Month : December 2013

louboutins for christmas.

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Damn right I had a photo shoot with these bad boys.

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For more than five years I’ve pined away after a pair of these red-soled beauties. I told myself and anyone who cared to listen that they could be my “welcome to your thirties!” gift come January 2014 or soon after…

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…but it turns out Santa has a special elf connection in our household. I was shocked to the point of tears to unwrap these and even more moved by the sentiment as to why I deserved them early. (Apparently girls who worked really hard in 2013 get stocking stuffers from Italy — hey, no arguments here!)

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They are definitely sitting down shoes. 🙂 But I’m in love just the same.

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Hope your day was full of merry surprises and joy.

Merry Christmas!

I almost didn’t send a card this year — I couldn’t find a single great photo I thought was “card-worthy”…but in my search for one, I realized just how much HAPPENED this year:

We visited Hawaii for the first time. Page tore his ACL and had surgery. I went to San Francisco for the first time (and DIDN’T see the Golden Gate Bridge due to the crazy fog!). Page golfed every free moment he got. I started ClickSmith Photography. We went to Iowa games. We hung out with family. We created great memories with friends.

And THAT is all worth capturing.

Tiny Prints Christmas CardWishing you lots of fun and adventure in 2014! Love, Page + Liz

New Years Eve Tablescape (and my favorite cocktail!)

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I am a HUGE fan of New Years. I love the idea of fresh starts, hitting the reset button, and of course…it’s a reason to celebrate!

The only new things I bought for this look were the “Auld Lang Syne” banner and a 12 ft. strand of tinsel garland from Target — I love how lush this garland is and that it has both silver and gold intertwined. It adds some fun texture along the sequined runner. At the very *end* of photographing, I decided on a whim to add some gold washi tape on the white frosted candle holders…so yes, it only shows up in the first picture, but you get the gist! 😉

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I love to plan a tablescape and thinking about our New Years Eve dinner in this year with good friends (and some delicious surf ‘n’ turf) has been no exception. Thanks to some fun paper elements from the “Midnight Magic” collection from Tiny Prints to pull it all together, I love the way this turned out. The invitation sets the tone for a festive evening and the labels adhered to some gold cardstock wish each guest a happy 2014.

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New Years Eve tablescape www.lifeinyellow.com

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New Years Eve tablescape www.lifeinyellow.com

No get-together is complete without a great cocktail (and no New Years celebration is legit without champagne!). One of my very favorite cocktails is the oh-so-simple but delightfully festive “Pom Pop” – champagne with a splash of pomegranate juice, and garnished with a few pomegranate arils.

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Cheers to a fabulous 2014!

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rag wreath: AKA the easiest project ever!

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I mentioned in my Christmas decorating post the other day just how easy this project was. It’s SO simple I don’t even have step-by-step pictures for you! (gasp!)

Step ONE: Start with a wire wreath frame from the fabric shop like this one (mine was a 12″ square and ran me about $3.50 without any coupons/sales).

Step TWO: Pick up a 1/2 yard to 1 full yard of a fabric that strikes your fancy. I bought a yard to be safe (it ran be about $7) but only needed a half-yard or so because the fabric was so “fluffy” it filled in quickly. I would guess that if you went with a thinner fabric, you may need more than less. Cut it into 1″ wide by about 6″ long strips.

Step THREE: Tie ’em on! Seriously, just start tying randomly. For whatever reason, I tried to fill in all four corners first, then filled in each side to connect them all. I trimmed any pieces that seemed oddly longer than others (even though they were all the same size) and voila, done! A perfect to-do while watching an episode of Glee. 🙂

I hung mine on our pantry door by tying the ribbon around a hook on the inside of the door. I’m thinking it needs a cluster of red felt berries in one corner for the holiday, but I’m trying to decide how to make them removeable — I’d like to swap it out with a heart for Valentines season next month!

Happy wreathing 🙂

Deck the Halls 2013

Deck the Halls | lifeinyellow.comYou can ask Page — I’ve been on a roller coaster with decorating for the holidays this year. I think that coming off a Fall in which I felt like I was working two full time jobs, I was just worn out…and everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary felt like too much work. Also –  is it just me, or with Thanksgiving so late this year, does the Christmas season feels even more brief?? And maybe it’s that end-of-the-year thing, but I suddenly felt like we were drowning in STUFF and we have spaces everywhere that need to be organized, not cluttered with decorations. (Are you starting to hum the theme to The Grinch yet? :)) So when it was time to deck the halls, I went into it a bit, well, half-hearted (but spoiler alert, Christmas always gets the best of me and I got more into it as I went!)

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I started with hauling out the red and green tubs and sorting through everything. I think my tastes have changed a bit this last year, and while I still love some of my more Pottery Barn-esque traditional decor, I wanted to mix it up with some more modern stuff as well and ended up donating several items to Goodwill or just leaving stuff packed away for another year. This was also finally the year I got rid of the last bits of glitter — it’s such a mess to clean up and gets on everything. Anything glittered remaining in my stash (with the exception of two ornaments I can’t part with) went out the door. And suddenly, having a smaller assortment of decor made the task of decorating the house more manageable (and less messy!) and I could get more excited. (A couple purchases from CB2 and Target didn’t hurt, either!)

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I also decided to change it up and with a finished basement to deck this year, I opted to NOT put up a tree on the main level. Our main tree really IS too large for our 8′ ceilings (we sawed off the bottom – SERIOUSLY – when we bought this house, since the 9.5 footer originally set up camp in our lofted-ceiling townhouse). Last year I squished a bow on the top and made it work, but with the way the furniture was arranged this year, and having the skinny sequin tree to work with, I opted to pass up a traditional tree in here altogether.

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I’ve had moments where I wonder if I miss it, but then again, I like that it feels more open than last year…and I’ve still worked in plenty of lights around the room to get the same “glow” effect of a tree….

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This CB2 wreath was a favorite purchase this year — although be warned, it’s harder to put together than you might think! I noticed when it arrived there is no back to it – and other reviewers on their site mentioned the same thing. So using a combination of netting garland and some strings of lights, I tried to “wind” in a bunch of ornaments (also FYI – you need BIG ornaments for this, the “regular” sized ones fall right through the front) and used a couple nails to tack it all down so it didn’t expand away from the wall. I’m sure I’ll have better, more experienced, luck with it next year, but for now, I love it!

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Even if we don’t have a fancy holiday meal this month, I still love the look of a set table at Christmastime. These boxwood wreaths are one of the more traditional elements I just love to get out each year.

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This felt rag wreath was an EASY impromptu project the other night – and is perfect to hang on the pantry door. (Separate how-to post to come!)

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We missed the warm weather window for stringing lights on the house – but I did manage to get the outdoor wreaths up…

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…and some garland over the door.

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The potted tree that was out here last year was on its last leg at the time and we ended up pitching it after the holiday season. In its place, I wanted something different this year – a planter I had on hand, some birch branches I scored this summer, and retro lights wrapped around them made for an easy replacement that didn’t cost me a dime. “Holla!” from our home to yours this Christmas season… 😉

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Heading downstairs, I set up another Target sequin tree (LOVE how simple these are – and the price is right!) and hung up an Ikea lighted wreath (wreath #7 or 8, if you’re counting at this point!) on the wall across from the bar.

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Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving house style as “mod lodge”. We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving decorating style as "mod lodge". We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

I unpacked the white tree (usually in my office) to find it all yellowed (boo!) so in the eleventh hour of Black Friday, I braved the crowds to find a replacement. The ceilings are low in our basement, so it didn’t need to be anything crazy large, and I really wanted the look of a white tree – at least for this year. I filled in with some silver stuff, but otherwise went with grey and chartreuse ornaments. (PS – we call the above photo “adventures in creative cropping”…as there were no less than six bulldozers in my backyard today, photobombing all my pictures!)

Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving decorating style as "mod lodge". We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving decorating style as "mod lodge". We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

I’ll have to shoot the above again at night to get the real effect – but I am loving these teeny wired lights that don’t get hot (Amazon and Restoration Hardware both sell them)…I feel like Buddy the Elf, but I am calling this my jar of Christmas Spirit! 🙂

I set up my small tinsel tree with the 2007 to 2013 ornament frames in my office, but otherwise didn’t decorate upstairs this year. I feel okay about it – none of our family is coming our way this year for the season, and any visitors we have usually don’t make it upstairs anyway. Hope you are enjoying bringing the holidays into your own home — thanks for stopping by to take a peek!