November 27, 2014

November 26, 2014

Holiday: Last minute Thanksgiving tips

OK so its Thanksgiving, and wether its family or friends expectations are high.  Even hearing the classic "just bring yourself", you worked all day Wednesday and were ready to brave the store.  Or maybe you did what I did, worked, went home, whiskey, nap.  When that nap turned into an 8-hour nap you still needed to exceed expectations (failure is not an option!) using your Thursday morning (crossing fingers your Thanksgiving is actually at dinner time) and whatever resources you've got.

Here are some last minute just-bring-yourself tips:

Flowers!  always a good option. Know your hostess, I recommend that you buy greens and flowers separately then arrange.  Remember to look for different textures, colors, and sizes of leaves and petals.
My favorite cheat: white Hydrangea and Eucalyptus, you can also add a red berry for some color.  No fuss to arrange. 

Beverage with a story.  For example the Pilgrims would have drank pumpkin beer at the first Thanksgiving.  Buy a couple cases and tell your fellow Pilgrims that barley and wheat were not successful crops so early American beer was made from the native pumpkin plant, turnips and nuts.  you will instantly feel festive.

Activities are a welcome reprieve from the eat eat eat, or your crazy aunt.  Bring your favorite game, or just a dictionary you can play Fictionary with just a dictionary, pens and paper.

Crackers an in, poppers, not the kind that goes with cheese.  This is a fun addition to the table and will be a time tested conversation piece.  Just wait till you see whats inside!

Hope these recommendations help with the holiday hustle.  

Check my instagram feed in the afternoon for delicious eats, and festivities @CourtClarkStyle

November 22, 2014

Weekend: Window Shopping

You may have noticed that I LOVE the Anthropologie catalogues.  The location, the light, the styling... everything.  I checked my mail today and I had their newest catalogue waiting.  Temped to start looking at it on the walk back through the door, but I waited.  Not for long, made some coffee, grabbed my tartan throw and curled up on the couch. Then I started ogling, a lot of "oh man" and "aaah"... best 10 mins of the day, so I looked through it again then went online to share with you all.

yes please

See the twinkling?

love the colors, the hut, the sweater (I don't think I could pull it off but I'll keep hoping this was my lifestyle)
Reindeer. enough said.

November 21, 2014

Holiday: Gift Guide

Hello Everyone!  I am excited to share my 2014 Gift Guide.  I create this guide every year for my clients in an effort to make their season more relaxed.  When you become a client not only will I gather and wrap your gifts I can ship them too.  There are many perks of working with me for the Holiday season, quality, professionalism, and customization to name a few.  Hope you enjoy the Gift Guide!  please reach out if you want to learn more about any of these specific products.


Products from:  Food52, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, GAP, JCrew, Nasty Gal, etsy, Sephora, of a kind, Crate and Barrel, Theo Chocolate, Pendleton, Banana Republic

November 19, 2014

Shopping: Winter white beanie

I'm not really a beanie/hat person but ever since I saw Eugenia Kim's (pictured below) knitted number I'm twitterpated.    I wanted to share some of the other lovely options, perhaps perfect for your Christmas list?

 Eugenia Kim @ Net-a-Porter

Brora @ Neimans

Eugenia Kim @ Barneys

Portolano @ Belle & Clive

November 14, 2014

Nature: Craving the Sea

Craving the sea lately.  Even though I catch glimpses nearly everyday, its never enough.  Apparently I'm not the only one, poems around the sea are in the top 10 most written about subjects, right after love, death, spirituality, and war.  Here is one of my favorites by D.H. Lawrence--

The Mystic Blue

Out of the darkness, fretted sometimes in its sleeping,
Jets of sparks in fountains of blue come leaping
To sight, revealing a secret, numberless secrets keeping.

Sometimes the darkness trapped within a wheel
Runs into speed like a dream, the blue of the steel
Showing the rocking darkness now a-reel.

And out of the invisible, streams of bright blue drops 
Rain from the showery heavens, and bright blue crops
Surge from the under-dark to their ladder-tops.

And all the manifold blue and joyous eyes,
The rainbow arching over in the skies,
New sparks of wonder opening in surprise.

All these pure things come foam and spray of the sea
Of Darkness abundant, which shaken mysteriously,
Breaks into dazzle of living, as dolphins that leap from the sea

Of midnight shake it to fire, so the secret of death we see.

Most of these images were taken in the PNW, so amazing to have this in our backyard.  Take a snapshot of the beauty in your backyard and tag with #BeautyInTheBackyard and I will post my favorites!

Just search "coastline" to find all of these images and more on Pinterest

Follow me on instagram (I just added a ton of new images) to see more of the nature in the PNW.

Thanks for reading!

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