Friday, December 30, 2011

cheers... it's almost 2012

I love planning for the year ahead, and if you're a Type A person, like me, you've already got your 2012 calendar on the wall with all the important dates noted. (Obsessive? Hmm... just a bit over here.) Below are some positively beautiful calendars to get you started on planning for the new year ahead and to add a bit of delightful design to your space.

Have a safe, fun and joyous new years celebration! See you all in 2012!

Source: via Ellen on Pinterest

Thursday, December 29, 2011

blessed beyond measure

I wanted to share a few snapshots from our Christmas with you all...I hope your holiday was as filled with love, laughter and with as many blessings as ours was! Cheers to many more wonderful memories and blessings abound.

my mother-in-law's homemade triple wreath door decor - beautiful!

the surber homestead all decorated for Christmas

granmommy's famous homemade cinnamon sticky buns
in progress
surber family christmas tree

beautiful granmommy sullivan!

family puzzle time

this kicked off the college themed christmas gifts this year

by christmas morning breakfast jack was pooped by all the fun and excitement
nolan family christmas tree in cville

thank you uncle jimmy for this awesome keepsake - Roll Tide!

college christmas continues

thank you aunt terry for jack's college spirit sweater

i adore this picture of mom and nana

i hope that you christmas was as much a blessing as ours was to spend with our family!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 is upon us

This year has flown by in a flash, and it's time to put your thinking caps on for that all important outfit to ring in the New Year. We're having a low key evening with dinner with close friends, and then we're heading off to a speak-easy for a champagne toast at midnight, so this outfit might be a bit much for me this year. However, I adore the polished look of this outfit with a bit of "wow" in the sequins and gold.

 What are you wearing this New Years Eve?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

to die for cashews

Last year we were given an awesome gift basket full of yummy treats at one of our engagement parties, and this recipe was one of delish items that was in the basket. My mother-in-law makes these often, and keeps some around for when company drops by & I can never quite get enough of them. They are so savory that I had to share this recipe as she makes them this morning for our family Christmas Eve gathering.

Rosemary Cashews


1 pound roasted unsalted cashews
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the cashews out on a sheet pan.
Toast in the oven until warm, about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and butter.
Thoroughly toss the warm cashews with the spiced butter and serve warm.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

give the gift of art

I love to give art as a gift, but I just wish that I could draw. Inslee Haynes has all the talent of a great artist and her work is positively chic, classic and beautiful - in other words, I am jealous.

I've featured a few of her drawings past posts here and here. She's done work for my favorite online magazine, Matchbook Magazine, and she recently designed Neiman Marcus' Tumblr banner!

She has her sketchesnote cards, and even a 2012 calendar for sale that range from $10 - $20 for an 8 x 10 colorful sketch. There's no excuse to skip the handmade gifts this year, even if they are made by someone else, the beauty of the gift of art is never lost.

Don't delay - go to her site and grab a few of her beautiful pieces for the perfect one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

emi-jay love

Have you heard of emi-jay hair ties and headbands? If not, then I must say you're missing out! While I am all for grabbing a random hair tie and pulling my hair off my face at a moments notice, I hate that there's always a crease in my hair when I take down my bun or pony tail  + the standard run-of-the-mill hair ties you grab from the beauty department at the pharmacy can add to the breakage of your locks.
Emi-Jay's hair ties lie flat against your hair, and the elastic isn't so tight that it will fly across the room should you get a bit adventurous with your do or are in a hurry. (Full Disclosure - I lose more hair ties this way!) Not to mention, Emi- Jay's come in variety of colors and styles from tie-dye to classic nude or black, to army camo and even animal prints! Although these gems aren't available in your local Target or CVS, I suggest checking your favorite local boutique or the Emi-Jay retail locator

If you're still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer that your sister, mom, or friend will love and thank you for - go grab a few sets of Emi-Jay's!

hannah loves her Emi-Jay tie-dye  hair ties!
 (Mr. S put them in her stocking last year!)

**I am in no way affiliated with Emi-Jay's or paid to endorse their products. I simply am a consumer who values good products. The information in this post are my own thoughts and ideas.

Monday, December 19, 2011

update: one little black dress for the holidays

A few posts ago, I wrote about a new little black DVF dress I picked up a wonderful consignment shop in Charlottesville, Natalie Dressed (Go now HMB!). Here's how I jazzed this little baby up for a wonderful holiday day party back in Richmond this past weekend.  I threw on a perfect pair of Stuart Weitzman leopard heels and a fun bib necklace from my favorite trendy accessories spot, Forever21.

What are you wearing to parties this holiday season?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

take me back to the river city

We're off today back to my favorite city in the state, Richmond. Tonight's an annual holiday party with my nearest and dearest, and I can hardly wait.

If you've not been to Richmond before, do yourself a favor and make the trip! There's amazing restaurants, beautiful architecture and the friendliest people around. This city is a hidden gem and here are a few of my favorite places.

the historic jefferson hotel

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