color me monday: gold, moss, jade, and emerald

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice weekend! Ours was pretty lovely. Sean’s parents came to see us, and we all went to the Nutcracker at the Pennsylvania ballet. This was one of my winter highlights last year and this year too. Eva wasn’t 1000% mesmerized like she was last year, but she still enjoyed it thoroughly. After the ballet, we went to visit Santa at Macy’s Santa land. This was a pretty huge mistake and I wouldn’t ever go there to see Santa again, but Eva was excited to see the jolly man in red (despite the 1.5 hr wait). Sunday morning we went to brunch and decorated a gingerbread house.

Ever since I took this photo, I’ve been feeling really inspired by the many shades of green. I wanted to explore that this week with a touch of swanky gold. This palette feels just perfect for the season if you ask me! Have a nice week!

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playing models for a day (with rodales)!

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I shared one of these images on instagram a few weeks back, but today I’m going to fill you in on the whole story! Over the summer, Sean and I were asked to participate in Rodale’s holiday photo shoot as the MODELS! It was a very surreal experience for us. We’ve both been on shoots before, but never as the talent. It was pretty cool to sit back and watch while countless stylists, photographers and hair and makeup people rushed around us. It gave me a real appreciation for all that goes in to a big professional photo shoot. It was a fun day, and I’m still so flattered that we were asked to participate!

If you aren’t familiar with Rodale, they are the publishing powerhouse behind magazines like Prevention, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Organic Gardening and many more. Rodales is their latest jump into retail. They offer a nicely curated selection of apparel, home and beauty products with an emphasis on simplicity and high quality materials. If you’d like to see more smoochin’, there’s a few additional photos from the shoot after the jump!

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color me monday: 2015 pantone color of the year marsala!

2015 pantone color of the year marsala

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a nice one! Ours was pretty quiet, in a very good way. We spent Saturday at my parents so my weirdo husband could go hunting in the rain. However, Eva and I had other plans. We spent the entire day inside reading books near the fireplace. Sunday we headed home to ten to the usual weekend chores and errands, and had a delicious dinner at a friends house to finish off the weekend.

Have you guys heard the news? Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala! Neutrals and earth tones seem to be on trend for this coming year, and I for one really like it. I thought pantone’s pick of radiant orchid last year was pretty meh, but they’ve redeemed themselves with this pick. Marsala is vibrant, but not overly saturated. I think it’s a versatile and interesting choice, way to go Pantone. What do you think?

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cut your own christmas tree family adventure!

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Hey buddies, happy Friday! My favorite part of our Thanksgiving holiday weekend was definitely getting our Christmas tree! I love the holidays and decorating our tree, and I find this time of year even more magical now that I have a little one to share it with. This year instead of just selecting a tree, I wanted to actually cut one down! My parents came with us (hence the rare photo of all three of us together) and we had a blast selecting and cutting our tree. You’ll see even more photographic proof of this after the jump…

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My design for the minted holiday card line!

my minted holiday design!

Hi there! Today I’m finally sharing my holiday card design that is available at minted! I designed this back in the spring, so it’s kind of crazy that I’m just now able to tell you about it. I’m learning that this long wait is a common theme when designing for retail, and it is NOT easy for me to keep secrets from you guys! My design, stamped snowflakes, is available in three different color ways and there are a whole bunch of customizations available. I love that minted gives you so many options to make each design customized. Thanks to everyone who voted to make my design a winner, I really appreciate it! If you decide to purchase my design for your family’s holiday card, please leave a comment and let me know which options you selected! Click through to see address labels, envelope lines and more after the jump!

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24 merry days starts tomorrow!

24 merry days starts tomorrow! I know it’s unusual for me to post on Sunday night, but I just HAD to make sure you were well informed of what’s to come starting tomorrow! If you aren’t familiar with 24 merry days it is a series of 24 giveaways, on 24 days, hosted by 24 different bloggers. Think of it as a giveaway advent extravaganza. This year’s prizes are about as fantastic as they could possibly be including a SMEG Fridge, Madsen Cycles Cargo bike, Loeffler Randall handbags for you and a friend, big fat west elm gift cards and MUCH much more! To follow along be sure to visit the 24 merry days website and facebook page. My giveaway won’t be happening til a little later in the month and I can’t wait to share the details with you guys (HINT: It’s gonna be GOOOOOD)!

I also want to take a moment to recognize the incredible hard work of Audrey from This Little Street who organized everything, and Gloria from Little White Whale who designed and build the website. They rule, and this giveaway celebration would not be happening without them. That’s all for now! Good luck with the giveaways, I hope you win big and happy December!

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Getting ready for the holidays (with Martha)!

Getting ready for the holidays (with Martha)! from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com I can’t believe the holidays are almost here. I feel like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing a blog post about my goals for the year (as in the year 2014 that we’re getting ready to kiss goodbye)! I guess I’ll need to get over my shock quickly to prepare for the first round of Thanksgiving festivities in just a few days! Luckily, my friends at Martha Stewart sent me a package of goodies this week to get me in the holiday spirit. Read more after the jump!

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color me monday: mauve, gold, burgundy and sea glass

color me monday: mauve, gold, burgundy and sea glass from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com

Hey Guys, happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. I did very little over the past few days. I’ve been sick for almost two weeks now, and I really needed to take it easy. I drank tea, slept in, caught up on my favorite tv shows, and started my online christmas shopping. It was kind of awesome. Today I’m actually taking the day off to chaperone a field trip to the Museum of Natural History with Eva’s preschool class. I’m excited to spend the whole day with eva, her teachers and classmates, and all those dinosaurs!

I am seriously digging this week’s color palette. It’s loosely inspired by an outfit that I put together last week starring my new favorite pair of burgundy skinny jeans. I love how it’s a bit muted, but still dramatic. I hope you all have a lovely week, and PLEASE….don’t forget to enter all the fantastic giveaways from last week. They’ll be running through this holiday week, ending on 12/1 through 12/5. Time is on your side, but don’t forget!

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