Lowertown Event Center

Last month I attended the Twin Cities Wedding Professionals winter party at Lowertown Event Center. This group is always a ton of fun for networking and socializing, and the parties are always amazing.

chocolate trufflesThis one featured a truffle buffet by Kevin Lindee of Ganache: Truffles for Every Occassion.They tasted even better than they look!

lowertown event centerLowertown Event Center is a unique space (aren’t the exposed stone walls the coolest?) with plenty of lounge nooks built into the event floor space. It’s located in downtown St. Paul.

I’ll take more and better photos at the next TCWP event. More wedding-related posts to come soon!

Boxy is Beautiful: Product Description

I had the pleasure of writing product descriptions for some of Parc Boutique’s resort season new arrivals. I fell in love with the Chambray Boxy Top and took the liberty of modeling it in on myself in Parc’s dressing room (I really never caught on to the art of the selfie, but that’s another story!) Their New Year sale going on right now, so snag the Chambray Boxy top so you can have the fun of wearing it with your own leggings and boots!

Parc Winter CollectionChambray product description

 

Miniature Cookware Ornaments

The post-holiday clearance sale madness continues, and my newest obsession is Sur La Table’s adorable, vintage-inspired cookware ornament collection. At a majorly discounted fifty percent off right now, I just may have acquired the whole set.

Sur La Table ColanderThey’re so realistic you could use them in a child’s play kitchen.

Ornament Set Or actually use the little copper pan to melt butter.

See what’s still available here.

Vintage-Style Glass Ornaments

Okay, so I’m definitely a sucker for after Christmas clearance sales. Seventy percent off! So many adorable Christmas things. How can I resist? This year, in addition to the tacky discounted decor and really cheap wrapping paper, I found some hidden gems: vintage-style ornaments that look exactly like the ones from the 1950s that my grandmother used to have.

Vintage Style OrnamentsI found some at Target and Michael’s, the two stores I visited the week after Christmas. I’m sure other stores must have them too.

Vintage Style OrnamentsThese are all glass and decorated to vintage-accurate perfection. Seriously, how can you not love the hand-painted glitter detail on these?

Vintage Style Glass OrnamentsSo I’m totally ready for next year! Bring on Christmas 2014!

Gift Wrapping Shoebox How-To

gift wrapping shoebox ideasI’m going to let you in on a little trick I’ve been using for several years now. Instead of wrapping gifts in one-time use paper, I’ve devised a way to make reusable packaging that makes presents oh-so-adorable. Gift wrapping shoebox presents is pretty easy and fun–here’s how.

This is what you do:

1. Buy the nice paper that you love. These little peppermints stole my heart. Pink isn’t exactly the front and center color of the winter holidays, so I snapped these papers up.

2. Wrap shoe boxes like you would a normal gift, paying extra attention to the corners to make them look nice. Start with the covers (they’re easier) and then the bases.

3. Place presents in the boxes (you can add tissue paper as you would in a gift bag) and garnish with ribbons and gift tags (but anything sticky will ruin the paper on the box).

4. Save and reuse these babies for as long as you can. The packages look really classy, it’s environmentally friendly (wrapping paper isn’t usually recyclable), and it actually reduces wrapping time once you have a little collection made.

So there you have it–reusable gift wrapping shoebox ideas.

Beautiful, unique wrapping paper can often be found in little gift stores and boutiques. Here is a selection I found of truly unusual gift wrapping items that will make your gift wrapping shoebox masterpieces stand out in the heap.

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