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  • "TIME FLIES" Milan is ONE!

    It has been a really busy past couple of months and an even busier year! My baby boy turned the big ONE and it’s so true that “TIME FLIES” especially with your second child. Nothing makes my heart sing more than seeing my two little ones grow up close in age. I chose the “TIME FLIES” theme for the obvious reasons and I hope that you guys will find it as special as I do! I love all things vintage and that was my goal to create. I find that there isn’t that much inspiration out there for little boys and I was challenged as to how to create something with florals and “pretty” details while maintaining a masculine theme. More important than anything, my son had a BLAST and absolutely loved his sweet cake. What a milestone of a day for all of us!

    Most of the items in the party theme are available for rent, yay! I made the clouds and here is the tutorial as to how I made them for all of you who have been asking. I will also be linking where I got the airplane on my Instagram page for many of you who have asked as well.

    As always, thank you for the encouragement and support in my love of design and all things P R E T T Y! If anything, I hope that YOU will find pretty inspiration!


    PRETTY DESIGN DETAILS:

    Cakes and cake pops: Belladonna Sweets
    Airplane cake topper + cloud topper: Pretty Please Baby
    “Milan is ONE” cake topper: The Bleu Dahlia
    Cake stands: Pretty Please Baby
    Clouds: Pretty Please Baby
    Airplane rocker: Pretty Please Baby
    Linen: La Tavola Linen
    Airplane (on the wall): Pretty Please Baby
    Globe: Pretty Please Baby
    Fresh florals: Pretty Please Baby 

    PHOTOS:
    Melody Melikian 

    X O P a r i s a 































  • Persian New Year 2018 | Norooz {1397}

    Hi everyone! It's been a while and I am checking in to share my Haftseen {Persian New Year spread} this year. While I love stying our traditonal New Year spread every year, honestly I didn't have as much time to be as creative as I would have liked as both my son {1st birthday, can't believe it?!} and husband's birthday is this month and all within week of Norooz. So I have been busy planning those celebrations along with my daughter's birthday next month in April. 

    Here is a brief breakdown of what the items on the Haftseen symbolize:

    {HAFTSEEN SPREAD}

    sabzeh - wheat or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
    samanoo - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing wealth
    senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love
    seer - garlic - symbolizing medicine
    seeb - apples - symbolizing beauty and health
    serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience
    sekkeh - coins - prosperity and wealth
    sonbol - hyacinth flower symbolizing the start of spring

    {OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ALSO USED ON THE SPREAD}

    a mirror and lit candles – symbolizing enlightenment and happiness
    decorated eggs – symbolizing fertility
    a bowl with goldfish – symbolizing life
    holy book {depending on faith} - symbolizing God's blessing

    I hope that you will find inspiration in it and as always thank you for your stopping by. Aideh Noroozeh hamehgee mobarak! 

    All florals + haftseen design by yours truly - Pretty Please Design

    Love,
    Parisa 




















  • Milan's Teething Celebration | "Agra Hadig"

    I don't have time for much these days as a full time mother of 2 little ones, but I do always find the time to plan events for them. Clearly my blog posts (or lack there of) is a reflection of the only time I get on here to post and share their events I work on ha ha (sorry to any avid readers of mine - I will be back!). I plan my children's events so far in advance, most would think I am crazy. Actually, any sort of crafting, styling, or design brings me so much calm that I love to turn to it to take my mind off things and help me relax. Anytime they sleep is when is when I stay up and craft or brainstorm designs. So when people wonder how I get around to these things, it's not because I have a nanny, a babysitter or family near by - I take advantage of their downtime and enjoy my "me time" crafting. It takes me a long time to get things done but since I enjoy it, I don't mind. 

    All that said, in my husband’s Armenian culture, they celebrate the appearance of the baby's first tooth (although Milan has two teeth now). The mother props the infant up on a table or on the floor and places five objects in front of the child - the first object the baby selects predicts his or her future occupation. All in fun + tradition we celebrated my precious Milan. I can’t deny the soccer ball wasn’t strategically placed in front of him but that’s what he chose. My husband had the opportunity to play professional soccer until he broke both of his legs so his dream is for his son to pursue that path.

    As for design: I wanted to incorporate florals of course but I didn’t want it to look too feminine for my son. I chose to use eucalyptus because of the Fall season upon us. I had some faux white floral roses around the house and added those to the eucalyptus. I chose the go to corner in my home where I design all my events and chose to go with an Italian Carrera marble inspired cake to match the top of my console table. I also found the marble cake to have a masculine and modern element to it for my son. I then contacted my go to artist for my cake topper and shared with her my inspiration. She made the most beautiful cake topper I could have dreamed of. I trust her taste implicitly and she knows mine well too so she pulled together exactly what I wanted and that much more!  It’s so important to work with vendors who know your taste. When it comes to teething parties they can be borderline playful and cheesy. Both in which I was trying to avoid. So in my cake topper, Anh from The Bleu Dahlia added a tooth in place of the dot that goes above the "i" in Milan’s name. As for my cake - I contacted my sweet and talented friends at Belladonna Sweets who made my daughter’s second birthday cake. Their cakes are not only delicious but they over deliver in terms of quality, details and design. I sent them my inspiration and they blew me away upon delivery. Again, so important to work with vendors who know your taste and you know that their taste can align with yours. I found the cutest teeth pops from Etsy. They were delivered in perfect condition and were so so so cute. Etsy is always my go to marketplace for unique finds. My regular readers probably already know that.

    Thank you for reading and stopping by as always. Wishing you guys a wonderful holiday season until I check back in.

    XO

    DESIGN DETAILS:

    Marble cake: Belladonna Sweets
    Marble Cake stand: L’objet
    Teeth pops: The Chocolate Workshop
    Teeth pop holder: Mike's Amazing Stands 
    Cake topper: The Bleu Dahlia
    Florals: Michaels










  • Sienna is T W O! Neigh. Neigh. Neigh.

    Since I closed up shop and went on an indefinite "maternity leave" I have really missed crafting and designing. Planning my daughter's birthday celebrations have been my favorite event to plan yet and so I think about them far in advance. This year my daughter Sienna turned two and a few weeks before her birthday I had my second child, my son Milan. I was a little anxious if I would be able pull off the design I had in mind for my daughter's birthday but somehow I did it. I don't have outside help or family close by (for consistent help) so I have been juggling my children on my own and taking it day by day. It has been some of my hardest but most beautiful days. Okay, let's get back in topic here ha ha. I find crafting and designing very relaxing. So when I should have been sleeping while my kiddos were sleeping - I would blow up balloons and build the balloon garland I did for Sienna's birthday backdrop. It took me a week to finish it. I was so afraid that the balloons would deflate by the time her birthday came around but thankfully they lasted. I learned how to do make the ballon garland by watching a DIY video I found on YouTube. Here is the link to it. I used the same blank white wall space in my home from Sienna's 1st birthday - took down the usual wall mirror that hangs there and left my usual console table there for convenience.

    I chose a horse theme because my daughter loves horses and loves to say "neigh neigh neigh" all the time. Though by the time her birthday came around she was obsessed with the movie Frozen! Maybe next years theme?

    A big thanks to my friend and family photographer for bringing every detail to life.

    Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please comment below.

    XO, Parisa

    Sienna is T W O! Neigh. Neigh. Neigh. | All design, styling and florals by me

    DESIGN SOURCES
    Balloons: Michaels
    Faux flowers: Michaels
    Horse theme cookies: Tybrisa Avenue Creations
    Horse lollipops: Delicious Candy Co.
    Horseshoe fondant cake topper: Cakes by Kristi
    Horse candle holders: Tulle and Wrench
    "Sienna is TWO" custom cake topper: The Pink Owl Gifts
    Kari Herer horse art (my inspiration for the entire birthday theme): RH Baby & Child
    Sienna's dress: Luli & Me from Neiman Marcus
    Sienna's shoes: Ruby & Bloom from Nordstrom
    Birthday cakes: Belladonna Sweets

    All photos by Melody Melikian 






















  • Persian New Year 2017 | Norooz {1396}

    If you follow my posts both here and socially, you already know that Persian New Year (Norooz) is my favorite time of the year. Two years ago this time of year I was expecting my first child and again this year I am expecting my second child due to arrive around the new year festivities.

    Keeping up with Norooz tradition is very important to me so I wanted to make sure that I set up the traditional spread before I get too busy with my biggest blessings. I usually designate a specific table and unique mirror for my Haftseen spread but this year I had no energy or time to move furniture around. So I opted to use my small console table that is a favorite piece in my home, along with the mirror that regularly accents it. As pretty of a corner it is to me, it is quite small - so I had to keep all of my Haftseen pieces small and delicate. I used all faux flowers (except for my hyacinth) from Michaels to prettify the spread as I'm not as mobile to spend the time I use to at the fresh flower market. Nothing beats fresh flowers but I have to admit I do love the selection of faux flowers I was able to curate. Spring bloom selections are the best and when picking faux flowers, you really have to pick carefully to avoid them looking too artificial. In my opinion, ONE wrong stem can ruin the bunch. 

    As always, here is a brief breakdown of what the items on the Haftseen symbolize:

     {HAFTSEEN SPREAD}

    sabzeh - wheat or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
    samanoo - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing wealth
    senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love
    seer - garlic - symbolizing medicine
    seeb - apples - symbolizing beauty and health
    serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience
    sekkeh - coins - prosperity and wealth
    sonbol - hyacinth flower symbolizing the start of spring

    {OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ALSO USED ON THE SPREAD}

    a mirror and lit candles – symbolizing enlightenment and happiness
    decorated eggs – symbolizing fertility
    a bowl with goldfish – symbolizing life
    holy book {depending on faith} - symbolizing God's blessing

    I hope to blog and connect more in the near future. Right now everything has taken a back seat to my growing family.

    I wish my readers who celebrate a very happy and healthy new year! Thanks for stopping by! Aideh Noroozeh hamehgee mobarak! 

    All florals + haftseen design by yours truly - Pretty Please Design
     
    P a r i s a 
    {POST EDIT: I put the fish in a bigger bowl after I photographed my spread} 



















  • {a pretty MacKenzie-Childs Christmas}

    Hi pretty lovers!

    Though I'm not done decorating for Christmas yet, I wanted to share a few details as promised from my Christmas decor that I continue to get messages about.

    Believe it or not, I reused ALL of the exact ornaments from Christmas last year (even less!) as well as my same Christmas tree. For those design sources, please visit last years blog post here.

    As for this year, all I did was add 3 different pieces to give my Christmas theme a different look. I love all things MacKenzie-Childs and I wanted to incorporate her courtly check theme. It's so timeless, festive and fun and I love the way it turned out. I added some courtly check ribbon, a capiz courtly check garland and a pair of courtly check candlesticks to my console table to tie in the area. My daughter is much more active this Christmas so I didn't want to use any glass or breakable ornaments on my tree. I have I think one or two breakable ornaments but they are at the very top of my tree. Of course I'm all eyes when she is around the tree but I'm at much ease knowing she can't grab, squeeze or throw anything that can shatter into a million pieces. The courtly check capiz garland could break but it would take a lot of pulling and tugging to take it off the tree as it's wrapped well in between the tree.

    Here are the three links to my new decor pieces for Christmas. It's amazing how little you have to change in adding or taking away to recreate a whole a new theme. 

    1. MacKenzie-Childs Capiz Garland 
    2. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check 2" Ribbon 
    3. MacKenzie-Childs Check & Stripe Candles, Set of 2

    Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season.

    xo, Parisa




  • {Pretty Please Pecan Bundt Cake}

    Up to something pretty and sweet this morning and this is how it all started: 1) pregnant mama craving something sweet 2) fresh flowers on its last leg 3) a box of Betty Crocker white cake in the pantry 4) a bag of honey roasted pecans for salad 5) then this pretty totally happened! {just added a bag of honey roasted salad pecans to the cake batter at the end and followed the cake box recipe instructions. Saved some pecans to sprinkle on top. Popped it in the oven and oh my goodness, craving satisfied. Yum!} Bundt cake pan from: Williams Sonoma

    xo Parisa 


  • Baby Boy Kaprealian

    Hi pretty lovers! I shared this week with everyone that we are having a baby boy and I couldn't be more excited to have one of each! This mama is excited to join the boys club! I'm so happy that my daughter and my son will only be two years apart. My wish is that as they get older they won't feel the age gap much. I have 6.5 year age gap with my younger brother and my husband has a 5.5 year age gap with his older sister. As close as we all are today, we definitely felt it growing up as children.I feel so blessed to be expecting again. I love being pregnant. Weight gain, cellulite and all! Don't hate me mamas, but I don't get morning sickness either. I didn't have it with my daughter and also didn't have it in my first trimester with my son. I have to admit running around after a toddler and being pregnant is not an easy task at all. It's so different from my first pregnancy with my daughter. I use to be able to sleep or relax ALL THE TIME. Both so beautiful yet so different. All in all, my biggest blessings yet. 

    {My daughter's dress is from an Etsy shop called Sweet White Peony. I shop everywhere but I do try and support small businesses where I can.}

    P.S. I promise to do a Christmas post as soon as I am done decorating and I will source all of my decor. It's not much different from last years Christmas post except I changed the way I use my ornaments and added a couple of new ones to bring in a new theme. 

    xo, Parisa





  • Thanks Pinterest! {Butternut Squash Mac + Cheese}

    This Butternut Squash Mac + Cheese recipe is a quick favorite in my home. My 1.5 year old daughter Sienna loves it and I find myself eating it all day when I make it. I got the recipe from Lauren's Latest blog on my Pinterest and I make a few substitutions when I make it. Here they are: 

    • I use about 3-4 cups diced butternut squash instead of 2 which is what the recipe calls for. 
    • Instead of garlic cloves I use garlic paste for convenience and a creamier texture. I use more galric than the recipe. I also use more butter. 
    • I always forget the nutmeg but I'm sure it's delicious with it. Equally delicious without it though!
    • I use Barilla protein pasta instead of plain pasta. I do this for a balance of protein, veggies, and carbs. 
    • I use Colby Jack and Monterey Jack shredded cheese instead of what the recipe calls for. I don't even know how much cheese I use. I just add it until I reach the cheesy texture I like. 
    • I cook a lot without measuring. I find that if you continue to cook dishes you like, the more you do it the more you know what to add or omit just by taste and measuring with your eye.
    Anyways! This was an impromptu blog post so excuse any spelling and grammatical errors. I hope you guys enjoy this dish as much as we do! Bon Appetite! 
    xo, Parisa

    LAUREN'S LATEST STOVETOP BUTTERNUT MACARONI AND CHEESE 

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 pound cooked pasta {such as macaroni or rotini}
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 large onion, finely diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 cups diced butternut squash {1/4 inch dice}
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
    • 1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 pound grated mozzarella cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
    • salt & pepper, to taste
    • 2 pinches nutmeg
    • 1-1 1/2 cups milk

    Directions:

    1. Saute onions, garlic and squash in butter over medium heat. Cook until tender and lightly browned, stirring as you go, about 6 minutes. Pour in chicken stock and reduce liquid by half. If desired, mash the squash and onions together using a potato masher to help dissolve into the sauce. Pour in cooked pasta and the cheeses little by little, stirring as you go. Pour in splashes of milk if needed to thin out melted cheese to create sauce. After all the cheese is melted into the pot, continue stirring and adding in milk. At first there may seem like a big wad of cheese melted in the middle, but as you keep stirring and adding in the milk bit by bit, it should come together to form a very cheesy sauce. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.
  • Seize the pretty opportunity

    I take every opportunity I can to celebrate my daughter as she is growing up so very fast! Yesterday I shared a picture on my Instagram as my daughter turned 18 months. 1.5 years old! With a blink of an eye she is going to be 2. I really can't believe how fast the months are flying past me. I also shared that the months have gotten easier in some ways, harder in other ways, but by far all these months have been my biggest joy in every way. My greatest privilege is to be Sienna's mama. I'm now expecting my second child and I hear from other moms that your second baby will grow up even faster than your first born. It makes sense as you get so busy juggling both kids and life in general. So I'm just a mama over here seizing every special moment and milestone I can. Take those pictures and capture as many special moments as you can, even in the midst of the "not so perfect" days. I look back at so many "not so perfect" days I thought I was having when I became a new mom and now those pictures and moments are the most perfect days I have had the pleasure to have with my biggest blessing Sienna. 

    With love from my family to yours,
    Parisa

  • Sharing the pretty details with Birthmark Magazine


    First birthday parties are always for you more than for the baby so why go overboard on budget right? Well kind of. Before you know it all those pretty details can add up but how can you resist! Being that everyone's budget is different there still are a few things everyone can do to create a cost efficient yet creative 1st birthday party. Head over to Birthmark Magazine where I share a little more detail on my daughter's 1st birthday party.


    {Some Bunny is ONE design details}

    Paper plates: Shop Sweet Lulu
    Party table linen: La Tavola Linen
    Sienna's party hat: Carousel Lane
    Sienna's outfit: Day Spring Dresses
    Milestone poster: Cordially Invite
    Milestone frame: Michael's
    Sienna sign: The Bleu Dahlia
    Faux florals: Michael's
    Oversized balloons: Carousel Lane
    Plastic bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
    Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
    Bunny straw topper: A Work of Heart
    Birthday cakes: Sweet and Saucy
    ONE topper: Fabulous Little Party

    {Photos by Melody Melikian Photography
    ALL florals and design by yours truly.

  • Some bunny turned ONE!

    To say one of the proudest days of my life thus far was my sweet little bunny Sienna's 1st birthday is an understatement. It was such a milestone and momentous day not only for her but for ME. I survived one of the most challenging years in my life in terms of stress, raging hormones, and an abundance of fears which filled me up with post partum anxiety. Now I know it's all normal but when you are going through it sometimes you feel alone because nobody talks about it and in my case I had no idea what I was going through. I have always been an even keeled person and I also had the easiest and most amazing pregnancy (no morning sickness, yes!) so I just expected the next chapter with the arrival of my baby to be as seamless and as pretty as the Pinterest pictures I had pinned long before I was even married! It is amazing how the blessing of bringing a child into this world can be so magical yet stressful. I learned that being a perfectionist like I am really works against you as a new mom because there is no such thing in parenthood. My perfectionism kept getting in my way and it made me feel out of control and that I was not doing things "right". I love pretty but when it it comes to mommy life (and life in general), I don't like to pretend that all is perfect over here. I remember some of the very first months I needed answers, I needed extra support, and God knows I always needed sleep. The last person I would want to share my anxieties with was with someone who pretended that all is perfect. It doesn't exist - in the first year and really in all of the years to come. I learned that we will never have everything figured out and being able to adapt and take things as they come is really what makes me a better mom for Sienna. I came across a quote from another mommy on Instagram who said something like this, "Things don't get easier, you just get stronger". I couldn't agree more with this statement. So while my daughter's birthday was pretty perfect in my eyes, remember everyones perfect is different and as moms we should all encourage and support one another where we can. 

    That being said, Sienna LOVED her birthday party. LOVED being sung Happy Birthday to and LOVED all the attention she was getting. She wasn't a big fan of her smash cake though. She didn't like getting her hands dirty and also didn't really like sitting on grass when we took her outside. Overall, a beautiful day with loads of fun!

    Thanks for stopping by. Lots of love. 

    XO, Parisa

    {Sienna's 1st Birthday | Some Bunny is ONE}
    ALL florals and design by yours truly


    Paper plates: Shop Sweet Lulu
    Party table linen: La Tavola Linen
    Sienna's party hat: Carousel Lane
    Sienna's outfit: Day Spring Dresses
    Milestone poster: Cordially Invite
    Milestone frame: Michael's
    Sienna sign: The Bleu Dahlia
    Faux florals: Michael's
    Oversized balloons: Carousel Lane
    Plastic bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
    Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
    Bunny straw topper: A Work of Heart
    Birthday cakes: Sweet and Saucy
    ONE topper: Fabulous Little Party

    {Photos by Melody Melikian Photography





























  • Persian New Year | Norooz 1395

    I have been anticipating this Persian New Year {1395} since last year Persian New Year because I knew this one would be the most exciting one for me now having my daughter Sienna here. Last year I was very pregnant and with all of my might and swollen feet I managed to prettify a Haftseen as it's a favorite holiday for me and a huge deep rooted tradition for us Iranians. 
     
    I wanted to prettify a spread a little different than my usual interest in neutral hues. My daughter adds so much color to my life and I wanted my Haftseen to reflect exactly that. Here is a link to my Haftseen from last year. There you will find some background information on this special holiday celebration.

    Here is a brief breakdown of what the items on the Haftseen symbolize:
     

    {HAFTSEEN SPREAD}

    sabzeh - wheat or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
    samanoo - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing wealth
    senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love
    seer - garlic - symbolizing medicine
    seeb - apples - symbolizing beauty and health
    serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience
    sekkeh - coins - prosperity and wealth
    sonbol - hyacinth flower symbolizing the start of spring

    {OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ALSO USED ON THE SPREAD}

    a mirror and lit candles – symbolizing enlightenment and happiness
    decorated eggs – symbolizing fertility
    a bowl with goldfish – symbolizing life
    holy book {depending on faith} - symbolizing God's blessing

    As we embark on another year, I wish my readers who celebrate a very happy and healthy new year! Aideh Noroozeh hamehgee mobarak! 

    All florals + haftseen design by yours truly - Pretty Please Design
     
    P a r i s a 





















     

  • Sienna's Christening ...

    I was really looking forward to my daughter's Christening not only because of the blessings and purpose behind the tradition but because this would be her first celebration. I didn't have a baby shower when I was pregnant with her so this day was so special for me to essentially prettify her party and celebrate her life. Here are a few pretty details from our special day!

    xo, Parisa

    PRETTY SOURCES

    CAKE: Rafi's Pastry
    CAKE CALLIGRAPHY: Calligraphy Katrina
    FLOWERS: Avant Garden
    PHOTOGRAPHY: Duke Images 
    VENUE: The Villa
    MY DRESS: Asilio
    SIENNA' DRESS: Baby Beau and Belle // "Kristina" //






  • Sienna's first Christmas ...

    Hi pretty lovers! So per usual I am a bit tardy in sharing these details but better late than never. Preparing for Sienna's first Christmas {Sienna is 8 months young} this year was so special for me I wanted to share a few things we did. My sister-in-law got her a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament which we will cherish year after year. I had a "Sienna's First Christmas" sign made by the talented Deanna from Cordially Invite. I shared with her my Christmas theme and in one shot she came up with the pretty sign details to match my overall theme. Lastly, we {Sienna and I} put out some milk and cookies for Santa. A tradition I look forward to following yearly with her. I hope that one day my baby girl will enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I do. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cheers!

    xo, Parisa

    PRETTY SOURCES:

    CHRISTMAS TREE/DECOR DETAILS: See in previous post here
    SIENNA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS SIGN: Cordially Invite
    SIENNA'S BOW: The Spendid Bow 
    SIENNA'S SWEATER: Baby Gap
    SIENNA'S DRESS: Bowties and Tutus Boutique
    BABY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT: Waterford 












  • Getting Christmas ready ...

    This year is my daughter Sienna's first Christmas so as you can imagine getting ready for Christmas is pretty special for me! So the day after Thanksgiving I ordered a faux snow flocked tree from Kohl's {ahem, on sale from $300 to $100} and I pulled out all of my Christmas ornaments from a few years back all from Homegoods. I also had some pretty peach pointsettias from last year that I also used to decorate my tree this year. I was pretty happy that I had everything I needed without really shopping for anything new because these days this mama doesn't have as much time I use to. Sometimes when you are determined to use what you have on hand, you actually become even more creative and think outside of the box to design something. So Sienna took her first nap of the day, and lucky me she slept 1 hour. In that hour, I finished her first Christmas tree! It's amazing how much you can get done when babies sleep, ha ha.

    Wishing everyone a happy holiday season. May the season bring you all lots of joy, health, and happiness!

    xo, Parisa

    PRETTY SOURCES

    Christmas tree from: Kohl's
    Custom Christmas stockings from: Horchow 
    Ornaments from: Homegoods
    Pointsettias: Michaels









    Custom Christmas stockings from: Horchow 

  • Pretty Please {Nursery Essentials} by our friends at AFK ...

    {NURSERY ROOM ESSENTIALS}

    Planning a nursery can be both exciting and confusing, there are so many wonderful item to include in this room, but what do you really need? Follow these tips to determine some essentials you will definitely want to have in your nursery!

    {MOM AREA}

    Your nursery isn’t only a room for a baby it’s a room for you too. You will be spending plenty of time in the nursery feeding your baby etc. and so make sure you have an area to make yourself comfortable as well. A glider with a side table is a must have. You want to stock the side table with snacks and water for when you are (basically) immobile while feeding your baby. Maybe even include some magazines books or even an iPad for handy entertainment while rocking your baby to sleep!

    Below the Marcheline Night table and Angelica Glider are the perfect nursery furniture pair for your ‘Mommy Zone’.

    {OPEN STORAGE}

    Open storage, like bins on shelves or simply open book cases, can really come in handy in a nursery. You may find that one arm is often occupied with your little angel and so having open storage when you only have one available hand is very useful. Easy access when you need a pacifier or wipe immediately will make your life a lot easier. Pair the Tall French Bookcase by AFK Furniture with some creme colored bins of your choosing for easy access storage.

    {CRIB, CRADLE, or BASSINET}

    This might seem like a no brainer but of course your little angel needs their own place to sleep! However, it is important to note here that you really only need one in the nursery. For many it may seem like you might need to get all three, but that is not the case. A bassinet or cradle are great for the first couple months when the newborn may be too small for a crib and when you would like for your child to sleep in your room with you. After the child has grown out of the bassinet a crib can replace it. For amazing Luxury Baby Furniture try the Leila Bassinet from AFK Furniture (pictures below).

    {EXTRA ESSENTIALS}

    Additonal essentials include a night light and a journal. A night light will be crucial for those late night checkins when you don’t want to turn on the lights and risk waking the baby. A journal will help you keep track of feeding, when you changed your baby etc. and also to keep note of special moments!

    Whatever you decide to add into your nursery, just remember that making it as convenient as possible is always a plus! Plan your perfect nursery and check out AFK luxury baby furniture today!


    {SOME PRETTY PLEASE FAVORITES}

    Mariah Carey's nursery by AFK


    {ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY AFK. MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEIR ROOM GALLERY}

  • Pretty in Glitter and Spice

    My daughter has been showing signs of teething since she was 3 months young but her tooth hasn't surfaced yet. She is a little over 6 months now, so as you can imagine she loves to put just about anything in that pretty little mouth of hers! While we anxiously wait for her tooth to sprout we are loving her teething jewelry from Glitter and Spice. They keep my daughter entertained and give me much comfort knowing they are 100% FDA approved and free of harmful chemicals. Did I mention they are of course pretty too!? They have so many pretty pieces but we went with these soft pastel designs. Thank goodness for these pretties because they give mama a much needed break. Make sure to check them out and use the code PARISA for 15% any of your purchases.

    xo



  • Shower me pretty

    My beautiful sister-in-law just got married this past weekend and I have to say it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have been to. Not because everything was pretty but because the love that my sister-in-law and handsome brother-in-law share are examples of Christ's presence and living proof of how He brought them together.

    That being said, I helped my sister-in-law with all of her pre-wedding and wedding festivities. Her taste is very simple, classic, and understated. Keeping this all in mind, I designed all of the bridal shower details as such and incorporated her love of all things French and Italian. I was 38 weeks pregnant when we had her shower so excuse my extremely long delay pulling together this blog post. Learning how to juggle this beautiful life with an 8 week old is something I'm learning everyday. If I get to curl my eyelashes I consider it a very accomplished day! I have to admit it does get easier everyday and I am so in love with my little angel.

    || BRIDAL SHOWER DESIGN DETAILS ||

    Venue: il Cielo Beverly Hills // Photography: Joshua Woolen // Cake, macaron towers, + individual macarons: Rafi's Pastry // Flowers + tablescape design: by yours truly // Customized pencils: Oriental Trading {prettifed with black ribbon by yours truly} // Spatulas: Webstaurant {prettifed with black ribbon by yours truly} // Spatula sharpies: from Michaels. Prettified with bows from Michaels by yours truly // Calligraphy, escort cards, table names, game paper: Calligraphy Katrina // Bridal chair signage: prettified by yours truly. Ribbon + frame from Michaels. Calligraphy by Caliigraphy Katrina // Lunch menus: provided by il Cielo {prettifed with black ribbon by yours truly} // Shower favors: prettified by the bride. Acrylic boxes from the Container Store. Ribbon from Michaels. Favor tag from Etsy. Individual macarons from Rafi's Pastry // Dessert table linen: La Tavola // Game gifts: prettified by wrapping paper from Paper Source //

    Thanks for reading!

    xo,
    Parisa




























  • {Soraia Ali} Grace Ormonde Feature

    One of the favorite things about doing what I do is getting to work with some of the most amazing brides who become my friends. Soraia is certainly one of them and she was one of the easiest and sweetest brides I had the pleasure of working with months leading up to her wedding. Not only is she smart but she is stunningly beautiful inside and out. It is to no surprise that her wedding was nothing less then pretty perfection just like her. Though this wedding was last year - it was recently featured on Grace Ormonde. Yay! I have been impatiently waiting to share some of the design details from her ceremony spread so here they finally are!

    Venue: Fairmont San Francisco // À la carte sofreh aghd design: Pretty Please Design // Sofreh Styling: Simple Little Details // Photography: U Me Us Studios // Florals: Asiel Design 


















  • Persian New Year | Norooz 1394

    As my due date quickly approaches (baby is a few weeks away!}, I often think about the way I was raised and what elements/traditions of my upbringing I would like to instill in my child. I can think of many and one of my most fondest and favorite holidays growing up has been Norooz also known as the Persian/Iranian New Year. Norooz in its literal translation means New Day - "No" New "Ruz" Day.  It is observed based on the Persian calendar and this year we are getting ready to ring in 1394. We prettify a table spread (also known as a Haftseen) with symbolic and traditional items that represent many elements in our life and new year to come. Seven specific items are placed on the spread that start with the letter "S" or to be more specific the Persian letter "Seen". Haftseen in its literal translation means 7 (Haft) seens. 7 "S's". Okay, no more language lessons here, ha ha. Below is a brief breakdown of the traditional Haftseen items:
     

    {HAFTSEEN SPREAD}

    sabzeh - wheat or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
    samanoo - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing wealth
    senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love
    seer - garlic - symbolizing medicine
    seeb - apples - symbolizing beauty and health
    serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience
    sekkeh - coins - prosperity and wealth
    sonbol - hyacinth flower symbolizing the start of spring

    {OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ALSO USED ON THE SPREAD}

    a mirror and lit candles – symbolizing enlightenment and happiness
    decorated eggs – symbolizing fertility
    a bowl with goldfish – symbolizing life
    holy book {depending on faith} - symbolizing God's blessing

    This observance has been celebrated for over a few thousand years and is one of the most anticipated for Persians/Iranians. The new year is celebrated for 13 days and the actual new year always falls on the Spring Equinox. Some of our traditions include prettifying our Haftseen table as I mentioned previously, Spring cleaning, visiting family and friends, buying new clothes, and gifting money to children. On the 13th day we finish off the celebrations by attending Seezdeh Beedar which is the ritual of attending a park and picnicking. These parks are usually full of other Persians/Iranians there to celebrate as well so it becomes a very big festivity full of food, dancing and of course a lot of mixing and mingling.

    Though this is not my first haftseen, it is by far my most favorite because now that I am a mommy-to-be, naturally I feel the presence of my baby thus wanting to set and keep up with certain traditions. I cannot wait to share pictures with my daughter of her in my belly.

    Wishing my readers a very happy and healthy new year! Aideh Noroozeh hamehgee mobarak! 

    Florals + haftseen design: by yours truly - Pretty Please Design
     
    P a r i s a 

  • Our little Valentine

    My maternity shoot was a day I had looked forward to for many years. We couldn't think of a sweeter day to celebrate our baby girl on the way - Valentine's Day but of course.

    As I pulled together inspiration for this shoot, I knew I wanted to incorporate the color of love {red} and other special sentiments from my childhood and wedding day. One of the most special pieces to me that we incorporated were two gold bangles I use to wear as a baby in which I intend on passing down to my daughter. My mother had saved them all of these years and I am so grateful she did. My mother also gave me a vintage jewelry box, so we styled my gold bangles in this perfectly pretty box in which I will use in my daughter's nursery. From our wedding day, I wore my earrings {also vintage from my mother}, my husband wore his tuxedo and my Pretty Please pup Tabasco wore his bow tie. All of these little details bring back so many fond memories for me. This day and these pictures will forever be cherished. I look so forward to one day showing my little girl how excited we all were waiting for her arrival.

    Photos: Melody Melikian Photography 
    Cake+ Cupcakes: Justin from Bristol Farms {Beverly Hills}
    Florals: Pretty Please Design

    P a r i s a 












  • Pretty Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll

    Between my pregnancy cravings and Valentines Day coming up - I decided to make one of my favorite go-to desserts last night: the Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll. Every time I make it I forget how delicious and easy it is. Did I mention you don't have to use the oven either? Most definitely a must try if you are looking for something that looks pretty and is super easy.

    Here is the recipe from the back of the box of the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer box. All ingredients should be available at any local supermarket.

    WHAT YOU NEED:
    2 cups whipping cream
    1sp. vanilla
    1pkg (9 oz) FAMOUS Chocolate Wafers

    MAKE IT:
    BEAT cream with mixer on high speed until stiff peak forms. Gently stir in vanilla.
    SPREAD 1 - 1.5 tsp. whipped cream onto each wafer: stack, then stand edge on platter. 
    Frost with remaining whipped cream,
    REFRIGERATE 4 hours. Cut into diagonal slices to serve. 

    PARISA'S TOUCH:
    I purchase 2 (8 oz) containers of Lite Cool Whip. I find that I always end up with more whipping cream than I need but I also find that 2 cups whipping cream is not enough per the recipe on the back of the box. I also buy any milk chocolate/dark chocolate candy bar (personal preference here) and prettify the top of the refrigerator roll with shaved pieces of chocolate. I use a potato peeler to shave the pieces off. 

    And there you have it! A pretty simple tasty piece of heaven. Hope you try it.

    xo P

    Florals: Pretty Please Design
    Dessert Plates: MacKenzie-Childs
    Platter: Limoges




  • Hello Grace Ormonde

    It has been a pretty busy week of features! Wow. I am so humbled. I had the pleasure of designing my dear friend's/bride + groom's sofreh aghd ceremony spread and I am so excited to learn that we have been featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style. I had the opportunity to design the entire sofreh aghd ceremony spread as well as work with some of the best top tier event designers. It was such a beautiful day and most definitley one of my favorite wedding ceremony's to design. 

    Visit Grace Ormonde: HERE for the full feature.

    Visit Pretty Please Blog: HERE for additional photos of this sofreh aghd design.

    Location: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco |  Event Planner: Kat Minassi Events & Design |
    Floral and Event Design: White Lilac Inc. | Loose Floral Styling: Pretty Please Design | Photography: Chrisman Studios 

     

    xo Parisa



  • Pretty Please Baby

    My husband and I couldn't be more excited to be expecting our first child! I made this announcement a few months ago but today I wanted to share with you guys a couple of fabulous dresses I bought once I found out I was expecting. I knew that I wanted to find something that was stretchy {spandex} so that the dresses would grow with my baby and I. I bought one black dress and one white dress to test the quality and comfort {both are non-maternity}. I opted for neutral and simple colors/styles so that I could have the versatility in layering/pairing them with other items. I started wearing them at about 12 weeks and this week I am 26 weeks and still wearing them. I can't believe it. It's going by so fast. Since they aren't maternity dresses I can still wear them post baby. Talk about getting your bang for your buck! I personally don't find wearing any type of pants comfortable. Whether they be leggings or jeans. If I do, pants are the only piece of wardrobe I own that have to be maternity. That being said, they make my belly feel claustrophobic and I much prefer dresses and skirts.

    Those who know me know that I LOVE flowers. So my husband incorporated flowers into our gender reveal. It was a tremendously special moment. It was important for me to reveal the gender of our baby in a way that was unique and original to us. Our caption read, "My daughter's first flowers from the first man she will love". They were pretty and peach which of course symbolizes we are having a GIRL! We took the photo ourselves and gave photo credit to our first baby - our fur baby Tabasco Kaprealian.                     
                                                  



    The dresses I purchased are no longer available since I purchased them a while ago now but here are some links to some similar ones. Needless to say, there are many dress options here. I am due for some new ones myself. Hope you find something you like! 

    {All photos taken at our home}

    Black Tobi dress, no longer available: similar style | White Tobi dress, no longer available: similar style 

     xx Parisa

  • A pretty please feature

    It always nice when you choose a job where you never have to "work" a day in your life. Pretty Please is my passion and I do what I love. It has been my child and with utmost pride I enjoy reflecting back on these past 3 years to see how much it has grown. I drew inspiration from everywhere {but NEVER COPIED} as I was in the process of building my brand. From developing a name/brand, purpose, business model, website (verbiage)/social media content, you name it - I did it with pure passion. I didn't always know where I was going with it but after much love and patience I have seen my brand grow and I can't wait to see what else is in store for us. That being said, please check out my interview with The Beverly Hills Insider where you will find all things style, weddings, + more! 

    xx Parisa

  • A pretty peachy Christmas

    Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Christmas and Norooz {Persian New Year} are two of my favorite holidays. This year I didn't have much time to prepare for Christmas and didn't even have a tree. I know, I know, how does one celebrate Christmas without a tree!? That being said, this 6 month expecting mommy-to-be decided to host a last minute Christmas dinner so I pulled together some decor that I already had in the house (i.e., peach ribbon - my favorite color, loose ornaments, pinecones, etc). I did the best I could to make it a pretty peachy Christmas. I tried to make up for my lack of Christmas decor with a lot sweets and fresh flowers of course. I made a delicious dinner but didn't have time to take photos of anything because I was in the kitchen for 749873984783748734 hours, ha ha. Maybe next year I will be better prepared and will be able to share some of my favorite recipes. I have a lot of favorites! Oh and on a side note, my father-in-law's birthday is on Christmas day as well! So this year, I had one cake and had a "Happy Birthday Baba" plaque made for the cake. So, here is a quick glimpse into our pretty peachy sweet Christmas. I hope you like! Comments open below. Ta ta! 

    p.s. My table setting flatware wasn't in proper order. I had the spoons where the knife should be and vice versa. Whoops! I of course changed it after I took my photos. I would like to blame my pregnancy brain on that mishap, ha ha. 

    Cake/donut stand: L'Objet
    Cake pop tray {it's actually a cheeseboard}: L'Objet
    Appetizer/salad plates: L'Objet
    Milk decanter {it's actually a wine decanter}: Vintage from Etsy
    Flowers + Design: Yours truly - Pretty Please Design
    Flatware: West Elm
    Cake {prettied with fresh blooms by moi}, cake pops, + macarons from: Bristol Farms Beverly Hills

    xo Parisa




















  • Giving pretty thanks

    I think anyone who knows me or follows Pretty Please, knows that I love light neutral colors. My color palette is expanding but I ALWAYS default back to my whites, ivories, pale pinks and peachy colors. So of course my Thanksgiving decor this year would be reflective of that right? ha ha. This year, I finally had the time to try something I had seen on Pinterest many years ago. Of course I used Pinterest as my inspiration and did not copy what floated my fancy exactly {I take pride in crafting my own designs}. So I carved out a pumpkin in lieu of a vase and prettified it with some of my favorite blooms. And voila! 4 years in the making, ha ha. Actually, it took about 30 minutes to pull this design together once I had all of the pretties I needed. I hope you like it as much I do!

    xx Parisa

  • A Pretty Please Michael Aram Collaboration

    Simply put - I love entertaining. So much so that I don't wait for a special occasion or holiday to have family or friends over - but really, I entertain on a daily basis whether it's for my husband and I, my girlfriends, or simply just me. Come on, doesn't everything just taste better when it's "pretty"? I don't wait to pull out my pretty pieces for a special occasion because I feel as though every day is special occasion. Entertaining doesn't have to be over the top. It's more about the little details and the experience you pull together for your guests.

    At the age of 21, when most girls are more interested in fashion and makeup, I was always more interested in interior decor/design. I would spend all of my money and collect things for my first apartment in college before anything else. Some of my favorite pieces then and now are by Michael Aram. They are truly pieces of art, perfect for prettifying "life's everyday moments" as Michael Aram would say. They are practical, functional, and timeless. They make everything look like a million bucks and they make for effortless entertaining.

    Though my taste has shifted from traditional to transitional over the years - my Michael Aram pieces have always remained my go-to when entertaining because they are so versatile. I use them essentially in every room in my home.

    So now that you know how much I love Michael Aram's collections, I was over the moon when they contacted me to collaborate on a design project. I participated in an Instagram Takeover as their MyMaStyle expert and styled 3 of their items a few different ways. At the end of this dreamy collaboration when I thought it couldn't get any better, it did! My husband {soon-to-be baby girl} and I had the opportunity to have a private breakfast with Michael here in Los Angeles! He is such a fascinating, friendly, and humble man. One that oozes creative energy and is so inspiring. So in celebration of Michael's craft, I would like to share some images of our collaboration.


    Cheers!
    Parisa


    || Photos via Michael Aram ||
    {TOP LEFT} Rock Cake Stand  
    {TOP RIGHT} Pomegranate Catch All  
    {BOTTOM} Rock Cheese Board

    All photos and styling below by: Parisa Kaprealian - Pretty Please Design










     







    Photo Credit: Hryer Kaprealian | Breakfast with Michael Aram at the Chamberlain in West Hollywood

  • Pretty Please Bundt Cake

    So a couple of weeks ago I baked my father-in-law a dark chocolate bundt cake and I got a lot of requests for the recipe. This recipe is one of many that I have learned from my mother-in-law. She is brilliant in the kitchen and she makes the smallest modifications in her cooking and baking opting for healthier versions of whatever is on her pretty menu. 

    Naturally nothing is as delicious as using the butter and oil a lot of recipes call for, but this bundt cake recipe I am about to share is so simple, so quick, so pretty, and still so very delicious! 

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED

    Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
    7 egg whites
    Bundt pan
    Nonfat cooking spray
    A side of pretty

    My bundt cake pan is from Williams Sonoma. My cake stand is vintage and I upcycled the cake plate for more of a modern mix.

    The recipe on the back of the brownie mix calls for 1/4-cup water, 1/2-cup oil and 1 whole egg. I skip the water. I use 6 eggs white in lieu of the 1/2 cup of oil and 1 additional egg white in lieu of the 1 whole egg. So I use a total of 7 eggs whites. You can play around with the egg white measurements but last time I made this bundt cake, this is how I made it and the texture was pretty good to me. 

    I also spray my bundt pan with a 100% nonfat grapeseed oil cooking spray so that I can easily remove my cake once it's done. I bake it at 325 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. 

    p.s. Can't wait to remodel my kitchen! Decisions, decisions.

    I hope you like it! Enjoy!

    P a r i s a 






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