Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve 2010

One day I hope to have a large house and lots of money (don't we all!?!) so I can throw the best parties ever! Not the type that you feel obligated to go to, but the kind that friends and family can't wait to attend. Until then, I will just have to plan them in my imagination, and here, on my blog. I hope you will indulge me as I plan and scheme, both as a place to record the ideas and maybe inspire other people. After all, who doesn't love a party?

My favorite parties are the kind that delight all your senses.

To See:
Gold, charcoal & silver decorations.

Loving the idea of decorating with clocks for the big New Years Eve countdown.

To Smell:
Scentsy: Hemingway, earthy yet still a little holiday-ish

To Hear:

Turn on pandora. My current favorite music consists of a quickmix made up of my Colbie Caillat, Michael Buble, Billie Holliday, and Regina Spektor. Or if you are looking to make your own mix be sure to include

"Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra
"Golden Years," David Bowie
"It Had to Be You," Harry Connick Jr.
“Footprints” Bare Naked Ladies
"Night Time Is the Right Time," Ray Charles
"Put Your Records On," Corinne Bailey Rae
"Rock Steady," Aretha Franklin
"Save the Last Dance for Me," Michael Buble
"My Revolution" Shedaisy
"Auld Lang Syne" Bare Naked Ladies
"The Best Is Yet to Come," Tony Bennett

To Taste :
A little something for everyone. Appetizers make new years feel like a party!

For Dessert: Hot Chocolate Bar

In Spain it is a tradition to quickly eat 12 grapes at midnight, so why not serve them as the garnish for your "sparkling cider" and toast to the new year.

To Touch:
Allow each partygoer to make their own noise makers. Learn to make on Martha

Make light of New Year’s resolutions by turning them into a guessing game. Give partygoers cards (download the New Year Playing Cards) and have guests finish the sentences with hopeful wishes―or tongue-in-cheek witticisms. Gather the cards, read them aloud randomly, then let the gang try to figure out who wrote what.  (idea and image from Real

Happy New Year!


Interesting article on MSN today entitled "Are you a Feminist or a Feminine-ist?" Its great to see the pendulum moving back the other direction to hopefully create an acceptance of balance. Feminine-ism is a concept I can get behind. Here is an excerpt:
"As a card-carrying "feminine-ist," I am here to tell you that feeling sexy is what helps me to be my most powerful and successful self, and being powerful and successful also helps me feel sexy! As "feminine-ists," we definitely don't need to make the choice between feminine or powerful and successful. We should and must try to embrace both choices simultaneously." - Karen Salmansohn

To read the entire article, click here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Media Moment - Sherlock Holmes

My review: Stellar!
The classic Sherlock Holmes story told in modern style. One critic said:

“It's more like a Victorian mash-up of Batman and James Bond than it is inspired by Doyle's original tales of observational genius.” - James Rocchi, Special to MSN Movies
Which is pretty much what is needed to make it in today’s society. I thought Guy Ritchie did a great job of appealing to all movie goers. Although not greatly interested in the plot concerning black magic, I found myself wishing I’d have paid closer attention at the end when Holmes unravels the truth.

It was the detail that set it apart for me.
1. I loved be allowed to get inside the head of the crime solving mastermind and see how the details would be played out.

2. The making of a beautiful Industrial Revolution era England (who would have thought THAT could be beautiful, it was so dirty back then!) complete with the unfinished London Bridge, was spectacular.

3. Finally the costuming for the… MEN! Great classic style mixed with modern elements; fabulous fabrics, textures, hats, 3 piece suits, scarves, hair, each piece perfectly tailored to portray each character. Absolutely stunning! I hope this will have a great influence on men’s fashion in the coming months. Especially because my husband looks so great in these types of clothes.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Family Portrait 2009

We took these family portraits ourselves back behind the Empress Theatre and had them printed at Costco. I know we're cheap, but it sure was fun. A friend of mine told me that while her sister was at work, at Costco, the guy processing the pictures that day held up our 16x20in picture to show the other employees and said "No family is really this happy!" She looked at him and then looked at the picture and said "I know that girl (me) and I think they probably are."

Isn't that cute!?! A. that he would percieve our typical family picture that way, and B. that my friend would say that about us. I was totally flattered!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Gingerbread Creations

Need a fresh idea for your traditional gingerbread house? Check out the awesome architecture of these confections. Good enough to eat!

Images courtesy of apartment therapy

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Modern Traditionalist

Where traditional values and the modern world collide

For my 100th post I have decided to launch my new blog identity as The Modern Traditionalist. I will be talking more about keeping the traditional values that I believe keep us happy, safe, healthy, stable, spiritual, and just generally comfortable while putting a fresh twist on things by living and keeping up with this modern world we live in.

I feel the pull of these seemingly contradictory concepts everyday as I wake up in my city dwelling and drive to my work, a modern architecture firm, strive to be a “professional” (fake it ‘til you make it, right!) and then return home at the end of the day yearning to cook for my husband, beautify my home, serve in my church, spend time with family, and create with my own two hands. I love that right now, I get to have the best of both worlds and that is why I want to show that rather than conflicting, modern and traditional can co-exist.

Welcome to my blog, The Modern Traditionalist!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Alice Lane Home Collection

While designing my dream living room (on paper), I was searching for a beautiful white tufted couch available in Utah. Not only did I have a hard time finding the right image, I had a hard time finding anything even close to what I was imagining. Until I read about Alice Lane on Stephmodo's blog (I love blogs!). Low and behold, I found this beautiful couch

and other great pieces too. I knew I had to check out the store because of the beauty I found on their website. I talked my mom into joining me on a little outing to Orem to check it out.

As I walked in, it was as if Angels were singing ~ and I just entered my personal heaven. Everything was beautiful and I felt really defined my style. Check it out! I hope you love it as much as I do!