Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Simple Soiree : Friendsgiving Pot Luck

I truly can not believe this will be the fourth year we are celebrating Thanksgiving here in London. Our first year in London we went out to eat with a group of friends and for the past two years have hosted a Friendsgiving party at our flat on Saturday evening. For most Americans living abroad, we do not get the day off at work. Thanksgiving here is known and some restaurants serve a special feast on Thursday. This year however, with such a busy year and a lot of recent projects, we have decided to pair it down a bit on one of my favorite holidays. That being said, I thought to myself, what about the idea of a simple Friendsgiving soiree pot luck dinner. A day where everyone signs up to bring something, simple non floral centerpieces, a festive punch, I think it sounds like a 
wonderful reason to get friends together, American or not!

1. What to DECORATE with : Buy some simple small pumpkins or even fruit {apples, pears, squash} and spray paint it in metallic colors. Lay the finished products on some Kraft paper instead of a fancy table cloths and mix in some inexpsenive table lights. Voila! Fancy, pretty, simple table decor. Montana Gold Spray Paint  Table Fairy Lights Kraft paper table roll

2. What to SERVE: Have everyone sign up to bring a dish. Instead of going through the hassle of cooking a turkey {let alone the COST of a British Turkey, not cheap! Why are turkey's here so much more expensive!}, make this recipe of Turkey Thanksgiving Day Meatballs! We visited this restaurant when we were in NYC and it was AMAZING. This is what I am making Mr. Beau and I on Thursday. Order a pie from your local bakery, make some pre portioned stuffing muffins and don not forget to make something easy to drink like a big bowl of Autumn sangria!  Gobble Gobble Turkey Meatballs    Apple Sangria Cornbread Stuffing Muffins Hummingbird Bakery Pumpkin Pie Beaujolais Nouveau 

3. Forget the CHINA: Yes, I know, this is me, Mrs. Entertaining lover, but honestly, I am saying it, use paper! You will thank me. It will be easier and now a days there are SO many cute options! Buy some gold paper plates and while I love a glass, why not get these cute paper cups and write everyones names on them. Paper Mash Gold Scallop Cup 

4. Wrap up the LEFTOVERS: Write guests a thank you note and tuck it into a little box full of leftovers so that they can have it at their home. A personal little note goes such a long way! Peach Blossom Kraft Brown Food Box & Washi Tape & Wooden CutleryQuill London Thank You Tape Quill London Thank You Card Set Sugar Paper LA

If you are an American living in London, it isn't too late to get some Thanksgiving goodies. Ocado still has plenty of Pumpkin Pie Puree ! Even though you may miss your family that are miles away, be thankful for the wonderful friends you have nearby. Happy Friendsgiving! 

xoxo Rebecca

*If you liked this post you may like: Friendsgiving Cocktail Party | Happy Hour: Champagne Pear Cocktail

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Running a Marathon

You may have seen over on Instagram recently, but incase you missed it, I've been training for the NYC Marathon this past summer and completed the big race two weeks ago. Yep, you read correctly, the NYC marathon, 26.2 miles, it was a long Sunday morning jog! Over the past 13 years I have now completed five marathons, not going to lie, I'm pretty proud to say that. I have to be honest though, I think five is good for me, I think I'm done....for now. This race was a very different experience since my last marathon over five years ago. Mr. Beau and I trained together and with such busy schedules recently, this run was a HUGE commitment of our lives. If you are currently thinking of running a 5k, 10k or a big old 26.2 miles, I thought I would share a few of my thoughts "words of wisdom" on my marathon training tips. For those of you who think I am crazy, well, I'll be posting more entertaining ideas soon;) 
{morning of the race, my gear. Sparkly Soul headband and all! very on brand for Glimmer & Threads!}

Monday, November 9, 2015

Wedding Blog Awards 2015

Hello everyone! As you may have noticed, I took a little time off writing. I have been travelling and planning events and my my, just a busy month, but I told myself, I had to get around to post about the Blog Awards and say....THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who voted! I have been nominated for the past two years and this year I was honored with Highly Commended in my category, so thank you so much for taking the time to vote. Not only to vote, but also to read my blog. I love sharing ideas, travels, shopping ideas and so much more over here. Over the next few months I have some fun features coming your way and can't wait to post them. A lot of lifestyle ideas, party ideas, entertaining, health, so keep on reading. Thank you! 
Below are a few pictures from the night. Thanks again.
A lot of you have asked me where I got this cute little emerald dress, adorable right? Jennifer with Suite let me borrow it for the occasion.  This dress is the Golightly dress and it was SUCH a fun party dress to wear for the night. It was comfortable and pretty. You MUST check out the Suite line for any special occasion you have coming up. I think her dresses would make amazing bridesmaids dresses. You also must check out her instagram feed at @suite_jennifer for some pretty, girly, party dress filled posts, all things I love. Thank you so much Jennifer.

Thank you for voting for me and for allowing me to get Highly Commended Best Travel Blog. My blog is nowhere near a full wedding blog, I am writing more and more lifestyle and focusing my weddings over at my business Glimmer & Threads. It was such a treat to even be included. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

I Fancy Friday v. 51

Oh Friday, how I love seeing you come around! It has been a really great week of planning some new ideas for upcoming recipes, photo shoots and attending events. The Wedding Blog awards were yesterday and it was so great to meet up with some really amazing UK wedding industry friends! {see the hashtag #weddingblogwards}. We are off to Holland tomorrow and even though it is a super quick weekend trip, I am really looking forward to a little get away for the weekend! I hope you are getting into something nice for the next few days as well! Below are a few things I fancied from the week, what have you been up to? 

Happy Friday! xoxo Becca

1. A Garden Gathering on SMP Living  - this is one of the prettiest baby showers I have seen. How gorgeous are these flowers! 

2. Boho luxe kylee yee shoot - It was fun to see my linens on the beach all the way in Australia! Check out the entire feature, it is gorgeous. 

3. kate spade All in Good Taste Book  - to say I am excited for this book to come out is an understatement. Kate Spade, entertaining, two of my favorites! 

4. Jessica Buurman bag - I have a thing for cross body bags right now. I love them! I love a really sophisticated every day cross body bag that you can mix for day or night, and this may just be your size. 

5. Golightly party dress by Suite Jennifer - My BLOG AWARDS dress!!!! You must check out Suite Jennifer  if you are looking for a new cocktail party, Her designs are timeless, way chic and way fun! I'm a bit loving.....everything!

6. Adventure begins print   - Hi cute London pink door print! 

7. Mademoiselle Prive Chanel London  - really hoping to get to this show ASAP! 

8. DIY Macaron Display  - I keep dreaming of how fabulous these would be on display at a party. yes. must get done some time. 

9. Carrot Cake Cookies - yum. yum. yum. I've been limiting my sugar for the race but am still craving something sweet! These cookies sound like a perfect solution. 

10. Halloween Costume: Kissing Sailor Couple -or- DIY Pineapple - We are going to be in NYC for Halloween. Do you think I should be a pineapple or that cute couple? 

Happy Friday! 

xoxo Becca

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Style On The Big Day: Charlotte Mills Bridal

You are talking to a lady who loves a nice pair of shoes. I mean, I actually wrote a blog post during my 30th birthday all about my birthday present to myself, shoes. So when it came to my wedding day, I knew I wanted some fun shoes, something with a bow and well something pink and different. I had a shoe in mind that was something very similar to the lovely designer that I am introducing you to today, Charlotte Mills Bridal Shoes. I would have LOVED to have worn her beautiful shoes on my big day and am so excited to share her collection with you today. A UK based designer, Charlotte's shoes are gorgeous and are certainly a stylish keepsake that will always make you remember your wedding day when you put them on to wear to a party for years to come. 
{Photo by Jonny Draper}
{Photo by Kylee Yee Photography, styled by Me!}

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Hour: Champagne Pear Cocktail

I had a really wonderful weekend! A busy weekend, but a weekend full of fun projects and attending a lovely and thoughtful workshop. It was one of those weekends that really got my creative mind going and I loved it. The gorgeous fall weather outside also may have helped make me feel a little pep in my step possibly. It was gorgeous outside in London. The weather has officially changed into autumn, my favorite season! A time full of apples and pears and pumpkins and sweater and all of those lovely things! To celebrate the great few days I've had why not celebrate with a cocktail? Right? How about a delicious Champagne Pear Cocktail
 Last week my recipe and collaboration I styled and put together with Maxeen Kim  and Tea America was featured on one of my favorite sites, Style Me Pretty Living. A mix of all lovely fall goodies; pears, figs and a little bit of bubbly. All of these things mixed together and it is a wonderful to reason to celebrate the season ahead. 
 With so many exciting adventures ahead this season; growing my business, an upcoming lovely collaborated photo shoot, heading to NYC to run marathon #5, the blog awards and so many other bits here and there, I think a Monday afternoon is the perfect time to celebrate happy hour! 
Cheers to the season ahead! I hope the chilly fresh air and the colorful leaves get you as excited as it gets me. New ideas get rolling in my mind, new projects get spinning in my head. Cheers to that! 

Check out the entire feature with the recipe for the cocktail and delicious naked cakes HERE at Style Me Pretty Living

xoxo Rebecca

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Something Blue

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Maybe it is because I am a September baby and I will always love my birthstone the Sapphire. Maybe it is also because I love the celebration of a wedding and the traditional something blue aspect of the day. A few days ago my friend introduced me to this gorgeous engagement ring designer, Bear Brooksbank, and it was her collection of stunning sapphire rings that caught me eye. The idea of having a beautiful sparkly sapphire on your wedding day as your something blue is fabulous. If not a sparkly blue ring, how about some shiny blue nails. I think there is a little way to add that bit of blue splash into your big day whether its your bridesmaids dresses, a bouquet, a cocktail ring or even some fabulous shoes. 

Happy Wedding Planning! 

xoxo - Rebecca

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