Friday, October 31, 2008

{happy halloween!}

wishing you all a spook-filled halloween, see you Monday! xo

  pic: vintage/FPG

Thursday, October 30, 2008

the pumpkin hunt

I helped out at Ruby's school today, hiding pumpkins for their halloween hunt and tending to their winter gardens. I couldn't help but post these funny pics of her and her friend Ella, they're such little hams!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

spooky treats

All of these halloween goodies look so festive and {super} tasty. We'll be busy carving pumpkins tomorrow night, but if I have an ounce of time to spare I may need to make at least one of these or a big batch of these...

to do: {force bulbs}

One of my favorite things to do in the Fall & Winter is to force bulbs indoors. It's a great way to satisfy your inner gardener in the colder months, and you don't even need a drop of soil. I usually force freesias, hyacinth and paperwhites. Each variety takes between 10-14 weeks to fully bloom, but the entire process of watching the roots grow and wind inside the glass is almost as fun as the bloom itself.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

the harvest party

The second annual Harvest Party was so much fun ~ a day of dear friends, crazy good food, adorable kids crafting, and yes, even adult pumpkin relay races. For the relay race we teamed women against men, the men winning by a landslide - darn those well-balanced men. I had a craft table set up on the porch for all the kids, lots of stickers and harvest-coloring projects. The food, oh the food: potatoes gratin, baked mac 'n cheese with prosciutto, lasagna w/ bechemel sauce, blue cheese stuffed dates, spinach salad, frosted pumpkin cookies, caramel apples - the list goes on and on. I am still full two days later. The decor: I made branches hanging with leaves to hang over the burlap covered tables, vases of sunflowers and wheat placed around the house, and pretty harvest corn draped around the front door. I'm thrilled to have this Fall tradition, it really doesn't get any better.

Monday, October 27, 2008


I went to Anthro the day before our harvest party and left with this dress, a cute top and a big 'ol smile on my face. You have to see it in real-life, it's silk with pretty detail in front and back. I wore it to a dinner party that night, and I kind of adore it! 

Harvest Party Update: it was fabulous! I haven't had a chance to download the photos, but I should have it up by tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who came & brought the most scrumptious food!

Friday, October 24, 2008

pretty pumps {guilt free}

Today I went to Target for the usual household fare, and some things for the party this weekend. Now, I don't know about you, but I can not leave that store with only what I came for. It's been proven impossible. Paper towels? check. Napkins & forks? checkity check. These RAD red patent pumps? super check! The picture doesn't do them justice, the tall thick heel is the best part, and if I didn't know better I'd guess they came straight from J.Crew (but they were $20, not $220). So, since I'm trying to limit my spending lately, I left guilt free and I can't tell you how cute they are with a sweater & jeans. The others were pretty cute too...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

busy busy

Sorry for the lack of posts, work has been beyond crazy. Today I'm home making burlap table cloths for the Harvest Party and planting some Fall-ish flowers in the front of the house. It's going to be a very crafty kind of day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

witches brew {drawings}

These Halloween inspired drawings by Irene Sophia are really sweet.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Dress.

This is quite simply the best dress I've seen this Fall. I need this dress. It has dolman sleeves. It's called "The Rocker". Maybe for a holiday party, sipping red wine, with black tights and heels? LOVE.

{happy friday!}

Have a lovely weekend! I'll be doing some gardening, going to a Halloween party, and collecting Harvest decorations, more on Monday, xo

Thursday, October 16, 2008

LC's got style.

Lauren Conrad (aka The Hills chick) just showed her clothing line at LA Fashion Week, and I'm super impressed. Pretty muted colors with lots of draping fabric, all very flattering and nothing too flashy. Oh, and anyone who puts flowers in their hair always gets my vote.

favor bags

These wedding favors from the new Martha are adorable times 10, and they're hung on a clothesline for extra cuteness.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Ashland has quickly become my favorite intro to Fall with full days spent hiking, shopping and munching our way through town. We saw 3 magical plays: The Clay Pot, A View From the Bridge, and A Comedy of Errors. Each had such intricate set design and costumes that told beautiful stories.  My favorite spot to shop, Prize, was filled to the brim with goodies (pictured), including an entire table of old fashioned candies wrapped in sweet little bundles, and of course I left with a few bags. The owner, Jennifer, is the sweetest, so stop in if you're in Ashland! 

Monday, October 13, 2008

harvest party {invites}

We're having our annual Harvest Party potluck at the end of October, it's just a fun way to celebrate the season, hang with friends and eat some seriously good food. I just finished up the invites and mailed them off. The leafy save-the-date is just a little goody to post on the calendar or pop on the fridge as a reminder. These were the most fun to make!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

{bound for} Ashland

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, I've had a bit of "blog block". But, that's about to change -  tomorrow morning I'm heading to Ashland, Oregon for 4 days to see some plays, eat, hike and shop. This is our second trip, last year I tagged along with my mom and her girlfriends and this year I'm doing the same. I'll be sure to find plenty of pretty inspiration to share with you! xo

charmed {I'm sure}

I'm loving these charm necklaces by Chan Luu. The entire collection is worth a looksy, and scarves to die for.

Monday, October 6, 2008

girly goodness {the beauty bash}

I truly love being a girl. A few months back, after having my brows waxed at Benefit, I entered to win a "Beauty Bash" for me and 10 friends. As luck would have it - I WON! So, Saturday night was the ultimate girls night out, we met early for shopping and dinner, then off to Benefit to get beautified. We all had our brows waxed or lashes tinted, followed by a makeover, all the while oohing and ahhing over how glamorous we had been made to look. Early 90's Madonna blasted in the background while they served up wine, bubbly, cheeses and chocolates. We giggled and relished our time together. It was similar to a scene from the Broadway play "Legally Blonde" though we didn't break into song, but you can picture it, right? Image: here we are with our make up (and goody bags, too!): from left Sara, Me, the other Amber, Lyla, Yoli, preggy Mollee, Rosalie. Front: Jenny & Susannah (Petunia Face).

Friday, October 3, 2008

{happy friday}

It's overcast and a bit gloomy outside and they've called for rain, I'll probably hunker down and get cozy this weekend. More goodies on Monday! xo  image: Elisa Lazo de Valdez

Thursday, October 2, 2008

oooh, watercolor fabric

Isn't this watercolor fabric gorgeous? I'd love it as a duvet cover, it looks fresh but not so graphic like so many of my other textiles tend to be...

Rachel Zoe {I die!}

Yes, I did a little happy dance last night when I saw The Rachel Zoe Project was on my trusty Tivo list. This show rocks my world - it's fashion-packed goodness with drama and shopping added for good measure. She works hard and shops hard, but the poor girl needs more helping hands (like mine, for instance), I'd organize those beautiful frocks right up. My only issue is that cute, punky, glam-ess Taylor, I just don't think she enjoys her job and thrives on seeing others fail. She makes me mad. How could you be so uptight when you're surrounded by gorgeous silk tulle, vintage Missoni dresses, and the latest-greatest Zac Posen's hanging within arms reach?? 

sunburst wall paper

Dilemma! This sunburst wall paper is on sale at Anthro right now and I feel like I have to have it. It may look good on a small wall in my bedroom, but it may clash with the paint color that I have not yet chosen. Is this paper too crazy or is it just right??

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

stuffed squash

All this crisp Fall weather has me craving creamy warm dishes, like this stuffed squash, doesn't it look tasty?