I have seen a lot of with bottle brush trees on Pinterest and am now obsessed with them. I think they are the cutest Christmas decoration ever! So small, colorful and pretty, I could stare at them for hours!
I ended up buying a few of these cuties to decorate the apartment and in the process I found so many that I would like to have that I am thinking a new collection might be in my future. ;) Meanwhile, I thought I could share some of them with you.
These are from Etsy, but you can find them all around the internet. From left to right, top to bottom: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
And below, some great ideas on how to display your little trees around the house. [All images from Pinterest]
Last week, myself and a few friends went to a dinner organized by the lovely Elizabeth (blogpost to come!) and to end the night perfectly, she gave each of us a lovely package filled with chocolates and cookies she baked herself. They were one of the best cookies I ever had. Seriously. So soft and yummy and perfect. The perfect chocolate chip cookie. So perfect I wanted more. I decided I had to try baking them myself! As I mentioned before, I am far from being a cook or a baker (or anything else kitchen related for that matter…), but I have been making some progress and trying new and more complicated things. And by more complicated I mean "with more than three ingredients". Ha! But back to the cookies. I baked them yesterday afternoon and they filled the apartment with that delicious cookie smell. And just like magic, it felt like Christmas over here! Santa would love to find these cookies waiting for him! ;)
The idea of art as entertainment is big in the South, and being a former Atlanta resident, I heard a lot about it before moving to Boston. So when Smita had the idea of having a ladies night at the recently opened The Paint Bar I jumped right in, only later realizing I had never done it before. Ugh! I confess I was nervous just thinking about doing something I new to me in front of so many people. But once I got there, it was all fun and no worries!
White canvases and brushes waiting for us!
Smita setting up.
So many colors! I was in love with my super stained apron. Photo by Smita.
When they say that The Paint Bar is fun for the absolute beginner they are not lying! They give you step by step instructions that are easy to follow. And the instructors make it all so fun! The atmosphere is great, there is music, there are drinks and great people to meet. My painting is far (so so far, reeeaaally really far) from being a master piece, but we had a blast and I tried something new to me. It was such a great night, in great company. You should definitely try it sometime!
Hello friends! This week I am a guest pinner for the Taste Setters. If you like vintage home decor and have not checked them out yet, you should definitely do so. They are six shop owners and friends, spread across the US and Canada, offering iconic designs, fresh to the market, through Sunday evening themed flash sales. This week's theme is Opulent Modernism, inspired by Vladimir Kagan's apartment. So, follow along on Pinterest for beautiful images throughout the week!
There is no better way to start the weekend than getting a manicure. Better yet if you're in the company of lovely friends. And that's how I spent my Thursday night!
My dear friend and Etsy seller Janee had an accident during summer and had to use crutches since then. Last week, she was cleared by the doctor to walk again and, to celebrate, she scheduled manis and pedis at MiniLuxe for all of us. We had a great time!
Funny thing that with so many colors available, almost all of us chose a different shade of red!
Making place settings where guests can write what they are thankful for or using leaves as placing cards are also pretty ideas. Also, a garland made from glitter covered leaves would be such a glamorous touch!
If you are in Boston, you are mostly likely aware of the amazing exhibition going on at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). For the first time, Brookline Museum and MFA collections of Sargent's watercolor are on view together, totallying 92 watercolors created by the artist between the years 1902 and 1911, during his trips across the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The paintings, selected by Sargent himself to represent his work in watercolor, are arranged by theme, and include portrayals of Venetian architecture, Bedouin camps, the Alps, marble quarries and villa gardens.
Last week, thanks to my friend Smita, I had the opportunity to see the exhibition through the eyes of curator Erika Hirshler, and I can say I will never look at an exhibition the same way I used to. In addition to a great insight into Sargent's work and life, Erika told us about the whole process of curating this exhibition, from picking the colors for each room to the process of matting and framing the paintings so both MFA and Brookline collections would mingle well.
The exhibition goes on until January. From here, the exhibition will make its way to Houston, Texas, and I highly recommend you go check it out if you are around.