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A Brief Break

January 14, 2015


I know. I know. We just got back from Christmas!

“You just had a week off!”

“How could you possibly take off again?”

Here’s my thought process: we are HUSTLING to get the new site up and running. And that day is going to happen very soon. Like. Next week if the Blog Gods are cool with it. SO, I was going to have a survey for you, and then a few other projects for Valentine’s Day up in the meantime. BUT. I just want to start the year off fresh with the new blog. And it’s honestly hurting my brain to post here and write posts for the new bebe. In order to make sure the site is bright and shiny, I need to focus all my energy on it.

This blog will be quiet until next week. And I’ll notify you when the new one is up and running. It’s gonna be good, I promise. I do. There’s going to be something for everybody.

In the meantime, there’s always instagram.

See you next week on PROPER! :)

Top Moments from 2014

January 7, 2015

I can’t believe we are here in 2015. It’s 2015. I’m writing this post and it’s 2015. Weren’t we supposed to have flying skateboards by now? Can anyone give me a status update on that? At the beginning of each year, I like to take a few and look back on some of my favorite moments from the year previous. Each project and photo led to something bigger and brighter, and I’m so grateful for all the moments last year (the good and the bad!) that helped us create the large plans in store for 2015.

You'll get there.

Keep reading to hear all about what I thought about last year and what’s going to be different in 2015! It’s big stuff, guys!  continue reading

See you next year!

December 24, 2014


Welp, I don’t know how we did it, but we somehow survived 2014. What a year! I couldn’t be more grateful for everything I’ve experienced, good and bad! I really really promised myself I wasn’t going to get sappy and that I was going to keep this post short and sweet, but I have to just take a minute to thank you. After I had Vita, I didn’t know what I was doing with this blog. I had hit a plateau that I couldn’t escape. Over the last few months, I feel like I’ve really been able to hone my skills and decide what it is that I’m passionate about and what I want to do with this blog. And a big part of that came from you. Thank you so much for your encouragement, your support, and your love.  _DSC5146

I’m so grateful that I can call what I do “work”. I wouldn’t want to do it if I didn’t know I could count on you guys to bounce ideas off of.  I’m going to take off for the next little bit and will return in January with some full-fledged mind-blowing sugar-filled content. I’ve actually still got on more New Year’s Eve post for Style Me Pretty Living coming up in a few days so keep your eyes peeled for that! And you can always keep up on Instagram, because even though I’m breaking from the blog, I just can’t quit Insta.

Thank you for being here and for your comments, messages, and emails! I truly love the internet. I’m excited to see what the next year brings. We’ve got BIG things in store. Thanks for riding along with me!

The biggest hugs. The biggest kisses. And high fives all around.

Merry Christmas (or whatever you are celebrating this holiday season!),


photography: Sally Mae Photography


December 18, 2014

EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel I’m always so sad when a party is over. I love to party. But these days, I also love my sleep! (Thanks, Vita.) The holiday EAT DRINK CREATE event went by fast fast fast. And it was such a blast this year. Last year’s event was a huge blowout, and while that’s super fun, I wasn’t able to have a really great convo with every attendee. Instead, I was running out like a crazy person saying “hi” to everyone in my path. This year, I made things a little more intimate by capping it so only 50 attendees could come. I can handle talking to 50 people. I’m Italian. We can juggle our conversations. ;)


I teamed up with West Elm again to host the event. I’m thinking we jmight just make that our annual holiday location because they are way too great when it comes to coordinating everything. Not to mention, the store is already gorgeous so the styling for me (while that’s my favorite part!) is minimal. EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel

I set up several DIY stations where folks could craft to their heart’s content. EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel EAT DRINK CREATE HOLIDAY BASH with The Proper Pinwheel

Get ready for picture overload! You want to see them so click on~!

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The Weekenders!

December 12, 2014


You guys! Can I get a pat on the back for posting every day this week?!? I know that probably seems like something small and ridiculous to you, but it was a lot of work for me to be able to do that! Babies make computer work tough, you know?!? I am so so so happy that the weekend is here. This is the first weekend in a long time that I have something more than just work to do! It’s Logan’s birthday on Sunday so we’re going to the movies tomorrow. YOU GUYS. A movie!!! I haven’t been to one in so long. I’m getting popcorn. And a drink. And maybe those little mini boxes of butterfingers that are way over-priced and the candy bars are eeny teeny, but you have to have them. I’m such a cheap date! Before I head off to dream about my movie snacks, I”ll leave you with a few links!

Let’s click!

Thanks, Buzzfeed, for including my reindeer pom pom gift wrap!

Printable gem stone gift tags!?! You bet.

We all need to try these snowball floats! They look pretty AND tasty!

I love Brittni’s ornament message board! So clever!

Chalkboard save-the-dates!

I still go back to these DIY clay lollipop ornaments!

Just picked up a bunch of these CB2 pink bowls from Studio DIY’s wedding!

I love this Sharpie gift wrap idea!


Catch up with Proper’s projects from this week!

DIY Macaron Christmas Ornaments

DIY Cactus Pom Pom Gift Wrap

DIY Peppermint Christmas Ornaments

DIY Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths


photography: The photo above is of a pie I made a few days ago. You know that I”m obsessed with pie. It’s so relaxing to just work with the crust and zone out for a few minutes. And when your bakeware is really cute, it absolutely puts you in the mood to bake! Find a pie pan like mine at American Bakeware!

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

December 11, 2014

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

I honestly feel like it’s so much easier to create during the holidays! Inspiration is abundant and almost anything looks better when a little greenery is attached. These wine glass holiday wreaths are perfectly perfect for your holiday soiree. You are hosting a holiday soiree, aren’t you? Whether a dinner with wine glasses, or a brunch with champagne glasses, these wreaths need to be present. (Present. Get it? Gifts? I’m too much.)

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

To make your own wine glass holiday wreaths you’ll need:

  • wine or champagne glasses (mine from Anthro)
  • greenery of choice (cedar falls beautifully!)
  • floral wire
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • ribbon

DIY \\ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

DIY \ Wine Glass Holiday Wreaths

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A Family Memory Game with Pinhole Press

November 24, 2014

Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press We’ve lived in Denver for several years now, and we try to see family as much as we can, but not always as much as we want. Especially now that we have Vita. I want her to be familiar with her cousins so that whenever we do see them, she can recognize them and be ready to party. We’re a party family. I was excited an inappropriate amount when I saw that Pinhole Press came out with a fun memory card game. What better way to help Vita learn the faces of her cousins than with a memory game?!
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It’s the cutest thing to watch her match up the pictures. She gets so excited every time she lifts a card! And let’s talk about her curly hair. It’s everything I ever wanted in a daughter’s hair.  Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

They’re printed on some quality ultrathick paper that stands up to her teething on it. She loves to eat paper. Like a gerbil. I’m glad these cards don’t give out so easily!
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

Vita has about 20 cousins, so we are going to need another set of cards over here! Each game is capped at 12 photos, so that should be the right amount for you normal folk. ;)
Memory Card Game with Pinhole Press

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We also ordered a few holiday cards from Pinhole as well. We order every year (check out year’s past here and here). I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but can’t help it. When I got these back, I honestly cried. I think I’m still emotional one year post-partum. Ain’t no thang.

Psss! Pinhole Press is currently offering 30% off all holiday card orders through Cyber Monday  when you enter the code: PROPERPINWHEEL! So what are you waiting for?! Send me one, mmmmkay? I’m not kidding.

This post is in partnership with Pinhole Press, a baller paper company that believes in printing quality cards & other paper products. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

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… ;)