Neiman picks under $100

30 July 2010

I won a giveaway this week! Winning something is always exciting, and I was thrilled to win a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus from The Stylish Planner. Thanks, Jeannine!

Now onto the hard part: what to buy? I’d like to spend no more than $50 beyond the gift card. The only exception would be if there’s something I’ve been wanting for awhile, such as the Jack Rogers Navajo sandals (however, I don’t see any on the site right now I like).

Here are a few of my possibilities:


Self-Inking Stamp from Three Designing Women ($38.90)


Cuisinart Griddler ($99.95)


Cole Haan Air Rianna Sneaker ($62)

Now, if I was interested in spending more than $50, one of these two bags would be at the top of my list:


Cole Haan Saddle Denney Bag ($169)


Tory Burch Caroline Satchel ($475)

What would you buy with my gift card? I’m open to all suggestions!

Max & Margaux

29 July 2010

Well, it happened. I knew it would. I’m pretty sure it happens at some point to everyone who reads blogs while they plan a wedding.

Yes, we’re 24 days out from K + C’s wedding, and I just found another celebration full of projects I’d like to incorporate. It’s Max and Margaux’s — did you see their five-post extravaganza on Once Wed earlier this week? If not, check it out here: I, II, III, IV, V.

Back to reality. Amazing braided rope ribbon entrance arch? Um yeah hi not gonna happen:

However, there are a few projects that might feasibly be incorporated at this late juncture.

Adorable stuffed heart cake topper? Perhaps.

Heart-adorned dessert cups? We might be able to work something out.

Now for the toughie. Ohhh amazing braided rope swing, I love you. Dad? I’m thinking this one’s all you.

You’ll just have to wait a month to find out what we’re able to make happen!

P.S. Very important!! If you haven’t seen Max and Margaux’s stop motion film, please do so now. It’s by Shark Pig and it’s only 47 seconds long, so no excuses.

Max & Margaux Stop Motion from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

P.P.S. I want. A lot. A lot lot.

All photos c/o Our Labor of Love, all details c/o The Flashdance

Front Door Decoration

27 July 2010

Our apartment has a lovely, glossy black door, but last spring I decided it needed a little sprucing up. I’ve been meaning to share my mini-project ever since! This was my inspiration:


{via Martha Stewart Weddings}

And this is what I came up with:

The letters were about $3 each from JoAnn, and the can of spray paint was about $4. I already had the ribbon. I’d love to add a little boxwood topiary in a terra cotta pot on the right side of the door, but for $10, I’d say I’m doing okay for now!

Board No. 75: Spring Green Garden Party

26 July 2010


{Click to enlarge!}

Isn’t this the most lovely shade of green? I’m picturing a little wedding garden party, with just a few family and friends under the new leaves in the first few weeks of spring. A small guest list gives you the latitude to whip up some neat details, like cucumber sandwiches that double as art, custom boxes of popcorn, a short, embellished white dress, and a perfectly crosshatched cake (sized for a small soiree, of course).

The Details
First: dress photo by Belathee via Once Wed, ribbon belt placecard holder from Martha Stewart Weddings, green heels photo by Michele M. Waite

Second: clematis centerpieces from MSW, reception photo by Lisa Lefkowitz (styled by Alison Hotchkiss) via Style Me Pretty, cake from Real Simple

Third: cucumber sandwiches from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation from Minted, popcorn boxes by Amy Atlas

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