Posh Holiday Gift Picks

The holiday season now upon us and I’m officially in party and shopping mode, feeling ready to prepare for the celebrations and joy this time of year brings! If you’re not feeling the same as of yet, you do have 26 days left to shop!

For those of you who will be attending holiday parties over the next few weeks, or are just looking for special gifts for friends and family, I’ve put together a list of my posh holiday favorites. Did I mention I would love to own all of these items myself? (hint, hint dear husband.) All of them $40 and under, and would make lovely hostess, secret santa gifts, or stocking stuffers for the posh at heart.

2013 Holiday Gift Picks - PLD

It’s really no secret that I love macarons so I had to add this lipgloss from Mor Cosmetics to the list! The Copper cocktail shaker = perfection, as do the glittered holiday coasters from Kate Spade. If ever there were a candle to keep and not burn, it would be the champagne scented candle by Jonathon Adler. The diamond bottle stopper from Z Gallerie is so chic, and disco ball ornaments make and inexpensive seasonal gift. You can never go wrong with a marble cheeseboard, or bottle opener for any hostess you know. The script on the opener reading “Cheers” won me over right away. Lastly, whiskey stones. An affordable unisex gift that entertaining lovers alike will enjoy!

Can you pick a fav?

Follow the links below to shop these items, just in time for Black Friday!

Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

I’m off to finish my prep for the morning! Wishing you all a fabulous Thanksgiving and holiday weekend! Happy shopping!

Check back soon for more posh!

xo

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Create: Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

Last week I gushed over all things golden for Thanksgiving and today I’m continuing the golden theme, but this time things are getting a little nutty ’round here! Walnutty to be exact. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like the way walnuts look in their natural state….quite rustic and simple, but I must admit, they could use a little edge. And since It’s in my nature to elevate the ordinary, I took it upon myself to dress them up by adding a little sparkle, in one of my favorite hues of the season, and transforming them into a practical item that every holiday hostess can use!

The finished product is a DIY place card holder that’s both simple and affordable, with posh written all over it!

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders - DIY

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies:

1 Bag of Walnuts in the shell

Masking Tape

Gold glitter

Glitter or craft glue

A serrated knife, or similar

Printer paper, or blank cards (business card size) 3 1/2 x 2

Thin paint brush (if your glue does not come with one)

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

DIY - Glittered Walnut Place card holders by PLD

Instructions

Setup a workspace made from newspaper, or scrap paper that you can do this craft on.

Open the bag of walnuts and place them right side up to make sure they can stand up on their own.

(The most difficult part) Take a serrated knife and in a sawing motion, cut into the very top center of the walnut-shell. Hold the walnut sturdy and continue to saw through until there’s about 1/8 – 1 1/6 of an inch slit, deep enough to insert each place card. Please be careful not to cut yourself while completing this step. It helps to curve your fingers down away from the blade of the serrated knife. You could also try using a mini saw, or any other equivalent for the same result.

Once the walnuts have been prepped for the place cards, begin taping each one-off, only leaving exposed the areas that you want covered in glitter. As you can see below, I chose a variety of different ways to tape off the walnuts so each one had a different look and design.

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

Once all of your walnuts have been taped, begin painting on the craft glue in the untaped areas.

Apply glitter by shaking over the top of the subject. Or you can pour glitter into a dish and dip the glue covered walnut until fully coated.

Set aside and allow at least 2 hrs to dry (overnight preferred).

Repeat these steps until all walnuts have been covered in as much glitter as your heart desires.

After the walnuts have dried, shake off any loose glitter and begin removing the masking tape.

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

Now they’re ready for the place cards.

My handwriting skills are not star quality…just being honest, so instead of hand writing the place cards, I simply typed up the names on my desktop and printed them off. This worked like a charm for me and you could do this for your cards as well, but if you happen to have lovely printing, then by all means display the cards with handwritten names.

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

Voila! An easy and affordable last-minute DIY for the holiday hostess. Complete with the sparkle that looks beautiful displayed against simplistic dinnerware.

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

Give them a try for a chic and stylish addition to your Thanksgiving table this Thursday.

Speaking of Thursday, do you have any plans? I’m looking forward to celebrating with good food, football and my lovely family. I hope you all have a fabulous day, however it’s spent.

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders

posh little tips

When Thanksgiving is over, you can always display these walnuts in a fancy dish as festive decor for the remainder of holiday season!

Glittered walnuts

Not a fan of gold? Simply change the color of glitter. Red, white, silver, green, or even black would be gorgeous!

Thanks for reading, I certainly won’t be taking part in any black friday chaos, but I will have a lineup of some hot holiday hostess gifts coming soon!

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo

Glittered Walnut Place Card Holders - PLD

xo

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Thanksgiving in Gold

 There’s a class and sophistication that gold metallic hues exude and right now I’m in love. Rosy, brassy, bronze, and golden, you had me at hello. Can I now decorate everything in my house with you all? Well, that most likely will not happen, but the holiday season does give me an excuse to stock up on all things gold and I plan to take advantage of it! In fact, I’ve already began my search online, and came across so many pretties, that they quickly became the inspiration for today’s post.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up in 1 week, the timing for gold decor couldn’t be better! If you plan on hosting a Turkey (or alternative) holiday dinner for your guests, here’s how you can let gold be your guide.

Thanksgiving in Gold

Whether an ice-bucket, place card holders, or a collection of affordable flatware, there are so many ways you can celebrate your Thanksgiving using these elegant hues.

Garland is one of the easiest ways to add style to a dinner party, and as you can see, even small accents like wave napkin rings above, will stand out beautifully against simple table settings, adding the wow factor. 

Pair fall prints like the the Antler Appetizer Plates above, with your favorite snacks and treats for a fun conversation piece and trendy touch.

And just because gold looks expensive, doesn’t mean that it has to be. The gold chevron paper straws are currently available in my Etsy store for just $3.85 per pack. A quick way to dress up your holiday cocktails and add the glam factor. Budget friendly, festive and always posh!

If you could pick one item from above for your Thanksgiving table, what would it be? 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

If you love ZGallerie as much as I do, you will notice that many of the above items came from there. I honestly couldn’t help myself! Follow the links for more details.

More relating to Thanksgiving is coming soon on the blog!

Thanks for reading!

xo

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Birthday-gram

Last week I welcomed another birthday and although 1 year older, I feel grateful for the gifts and blessings that have come my way. There are simply too many to count and mention here, so instead I’ll just share with you some of the highlights of the celebration, that I enjoyed with my dear family and friends.

I used instagram to capture it all.

Birthday-gram by PLD

A birthday for me just wouldn’t be complete without macarons! I just love them…maybe too much! But since we don’t live close to any bakery that makes them, my hubby sent for some from Dana’s Bakery. Let me just say that I couldn’t have been more excited when they arrived at my doorstep! And the flavors like birthday cake, pumpkin pie, thin mint, s’mores, pecan pie and chocolate chip cookie dough, meant there was no way to go wrong.

A macaron is the perfect birthday treat for me! My hubby even wedged a single candle into one and him and my girls sang to me. Melted my heart.

I also got the gift of a new rose gold timepiece by Michael Kors, some of my favorite bath products from Philosophy, and a pair of sexy black heels by Louise Et Cie, because every girl should own a pair of heels that makes her feel just that!

I enjoyed some much needed pampering and got my nails painted in the trendy fall hue of oxblood, and then celebrated with sweet treats, champagne and my favorite girls at the cutest little gem of a bakery in my home town. I also got the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers as you can see above, from a girlfriend I have known for nearly 20 years.

Not seen here was the afternoon date I got to enjoy with my husband while my mom looked after the girls. The image of me in “all black everything” was from our date together which consisted of brunch at a local southern spot, featuring the most incredible fried okra and Caesars, followed by a stroll around downtown and then lastly a visit to Trader Joes. Ha!! The last of our date was more about how much we could get accomplished while the girls were with grandma, but sometimes it isn’t about what you do, but who you do it with.

Who else has a November birthday?? Scorpio season!

If we aren’t friends on Instagram yet, follow me here. I always follow back!

Cheers and thanks for reading! Check back soon.

xo

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Make: Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels (V)

I really do love pumpkins and have been determined to bake something special with them this season, the only thing is I’m not such a fan of pumpkin pie, I don’t do dairy, so a pumpkin spice latte is out of the question (I’m guessing I’m really missing out). So, other than the ombre pumpkins I made last month, and my less than perfect attempt at carving them for Halloween last week, my life has pretty much been pumpkin free this entire fall. Sad story!! That is until now, because recently I came across a recipe that fits perfectly into the fall/comfort category and with a few adjustments, exceeds the pumpkin-y taste I’ve been seeking! And, the best part of all is that the recipe is both vegan and dairy free!

Hello Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels - PLD

Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels (V)

These pretzels are soft and doughy with a subtle hint of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. The sea salt top adds a sweet and salty dimension making them a must try for Fall.

Ingredients

1/4 oz package of active dry yeast

1 cup warm water (to activate yeast)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (or replacement) use more if needed

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend

3 tablespoons organic pumpkin puree

1 well-greased bowl

Parchment lined baking sheet.

For boiling

7 cups water

1/2 cup baking soda

For topping

2 teaspoons pumpkin spice blend

1 tablespoon sea salt

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels - PLD

Instructions

Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a large mixing bowl to agitate until the yeast is fully dissolved. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

Gradually add 2 1/2 cups of flour (setting aside 1/4 cup), and mix until soft dough forms.

Once the dough forms, add in the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend and remaining 1/4 cup flour.

Check the consistency of the flour to make sure it’s neither sticky, or too dry. If too sticky, you can add additional flour until the correct consistency is achieved.

Remove from mixer and turn the dough onto a clean work surface until consistency is smooth (this takes about 3-4 min).

Place dough into greased bowl and allow to rise in a warm spot for approximately 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

For topping

While the dough is rising, mix together pumpkin spice and sea salt mixture and set aside.

Preparation of dough

Once dough has risen, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Punch down the dough and move onto a clean countertop.

Separate your dough into 8 pieces, rolling each piece into 1/2″ thick ropes.

I chose to make my pretzels smaller, so I cut the 8 ropes in halves, for more quantity.

Take each of the 16 ropes and twist them into pretzel shapes, sealing both ends.

Set aside.

For boiling

Bring the 7 cups of water and baking soda to a boil.

Once boiling, drop each finished pretzel into the water for about 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon.

Place each pretzel onto parchment lined baking sheet and top with pumpkin spice sea salt mixture.

Place in the oven and Bake unto golden. I baked mine for about 7 minutes and they came out perfect!

Recipe adapted from: Dairy Free Cooking about.com

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels - PLD

The pretzels were the perfect accompaniment to big mug of rooibos chai the other morning. The ultimate comfort! And my two girls had them for lunch the other day and loved them as well!

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels - PLD

Because of their size, these pretzels would make a delicious and also cute party appetizer! I can imagine them now with a dark chocolate dipping sauce or drizzle. Sounds absolutely heavenly, if I do say so my self. And speaking of parties….my birthday just happens to be this Thursday! Although a year older, I’ve truly learned to embrace my 30s because they’ve been filled with so many blessings, that it’s difficult to count them all. I’m incredibly grateful to be celebrating with my dear friends and family all weekend long and promise to have snippets to share with you soon.

With that said, happy November! I hope you give this recipe a try!

Thanks for reading!

xo

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