Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Birds and the Squirrels

Dress & Hat: Target
Cardi: Modcloth
Blouse: Thrifted
Tights & Socks: We Love Colors
Shoes: Seychelles 

What a week...er even year this is shaping up to be so far!  Some pretty splendiferous things are on the horizon for me and the fam, but I'll save that for another time :-)  As for now, I have a nice little (or big) dinner party on the horizon for me this weekend.  Yes, I am hosting and to be honest this is the first time I've prepared dinner for a large crowd other than for my family, so of course I'm just a tad nervous.  Right now I'm thinking about the Hors d'oeuvres - pastry wrapped brie with blackberries, spinach balls (they are yummier than they sound), perhaps some kind of dip.  The possibilities are quite endless, you see?  So darlings tell me - what are some of your go-to Hors d'oeuvres, that you make for special occasions?  No need to be shy - I'll welcome any recipes or Pinterest pins etc, so share away to your heart's content.

Other than that, I'm all crittered out today with birds and squirrels.  Seemed pretty appropriate that my duck and swan friends wanted to join in with me on the photos as well.

Happy Tuesday darlings!

Love Bunches, 


  1. Love the blog! You've really got a unique sense of style - simultaneously effortless and beautiful. Date, Bacon, and cheese empanadas, along with chimichurri flank steak skewers are my usual faves for entertaining... they're usually pretty popular and gobbled up rather quickly. Since going vegetarian, I've been a fan of homemade potstickers. Best of luck entertaining.

  2. awesome, love all of it! the way you layer things is always just right! I always like fresh veggies with vegan dip or humus, really colorful, healthy, and suits all dietary needs.

  3. love this! you wear blue so so well! Xx

  4. Hey dear ! My faves are mini quiches with leek, mushrooms and bacon. Mini meatballs illed with feta cheese. Mini New York club sandwiches. Well there are sooo many delicious starters, gues its hard to decide but i'm sure you'll be a fab host and chose some yummy stuff !
    Your outfit is so cute, i love that beautiful & cosy cardi !
    Have a nice day dear ! xx Tani

  5. My favorites are mini meatballs. They always seem to be a hit :)

    You look so lovely-I almost bought that same dress, but sadly it didn't fit me. *sniff sniff* it looks fabulous on you though! Hope your dinner party goes well :)

  6. So many animals, I love it! Both the sweater and dress are adorable, and I have been loving wearing knee highs with tights or knee highs over leggings for a bit of added warmth! That brie appetizer sounds so yummy! I am not much of a cook,but always love a good Mexican 7-layer dip, and its so easy to throw together!
    You could serve it with chips and maybe some sliced colorful peppers for a healthier option! :)
    Stay warm my friend!
    xo Hannah

  7. This dress is so adorable, I absolutely love the print!!! And the bright red tights are oh so perfect with it. These pictures are so dreamy!!
    I love boccini salad (just boccini cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil/balsamic vinegar) and stuffed mushroom caps are always delicious for appitizers!

  8. The light looks beautiful in these photos. The snow and the swans and the sunset look wonderful.
    I do love that you wore a dress to match the location! My favourite snack-types that I can make a vol-au-vents and cheese straws. When I cant make them, I buy chinese spring rolls and mini duck pancakes. Also, carrot sticks with lots of dip - nom.

  9. My roomate has this dress! But it hits her at the knee because she's such a shorty haha. You look cute and I love your squirrely sweater! I don't know how to spell that or if it's a word, but google spell check wants to correct it to "irrelevantly".


  10. ooooh what a darling dress, i love that super cute bird print and the cardigan is love! i´m always amazed that you also found every time the perfect place for your shootings ;)
    big kiss,mary

  11. OHhh a dinner party! IT sounds so yummmmyy. Yum yum yum. And I can't wait to hear about whats next for you and your family!! I'm super curious. And I love the sweater - and the dress really, just everything. You look so good in primary colors like this.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  12. What a beautiful bird! ;) Red and blue? Yess! And I can't suggest any recipes, cooking serious stuff is not really my area of expertise :/, but I'm sure you'll nail it! You seem to be a wonderful cook; I have no doubt you are a wonderful hostess as well ;P.

    Have a great week, sweet Marisa!

  13. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!
    This outfit is just perfection, love the colours and patterns togteher!

  14. Whatever your family is going through, I hope it is really wonderful to share in the future (though privacy is always important). Love this!
    I think this is the best outfit I have seen you in ever!

  15. Hattitude Style Blog
    ah what such pretty shots! i love them.

    i'm going to have to stop being such a baby and venture back outside for my photo shoots.

    my favourite appetizer is one my boyfriend make. bacon wrapped waterchestnuts with a ketchup sugar sauce. it's DELICIOUS!

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

  16. I love this cardi! So adorable! And those knee socks:) you're always so cute. What a beautiful backdrop too! Lucky girl.

  17. You look gorgeous, and of course there is a swan just hanging out next to you! <3 <3 <3 I am not a great cook but I love fancy cheeses/fruit/crackers and I am a huge fan of dips. :) You should blog about your party! :) I'd love to see the snacks you come up with! xoxo

  18. You look amazing! I love how you paired your socks and tights together - the color combo is amazing!

    Ooo! A dinner party sounds like so much fun. I always liked Pigs in a Blanket for hors d'oeuvres, because they are delicious, easy, and everyone likes them.


  19. I swear you collect clothes with the absolute CUTEST motifs. I could probably live in your closet.... in a metaphorical not actually living creepily in your closet way. ;) Hahaha


  20. Of course, I love your bird print dress! You always look so colorful and put together. I'm really excited to hear about your news... I can't wait!

    My favorite appetizers are coconut crusted shrimp, artichoke dip, and stuffed mushrooms. I'm sure your dinner party will be perfection :)



    Southern (California) Belle

  21. Ok, how did you get those birds to cooperate with you photoshoot?! Fantastic.

    Enjoy your dinner party. It'll be great I'm sure!

  22. Oh so beautiful pics!! And gorgeous look of course!


  23. I really love your style! The way you merge new with vintage is really fun and creative! And I love how you chose an outfit that really coordinated with your background :D ~Alyssa


  24. I must say this is one of my favourite outfits of yours!! Very beautifullll!! Ixx

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  25. I love this print and your tights/knee highs are beautiful.

  26. so colorful and cheerful outfit!
    lovely pics!

  27. The print of this dress is so sweet! And it looks perfect with this sweater. Then again, everything you wear is just perfect. Good luck with your dinner party!

  28. gorgeous outfit.

  29. CAn't wait to hear about all the fun things you'll be up to! The dress is absolutely lovely! The colors are so beautiful!

  30. good luck with your hosting duties and remember to wear a killer outfit!

  31. love the outfit, the lil' birds and squirrels are so cute! and the photos are beautiful:-) hope your dinner party is amazing, i'm sure you're a great hostess! xx

  32. Love you blog! Your style, everything! It's so cute :)


  33. I'm so happy when I see new outfit post from you <3

  34. Too cute with all the bird prints. Hope the dinner party went/goes well!

  35. What a cute outfit! I wear socks over tights like that pretty much ALL winter long.


  36. What a stunner you are. I've been trying to figure out how to layer this dress (which I also own) for winter, and you've given me inspiration! Maybe I'll pull it out of the depths soon :) That cardigan is so special! I always go for berries and homemade whipped cream for company :) So sweet, but healthy too!

  37. I should take notes when I come to your blog, because your mix of colors always amaze me, and I'd like to try them all ! Today it's that brown with marine and red, wow ! brilliant !!!

  38. Hi Marisa.
    The handle of the dress is lovely.
    The knit is cute, too!!



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