The holidays are a joyous occasion often marked by the celebration of families coming together and, if your lucky, the yumminess that comes as a result of coveted family recipes. If I asked you to close your eyes and think of a happy holiday memory, I bet a lot of you would see some delicious treat dancing across your imagination.
For me, the holidays are synonymous with my Mom’s warm, gooey cinnamon buns. There’s nothing like them… trust me. While I bask in the wonderful glow that the mere thought of these cinnamon buns cast, there is however, one person who doesn’t relish them. That would be my mom. You see while I’m snuggled up in my sweatpants watching “White Christmas” for the 50 billionth time, she’s working… on cinnamon buns.
I realize that there’s probably a number of you out there that can relate to this. Somewhere, at some point in time there’s a switch that happens.
You go from the hosted to the hostess.
That’s where it all changes. (Cue the scary music)
Thankfully I’m not there yet. If I continue to claim Ramen Noodles as my specialty I might never have to cross this line. (fingers crossed) Now, I know some of you love being the hostess and I would never deny you that joy… by all means, invite me to dinner! I will say though, that I have noticed that with the switch can come an added amount of pressure as you enter the holiday season.
How long does it take to defrost a Turkey?
I need to wake up at what time?
The fork goes on what side of the plate?
You mean jello salad isn’t actually a salad?
I’m sure all these questions and more can plague a new hostess’ mind as she prepares for the big event; quickly turning what should be a wonderful season into a cycle of stress.
I LOVE what my friend Ella has to say about not just surviving the holidays but actually enjoying them with STYLE over on her blog today. Here’s a snippet:
“I’ve got some ideas for us-and they’ve got nothing to do with survival. I don’t like the hype that the period from Thanksgiving through the New Year is stressful because I think it sets us up to fail. Instead, I’d like to reclaim this time period as one of hope, renewal, togetherness, and, yes, style.
I think too often we as women put ourselves on the back burner. We believe the narrative that this time period is about doing as much as humanly possible. Somehow, if you’re not occupied every moment of the day baking cookies, caroling, or wrapping endless piles of gifts with a glass of champagne in your hand, you’ve failed. I’m not buying it.”
Check out her blog to read the rest of the post!
My hope for you during this busy holiday season is that you have time to stop and smell the evergreens…time to linger over a cup of hot cocoa with a good friend…time to snuggle up with your favorite holiday movie and loved ones.
Who cares if the turkey is a little dry and your only salad is made of JELLO! You’re enjoyment is more important. The memories you make are the ones you are present for!
Lastly, Mom, if you’re reading this… SEND MORE CINNAMON BUNS!
Photography: Lauren Modny Photography
Party & Prop Styling: Love Always Hannah
Jewelry: Lou Lou Boutiques
The holidays are upon us! Time for hot chocolate…big fat snowflakes…fragrant evergreens…cozy warm sweaters…snow angels…yummy cookies…family memories… and parties… lots of parties.
If you’re anything like me, the thought of the figuring out what to wear to each of these festive activities can be a bit daunting. Apparently yoga pants are not ALWAYS appropriate.
Before you go prancing off to the store to buy something new, we thought we’d share a few fun ways to re-invent what you might already have in your closet and bring out your own sparkle!
Ella from Start Close In Styling pulled these great looks from our gorgeous models’ closets. Lauren from Lauren Modny Photography captured these fun moments. One my all time favorite shops, Lou Lou Boutique, lent us the showstopping accessories (I’ve talked about them before). I got to throw confetti and style our “parties” and backdrops.
Needless to say we had a blast playing.
Here’s a few of the fun shots from the shoot! Stay tuned to all of our blogs over the next week or so as we’re going to be breaking down some of the looks so you can try them yourself!
Sharlett is stunning in red!
Anna is gorgeous and our very own fabulous snow bunny in this Lou Lou scarf and bright berry lip. Check out her blog, Blondissima! Love what she’s got going on over there!
How fun are these looks that Ella put together? She has such a gift for bringing a fresh perspective to a closet and adding spice, personality and sparkle! Check out her blog for more detailed posts on how to put together fun holiday looks for everything from your office party to a girls’ shopping trip or a big New Year’s Eve bash!
Hope you enjoy!
For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to beauty, be it openly on display or hidden behind layers of dust. Discovering beauty and pulling it out in a space, situation or person is one of my greatest joys!
Recently I’ve started “playing” with a few friends (and fellow “creatives”) on several projects that let us do just that. I have to say playing because no other word really captures the fun we have.
We started a few months back when we realized that we were each looking for a creative outlet and the opportunity to do more projects just for fun! Here’s a link to our first shoot with the incredible ladies of Tomboy.
In the midst of the “playing”, we realized that we also share a common goal of celebrating beauty in its various forms and a common belief that…
EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN SPARKLE
It’s no secret that I love all things sparkly! Like a moth to a flame, anytime there are sparkles present I’m transfixed. I’ve even lost my my train of thought a time or two just because there was glitter in the vicinity…trust me…it’s happened.
wait… where was I? Oh, yes.
My friends, Ella ( Start Close In Styling) and Lauren (Lauren Modny Photography), and I have decided to use our various creative gifts to highlight the sparkle and beauty we see in the world around us. You’ll be seeing more of these projects on our blogs in the days to come AND we’ll be using the #YouSparkle hashtag. Stay tuned!
I can’t wait to share more pictures from our recent shoot on the blog tomorrow!
If you’re a creative and get excited about bringing out the beauty around you, I’d love to hear from you. Shoot me a message and let’s talk about how we can play!
I have a lot to be thankful for. This past weekend just confirmed that again. Here are just a few things from the past weekend that I’m thankful for.
My family – I’m a firm believer that God puts family together. He doesn’t make mistakes and I am so thankful for the family he has given me. Each member makes me life so much better.
Cute little people – seeing the holidays through their eyes makes everything better.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a total family tradition and an excuse to wear my pjs for as long as possible (and put off having to enter the kitchen)
Games – a family holiday isn’t complete without at least some games… and cheating….wildly.
My Mom’s homemade rolls – I know Thanksgiving is supposed to be about Turkey (oh and thankfulness) but seriously, the rolls steal the show every year.
Cool Whip & Jello – if it wasn’t for those two ingredients I would have nothing to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal… I wish I was kidding.
Photobooths – squishy as it might be, there’s nothing quite as fun as fitting all your sisters in for a photo.
Movies – particularly the new, animated flick, FROZEN. It gave us a perfect family outing and… popcorn.
Friends (and their parents!) – I got to see the Welkers! Which was a total highlight of this holiday season.
My Church – I love what God is doing in and through my church and I love that I get to be a part of it.
Sunsets & Sunrises – believe it or not, I saw both this past weekend and both left me grateful for a God who daily creates beauty for us to enjoy.
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
p.s. Noticeably absent from this list… TRAFFIC. I am not thankful for it. :-p
My prayer for you today is that whatever table you gather around is set with love, seasoned with laughter and circled by family. You are loved, valued and I am thankful for you!
I have always wanted to go to Colombia. Some of my very favorite people are from there and I’ve always heard wonderful things about this beautiful country. I was not disappointed. The trip was filled with…incredible mountains… reconnecting with amazing friends… cholados colombianos… cheese and ice cream (I tried but I just couldn’t get on board)… breathtaking countryside… jingle bells and English class… one of my most favoritist hotels ever… Lulada… a sugar cane factory… coconut lemonade (possibly the most delicious thing ever)…most of all, the opportunity to meet people who are literally changing the world one day at a time.
As I mentioned previously, I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks in Latin America. It was an incredible, whirlwind of a trip to say the least. I thought in lieu of sharing a weekend sneak peek today I would share with you some of the photo highlights from my travels… without further ado, here’s part one… the Dominican Republic
I spent just about a week in the Dominican Republic and my time was filled with… tropical sunshine… warm breezes…the beach… meetings (but that’s not exciting to talk about)… Spanish guitar… bougainvillea… incredible architecture… rich history… beautiful children… brilliant colors… yummy food… the ocean…salsa music… most of all, I was privileged to meet many truly inspiring people who are working tirelessly to improve their communities and the lives of the people around them.