Christmas is finally here! We’re ready to throw on our pj’s, curl up by the fire, and enjoy some much needed family time – all weekend long. Merry Christmas all! We hope it’s the best one yet.
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1. It took me awhile to jump on the leopard bandwagon but now that I have, there’s no turning back. I love that these flats can be styled a million different ways and always give my outfit that extra pop.
2. Since the weather’s gone from chilly to freezing I find myself constantly reaching for a cozy sweater. This one from J.Crew is just asking to be worn out Christmas shopping with a great pea coat and a cup of hot chocolate.
3. You can’t go wrong with a neutral statement necklace. I’d love to pair this one with a simple patterned blouse or dress. It’s always nice to have a little sparkle!
4. From the minute I discovered ‘The Top Knot Series’ by Elizabeth Mayville I knew I had to have one. This print is hanging in my office and still makes me so happy every time I look at it. She makes various hair colors so you can tailor it to you – the perfect stocking stuffer!
5. Who doesn’t need a white t-shirt that says ‘Hello’ in seven languages?
6. Lately I’ve been drawn to watches with leather bands instead of the common chain link. Kate Spade does it right with this bold black band. Classic and versatile.
7. Winter is all about socks! I never can seem to have enough patterned socks. One of my favorite things to do is curl up on the couch with a fluffy blanket, popcorn, and a pair of new socks.
8. There’s something so magical about instantly printing photos on a polaroid. This little Fujifilm camera would be the perfect gift for anyone who loves to make memories.
1. Being new to the Northwest, it only seems fitting to have a pair of these darling rain boots for all of the dreary, wet days ahead!
2. I love me a classic Peter Pan collar and this one does not disappoint. I love that it can be dressed up or down. I can definitely see this being worn at a New Year’s Eve party paired with a little bit of sparkle and a glass of Martinelli’s.
3. I recently discovered Sarah’s art and fell in love instantly. She has such a way with blending vibrant hues with more moody shades. This print would definitely have me dreaming of “springtime suprises” all winter long!
4. These icy blue wonders would definitely come in handy on freezing cold days outside, and a plus, you can keep up on Instagram and Pinterest while wearing them. Win!
5. This incredibly soft throw would be the perfect companion while I’m watching White Christmas on repeat and drinking insane amounts of Hot Cocoa over the holidays.
6. Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to keep a journal. I love this cheery yellow one from Anthropologie, it would be excellent for recording my New Year’s Resolutions in!
7. I can’t get enough of Warby Parker’s great selection of glasses, and these ones just take the cake. I love the two toned detail, a statement for sure! These would be the perfect stocking stuffer if you ask me.
With just one week til’ Christmas we’re scrambling to check off the last few people on our list. So this week we’ll be featuring gift guides from each member of the CWD Team. First up is yours truly!
to my wonderful assistants Shauna & Carly whose birthdays are both this week!
I just realized I haven’t formally introduced you to my new CWD team since they started in September so I thought this would be a perfect time! Shauna Amondson (left) is our amazing marketing/PR/photoshop guru and Carly Van Tussenbrook (right) is our admin wonder-woman! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate these two talented, hard-working, sweet women. I am so grateful for all they do…which (let me tell you) is a whole lot! They put up with a lot from me and are so positive and patient with me and my kids (who absolutely adore them)! I am one lucky lady to have found these two. Happiest Birthdays to you both!
This holiday season we can’t help but notice that gold is taking over and we love it! Gold bows especially have been catching our attention in all different forms. Our new Gold Bows pillow has been the perfect addition to our Winter decor while also giving us lots of inspiration for when the holidays are over.
AND GUESS WHAT? We’re giving one away! All you have to do is leave a comment below letting us know how you’d use your Gold Bows Pillow.
*For an extra entry re-Instagram the photo from @caitlinwilsontextiles with #goldbowsgiveaway
Giveaway ends 12/19 – winner announced 12/20. Good luck!
Congrats Melissa! Email email@example.com to claim your prize.
It’s that time again! Our fourth CWD Contributor, Lauren Brennan, is stopping by today. Lauren is a master in the kitchen and an expert at all things delicious yet simple (right up our alley!) On her blog Lauren’s Latest, she excels at creating dishes that are family friendly and healthy. Did we mention she has her own cook book? We’re so thrilled to have her on board to share a few secrets – just in time for all those holiday parties!
“Hi friends! I’m Lauren and I blog at laurenslatest.com. I started my food blog on a whim in 2009 originally as a favor to my husband. As my blog grew and morphed itself into a business, my hobby turned into the perfect job for a stay-at-home mother of two. I’m a Family-and-Food-Network-taught home cook who takes everyday common ingredients and turns them into simple and easy meals that look fancy, taste great and are totally do-able even for the novice kitchen-goer. “
Today, I’m happy to share with you all one of my new favorite salads: Kale, Pomegranate and Toasted Almond Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Dressing. It makes a relatively healthy lunch and would be a perfect addiction to any holiday table. Let’s get started:
The hardest, most labor intensive part of this recipe is cooking the bacon. I know. SO HARD.
But, babysitting bacon in a pan is always worth it, in my opinion. Plus, you need to cook the bacon to get some grease to make the dressing. If you’ve never tried adding bacon grease to salad dressings, you are missing out! So much flavor is in there, plus adding a hint of maple syrup adds a lovely extra level of deliciousness I can’t quite describe.
For this recipe specifically, I like using prewashed baby kale. It makes my life easier, plus it’s a lot more tender than full grown mama-kale. If you don’t have kale on hand, spinach or butter lettuce is a great substitute.
The rest of the goodies in this salad include pomegranate arils, toasted almonds and sliced mushrooms. If you’re a mushroom hater, just leave them out. No big deal.
Once you have your salad ready to go, toss with a little dressing and dig in! I love all the different flavors and textures this salad has, plus it’s pretty too. Hope you enjoy!
yield: 1 SERVING
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 20 MINUTES
3 cups baby kale
2 tablespoons toasted almonds
1/4 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
3 slices hickory smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
for the dressing-
3 Tablespoons warm bacon grease (reserved From Cooking The Bacon)
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons white vinegar salt and pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients for the salad into a large bowl. Whisk all ingredients together for dressing and toss over desired with salad. Serve immediately. Store extra dressing in refrigerator. Enjoy!
A little more about Lauren: Her recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, FineCooking.com, Yummly.com, Glamour Magazine Health & Fitness blog, and many other online venues. Recently, her work was featured in Good Housekeeping, Bon Appetit and Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine. Lauren is also a contributor to the KitchenAid food blog The Kitchenthusiast. Lauren recently self-published her eCookbook “Everyday Ingredients Extraordinary Meals” for her readers wanting more of her recipes.
Today we’re over at Rue Magazine sharing a ‘How To’ by yours truly! We’re mixing pillows, patterns, and sizes for tips on styling a bed 3 ways. Which one will you choose?
Happy December! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. To kick off the week we have another new talent to share! Laura Miller is an incredibly talented water color, calligraphy artist, and founder of You Doll Design. She has an eye for beauty and excels at mixing colors and creating romantic prints. We’re so thrilled to have Laura as a regular contributor and we know you’ll love her tips for making your Christmas cards pop! Here’s a little more about Laura:
“I’ve been partial to the right side of my brain for as long as I can remember. I am passionate about lots of different artistic disciplines, all at once, and it tends to drive my need to create. I started taking fine art classes at a young age and continued pursuing it into adulthood as a pastime. It wasn’t until after I left full-time work in marketing/PR and was expecting my second child that I began taking myself seriously as an artist. I started ‘You Doll Design’ (a play off my maiden name – Udall) specializing in watercolor artwork, hand lettering and graphic design. In a streamlined digital world, I’m inspired by the organic characteristics of Nature, and the imperfections of human artistry. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several like-minded creatives including photographers, wedding planners, interior designers, lifestyle bloggers and small business owners. While my first love and devotion is to my family, it is satisfying to have projects that remaind finished as opposed to ongoing tasks of laundry, dishes and picking up the same pile of blocks five times a day. I’m a fan of hand-written letters, going on impromptu adventures, movies with British accents and spending hours getting lost in a museum. I’m still obsessed with the Harry Potter books and probably the only person under 50 who records Jeopardy on their DVR. -Laura.”
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the exchanging of holiday cards. When else do we receive a flurry of stylish, tangible mail from our favorite people? It’s also a perfect occasion to exploit my love of calligraphy and hand-lettered addresses. I’ll save a calligraphy tutorial for a later post, but I’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you achieve a similar look and make your envelope stand out from the crowd.
Choose exciting envelopes. Don’t be afraid to branch out from the traditional to try something fresh like metallics or an icy blue. If you prefer classic white, try pairing it with a snazzy ink color – just make sure the colors you choose coordinate with the card within. My favorite combo has been these persimmon envelopes from Paper Source with white ink.
Pick a good pen. If you want the script-y calligraphy look, try brush pens. My favorites include the Faber-Castelle brush pens and Copic markers. Zig and Pentel also have several lines of colorful brush pens that I’ve wanted to try. For something more straightforward, I like the Micron and LePen brands. Get a feel for the pen with a few practice doodles before you begin addressing.
Determine style and layout. My favorite thing about this trend is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s the irregularities that make it beautiful. So don’t be afraid to embrace your personal style. If it makes you more comfortable, feel free to sketch out what you want to do first in pencil. Determine an angle and thickness for your letters to establish consistency. Also consider spacing, balance and the degree of ornaments and flourishes you want. When it comes to flourishes, make them at the beginning and at the end of words or above and below, but don’t get too crazy that the address is no longer legible. If the thought of writing an entire address out in cursive scares you, try doing just the names larger in cursive and then their street address in print below. This creates a dynamic visual contrast and can save you time without compromising style.
Add ons. Go the extra mile with some fun personal touches like festive postage stamps, pops of washi tape, writing the return address on the back (this creates more space at the front, too) or save time by getting a personal return address stamp. If you really want to get swanky, add envelope liners that complement your card and envelope. (Card and envelope liner by Paper Source).