Tuesday, December 16, 2014

holiday masquerade ball

nothing kicks off the holidays more than a 
good party.. especially a masquerade ball.
google put on quite the event and i joked 
that we channeled our inner nate & serena 
for this, or is that little j behind the mask? :)
{haha - for those of you who get this reference}
the san francisco design center is gorgeous and
it was the perfect setting for this ball.
loved this night with these friends ^^
our fancy non-alcoholic drinks :)
shirley temple + cranberry/orange/7up pleaseee!
^^ we spun the wheel of fortune and landed on
the double zero -- apparently a rare occurrence!
men in masks ^^
^^ love susie & max!
{sorry for the picture of a picture}
^^ haha i LOVE this picture of chase's face all lit
up while getting his fortune told -- so amazed!
^^ more fortunes.. this one was a good one.

^^ we got our caricature drawn and it was 
so so scary of me -- but chase looked like a 
movie star so what does that tell us?

and even after a dinner out before + lots of 
food at the party, we couldn't resist a food truck
at midnight ... casey's pizza, you hit the spot! ^^



Monday, December 15, 2014

holiday giveaway with nailed boutique!

the holidays are fast approaching, and when i was in 
salt lake city a few weeks ago for a wedding, i stopped 
into one of my favorite spots for some pampering + 
shopping. nailed is the best nail salon AND boutique 
and i knew i could find some good new clothes for
the holidays as well as gifts... i love it so much that
the owner trish and i decided we are going to do 
a little giveaway for all of you this week before we head
back! we picked out a darling top that is perfect for
holiday parties, + a lovely travel kit to go with it.

so in honor of the holidays and my hometown, 
the giveaway is below.  there's only one mandatory 
step to enter.. and then a few bonus entries below. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
so, just follow @nailed_boutique on instagram 
and tag 5 friends in their giveaway photo. you
can do the same for @emi on insta. 
that's the only mandatory step! 
bonus facebook entries are listed below that,
and as a final bonus you can comment below with
which upcoming holiday party you would wear this to!
--or-- you can tell me what upcoming trip you would
use this travel kit on :) either way, hope you enter!
here are a few photos of this darling shop..
i'll be back in for a mani/pedi over christmas!
how cute is this place? this is the entry,
and then the salon is in the back part! ^^
here's a close-up of the cute blouse you can win ^^
and here's the travel kit with their own line of products --
green tea soap, shampoo + conditioner, salt scrub & cream!

and to give you a taste of the rest of the cute store:

^^ the pedicures here last forever! 
also, cutest socks to pamper your feet even more.

i picked up this cute long sweater here and wore it to
the airport (as you can see in the selfie above :) ^^
thanks nailed for being a favorite stop when in SLC!
enter away!
giveaway ends friday at midnight and we
will notify the winner to pick up or get it
shipped by this weekend! cheers!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

home for a december wedding

a few weeks ago right after we got home from india,
i hopped on another plane {that same night} and flew
to salt lake city for the cutest friend's wedding. 

it was a little crazy after 30 hours of traveling to come 
home, unpack, repack and get on another plane, but 
very worth it to have a quick visit home and see megan
tie the knot! i love any excuse to go home, see
favorite people, celebrate an event, & just be there.
it was quick, but here are a few highlights!
i'm glad i'll be back very soon with chase to
celebrate the holidays, but this was a good dose!
^^ i got in lateee and very jet-lagged, and my cute
brother and sis-in-law had the best and coziest set
up waiting for me. they had guests in their basement
yet still let me stay over on their pull-out! coming
straight from india made me really appreciate this
cozy winter scene & i slept so well after all that flying.
couldn't be a cuter hostess ^^
since chase and i had just been in india for thanksgiving a
few days before and my parents are in jo-burg, my darling 
sister-in-law hosted a thanksgiving with my siblings the
sunday after. we did tri-tip instead of turkey since they
had all just had thanksgiving, and it was the most amazing
meal after lots of indian food :) it was so fun to be with them.
^^ missing brady in the above picture {taking the pic} 
and chase...and of course my parents in SA! 
there is nothing like sunday dinner at home.
nothing. it's one of the things i miss most! ^^
and i got to make homemade pumpkin pies ^^
^^ we never get to come straight home from trips 
with gifts for family since we live away, but this
time i could! i brought these little elephants home
for the little ones since they both love them!
we had the fun wedding dinner monday night ^^
then downtown the next day for the sealing! ^^
we love our meg! 
the wedding the next day was beautiful, and actually not
too freezing! {thank you utah for going easy on me}
would you look at that darling december bride? ^^
^^ before the reception i fit in a lunch date 
with these two little tinys...obsessed with them.
thank goodness for cafe rio! ^^

i also got to stop by and see my bff's booth
at the christmas art show...so proud of her!

then mindy curled my hair ^^
{i am helpless so thank goodness}

and it was off to the pretty winter barn wedding ^^
it was beyond beautiful with winter berry colors
and the most glowing bride. i missed having chase 
there with me, but we love the putnams so much! ^^
such a fun celebration with lots of friends from
skyline since joey and meg both went to my high
school -- it was the best. i love love love slc. 
^^ sending them off with pretty ribbons!
said goodbye to family, (be back in a few weeks!) ^^
got my ruby snap fix and saw my cute aunts, ^^
^^ had one last breakfast and said 
goodbye to these cute hosts ^^
and slept just a few hours before a 5 AM flight...
{thanks to chase's amazing parents for waking
up at the crack of dawn to drive me to the airport!!}
i finally made it home in time to get back to work!
what a whirlwind, and the jet lag definitely hit me
after getting back to SF. i'm glad i made it through
these couple of days on adrenaline and had so much
fun at all the wedding events! see you again soon slc!
^^ i'm reluctant to count how many hours of plane rides i've 
been on in the last few weeks...it felt so so good to get 
home to SF, and we've been relaxing and getting ready
to hop on another flight this weekend to head back 
to salt lake for the holidays! yay! see you again soon
salt lake, and thanks for excuse to come to town 
twice in december! love you putnams!

ps-- i sent this to mindy to show her how good she did
on my hair -- it was still curled the next day at work!
{i promise i washed it later that night... haha}