Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Diana from Our City Lights!

Hello! I’m Diana, curator of our.city.lights. Besides working for a publishing company, I read for fun (remember when it wasn’t cool to say that?), I like playing cameras, and I’ve recently discovered Pinterest and I’m obsessed. It’s the new tumblr, but the interface makes finding inspiration almost overwhelming, there’s so much of it. I’m in the process of making a digital scrapbook for renovating, decorating, and everything in between! Here are a few of my favorites, and yes, all involving my favorite color, pink!

I love a clawfoot tub and this pink is so unexpected

I think books make for great decoration, too and how cute would this be??

I love the kitschy elegance in this

I never thought pink would make a room so glamorous

When I think of pastels, I think of the Easter Bunny, but it works perfect with this vintage inspired kitchen

Source: tumblr.com via Diana on Pinterest

If you think pink is too overwhelming, I like one piece to contrast the rest of the room

If I can’t make up my mind, just go with a pink house!

Source: flickr.com via Diana on Pinterest

This needs no introduction.

Blush pink makes up for the basic white color. So feminine.

Is there a color you’d love to decorate with?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ms Megan from Moonbeamwishes!

Hello beautiful readers of Holly Knitlightly!!
This is Megan and I blog over at MOONBEAMWISHES.
While Holly is off traipsing around Europe she asked me to write up a guest post for you all and I immediately said yes! I had so many thoughts floating around in my head it was hard to just narrow it down to one things to write about, so I decided not to. Instead of you reading just one thing, here is a list of several things. A list of some beautiful/interesting/hopelessly random things I found around the web, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!! :)

THIS beautiful and heartwarming story that brought me to tears. 

THIS amazing article on accidental inventions. 

Why do we say Bless You when people SNEEZE?

 Yummy CUPCAKE recipes. 


 THIS pretty printable. 

THESE adorable kittens.

THIS decal.

and lastly,  THIS passage.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Celebrate National Burger Day with Lehua from the Girl and Boy blog!

Hi! It's Lehua from the Girl and Boy blog!
Since the boy and I are huge burger fans (we probably have it at least once a week), I wanted to share with you our favorite burger spot in our little town up here in the Bay Area. It's called the Counter and its a cute shop that allows you to customize your burgers as well as your cocktails! How fun is that. There's quite a few locations in the US, so you may want to check out their website to see if there are any near you!

The boy and I both got the special of the month which was Carne Asada. Then we got to customize our own toppings. I picked pineapples, onions, avocados with a ginger soy glaze sauce. The boy picked the exact same thing except he had a barbecue sauce. We had no idea we got the same thing until our order came. Great minds think alike ;).

This time around I got my burger in a bowl. I'm usually not a "bowled" burger girl, but I wanted to give i a try. Definitely takes some getting used to. The boy is a two handed eater. Meaning, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. I'm more of a dainty eater. I cut my burger into halves, sometimes quarters, so I can eat it without getting all messy. It's all about technique, baby!

And of course you can have a burger without getting some fries. This time around we also got chili cheese (my choice) fries and parmesan fries (the boy's choice) to go with our burgers. I also like good old fashion shoestring fries most of the time. They're sooo good!

Burgers are probably our favorite "go-to" food because everyone can make it exactly how they like it. When we cook them at home, sometimes we use turkey, sometimes we grill it, it's always something different. So have fun, spice it up and let's celebrate National Burger Day!

xoxo, Lehua

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Quick Hello from France!

Hey!   It's moi.  (ha.)  I just wanted to say a quick hello to you guys from Paris!  Tonight I'll be going up the Eiffel tower, eating dinner up there (faaaaaaancy!) and then going for a river cruise down the Seine.  It's 4:48am back home, but here it's almost 11am.  I've already had another delicious breakfast (the food here is SO good.  So good.  Don't worry, I have taken photos of everything I've eaten so far!) and I'm going to the Arc de Triomphe in about 10 minutes.  Tomorrow morning I'm heading to Switzerland.   Thanks so much to all of my awesome guest bloggers, I've got a bunch more coming up! 

Well, I should head out now!  Hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Carly from Tea Cups & Bubble Baths!

hi pretty people!
since holly is away, you're stuck with me...& if you don't know who 'me' is, i'm carly from teacups & bubble baths & i'd like to share with you guys some of my favourite photos/inspiration from some of my favourite blogs...

first of all, how cute is meg from bowties are cool? & second of all, how much do you want her dress? ...me too!

i think jen from jen loves kev always manages to look flawlessly put together but this recent look is the epitome of perfection, to me.
until my hair gets to be this long, i will forever be obsessed with chelsea from tea talk's long, platinum locks, so pretty.
this dress looks absolutely fantastic on miss elycia. i love everything about it, the colours, the shape, the style, the girl inside it :)
this dreamy photo was taken by a friend of amy's on her most recent vanagon excursion. check out her blog for the rest of the photos which are equally as dreamy & will make you want to buy a westy & run away!
these vintage beauties are julies from orchid grey

that was fun, wasn't it??
if you don't already have these gals in your blog list, add 'em up! they are all mega cute & super awesome!!
have a lovely day

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Casee Marie from The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower!

Hi everyone, it's Casee Marie from The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower! I was elated when Holly invited me to write a second guest post while she's away on her fantastic and much-anticipated European adventure. In the spirit of her trip I decided to share with you the top five European destinations that would make up my dream trip. So settle in and enjoy my grand tour!

Montmartre, Paris, France
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Considering my blog's name it’s no surprise that Paris tops my list; I'd love to stroll down the Champs-Élysées (if such a busy street is really stroll-able), munch some macarons at Ladurée and inevitably catch a glimpse of that celebrated Eiffel Tower, but Paris holds a lot of charms outside of those attractions. I wouldn't be able to leave the city without experiencing Montmartre, the district located on Paris's Right Bank in the 18th arrondissement. Situated atop the highest hill in Paris, Montmartre is famous for establishing the very first cabaret, Le Chat Noir, as well as the famous Moulin Rouge, but what attracts me to Montmartre the most is the character of the district. If you've ever seen the fabulous film Amélie (and if you haven’t, I suggest that you do!) you'll already be familiar with the quaint sort of charm of Montmartre's setting. The Two Windmills (Café des Deux Moulins), where Amélie works as a waitress in the film, is said to be a prominent tourist attraction. The cobblestone streets and bohemian elegance give it a unique storybook feel which, combined with its history of artistic inspiration - van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Salvador Dalí were among artists known to congregate there – make Montmartre an unforgettable and enchanting locale.

Lucca, Italy
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Lucca is a medieval city nestled in Italy's Tuscany region. The original town is surrounded by a wall built in the Renaissance era, upon which a path runs, lined with trees, where people will take walks, ride bicycles or lounge. As time went on the city expanded beyond the wall, but it still maintains the picturesque old-world charm. For all its history, though, Lucca was a very independent city and has only been designated as part of the Italian State for less than two hundred years. It also has artistic history, with ties to poet Dante Alighieri as well as being the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini. The city houses libraries, museums, a myriad of basilicas and churches as well as film and music festivals. I've always loved the natural essence of Tuscany and to me Lucca is the embodiment of the region's appeal.

Prague, Czech Republic
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What fascinates me about Prague is how rich in artistry it is. Mozart and Franz Kafka were both born here, and it's considered a prominent source of inspiration for musicians, writers, painters and other artists. I've also read that Mozart's influence is widely celebrated so if you're a fan of classical music that’s certainly of interest. There are countless galleries and museums to be explored, as well as the obvious architectural achievements. I think it's such a uniquely beautiful city. And it also boasts the biggest ancient castle in the world!

Oslo, Norway
(image credit - Vigeland Sculpture Park Bridge)

I want to visit Norway for so many reasons, and not least among them is to visit some of the fabulous Norwegian bloggers I’ve come to know! If you're keen on fashion and fabulousness go visit ByAnika, Barbro Andersen and Some Kind of Style. Oslo has an interesting story: it was founded in the 11th century, destroyed by a fire, relocated to a different part of the country and renamed. It finally became Oslo once again in 1925. It's another extensively art-oriented city, the birthplace of Edvard Munch whose painting The Scream is quite popular here in the States. I also love the Norwegian music scene: some of my favorite contemporary artists from the country are Sondre Lerche, Janove Ottesen, Kate Havnevik and Ane Brun. And you may also know Oslo for holding the awards ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize every year.

Santorini, Greece
(image credit; full set by Giuseppe Finocchiaro)

Okay, who doesn't want to visit Santorini? It's absolutely saturated with beauty, a fact I find completely fascinating considering the collection of islands is essentially the result of a volcanic explosion that destroyed the original singular island that it was. Nature works in amazing ways, doesn't it? It's also theorized that the eruption sparked the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis. The area known until just this year as Oia seems to be the most popular with tourists and while I usually try to avoid being touristy...that's exactly where I want to go, too! Apparently the sunset from Oia is considered famous and every night people will come outside to watch it.

I hope you enjoyed my trip through Europe. What would be your top five destinations?

Monday, May 23, 2011

See y'all later!

Hey guys!  This is just a quick post to say gooodbye!  I'll see you all in two weeks!  There will be tons of awesome guest posts up to keep you entertained while I'm gone, I can't wait to share them with you.  I will have a tonnnnnnnnnn of photos to share once I get back.

Check this guy out, I wish he could have packed for me:

Don't forget to fill out this form if you would like a postcard!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sponsor Love & Giveaway Winner!

So, I'm pretty lucky to have some awesome sponsors on my blog this month.  I want to finally introduce them to you guys!  Be sure to check out their blogs & shops and leave them some love. 

My name is Jihee (it's easy, sounds like "G-He" haha). I am a student currently studying biology and hope to go to med school one day & own a successful bakery! I've recently found myself consumed with anything and everything crafts related and am so excited to have found such a giant community that share the same love for:

cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, photography, films, music, fashion, and blogging of course!
Blog and Shop

My Name is Kristin Marie.
I am a 24 year old gal,
born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.
I am proud of who I am and where I came from.

Day, I full-time at a credit union processing loans
and a student at my local community college.
My free time I like to find random adventures,
hangout with friends & just make the best out of life.

Hi, I'm Megan! I've been an Etsy lover & shopper for years now and finally decided to take the plunge and start my own shop. It's eclectic and fun, like yours truly.

I am fairly certain I couldn't live without my knitting. It is my creative outlet, but also a driving force. There is something in me that needs to create. I cannot draw, or paint, I love to take pictures but am not an excellent photographer. Knitting allows me to play with shape and color in a way that I understand and even maybe excel at.
Blog and Shop

i love life and try my best to savor every single sec of it. i'm learning and growing. not perfect but i'm living. the most important thing in my life is my relationship with Christ, followed with my love for Ryan and my family. a few of my favorite things include: art. writing. coffee. the color green. popcorn. music. movies. shopping. blogging. nailpolish. laughter.
Blog and Shop

I'm Ms. Megan and I am the writer of my blog, moonbeamwishes.
When not making cards and such for my shop I enjoy curling up with a good book and a cup of hot tea.
I also love to go shopping either in a mall or in a quite little thrift store. I love old, new, borrowed and used things. I love going thrifting and seeing all the lovely things that time has left behind for me to find.
Blog and Shop
It's always hard to write about yourself...
How do I start?

For now, I'll pretend that I'm meeting you in person, for the first time. We're shaking hands, and I'm introducing myself:
"Hi. My name is Erika. Nice to meet you!'

We're chatting a bit and I'm telling you about my wonderful, supportive husband who makes me feel like a rockstar every day.

"I'm blessed," I tell you.

Blog and Shop

Sandy a la Mode is all about the little scoops of life that are delicious, homemade, crafty, savvy, inspirational, and fun!
Blog and Shop

From the Toronto area, loves everything vintage, hand-made, fashion, photography, tea, design and eco-friendly things. Also is a firm believer that sandwiches always taste better when cut diagonally.

The giveaway winner is Jacqueline!  Congratulations!  I'll send Kristin your e-mail address and she'll be in touch!  

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A legally blind 92-year-old hit a hole-in-one

Gaaah, yesterday I completely forgot to ask you guys if you wanted a postcard while I'm away! Well, I just remembered that there's this amazing thing called GOOGLE DOCS, so I created a little form for you to fill out if you would like a postcard from me! Just fill out the form & be sure to check your mail in the next couple of weeks!

My friend Shannon recently posted about this amazing blog (which I realize is probably not new you a lot of you, but that's okay!): little things.  I wanted to share some of my favourite images from this blog, let me know what your favourites are!
Do you know of any other awesome blogs or websites like little things? Please share, I'd love to find more!
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