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Guest post round-up and Day 09 of 24 Merry Days

Monday, December 9, 2013

I’m about to land back in NYC as we speak (well, in a couple of hours)! I’m excited to be back tomorrow! But sad to leave Hawaii 🙁  I want to take this moment to say a special THANK YOU to all my amazing guest posters who were so kind and wonderful to step in for me while I was away on vacation! I really appreciate it and I know all the readers did too! ♥

If you missed any of it, here’s your chance to catch up:

// Jacquelyn shared an enticing What to Pack for Hawaii
// I had my own “Creative Collective” Q+A with Latrina
// Victoria shared a beautiful DIY coaster set
// A wonderful Giving Thanks list with Alecia
// Delicious Roasted Carrot Soup recipe from Irela
// Jane shares a beautiful and heart-warming post On Gratitude
// Sophie shares a fitting Thanksgiving post: Thankful for the Littlest Things
// Download a beautiful holiday wallpaper created by Corina
// Check out these dreamy, bright white interiors and product pickings that Eleni shared with us
// Have you seen the oh so delicious Peppermint Pistachio Bark recipe from Laicie?
// Talking shop with the talented graphic designer + illustrator, Belinda Love Lee
// Nikkol shares the most gorgeous woodland-inspired Wedding Inspiration Board

And after you’re all caught up on the guest posts, be sure to stop on by to Studio DIY, where Kelly is hosting today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway! It’s a big one – enter to win a $500 (!!!) gift card from Poppin. You know you love it – so click here to enter or the banner below!!

See you all tomorrow!!

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24 Merry Days // Day 08

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 8 of 24 Merry Days! Claire from Fellow Fellow is giving away a gorgeous statement necklace from Leah Singh!! Enter to win this amazing piece of jewelry here or click on the banner below!

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24 Merry Days // Day 07

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 7 of 24 Merry Days! Brittni over at Paper & Stitch is giving away a lovely gift from West Elm! Go check it out and enter to win by clicking here or the banner below! Good luck!

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GP10: Peppermint Pistachio Bark // Laicie of A Thousand Threads

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Hi lovely Coco/Mingo readers! I’m Laicie, from the blog A Thousand Threads, and I’m so excited and honored to be here to share a recipe with you while Jessica is away.

Since the holidays are coming up, I thought I’d share a holiday treat that’s easy to eat all by yourself (way too easy) or if you can part with it, to give as a gift!

One of my most prominent memories from holidays as kid is my Mom’s annual cookie and candy-baking tradition – the kind that just has to be called an extravaganza. Some years she did an exchange, some years she invited friends and baked everything at once…but the result was always the same. A house full of sweet smells and holiday cheer.

Your family might have done this too? Maybe you even carry on the tradition (I always try to!)

And if you do, this recipe is one that you should add to your list. It’s not too tough or time-consuming, it’s festive, and most importantly, it really is good.
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Peppermint Pistachio Bark

// 20 oz high quality white chocolate (We used Lindt)
// 1 6.5-ounce package red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies
// 1 cup salted and roasted pistachios

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place peppermint candies in a plastic bag and crush with a mallet (or anything with a hard flat surface). Sift crushed candy to separate peppermint dust from hard candy pieces.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or a metal bowl over a boiling pot of water). When melted, mix in peppermint dust, then spread evenly over wax paper. Sprinkle hard candy pieces over the chocolate, then the pistachios, and tamp down a bit, just to make sure they’re embedded in the soft chocolate. Place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm.

Remove from refrigerator and break into pieces.

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Recipe and all photos via A Thousand Threads

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So excited for Day 4 of 24 Merry Days!! And what a grand coincidence! I have Laicie guest posting here at Coco/Mingo and she’s also up for the 24 Merry Days giveaway today! So check out A Thousand Threads or click on the banner below to see what Laicie has got going for today’s amazing giveaway! (Artifact Uprising)

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GP09: Dreamy White Interiors // Eleni of My Paradissi

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Hello Coco/Mingo readers! This is Eleni from My Paradissi and I’m happy to fill up for sweet Jess while she’s enjoying her family and friends back at her homeplace.

I know Jessica treats you with softness and brightness through all the amazing images she posts daily and I really didn’t want to go otherwise. When I stumbled upon this beautiful place on the latest issue of Est Magazine I knew I had to show it to you! Check out the sleek surfaces on the walls, floor and cabinetry, the slim metallic furniture mixed with the sturdy wooden ones, the delicate fixtures and the soft textiles, in all sorts of bright hues from white to blush and grays. And, all these just get even more beautiful with the bold green surroundings framed by the large windows. Looks like a perfect dream to live in!

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Inspired by the pure bright interiors of this home, I gathered a few products from favorite online shops that you can use to recreate the atmosphere. Would you pick any of these to decorate your place with?

Shop this collection:

1.Ring of Roses art print by Clare Elsaesser (Etsy, $65), 2.Amethyst pillow (Zara Home, $35.90), 3.Enameled steel side table (French Connection, £120), 4.Park stoneware pitcher (Serena & Lily, $48), 5.Hip vintage round braided hemp pouf (Pure Home, $212), 6.Nelson crisscross ball pendant lamp (Design Within Reach, $195), 7.Knit design throw (Zara Home, $99.90), 8.Candid Essai geodesic chair (abc home, $295).
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Images styled by Jessica Bouvy and photographed by Dana van Leeuwen via Est Magazine November 2013.

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And be sure to check out what Brittany from The House that Lars Built is giving away today for Day 3 of 24 Merry Days! (Public Bikes)

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