Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thank You


Thank you so much for bearing with me during the last week or so. As you may know from my instagram, my fiancés father passed away last week from a long battle with cancer. Though devastated and grieving our loss, we are thankful for the hope we have in Heaven. We are learning that there truly is nothing more important on earth than relationship with God and people. Treasure your loved ones, friends.

"I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." -- Psalm 73:23-26


I'll be back to blogging next week. Thank you for your prayers!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Our Engagement Party


Being engaged is a really fun and exciting time! When both McCann and I were home for the holidays, my mom through us the sweetest engagement party. It was so fun to see family and friends all at once to celebrate! When my mom throws a party, it is nothing short of beautiful. So many cute details, delicious food and lots of laughter are always present. We are so thankful for this time together. Take a peek at some of the pictures I snapped quickly before guests arrived!

We had a few appetizers, lots of desserts and some champagne to celebrate! My grandma helped my mom put together the displays (and she baked these amazing black and white shortbread cookies!)


Traditional wedding cookies

We got lucky with Whole Foods selling peonies at the time of the party :)

My favorite cupcakes, Kara's Cupcakes, was a favorite:




Infused water and a fun cocktail punch mixed drink

We set up a cute table with pictures of both McCann and I as babies, and then framed some engagement pictures, too.

I have saved one flower from each bouquet McCann has given me, so I laid those out in front of the collection of pictures. So special!

My parents with the two of us:


Thanks for the thoughtful party, mom! We felt celebrated and so loved.

We even received a few little gifts. We opened lots of celebratory champagne, gift cards, the Newlywed Cookbook (SO EXCITED to use this-- I should start practicing!) and my girlfriends from high school got me adorable Kate Spade Mrs. earrings

Can't wait to continue sharing pieces of our planning and engagement. Please let me know in the comments if there's a specific topic you want to hear about!

Happy Tuesday:)
xoxo


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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Finds: 40% off Sale + Free Month of Rocksbox

Wow! I feel like I haven't done a Friday Finds post in quite a while. I'm excited to start it up again because there are some great finds out there! Here we go....

1. This we I blogged about the Pantone Colors of the Year. Without knowing it, we wore them for our engagement session ;) But the fun find in this department is that Lulu & Georgia has a whole section devoted to home decor in these color palettes. Shop them here!



2. Anthropologie is having their Winter Tag SALE! Get 40% additional off sale items with code XTRA40 at checkout. Check out my favorites below:




3. LOFT is running a buy one sweater or top and get a second one 50% off! I scored two really cute sweaters this week, thanks to some Christmas money. One was this adorable sweatshirt that zips in the back!



4. Rocksbox is my favorite subscription box-- they send you 3 pieces of jewelry as often as you want for you to borrow and wear on loan, until you return them and are ready for more. If you love something so much you want to keep it, you can purchase it for a discounted member rate! They are offering my readers your FIRST MONTH FREE (and if you don't like it, you don't have to renew after the first month-- but I promise you'll be in love!) Just use the code michaelanoelledesignsxoxo at checkout for your free trial! Sign up here.

5. The Bloom Workshop launched ticket sales on Monday and we're already filling seats up! Use the code EARLYBIRD15 for 15% off your ticket on any of our 2016 events. Code is valid until Monday the 25th. Just hover over "register" and click on the city you want to attend an event in. From there, click on the "register" button to be directed to the event brite page. We hope to see you there! You can watch our video by Katie Grace Photography from last year's Bloom Bash to see what attendees loved and get a behind the scenes look.

Bloom Bash from Katie Hollstein on Vimeo.


That's it for this week. Enjoy your weekend, friends!
xoxo



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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Brit + Co DIY Jewelry Tray



Have you guys heard of Brit + Co? It's a super fun blog that offers inspirational content, Do It Yourself kits, and online classes! Brit + Co has teamed up with Rocksbox, my favorite subscription box EVER, to create this adorable DIY your own jewelry tray kit. I was able to test it out and see how it worked, so I could share the results with all of you and here it is! It was fun to make, super easy, really relaxing (have you ever played with clay or playdoh?! So soothing) and I have myself a really cute jewelry tray. 

This new year, Brit+Co and Rocksbox teamed up to bring you this gorgeous DIY: the Marbled Jewelry Tray Kit. Grab a kit for yourself and keep scrolling to learn how to make your own...

Materials:
white oven-bake clay
colorful oven-bake clay
gold paint pen

Tools (not included in kit) Butter knife Baking Tray

Instructions:
  1. Break off one section of white and one section of colored clay and twist them around each other. Keep twisting and kneading your clay until you have an evenly dispersed, marbled pattern and flatten it into a circle measuring about three inches in diameter.
2. Grab one more section of white clay, flatten it into another circle of about the same size and layer it underneath your marbled circle.
3. Using a butter knife, carefully trim off the uneven edges of your two-layer clay circle and then pinch the edges of your clay circle upwards so that it forms a lip all the way around. I found that pressing it with a round vase helped me cut a more perfectly round circle.

5. Bake in a 275º F oven for about 25 minutes.

6. Once cooled, paint the edges of each tray with your gold paint pen.



All of this gorgeous jewelry is from my subscription with RocksboxAppropriately named, each month (or more, depending on how often you want to get new jewelry!) you will receive this cute little box in your mail box. Inside there will be 3 new pieces of jewelry for you to wear on loan until you decide you want to send them back (in a prepaid package) for 3 more new pieces. If you love an item of jewelry in your box, you can purchase the jewels at a discounted price. It's such a simple and fun process!


Here's the best part: if you sign up using the code michaelanoelledesignsxoxo you will get your first month's box for FREE just to see how fun and easy it is. 





I couldn't resist a shot of my ring in the little dish:)

Isn't it fun? Which color clay would you choose? There are 4 options. Make your own set of Marbled Jewelry Trays at home and show us how you would style them to match your own unique personality! Share with us on Instagram @rocksbox and @britandco using the hashtag #iamcreative. Can't wait to see if you make one.

Have a wonderful Thursday!
xoxo
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