The Chinese Lantern Festival was a stunning collection of illuminated art. I would definitely recommend going in the evening when all of the lanterns , flowers, buildings, and animals are lit-up. Lanterns light now through January 6th.
Some people are amazing, and my lovely friend Florence is one of the most benevolent, gracious, and wonderful people I've ever met. Her peaceful and compassionate personality is completely infectious and I am so incredibly lucky to have her as a friend. I've talked about her before on Lavender + Pink (here and here), but you really should take the time and check out her darling blog, MadeByFirenze.
This week, she is bequeathing a super fabulous gift to one lucky reader, and I couldn't resist entering her giveaway! In addition, for every entry she receives she is going to donate half of that dollar amount to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and half to the charity of the winner’s choice. I love this.
With such a selfless giveaway, I felt a little narcissistic selecting a gift for myself. In the end, I decided on a gift for my little home. I recently got married to the coolest man around, and I’m in love with our Dallas apartment. However, it’s our first time cohabiting together so our walls are a little sparse. Today, I am wishing for a little Anthropologie piece to hang up - to be exact a Handpainted Still Life Monogram “C”.
Wouldn't it be awesome if I won this giveaway and some money is donated to my favorite local charity (Paws in the City)?! Crossing my fingers!
Like last time, the Dallas Flea was fantastically packed with homemade and local goodies. There is so much to love about an indoor market filled with local artwork, furniture, and fashion. I was excited to meet and shop with some new vendors:
3 Bears Studio - Rachel Davidson's original art is bright, colorful, and fabulously charming! Honestly, just looking her work put me in a good mood! I absolutely adored her cat and bunny creations! I had a delightful time perusing through her work.
LemonGlaze - Loved LemonGlaze and all of their sweet little ceramic bowls, ornaments, charms, and homemade gifts. The prices were fantastic and I spent a ridiculous amount of time oohing and aahing over all the lovely things. Creator, Carmen Aberasturi, was such joy to talk to, be sure to check out her etsy shop!
Gemelli - Another visit with the fabulous Claire Morgan and all of her amazing stackable bracelets. I was so pleased she was at the flea again, because lately I've been obsessing over arm candy and I desperately desired one of Claire's pretties for my wrist. So, I snatched up a gorgeous white stackable and have been wearing it ever since.
Twenty9 Freckles - I don't have kids, but wholy moly if I did, there is no doubt in my mind that I would snatch up every tee and jacket from 29 freckles. Seriously adorable! I can't wait to see my nephews in their new threads.
Popcorn Carousal - One of my favorite snacks is popcorn so I couldn't help but taste a couple of flavors, especially when they were so generously handing out samples. I ended up buying a bag of jalapeno ranch and cinnamon toast crunch. Yum!
Dowdy Studio was at the flea again, their wagon filled with all my favorite silk-screened tees. Along with Dowdy, F. is for Frank, GAIA Creations, and The Urban Cottage made a repeat visit. I was a little sad that Sew Caroline wasn't in attendance, but I had a fabulous time shopping with my mum and sister!
Buy local this Christmas! xoxo
I think parades are great, and nothing beats watching a Christmas parade five stories high from the comfort of your home while your sweet husband is making breakfast. It was my first time to watch the Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade and besides from a dirty city window, I had the ultimate view - sitting on my window seat, sipping mimosas, and watching all the holiday cheer march downtown.