A Crimson Kiss

Monday, December 19, 2011

I am positively bursting with excitement this week; the upcoming holidays give me an excuse to wear my preppiest plaids, hand out carefully chosen gifts and celebrate our engagement with far flung family and friends, but it's 2012 I can't stop thinking about!

The New Year will not only bring kisses and Champagne, but a whole new look (and name!) to this carefully curated blog. You'll be getting a peek this week at images that influenced the new look, and come January 2, there'll be a big reveal! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that you'll be as crazy about it as I am!


After last weekend's escapades and a spectacular but busy week at the office, I was ready for some quiet time, and boy was the weekend exactly what I'd hoped for. John welcomed me home with a cocktail (a daiquiri made with Barbancourt White) on Friday night, and we giggled over homemade pizza and (yes, I'm really admitting to this) Die Hard 2: Die Harder. I guess nothing says Christmas like holiday-themed terrorist attacks, right? You can imagine my disappointment when I learned that Die Hard 3 involved no twinkling lights, faux snow or Santa hats.

We were up early on Saturday morning (why is that so much harder to do on Thursday?) and cooked a lovely breakfast side by side at the stove. After errands that wrapped up our Christmas shopping and holiday prep, we headed back home to knock out work that's been piling up; really, does anything feel better than checking stuff off your to-do list, or cleaning up your image folders? Avocados are finally edible again, so we celebrated our last weekend in the Golden State with tacos, guacamole and limeade.

John brought me breakfast in bed on Sunday, and we discovered that our favorite Sconehenge scones are even more delicious warmed in the oven. Morning sun salutations, a cherry red pedicure, packing for our holiday travel and finishing my latest read, Mad Men and Philosophy, kept me busy while John was at school, desperate to log hours in the practice room before we fly out Thursday evening. A Sunday evening shepherd's pie (a tasty way to clean out the fridge) paired perfectly with Elf, and we felt ready to take on this week!


Tell me, what final preparations are you making this week? Are you hosting Christmas this year, or will you be headed to the airport like John and I?


Image by Ashley Garmon Photographers, Gown by Oscar de la Renta.

31 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the changes! I'm so pleased to see you so happy & excited for 2012; I'm sure it's going to be every bit as thrilling as you suspect!

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  2. So excited to see all your changes! How fun!

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  3. What a fabulous weekend, Lena! Love it. Oh that John...I love that he brings you breakfast in bed every weekend. Have a fabulous break showing off your ring and celebrating.
    ps. I can't wait to see the blog reveal. xo

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  4. So, so excited for your blog makeover! But you know that :) I spent the weekend Christmas shopping, putting up the tree (finally!), and seeing one of my best friends from Ohio! She was in town with her boyfriend who lives nearby and they drove over an hour out of their way to come by and see me. I was positively giddy! :)

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  5. I'm off to get a cherry red pedicure and manicure this afternoon to celebrate being on vacation! But first, gotta scrub the house and do a few loads of laundry so I can really enjoy the time off and of course, the holidays.

    P.S. Absolutely cannot wait to see the new design/blog. Ahh!

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  6. Oh my goodness I am so excited about the new blog look! Annnd sounds like a perfectly delightful weekend. xo

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  7. Oh What fun!! Cannot wait for the NEW reveal...I know it will be fabulous!! Crossing things off my lists..Heading via car to grandparents this year...Did you say avocados? So jealous!!

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  8. Oooh I'm so excited to see what you have up your sleeve!

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  9. we watched Elf too! and we have been seriously enjoying those Tom & Jerry's you posted the recipe for :)

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  10. How fun- I'm excited to see the changes in 2012! Till then, I'm enjoying every single moment of our newlywed holiday season.

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  11. I need to buy all of my Christmas presents.... scary!!!!

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  12. look forward to seeing it!!! :)

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  13. What a fab weekend! We JUST put up our tree and had a fun Christmas dinner with friends last night. Isn't this time of year just so magical?

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  14. Gorgeous! What a powerful looking couple + kiss:)

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  15. Cant wait to see what you have in store for the blog!

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  16. Oh I'm so excited to see what you have planned for the blog!! I'm sure it will be wonderful!

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  17. Sounds like another wonderful weekend. I am doing some last minute gift wrapping! And can't wait to see your revamped blog in January! xo style, she wrote

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  18. How exciting! Cannot wait to see the new look!
    Your weekend sounds amazing as usual :-)

    ~ Clare x

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  19. your weekends always sound so perfect and picturesque. My weekend involved a birthday bash followed by a birthday hangover. Good times.

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  20. I'm so excited to see your new look!! Can't wait!

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  21. Sounds like a divine weekend! I am trying to bring myself to clean the house since we're leaving on Wednesday afternoon after I get off work. We might even have a house guest while we're gone and the place is filthy. Sigh..

    That dress is so stunning!

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  22. ahh i can't wait to see your new design! i'm sure it's going to be gorgeous!! xo

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  23. can't wait to see what's in store for you!!!

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  24. We're staying at home on Christmas and we'll have a quiet family dinner. :) And of course watch a Christmas-themed movie like A Wonderful Life. :D

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  25. ooh! I can't wait to see the new look. Looking forward to January 2nd!

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  26. Ooh, what could it be I wonder? I need to start petitioning for more breakfasts in bed at our house...but I don't like eating off my lap.

    Ready for the weekend and holiday festivities over here. Bring it on!

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  27. so excited for you Lena! and can't wait to see it.

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  28. Whaaat?!! Excited!! Truly can't wait!

    I mean, your weekends are completley envious. How do you find to accomplish & enjoy so much in 2 days??

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  29. ohhh- can't wait for the big reveal! (ps- what is your new initial going to be?? want to keep an eye out of a wedding hankie for you!)

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  30. You are amazing and I am honoured to call you a friend. I cannot wait for the rest of the world to see your new look. I am positive they are all going to even more in love with you :) xoxo

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