We're halfway through the week and I thought it only fitting to share a new Hi/Lo! I feel like I've been wearing the same thing over and over again with it being so cold out. Pretty much sweater and jeans with my booties. Nothing wrong with that combo, it just gets to be a bit repetitive after a while. So I thought I'd come up with a look after finding that adorable ruffly sweater. I think it's safe to say that statement sleeves, whether there's ruffles, flared cuffs, billowy sleeves, you name it, I think it's sticking around. I mean, take away the ruffles on this sweater and you're left with a somewhat bland sweater. Those ruffles add such interest and make it so much more fun to wear a cardigan, no?
And I just got those heels in the mail yesterday and I am absolutely in love with them! They're so comfy and the bow detail in the back gives it a little unexpected surprise. And at under $60, you really can't beat that in a neutral heel. I've had a tweed satchel from Kate Spade for over 4 years now and still love it. It's really similar to this one, but the one on the board has color which I really like.
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Here we are at St. Anne's in downtown Annapolis with the girls and the banners we made the day before just for them.
Happy Monday! What a weekend! Our girls both got baptized yesterday! Even though we were a bit tardy with it, it was so nice to have them take part in it together. Made it that much more special to see them both getting baptized at the same time and to celebrate them both. We kept the celebration really small, but there was no short of a great time being had. And proof being I barely have any photos because I was having too much fun!
To keep it really easy for us, we had food catered from Lebanese Taverna (so good!) and ordered a cake from Giant (also good!). Anything to make hosting an event easy I am all for and having food catered instead of making everything is a total lifesaver!
Did you guys watch the Golden Globes award show last night? We watched until around 10pm and called it a night. We were both so tired from the weekend that we were falling asleep watching it! Crazy, I know but I was able to catch some of the red carpet footage beforehand and saw some of the great fashion that was happening. I have to say that I was so impressed with what everyone wore. I was sure it was going to be a bit of a disappointment since last year's awards season kind of left me feeling meh about the fashion choices. Last night though, was different! People really brought their A-game and it left me feeling so excited for the rest of the awards shows to come.
The 12 below were my absolute favorite from what I saw last night. Some were major surprises like Kristen Bell for example. I haven't been in love with her choices in the past, but last night she brought out the big guns and I was like, I am all on board with that gown! Another standout who I normally don't have on my list is Mandy Moore, but that flowy dress she wore with that neckline was an absolute winner. Clearly the dramatic plunging necklines were a big trend, as were pops of color, sparkly embellishments, and lace-y fabrics. Does Zoe Saldana's dress remind anyone else of Cinderella's dress that the mice made for her? In the animated one from back in the day, I mean. I still love it, but it instantly reminded me of that.
Can you guess which was my #1? I'll give you a hint. She looked like a fairy-tale princess. It was an absolute dream!
Blake Lively: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Michelle Williams: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Jessica Biel: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Emma Stone: Getty / Steve Granitz
Viola Davis: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock
Kristen Bell: Venturelli/WireImage
Zoe Saldana: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Natalie Portman: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Millie: REX Shutterstock
Kerry Washington: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Mandy Moore: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Lily Collins: Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock
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Happy New Year! I hope you all ended 2016 with champagne and lots of rest & relaxation. What a year it was! There's so much to reflect on because so many good things happened in 2016. Steve got a new job early on in the year, we traveled to Florida and Atlanta as a family, hosted a few events at the house, my brother proposed to his girlfriend (we love her and can't wait for them to get married!), and all the while Cora & Vivi have been developing into little people that I cannot get enough of.
Oh, and I cannot forget to mention this blog! This blog that has been keeping me creative and happy. To be able to do something like this while I'm at home with the kiddos has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I want to thank you all for any time you've popped in to see what was happening or if you are a regular visitor who stops by everyday, THANK YOU! I love sharing with you all what's going on in my head, whether it's in a wish list roundup, an outfit that I'm loving at the moment, or just life recaps.
I'm still trying to figure out the "bigger picture" of where I want this blog to go. But in the meantime, I am happy right where it is and where I am in life so I will just keep on with what I've been doing. Now, if there is anything you guys have been wanting me to share or do more of/less of, please leave me a comment or email me! I love hearing from you and would so appreciate the feedback.
Now, with all that said I thought it would be fun to share the top 16 blog posts of 2016. And so without further ado, take a trip down memory lane from the past year on Proper Hunt below!
Merry almost Christmas! We've been busy this week picking up some last minute gifts as well as wrapping a ton too. So much to do still, but I am confident that we'll get everything done before the girls wake up Christmas morning!
With the holidays just a few days away and lots of merry making to be had, I wanted to share my newest favorite drink (sorry Champagne!). Plus, it only requires three ingredients. A major plus! A few weekends ago, we went to a holiday party and I had the most refreshing, festive cocktail I have ever had in my life. If you know me, that's probably not saying much because I am not the biggest drinker. But that's not to say that this is a drink you should dismiss so easily. It's got bourbon in it, which if I'm being honest, I have never liked but have always wanted to like because it seems like such a sophisticated drink, plus it smells so good. Well, now I can finally enjoy bourbon even if it's just a little bit and mixed with soda. It's all about baby steps, right?
I did get a chance to ask the hostess of the holiday party what she put in the drink and it's pretty much the same as this Chowhound recipe with the exception that she switched out the lemon peel for orange peel. So, I've never had it with the lemon peel, but I'm sure it tastes just as great and refreshing as it with the orange peel. We didn't have oranges or lemons when I wanted to make this for the first time, but then I remembered that we had frozen cherries (my late night snack when I'm trying to be good) and thought they would impart a more festive and sweet taste to the highball then their citrus friends.
Enjoy with family and friends! Let me know what you think!
Recipe from Chowhound.
- 1 ounce whiskey
- 5 ounces cold ginger ale
- Twist of lemon peel (I used frozen cherries instead to make it more festive)
Pour the whiskey into a chilled highball glass over ice. Add ginger ale to fill; then garnish with lemon peel. Or in my case I added 3 frozen cherries to each drink. The cherries will keep your drink chilled and impart a pretty rosy hue to your highball.
Target Wool Beret hat / Forever 21 Ball Drop Earrings / H&M Large Check Scarf / Club Monaco Evern Sweater Dress / Jennifer Dawes Design The Heiress Rings / Shop Buru Shana Moto Jacket / Topshop Killer Studded Chelsea Boot / Prada 52mm Sunglasses / Sezane Dean Bag
I thought I'd take a bit of a break from all the gift guides and anything related with the holidays on the blog, since I'm sure you're seeing a ton of stuff about it. Instead, I wanted to share a somewhat edgy Hi/Lo look that I am loving right now. It's got kind of a modern day Bonnie & Clyde vibe, a little soft but then got some edge to it to keep it cool girl ish.
I popped over to Club Monaco's site the other day and their new arrivals for women are absolute perfection. There isn't a single thing that I don't want. The pieces are easy, a tad feminine, and have a little something to make them distinctive from other brands. This Evern sweater dress would go great with OTK boots, oxfords, loafers, and of course these studded chelsea boots. I still can't believe these boots are only $65! Comes in a light gray color too!
Top the whole look off with this Shop Buru Shana moto jacket and you've got the whole cool girl thing down pat! I adore the color of this jacket and it will pretty much go with anything you've got. Well, maybe also top it off with these Prada 52mm Sunglasses, which I am obsessing over. I am a huge fan of Prada sunnies (I own this and wear it pretty much nonstop).
I hope you guys are all enjoying this week leading up to Christmas!
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