the ugly ducking

It would be very sad, were I to relate all the misery and privations which the poor little duckling endured during the hard winter; but when it had passed, he found himself lying one morning in a moor, amongst the rushes. He felt the warm sun shining, and heard the lark singing, and saw that […]

sequins and party streamers

Don’t be ashamed if you have a love for sequins – they’ve got some awesome history behind them! Evidence exists that gold sequins were being used as decoration on clothing in the Indus Valley as early as 2500BC, during the Kot Diji era. *** This adorable real wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake, photographed by Ellie Grover, took place at The […]

baby’s breath

Gypsophilia, or baby’s breath as it is known in the United States and Canada, is a genus of about 100 different flowering plants that love to grow in chalk rich soils, which is why its name literally means ‘lover of chalk.’ Darling baby’s breath wedding invitations available at Minted. photo credits: escort cards, cottage, cake, […]

sweet home alabama

Big wheels keep on turning Carry me home to see my kin Singing songs about the Southland I miss Alabama once again… – Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynryd And so it went, every time I walked back into my college dorm, my dear friends would be blasting this song (or ‘Sara’ by Starship) once they […]

the little mermaid

 Now that she knew where he lived, she spent many an evening and many a night on the water near the palace. She would swim much nearer the shore than any of the others ventured to do; indeed once she went quite up the narrow channel under the marble balcony, which threw a broad shadow […]

tropical elegance

White is a sacred and pure color.  It’s the color of angles and gods, as the color reflects that which is sacred and pure.   It is also the color of doctors, nurses, and others in the health profession, as well as cleanliness. In fact, the Japanese refer to nurses as “Angels in White”. White can […]

dia de los muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient Aztec ritual celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of Central America and the U.S. On November 1 and 2, wooden skull masks are donned and people dance in honor of their deceased relatives. While holiday traditions vary from place to place, food always […]

refined sugar

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress began in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Prior to that, royals wore richly brocaded gowns, with red being among the most popular color. The transAtlantic account of Queen Victoria’s wedding caused American elites to follow suit, and because of limited laundering techniques (imagine getting kidney […]

club monaco

I am sure a lot of us are familiar with the international store – Club Monaco, and know what lovely things they always have! I checked out their inspiration blog the other day called Culture Club and fell in head over heels with their artsy photography. Such an easy, breezy, euro-chic plus a bit of sand […]

elizabeth bennet

“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.” – Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 58 photo credits: tea […]