what did you do over easter break?

lovely indeed. i always remember that being a popular subject of classroom conversation as a kid: “what did you do over easter break?” when i was younger my parents would take up to the Tropics lodge or the Gene Autry melody ranch (which is now the Parker) in palm springs. we could usually bring a best friend and then we’d swim to our heart’s desire... 
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what’s by your bedside?

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the denim daily. as we start winding down for the holiday break, i’m prepping my bedroom in anticipation of doing a whole lotta nothing. no really — i am! i take off every holiday season for a couple of weeks to spend time with family, friends and just generally recharge my brain. i do that by not having anything scheduled (unless it’s something i love) and... 
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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas.

SFGirlByBay_MSxmas-5

well, thanksgiving is just a full belly behind us, and ’tis the season to start our holiday decorating. i’ve never been one for traditional red & green christmas decor, but i love a lot of shiny metallics — gold, silver and bronze with lots of white candlelight is the kind of holiday vibe i prefer. i’ve never tried out a faux tree before, but rather... 
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here, i made you something.

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is it too early for this? nah! it’s the holidays, and my very favorite festive cocktail has got to be the manhattan. so elegant, so slightly sweet and smokey. you don’t need much to make one, and that’s another reason i find them really easy to prepare for unexpected drop-in guests. besides some really lovely martini glasses, like these waterford from lux... 
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that’s a wrap.

chic wood grain wrapping paper / sfgirlbybay

’tis the season and it’s time to start wrapping up all those lovely gifts we get to give to friends and loved ones. wrapping has always been the assigned task my mum gives me at the holidays and it’s one i really enjoy. putting care into the ribbons and wrapping papers i select is fun for me, and adding a personal tag is important, too. Pier 1 imports invited... 
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