Friday, January 11, 2013

FOUR FABULOUS FINDS


1. A-thread shop. Really cute shop and they donate 5% of the funds from your purchases to a non-profit of your choice.
2. Blogshop. Cool site that offers weekend boot camp classes classes to help you better your blog by using photo shop. They do in person classes all over the country and give really neat goodie bags.
3. Gold dipped jars DIY. Don't you love these simple but gorgeous jars? Make some yourself!
4. Cupcakes and Cashmere the book AND the blog. Fun and pretty book that offers tips on lifestyle, entertaining and living a fabulous life.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and have some fun checking out the fabulous finds above.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I WEAR ORANGE

I wear orange for my brother. Orange is the support color for Leukemia.

My brother Devin was RE-diagnosed Monday with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) with the Philadelphia chromosome. This is the 3rd time and he has been living without cancer for 20 years now. Do you know how rare it is to relapse with the same type of cancer, especially the type he has? It's unheard of.

Talk about a miracle. And God is going to do it again. There is no doubt. Sure, it's been scary, exhausting, frustrating, infuriating, confusing, mind blowing, stupid, lame, sad, faith depleting, faith enhancing (I could go on and on). Yes, it's basically been a big ball of emotions. But in all actuality, we're not scared of the end result. We're more bummed about the road. The road is the hard part. The chemo, the medicine, the bone marrow tests, the exhaustion. The road sucks. No other way to put it. But we have a God that is unbelievable and we fully trust in Him. This just started, but we're ready for it to be over.

I was tested Monday to see if I could be a potential donor for a BMT (bone marrow transplant), I'll know in 7 days. Of course we pray that it doesn't come to that, but if it does, as a sibling I have a 1 in 4 chance of being a match. Devin doesn't want me to be a match, just because he doesn't want me to have to go through the pain of doing the transplant IF he had to get one. Of course, I'd give my left leg, but we'll see how it goes. According to the Dr's, the BMT is not as painful as it used to be, so, that's somewhat comforting.

Dev and I one week before his diagnosis. He was already feeling pretty bad. 

My new ring. A reminder of the Hope that we have. 

 Due to Devin's lack of insurance right now, any donations to help out with expenses would be unbelievably helpful. If you are able to donate, please check out this link and give what you can. http://devin.verret.cfslive.org/.
Anything you could give would be helpful. Of course, we'll continue to take those prayers too. 

Thank you to everyone who has already given, prayed, called, texted, emailed, stopped by, brought up cupcakes or food, THANK YOU. It really means the world to see how much support we have during this time. 

Thank you all for fighting along with us. In the meantime, find something orange for yourself to wear here


Sunday, January 6, 2013

DESSERT BARS

Dessert is the best part of any meal. Some say you should have dessert first, so you can make sure you have room for it. :) I love anything sweet, and I love beautiful decor and inspired design. Why not mix the two? 

Sweets and Dessert bars are a huge hit at weddings and parties, and we can see why. Sweet sugary delights all in one place, designed beautifully with charming take home bags...of course I'd stop by on my way out of the party! Caramels, Madeleine's, macaroons, chocolates and more. The ultimate treat bar. You can keep it simple or go all out. Either way, it will charm the pants off of your guests and have them smiling all evening. 

My friend Monica (of Dirty Bombshells) and I are endeavoring to start our own Stylishly Sweet business this year and would love for you to get involved. Do you need a sweets bar at your next event? We're ready to get started and would love to help you. While we're getting all of our business plans in line, we'd be willing to set up with plenty of awesome decor,  refill and tear down and all you need to pay for are the actual treats. We'd only do this for the first few customers of course, just to get our feet wet. We both have plenty of event planning experience for both small and large events, and we're ready to get out there and help with yours! This is a smashing deal for someone who is trying to save some money right now, or is doing their event on a budget. We'd love to help. Send me an email at featherandbranch@gmail.com and let us know what you need. We'll get back to you very soon. 

In the meantime, here is some eye candy to inspire you. Check out more on my Pinterest board here.








Saturday, December 29, 2012

CHEERS, TO NEW YEARS!

As the days get closer to 2013 and 2012 comes to an end, have you planned your New Years festivities? If not, here is some inspiration to get your party started.

Check out my Pinterest New Years page for more ideas.

mini champagne servings via pinterest

balloon decor via 

mini baked alaskas via

glam and glitz via

golden topped smores via

pretty party poppers via

golden photo booth backdrop via

new years sparkly confetti via

pink and gold sparkle hats via


Whatever you do, I hope you have a fabulous and safe New Years celebration. I wish you many blessings and lots of joy in 2013!

Friday, December 28, 2012

YES. 1000 TIMES YES.

Yes, it's official, I'm engaged. Let me tell you, I'm ecstatic. I've never been happier and I'm so in love with my fiance.  I can't wait to plan our special day and I look forward to sharing all of those details with you along the way.

 But, just quickly, here are a couple photos of the ring, because I clearly know what's most important. ;)


In love with my Asscher cut diamond ring circa 1920's from Lang San Francisco. My jaw dropped when I opened the box. Talk about a surprise!!! WOW! I was beyond surprised. :) 


*sigh*


One happy and lucky girl.