Friday, November 30, 2012

4 pins for Friday

< Christmas decorations are some of my favorites!  Find these pins here >

With the last day of November upon us (TGIF, and where did November go??), I am so looking forward to this upcoming Christmas season.  Busy will be the summary of each day between now and the end of the year, but it really is the most wonderful time of the year!  I have made some very exciting progress on Christmas decorations the past few days, and I cannot wait to share those with you!  And as I am always looking for new ideas, Pinterest is a great resource- I will once again be hanging my ornament couples together on the tree, and will also have to try my hand at some reindeer glitter art, some simple winter greenery added to a candle, and the addition of cranberries to a Mason jar.  I will be so very happy to finish my home decorations soon, and will also be so happy to help any one else who is excited to decorate around their space! 

Have a great weekend, 3P style, and I will see you back here on Monday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lately on Instagram

 < jewelry details, staying hydrated and caffeinated, messy bun as a perfect rainy day hairdo, arm party and Tuesday Tootsies, gawking over the Timex display at Target, our Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!, Saturday morning beauty fix, turkey quesadillas as the perfect leftover dinner > 

 < Black Friday shopping outfit, a little parade on our piano, Thanksgiving Eve decorations, DIY homemade hand scrub, the new Michael Kors fragrance I get to try, vibrant autumn hues,I love me some weekends, fun dinner night with my girls, Gram's beautiful fall-colored-candle centerpiece. >

outfit details-a ring and my favorite dress, good morning sunshine, Papyrus cards are so much fun!, details from an outfit post, delightful delivery of Stella and Dot goodies, Taco Tuesday-YUM, love reading through this book, brown-all-around Weekly Wardrobe Winners, special pic from the lovely Morgan who won the latest 3P giveaway >

Just a few Instagram snapshots from life recently.  Follow me @3Pprettyblog.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weekly Wardrobe

Happy Wednesday, 3P wonderfuls!  What a week!  This is the last of November outfits you will see, and most likely the last few days I will survive without a heavy coat and tights.  That's right, winter weather is finally going to hit sunny California, and its about time.  I love the sunshine, but it is crazy to think that November is still warm enough for boating!  And with all the rain headed my way, I may need a boat to stay afloat- no, I just need a boat to stay afloat this week- Eek!  I totally missed getting an outfit shot of my Thanksgiving attire, but there are a few other holiday-related outfits in this post for you to enjoy.  Happy outfit inspiration day!

< Outfit 1: tucker tones >
Occasion: work
Dress: Target
Cardigan: BR (old)
Heels: BCBG
Purse: TJ Maxx
Jewelry: ON (ring), Target (earrings)

< Outfit 2: green and gray >
Occasion: dinner out
Coat: Liz Claiborne via Crossroads
Tunic: WHBM (old)
Jeans: Vanilla Star
Heels: Target
Purse: The Limited (old)
Jewelry: ring (old, similar), bracelet (similar)

< Outfit 3: gray and yellow mellow >
Occasion: work
Dress (worn as skirt): ON
Sweater: BR (old)
Vest: Simply Vera Wang
Boots: Kohl's
Bag: Target
Jewelry: necklace (similar on sale!), bracelets (Target, Kohls, Tiffany), ring The Limited (love this one)

 < Outfit 4: jungle bred >
Occasion: work
Dress; The Limited (old)
Blazer: LOFT
Belt and shoes: Nine West
Bag: Target
Jewelry: Cookie Lee bracelet, similar bracelets here and here, Target (watch)

< Outfit 5: cranberry casual >
Occasion: running errands
Shirt: Ross
Cardigan: LOFT
Belt: F21
Jacket: ON (old)
Jeans: GAP
Boots: TJ Maxx
Purse: Olivia + Joy
Jewelry: old, misc. (necklaces), Target (rings and earrings), ON (bracelets)

< Outfit 6: furrocious Friday >
Occasion: Black Friday shopping
Shirt and vest: The Rack (old)
Jeans and booties: Target
Purse: Steve Madden
Jewelry: bracelet, necklace

 < Outfit 7: striped to the max >
Occasion: weekend errands .
Jacket: Free People
Shirt: F21
Skirt: Moda
Shoes: old, unknown
Purse: Nine West
Jewelry: similar necklace (on sale!), ring (similar)

< Outfit 8: festive sparkle >
Occasion: Friendsgiving dinner
Sweater: LOFT
Tank: AE (old)
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Heels: Target
Purse: Nine West
Jewelry: FOA, F21, gifted, Tiffany (bracelets); The Limited (old, similar here)

Weekly Wardrobe Win

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thinking of thanks

 < Loved the golden hued linens for our Thanksgiving meal! >

Here is one last post about Thanksgiving this year- I just have to share some of what the day looked like, because I am so happy about it!  We hosted 22 people (a combination of family from both sides, and friends), and had one of the greatest days ever.  Because of all the help I had before that day, and during that day (thanks, wonderful helpers!), everything went smoothly and came off without a hitch!  We rented a few extra tables, cleared out the largest room in our house to accommodate for seating, were lucky enough to have some kind friends loan us beautiful linens, and took advantage off all the fall decorations which were already up to provide a Thanksgiving ambience.  Due to the number of dishes we might have used that day, we opted for recyclable paper plates with lovely little autumn theme- there was quite the hunt for these one day, but luckily we found enough of them!  We had the turkey brining for 2 days before the meal, and it was really one of the best tasting turkeys we have had in a while.  The food was all set up buffet-style in our kitchen (which my hostess brain failed to take a picture of!) but this made for a good traffic flow for all 22 guests, and we served dessert separately in the dining room.  House tours were given, corn hole competitions were enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine, everyone had their fill after the turkey meal, and there were really not too many leftovers at the end of it all!  It was such a great day, and the memories we made that day, plus the photos that were snapped, are going to be treasured.  

 < Another shot of our table centerpieces, inspired by Pinterest >

 < The pie table, all ready for the deliciousness to arrive >

 < My man and my grandpa, carving up the bird >

< A panoramic shot of our decorated dining space, thanks to a friend's phone! >

< Gram's beautiful, hard working hands getting ready to slice up some pie >

And, to kick off this season of giving and gifting, here is the first of a few gift guides I am excited to share over the next few weeks!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wonders from the weekend

 < Our Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece >

Happy Monday, 3P pretties!  This past long weekend was a wonderful one- we hosted a great Thanksgiving (if I do say so myself) for 22, enjoyed a weekend at home (which is quite a rarity for us!), got a little Christmas shopping done, had an amazing Friendsgiving dinner with great friends, started decorating for Christmas, and made progress on so many projects around the house.  I cannot believe that the last week of November is upon us, but this will kick off a fun and busy season through the end of this year.  Time to start wrapping presents and planning festive outfits!

This week is jam-packed, and I am sure it is the same for many of you.  Whatever we are all up to, let's make it a great one!

 < Gorgeous sunny day and vibrant colored fall leaves >

< Gathered all the fall decorations up in preparation for Christmas decor! >

< Some of my absolute favorites: tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella >

< New suede shoes with a shiny cap-toe... love them! >

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

< A peek at our handmade Thanksgiving decorations >

 It is with so much joy that I write this post, because there is much to be thankful for.  My amazing, supportive best friend in life, who I am lucky enough to call my husband.  Family who has been there through thick and thin, and who have been so wonderful to help mold me into the woman I am today.  The good Lord above, for without Him I would be lost.  Dear friends near and far, who are like sisters with their love and are the best partners in crime.  My wonderful 3P supporters, whom I adore and who are the best blogging encouragement team ever.  A roof over my head, pumpkin pie in my tummy, and gold shoes on my feet.  Laughter, smiles, chocolate, and travel.  Life is so good, and I am ever so thankful.  Wherever you are celebrating today, I hope your heart is filled with this same sense of giddy thankfulness.  Enjoy your long holiday, and I will see you back here next week!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Summer dresses working for fall

< summer version with a light vest, sweater, jacket, and close-toed heels for fall >

I love repurposing items in my closet for new styles, new outfits, and new seasons.  This usually helps me feel like I have a brand new piece of clothing, and I love knowing that it is possible to make your wardrobe work throughout the year.  My key?  Layering on during cold weather, and minimizing layers when the heat strikes! Since I have received a few compliments on dresses I have worn recently, I thought it would be fun to share how I have made a few totally summery dresses work for fall.  Basically, as I will repeat: layer!  It's all about sweaters, vests, and scarves, and a light jacket or two to make a summer dress ideal for fall.  Case in point: the dresses in this post!  Do you ever wear summer dresses in the fall and dress them up for the colder days?

 < lightweight dress for warm weather, sweater and booties added for a fall outfit >

 < light flowy dress for summer, warm layers and boots added for a fall day >

 < sleeveless for summer heat, warm jacket and short boots added for fall >

 < plain lady in red  for summer, layers and layers for a rainy fall day >

< chill summer look for a weekend adventure, sweater, faux fur vest, and boots added for a chilly day >


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Homemade hand scrub DIY

I really love me an easy DIY!  With the holiday season right around the corner, I knew I needed to have a few things on hand for hostess gifts, little treats for friends, and that sort of thing.  When I came across the idea of a homemade hand scrub, I hopped right to making it!  This will be a perfect little last minute gift for any woman, and will definitely be a great way to keep one's hands moisturized in these colder months with drier air.  Basically, I started with one quarter cup of sugar per little jar, and then mixed in half of the bottle of Dawn Olay Hand Renewal soap.  I added more sugar as I mixed everything together, until I had a 'scrub' consistency.  You definitely do not want this to be runny!  Then I filled each jar with the mixture, added a cute bow and a label, and was done!  I made one for myself, and have really been loving this little homemade luxury scrub!

One friend I already shared one of these with is going to give me a recipe for a DIY peppermint hand scrub, so keep an eye out for a future post on that Christmastime DIY!

 < gathered materials: mason jars, white sugar, Dawn Olay soap, a mixing bowl, measuring cup, and something to stir with >

 < adding the soap: eye about half a bottle, and start with 2  1/2 cups sugar for 10 small mason jars >

 < once the sugar and soap were at the right consistency, I filled the jars up >

 < another girly touch of pink to this pink hand scrub >

 < ta-da! Cute little DIY gifties! >

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wonders from the weekend

< I spotted super stylish Starbucks supplies! >

Happy Monday, 3P pretties!  My weekend fleeeeew by (and I am sure all of yours did too), but it was filled with beautiful fall days, very productive progress on quite a few projects, fun times with great friends, and hours of volunteering with wonderful people. Here are just a few snapshots from this weekend while I was out and about, for you to enjoy. Yes, I am glad that this is going to be a short week, but boy-oh-boy is it going to be a busy one!  So much to be thankful for though, and I will definitely be focusing on that all week.  I am so excited to cook a traditional turkey later this week, and get started with Christmas shopping!

 < love the girls I get to work with in this organization! >

 < beautiful fall colors FINALLY popping up around my neighborhood >

 < delicious cupcakes from a local bakery, which disappeared so quickly during a little birthday time >

< so excited for this shipment of Stella & Dot jewelry! >

Friday, November 16, 2012

Obsessed: turkey tablescape

Happy Friday, 3P wonderfuls! Long week but good week pretty much describes the past few days. As Thanksgiving approaches, it is slowly sinking into my mind that not only does this meal have to be planned and made, but that there is also a race to the end if this year fast approaching. However, first things first: Thanksgiving tables. I pretty much know how our Thanksgiving day decorations will be displayed, but I am keeping that a secret until next week. Instead, I bring you 4 tablescapes, with which I am obsessed- the fall themes with feathers and leaves- how can you go wrong? And not to mention the orange candles and the soft glow they create when lit on a dark night.

Have a great weekend, 3P style, and I will see you back here next week!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The ABCs of faux fur vests

Layers are my favorite way to stay warm in cold weather, and what layer is more fun that a (faux) fur vest?  As you may have noticed in this post, I love me a fur-like vest in any color!  And what inspired this post?  The day I wore one of my favorite faux fur vests, and a good friend let me know she was obsessed with it.  So here you have it, an ABC assortment of several different color options for faux fur vests, all under $75!  What a cozy bargain!

a. Kohl's
g. Delia's 
h. Express
i. BB Dakota 
k. Buckle

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Daily Dressing

Happy Wednesday, 3P pretties!  Autumn has officially hit my sunny state, and the chill in the air has brought out all of the cozy knits and jackets I have been wanting to wear!  I am sure tights will be required soon too, and its about time.  It is hard to believe how fast these weeks are flying by, but if your days are busy from start to finish too, hopefully these weekly outfit posts can help to inspire you even on the most rushed of mornings.

Remember to vote in this week's Weekly Wardrobe Win, and stay warm out there!

< Outfit 1: sweater jacket + spots >
Occasion: work
Jacket: Target
Dress: LOFT
Purse: The Limited (old)
Boots: Nine West
Jewelry: F21 (necklace), Target (earrings and ring), Simply Vera Wang (bracelet)

< Outfit 2: fifty shades of brown >
Occasion: work
Vest: BB Dakota
Sweater: Missoni for Target
Dress (worn as skirt): LOFT
Purse: Liz Claibrone
Boots: Steve Madden
Jewelry: BR (necklace and bracelet), Target (watch)

< Outfit 3: peplum and pleats >
Occasion: work
Shirt: Ross
Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad
Belt: Target
Purse: Liz Claiborne
Heels: Target
Jewelry: Ross (watch), BR, The Limited (bracelets)

< Outfit 4: snow leopard, tamed >
Occasion: work, meetings
Blouse: J.Crew via crossroads
Vest: The Limited, old
Blazer: BR
Pants: The Limited
Heels: Jessica Simpson
Purse: Coach
Jewelry: BR, Target (necklaces), LOFT, Tiffany (bracelets), Target (watch), WHBM (earrings)

< Outfit 5: black and gold >
Occasion: casual Friday
Jacket: H&M
Shirt and jeans: Target
Purse: Liz Claiborne
Heels: Max Studio
Jewelry: Urban Outfitters, BR (necklaces), watch (Target), BR, The Limited (bracelets)

 < Outfit 6: feelin' lacy >
Occasion: date night
Bustier: WHBM (old)
Jacket: LC Lauren Conrad
Lace skirt: BR (old)
Clutch: Jessica Simpson
Heels: Penny Loves Kenny
Jewelry: Simply Vera Wang (earrings), Kohl's, The Limited (bracelets), Target (necklace)

 < Outfit 7: fall colored layers >
Occasion: wine tasting with the girls
Jacket: On (old)
Sweater: F21
Tank: ON
Jeans: AE
Boots: TJ Maxx
Purse: Olivia + Joy
Jewelry: Target (necklace and earrings), vintage, ON, Topshop, FOA (bracelets)

< Outfit 8: bundled up in the brisk air >
Occasion: weekend errands
Vest and tank: Simply Vera Wang
Jacket: Fox
Skirt: Target
Bag and boots: Nine West
Sunnies: ON
Jewelry: ON (necklace), Target (ring)

Weekly Wardrobe Win