Our 2015 Christmas Card

Introducing our 2015 Christmas card! 

This year I was going for a classic, elegant look that incorporated our new home in the picture. I went with Tiny Prints again because of their variety of options as well as the high quality I have always received (remember last year's card?!- it was a hit!)

Christmas card

I am in LOVE with the red foil calligraphy design; as well as the custom backer and matching liner. I also used an embosser for our return address and I think it gives it that extra special touch.

christmas card
The black polka dot envelope liner matches the back of the card

christmas card
 I went with the 'Charming Curls' embosser from Tiny Prints because it had a timeless look and we will be able to use it for many years to come.

red foil christmas
 I choose the red foil design to go along with my favorite pair of red Kate Spade heels!

plaid christmas

 Last year I did a Holiday Card swap with a few of you and it was so much fun! If you would like to swap cards this year please shoot me an email (missandrealee {at} gmail {dot} com). 



DIY Banana Leaf Lampshade

I've admired the banana leaf print on interior design blogs for quite some time now but I could never figure out how to incorporate it into our space.
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I love the pattern because it reminds me of Hawaii! But it also adds a bit of fun to a space. I already had the lamp base and it was in desperate need for a new shade so it worked out perfectly.

lamshade diy

You will need:

-A self adhesive lampshade, currently $5 at Hobby Lobby
-Banana Leaf fabric (or any fabric of your choosing!) I found mine on Etsy for just $3
-Hot glue/gun

I followed the directions on the lampshade, but basically you follow the pattern (below). The shade itself has adhesive so it is easy to stick on. I added an inch extra of fabric all the way around the pattern so I could fold it under and glue it.  That's it!

banana leaf diy
And the end result:
DIY banana leaf

 I'm loving how simple and easy this project was!



Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was lovely.
Saturday morning we were invited to a private screening of the new James Bond movie! It was fantastic. Then we spent Saturday afternoon taking photos for our Christmas card and I can't wait to show you the results! (hint: we loved last year's card so much that we are using Tiny Prints again!)
I found a matching puffer vest for Mr. Kitty at Target (only $3!) so of course I had to have it. Doesn't he look handsome?!
Speaking of Target, I'm obsessed with the Sugar Paper line of wrapping goodies that they currently have. So many cute options!
We also finally put up our Lucite rods and curtains in the family room. It was drizzly all day on Sunday, making it the perfect day to watch movies and test out our new dark room.
I am planning on doing a full post on the rods/curtains once I steam and hem them, so stay tuned!
The chilly temps have arrived in these parts (well 60 degrees for this California girl is quite chilly!) and I wanted to share a recent outfit favorite.
This sweater is from JCrew a few seasons ago (a current version at the factory store) but I love how warm and cozy it is! The heathered look is perfect for a casual weekend outfit.

Did you do anything fun this weekend??! Do share! XO


Halloween Treat Bags

Since we moved into our cute little neighborhood I've been SO excited for the holidays! First up is Halloween and because my neighbors did it for me growing up, I thought I would make little treat bags for the kids on our block!

Halloween Treat Bags
I found the cutest 'trick or treat' pintables for the tags from Oh So Beautiful Paper and the gingham ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.
I included a bunch of inexpensive Halloween themed goodies from Target:
-Slap bracelet
-Spider rings
I love how they turned out! I even made a few extra without any candy so we could participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. As someone who has a nut allergy, I think it's great that kids with allergies can still participate in the Halloween fun! 

Have a happy and safe Halloween!!


Lands End Bucket Bag

I recently picked up this red bucket bag from Lands End and it is LOVE. Seriously, the leather is so buttery soft and I'm a total sucker for tassels. I've been trying to figure out how I can wear it as often as possible.
Last weekend I wore it while running errands around town and I received so many compliments! It's extremely versatile as I've also worn it to work several times and I hope to share that outfit with you next week!
bucket bag
bucket bag stripe
land end bucket bag
Monogram Hat // Bucket Bag // Shoes // Top // Sweater (old, J.crew)
 I am very impressed with Land's End quality and they are my top choice when looking for classics. They currently are running a 30% off promo and have a lot of great fall options.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!


Wishlist Wednesday {Fall Edition}

I have quite the growing fall wishlist.. It doesn't help that the temps are still in the 90's here. But a few things that have caught my eye in the last few weeks:
A cute stacked heel bootie is a fall must for me. Loving this color too- it would match perfectly with my Barbour coat.
I'm a huge Devon Baer fan and I have several of her tunics that I wear throughout the cold months. Because they look great at work (tucked in with a belt!) or dressed up with pearls for an event I find myself reaching for them a lot. I love the elbow patch detail that is new this year; now I just need to decide on a color!

This is literally the most perfect holiday plaid skirt that I have ever seen! I've had holiday cards on my mind lately (Tiny Prints has real glitter cards this year! SWOON!) and how cute would this skirt be?! I'm thinking of doing them on our front porch and I can envision a wreath and maybe a little mistletoe!
What's on your wishlist?!



Next year I turn the big 3-0! Not exactly sure how I feel about entering a new decade, but regardless I've decided that I'm going to have a Kentucky Derby Party to celebrate- complete with a hat contest and a mint julep bar!
I know May 7 is really far away but I am just so excited I can't help myself! I've actually already found my dress and I'm starting to think of some party d├ęcor ideas too. I'm loving this bar cart and I think I will do something similar.
Kentucky Derby
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I am planning on going with a Kate Spade-esq theme- think black and white stripes, pops of pink/red and sterling silver everywhere.
Counting down the days!
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