Royal Wedding Fever (One year later)

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m still kinda obsessed over Wills and Kate and still dream about their fairytale wedding. Now that we’re coming up on their 1 year wedding anniversary I’m starting to feel some nostalgia over last year’s beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey. That day, I woke up at 6am to watch (and cry) live – texting back and forth with my mom and sisters about the dress, the guests, Wills and Harry joking at the alter, and everything in between.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite highlights from the 2011 Royal Wedding:

The moment Kate stepped out of the car and saw the thousands gathered to watch her get married…

Pippa helps her big sis get ready to enter the Abbey

The perfect ceremony location. How amazing is Westminster Abbey? Love those tall trees along the aisle. Although, I’m sure the guests who had to sit behind those weren’t that happy.

The Bride and her father walking down the aisle followed by the bridal party.

The moment when Harry looked back and saw that Kate was just feet away from them. He then whispered something into William’s ear and you could see that William had to try HARD not to turn around to take a peek at his bride.

Harry's sneak peek

The crowd gets their first glimpse of them as man and wife — the crowd goes wild!

The happy couple

There’s nothing NOT to love about this moment…the kiss and the flower girl.

The anticipated kiss and annoyed flower girl

Such a cute surprise and ending to the wedding. Simply adorable.

JU5T WED

For those interested in joining the anniversary fever, here is a listing of programming THIS SUNDAY celebrating Wills and Kate’s 12 months of wedded bliss.

BBC America
6AM & 11AM – William and Kate: A Fairytale Romance
2:30PM – Britain’s Royal Weddings
4:30PM – Royal Wedding Highlights Anniversary Special

Cheerio mates!

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/27 Edition

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m so happy March is upon us…it’s my favorite month of the year. The weather is just gorgeous in Miami, there are lots of fun outdoor events to attend, and I get to celebrate another birthday!

Let’s get to my favorite posts from the week of February 27th:

My home office gets a lot of use. I occasionally work from home, and frequently do some late night work from there as well. We’ve done a decent job decorating the room in greys, whites and pops of green. However, after seeing this office – described as heaven’s front office – I’m thinking of doing a white-out redo! Check out Virginia’s blog – Live Love DIY – to see more of this redo, and check out the back of the office chair.

Heaven's Front Office by Live Love DIY

Heaven's Front Office by Live Love DIY

When I was planning my wedding I learned how important lighting is to help set the mood for the night. Up lighting in a color that helps accentuate your color scheme ties the whole room together. Monogram lighting is like the cherry on top. I personally didn’t have monogram lighting, but that’s only becuase I hadn’t seen this one featured on Style Me Pretty. How cute is this?

Monogram Lighting

Monogram Lighting

I’m fascinated by furniture referbs. My sister-in-law, Fit Chick on the Fly, recently completed a gorgeous project for her master bedroom that I’m hoping she’ll post soon, but for now here’s an amazing dresser refurbished for a baby nursery. I love the lace feature on the drawers and it seems like it’s SUPER easy to accomplish. Just lay the lace down and spray over it!!! Check out the full story on The Stories A & Z and little B.

Lace Dresser for Baby Nursery

Lace Dresser for Baby Nursery

I’m kinda over the rustic wedding trend. I guess it depends on the setting, but for the most part I’m desiring to see some super luxurious, glam weddings. This week Style Me Pretty featured an elegant wedding themed after Alice In Wonderland that really caught my eye. The tablescape created for the reception was so elegant and colorful. The lighting, mostly candlelight, creates an ultra romantic vibe.

Wonderland Inspired Tablescape

Wonderland Inspired Tablescape

I love this cake featured on Hostess with the Mostess! My birthday is coming up so what if I make my own super girly pink cake? I think it’s a great idea!

Easy, girly pink cake

Easy, girly pink cake

Check out my latest pins here.

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/20 Edition

As you can tell by the silence on Casa Martinez this week, I’ve been a little busy. Last weekend I went to Disney World and Legoland to celebrate my nephew’s 8th birthday. We had a great time, but was a pretty tiring fun-filled weekend. Then on Tuesday morning I had to wake up bright and early to be a good citizen and report to jury duty. It was touch-and-go there for a few hours, but thankfully my stint in jury duty only lasted one day. Needless to say these events threw off my entire week!

Without further ado, let’s get to my favorite posts for the week of February 20th:

I love Key West so when I saw this fun, beach-casual wedding held at the Southernmost House I melted. Key West is a very unique place filled with many interesting characters and stories – from Ernest Hemingway and his cats, to the roosters that share the sidewalks with humans, to the fascinating stories about pirates and ghosts. It’s a place that my husband and I are very fond of and have spent several special moments there (our first trip together was to Key West and we’ve celebrated three New Years there).

Key West Wedding

Key West Wedding

So apparently my home decorating style is called “Transitional” which I only learned this week through Houzz.com. It’s sort of funny because I never felt like my style was really Modern, Traditional, or  Eclectic. I like bits and pieces of each style to represent my tastes, and most importantly putting something together that feels homey and comfortable.  Houzz’s defines Transitional style as “blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with the clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary look”, but also says that it can really be combination of any decorating style as long as it casual and comfortable. As you see on their post, Transitional style uses neutrals, but by no means does that mean dull — there are fun pieces, pops of color, and patterns that keep this style interesting.

What do YOU think? Is the Transitional style for those who are indecisive? Or do you think it’s a way to enjoy each style and represent the different facets of your personality?

South Boston Living Room contemporary living room

I’ve been following Lily for a few months now and I really like her attainable, budget friendly style. Honestly, the style of some of the blogs I follow either aren’t realistic from a day-to-day perspective (aka too funky or uncomfortable) or are just out of my budget range; however, Lily keeps it real. I love that she always shares where she purchased her pieces which are usually places like Old Navy, Gap, Marshalls, and Forever 21. TOTALLY, TOTALLY reasonable!

Keep it up Lily!

Lily's Cute Workstyle

Lily's Cute Workstyle

For the past two years my Christmas decor has been an elegant combination of silver and gold. Both shades feel classic and timeless and so the combination, well done,  is just spectacular. However, after the Holiday season I pack away this amazing combo which is not to be seen again for another 11 months.

I love Houzz’s post on how to master the mix of gold and silver around your home despite the seasons. I prefer the combinations that include a shade of white which helps balance the bold statement you’re making with the gold and silver and neutralizes the space.

Independence, MN traditional bedroom

Check out my latest pins on Pinterest.

Favorite posts of the week – 2/10 Edition

I hope everyone had a great week! The weather in Miami has been grey and rainy for the past few days so I’m glad the week is coming to a close.

There were a ton of inspirational posts this week which made it difficult to narrow down my favorites. I hope you enjoy! Here are my favorites for the week of February 6th:

Mike and I have a furbaby and so the day that we have a real baby we’ll need to recreate this picture I found on Chic & Cheap Nursery. When I stumbled upon this earlier this week I pinned it to my “Bebe” board and in less than 20 minutes had over 100 repins. People crazy for babies and dogs.

By Hanna Mac Photography

I loved so much of Sarah Lederman’s home tour featured on the Glitter Guide. I got very excited when I read that she lives in Miami Beach, and totally loved the clean and casual-sophisticated vibe she’s created in her apartment. Sarah uses lots of whites, beiges, and browns throughout her home with a few pops of color (POC) in light tones of pink, blue, and green. I really like the use of books as little vignettes in her office, living room, and entry.

Love the styling of this entry way table

Apparently, Sarah shares my obsession with Etsy (honestly, who doesn’t?) and had these maps custom made by a seller on Etsy. I love the idea and love the styling of these frames even more.

Custom-made maps above the bed

Custom-made maps above the bed

Another thing I’m excited about is that I was introduced to a new blog as Sarah is a fashion/home blogger. She’s been added to my Google Reader! Check her out at Chevron & Stripes.

If you’ve ever contemplated a destination wedding, this one featured on Style Me Pretty will convince you in a heartbeat. This spiritual wedding was set in the island of Moorea (west of Tahiti) in French Polynesia. Mike and I just went to Hawaii in December so this post made me yearn for our return to the beautiful, friendly islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Destination Wedding in Moorea, French Polynesia

Breathtaking wedding portrait

Do yourself a favor and just click through to to A Diary of Lovely’s post about her ideal cottage home. EVERYTHING about this English cottage will make you wish you were living a quaint, farm life with your hubbie, a few goats and a pig. (Okay, that’s a big commitment, maybe just imagine how quiet and  beautiful that life could be.)

A quaint cottage life

A quaint cottage life

Red Carpet Inspiration – Trends from SAGs and Golden Globes

My favorite part of Hollywood’s award season is spending the days after the awards shows pouring over the different red carpet looks. Although many of the designers celebrities wear on the red carpet are out of reach for us “average” girls, I always find fun in pulling inspiration from these celebrity looks and trying to find more budget-friendly alternatives.

I have a wedding coming up in March and so I’m in the market for a new dress! I took at look at my favorite dresses from the SAG and Golden Globes and found similar looks on some of my favorite sites. (I’ve done all the leg-work for you…you’re welcome!)

Racey Lacey

Lace is HUGE this year! Michelle Williams wore an adorable, coral dress that I included as one of my favorite looks. I found a way to wear this hot trend – also worn by Emma Stone, Stacy Keibler, and Jessica Biel – in a cocktail dress or formal dress.

Cocktail - Nanette Lepore via Piperlime
Formal - BCBGMaxazria
Sequin in a deep V

Even in her Cherrios cheerleading uniform, Naya Rivera is pretty hot. She really rocked it last weekend at the SAG awards in this deep V sequin dress. Also in sequin this award season – Nicole Richie and Maria Menounos both wore this hot trend at the Golden Globes.

Cocktail - BCBGMaxazria
Formal - Scala via edressme.com
Ruched (and one shoulder)

Hello super duper sexy Lea Michele! She’s obviously trying to break out of her geeky, Rachel Berry shell – and WOW! She’s owning the sexpot look with that red carpet pose! I really love BOTH of these trends – one shoulder and ruched. The BCBGMaxazria formal option is totally something I would see myself wearing to the upcoming March wedding. What do YOU think?

Cocktail - Soprano via Nordstrom
Formal - BCBGMaxazria via Nordstrom
Baby got Back..(open back, that is!)

Clarie Danes must HATE this, but every time I see her I’m taken back to the days where she was Angela on My So Called Life. One of my absolute favorite shows…ever! Clarie always looks amazing and has fabulous style; her Golden Globes look was no disappointment. The front was gorgeous, but the back…WOW! I’m loving the cocktail dress I found from BCBGMaxazria – it actually pulls of two of the trends we’ve talked about today!

Cocktail - BCBGMaxazria 
Formal - BCBGMaxazria

 

What were some of your favorite red carpet so far from this year’s award season?


Favorite posts of the Week – 1/27 Double Edition

Okay, okay…I slacked off last week. So this week my list is going to be longer and more fabulous! So, let’s get to it….

Here are my favorite posts from the last TWO weeks:

So you know you watch House Hunters and Property Virgins on HGTV living vicariously through those home buyers as they search for the “perfect” master bedroom, two car garage, or outdoor living space. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t in a position to trade our current digs for a brand new home. This week Houzz.com is here to help! In a post titled “How to Improve the Home You Have” they featured tips on how to knock down walls to attain that “open concept” feel, or enhance your curb appeal by adding a pop of color to your front door, or (my fav) make a bunch of holes in your exterior walls and add floor to ceiling windows!!

Staying Put by Duo Dickinson traditional living room

Okay, fine – I admit it! I still follow wedding blogs. The weddings featured on Style Me Pretty are just too beautiful to not gush over on a daily basis. However, this Hindu/Jewish/Christian Fusion wedding stood out to me. The colors, the tradition, ugh…just gorgeous. I’ve attended Jewish and Christian weddings, but seriously can someone please invite me to a Hindu wedding?

Seriously, how amazing is this?

It’s never too early to start collecting inspiration for your future baby’s nursery, right? Everyone on Pinterest knows what I mean. Well anyway….this week Apartment Therapy featured a Music Inspired Nursery which had a modern twist. I loved that it had a more mature feel with the striped carpet, black-white color scheme with only pops of color, and modern crib and chair. How do you feel about this  “mature” nursery? BTW – how cute is the name Mila? A potential add to my running baby name list? Hmmm…

A linen dress, sun-kissed skin, a warm breeze in the air, and a cold glass of lemonade….this is what i picture when I read through this post by Coco+Kelley.  All of the rooms featured in this post are bright, sunny, and simple with a few fun rattan accents – chairs, beach bags, etc – and a few unique pieces – like a zebra patterned rug – that add some fun to the rooms. Here’s their roundup for how to achieve this look in your home:

Coco+Kelley: Interiors to Inspire

Have you ever stumbled upon something online and thought “Hey! That was my idea”? Well this week I saw this website featured on a fashion blog and almost died. I swear I thought of this idea when I first married my husband. I used to live in a house full of women where we shared clothes, shoes, jewelry and, best of all, helped critique each others outfits. BUT, when I got married and moved in with my hubbie I basically had to fend for myself (for the first time) and figure out my own outfit choices. One day while pondering this fact I thought “wouldn’t it be great if I could upload a picture of myself and have people comment on whether they liked the outfit or not AND even provide suggestions”? Well the GENIUSES at Fashionfy had the same idea and actually made it come to fruition!!! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Maybe it’s becuase I’m a workaholic, but I’m always drawn to lovely office spaces.  This week La Dolce Vita featured two very different home office spaces – and I’m having such a hard time deciding which one I love more. Option #1 – an elegant, dramatic, feminine space that just screams I’m a powerful business woman or Option #2 – a clean, zen space where you can spend many productive hours getting lots of work done.

Which of these two is more your style?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Boudoir Session: Do or Don’t?

Seriously, who doesn’t like to flaunt their stuff in some cute lingerie for their man? But how many of us are confident enough to flaunt it in front of a photographer … and even more to have it made into a photobook that your dad or kids can find? Ekkk…

I find boudoir sessions fascinating, and admire the women who have enough confidence to pull it off. Every time I stumble upon some pictures I envision what my boudoir session could look like – and I’ve even pinned a few inspirational shots, but at the end of the day I don’t think this is something I would ever do.

First of all I don’t think the camera loves me — and I don’t necessarily love the camera either, as I discovered during my wedding. Secondly, I’d probably need too many tequila shots to be able to “turn on” the sexy, but that only means I’ll have blood shot eyes. lol. And finally, what the heck am I to do with all of these pictures? The whole point is to give it to my hubbie for him to enjoy, but after he’s looked at it a few times what is he supposed to do with it? Stuff it in his sock drawer? That doesn’t sound very sexy to me.

Anyway, I’ll keep fantasizing about my boudoir session. Join me in picturing your own — here’s some inspiration….

From CasaMartinez

Tell me! Would you do it?