These are a few of our favorite things…

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings…

With all the gift giving coming up, we thought it would be fun to gather with friends and celebrate our favorite things. Little treats and splurges that make our lives wonderful. Each guest was invited to bring ONE of their favorite items, priced under $20 and wrapped up nicely, to share in a gift exchange.

The more sparkle, the better?

We enjoyed crisp Belgian waffles with fresh fruit and flavored syrups. Hot tea with cold cream and pomegranate mimosas. And of course, each other’s company!

What would you bring?

Soaps, teas, facial oils, sparkling wine, incense, crystal balls, good books, cozy socks? Cream-colored ponies, warm mittens, lively houseplants, scented candles?

Here are some treats shared by our friends:

To Sip & Savor:

  • A big mug to savor your favorite tea, coffee, or as one guest likes to use hers for: CEREAL! {“You’ve never had cereal until you’ve eaten it out of a mug.” –Lori} These bubble mugs are from Polish Pottery, one of our friend Andrea’s go-to stores for gift giving. Check to see if you have a store local to you, or you can purchase online.
  • Roasted rosemary cashews, purchased from a local deli (although you could certainly make your favorite treat!) {Nancy brings these to any special gathering for an unexpected treat.}
  • Gourmet chocolate bars from ethical sources, like Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, MO {I love that they pay fair wages and don’t exploit children. –Lyndsey}
  • Cocktail ingredients, including Luxardo cherries and Bittermilk No.3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour Cocktail Mix {All you need to add is some Jameson. –Miriam}
  • Favorite teas like Harney and Sons Tea – Hot Cinnamon Spice {I love this flavor so much I buy it in bulk! –Erica}
  • Gift cards to your favorite coffee shop {You gotta love coffee! –Missy}
  • And a Milk Frother to take your drinks to the extra level! {“They don’t seem like much, but they are the BEST things to have! –Christa}

For the Home

  • Iridescent Votive Candle Holders {I’m so obsessed with opal glass right now. –Stephanie}
  • Fairy Lights & battery operated tea lights {So your house can feel hygge all the time. –Stephanie}
  • Houseplants! {Specifically, a split philodendron} {“Can you have too many plants?” –Alex}
  • Bottle Brush Trees {“I’m obsessed! I have these for all seasons. –Ricci}
Ricci’s Christmas collection of Bottle Brush Trees

For pampering your pretty self

For the hostess with the mostess

So next question…what are some of your favorite non-thing things?

  • Reading by firelight
  • Late night dinner with friends
  • Sunny autumn walks
  • Skipping work to have tea (and mimosas) with friends
  • Breaking out the holiday decorations each year
  • Looking through old photos
  • A well-loved cookbook and making recipes from it
  • Doing something creative
  • Working on a jigsaw puzzle
  • A long hot bath
  • Going to the movies
  • The smell of brownies baking
  • Driving around looking at Christmas lights
  • Warm towels out of the dryer

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Good Health: The Ultimate Luxury

Every month this year, I’m focusing on a specific theme of gratitude. In January, it was hygge. In February, it was women artists I admire, and in March it was books that impacted me. April will be on ways I am able to take care of myself.

Note: I am unhealthy. I eat poorly, I drink too much alcohol, I barely exercise, and I have mental health and thyroid issues. Hey guess what!? Did you hear diet and exercise help make you feel BETTER!?

If you’re like me, though, it’s hard to take care of yourself, when you’re busy taking care of kiddos, husbands, your jobs, your hobbies, your passions, etc. Taking care of yourself is a luxury and good health is something to be EXTREMELY grateful for.

What are ways you take care of yourself? Morning jogs, bullet coffee, vegan diet, regular massage? We’d love to hear! Over the month of April, I’ll be chiming in with ways I add a bit of self-care into my routine, and I’d love to try some of your suggestions! (Below I have listed a few things I regularly do.)

–Nicole C.

Library Haul: Spring Break Edition

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What’s better than a mid-afternoon affogato? An affogato with new books from the library!

Stephanie’s picks this week:

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Life Unstyled: How to embrace imperfection and create a home you love

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Pretty Pastel Style: Decorating interiors with pastel shades

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Nic’s Pick’s

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Vintage Parties: A Guide to Throwing Themed Events—from Gatsby Galas to Mad Men Martinis and Much More

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The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

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What are some of your visual treats you enjoy flipping through?

Favorite Things

Highlights of some of our favorite things, and where to find them!

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Plum and Punch Bright Eyed Yellow Pencil Holder (or zipper cactus holder…) – More fun planters found HERE.

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212 Everything Bagel Salt

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Ranunculus flowers. These papery, delicate flowers are inspirational as an artist and creator. Their symmetry and ombre color reflects just how mesmerizing nature can be. Test your hand at growing your own…or do like I do and call a florist. –Nicole {photo from @nikosaur on IG}

{featured photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash }

Welcome!

Years and years ago, we (Stephanie and Nicole) collaborated on a lifestyle blog, before we realized that lifestyle blogs were even lifestyle blogs. We called it “Cinco Style” and it was an assortment of photos, recipes, projects, and favorites. This was pre-Pinterest, pre-Instagram, if you can even remember that far back!

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In time, our professional and personal goals have aligned in such a way that we felt compelled to start an updated version of that old blog (which has since been deleted, sadly). Stephanie is a floral designer, landscape architect, fiber artist & quilter, hostess with the mostess, and visual merchandiser. Oh yeah, she has also two children. Nicole is a freelance writer, a painter, a bookkeeper at an arts council, an arts advocate, and an entrepreneur. Oh yeah, and she also has two children.

Because of our busy schedules, indulging in our favorites is a necessity. That means sparkling wine in fancy teacups, splurging on a shellac manicure, gathering friends for impromptu parties, and enjoying a fresh bouquet of peonies, grown in the backyard. It means making relaxing bath concoctions, and then taking those baths, going to the movies with our families, and sitting by the fire telling stories.

“Bubbly in a Teacup” will highlight all of life’s little luxuries that we can afford, on our boxed-wine budget. Whether it’s from eye-lash serum to perfecting a vodka gimlet, we hope to inspire you to seek out your own happiness and joy.

Cheers! –Stephanie & Nicole