Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gifts in Gold (HwK's Holiday Gift Guide)


By now you've probably seen at least a dozen gift guides.  If you are like me, you've missed Black Friday, and Cyber Monday and you are already anxious about the shipping windows for a timely holiday delivery.

So, why not make things easy and absurd and get all of your gifts in one color? This year, HwK going for the gold, well gold gifts that are under $100 dollars.  Because who would complain about opening something with a little sparkle?

Gold Magnetic Polaroid Frames- Perfect for the new parent that wants a little glam on the fridge or in the office.
Annie Glass Heart Bowl- Tiny but elegant
Jonathan Adler Zebra Stacking Dish- For the temptress
Monogram Throw Pillow- Good for grownups, recent college grads and babies
West Elm Tray- Available in other colors and looks good in any home
Agate Coasters- Because if you are going to gift coasters they should be gorgeous
Jonathan Adler Gold Candle- 40 dollars for a candle?? I know, but they smell and look great.
Mikasa Flutes- For the newly engaged or cohabitating couple
Growler with Gold Moose- For your  mountain friend who is into homemade brewing. (You know who you are) 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HwK's Washington, D.C. Holiday Guide



There are less than four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lots of people let the holidays take over their lives. All the merrymaking can lead to some negatives: feisty relatives, rowdy shoppers, upset tummies, terrible flight delays etc. etc.

To counteract the hard parts of the holiday season, I've compiled a list of things to do between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with an emphasis on free and a de-emphasis on shopping.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Baby's Breath (Go Big or Go Home)






A good friend of mine from grad school got married last month. The bride and groom are a gorgeous couple (inside and out) and a their wedding was one for the books. Connor Studios took wonderful photos of their wedding and they can be found HERE.

When guests entered the reception area, everyone was collectively blown away by the scene. The bride chose baby's breath as her primary flower. This wasn't baby's breath the filler flower this was baby's breath the WOW flower. I'm still thinking about what it must have looked like when the baby's breath was being taken out off delivery truck (cue swooning lady). 

If you want to make an impact with baby's breath, you need to go big or go home.  Don't use it as your secondary flower, use it as your only flower, and use it en masse

If you see a  Subaru overflowing with baby's breath sometime next month, that would be me.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Keeping On

Picture via the New York Times
My husband's family has been saying goodbye to one of its dear loved ones this fall.  The jury's still out, my brother-in-law might pull through but the doctors say otherwise. 

Life has a way of pausing when you are in the hospital, while the hustle and bustle of our lives outside continues.  It's made it hard for me to do much besides the very basics and asking Dr. Google lots of very scary questions. Calls don't get returned, plans are cancelled, and blogs go unwritten for weeks.

I've wondered how we will celebrate the holidays given all of this uncertainty.  But we have a really happy little one that demands smiles, and dancing, and joy.

So just like that, we are doing the holidays.  Thanksgiving dinner is arranged, Christmas tickets have been purchased, and to-do lists are getting done.  We are all hoping the holiday season will lift our spirits, and help us to build some new happy memories to counteract the sad ones.

How do you stay positive during times of uncertainty?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Streamlined Cold Weather Wardrobe


Clothes: Coat/Dress/Pixie Pant/Sweater/White Button Down Shirt/Sparkle T
Accessories: Scarf/Necklace/Pumps/Ankle Boots/Envelope Clutch/Bucket Bag

Brrrr it's cold out there! I found myself shivering under my comforter yesterday morning and at the same time dreading the fact that I was yet again not ready for the change in seasons. 

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm totally excited about incorporating the 365 Style method into my life.  I like the idea of putting together a few go-to outfits so that I can walk out the door looking presentable 100% of the time. 

Streamline Your Wardrobe (Nicky Hilton's 365 Style)


Post baby, I have really struggled with maintaining a sense of style. Like a lot of moms, fashion is not at the top of my list of priorities. My body is not the same, so all of my favorite wardrobe stables are 3-4 sizes too small. I don't really want to go shopping with what little free time I have these days.  And, I have far less disposable income than I once did.

In the past year, I've learned that the only way to maintain some sense of order in your life is to have systems, lists, and plans in place.  And I've just realized that I need a system so that I can leave my house looking somewhat decent. 

Enter Nicky Hilton's 365 Style where the hotel heiress lays out a system so that you can be fashionable regardless of the size of your tush or bank account. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday (September 19, 2014)



I haven't done a Friday links post in ages. 

I just heard about the November Project.  Has anyone participated?  #justshowup

The Washington Post's Fall Festival Guide.

Have you checked out Baked and Wired's green parking spot?  Well, there are others.

This Wiener Race looks adorable.

DC Veg fest is tomorrow at the Yards Park.

I'm loving this pineapple themed birthday party.

My fall shopping list includes these flats, this skirt, and this jacket.