After working two days last week before heading off to see family for 5 days, this week has definitely been a whirlwind. With the first of December, it’s only going to keep going until after the new year. I am, however, very thankful for this holiday season. I love the cheer and excitement that comes along with the holidays. From picking our christmas tree to eating too many sugary treats to holiday parties galore and of course, then Christmas. This time of year, I am increasingly aware of my level of contentment. Just to be happy with the simple things in life. Like the layer of snow we woke up to this morning (wohoo!).
Two things in the past week have caught my attention regarding contentment:
1. Every day at the same intersection on my walk to work, there is a homeless gentleman with a sign that says “If I can smile, so can you.” He’s always genuinely smiling. And I can’t help but smile back and wonder, if he’s supposedly happy, why do the rest of us struggle with happiness sometimes? If we can just be content with what we have, it will be enough (I’m pretty sure I heard that from Oprah).
2. Our taxi driver in Vegas last week on the way to the airport. He had an awesome Thanksgiving with his brother and their friends, which they do every year (since none of them have much family, apparently). He was literally one of those people radiating positive energy; obviously content and happy with life. Truly, genuinely happy – you could just tell. You know those people? We need more people like that in this world.
We just got the above wood canvas piece into Vanillawood this week for the holidays. It’s good, right? It might be coming home with me for Christmas….
What are you thankful for this week? Have a lovely weekend!
Hello friends! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday weekend. I have some exciting news that I have been working on for some time now; I’ve launched an Etsy shop! This week, you can find Gold Leafed Birch Coasters & Natural Birch Coasters handmade by moi here in Portland. Next week, I’ll be launching what I’ve truly been spending my spare time concocting: a New Years Eve Party in a Box. Everything you need to throw a fab NYE party, all wrapped up in a box and tied with a bow, delivered to your doorstep. In the meantime, how rad would these coasters be as a hostess gift this holiday season? I may be biased though….
I’ll be launching more fun holiday decor shortly as well! Now that the cat’s out of the bag, you can follow along with Bash Box on Pinterest & Instagram for lots o’ prettiness too. Enjoy!
Wherever you are today, whoever you are with or however you may be celebrating, I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, joy and laughter. I love the holidays for many reasons (glitter ribbon is socially acceptable), but mostly because it allows us to shut off the busyness of life, even if for just one day. I hope Thanksgiving is a relaxing holiday for you, whether you’re hosting family & friends or just showing up and drinking a lot of wine (I’ll be doing the latter). In the meantime, enjoy these gorgeous photos by NYC photographer Jamie Beck.
I don’t remember how I discovered her work, but I have been a huge fan for a while now. If you haven’t seen her photos, go follow her blog & bookmark it ASAP. Instagram too. Her work & the adventures it takes her on are absolutely stunning.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Carpe Diem ,
Is it weird that I am posting a photo of someone’s kid? Probably. But have you seen this article yet? It is heart m-e-l-t-i-n-g. If it doesn’t melt your heart, you need a cocktail (it’s Friday, I won’t judge).
In other worlds, this face melts my heart (don’t worry, this is actually my fur-baby). Gratitude this week goes all to Nellie. That face cures EVERYTHING. I grew up with a dog and my mom always joked my first word was “dog”. These little creatures make my world go ’round and I am so blessed we now have our own in our lives.
Every morning she is full of energy, just so damn excited for the day. Every night when we get home, she is so excited we’re home. Consistently, every single day. Could you imagine if we lived life consistently happy & excited? I caught myself frustrated with her the other day and when I truly thought about why I was frustrated, it was simply because she was being a puppy….curious, energetic, not listening. I decided I should take note from such an enthusiastic thing who is simply curious and excited about everything on this planet (specifically the leaves in our backyard). Would it hurt to be a little more enthusiastic about life, regardless of what it is? Maybe just for one day…let alone every single day?
Have a curious & positive weekend!
I love how gratitude suddenly sits at the forefront of our lives around the holiday season. Unless you’re the Grinch, everyone tends to become a little nicer and little more thankful. Next week, I’ll be sitting down with 20 members of my family to say grace and be thankful for our delicious meal, but more importantly the fact that we’re all together. It is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Here are a few ways to keep your tabletop looking fab while still giving thanks:
This has been all over Pinterest and for good reason! It is SO easy. Simple kraft brown paper from your local art store & a sharpie is all you need. I love this for each place setting, plus when you actually have to write something down it makes you think a lot harder about what you’re truly thankful for.
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon Lindsay Letters but I am officially obsessed with her shop. I adore this “Let our lives be filled with thanks and giving” print. It makes a wonderful hostess gift at only $20.
Another version of writing what we’re thankful for from the Glitter Guide. What I love about this is actually the gold colored pencil…even your writing utensils can be chic…duh, why wouldn’t they be?
Another simple print and at only $10 for 8″x8″ you could even put these at each place setting for guests to take home (if you really love your family that much….who knows).
Whether you’re gathering with part of your family, your entire family or friends who have become family, I hope it’s day filled with relaxation, reflection and a whole lot of sweet potatoes (covered in marshmallows).
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I admire the abundance of epic Thanksgiving tabletop designs out there in this world. They’re beautiful and highly designed, but…where do all the sweet potatoes go?! Seriously, though….where does all the food go? Buffet style? That works. Regardless, I ohh’d and aww’d over these and only hope my Thanksgiving table looks like these someday.
I love the combination of simplistic plates with gold chargers and gold flatware. The other element I love about this table is it is actually functional! The long garland centerpiece is flat & mobile. Set food on top of it (ex: the cheese plate above) or easily move it about on the table to make room for plates of food.
That candle centerpiece gorgeousness….hellllllo! Ah-maz-ing. Again, love the simple style plates with the gold chargers. Don’t forget about those little gold pumpkins; the easiest and quickest way to upgrade your table from ordinary pumpkins to fab pumpkin (Yes, I just said “fab pumpkins”). Add one striped table runner and voila!
A simple yet tailored detail in many of these photos is the silverware tied with pretty ribbon. Anyone can do this with a few bucks worth of ribbon. Springs of rosemary add another layer of texture and color, also only a few bucks. Let’s not forget about those stunning wooden chargers…you can find similar chargers/cutting boards here for $15 each.
The vintage glassware helps make this table top so chic, but all you need to accomplish most of this look is charcoal napkins, charcoal ribbon, paper tags (cut brown craft paper, punch a hole to tie ribbon through and write each guests name) and more springs of rosemary.
Last but not least, I adore this light, bright and colorful autumn table. So often fall is over barren with deep jewel tones, so I love this alternative while still using the classic “fall orange”. Best way to achieve this is to have a local floral shop re-create this concept or do it yourself if you’re Martha Stewart.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing ideas for my favorite aspect of Thanksgiving: what we’re grateful for and why we’re celebrating in the first place.
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