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A New Year it is!

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Welcome to 2014, Friends! I hope the last month brought so much happiness, many memories and new goals and aspirations for the new year! Matt and I couldn’t be more excited for this year! We have so many goals and plans that I just can’t wait to experience. I can’t wait to share every little detail with you throughout this new year! And until we start talking details, here are the holiday details from the last month of celebrations! You may even see a notice a few hints into the special plans coming in 2014!

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And that’s a wrap! How was your holiday? Did you spend it in town or did you travel out of state or maybe out of the country? I’d love to hear about how you spent the past few weeks! Happy New Year, Friends!

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Present over Perfect

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In a blog post from last Christmas, author Shauna Niequist writes:

Present over perfect.
Quality over quantity.
Relationship over rushing.

People over pressure.
Meaning over mania.

I’m taking that advice for this time of year. Finals have finished, client work is coming to a stopping point and I’m getting ready to celebrate this special time of year with family. I’ve decided to take a break, do a little reading by the Christmas tree and enjoy all the best goodies my Mother-in-Law makes. So, in honor of the holidays, I’m going to take a little hiatus from Chic to Chic to enjoy this special time of the year. How about you, friends? What do the holidays have in store for you?

Happy Holidays, Friends!

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Twinkling Lights & Memories

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The lights are twinkling on the tree and I’m up passed my bedtime. I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy with the semester coming to an end tomorrow and the holidays quickly approaching. I’m enjoying wearing my favorite birthday dress and the new do I tried this morning (that I kind of love).  It makes me feel like a German Christmas character. I’m drinking my Sleepytime tea and will be ready to cozy under the blankets and dream real soon.

When I was a little girl, Christmas was the best part of the year. I’ll never forget the Christmas my little sister and I walked around the corner to find a huge play kitchen – complete with plastic ice cubes and empty boxes to play with. I turned around the corner and my jaw just dropped, dropped. That was one of the best Christmases I remember.

But when I was three years old, something even more magical happened. It was the first Christmas with my Mom and step Dad newly married. I have special memories about that Christmas and the little things my step Dad did to make it perfect. I remember sitting on the couch for hours searching for Santa’s sleigh in the dark sky. Then on Christmas morning, cozy in my red Lion King pajamas, I was guided outside, only to find Santa’s boot prints leading away from our door onto the grass. The night before we sprinkled the snow covered lawn with my mom’s favorite cereal, sure that the reindeer would love it too! On top of all of that I received so many special gifts from my new family.. that is a Christmas I’ll never forget.

Oh Christmas, it’s such a special time. A special time to fill with unforgettable memories with our friends and loved ones. The countdown begins – sixteen days!
Happy Monday, Friends!

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It has started!

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The Holiday Season has officially started! Can you tell – I haven’t been around in a couple of weeks! Along with Thanksgiving comes finals and Christmas decorating, time with family and parties, lots of parties! As a matter of fact, I’m getting ready for one tonight! I’m going between a little black dress and a vegan leather pencil dress. Quite the opposite, right?! So, you understand my hesitation and why I thought I’d just sit down and say hello before making that decision! You see that tree up there, or at least the top half? I like that picture, it kind of makes my six foot tree and 16 foot ceilings look a little bit tall. You see, in our little basement home before, the tree almost touched the ceiling or at least the big bow I put on top did. Now, it looks a bit tiny, but that’s okay – because amid building sculptures, designing websites, family time and eating pumpkin pie, the husband and I managed to get the decorations out late one night. We took them out and sleepily decorated the tree and put out a few snowman and Santas. That night I went to bed filled with the Christmas spirit and giddy about the holidays. The next day I called my Daddy and wished him a Happy Hanukkah as I cuddled on the couch admiring the snowy day outside. That’s another story. It snowed yesterday, a whopping 4-5 inches and today, well the snow is still on the ground due to the -5 temperature. Yeah, it’s cold. I barely lasted the two blocks to class. I took a little video of the storm last night – check it out on Instagram. It made my Southern family awwww.

So, that’s a peek into the last couple of weeks! I can’t wait until finals are done and I’m back to my normal, weekly sharing with you all. I hope today finds you warmer than me and you’re getting into the holiday spirit! It’s a busy time, but don’t forget to enjoy every last minute of it.

Happy Thursday, Friends!!

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My Pinspiration

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If you know me. You know I’m a huge fan of Pinterest. I’m a planner, an organizer and very visual. I’m pretty sure Pinterest was created just for me to make my life easier. Today, I’d like to share with you TEN of my Pinners that inspire me, help me plan my trips and organize my life. Enjoy!

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Rachel Nathe‘s “Home Sweet Home” board is great for interior inspiration. Photo Source.

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Skyler Villarreal‘s diy+crafts board is the best for diy inspiration and how to’s. I’ve repinned so many of her diys. Photo Source.

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The Proper Pinwheel/Lexy Ward not only has a blog [The Proper Pinwheel Blog] full of inspiration, her Pinterest boards are exploding with inspiration for event planning as well every other aspect of life needing a bit of pinspiration. Photo Source.

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Haley Sheffield is an incredible photographer and friend. I was lucky to meet her and have her photograph my bridal portraits a few years ago before she exploded into this amazing brand she is today. Her pin boards are full of her anthro-esque and vintage quality. She even pins some of her own work, seen above. Photo Source.

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Tonya Bilbrey is a sweet friend of mine. Her pin boards have the best titles. Everything is title THE OUTSTANDING OUTFITS, THE ULTIMATE ACCESSORIES and THE PERFECT POSES. I love it! She has such good taste in everything, but when it comes to fashion… you’ll be inspired for sure. Photo Source.

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Anne Taylor writes an incredible blog [Anne the Adventurer Blog]. It’s filled with inspiring, real and purposeful posts. Her Pinterest boards are no different. Photo Source.

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Hannah Purmont is a local designer here in Denver. Her work is incredible, minimal and loud. You can find it here. Her inspiring Pinterest boards, well they reflect her work. Black and white cover everything in such a powerful and purposeful way. Photo Source.

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Heather Adame is an absolute dear friend of mine and her eye for color and interiors is amazing. You’ll pin everything she does. Photo Source.

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The Perfect Palette is a blog focused on weddings and event planning. As a lover of weddings and event planning, she inspires me with her color boards and event plans. Photo Source.

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Mrs. French is the writer of Bliss Blog. Her boards and pins are vintage, filled with love, country, blissful. They are art. You’ll enjoy just scrolling the beautiful things she finds around the internet. Photo Source.

Happy Monday, Friends!

P.S. If you haven’t entered the Giveaway from Ella Bella Creations, enter here! The winner will be announced Wednesday!

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Mrs. Bride to Be & the Gals

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A flight to the South. A shuttle. A dinner date. A quick chat with the fam. A late night. An early wakeup. A Starbucks breakfast run. A dress find at Target. A quick dress up and onto the Partaaay…

This weekend we celebrated my dearest friend, Kylie. She’s set to wed on the first of June and I’m one of the lucky girls to stand beside her. Weeks of planning led to the fabulous Lingerie & Bridal Shower for the lovely lady and boy was it funnn.

What happened at Kylie’s Shower, stays at Kylie’s Shower…. am I right, girls?!

A reunion of sorts with all of the gorgeous gals I haven’t seen since high school! It had been way too long. Overall it was a whirlwind, but what a fab whirlwind it was!

27 hours later back in Denver Matt & I celebrated Easter on Sunday and now it’s back to school and work for me.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Joe & a Sick Day

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Cup of Joe that is. This weekend, Matt and I both woke up with sore throats. Ug, no fun. He stuck it out today and went to work. I stayed home and worked. I’ve had a cup of coffee and so many cups of Peppermint Tea, I lost count.

Even though we weren’t feeling up to our normal selves, we had a fabulous weekend celebrating Valentine’s the past couple days. Matt surprised me with an awesome hotel stay. We stayed at the Curtis Hotel, a quirky, vintage styled hotel. Vintage as in the 70s. We stayed on the Marge floor, as in Marge Simpson, the Front Desk man informed us. The view was incredible, the city lights and the moon in plain view outside our window.

The restaurant was a surprise as well. A fancy little place called Row 14. I had the duck, Matt had the lamb bolognese. Mmm… such a delicious treat. Breakfast the next morning at the hotel’s restaurant, The Corner Office was great as well. The disco decor kept us entertained and then came the Chicken and Waffles. Wow, fattening, but amazing.

My husband did such a wonderful job with all the surprises. From the Five Days of Valentine’s to the incredible weekend, he always knows how to make me feel loved. I love that man.

I hope your Valentine’s was filled with just as much love and romance.

Now I have to work through this cold and walk off those chicken and waffles and all the other fun stuff that comes with Vday.

Happy Monday, Friends!

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