Magnolia – Weston Farms

bluejayurnThere is one green that is my “go to” during the holidays….and that’s magnolia. It certainly holds a certain Southern charm for me and I love its hearty, sturdy, green/brown leaves. It’s perfect on a mantle, along a sideboard, tucked into bookshelves or stuffed into a champagne bucket. And, it lasts!

No one is growing it more beautifully than Erin Weston of Weston Farms in Raleigh, North Carolina. 14 years ago, Erin left a publishing career in NYC to try her hand at farming in her native state. It was a smart bet, as she now grows more than 10,000 trees and is turning those magnolias into stunning garlands, lush arrangements and statement wreaths that are heralded by Traditional Home, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, interior designers and event planners across the country.

Lucky for you…she ships! And, even luckier, her arrangements make a luxurious, impactful, thoughtful gift for those folks on your list that you just haven’t gotten to yet. Perhaps you’re struggling with what to get them. I know I’d be thrilled to open a box of Erin’s designs. Her magnolia will dry and age and be able to be used again and again, so it’s really a value compared to what you would pay for an arrangement or poinsettia that just won’t last.

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Sometimes the prettiest things are the simplest. Simply beautiful, like these magnolias by Weston Farms. Time to dress up your mantle!




Holiday Gift – Flytographer For Everyone + Discount

Mother+Daughter+Trip+to+San+Diego+|+San+Diego+Vacation+PhotographerAll the holiday cards are rolling in and I love seeing the faces of so many people I care about, whether I see them once a week or once every few years. And, many of my favorites have photographs that were taken by a professional. This allows for the whole family to be in the photo and for exceptional clarity.

Which brings me to this week’s gift suggestion. Give a Flytographer session. For the milestone birthday party. The mother-daughter trip. The family vacation. The honeymoon. The bacherlorette party. The proposal. The babymoon. The family reunion. Basically, every person you know has some special event in their life every year (or should!) that deserves to be recorded in the most professional fashion.

Flytographer has so many different packages that there is one for every budget. This is definitely one of the best gifts I gave myself when our family traveled to Florence, Italy and one of the services I most frequently recommend.

Hawaii. Disneyland. Rome. Paris. London. Seattle. Palm Springs. Edinburgh. Maui. Napa. NYC. They have photographers in over 160 cities and if you’re going someplace that isn’t on the list, just reach out to them.Amalfi+Coast+Honeymoon+in+Ravello+|+Italy+Vacation+Photographer HONG+KONG+FAMILY+TRAVEL+|+FLYTOGRAPHER+VACATION+PHOTOGRAPHER elena-036 FLYTOGRAPHER+Vacation+Proposal+Photographer+in+Dublin Romantic+Couples+Photo+Shoot+in+Seoul+|+Seoul+Vacation+Photographer Family+Vacation+in+London+|+London+Vacation+Photographer Family+Vacation+in+London+|+London+Vacation+Photographer-1 Bachelorette+Party+in+Miami+|+Miami+Vacation+Photographer cancun+bachelorette+beach+party

Making it even easier to give this gift, my friends at Flytographer are offering my readers $50 off any new booking or gift card purchase from now until March 31, 2016 with the code “prettypinktulips“.

So, if you’re looking for one more great thing…this is it! Or treat your own family to a shoot on the slopes over the holidays or wherever you’ll be for Spring Break.

And, next year….your holiday card will be the one everyone oohs and ahhhs over!


Great Gift Ideas – Art by Paste

I am completely smitten by the collage work of artist, Denise Fiedler of Paste in San Francisco. Denise takes vintage papers and somehow creates these charming works of art. I was first introduced to Denise’s work by friend, author and shop owner, Ted Kennedy Watson, who carries her work in his shop, Watson Kennedy Fine Living in Seattle, WA. 
From flowers, to iconic landmarks to animals, Denise captures the essence and charm of all her subjects. 
Her dog portraits were of particular interest….how precious are these pups?! She has prints of all your favorite breeds.
And, best yet….she does commissions. Here’s the one she did of our dog, Molly. It looks just like her!!
Not a dog person….fear not, she does birds, cats and I’m sure any other creature you adore.

 And, she has a fun assortment of market items….this champagne bottle and cupcake caught my eye!

Want to make a smaller commitment? Check out her line of gift tags!

Need something with color? Love these city compositions. Especially great for someone who lives there or longs to visit.

Who knew the art of cutting and pasting could look so good all grown up?!