Anniversary Giveaway!

It’s been months since our last giveaway, and I just couldn’t let the one year anniversary go by without some sort of celebration!  Get your creative juices flowing because…

This week, I’m giving away:

A $20 gift certificate to!

Use this fun gift to make a cool photo book, design personalized invitations, or create a fun Valentine’s Day gift

Here’s how you can enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post for ONE entry.

2) Leave a comment on another post (and tell me about it here) for ONE entry.

3) Become a fan of {blending beautiful} on Facebook (and tell me about it here) for TWOentries.

4) Follow {blending beautiful} on Twitter (and tell me about it here) for TWO entries.

5) Post a link to {blending beautiful} on your blog/website/facebook page/twitter (and tell me about it here) for FOUR entries.

All entries must be in by Midnight on Thursday.  The name of the winner will be posted on the blog on Friday, and you must check back in order to win.  If you are chosen, email me at within 24 hours to claim your prize, or I will choose a new winner.

Good luck!!

UPDATE: Congrats to Katherine Kinnaird!  Email me ( within 24 hours to claim your prize!


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It’s {blending beautiful}’s 1 Year Anniversary!! (Check Out The New Site!)

There are so many things to be excited about today!  Not only has the site been completely redesigned (thanks to the most amazing fiance ever!), but today marks the one year anniversary of my sweet little blog.

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading, whether you’re brand new to the blog or you’ve been here from the beginning.  I have learned so much and had such a blast swapping stories, sharing pictures, and connecting to all of my amazing readers!

When I first started {bb}, I had no idea what an undertaking it would be to post daily and to stay connected to the blogging world.  I have to give some serious credit to Travis for talking me through those late nights when I didn’t think I had the energy to write, and of course to YOU for reading and commenting and bringing so much joy to my world!

Here’s a recap of posts from the past year…

Do Men Take Longer To Get Ready Than Women?

How To Create Lace Nails…

DIY Antiquing!

Wedding Gifts On A Budget

Beautiful Engagement Photos!

Would You Rather?

I love a good makeover…

Unique Holiday Wreaths

Shoe clips!!

And I was in Glamour!

And please, give me feedback about the new site design!

(thumbnail via)


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Have A Romantic Weekend…

Let’s end the week with this oh-so-sweet video.  Sigh…

Adam & Eve from dolly on Vimeo.

Wasn’t that the sweetest?!  (And that song by Cat Power has been stuck in my head for days…)

What are your plans this weekend?  Got a big date or a getaway planned?  How are you East Coast ladies surviving all that snow?!

Stay tuned… Monday is a big day and I can’t wait to tell you why! xo


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Hot or Not: Floating Rings

You ladies were big fans of the stackable rings we discussed a couple of weeks ago, so I’m curious to see what you think of this next trend in jewelry…

Have you heard of floating rings?  They basically look like gems or stones that float between your fingers— no one can actually see the band.  Here are a few examples:






You’ve seen what floating rings are all about, now tell me what you think!


Do you think floating rings are hot or not? What would you wear them with?  Tell me what you think in the comments!!


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Wedding Wednesday: I Need Your Advice About My Wedding Ring!

I showed you all my engagement ring right after Travis proposed, but now I’m stumped when it comes to my wedding band.  Here’s why…

My engagement ring did not come as part of a set, and because of it’s super-low setting (the diamond sits right on my finger), we realized right away that my wedding band would need to be customized.

After trying on a number of wedding rings, I settled on a simple white-gold piece that would be easy to alter.  We’re going to notch it out so that it sits flush against my engagement ring, and we’ll also round off the edges a little bit so that it mimics the band on my engagement ring.  So what’s the problem, you ask?

I’m not sure how wide the band should be!  As it is, the wedding band is 2mm wide and my engagement ring is just over 1.5mm wide.  Take a look:

At first, I was sure that I wanted them to be the exact same width, but the more I look at it, the more I’m wavering in my decision…

Basically, I am totally stumped!  I’d love your opinion on this— so what do you think?


Should I leave the wedding band a little thicker or do you think it should match my engagement ring exactly?  Have you ever had to customize a piece of jewelry?  Will you (or did you) get your engagement ring and wedding ring as a set?  Help me out by discussing it in the comments!


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