2013 New Year, My Year

Going to make this new year MY year!!!

2013

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So, this happened Christmas morning.

Engagement Ring

Yay!!! I apologize in advance for the large amounts of wedding related posts I may or may not be making this year.

I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground

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Hello Hello December

I cannot believe it’s December already. The holidays are my favorite time of year. And despite some stress and the ridiculously warm weather (not cool, Dallas) making it hard to get in the holiday spirit, I’m determined to get in the winter state of mind.

These help.

HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

December Calendar

Downloadable December Desktop Calendar by Rebekka Seale

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Kinfolk Playlist

Kinfolk Christmas Playlist

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Chalkboard Merry Bright

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Snowy Porch

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Winter Porch Wreath

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79 Ideas Christmas

Uh, 79 Ideas is just amazing. Go there.

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My WINTER Board on Pinterest, lots of holiday pretties.

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River is one of my absolute all time favorite ‘winter’ songs. While the original is wonderful (and the mister’s fav), Sarah’s version is beautiful.

“I wish I had a river so long, I would teach my feet to fly…”

Magazine for a Monday: Kinfolk

I don’t know about you, but I think one of the best parts of having a home are the get togethers. Or as the mister puts it, hosting. (Him and his prep school lingo…) We don’t get to do it often, with our busy schedules, limited together time on the weekend, and all of us having kiddos these days, but when we do, I absolutely love it. We prefer a less formal occassion, sometimes with a general theme like Italian, and sometimes not. And everyone brings something, a little potluck dinner if you will. Enjoying an evening with your friends, with good food, sips, great conversation, the kids playing, and music in the background, is what it’s all about. And maybe a board game or two. So simple, yet so special.

So it’s no surprise that when I stumbled upon Kinfolk Magazine, I was immediately in heaven. From their manifesto: “Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us….the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived”. A magazine solely dedicated to all things small gatherings, simplicity, local and nature! These people have awesome jobs, that’s all I have to say. The styling, the photography, the lighting, the guests – EVERYTHING about Kinfolk is absolutely beautiful and simple. Their website features videos by amazingly talented filmmakers, links to their 5 Volumes, and a journal.

They also showcase the most wonderful Dinner Series you have ever laid your eyes upon – they’ve held 7 ‘local’ dinners so far this year, in various cities around the country. “The Kinfolk dinner series is about inviting people to gather and take advantage of the rich community that already exists around them, opening up and drawing close to the people that share a common place.”

Kinfolk Austin

{Kinfok Dinner Series: Austin Picnic; via}

Kinfolk Brooklyn

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Kinfolk Philadelphia

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{From Kinfolk Volume 5; via}

You can pick up the Autumn themed Volume 5 now, and also purchase the earlier volumes directly on their website. I’ve seen it in Anthropologie, and there is also a list of all stockists. Kinfolk’s description of Volume 5: “…delve into practical ideas and recipes for entertaining as the leaves begin to fall: herb drying at home, fall camping, meals to take surfing and new seasonal traditions.”  You will thank me, I promise.

Pretty Song for the Day: Blood by The Middle East

Pretty Work Space

By work space, I really mean a place for my day dreaming, website & blog perusing (like herehere, here and here), picture fiddling, Pinterest pinning, magazine reading, exercise avoiding, procrastinating…et cetera et cetera.

Right now, I usually do this from either the 1) bed 2) couch 3) dining table 4) teeny weeny side table turned desk. I’m planning to buy a desk soon though, where I can put my desktop and netbook, some magazines, photos, and hopefully some shelves + an inspiration board above it. *I’m sure my boyfriend is sooo excited about my plans. He can put his laptop there if he wants.

Some pretty work space inspiration:

Pretty Office Space

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Breakfast to Toast Office

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Glitter Guide Desk

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Holly Becker Desk

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