It’s Friday, people! And Fridays call for a little extra dazzle to kick the weekend off right. Which is why I’m sharing some incredibly adorable shoe clips from Jackie Valentine with you today. As accessory obsessed as I am, I’ve never actually tried shoe clips.This might be the final frontier of my bauble addiction — jewels for your shoes. Tell me, are you a shoe clip girl? How do you they feel on?Shoe clips via Jackie Valentine

Perhaps its that Valentine’s day is just around the corner and I’m in a mood for hearts? Or perhaps it’s the idea of  mixing a drink off that bar cart that appeals to me? Either way, I’m feeling this little nook today. I love the bright red and pink hues and all of the bold pattern — it’s loud in the very best way.

Image via Lonny

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted some room pictures on this site; sometimes I forget that collecting interior inspiration was how my blog got its start. So I’m getting back to my roots today to share a gorgeous kitchen from Country Living. Open shelves styled with white dishware gets me every time — I love how functional this kitchen looks while still evoking such style. What do you think, are you into open shelving in the kitchen?

via Country Living

I’m having so much fun starting to pull together inspiration for our wedding. Sure, we don’t have a date or a venue yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already brainstorming details like flowers and decorations. There are so many gorgeous pictures to pull from online that it can be hard to hone your vision, so I’ve started making mini-inspiration boards for different aspects of the wedding. One detail that I have my heart set on is black and white striped ribbon incorporated into the flowers; I absolutely love how the big bows look wrapped around the stems.

There is nothing more satisfying to me than finding a cute piece of clothing for a major steal. And when I get  a great score like this, I have to share! I found myself in Kohl’s this weekend, turning up my nose at that idea that I could find anything cute in there — but out of the corner of my eye I was drawn to polka dots and ended up snagging an adorable silky swing tank for just $20. I liked it so much I already wore it to brunch this morning. And, I’ll admit when I’m wrong — there are cute things at Kohl’s!

Shirt via Kohl’s

Over the holiday weekend one of my friends hosted a pasta-making get together. I’ve never made fresh pasta before — it seemed way too complicated for me — but I was happily surprised to see it wasn’t too difficult at all! I helped with the dough making process, but my expertise was really in the eating portion of the night. I could have had a dozen servings, it was so delicious!

I snapped a few pictures on my phone on before guests arrived on New Years Eve. It was a fun-filled night with good friends and bubbly drinks. I’m still working on my resolutions for this year; I need a few days to recover from celebrating first!

I hinted to a little a surprise in my last post, and now I’m ready to share my big news! The week before Christmas my boyfriend and I took a quick getaway to Quebec City for some relaxing before the holidays. And on the first night we arrived he proposed in the snow in front of our hotel as we were walking to dinner!  It was the perfect setting for an amazing surprise. The best part was that we’ve been able to spend the last week celebrating with friends and family. I’m already scheming away with color palettes and crafty ideas, so expect to see a little bit of wedding chatter on the blog in 2012!

Happy New Year! I’m hosting a party tonight and am taking a quick break to post this before putting the finishing touches on my decorations. I’ve had a nice little blog break, a relaxing holiday, and a very good end to the year. I’ll be back to kick off 2012 tomorrow with some very exciting news! Until then, CHEERS!

 

The presents are wrapped, the Christmas cards are in the mail, and I’m signing off to enjoy the holidays with friends and family for the next few days.  Merry Christmas! xo Kate