Happy Cinco de Mayo…

May Necklace{www.melizabethdesigns.com}

I’m feeling a little festive and today seems like a prime opportunity to add a little color.

margaritas- cinco de mayo

And after arriving back from a vacation full of rum punches and piña coladas, I return to Texas to find it’s time for margaritas.

The Boyfriend is in New Orleans so I guess I’ll be making margaritas for one later.

Which is probably for the best, tequila makes me a little feisty…

valentine’s day essentials…

valentines

All I really want for Valentine’s is someone to rub my shoulders and a bottle of wine.

But here are some other gorgeous little necessities for the big day.

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Normally, The Boyfriend and I are rather anti- NYE & Valentine’s Day.  A couple of my least favorite things usually happen on these holidays~ crowds, waiting and prix-fixe menus, just to name a couple.  Especially prix-fixe menus.

Waaay to picky for that nonsense.

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{ban.do bobbi pins from Anthro}

But this year, I had a change of heart; cocktails and dinner can’t be too bad.  Although I haven’t tried to make reservations yet, so maybe I’m being a little optimistic.

But my hair will look good while we wait; I’m thinking messy bun.

After an hour or so of cocktails and waiting for a table, “messy” will be inevitable.  I’d rather start with “artfully messy” than end with “cocktail messy.”

Champagne, Lace & Rhinestones…

The Boyfriend and I aren’t big NYE plans people.  I guess we aren’t big ‘planners’ in general but this year, we have a lot of celebrate so we decided to go out on the town.

tracy reese bib

{tracy reese peter pan collar}

After a discussion with my stylish friend in Los Angeles, I was informed I needed to wear something “sparkly.”  Apparently I am a little rusty when it comes to all things NYE.

So I went through the archives and found one of my favorite accessories, my silk and rhinestone, beaded collar.  Very NYE-ie.   Paired with a lace slip and pumps, I was ready to celebrate.

bib collar

Off we headed to a small BYOB italian place around the corner with some wine we bottled in Napa.

Oh, and some champagne.  It was a celebration after all.

In the New Year…

new years

 

{kate spade planner and coin purse}

I always have lofty goals in the new year.  Some come to fruition.  Most don’t.

So this year, all I have in mind is to have a great and eventful year.   I have a new planner and a champagne wallet and we are ready to go places.

The Boyfriend and I have decided on more travel and to be more adventurous.  I won’t let experiences pass me by this year.

Here’s to a good one…

Oh Christmas Tree…

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This was my first year to have my own tree.  And the thing about buying my own tree is that I can decorate it however I want.

Pink glitter?  Oh, absolutely.

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Parties & Flowers…

After a long week of traveling and hotel rooms, it was nice to be home.

Although that only gave me 12 hours to plan a party for 60 that was taking place in our home Friday evening at 6.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, I’m what people common refer to as a “procrastinator.”  So around 11 I start making magic happen.  Stressful magic.

 

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For me, the most important factor of a party is the flowers.  And the bar.  But aesthetically the flowers.

So I started with a little baby orchid on the mail table when you walk in…

hydrangeas

gorgeously abundant hydrangeas in the living room (I loved the contrast of the vase with the white flowers)…

peonies

a spray of white tulips and budding magenta peonies in the dining room…

orchid & barley

and a huge potted white orchid & puggle (photo-bomb) to greet people as they come in.

peonies & tulips

As for procrastinating, I think it makes my brain work faster.  That and I’ll just offer you an extra large glass of wine so you won’t notice I forgot to buy napkins…