Around the holidays, it seems that I become even more addicted to Pinterest than usual (if that could be possible) and it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the DIY frenzy with all of the fun projects that people are pinning for the holidays. Although my DIY list is always filled with projects that are a little above my DIY skill level, I thought that this year I would start with a simple DIY project before attempting any of the more difficult projects. So if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to personalize your holiday table, this project is for you.
I came across these Shanna Murray Plates at West Elm, but was bummed to find that they were already sold out. I had remembered seeing some DIY sharpie projects involving plates a few months ago on Pinterest and although my handwriting probably won’t end up looking as cute as the Shanna Murray ones, I thought it would be a fun way to add personality to a holiday dinner. It’s something that your little ones can get involved with (I know Holden would love to make his own plate) and you could even host a party with a make-your-own-plate crafting station.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. After decorating your plate, put it in the oven for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven after a half hour and let the plates cool completely before removing them.
While there are many, many things that I love about living in San Diego by the beach, there is also a large part of me that desperately misses San Francisco and the Bay Area. I’m not sure if it’s just the winter hours and the fact that the sun sets before Mr. B arrives home from work which limits our ability to explore like we used to, but I miss the ability to be in the heart of one of the most glamorous cities in the country at one moment and in less than an hour be in the middle of beautiful green rolling hills and open fields. The Bay Area has so many unique places to discover that it makes it hard to compete. So after a month of only beach adventures, we went downtown San Diego to walk around the neighborhood that Mr. B and I lived in right after we graduated college and while it was a lot quieter (and a lot less windy) than the city we are used to, it was nice to be back in a city.
In other news, Holden has started dressing himself and being very particular about what he wears. When it’s not zip-up footie pajamas, it’s leggings (and sometimes a bow tie), and I kind of love watching people’s reactions to his outfit choices. While most days, I help pick out his clothes, I kind of love the days that he insists on wearing his shark one-piece pajamas and boots out of the house for our daily activities.
I fell in love with this Jose Villa rustic glam wedding and felt like it would make a stunning and chic Thanksgiving tablescape. We spend Thanksgiving with our large extended families so I won’t have the opportunity to create a Thanksgiving table setting, but if I did, this is exactly what it would look like.
I thought it might be fun to start a weekly series called We Want Wednesday where I share current favorites for myself and Holden. Since this week has started to finally feel like fall here in San Diego, we have finally been able to break out the sweaters and I now have winter attire and holiday festivities on the brain. Here are a few favorites on our shopping wish lists.
I met Kendra about a month ago when she hired Mr. B and I to design and develop her new blog! I quickly became obsessed with her youtube channel where she shares beauty tips and tricks and detailed make-up tutorials, and so I asked Kendra if she would share a quick and easy make-up tutorial for the upcoming holidays with Bel & Beau readers. Since it’s such a busy time of year, I thought that learning a make-up routine that was simple and didn’t require too much time would be perfect for almost any woman during the holiday season (and something that I can pull together when there is a little guy wrapped around my legs and pulling me out the door in the mornings is a plus in my books). Hope you enjoy!