Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lavish Xperience

I have had a fabulous two days attending Lavish!, an un-conference for the lifestyle blogger (I know, I'm on a break....but this was long in the works). It was a wonderful two days meeting amazing people, learning tons of new information, and all around blogger merriment.

There is so much great information crammed into my brain and my next step is to process it all and implement the best of it.  It was all presented in the best format and was more like round table discussions than just sitting there listening. Shameeka ( The Broke Socialite) intended this to be an "un-conference" and this format really made it feel like that. I also met so many wonderful people! If you have stopped, by Welcome to After Adornment. I look forward to getting to know all of you more.

The new year is upon us and it's the best time to start anew. After I finish my deadlines for work I plan on taking the rest of the holiday to really step back and take stock of my dreams and how I can get the ball rolling. I am very excited and after listening to such wise and experienced bloggers it has me even more motivated. I am so excited to take this blog to the next level and follow my dreams! Dream Big was the message of the weekend and I intend to take full advantage of that advice.

Until then I wish you a happy holidays and I will see you in the new year!!!

Image: Lavish!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Pause

So, I have to take a break. I don't want to but I know it's in my best interest to do so.

My work load has tripled at my job and there is no way I am even close to keeping up. I will unfortunately be putting in insane overtime hours the next couple of weeks so I will have no time to do any of the wonderful things I love. Blogging, reading, and just all around weekend laziness will have to be put on hold for a bit so I can get all these looming deadlines out the door.

Although unlikely, I may post on a couple of things if I have time but for the most part I will not be able to. You can stay updated if I happen to stop back in by adding me to your reader or even subscribing via e-mail. You can do both via the sidebar to the left. I hate to step away at this wonderful time but it's an absolute must. I will definitely be back in full force for the new year.

 I would also like to say thank you to all of you that stop by and read After Adornment. I know we are all busy people and it truly makes my day when I receive your wonderful comments and e-mails. When I started this blog back in May I never dreamed that anyone would actually read it! I have had the pleasure of connecting with so many great people through this blog and have loved every minute so far. I know that by the time I am done with this break I will be more than itching to get back into the swing of things!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays with your family and friends!

Until later...I sign off for now.

As a side note I will be attending the Lavish conference this weekend here in Atlanta. I am very excited to meet some of you in person after months of online chatter. And, I will be attending Julie's blogger gathering next week. If you haven't checked out her blog Milk and Honey Home, you must! Julie has amazing taste and she and her friend Anisa have recently started up their own design biz....great things to be found here and I can only imagine what's in store for them in 2011!

Images: Via Mary Ruffle, Via We Heart It

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Smell of Christmas

To me the main smell of Christmas comes from a real Christmas tree. That wonderful pine smell mixed with holiday baking, berries, and all other wonderful holiday smells just seals the deal for me.

Unfortunately we haven't gotten a real tree for the past couple of years and will continue to use our fake one again this year. So, no wonderful pine smell for me. Well, I do get a real wreath for the front door so I get a good whiff when I come home and leave. But that's not enough for me.

But Wait.....Yankee Candle has done it again! My Christmas smell all in one candle!

A touch of pine...but not too much, and a touch of sweetness to balance it all out. I found this candle last year and had to get another this year. I love the smell and it gives me my real Christmas tree smell without it smelling like a full on pine forest. I got mine at Target and if you are missing that Christmas smell in your home I highly recommend it.

What about you? Any smells that just make the holidays official?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dinner Was Served!....

.....And my husband and I are both physically and mentally exhausted from it!

We had 14 people at our home last night for an eight course dinner. A great time was had by all (or at least so they said). We pretty much spent the whole weekend cleaning, cooking (my husband), and preping the tables etc. I don't think we will do this again by ourselves. It was alot of fun, but alot of work.

I did take a few pics but I had some photog friends there taking better ones. I will hopefully post those later this week when I get them. The pic above is just a sneak peak of one of the tables. Hope everyone had a great weekend....we did but now we're tired!

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Twinkle of Lights for Your Weekend

I love twinkle lights for the holidays. On Christmas trees, entwined with garland, or just all balled up as a bunch of lights. And I don't mean houses with every inch covered in lights in all different colors outside! You know the ones I mean. I have always been more of a fan of white lights. Maybe cause that's what I grew up with. Or maybe because they remind me of candle light also.

They are just so festive and add all that sparkle to just let things shine! Anyone else think their tree looks way better all lit up? I sure do. I wish I could keep twinkle lights out all year round but something about them seem a bit off the rest of the year. One of the many reasons why I love the holidays!

We have not started our decorations yet. We are hosting a large dinner at our home this Sunday night that is not Christmas related so I think I may hold off on all the decor till that's over. More on that later. I can't wait to start getting things up though....the tree, lights outside, the mantle.....I am really looking forward to getting it all out this year. (hmmn maybe that pep talk really worked)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! I have a busy weekend here. Cleaning a house that has been neglected for what seems like weeks. A dinner party on Sunday. Christmas lists to shop for, and a few last minute decorations to buy. Hope you guys have some fun things planned. Anyone have any fun parties they are attending? I love parties!

Images: Martha Stewart, Unknown, Elle Decor

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Counting Down

Today is December 1st. The first day of the Christmas Holidays. Well for me at least. I don't know if I can say that about everyone (like my husband who really wanted to start playing Christmas music last week).

When I was growing up my parents would always present my sister and I with an advent calendar to count down the days till Christmas. Starting on Dec 1st we would open a new door each day to find a small chocolate treat waiting for us. Now, I know all about Advent and the fact that it may not necessarily start on the 1st, but that's when we always started ours for the sake of counting down with the days till Christmas Eve.

I just remembered all this the other day and wished I would have thought of it earlier. What a great way to count down the days even as a grown up. I love the one shown above from La Maison Du Chocolat. Nothing would make the days go faster than a french chocolate treat at the end of the day. Isn't that what one wanted as a kid.....Christmas to be here tomorrow?

Did anyone else have this tradition when they were growing up? Still doing it yourself or with your children?
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