This blog shares the happenings of Chris, Lacey and Reese O'Donnell. We didn't used to have that much to say about ourselves which is why posts were few and far between, but now we have a little person that will give us a lot to talk about. The blog will also feature Lacey's Random Finds - event planning, paper love, pretty crafty things, etc.


All is Bright

So...I am in love with these interiors featured in The Post today. (and no, not just because there is a lot of pink!) I just think the whole house is so cheerful. The holiday decor helps, but you can see that her vivid colors are joyous year round.

What Have You Done?

I saw this on my friend Mauri's blog and thought it was fun....(Just copy and paste this to your blog and bold the ones that you HAVE done.) I put them in pink...

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band - does Rock Band count?

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland ... and Disneyworld!

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House (including west wing!!)

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

A thoughtful response...

I do not love Olbermann, but it is hard to argue with his comments here

Jamali Garden Supplies (And Then Some)

Jamali Garden Supplies is a self professed "well-edited" floral, garden and design store in New York. They have a fabulous website that offers items such as candles, pots, ceramics, home accents and more at really reasonable prices. Here are a few of my favorite items at the moment:
7x5 Gloss White Bowl is $8.99 (or $99 for a case of 12) and the 5x5 Crackled White Ribbed Vase is $6.50 (or $99 for a case of 18) These would look lovely on any table.

Floating Glitter Candles are only $1 each (sold in sets of 16 in green, silver or gold)

6in Milk Bottle Vases in 4 colors (green, yellow, blue and pink) come as a set of 2 for $15

Colorful Votive Holders in 14 colors! Sold in sets of 4 for only $5.00 or $165 for a case of 36 (144 total holders). Wouldn't these be the perfect addition to your centerpiece?


OD and I just spent a few days in Maine. I was already in Boston doing an event and Chris flew up and met me when it was over so we could enjoy a few days off. I had been to Maine once before when I was an intern, and Chris had been in and out for a game in college, but we haven't been together. Turns out it was as great as I had remembered! I really just love it there.

We saw (and heard) some really cool lighthouses

We ate a lot of lobster - yum!
We experienced some wicked fog. This is the same harbor early one morning, and then just a few hours later. Better - but still so foggy!

We stayed at some darling Bed and Breakfasts

We went sailing and the captain pulled up one of his lobster traps while we were out on the boat. He had a lobster, but it was too small so he threw it back.

As with most of our trips, we had so much fun we can't wait to go back!

Real Simple Event (Part 2) - Goodies

The Real Simple event was, well...really simple. There were a handful of passed hors d'oeuvres (mini burgers and crab cakes) and a couple of wine bars. Unfortunately, there were only a couple of stations that addressed the event's theme - Summer Entertaining. One had some fun invitation ideas that were in the magazine such as writing the details on a beach ball and then deflating to put in the mail, or using a rubber swimming cap as your medium. The other station featured some dip recipes from the magazine:

Gingery Cilantro Dip; Warm Feta Spread; Yogurt, Dill, and Walnut Dip; and Yellow Tomato Salsa

Recipes for all can be found HERE.

The most fun thing of the night was the Goodie Bag! On they way out, each guest was given a nylon Real Simple tote bag with a copy of the July issue, Bacardi glass rimmer in Mint (perfect for mojitos), a small red zipper pouch, and my two favorite items

1. Essie Nail Polish in Real Simple. This color is the perfect light pink neutral (very similar to the famous and popular Ballet Slippers)

2. Fresh Cosmetics Sugar Lip Gloss in Sugar Shag. I was unfamiliar with this line and now I am a FAN! I love the gloss. Looking at the color I was nervous because it is a bright scarlet. However, it goes on quite shear and is the perfect petal pink. The texture and smell are really great too. I am definitely going to stock up on this.

Real Simple Event (Part 1) - The Liberty Hotel

A couple of weeks ago I was in Boston to work on an event. While in Beantown one of my favorite magazines Real Simple happened to be hosting an event and lucky for me, it was on my travel day before my event set up!

Real Simple Nights was held at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. My cab driver informed me (and I confirmed his tale) that the hotel used to be a prison, but prison no more! (though there is a dining spot called Clink!)

I LOVED the space. Located in Beacon Hill, this luxury hotel has an incredible lobby and public area. This picture simply doesn't do it justice.
Exposed brick, large dramatic iron chandeliers, chic white furniture. Their largest ballroom is 3000 square feet and can accommodate 300 for a reception or 240 for dinner. It would be a great option for a fancy dinner or small meeting.

More on the actual event in the next post....stay tuned.

I Heart Paper Source

Inspired by our weekend helping fabulous friends with a DIY wedding invite, I bring you Paper Source. For those of you unfamiliar with Paper Source, it is a Chicago based paper store, and so much more. The store has amazing papers and colors in every possible size and shape - perfect for an invitation, menu, favor, program, greeting card, etc.

Check out the Paper Source How To section with demonstration videos and project ideas.

There are 2 locations in the DC area - Georgetown and Alexandria, or you can find them online at www.paper-source.com

DIY Doodle Wrap

Check out this fun gift wrap from WhimsyPress.com (home to many fun, and you guessed it - whimsical items). Two sided - the green side provides doodles for you and pink side let's you create your own doodles or notes. $4.50 per sheet.

Save the Dates

Save the Dates are a perfect way to give guests a preliminary heads up and provide more details about your event. Some basic guidelines for sending Save the Dates:

Who needs them?

Suggested for:
Everyone. More and more brides are sending Save the Dates as they provide a fun opportunity to get the word out and foreshadow the style of your big event.

Required for:
Destination Wedding
Weddings including Out of Town Guests
Weddings taking place during a holiday or other peak time

When to send?

Aim to send save-the-date cards soon after you secure your date and venue, or about 6-9 months prior to your wedding.

What style should I use?
Save the Dates are fun. Since they are a relatively modern concept, no formal rules apply. You can find options that match your invitation, colors and theme. Or mix it up - use something whimsical or casual.

What should I include?
Save the Dates should be simple, providng a basic who, what, when.... Be sure to include:
* Names
* Date
* Location

You can also include:
* hotel accommodations
* directions
* any additional parties you might want guests to attend during the wedding weekend

The Perfect Fancy Bag

I found the perfect fancy bag for a wedding (and only $60). This Kate Landry Rhinestone-Bow Frame Clutch features: rhinestone-embellished closure; chain strap that can be tucked away; rhinestone-encrusted large bow detail; and silvertone hardware. Available in Champagne or Turquoise.I may need one (don't tell Chris!)

Square Tables

Using square tables is a new-ish trend for special events. Many party rental companies offer square tables in a variety of sizes, with linens to match. A fresh new idea comes from Party Rental, LTD - square tables nice enough to go without linens...

From BizBash:
You can cut linens from the budget by renting the new Parsons table from Party Rental Ltd. Part of the company's new spring line, the 66-inch square table has a sturdy wood frame and is covered completely in a shiny faux-leather material, with a textured surface that eliminates the need for tablecloths. The tables come in black, white, and bark and can be rented in the New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., areas, with prices available upon request.

Europe - Prague and Germany