Archives for December 2010

Holiday Gift Tags

Found a shop on Etsy selling adorable printables for super affordable prices! I got these tags personalized for $5. I have the PDF file to use for years to come. All I had to do was print and use a scalloped punch.

I tied these around candy canes for a simple little treat for A to hand out to the kids at church. I meant to make my favorite jam thumbprint cookies but then laziness got the better of me…again!  Check out greenapplepaperie on Etsy for more paper goods!

I’m planning to take the rest of the week off from blogging and will be back on the 3rd! Wishing everyone a happy 2011!!
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Happy Holidays!

Hope you all have a holly, jolly Christmas!

So long 20’s, Hello 30’s!

Thank you so much for voting on your favorite dress yesterday! The dress I decided to go with is #1 the lavender dress. The picture did not do the dress justice. It especially looks so ethereal and flowy when I walk and move in it. Plus, it is honestly just a lot more comfortable than #2 which would require sucking in the stomach action all night. So #1 it is! Thanks for playing and on to today’s post!
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I’m thirty today! It sounds strange and unfamiliar typing it out. I’m excited to celebrate though! 


Last year, hubbie and I had a staycation for my birthday. We stayed at a hip hotel downtown, cabbed it to restaurants we hadn’t been to, and had drinks at a rooftop bar. We definitely felt like we were on vacation in a different city and really enjoyed ourselves! So thankful for A’s grandma who’s always willing to watch A overnight!

This year, hubbie outdid himself! He knew I was obsessed with the new Elysian Hotel and booked us a room for tonight! The decor is exactly what I would want for my future home.

This driveway is heated so snow never piles up. This gorgeous entrance totally sets the mood.

Amazing light fixture, sculptures, flooring, and all that gorgeous marble!

I love how dramatic that huge black & white picture is. Such a clean, serene lap pool!

Can I just move in? They actually do have condos at this hotel for sale!

I die for a beautiful bathroom! I adore the sconces, the marble, the clean lines!

And for dinner, hubbie made reservations at the fairly new Henri.


Love the elaborate crown molding, the understated but beautiful color & pattern of the upholstery, and the luxurious drapes and light fixtures. Ah! I’m such a sucker for beautiful decor.

I feel really good stepping into my thirties today. I’m more in love with hubbie than ever, I have an adorable little girl that brings so much laughter into our lives, I have amazing family and friends and overall, there is just so much to be thankful for. I’m excited to see what the next 10 years will bring…

Vote for your Favorite Dress!

I told you all here that I have a black tie event coming up. Thank you for all your advice! I decided to go with floor length. Gina made a great point that since this is our first year attending, it’s better to play it safe and scope out the scene for next year.

I scoured Rent The Runway for floor length gowns and I was pretty disappointed with their options. I didn’t love any of the dresses enough to pay $100-$200 to rent for 1 night. Then, I considered getting a J.Crew Arabelle dress using a discount code but it would still be over $250. 

So, today I decided to check out Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth and jackpot! Found two cute and affordable dresses! Which one should I wear?

Dress 1: Lavender 5/48 by Saks ($87)
Dress 2: White BCBG ($52)




Okay…I cannot tell a lie. After re-trying them on to take these pics, I already decided on the one that I’m planning to wear but I’d still love to hear your opinions! Please vote!

Twisted Natural Rope Bracelet by Junghwa Giveaway!!!

The winner has been selected by random.org! Congratulations Alyssa!!!


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I came across Junghwa by Amy Stewart’s blog months ago and adored her cute maternity style. I noticed she had an etsy shop and immediately, I was drawn to her twisted natural rope bracelet


Fast forward a few months and I was looking for a bracelet to accompany my new Hermes one. I think it sometimes looks lonely by itself. And I remembered that twisted rope bracelet from all those months ago!


Here they are together! I love the contrast between the shiny, glossy enamel and the raw, natural rope.
Guess what? You’re in luck because Amy is offering you readers a discount code to her shop!!! Enter the code pearls to receive 15% off your purchase through 12/31/2010.
Also, one lucky reader will receive a free twisted natural rope bracelet.

To enter:
1. Follow pearlsandgreentea using Google Friend Connect (check right side of blog!)
2. Leave a comment with your email address

Entries must be in by Wednesday (12/22) at 11 pm CST.