Monday, February 28, 2011

Oscar Fashion

Blogland will surely be full of Oscar posts this morning, but I just had to throw in my take too. I'll keep it (relatively) short and sweet.

So lets just get down to favorite? Halle Berry. LOVE that dress. Lots of sparkle and that frothy goodness at the bottom.

And my second favorite? Mila Kunis for sure. That color on her is amazing.

Gwyneth Paltrow was super chic in this sleek Calvin Klein

And speaking of chic...Michelle Williams is just darling with her pixie cut

And on the end of the color spectrum...I love this dress on Camila Alves. I think I'm a sucker for a big full skirt.

And last but certainly not least, Helen Mirren. A true classic beauty.
I'm likely missing some great ones, but these are the ones I remember off the top of my head. So what about you? Which were your favorites?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Yellow, pink, green...oh my!

It's been a rainy day here, so when I came across this bright and cheerful wedding on Style Me Pretty I just had to share. Yellow, pink and green...this bride went all out in the color department! It certainly puts a little Spring into a dreary day.

Beautiful, right?

And the winner is...

Wow it's been a week already? Time to announce the winner of our giveaway. Congratulations to 17 Perth who commented:

"YAY! Congratulations on your 600th sale! Thats awesome!! : ) I am already a follower and currently have my fingers crossed. Great giveaway!"

Please contact me at and we'll design your note cards! And thank you to everyone who entered!! It has been so exciting to see my shop grow and grow and I can't wait to celebrate another milestone.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Half Moon Bay

Have you wondered where I've been? Sorry for the silence! We took a little getaway over the long weekend and I've been playing catch up ever since. My husband's good friend from college and his lovely wife and son met us at Ritz in Half Moon Bay. We got to catch up, let our boys play and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

The hotel is gorgeous. It sits right on a golf course overlooking the ocean. Our room overlooked the 18th green and ocean and even had it's own fire pit. My first thought? Not great for toddlers! But obviously we didn't turn it on when they were awake. Sure was nice though later that night...babies in bed and glass of wine in hand.

My favorite part of the trip? Watching the boys play on the beach. It was cold and windy, but that didn't stop them.

And a little time with my hubby was pretty good too.

And now, as promised, a little bit of real life...
Our little guy got sick on Sunday night and we were up with him pretty much the whole night. No fun for anyone. Luckily he's feeling better now, but that's another reason for the lack of posts.

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. And don't forget to enter our giveaway! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A quote...

"Whatever you choose to do in your free time you should do as a job"
- Amanda Brooks, Barneys New York Fashion Director

I agree. Not that I actually have a job :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

600 Sales...Time for a Giveaway!!

This week my little shop hit 600 sales, cue happy dance! And keeping with's time to celebrate another 100 sale milestone with a giveaway. Up for grabs? A set of our get to pick the pattern, colors, font...make them your own!

TO ENTER: Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment. Want an extra entry? Become a fan on Facebook and leave a comment saying you've done so. Good luck!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A little bit of real life

In my post last Friday I mentioned how I was rushed finishing it up because I had to make oatmeal for my son. Aubrey from All Things Bright and Beautiful commented that she loved the way I was keeping it real and it got me you ever read blogs and think, wow they just have the perfect life? Living in beautiful houses, wearing fantastic clothing, DIY projects galore, cooking up all kinds of goodies...and oh yes, having time to blog!! Well I must admit, I feel that way sometimes! Now don't get me wrong, I love those blogs. And I love my life and feel very blessed for what I, friends, a home I love and a business I'm passionate about, but I think everyone has those days when...

The dog just won't stop barking
You burn simple white rice
Your hair has been in a twist knot for days
Annie's Mac and Cheese will just have to be okay for dinner that night
You drink more coffee then water
And you just don't have time to finish your blog posting!

So there it is, a little bit of real life. I think I'll try and incorporate that more into my blog posts. I know I'd love to see some of the trials and tribulations other women face...seems like a lot of us are doing the same things...raising our babies, keeping up with the house (and trying to make it beautiful!), enjoying life with our husbands, finding time for friends, and also trying succeed at our own passions. And while we love all of that, there are bound to be a few bumps in the road, right? So hope you don't mind hearing about mine!

Okay, thanks for listening to my ramblings. And Aubrey, if you're reading this you are probably that was pretty deep response to just one little comment. But thank you!

And on a peppier note...picked up these at Home Goods. Aren't they fun? Perfect for those days when I drink more coffee then water, ha!

And don't forget to check back tomorrow for our giveaway...Pretty Smitten's shop hit 600 sales yesterday and we're ready to celebrate!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Courtesy of Ticket Kitchen...
Hot Chocolate on a stick! Seriously!

Or even better, on a hand stamped silver spoon. Keep this one bookmarked for next Valentine's Day for sure.

Ticket Kitchen also offers free printables to adorn their darling chocolate sticks. I can definitely see these as part of a dessert bar at a wedding.

Yep, genius.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! I hope your day is filled with kisses and chocolate.

PS - Don't you love that photograph? I've had my eye on it for a while. Find it here.

Friday, February 11, 2011


A friend of mine (thanks Katie!!) recently introduced me to this amazing website, Sweetapolita. Filled with cakes and confections, this site is sure to jump start your sweet tooth. I could go on and on about the yummy sweets featured, but I'm late to getting my blog post written and I have some oatmeal to make for my little one. So for now here's a sweet treat for Valentine's Day. And it's a no-bake one too!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PS Color Combo - Kelly Green and Strawberry

Just finished up a princess party in Kelly Green and Strawberry...what a fresh and fun color combo for spring! This one features our medallion pattern, crown and castle motifs. I hope Princess Gianna has a wonderful birthday!

These items and more can be purchased in our shop. Patterns, colors, fonts and motifs can all be personalized!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Anthropologie Finds

Popped into Anthropologie yesterday and came out with this adorable shirt...

and these super comfy skinny jeans.

Now I just want to order these darling flats

and to finish the outfit off, these earrings.

This outfit definitely meets my requirements....stylish, comfy, colorful and accessorized!


Well, I did it...I've made my first jump into advertising! One of my 2011 goals for Pretty Smitten was to get my name out there more. What better way to do that then by advertising on one of my favorite blogs, Look Linger Love? Chassity is so sweet and has been so helpful. Yesterday she ran a welcome feature on Pretty Smitten and wow, thanks!! I think my cheeks may have turned a bit red...she can make a girl feel good. Read it here. And welcome to all of my new nice to have you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pretty Smitten with Inslee By Design

I recently came across Inslee By Design and I'm in love!! Inslee Haynes is the artist behind these fanciful fashion illustrations. I had to order one immediately and now I'm the proud owner of this darling print...I have a thing for peacocks so it's perfect for me!!
And because I love it so much, I just had to place a second order! These are actually a set of three. Don't you just love the chevron patterned bathing suits? And the black and hot pink? Yep, me too.
I also love this one.

And well I love this one too.

And how about this invitation?

Or these note cards?

They are all so darling! Check her blog, new designs seem to pop up all the time.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Red Wagon Cake Topper

Remember this Little Red Wagon party? Tate's mommy, Anna, did such a great job pulling everything together for her little guy's first birthday. I have gotten a lot of requests to know where she got that red wagon cake topper. Well I asked Anna, and guess what...she bought it for $1 at an antique mall! It says Dairy Queen on the back. What a find! But for those of you who aren't going to scour antique malls for old Dairy Queen trinkets...I've found an alternative...

A google search pulled up this red wagon decoration. I might have to order one just to check it out!

And speaking of Pretty Smitten's red wagon's quite popular lately! Here are a few pics of a recent order. Always a favorite!

Happy Friday everyone! Big plans? We are heading to Sonoma on Saturday to visit my Dad and stepmom. And Sunday it's Superbowl time...GO STEELERS!