Life is a special occasion

DIY : Holiday Wreath

One of my new favorite websites is Eddie Ross' blog. He rocks. Eddie used to work for my woman, Martha Stewart, and now has branched out on his own to bring his fabulous-ness to everyone. I was actually inspired with this post to create a centerpiece for our Thanksgiving Dinner - pictures coming soon and arranging flowers looks a lot easier than it is :-)

Any-who, today I came across this neat idea for a diy holiday wreath. You'll need about 80 ornaments, a wire hanger, hot glue and some ribbon. Planner's tip, this wreath does not need to be for just the holidays. Get clear glass ornaments and fill with novelty items like tiny baby bottles and use this for a baby shower. Be creative and the possibilities are limitless!

Wedding Gowns Under $250

November was an extremely busy month for Lauren Daversa Events. Now with the holidays here, time is flying by fast and I haven't had the opportunity to get lost on the Internet. Last night however, I took a few moments to visit one of my favorite stores, Nordstrom, and found the perfect for the Wedding Gowns Under $250 series. This dress is a beaded crisscross matte jersey gown. Glittery rhinestone straps wrap the flattering surplice bodice of this fluid matte jersey gown. Pleats below the empire waist and a floor-length skirt together create an elegant silhouette. And the price...$178, proving beautiful can be affordable.

For The Menu : Recycled Turkey Ideas

There are so many fantastic ideas posted on all sorts of websites but the execution of many of them tends to be difficult. I love Real Simple because they always have usable ideas. The key work here is usable. Today, I received an email on 10 Ideas for Leftover Turkey and a few of them have stuck in my mind...turkey hash, turkey rubens, turkey samosas, turkey waldorf salad and spicy rice and turkey with chorizo!What are your fantastic ways to recycle Thanksgiving turkey?

L | D Finds : Sloan Images

For the past two months or so, I have been contributing to my friend Christina's blog, Sloan Images. Christina is the owner of Sloan Studios based out of Omaha and she has rapidly emerged as a talent with which to be reckoned. One afternoon when I was uploading an article to her site I noticed a posting of my old friend Karah, owner of Bella by Karah, and her beautiful family. Both of these ladies are amazing, their work is fabulous and I highly recommend them!!!

DIY : Winter Wonderland Dessert Buffet

The Inspired Bride posted a diy tutorial on a gorgeous, wintry-dessert table! The Inspired Bride included ALL of the instructions to recreate this very user friendly dessert table for anyone looking to add this idea to their wedding, bridal shower, or even a holiday party.

Current Music : The Noisettes

The Noisettes are my new current obsession. In particular the song, Never Forget You. The group has a real retro sound, and the lead singer’s voice is really unique, sort of a cross between Duffy and Amy Winehouse. Their music would bring life to any party and I would put them in your playlist!

Photo courtesy of Island Def Jam