this isn't just a little bit fabulous...

(& probably about the closest I'd ever get to owning anything Chanel)


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Embroidered Table Numbers

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?


Wedding Dress Crush: Provence by Claire Pettibone

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).


Wedding Dress Crush: Duchess by Ivy & Aster

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?


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Frosted Sugar Cookie Conversation Hearts

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.

I hope that everyone has a lovely evening & that you take the time today to tell those special people in your life that you LOVE them.