pretending I'm in Spain

 cardi: Target(+ vintage buttons)     tee: Urban Outfitters      scarf: Spain     belt: vintage   
skirt: Old Navy clearance   tights: no idea    boots: Nordstroms

There are dead winter branches behind me and it hasn't been too warm, but with this red silk scarf I'm pretending I'm in Spain taking in the culture and sunshine. Picture me at a cafe with cobblestones beneath my feet-- rather than in a backyard with a soggy lawn.

When my dad was in Seville, Spain a few months ago he bought this silk scarf for me. I love the bright cherry red color and the soft feel of it. I don't have anything else that's 100% silk.

I was nervous about pairing it with an emerald green cardigan but against neutrals it pops rather nicely and doesn't feel too Christmas-y. Or at least I didn't think so.

Do you ever mix colors-- like green and red or even red and pink? I'm trying to do it a little more often. Imagining myself in fashion-focused Spain helps. :)

xo, erika
p.s. I have a good giveaway idea for when we hit 300 blog followers... pass it on ;)

linking up!
pleated poppy


the thrift list

the thrift list
While I'm sure I could find these things at any mall, I'm also sure I could find them at my local Goodwill. I've seen both denim/chambray shirts and bright pencil skirts and silk blouses were huge in the early 1990s-- whatever top I find I'll just take out the shoulder pads. :)

Do you thrift shop? What's on your list?

xo, erika

holiday cheer & color

my Christmas decor inspiration this year...


how are you decorating this year? Going traditional or trying something new?

xo, erika

p.s.  get 30% off in my shop with the code CYBERMONDAY


don't read this while you're hungry

A beautiful tablescape.

Delicious food.

Laughing family and friends.

I could go for Thanksgiving once a month.


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so much to be thankful

Yesterday it poured.

And water seeped into our crawl space so the husband and I spent a good part of our evening hooking up the sump pump to pump the water out into the yard. It was dark and wet.

I headed upstairs to start making pumpkin pie and the dishwasher disposal had stopped working. As I attempted to do dishes, water filled the sink. And I was filled with despair.

As the husband unclogged the sink we both begin to complain about the pains of owning a home. Until the husband stopped.

"This is ridiculous," he said. "We have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings and we're complaining about a clogged disposal in a house we own."

It was a startling moment when we both realized how petty our concerns were in the grand scheme of things. We are both beyond blessed to have a roof over our head, food in our fridge and a loving family to share Thanksgiving with. Every day when I go downtown to work at the job that pays my bills, I am reminded of how many do not have even the basics.

This is not to say that dealing with a flooded crawlspace is not a pain, it's just a change of perspective of the many good things in my life that I am so grateful for.

And my prayer is that I am not just thankful today on the official holiday, but am reminded to be thankful all year round.

happy thanksgiving.

xo, erika


rouge & whimsy holiday shopping guide

Forget the long lines and the big box stores. Get something unique, something handmade for Christmas. 
Unsure where to start? How about right here...

Jac & Elsie is a jewelry shop full of handmade goodies, vintage pieces and vintage-inspired baubles.
use coupon code 14rougeandwhimsy23 for 20% off your order for the month of November on any non-donation piece!
Shop Lollipops for custom stationery, invitations, prints & playdate cards!
all handmade, all original designs from a cookie loving, coffee drinking, beach town mother of 3 who wears her heart on her sleeve.
handmade with high quality papers, inks, and love.

After Nine To Five is filled with necklaces, earrings, blogging resources such as e-books, wall art, and more!
use coupon code save10 for 10% off your order!

Nola Love Shop features handmade lovelies for you and your home.

use coupon code freeshiprouge for free shipping!

We are the eleventh monkey creatures, and we all look slightly awkward. Our little felt family was unleashed into the world from Japan in 2009, but now we temporarily live in the U.S. Oh, and our  mommy and creator is a Dutchie, so we're quite the international bunch! We love, love, love hugs and we are looking for new friends out in the world who are just as hug-happy as we are!
use coupon code fsrouge for free shipping worldwide! 

Lee La La is an online boutique for women and babies. My shop is a reflection of my love to create and all things girly. 

use coupon code loveerika for 20% off!
 HanMadeThings is filled with things that are unique, feminine, useful, and maybe a little quirky. 
use coupon code blackfriday for 30% off the entire week of Thanksgiving!
I started up my CARD SHOP so that others could send mail to loved ones and let them know that they are being thought of. Then last month I opened up my EMBROIDERY SHOP that is full of lovely little wall hangings that you can give to someone special ((or just keep for yourself!)). 

for MOONBEAMWISHES  use code ROUGEANDWHIMSY20 for 20% off
for DEAR MOONBEAMS use code WHIMSICALWISHES10 for 10% off 

Yellow Heart Art features  quirky and original art to decorate you and your home! I design fun graphic prints, cute fabric pendant necklaces and now art that you can squeeze!

use coupon code HOLIDAY15 for 15% off 

Sew Beastly is a shoppe full of handmade ruffled accessories that are not only cute, but functional. 

My shop is "Love on Wings" mostly because the first tops I made had wings on the back (and my hubs is a pilot, but I am not that romantic).  I make Bible and Nature inspired clothing for little ones.
use coupon code blogs for free shipping!

Loveclay is a polymer clay shop that is more about appreciating a robotic & whimsical side to crafting.
quite a good group! now off to shop! :)


DIY sweater legwarmers and a giveaway winner

I'm guest posting over on lollipops for Krystina's pretty clever link-up. 
You should go check it out-- turns out legwarmers are one of the best things to make.

also, drumroll please, but if you're KEL of News from Fern Street-- you just won all the goodies from Friday's giveaway! Luckeeee.

I'll be sending you an email later today!


a rouge & whimsy holiday

Discounts start at 12 a.m. Pacific on Friday November 25 through Monday November 28.

The deets:
holiday gets 20% off your entire order
Pillow purchases will include a felt heart ornament.

please order by friday december 9th to ensure delivery by Christmas!
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