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  • 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




























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