December 31, 2012

{happy new year}: reflections + resolutions!

December 31, 2012
2012. Where do I even begin? Just the other day I was talking to my hubby about how our lives have changed so much. We went from a family of 3 to a family of 5. And as I sit here typing this I still can't wrap my head around the fact that this happened before celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary! I guess it just still blows my mind. If you've been following me from the beginning you will know that I started this little blog of mine right after we got engaged! He popped the question in 2008, we married in 2009, had our first child in 2010 and then our twin girls were just born this July! To be honest, I'm still adjusting to our 'new normal.' But at the end of the day, I have to admit that I'm absolutely so blessed. So break out the sparklers because it's time to celebrate!

This year I feel blessed to have 3 very happy and healthy little kiddos, blessed to have a hubby who loves me with all his heart, and blessed to have a job that I'm excited to wake up to each day. And did I mention that it's one that fills my heart with such joy and fulfillment? Yep, it's true! One of my proud blog moments this year was definitely when we were named the #1 most followed brand on Pinterest. With over 320,000 followers, I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to introduce what I love to do most with so many fans both old and new! I'm also proud of myself for branching out and creating a few new series this year! 

Most of all, I'm thankful for you guys! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! For every blog comment, every twitter follow, every re-pin and every ''like'' on Facebook - I so appreciate the love and support that I feel each and every day! What's in store for 2013, you ask? Well, my hope is to not only master the art of juggling, but to also leverage every opportunity to make the Perfect Palette a better, more beautiful place to visit. And although I'm not typically a resolutions sort of a girl, I will say this...In my heart of hearts, I truly hope to find more balance, to live more in the moment and to really focus on what matters most! So tell me... what's in store for you in 2013? And do you have any resolutions you'd like to share? I'm all ears!

December 28, 2012

{giveaway winner announced}: little borrowed dress

December 28, 2012

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the recent giveaway we hosted for Little Borrowed Dress! It was absolutely so exciting to see all the responses and entries! I can't tell you how exciting this giveaway is for me. Definitely feels good to be able to gift bridesmaid dresses to one lucky reader! So without further ado, the winner of up to 4 bridesmaid dress rentals is Kristen Waggoner! Congrats Kristen! We will be in touch soon.

December 26, 2012

{sponsored post + giveaway}: little borrowed dress!

December 26, 2012
When it comes to dressing your bridal party, tuxedo rentals make the process of dressing your groomsmen easy peasy. But what about your bridesmaids? What would you say if I told you that you can now rent your bridesmaid dresses? Yep, it's true! With a collection of high quality, 100% silk dresses choose from, Little Borrowed Dress is the first online wedding boutique to offer bridesmaid dresses for rent starting at just $50! 

And what's best is that renting is simple and stress-free! Simply place your rental reservation online and the dress will arrive two weeks before the wedding ready-to-wear. After the day, drop them in the mail in the pre-paid packaging and they'll handle the rest! 

Want a chance to win your bridesmaid dresses? Well, get excited because Little Borrowed Dress is giving away up to 4 dress rentals to one lucky reader of the Perfect Palette!  

{images by Elizabeth Messina}      

Want to know what I love most? That would surely be the gorgeous selection of colors! Looking to match a color? Simply request a free fabric swatch on their site to ensure a perfect color match here. Worried about fit? They send a free “back up” size with every rental!

{The prize}: Up to four bridesmaid dress rentals ($320 value)

To enter, simply ''pin'' the image above on Pinterest! 

Once you've pinned, hop on over to Little Borrowed Dress to find which dress style you think you might select if you're chosen the winner! Once you've found a favorite, please come back to this post and leave us a comment.

In your comment, please let us know that you've pinned and don't forget to leave us a description of the dress you like most! (please include your email address).

Giveaway ends Saturday, December 29th so don't miss your chance to win! Oh, and be sure to check out Little Borrowed Dress on Pinterest here!

December 25, 2012

{sleigh ride}: a christmas story

December 25, 2012
{Red, Green, Gray, Black + White}

Merry Christmas friends! It's definitely a special time of year! And so today I thought I'd put together a little snowy inspiration fit for celebrating Christmas! If you know me, then you will know that nothing makes this girl happier than a festive holiday celebration. That's why I'm absolutely smitten with this dreamy Winter scene. What could be sweeter than saying ''I do'' during the holidays? I love the idea of a sleigh ride in the snow followed by a sweet chapel ceremony. Looking for a festive drink to serve up at the reception? Might I suggest a little spiked eggnog?

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Details We Love
Sleigh Ride + Christmas Chapel


It's easy to picture yourself in this wintery landscape. I'm so in love with all the sweet garlands and the pretty wreath. Little pops of red give it that charming appeal while everything else is kept simple and clean. There really is something to be said about exchanging vows during the holidays. Everybody seems to be in the spirit of togetherness! So why not invite your closest friends and family to celebrate with you during the most wonderful time of the year? In any case, I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with the blessings of the season! From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2012

{cheers to the new year}: shades of teal, green gold + white

December 20, 2012
{Shades of Teal, Green, Gold + White}

Is anyone else in total denial that 2012 is almost coming to an end? I don't know about you, but for me this year has been a year full of life changes. Most notably, the birth of our twin girls. To say that I'm a busy girl would be the understatement of the year! Truth is, I'm beyond busy! So many changes in such a short span - I sometimes wonder where the time goes? I love it though, and I feel blessed beyond belief. So today I thought I'd put together some inspiration fit for ringing in the new year! Because what could be more fun than this glam party dress and those festive little cocktails?

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Details We Love
Teal Cocktails + Party Attire
For me, a new year means new beginnings! It's a time to reflect on the year that just passed, but it's also a time perfect for setting goals and thinking about what's working in your life and what's not. It's a time for change and resolutions! So tell me... what changes do you have lined up for yourself in 2013? Have you made any resolutions? And if so, how do you plan on sticking to them? I'd surely love to hear all about it!

December 18, 2012

{sponsored post}: wedding republic

December 18, 2012
What would you include on your registry if nothing was off limits? Did you know that you can now register for anything? Yep, you read that correctly! Wedding Republic is an online registry that allows you to quickly set up a customized wedding registry, full of the gifts you really want. With Wedding Republic, you can add anything! Ask your guests to contribute towards your house down payment, your honeymoon, your favorite wine or charity – or just register for cash, it’s up to you. Nothing is off limits.

Creating your registry is easy, just add items from a gallery of gift suggestions or add your own gift ideas. Plus what's great is that every gift is customizable, so you can add your own price and description, giving it that personal touch your guests will love. What I think I love most about Wedding Republic is that you can actually break apart expensive gifts, say your trip to Italy, into smaller, affordable pieces so guests can each contribute to a portion of the trip.

Why choose Wedding Republic? It’s Meaningful. Your registry is more than just a gift list. It's a way to tell your guests how you plan to live your lives and make them feel as though they are part of the big picture. With Wedding Republic you can register for exactly what you need to build your life together. We’re not talking about toasters and tea towels, but the important things in life. The things that matter to you, as a couple. So what are you waiting for? Hop on over to Wedding Republic and see what all the fuss is about!

December 15, 2012

{over 250 gift ideas for $50 or less!}: plus a list of all the best discounts!

December 15, 2012

Still not finished with your holiday shopping? Looking for some last minute deals online? Want to know where to find the best online sales + discounts? Well, look no further because I've created a gift guide that features all of my favorite gifts for $50 or less! Looking for discounts up to 75% off in some cases? Want free shipping? Nothing makes this girl happier than finding a great bargain. Seriously, it's the best feeling EVER! Am I right? So what are you waiting for? Scroll on down for some of the best deals you'll find around the web! Plus my personal picks for ALL for $50 or less! Don't worry it's not too late! Oh, and don't forget to get yourself a little something this year! You've been good! You deserve it!

*Please note: This list has been updated as of 12/19 to reflect the most current deals. Plus most of these retailers can still ship your purchases to you so that you can get them by 12/24!


So many great deals to be had at Anthropologie . Order by 1 pm on Thursday 12/20 and choose $10 express shipping to have it by 12/24. Oh, and be sure to check out their lovely gift ideas here at Anthropologie 

Up to 25% OFF the labels you love at ASOS - click here to see the amazing markdowns! Plus 50% OFF footwear!

12/19 only - Enjoy 30% OFF your order at Banana Republic! Use code: BRHOLIDAY Plus click here to see the markdowns! 

20 days of buried baubles is currently underway at BaubleBar - so many amazing deals! Check out the countdown here. Prices as low as $10. FREE shipping on ALL orders.

Ends 12/24. Save 25-50% OFF on a great selection of merchandise. Plus FREE shipping on ANY and ALL online orders through 12/20 at Bloomingdale's! Also take an extra 15% OFF when you use your Bloomingdale's card!
Enjoy complimentary 2-day shipping and a mini lip gloss at Bobbi Brown with any order! Order by 12/21 to receive your gifts by 12/24..

FREE ground shipping on ALL U.S. orders at Charm &  Chain
For a limited time, take an extra 30% OFF already reduced styles when you use the code: GIFT30. Plus FREE upgraded shipping on ALL orders at Club Monaco.

Check out the amazing gift ideas at C. Wonder! I'm loving the 'Gifts under $50 section here!  (place your order by noon on 12/20 with two-day shipping to get it by 12/24!)
FREE delivery when you spend $75 at Dorothy Perkins! Oh, and don't forget you can now save up to 50% OFF on all shoes and coats at Dorothy Perkins.

Up to 50% OFF! Plus FREE shipping on purchases at EXPRESS! Also enjoy $25 OFF your purchase of $100 and $50 OFF your purchase of $200 when you use code: 2639 here.

Receive 20% OFF Use code: GAPGIFT

Order by 12/20 at 3 pm ET for a 12/24 delivery or for 1-day shipping, order by 12/21 at 3 pm ET for a 12/24 delivery.

So many great deals to be had at GAP!

FREE shipping on ALL orders over $50 when you used the code: SNOW at Horchow! Plus check out their great sale items here. Oh, and did you know they have a special FREE shipping boutique? Everything there ships FREE 24/7 - no code required! I just love Horchow!
Enjoy 30% OFF and FREE shipping on all $100+ purchases at J. Crew! Use code: CELEBRATE
40% OFF everything at J. Crew Factory! Plus FREE SHIPPING when you spend $50 when you use code HOLIDAY


Save on all the best styles at the Kate Spade - Plus enjoy FREE shipping on all US. orders. Save on handbags, jewelry, clothing & shoes! Plus check out the 'gifts starting at $25 and the Kate Spade Gift Guide here. Shop the sale items here

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Amazing discounts going on at Kohl's. Plus it's Kohl's cash time! Receive $10 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent! Also receive FREE shipping on all purchases of $50 or more at Kohl's - want to get it by 12/25? Place your order by 11 pm, CST!

Extra 15% OFF + FREE SHIPPING after you spend $99 at Macy's. Use code: WRAPIT

30% OFF ALL orders + FREE SHIPPING at Madewell. Use code: MERRY Plus check out their amazing gift guide!

FREE shipping on all orders over $50 at Max & Chloe. Plus check out their gifts under $50 here.

Enjoy 20% OFF all your favorite items at ModCloth! Check out these amazing markdownsI personally love their dresses! Got to get it by 12/24? Order by 11:59 p.m. PT on 12/17 with FREE shipping on U.S. orders of $50 or more at ModCloth.

Everything is 50% OFF! Enjoy $30 OFF your purchase of $100 or more at New York & Co! Use code: 3744 + FREE shipping on any order at New York & Co

Check out the gifts under $50 at Nordstrom. Also be sure to check out the Kate Spade Gift Guide at Nordstrom here. So many great gift ideas! Plus FREE shipping and free returns! Need it by 12/24? Order by 12/21 at 3 p.m. EST.

Ends 12/19. Save 25% OFF when your old navy, GAP or Banana Card (use card at checkout) or 20% OFF all orders (without card) with code: ONHURRY

Order by 12/19 11 p.m. EST, to get it by 12/24 (free shipping)

Order by 12/20 at 3:00 p.m. EST and enjoy 2-day shipping.
Order by 12/21 at 3:00 p.m. EST and enjoy 1-day shipping.

Shipping on ALL orders over $50 at Old Navy!

Valid through 12/18. Take $15 OFF when you spend $50 or more! Use code: 15OFF50 at Philosophy!

Enjoy up to 15% OFF sitewide at Piperlime! Check out their sale items here. FREE shipping. No minimum. Use code: GIFTME

Up tp 70% OFF when you shop the sales at Shopbop!

Need it by 12/24?

Order by 12/19 at 7 p.m. CST (enjoy free 1-3 day shipping)
Order by 12/20 at 7 p.m. CST (2-day shipping - US only)
Order by 12/21 at 7 p.m. CST (next day shipping - US only)

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FREE shipping at Steve Madden with code OURGIFT

I'm loving the sales going on at Target! Check out their amazing sale prices here. Ranging from electronics to clothes to kitchen appliances. Oh, and click here for a full list of their current promotions! Gosh, I love Target!

Get FREE shipping when you spend $50 on eligible items. Choose 'seasonal shipping' at checkout at Target.

12/27 is the last day for FREE shipping on ALL US orders at Tory Burch

Need it by 12/24? Deadlines apply to U.S. only.

Order by 12/17 at 11:59 p.m. ET (standard delivery)
Order by 12/20 at 12 p.m. ET (2-day delivery)
Order by 12/21 at 1 p.m. ET (overnight delivery)

FREE shipping and 2nd day express delivery on orders of $100 or more (select 2nd day express delivery and use code:  SHIP2DAY at Victoria's SecretI just love Victoria's Secret!

So there you have it! There's some pretty amazing deals going on right now, am I right? So what are you waiting for? Click on over to some of these sweet shops and start working on finishing that holiday shopping list! Or better yet... why not treat yourself to something? That's what I plan on doing! Nothing beats shopping from the comforts of home! No traffic, no long lines, no tired feet :) See.. it's a win, win! Plus with prices at $50 or less, that means you won't be breaking the bank. And what could feel better than that? Happy shopping!