holiday giveaway / giftry

November 18, 2014

giveaway

giftry giveaway | almost makes perfect

based on yesterdays gift guide, i’m now in full on holiday gift mode. remember a few months ago when i posted about this new site, giftry? it’s a place that makes it super easy to collaborate on gift lists, and takes the guess work out of getting someone something that they actually want. every year my parents require christmas lists from every family member. this was after the christmas when my mom received four different copies of moulin rouge on DVD. no joke. she was OBSESSED with that movie and we weren’t so good at communicating with each other.

giftry makes that way simpler, because my mom can now sign up and make a list for herself, and us kids can actually discuss what we’re getting her based on what she’s picked out. and lucky for you, giftry is giving away up to $1000 worth of gifts for the holidays! details and some of my personal gift ideas after the jump!

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holiday gift guide / for the boys

November 17, 2014

gift guide

i can’t believe it’s already time to start buying presents. well it’s at least time to start thinking about it anyway. the first holiday gift guide this year is for the boyfriends, husbands and brothers in your life. i attempted to avoid the typical cliche boy gifts as much as possible, but if we don’t buy them their fancy grooming products annually — who will?

holiday gift guide for boys | almost makes perfect

01. this super rad minimal mp3 speaker would definitely make him happy
02. seems like a new clean pair of sneakers is something a boy needs every 3 months
03. when a gift can be fun for both of you, it wins. sriracha margarita mix wins.
04. boys love sunglasses. fact.
05. instead of actually going camping, you can just give him a dope camping knife and call it a day.
06. another gift guide, another handsome dopp kit. have you given him a dopp kit yet?!
07. this black oxide money clip is the most masculine money clip i ever did see.
08. literally the coziest sweatshirt ever. and i try not to use the word literally. i swear he won’t take it off.
09. cooking and swearing, two of my boys favorite things together in one cookbook.
10. harry’s razors make your shower look good, and gideon says it works well too!
11. the unavoidable grooming product purchase for him. after shave or beard oil always goes well.
12. a fish eye lens for his iphone is an easy and fun little last minute gift, if you didn’t spend enough.
13. a pretty skateboard that isn’t an eyesore for your house. always a good idea to motivate him to go outside.

shopping for coats

November 12, 2014

roundup / style

i think it might be finally cooling down in LA, and not just for a few days but maybe for the whole winter! although i really love the weather here, last winter was pretty warm the entire season – and i really miss wearing sweaters and jackets. so now it’s time to daydream about what i’ll wear, when i can believe it’s actually cold. jacket weather | almost makes perfect

SHOP THESE COATS :
ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX

diy escort cards or seating chart or whatever you call it.

November 11, 2014

diy / our wedding

diy seating chart  |  almost makes perfect diy escort cards | almost makes perfect

so my first DIY post in way too long is this really easy project we did for the wedding, that was by far our favorite. it looked exactly the way i had pictured it in my mind and i am so happy we spent the time and energy on it!

unfortunately, a LOT of the wedding DIYs we did i don’t have great photos of. we did all of our projects at my moms house without my camera and without almost any natural light, so i’ll post what i have and i’m going to make an attempt to demonstrate how we did all of the projects even if i don’t have a lot of photos. i failed.

anyway! we decided to match the rest of our semi watercolor modern – boho wedding with dip dyed escort cards, which were mounted onto a huge piece of raw plywood (which we incorporated almost everywhere in the wedding). i’ll show you how after the jump.

 

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ok i’m back.

November 10, 2014

our wedding

our wedding

well i guess i should come back now. adjusting back to regular life without a wedding looming is really a weird feeling. i honestly think i had post – partum post – honeymoon, but i’m feeling more normal now and i suppose i’m ready to get back to real life now.

the wedding was what everyone tells you it’s going to be, in the most overwhelming way, the best night of your life. while there was so much to do leading up to it, gideon and i kept fairly level headed and i went in with fairly low expectations. there are a couple things that didn’t happen that i wish did, a few little regrets and miscommunications, but it was the most magical, unbelievable day ever.

we were FREAKING out about the weather, the forecast said saturday would be 105 so the week of the wedding we ordered 40 parasols so that no one would die. luckily, we didn’t need them. while it was 95 degrees on friday while we set up, it suddenly cooled down in the most amazing way for us and it was like 84 and breezy. in PALM SPRINGS. by far the best weather i’ve ever experienced in the desert. the weather put everyone in the best mood and our little wedding felt so happy and full of love. i was told all night that it was the best wedding people had ever been to. and we felt super proud that we made this.

seeing everything together was really trippy, we hired coordinators for the day of, and i left it in their hands to take everything we had made and style it the way they wanted. making everything one by one and then seeing it all together with loved ones admiring it was more than i had imagined. and it made all the hard work totally pay off.

the whole day was insanely out – of – body. it’s like i was the most over stimulated i’ve ever been. i thought i would be nervous about the attention, walking down the aisle and saying my vows, our first dance — but when you realize how surrounded by love you are, all that goes away. i kind of want to walk down the aisle forever.

i no longer regret not eloping.
i do regret the train on my dress though. oh man i fucked that dress uppppp.

our wedding our wedding

i clearly had a lot of fun at the ceremony.

i’ll share more photos later on – but for now i just wanted to say hi, brag a little about how much i loved my own wedding, and tell you that i’ll start blogging again. i might slow down a little because now that the wedding is over, i’m focusing a lot of energy on some other fun things, but it’s ok, i have some ideas for DIYs again!

and there’s a wedding DIY post coming tomorrow!

our wedding our wedding

PHOTOS BY COLOR ME RAD

huevos rancheros by wonder thrills

October 10, 2014

guest post / recipes

huevos rancheros | almost makes perfect

hey y’all! jordan here from wonder thrills! i’m really excited to share a simple recipe with you guys today! molly has been so busy with planning her wedding that it seemed like a no brainer to come and help out with a blog post!

we share a love for eggs and anything latin. this recipe tied in well with our common obsessions, and is perfect for any season! enjoy!

huevos rancheros |  almost makes perfect

ingredients (serves 2)

- 4 eggs
- 4 corn tortillas
- 1 can black beans (or beans of choice)
- 1 tomato (diced)
- 2 limes
- 1 avocado
- salt (to flavor)
- cilantro (for garnish)

directions

01 | in a medium frying pan, place the tortillas down and fry them on either side for 30 seconds to get warm, and a little crispy.

02 | place them on your plates, and oil the pan keeping it on a medium heat, add your eggs, and fry fry fry!

03 | in a small sauce pan, add the beans, and some diced cilantro. cook until hot. (you can also use a microwave if you please.)

04 | place the beans down on top of the tortillas, as well as 1/2 of the diced tomatoes.

05 | when the eggs are cooked to your liking, place them on top of the tomatoes and beans, and top with avocado.

06 | add salt to taste, and garnish with cilantro! (I add way too much cilantro, because it’s not just a garnish for me, haha!)

huevos rancheros | almost makes perfect


A HUGE THANK YOU TO JORDAN FOR GUEST POSTING
WHILE I’M AWAY ON MY HONEYMOON
VISIT HER BLOG + AND FOLLOW HER INSTAGRAM

diy wood ring box

October 8, 2014

diy / our wedding

diy ring box | almost makes perfect

one last minute simple wedding DIY we made was this ring box. we wanted something minimal and a little masculine, and i had this plan of making this super rad intricate one — but with time permitted, i decided to keep it easy by using a premade box.

i purchased this acacia salt cellar and stuffed the inside with padding and voila! a custom little ring box that fits both of our rings and feels really safe and sturdy.

diy ring box | almost makes perfect

materials

  • salt cellar
  • a few sponges
  • black velvet or fabric of your choice
  • scissors
  • fabric glue

diy ring box |  almost makes perfect

directions

01 | fill your salt cellar with layered sponges cut into circles until you reach the height you want. i wanted mine close the top.

02 | once you have all your sponges ready to go, cut the top layer of sponge into three pieces (if you are only using for one ring, cut into half instead)

03 | cover the three individual pieces with your fabric, secure with fabric glue.

04 | glue down to the layer below. let dry overnight and stick your rings in!

diy ring box  | almost makes perfect

well how easy was that?