Friday, December 23, 2011

Reindeer Cam!


Attention everyone with kids! There is a website called Reindeer Cam that has a 24-hour live video feed on Santa's reindeer! Santa shows up to feed the reindeer at 10am and 5pm EST. We were eagerly awaiting the show this morning and they are right on time, but he only hangs around for about 5 minutes to add new hay and fresh food so you have to be there at the hour on the dot! 

We have checked in periodically all morning to see what the reindeer are doing. It is SO much fun for them {and me} to see! The sleigh was out and getting ready to go last time we checked. Head over to www.reindeercam.com right now to view! 


p.s. Here is a great quote that I came across - it's just perfect for the lead up to Christmas:
"The easiest way to get what you want, is to want what you have."
- Eric Dane

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's nearly time...!

Image via Pinterest

Are you ready? Still have shopping to do? My gifts are wrapped and I'm counting down the days until we can get Big Squish's face on the video camera on Christmas morning! 
Best. Moment. Ever.
{My guess is Munchkin will care for little other than eating some wrapping paper}

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Miu Miu Jeweled Heels: DIY


Guess WHAT. You know my Miu Miu jeweled wedding shoes? They are the ones above for any newcomers here. Well, a blog that I adore - Honestly WTF - posted a DIY for them today! Head over to check out the instructions {and plan on staying around for a good few hours if you have never visited. She has *incredible* do-it-yourself tutorials!!} Here is the before and after. 


Images courtesy of Honestly WTF

Amazing, right?! Super simple and very inexpensive to do. You'd be crazy not to with all of the holiday parties coming up! Here is a close up of mine if you want to try to replicate exactly.


Three cheers for glamming up what's happening south of your ankles! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Top 5!

I have a little guest post over on one of my favorite decor blogs today with Amber of Amber Interior Design. She asked me to share my Top 5 Kitchens of all time. FUN!! Head on over to see my picks, but be warned there is no shortage of lacquer or color. Here's a sneak peek...


In the Top 5 Spirit and the countdown to Christmas officially underway, I decided to compile my Top 5 Entry Ways as well just for you! 

Number 5 :: This one might surprise some of you who follow my blog regularly, as the entry above is - at least to me - quite sparse and minimalistic which is typically not my style. I love the feeling it gives me, though I can't quite put a finger on what that is exactly!

Number 4 :: This one is also quite traditional which again, is typically not my style, however the mix of graphic black and white chevron with classic stripes on a traditional chair, plus the lovely little vignette behind it, and then the mixture of artwork and varying frames - it just sucks me right in! Not to mention the kitchen in the background with 50s checkerboard tile... what an awesome mix.

Number 3 :: Oh blue velvet. You'll get me every time. Throw in some Gracie wallpaper and I'm a goner. 

Number 2 :: This entrance hall in a Brooklyn apartment was my favorite for many many moons. Hot pink is the color of my blood, so I just adore these walls. Couple that shade with bold black and white and a statement is officially made. The ornate antique French table along with all of the other details in the space make me melt.

Number 1 :: And my all time favorite entrance hall, of course, is lacquered to high heaven and back. I can't imagine anyone walking into that front door and not saying wow as their jaw hits the floor. Now that's my kind of decorating. Not safe. Not expected. Electric blue lacquer.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Love It or Hate It?


Some may mistake her for a walking Christmas tree, but if you can mix sequins like this and pull it off {brilliantly} as she does, you have my vote. 
LOVE IT!

p.s. I am *mega* excited... Facebook followers AND Blog followers are both nearly at the 1000 mark! 996 on FB at last check and 972 here on el bloggo. What GREAT Christmas gifts! THANK YOU GUYS!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

How I Wore It :: Fall Baby Shower


The bump is growing! I had a baby shower this past weekend and went with one of my staple maternity dresses from Isabella Oliver. Not the cheapest of maternity clothes, but I wear the dresses I have from them ALL the time. This is hands down my favorite maternity store on the planet!

Dress - Isabella Oliver :: Tights - Gap Maternity :: Jacket - D&G :: Bag - Prada :: Sunglasses - Prada Men :: Booties - House of Harlow



Hope you all had a great weekend! ps....13 days until Christmas WHAT.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Card Etiquette. Pay Attention People.


I wrote this exact same post last year, and was shocked by the number of people who had no idea what was actually proper as far as name order. READ ASAP! This goes for ALL paper - cards, announcements, invitations, EVERYTHING. Next year I'll try to remember to post this in early November to catch people before they start...

I am a massive proponent of common courtesy, good manners, and proper etiquette. We all know to put our napkin in our lap and chew with our lips closed. We all know that it is polite to say yes ma'am and yes sir. And we all know that it is important to write prompt, hand-written thank you notes. Why then, I must ask, is proper etiquette in the paper realm so lacking?

One of the best things about winter that I look forward to more than anything {well, it is a close second behind snuggling up by a fire} is opening Christmas cards. There is something so wonderful and special about seeing everyone's families, recent news, and life updates. I just love them! BUT a little {BIG} grey cloud overshadows my moment when I read the order of the names and they are incorrectly written.

I know that it is the thought that really counts, so some of you might be thinking I am crazy or flat out rude to be pointing this out. If you are of that mindset then do not ever buy any of Miss Manner's books as she will promptly whip you into shape. Others might not even have the faintest idea what I am talking about. Why is name order a big deal or even on my radar for that matter? If you are one who knows what the appropriate etiquette is, improper name order is as glaringly obvious and inappropriate as not doing any of those first things I listed: smacking your food. Elbows on the table. Not saying please and thank you. Major no-no's people!! This is the paper equivalent.

I honestly cannot tell you how many thank you emails I received after posting this last year, saying, YES! Finally! Maybe my friends will pay attention for crying out loud and I don't have to cringe every time I open a holiday card/invitation/birth announcement/etc! FYI, this has nothing to do with, well, my husband is the head of the house so his name always goes first. Baloney. It reflects poorly on you as the wife for not knowing how to properly order the names!

I will elaborate further with the official rule to get everyone on the same page. Ok here we go:

RULE: WHEN USING FIRST NAMES, THE WIFE'S NAME IS ALWAYS FIRST.

Read it again.

When using first names, 

THE WIFE'S NAME IS ALWAYS FIRST

NOT. THE. HUSBAND'S.

EVER.

The reasoning is that the husband's first name is never separated from his last name, even if last names are not included in the wording. Jane and John Smith is correct. NOT John and Jane. NOT John and Jane Smith. John did not marry Jane Smith. Jane married John Smith.


Crane's Blue Book of Social StationeryMiss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, and Crane's Wedding Blue Book and everything Martha Stewart ever publishes on this topic all verify this longstanding etiquette rule. So why does hardly anyone seem to know about it these days?!

Now that I have presented this loud and clear, I want everyone to understand there shall be no more of this: Merry Christmas! Love, Biz, Sheridan, Big Squish and Miss Munchkin. Nonsense. Furthermore, if you have children, this is officially the correct format below, however, if you list all names on the same line it is technically still deemed appropriate as long as the wife's name is ALWAYS first.


Merry Christmas!
Lots of love,
Sheridan and Biz French
Squish and Munch

Now go forth and have proper etiquette, and if anyone you have doing your Christmas cards tells you otherwise, find a new stationer ASAP! 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gearing Up!


I don't know about you all but I am really, really excited about the upcoming holiday season starting...or perhaps it is already in full swing! Long walks with the B.O.B. on crisp weekend mornings... never getting sick of how gorgeous Christmas lights are, even in your own living room... and nothing makes me happier than snuggling up with Biz and my little babies on the sofa, full cup of peppermint hot chocolate in hand, everyone in their jammies. Perfect! 

By the way, how are you all doing on your Christmas shopping? Anyone actually have wrapping done yet? {Don't tell me if you do or we are no longer friends} 

Here are a few gift guides that have featured SF goodies, and one I did for a sweet friend of mine. Take a look for great inspiration. Happy weekend! Stay warm!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

the EVENING


Looking for something super fun to do this evening? Swing by for a night of great food and amazing shopping {we're talking sweets, treats, stationery, jewelry, wrapping paper, puppy goodies, personalized melamine plates, clothes, paintings, flowers, cooking lessons and more... and you didn't hear it from me but there might even be some fortune telling....!} Definitely stop by if you're in the area, and if not tonight, swing by Friday or Saturday! 

Can't wait to see y'all!



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Little Miss Munchkin's Big Girl Cake


Sweet baby Munch turns 1 in about a month {oh the tears}, so I am currently thinking about what cake she should have at her big bash. I want to make it, so I can't get all fondant fancy as I haven't the faintest clue how to do that. Even so, I LOVE this sort of look and design - girly but not too little girly or over-the-top. Quite sophisticated, actually, just like the Little Miss! 

Which is your favorite? Do you have any other ideas along these lines? And while we're on the topic, who do you think is the most talented baker in the DFW area?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Monday!


It is raining and 35* here...oh what I would give to be lounging around in that bed! 
We had an awesome weekend with friends down at the ranch, hardly any cell or internet {it was actually amazing} lots of adventures on four-wheelers and horses, and I am still full from all the Mud Pie we ate. No complaints here! How was your weekend?

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