Wednesday, April 28, 2010


After Daniel and I say "I do", we'll be marching down the isle to Ray LaMontagne's "You are the Best Thing" off his album Gossip in the Grain.
1) you are the best thing
2) trouble
3) be here now
4) let it be me
5) hold you in my arms

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

.the grownup K O O L A I D.

Last summer I was visiting a friend in Seaside, FL and we went out to dinner at Tommy Bahama. I ordered a glass of their Pomegranate Sangria and fell in love! When I got back to Texas I was craving a glass so I decided to call that same Tommy Bahama and ask for the recipe. They were happy to give it to me but I decided to tweak it and make it my own :)
This is always a crowd pleaser. Every time I make my Sangria I have ladies bribing me for the recipe :) This is perfect for summertime or any event because it needs to be made several hours before or even the day before your shindig.


44 oz Red Wine ( I usually use a cabernet )
12 oz Brandy (preferebly the sweetest Brandy you can find)
2 cups orange juice without pulp
2 cups pomegranate juice cocktail
1 can (11.5 oz) peach nectar (I use Kern's Peach Nectar)
1 cup sugar
the juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime

*you will also need 1 orange, 1 green apple,1 lemon and 1 lime sliced

1.) Mix all ingredients together in an extra large pitcher
2.) Add sliced fruit in with the Sangria (it will probably float on top) and let it marinate for several hours or as long as possible

*After it has chilled and guests are about to arrive, mix/stir it really well. And I like to remove the sliced fruit and add fresh sliced fruit.
* Serve with sugar rimmed glasses filled with a couple of blackberries or rasberries for an extra touch!

. E N J O Y .

Monday, April 26, 2010

.f l o r r i e m i t t o n.

 My wedding is getting closer and closer, less than a month to go!!
So today I shopped on the internet for my wedding garter.I didn't want a typical white garter with blue lace yadda yadda. And thats when I found  f l o r r i e  m i t t o n  Couture on etsy. 
All the garters are handmade in the UK from original
r o m a n t i c designs.
I snatched this polkadot tulle garter for the BIG day!

Here are some of the other designs to choose from ...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A cinderella kind of day

Since im getting married on the beach, high heels are out of the question. So I found these sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti (below) that a fellow bride wore at her beach wedding. I thought "perfect!!!".. until I saw the price tag :(  From that moment on I have been on a mission to find the perfect sandal with just the right amount of embellishment in a reasonable price range. I searched for DAYS on every website you can imagine and every store in the mall (that part wasn't so bad :) im talking Zappos, Amazon, Neimans, Nordstrom, Saks, Ebay, (--- the most amazing shoe website ever! it combines every cute shoe on the internet from a million different designers) but I couldn't find   "THE shoes".
So thats when I decided to create my OWN. I grabbed these simple, gold Antonio Melani thong sandals from Dillards...
Then I took them to the fabulous women at BBS, a local Bead Designing Boutique, and showed them the shoes and my picture of the Giuseppe's for inspiration. One week later, and im in L O V E .
These pictures done even come close to doing these sandals justice! I seriously did not want to take them off! They have so much s p a r k l e .

They removed the flower from the front of the sandal and attached jewels, pearls, crystals and other embellishments
.one word.
 [ G L A M O R O U S ]

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Things that make me happy : )

NARS blush
NARS blush in "orgasm". find it here.

the new michael buble cd   {crazy love}
obsess over him here.

cupcakes & dessert in general

find a crave station near you.

NGR (no.gym.required) SHOES

these sneakers have weights in them causing me to lose more weight with less working out! amen!
find them here.

.my LOVES.
my fiance DANIEL and my baby piggles MILLIE.
THEY make me SMILE.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

s m i l e :)

{ DIY photobooth }
i found this creative idea at Celebrations at Home and they found it at One Pretty Thing!
haha good ideas catch on fast!
i cant wait to have this at my next get-together!
my girlfriends are going to have a field-day with this one!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

d e a l of the day.

so im loving the trend right now of { exposed shelving } in the kitchen so that all your beautiful diningware is on display and not hidden behind cabinet doors.

so i came across these potterybarn wall shelves, priced at $299 a piece, that are perfect for showing off all your kitchen candy.
arent they fun?
what makes them even more fun is that i found an budget friendly version of these shelves for only $79.99 on overstock!
canna geta amen?

april showers.

april showers bring adorable rainboots!
how cute are these?
they were featured on the today show this morning and im pretty sure i was drooling.
you can find them at EPAULETSHOP for $130.
i like to think of them as an investment :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

engagement photos.

{ b u t t e r f l i e s }

i L O V E my engagement pictures.
it was about 30 degrees outside that day
and the wind was ridiculous!
but luckily i had the best photography team with me!
check out HBB Photography on their website!


f a b u l o u s  idea of the day..

these chalkboard-style glasses were featured in the April issue of Southern Living.

You can make your own with 2 simple supplies: painters tape & chalkboard spraypaint.

how e a s y is that?

Monday, April 5, 2010

O B S E S S I O N . . .

Right now im obsessed with crossbody bags. They're so perfect for the summer when all you need is your blackberry and lipgloss !

Sunday, April 4, 2010

H A P P Y E A S T E R !

What better way to start out Easter morning than with Paula Deen's Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup? {absolutely} DELICIOUS! Good thing calories don't count on holidays :)