11/20/2014

Inspiration For A Beautiful Bohemian Thanksgiving

I am a Mamma to a very busy little one who just turned 1 a month ago. So that generally does not afford me gallons of time to think up, let alone execute all of my festive fantasies. This year I am looking to my favorite blogs and {of course} dear sweet Pinterest to inspire my holiday schemes. How much of it I will actually manage to pull off remains to be seen. But I will certainly try. 
For those of you in need of some inspo to kick off the season with a Thanksgiving bang here is a roundup of ideas to get the ball rolling. All of the recipes and tablescapes happen to work with a Christmas groove too with a little tweaking, so there ya' go. 

100layercake // greenweddingshoes //  justinablakeney // unknown // designsponge // womaninreallife

My secret to finding the BEST inspiration for party decor and tablescapes? Wedding Blogs. I know, some of you are thinking...puke. Hear me out though. If you check out some of the more non-traditional sites with a bohemian bend, there are endless ideas to be had. Not everything is all pink and ruffles either, all seasons are represented and there are just so. many. creative. ideas. Almost always vintage props are used and romance, whimsy and just general gorgeousness abounds.  I don't know about you but I need heavy doses of romance and whimsy in order to survive. I'm mental like that. The holidays are the perfect excuse for me to dive in to a glittering fairy tale world full of magic and not come out until January 1st. So one must decorate.

cookieandkate// heatherchristo // cookingstoned // heatherchristo

Onto Cocktails. If you are going to have a headache the next day,you might as well make it worth it. These beauties look like something the fairies would be sipping on and are so pretty they could be considered an accessory to your outfit. It helps that they can all be made in big batches or virgin for the non-imbibers too. These recipes each have a healthy{er}spin since they use real fruit ingredients too. Cool. 


Wild Mushroom Soup // Pumpkin Walnut Bread // Sweet Potato Gnocchi // Brussels Sprout Tart // Cranberry Couscous Salad // Camembert With Pomegranate & Figs

Who says that in order to be thankful we must be tied to a traditional menu? I adore the Earthy offerings of the Fall season and there are so many other luscious recipes that would create a spectacular spread. Most of my family would revolt {including my husband} if we had an all out non-traditional menu but there is nothing wrong with injecting some new dishes. They too, provide some variety for us non-meat eaters, so we are not stuck just eating mashed potatoes. Which happens. 

As far as dessert, I am tied to making my sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie for all eternity but I might give coconut whipped cream a try this year to go on top. So what about ya'll? Do you adhere strictly to tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving or do you have your own non-traditional ideas of how things should go down? I'd love to hear it. 

xoxo-Andrea

11/11/2014

Interior Addictions on IG

Vintage Brass Collection

Vintage Baskets

Embroidered Global Throw Pillows

Do you have home decor items that you just can't get enough of?  Things that no matter how many you have you still can't resist picking up another one?  Yeah.  Me too.  I didn't really realize I was quite as predictable as I am until I met my husband a few years ago.   I would come home from my thrifting adventures and he would say without fail  "Oh, another _____ {basket/throw pillow/candle holder etc} we needed another one of those."  He's joking of course, I know that he really actually loves every dusty 70s artifact I drag home.
It did get me thinking though, I am certainly a creature of habit when it comes to decorating our home. So, just for fun I started hunting around our little hippie house and grouping things together.  It made me realize that {1} I have more un-intentional collections than I thought and {2} I totally get off on cataloging and listing things {3} These would make some very groovy photos.
So, I started a little on-going theme on my GypsyYaya Insta  Account called Interior Addictions.  So whenever I identify one of my "addictions" I'm going to post them there.  FUN.  I can think of at least 10 more groupings I probably have at this moment.  I'd love to see some of your collections too, so if you have some vintage addictions to share, hash tag them #interioraddictions.  I'd love to have a peek!

xoxo-Andrea


11/03/2014

Time For Tartan

Maybe it is the upcoming festive season or perhaps my recent visit to my family home in Nova Scotia, either way something has got me on this vintage tartan kick in a major way. To be honest, I've actually been stalking vintage tartan scarves online for months now. I finally came across the perfect specimen the other day in a thrift store for next to nothing. SCORE. It's in my closet with my new wide brimmed black wool hat just waiting for the Texas weather to cooperate. It may never happen...



Then, the thrifting gods smiled down upon me again and I found a tartan tablecloth and napkin set with gold glittering threads for the holidays. So {for now} my craving may be fulfilled. Maybe. It's just such a classic and cozy thing this plaid. And a little romantic isn't it? There's plenty of vintage tartan to be found still, since it has stood the test of time and stayed around in one way or another through the years. Pieces from the 60s and 70s are what are catching my eye at the moment. Funny how they can still look so ageless, even after all this time.


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