Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Watercolor letterpress calendar

There are so many boutique calendar options for 2012, but I think this one might be the prettiest I've seen. The dip-dyed colors are so soft and beautiful, and of course I love the calligraphy!

If you love this one, too, quick -- everything is 15% off in the Parrott Design Studio shop until Friday! Use code CHEERS15 when you check out.

P.S. Looking for more calendars? Nole has tons of beautiful options right here!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vintage state towels

Hi, friends! Are Christmas preparations in full swing at your houses? They are at mine. Our three Christmas trees are up (don't worry, they're all little!), as is our nativity, and we're excited to begin our Advent calendar on Thursday. I'm also turning a more serious eye to the remainder of my Christmas list. I'm about half done... how about y'all?

If your answer was "haven't started," I've got a suggestion: vintage state kitchen towels. I happened upon one the other day, and was reminded how fun they are. I think they'd make the best gift for a pal with a colorful home, a softness for vintage style, or some fierce state pride, and would look so cute framed or sewn into a pillow. A quick search yielded a few vintage and reproduction sources:

Antique Kitchen has 12 states represented, and each is $14.

Nanalulu's has several states, though their website is pretty hard to navigate. I like this Florida one ($9).

Here's a Minnesota kitchen towel for $6.30.

This pretty celebrating all of New England is $15.

I like this bold pattern for California ($7). This California one is pretty, too.

Finally, if you don't want to spend time searching, you can go straight to Cat Studio, though you'll pay more for the convenience. They stock just about every type of location, from states to cities, from regions and resorts to national parks and countries. Their kitchen towels are $20.

Happy hunting!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Peppermint drink stirrers in the shop!

I hope you all had the most wonderful weekends imaginable! Now that we're on to all things Christmas, I wanted to give you a quick heads up that I stocked the shop with some very festive drink stirrers! I think these guys would be so cute at a holiday party, or as a little Christmas gift for a friend who likes to entertain.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo by Braedon Flynn via Design*Sponge

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! The things I am grateful for include, but are not limited to, my family (some of which is here with us, celebrating today!), my dear friends, Kraft macaroni and cheese, my kitties, John, the marvelous country we live in, STUFFING, and all of you! (In no particular order.)

I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with delicious food!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The perfect cardigan

I wear a lot of cardigans. They're perfect for North Carolina, because it's too warm in the winter to wear a heavy sweater, but too cold to wear just a short-sleeve shirt. I also love cardigans because they help me get extra mileage out of my wardrobe -- pair the same cardigan with three different shirts, and you have three different outfits! I actually just peeked in my closet and counted, and I currently own ten cardigans. I swear I am not a grandma (though I do love grandmas).

All this to say, I am something of a cardigan conneisseur, and I wanted to share my favorite cover up source with you today. I used to be a fan of J.Crew's "Jackie" cardigan, but as they've inched the price upwards over the years, I've grown less and less fond of it. ($62 for a simple, solid cardigan?? No thank you.)

My new go-to source is the Nordstrom juniors department, specifically the Nordstrom house brand, BP. They almost always have a cardigan very similar to the Jackie, but with a tiny bit more stretch, and a much lower price tag. In the winter they offer a long-sleeve version, and in the spring and summer, a 3/4 sleeve one. The quality on both has been quite good in my experience. Online, the long-sleeve version is going for $34 right now, but they're often on sale in store (I bought most of mine for about $24). You've seen this picture before, but here I am in the light pink, 3/4 sleeve version:

I hope this tip helps my fellow cardigan-wearers! If you are going to pick up one for yourself, I would suggest going up a size, since BP is a juniors line, after all. In my experience, they also shrink a tiny bit in the wash.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving dinner inspiration

I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner again this year. It will be very small by my family's standards (just five of us). I don't really have the extra cash on hand to buy new pieces for the table, so I'm trying to brainstorm with what I already have, and come up with something that will coordinate well with my blue willow ware dishes. Here are a few ideas I've collected:

acorn candle votives from Pottery Barn

pretty pink and gold table design by Tara Guerard from Southern Living

pinecone door decor via Something Green

napkin menu wrap via Project Wedding

more nut candles from Good Housekeeping

velvet silverware wrap via Style Me Pretty (photo by Brooke Boling)

Are any of y'all hosting Thanksgiving dinner?

P.S. Last year's Thanksgiving dinner

Monday, November 21, 2011

More silver for the reception!

My Mom came to visit last week for another round of dress shopping (spoiler alert: it was also the final round of dress shopping!!!). She brought with her a disc of images my aunt had taken of my grandmother's silver collection. Bingie (what my cousins and I call our grandmother) has agreed to let me borrow a few pieces for our wedding reception, which I think will add a lovely personal touch to the tables. Here are just a few of the pieces I'm considering using:

(Since we're not going for a vintage vibe, I wouldn't use the teapots or the pieces that look like they're from a tea set.)

Aren't they pretty? Grandmas are the best :) The coolest part is that as my Mom and I were flipping through the images, she kept pointing out pieces with stories behind them. I love that!

P.S. The rest of my silver collection, so far.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cayman Islands

As crazy as it has been to be going, going, going for the last two weeks, I can't say I would trade my trip to the Cayman Islands! Here are a few iPhone snaps from my four-day stay. We went on a catamaran ride to Stingray City, and the water was so clear, turquoise, and gorgeous! The boat was neat -- the bow was mostly made up of nets, which you could sit on and watch the water flash by beneath you. This trip was also the first time I got to use my passport, which was thrilling :)

P.S. I did a little personal wedding scouting while abroad! These chairs are what I'm picturing for our reception, and I'd love to use lounge furniture like the pieces below.

P.P.S. Back next week with Thanksgiving prep posts!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The wedding morning

Lately I've been thinking about the morning before the wedding. I know this might seem like a really tiny and insignificant detail to think about in the grand scheme of things, but I have this theory that it's the moments in between the "big" moments that set the tone for your wedding day. And if you don't "control" those moments, then the entire day can end up not feeling like you want it to. By control, please don't think I mean micromanaging every last detail and stressing over whether or not everything is perfect. I just mean doing as much prep work in advance, so that on the wedding day itself, things flow smoothly and you don't need to stress. Of course not everything will go as planned, but I am a firm believer in putting as many blocks into place as possible, and then going with the flow when you can't do anything else. Make sense?

All this to say, I've been thinking about our wedding morning lately. A few things, in particular:

1. The soundtrack for when we're getting ready. I am already working on this, and I will most definitely share once it's finalized (which probably won't be for a few months). It's a happy mix of favorites from the 50's and 60's, combined with some newer (mellow but peppy) favorites like Brooke Fraser, She & Him, Ingrid Michaelson, and Mumford & Sons.

I'm building this playlist with Spotify. Are you all on Spotify? It's awesome. It's kind of like iTunes combined with Grooveshark -- there's a massive song library, but you don't have to buy the songs. You can collect them in playlists, but you can't download them. Love!

2. What I will wear when we're getting ready. As much as I love a comfy robe or sweatpants, that is not what I'll be wearing the morning of our wedding. I'm thinking something more along the lines of this:

As long as I can easily step into it and out of it (so as not to smudge the hair and makeup), why the heck not? I consider it just another opportunity to wear a pretty white dress :)

3. Who will be getting the gals prettified. Goodness, y'all. I am pretty much inept at anything concerning my face and hair, so bringing in professionals is a must, but they seem so dang expensive to me!! Maybe I'm just being a baby, though? If you wouldn't mind helping a girl out, would you mind commenting and saying what you paid, or maybe what you think is reasonable, for wedding hair and makeup? I would so appreciate it!

P.S. Photo above by Bryan Johnson

Friday, November 11, 2011

Inspiring menus

Sorry to be such an absentee host, friends! It's been a crazy week or two, and I've got a busy one coming up, as well! Just wanted to pop in and share some of these inspiring menus in the meantime...

Love this chic + casual kraft paper number:

Photo by Tara Rochelle, styling by Sara Westbrook and Sam Pothier via One Charming Party

I'm always in favor of the chalkboard menu.

Photo by Kate Headley, styling by Ritzy Bee via Snippet & Ink

Photo by Jessica Watson via Style Me Pretty

And these petite clipboards are perfect if you're doing stations and need several smaller menus instead of one large one.

Photo by Kate Headley, styling by Ritzy Bee via Martha Stewart Weddings

Bon appetit! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sperry tents

One thing we're splurging on for our wedding is a Sperry tent, and I couldn't be happier. A normal frame tent would serve the purpose of sheltering us and our guests from the elements equally as well, but wouldn't be quite as beautiful. Plus, if we got a frame tent, I would want to line it, which would make it almost as expensive as, if not more expensive than, a Sperry. AND, from what I hear, Sperry tents have such a beautiful presence of their own, they require less embellishment in terms of other decor. Sailcloth + pine poles will do that for you, I guess!

How do you know if it's a Sperry? Look for rounded lines, dramatic peaks, and merrily waving flags -- my absolute favorite feature :)

Photo by Lisa Rigby via Style Me Pretty

via Merriment Events

Photo by Carlie Statsky

Photo by Justin & Mary

Photo by Weddings by Two via Snippet & Ink

Photo by Justin & Mary

Photo by Justin & Mary

Aren't they beautiful??

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Faux fur fuzzies

Kind of in love with this faux fur jacket from Kate Spade, despite the fact that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have too many opportunities to wear it. I do enjoy that it has a built-in muff, which helps compensate for the 3/4 sleeves. (I never understood why winter jackets ever have 3/4 sleeves... anyone??) And that little bow! So sweet.

Unfortunately, this fine jacket has the not-so-fine price tag of $845, so I think I might have to console myself with these faux fur ear muffs, which retail for just $12.99.

My Mom is probably dying of laughter right now, because I'm pretty sure I adamantly refused to wear ear muffs as a child. But alas, my ears get cold, and I think I look weird in hats. So ear muffs it is.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Eno River fall foliage

Is there still fall foliage where you are? John and I took a lovely walk along the Eno River last weekend and enjoyed the pretty reds, oranges, and yellows.

Triangle-area locals, Eno River State Park in Durham is one of our favorite places to hike. (It's also one of our favorite places to swim!) We like to park at the Fews Ford access for both swimming and hiking :) If you go, make sure you check out the suspension bridge!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

101 in 1001: November 2011

Happy November! At the beginning of every month, I write a short post covering what I accomplished in the previous month and what I hope to accomplish in the next one for my 101 in 1001 challenge. I'll also introduce you to one of my 101 buddies (see them all in the sidebar!). Here we go!

October 1, 2011: 12/101 goals complete, 30/101 goals in progress

Did I begin...
-- No. 34. Camp at least once a year? Yes! Post here.
-- No. 47. Increase giving/tithing by 10% every year? Yes! Commitment Sunday at our church was this past Sunday :)
-- No. 56. Photograph and post 30 separate outfits for the world to see? Yes! See flickr set here.

Did I complete...
-- No. 19. Buy or install new shelving for books? Yes! See my new rainbow bookshelf here.
-- No. 71. Get Peach & Pearl a spiffy new look? Not yet, but we are very close! P&P's new look will definitely be unveiled in November :)
-- No. 75. Switch blog platform from Blogger to Wordpress? Same as above!

Abby Jiu

November 1, 2011: 14 goals complete/34 goals in progress

I plan to begin:
No. 55: Add one piece to the Willow Tree nativity each year

I plan to complete:
No. 3: Send a care package to someone I don't know

Sweet and simple this month, because November is going to be cray-zay for our household!

Sanderson Images

November Spotlight:

Kelly of Hello Seester is our November Spotlight, and you can check out all of her goals right here! My five favorite goals of hers:

-- No. 15: Join the Junior League (Considering this myself... thought?)
-- No. 17: Start a retirement fund (YES.)
-- No. 55: Make headboard for my apartment bedroom
-- No. 73: Have a dinner by candlelight
-- No. 77: Wear only dresses for two weeks (This one cracks me up! I'd totally do this.)

In the meantime, you can see the details on all of my goals right here. Here's to a great month!