These Days. . .

Our lives have been chaotic lately. . . and fun. . . and jam packed. This week is my last week of work before the holidays; we’re doing Secret Santa at work all week (my fave); we’re attending lots of holiday events and gatherings; and we’re trying to prep to see our families.

Here’s a look at our life in pictures (via my Instagram feed) over the past week or so:


These pictures (left to right, top to bottom) show:

> my blissful trip to craft heaven Fantastico with my partner in craft, Rachel.

> the hubs gifts me an ornament every year in my stocking because he knows I love them so, so much. This year’s ornament was one of my faves from my 2013 top ten ornaments list: the eiffel tower! It’s so sweet that he got me this one this year because it will always remind me of our trip to Paris.

> the beautiful red berries that I found at the sf flower mart for our DIY Magnolia wreath.

> a delicious brunch spread that I shared with friends Lisa and Kari from Samovar tea lounge.

> a pensive Not Merely Husband looking dashing as always.

> beautiful lights from a delicious dinner at our friend, Maire’s. I had chowder for the first time (she made mine without clams since I’m allergic to shellfish-#whatagem), and it was incredible. I never got all the fuss about chowder before. #getitnow

> our friend and downstairs neighbor Connor had a ugly sweater party emergency last week. He’s just so ding dang stylish that he didn’t have anything ugly in sight, so we helped him out. 🙂

> I am so in love with our tree this year. Since we have a nice bay window in our new apartment, we were able to bring home close to an 8 footer. I love how colorful and warm it is. The ornaments remind me of so many special memories over the years.

> and last, but not least, a special gift I got from Minted because I’m headed to Alt Summit next month (woo!). Have you guys checked out their New Personalized Wrapping Paper? So cute!

From holiday parties to craft fairs to brunches with friends and gift giving, the holidays have definitely arrived for the Nguyens!

Happy December!

P.S. In case you’re still looking for those last minute gifts, check out the Not Merely Living Gift Guides:

For the Reader
For the Art Lover
For someone like Me
For anyone who likes handmade
My Favorite Ornaments from 2013