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Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine Happy New Years Eve! While shopping for a Christmas sweater at Talbots, I came across this skirt. I tried it on and loved it. And best of all, it has pockets! Pockets in a skirt make it so much better.

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

Northwest Pearls: Holiday Shine

 

What's something you'll be wearing for the holidays?

Housewarming

Northwest Pearls: Navy Stripes and White This past weekend I got to go see some friends' new apartment. They threw a housewarming party and it was great to see where they're now living, how they've decorated, and them! I wish I had my own place to decorate how I'd like but it's fun to see theirs. We've got a similar style. I don't know if their fireplace works or not, but they had candles in the fireplace and it was pretty cute. F

For a housewarming party, if you wanted you could bring a gift. To welcome a friend to a new home you could bring:

  • Wine
  • Flowers
  • A gift basket of fruits or bath accessories
  • A board game
  • A plant
  • Or something else!

Do you have any other housewarming gift ideas?

 

Skirt: Loft (old) (similar here and here)

Shirt: Loft (old) (similar here)

Shoes: Crown by Born from Nordstrom

Watch: Anne Klein from Nordstrom (old) (Similar here, here, and here)

Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

For the first part of A's bachelorette party, we went on a hike at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. But it wasn't just a hike, it was a hike with llamas. Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

The llamas carried some of our water and led the way. I've been to Garden of the Gods and was expecting to go through the paved and manicured paths, but we went up into the hills behind the main area.

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

There weren't as many people up in the hills on the trail, but the ones we did see were interested to see a bridal party that involved llamas.

The bride wore a sash that said "Bride To Be" and the rest of us had pins that said "Team Bride." I found these things at Michael's in their wedding section.

The hike was really beautiful. There were some gorgeous viewpoints of the rocks.

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

We hiked to an area with picnic tables and got out our lunches from a car we'd parked nearby. The llamas were tied up nearby and were a source of interest for everyone going by. After our lunch we hiked back through the main area to where we'd parked our car.

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

Northwest Pearls: Bachelorette Hike at Garden of the Gods

When we got back to the cars, we went to a house where, with a lot of help, I'd gotten decorations, food, and drinks to celebrate with a few more people than could make it on the hike. It was sort of a combo bridal shower/bachelorette party, but it was fun.

Have you ever done a bachelorette party that's been out of the norm?

Wedding Guest Etiquette

Northwest Pearls: Wedding Guest Etiquette

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As wedding season comes upon us, here's a few little etiquette rules that I try to follow:

RSVP. It's incredibly inconsiderate to not reply, even if you're not planning on going. If you know whether or not you're going to attend, then RSVP.

RSVP ASAP. The couple is probably stressing out about wedding stuff so waiting until the last minute to RSVP isn't very nice. Not everyone has an RSVP date on their invitations, but you should try to RSVP as soon as you can.

Buy a gift. This is a rule that I think may have gotten lost in translation for younger generations (or maybe it's just people that I know in the Northwest), but if you are invited, you should get the couple a gift.

Send the gift before the wedding.

Don't show up with an extra person or two if they haven't been invited. The couple has a head-count for the caterer and if they wanted you to bring the person you've been dating or your children, they would have specified and it would be okay. But if they haven't said "and guest" or listed your children's names, then you shouldn't bring them.

And here's a little tip:

When invited, since you're going to get them a gift, buy them something early. That way, if you're buying from the registry, you have many options to choose from.

You can check out more wedding etiquette from Emily Post.

Is there anything you'd add to the list?