Visiting Los Angeles and Palm Springs!


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photos by Jared Smith

No matter how many times I visit, I’m pretty sure California will always be a bit of a mystery to me in a way, especially growing up in a little city in West Virginia. Nonetheless, I love all of it’s color, wild stores, and endless selection of good food, especially Palm Springs. I mean, do they make places anymore colorful than that?! I feel like I’ve died and gone to picture heaven every time!

It was really fun to have Jared go back with me this time for Kelly’s wedding along with Brittni and Lexy, and it was a total blast. Not to mention every wedding I’ll ever go to from here on out will never be as beautiful as that one was, it was just beyond any wedding I’ve ever seen in real life. That either makes my standards really low or it was fit for a princess, but I’m thinking the latter.

At first we thought we were never going to make it to Palm Springs from LAX on a Friday evening in rush hour, but after a small bout of four hour hungriness, we finally arrived.

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DIY Pom Pom Christmas Tree Idea


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With Christmas, traveling, and family road trips just round the corner, I thought it would be fitting to have a few fun alternatives to the traditional family Christmas tree for the… not so traditional Christmas. On all of our travels recently, especially our recent cruise with Princess Cruises, it got us thinking about how not everyone plans to stay bundled up with chestnuts, a fire, and snowballs just outside their door for the holidays, so obviously a variety of ways to celebrate for every climate and region are in order!

This isn’t to say there’s a specific part of the world that only uses paper pom poms for celebrating (if their was, I’d definitely be there!), but this DIY pom pom Christmas tree is a fun alternative to the traditional decor, because the Caribbean doesn’t exactly call for a snowcapped douglas fir tree. Obviously it needs something far more colorful!…

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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Macarons


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Let’s be real, it wouldn’t be a holiday around here without a macaron craft, so obviously these DIY Thanksgiving turkey macarons were a no-brainer! They’d also be pretty perfect for keeping the little ones entertained while the adults handle the real thing, but I’m totally not trying to get your kids sugared up before dinner or anything.

See the full tutorial for these little guys over on the Minted blog, right here! Do you all have any clever traditions or tactics for keeping the littles entertained on Thanksgiving?

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Brooklyn Thread Giveaway!


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In case you’re looking for the perfect gift for your bestie, we’re happy to help support the cause with a Brooklyn Thread giveaway! Or you can just keep the goodies for yourself as a reward for surviving some of the holiday madness and I’ll pinky swear not to judge you. If only you could’ve seen my luggage trying to bring back all of my LA goodies from the weekend, you’d really know I mean that.

One lucky Sugar & Cloth reader will win a rose quartz stone candle holder, a rose quartz wine stopper, and a pink agate stone trivet. You know what that means right? You’ll have the raddest bar cart around just in time for all of the parties, or the perfect place to stash your new trinkets and lotions on your console like I did.

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