Valentine’s Day Love Notes

Have you guys picked up your love notes for Valentine’s Day yet? I know, I Know, it’s five weeks away. There’s just something so exciting about tucking a sweet greeting away for your love to find, or sending your best girls something sparkly, don’t you think? And if you’re stationery-obsessed like me, it’s the perfect excuse to load up on pretty paper. Here are a few gems I’m loving this year!

Entertaining with BHLDN


Planning parties gives me an immense amount of satisfaction. Pulling all my loves into one happy process might explain why—selecting pretty paper, crafting yummy cocktails, arranging flowers to my hearts content and hand-picking the most gorgeous decor. In the planning process, every hostess needs go-to’s and BHLDN sits high atop my go-to list for decor. Most of you may know them for their beautiful wedding goodies, but let’s face it, they’re fitting for just about any soiree you can dream up!

I’m planning a Valentine’s evening with a few of my closest girlfriends and you bet I’ll be scouting BHLDN for a touch of pretty. Here are a few of my faves!



Happy Hour: Chocolate Caramel Stout Float


 Merry Christmas Eve, friends! Around here, the next couple of days are all about feasting. Our tradition (passed down by Shawn’s family) is steamers and lobsters on Christmas Eve and tomorrow, we’ll make a big lasagna, followed by plenty of tasty treats. Including this new concoction I whipped up for the first time last week. An adult version of the root beer float, this overflowing, beautiful mess is complete, utter heaven. It’s a MUST-try and it couldn’t be more simple. Maybe too simple for the unbelievably delicious result. Keep reading for the recipe below. Wishing you a cozy evening and a Merry Christmas!


Chocolate Caramel Stout Float

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  1. 1. Brooklyn Brewery Double Chocolate Stout
  2. 2. Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche (Caramel) Ice Cream
  3. 3. Spiced Chocolate
  1. Pour chocolate stout into mug first, leaving 1-2 inches for the ice cream. Slowly add three scoops of ice cream to the top. Shave spiced chocolate over the ice cream and dive in! If you’re feeling brave, add a cookie to the top! (I won’t tell)
Yours Truly

*Photography by Yours Truly

Have a lovely weekend!


Hi, friends and happy Friday! We’re celebrating an early Christmas with my family this weekend, seeing as it will be so hard to get everyone together during the middle of the week next week. I can’t wait to kick back, sip on a glass of red, smile, laugh and soak it all in. Isn’t this time of year the best? Do you all have pre-holiday plans? I’d love to hear what festive things you’ll be up to!

There are so many pretty things catching my eye lately, I thought it was the perfect time to do a little weekly round-up of some of my favorite links around the web. Take a peek, and have a lovely weekend!

Place cards that smell as good as they look! {Coco / Mingo}

Is this heart mug not the coziest, cutest thing ever? {Oh So Pretty}

My gal, Jacquelyn got to chat it up with Martha about holiday entertaining!

Sparkly throw pillows for the holidays are a must! {SMP Living}

Pretty pearls I’ve been eyeing for holiday parties {Kate Spade}

And just in case you missed it… Learn how to tie a perfect bow, mix up this sparkly cocktail and treat yourself to some fresh flowers.

*Photo by Heather Telford for Pink Peonies

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