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The Weekenders!

November 14, 2014

by Mary Costa

FRIDAY! THE 14TH! You guys. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for today to arrive because today is the day that I head off to sunny Palm Springs for Kelly & Jeff’s nuptials! Buh-bye, snowy Denver. Hello, warm California where the people are cooler than I. I think I’m especially excited to be reunited with Kelly, Brittni, & Ashley. We’re cyber bffs who see each other but once a year, MAYBE. I’m also especially excited because there will be time spent in LA on Monday exploring all the colorful shops my dreams are made of.  This wedding is sure to be one of the most colorful, so keep up with me on IG to see what I’m up to this weekend!

Now, I’ve only ever been to LAX. Never been outside the airport so I’m looking for suggestions of places to check out! So please comment here or you can email me directly with some tips –! Make sure you check back here on Monday because we have one-too-many-but-never-too-many holiday projects to share! There’s a giveaway on Monday and a few other goods including free printables and all the details of last month’s pie workshop! Remember the pie wreath?! Before I head off to party hard like I do, here are a few must-click links for you, my pals!

As if I needed another reason to stare at food. They photograph it so perfectly!

An amazingly huge holly & berry garland made from paper!

Colorblocked mugs. Because. What will I drink out of?!

A Christmas tree that takes up hardly any space? We need it.

I’m loving the ombre Christmas tree trend! Like this one and this one.

This white Christmas tree will be owned by me someday. It’s so good!

I’m obsessed with this washi tape cactus wall art!

**happy weekend**

photography: Mary Costa

Shopped \\ Pink & Natural Toddler Girl

November 12, 2014

Now that Vita fits into Toddler clothes (she’s a 1 year old in a 2 year old’s body and I love it), I am obsessed with all the cute stuff that the internet has to offer. I don’t really bother shopping in stores anymore. Except for Target. I can’t quit you. While I never thought of myself as a “pink” mom, I’m sort of drawn to a soft pink & natural color palette this holiday season. I mean, Vita still rocks the faux-hawk and she’s super edgy, but I’m pretty sure she would melt hearts in a few of (read: all) the getups below.

Shopping Guide \\ Toddler Girl

Beret || Pink Leather Coat || Leopard Print Dress || Pink Jeans || Mary Janes || Gold Tights || Naked Lunge Doll || Deco Print Dress || BEAUtiful Tee || Coral Moccs || Bubble Coat

Links take you to the product and/or shop. Any fave shops out there that I missed? I’m always looking for ways to spend more money… ;)

EAT DRINK CREATE Holiday Bash at West Elm

November 7, 2014


I can’t really believe what I’m typing. We’re nearing the end of 2014. What the what the?!?! I feel like I was JUST recapping last year’s Eat Drink Create Holiday bash and here I am announcing the new one! (And get ready, because I’m soon sharing all the deets from last month’s pie workshop! It was amazing. I’m not just saying that.)  I don’t know where the time went?! But you know? I’m so excited about this one. I’m always excited about the holidays in general. I love getting presents! I mean giving them. I love to GIVE. And wrap. And okay, I like to accept… So sue me. ;)

I was on the fence about doing another EDC Holiday party. I’ve just been so burnt out with the baby thing and the diabetes thing that I really didn’t know if I was up for it. And I have received SOOOOOO many emails and messages requesting one because last year was, seriously, the most fun anyone’s ever had at a West Elm on a snowy night while SOBER! And thinking about it, I just decided to make it an annual thing.

EDC Holiday


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The Weekenders!

October 31, 2014

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Happy Halloween! Let’s all go watch Hocus Pocus, okay?! (I’ve actually already watched it thrice this month. Logan LOVES me…) I can’t believe it, but the end of October is here. Where did that month go?!? We’re now entering into my most favorite and beloved time of year. I love the holidays! And this year, I had a head start on my Thanksgiving and Christmas projects, so get ready for those beauties!

Will you be dressing up tonight? Dressing the kids? The dog? The turtle? I hope that you’ll go out and find some way to celebrate in a spooky fashion! This is our first year taking Vita trick-or-treating and I am more excited than I was when I peed on a stick and found out I was with child. Okay, maybe equally excited. Before I was a mother, I always pictured taking my kids around the neighborhood dressed up for Halloween. I would get their candy, of course. Gotta protect! Tonight, my dreams finally come true with Little Red Riding Hood up there. If you want to see the rest of our costume ensemble tonight, follow along on Instagram!

Some light weekend reading:

Every wall needs wooden triangle shelves.

Downloadable gift wrap that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

A guide to decorating with gourds and pumpkins!

Reason enough to have more babies – The Lollipop Guild!

A Kate Spade & Gap collab?!? I’ll take this & this & this & these for Vita!

Last minute Halloween gift: DIY Origami Vampire Fangs!

***Happy Halloween!***

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

Brick & Mortar \\ Swoozie’s in Denver

October 29, 2014

Lately, Vita and I have been making an effort to get out of the house more. We have been exploring new neighborhoods and shops, and have found quite a few gems here in Denver that I want to start sharing with you on a regular basis. There’s a cute little shop on 6th avenue called Swoozie’s that I drove by regularly and was always intrigued by the cute window displays. I could tell it was a paper shop filled with lots of cuteness. Now, I am picky about the paper goods and party supplies that I use regularly. I like clean and bright and colorful. I like modern with a touch of whimsy and vintage. And Swoozie’s happens to carry  some items that are right up my color-lovin’ alley.

Swoozies paper & party

I’m kicking off a new series called Brick & Mortar where I share actual shops that are filled to brim with awesomeness and inspiration. And you better believe some of those will be sweet shops! Swoozie’s had a little party last night and they asked me to come along and share a few ideas for easy entertaining during the holidays. I know. Who in the world would give me the floor?!?!

swoozies paper & party

When a shop carries anything from, you know that they’re quality. I wanted all the tumblers. And the phone cases. And the luggage tags. And the notebooks. Is that too much to ask!??

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The Weekenders

October 24, 2014


Oh baby! Only one more weekend until Halloween arrives! I may have stayed up until 3am every night this week working on costumes for myself, husb, and Vita-girl. I am SOOOOO excited about these. And the fact that they’re homemade? It just makes all my motherly dreams come true. I’m a soccer mom! Just kidding. I can barely keep my head above water, but we’re makin’ it.

If you’re feeling like you need to dress up tech for the Halloween festivities, well, look no further! I’m working with one of my fave designers and illustrators, Jordan Sondler, on some awesomely awesome printables for Christmas (right around the corner!) and we’re sharing a few of her Halloween downloads today! So click the links below to snag the pumpkin wallpaper, the ghost wallpaper, or both! The sizes are large enough for a computer and an iPhone so spread the spooky love, would ya?


Before I head off into the Halloween sunset, a few links for your weekend reading!

I’m ready for all the cookies. Are you?

I sometimes with I lived in Houston so I could party with Ashley on rooftops.

Dip-dye your save the dates! And recipe cards. And party invites!

Apple cider donuts that are BAKED!

Skulls can be beautiful.


I will wear all the oxfords.

**happy weekend**



graphics: design by Jordan Sondler

The Weekenders!

October 17, 2014


Oh. My. Gawsh. (Look at her butt. You were thinking it.)

These last two weeks have been nuts you guys! Last week’s pie workshop just sent me over the edge and I needed a moment or two to recover! And then the back-end of this here blog went all sk-wonky and I’ve been working with developers to get that back up and running! I’m just glad you guys couldn’t tell. You just thought it was run-o’-the-mill silence from yours truly. Hashtag don’t blame ya.

Since I basically missed a whole week of blogging (and I have so many more Halloween projects to share with your for Mission: Scary!), so check in on Facebook and Insta to see what’s goin’ down! One of my faves coming up involves ice cream! The greatest thing on the planet! That, and Netflix. And Mcdonald’s Monopoly!

Here are a few links to kick off your Friday!

The loveliest watercolor wall art there is. DIY style.

9. NINE! DIY costumes for Halloween! Love the champagne bubbles.

I love this color-dyed wheat wreath. Probably too much.

Skull pillow from old black sweater? I’m on board.

A free printable Halloween invitation and it’s calligraphed!

I want this towel for my kitchen!

A rustic apple tart. No more words.

DIY napkins just in time for the season of entertaining!

And. WHY didn’t I think of these for Vita’s party?!

My girl, Ciera, just had a 5 year blogiversary and is having a MASSIVE giveaway! There are tons of ways to enter and the contest runs until October 27th! You can visit her blog to read more and you can also enter the giveaway down below! Check it, my friends.

Ciera Design Celebrates 5 Years of Blogging with a Giveaway

I decided to join in and help Ciera Design celebrate 5 years of blogging this month! It’s such an exciting accomplishment (5 yearsies!) and what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to our amazing readers? One lucky person will receive a $400 prepaid MasterCard that can be spent anywhere in the world that accepts Debit MasterCards. You’re not dreaming. If you win, share with me? I pay in treats. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to the lovely sponsors who made this possible!

Ciera DesignKory WoodardYellow Heart ArtRebecca Lately
Patti Murphy Designs | Anna DeloresCocorrinaRachel The HatFashiony Fab
Sugar and Type | Squirrelly MindsHigh WallsThe Nectar Collective
The Proper PinwheelEx VitaeFry Sauce & GritsA Ruffled Life
Pinegate RoadBuckets & SpadesA Girl Named PJSarah HeartsTara Victoria

This giveaway will be running until October 27th, 2014 and is opened to international readers!

**Happy weekend**

photography: floral | The Proper Pinwheel     glitter | Ciera Design

Gift It: Be The Ultimate Giver With Giftry

September 18, 2014

It’s no secret that I love gifts. I love giving them. I love getting them. I love wrapping them. I love shopping for them. It’s all just so wonderful. That’s why I’m stoked to share Giftry with y’all today! What is Giftry? Oh, it’s just a new site that helps you create gift registries for your pals and loved ones. You could even make a Giftry for someone you hate. It’s so fun curating items that you would eventually grow to love the person whom you are giftry-ing. I’ve partnered with Giftry as as part of their Influencer program (with some other baller bloggers ) to share a few ways to get the most out of it and become the ultimate giver.

With Vita’s birthday just around the corner, I’ve had so many friends ask what she might need or want as a gift. Since I don’t want to admit that she loves anything that’s a choking hazard (television cords, votive candles, chapstick, etc.), I thought it would be easiest to create a Giftry titled FOR THE ONE YEAR OLD.

How to use giftry

This particular Giftry is filled with gift suggestions from popular kid sites around the web including Land of Nod and Wilson and Frenchy, two of my faves. Peeps can just click the photo and be taken directly to the source to purchase! I have a bit of an obsession with children’s toys and I might just need to purchase everything on the list. I gotta have it all!

And it goes like this:

How to use Giftry

You simply download the “add to giftry” button to your browser. Then, it hangs out all up in your toolbar waiting for you to click it. It’s similar to the “pin it” button from Pinterest. You can add items from within the Giftry collections, or you can add items from outside webpages that you may be shopping on. Wanna add a bunch of items from Anthro? There’s a Giftry for that.

One of my fave features of Giftry is that you can create an endless amount of Giftries. I currently have several growing including:


How to use Giftry


How To Use Giftry

And since I fall into the DIY category (Have we nailed that down?), I even have a Giftry FOR THE MAKER:

How To Use Giftry

When creating Giftries, keep the types of friends you have in mind. Do they spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Do they have children? Are they really into techie gear? If you’re feeling lost when it comes to inspiration, you can check out the Giftries of some of the Influencers! Each has a different style and will help you uncover cyber gems you didn’t know existed.

You can also collaborate with other users on Giftry. Let’s create a scenario, shall we? Logan decides to throw me a surprise party. He’s created a Giftry with items specifically for me. While he tries, he’s not always the best gift giver. hashtag bless his heart. He invites friends and family to add items to the Giftry. They all share ideas and everyone attending the surprise party shows up with a perfect gift for little old me. What a win, right?

I have to say this: Giftry is so similar to Pinterest that I know you’re gonna love it. The best part? The source is ALWAYS right there so no hunting fo’ you!

You can sign up to create your own Giftries right here! 

And, of course, the funnest party of the gifting art is the wrap! I could honestly create a Giftry list filled with gift wrap supplies! I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and I take pride when giving gifts. You should, too! Remember this tissue fringe wrap? It’s thrown in with a whole juggernaut of gift wrap DIY ideas that can be found right here! 

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And the DIY pom pom wrap! Holy smokes. Let’s give gifts, you guys?!?!?!?!?!

*This post is in partnership with Giftry. These words are totally my own. Thanks for supporting brands that help keep Proper partying! 


September 16, 2014

People of the internet. I have been working so hard to keep this under wraps and today is the day that I get to spill the beans! It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with sweets. And when they’re pretty? Even better. Pie is no exception. And now that the Fall season is upon us, it’s time to eat lots of pie. And if you’re in Denver, you should most definitely come party with me next month at the newest addition to the EAT DRINK CREATE event series - a pie workshop!

pie workshop

Come hang out at Denver’s newest urban event space, 3126 Larimer. The place is all white and all right. We’ll be learning the art of pie art! We’ll be making pies and decorating pies and then, of course, eating pies! It’s just in time to help you prepare to wow your Thanksgiving guests with pie from heaven.

Decorative Pie Workshop

At the workshop, we’ll each make a tasty pie and learn different techniques for decoration. We’re talkin’ crust designs like half-moon trims, calligraphy designs, braided edges, and lots more. You’ll get to take it home and flaunt your domesticity to your friends and loved ones. Who doesn’t love to pie-brag? That’s a thing. It’s a crust-creation-celebration!

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Of course, no creative workshop would be complete without baller goodies for each guest to take home. Each attendee will get all the supplies needed to bake the perfect pie (ingredients, pie tins, rolling pins, pastry cutter, custom aprons, etc.). You’ll head home with gifts and goodies totaling over $100 including a gorgeous print from the masters of paper, MINTED. And, I totally want to keep it a surprise, so you may or may not be getting one of these gorgeous wooden boxes from PIEBOX!

I get butterflies just looking at those photos.

After we’ve worked up a sweat with our pastry pretties, we’ll kick back and enjoy some tasty treats including some delish pie from local Denver pie professionals, The Long i Pie!

Decorative Pie Workshop

There’s just so much goodness that’s going to happen! So join me on Thursday, October 9th, at 6:30pm, won’t ya?! This is going to be intimate as we’ve capped the guest list at 25 people! So snag your friends and snag a spot!

Tickets are currently $10 off until 9/22 and you can purchase your tickets here on BROWN PAPER TICKETS! All the deets are there! Can’t wait to see you! Follow the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate to see sneak peeks! It’s good stuff, you guys. Read the invite up close and personal here - Pie Workshop Invitation

Buy tickets for EAT DRINK CREATE | Pie Workshop with Lexy Ward

To see photos and videos from past EAT DRINK CREATE events, click below!

EDC Holiday

EDC Spring

EDC Summer

photography: PIEBOX photos via PIEBOX, all other photos by The Proper Pinwheel

invitation design: Kirsten Bingham

The Weekend Is Here

September 12, 2014

High Point Creamery Ice Cream Flight

I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to see a Friday! This week has been one of those crazy weeks that you’d just like to forget, ya know? You have those, right? I’m not the only one? I am going to attempt to do a little relaxing this weekend (that’s crazy though because I have HUGE announcement next week that I have to finish prep for! Stay tuned!). Wish me the best of luck. Before I go, here’s a weekend roundup of a few faves from the web this week.

I want to make about five of these DIY Moroccan Wedding Pillows!

Keeping this retro diamond wall pattern on my mind for future rooms.

This pot was a prop in a project and I can’t get over it! Must buy!

I was so sad I couldn’t attend this shower! Looked like a citrus DREAM!

Just look at her studio. Should we all move in?

Amen. It takes me several minutes to get that IG shot.

In love with this selection of tea towels.

A Watermelon Peter Pan Collar. I need one. You need one.

How cute is this color pop bodysuit?

**happy weekend**

PS – my computer totally froze and I had to do this roundup on my phone tonight! Yikes! So I apologize for typos and/or format issues! Here’s hoping your day is better than mine! ;)

photography: The Proper Pinwheel on Instagram