Nito Vine Brush Wreath from Horchow
It’s only natural that the shorter days, cooler nights and gatherings by our fire with hot cider have me itching to break out my holiday decor. So, as subtly as possible, I’m doing just that. I promise, I’ll wait until Thanksgiving weekend to trim the tree, but in the meantime a twinkling light here and a rustic touch there is totally OK in my book. I thought it’d be fun to do a quick little roundup of some seasonal wreaths I’ve been eyeing. Being one of the first decorations guests see when walking into your home, I think it’s worth the splurge. Do you hang wreaths at your home? I’d love to hear where you find yours!
Olive and Twig Wreath from Horchow
Driftwood Wreath from Restoration Hardware
DIY Floral Wreath from SMP Living
Faux Antler Wreath from Pottery Barn
Normally, we indulge in this this cozy cocktail while carving pumpkins each year—a tradition that Shawn and I started in our college days in NH (where cider is the official beverage!). Since this October didn’t bring the bone-chilling days that we normally see toward the end of the month, we waited. And I’m so glad we did. Hot spiked cider next to a fire has been the cure for this week’s lower temps and it made me remember what I love about this time of year so much!
1 orange, sliced
4 cups apple cider
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup dark spiced rum (we use The Kraken)
Cider mug (ours is from Pottery Barn)
In a medium saucepan, combine 4 orange slices, 2 cinnamon sticks, apple cider and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick and orange slice. Enjoy, next to a cozy fire if possible!
*Photo by Yours Truly
Good Monday morning! I hope you all had a cozy weekend. I indulged in one of my favorite fall outings this weekend—our annual family Christmas shopping trip! We decided to check out a new local outdoor shopping center, Market Street. It was so refreshing to step outside into the sun in between each store, rather than a stuffy, crowded mall. We were thankful to have such a beautiful day!
All of the perusing (especially at Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma) sparked my Thanksgiving-hostess-to-be butt into gear. I’ve sort of been putting off the planning but with Turkey day being only a few short weeks away, I’m setting my focus on finalizing all of the details this week. I’ve got a pretty good handle on the menu but I’m a bit more excited to create a pretty table, decide on the perfect place cards and dream up a luscious fall arrangement. I’m leaning toward a rustic-glam look like this gorrrgeous Provence Inspiration from Feather & Stone and Lavender & Rose Weddings. It’s so impeccably beautiful, it seems sort of impossible. But if I can pull off half of the pretty here, I think I’m in good shape! What are your Thanksgiving plans? If you’re hosting, I’d love to hear your tablescape inspiration!
*Photography by Feather & Stone | Event Planning & Design by Lavender & Rose Weddings
Do you all have a fashion blogger that you follow with killer style that makes you think, “I could never pull that off!” but yet, you’re still so intrigued and drawn to them? Mary of Happily Grey is my ‘I-wish-I-could-pull-that-off’ blogger crush. She rocks a printed pant and a crazy-hot heel like no other and if I might add, pairs those aviators so darn with with a bold red lip. Fearless and flawless. I’ll most definitely be browsing her blog for my next date night inspiration!
*Photos by John Hillin via Happily Grey
A couple of weeks ago, I was stocking up on vino for the holiday season—this time of year, I’m all about the rich, yummy reds. I came across a handful of particularly ‘spooky’ wine labels and in the spirit of a ‘grown-up’ Halloween party (candy for the kids, wine for the adults?) thought this would make for a fabulously frightful party idea. Best part? It’s a super easy, last minute party idea that will satisfy any wine lover! Personally, I’ll be staying in tonight watching scary movies with a big glass of spooky red—Happy Halloween!
19 Crimes | The Velvet Devil Merlot | Bogle Phantom | Vampire Pinot Grigio | Ghostly White Chardonnay | Killibinbin Shiraz | Spellbound Petite Syrah | Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
*Photo by Yours Truly