Tag: holiday

happy friday [AL+LA]

[caron here] Ukrainian Bells  Carol of the Bells (eng. version), is my absolute favorite carol. originally composed by Mykola Leontovych, this song was inspired by a folk chant known as Shchedryk, translating in English to “bountiful”. i love Pink Martini’s version on their Joy to the World album and have been listening to it all season. turn up the volume and listen here.

gift guide | stocking stuffers {LA}

the holidays are here ya’ll! and i absolutely love this time of year, especially because i am able to spend time with my dear family.  i left sunny, warm california and headed home to beautiful, majestic south carolina. these short days of winter always feel so magical when back at home. the evenings are spent snuggling together by the fire, lit by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, watching beloved holiday movies or playing card games. today, my sisters and i are doing a little last-minute shopping for stocking stuffers!!!

{1}nivea tinted lip balm {2} salt collection from over&above {3}colorful emory boards from spoonsisters.com {4} funny monkey tea infuser at amazon {5} gorgeous hand-knit scarf by spatters and jayne {6} clever “scratch” map to keep track of all the amazing places you have visited at uncommongoods {7}OPI glimmer wonderland nail polish at sephora {8}book of skinny cocktails to help us keep the calorie count down during the holidays {9}smartwool socks at REI {10}utili-key from restoration hardware {11}tabletopics, for fun at family dinners from uncommongoods {12}adorable owl phone case from urban outfitters {13}keep tabs on your favorite recipes from spoonsisters.com {14}hand cream trio from l’occitane

from Birmingham [AL]

over the weekend i went to a dirty santa party with a local gift theme. we had so much fun seeing what everyone came up with.  inspired by the party, below are a few more ideas that would make great gifts from wonderful boutiques & organizations around town. 

TOP TO BOTTOM [beautiful & one of a kind vintage jewelry at Charm on 2nd Ave ◊ tickets to the Vulcan Park & Museum · photo via Greg Willis ◊ one month subscription to Grow Alabama  ◊ Good Dog coffee & products available at V Richards ◊ gift hampers from Continental Bakery · left to right · Belgian chocolate hamper · gourmet hamper · granola with Coosa Valley organic oats ◊ Birmingham Museum of Art membership ◊ beautiful pottery from Imperfectly Perfect · made by my talented & dear friend Vickie · imperfectlyperfect@charter.net ◊ adopt an animal or membership with Ruffner Nature Center]

gift guide | for the ladies {LA}

need a little last-minute gift inspiration for that hard to shop for gal pal? here are a few great gift ideas sure to please your sister, co-worker, mother-in-law, or your best girlfriend. happy shopping!!!

 {1}the take anywhere tote in red from baggu {2}the perfect gold bangles from dreamcollective.com {3} super cute owl salt & pepper shakers from designer jonathan adler  {4}must have magazine subscription to anthology {5} luxurious faux fur throw by west elm {6} soy based candles with amazing natural fragrances from archipelago {7} sea blue measuring spoons from west elm {8} loving this locket from antrhopologie {9} heartbreaking & inspirational must read, by caroline moorehead {10} functional art for the perfect hostess, the jujuy pitcher {11} add a little pop of color with the fun & funky driftwood hooks from kielmead

happy friday {AL+LA}

gift guide | for the fellas {LA}

with the holidays just around the corner, i have been full-speed-ahead with my christmas shopping for friends and family. and because i travel across the country for the holidays, i do most of my shopping online. then have the packages delivered to the east coast – wrapped and ready for giving! while perusing the web last night i created “gift idea boards”, cataloging all of the great finds i came across. of course, i thought i would share some of the spectacular items i discovered for that handsome fella in your life. . . wether it be a husband, boyfriend, father or brother.

{1}the perfect travel companion, the doctors bag by peasants&travelers {2} sleek bar set by alessi {3} super comfy slippers by old friends {4} f-bomb paper weight at uncommon goods {5} 30for30 collector’s set from ESPN {6} a bit of a splurge, the sky prodigy automatic telescope {7} sophisticated shave set from steve&co {8} audiophile hd800 headphones by sennheiser {9} the ultra hip MONO case passport wallet {10} unique crow bottle opener designed by tadahiro baba {11} vintage scrabble found at restoration hardware {12} the perfect red holiday cardi by armani {13} fabulously striped socks from richer and poorer

at a glance | november {LA}

a look back at november with {LALA}. . . can you believe december is right around the corner?!?
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inspired by | thanksgiving {LA}

planning last minute details for your thanksgiving feast, tablescape, floral arrangements?  me too.  taking inspiration from these fabulous photos! happy {last minute} planning!!!

{pinterest.com}

{17dovestreet.com}

{sundaysuppers.com}

{theuptownbride.com}

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{laylagrace.com}

in the kitchen | thanksgiving {LA}

{caramelized corn + mint} is always a must on my thanksgiving menu; everyone needs at least one super simple go-to recipe for the holidays. 5 ingredients + 1 pan, and voila you have a delicious side dish.  don’t underestimate this recipe, i know it looks too simple to be worthy of your thanksgiving feast. it is sweet, buttery goodness with a surprising pop from the fresh mint.  i will make one disclaimer, however. this week i added green peas to the mix, and it was still quite tasty. so, you will see both corn and peas in my photos.  but i think this recipe is best left simple and minimal . . . omit the peas and let the corn be the star!

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happy friday {AL+LA}

{Alfredo C. Carino, 85, a veteran of World War II, wears his medals proudly as he watches the Veterans Day Parade. Photograph by the amazing David Paul Morris. And if  you missed our post showcasing the beautiful Alabama Veterans Memorial, check it out here.}