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Happy New Years Eve (Eve) Everyone! I am so thankful for all you followers sharing this year with me and am beyond thrilled to be going into 2012 with all of you. I can't wait to share some of the things I've been working on for the new year! I hope you all have a fun filled weekend whether it be staying in and watching the ball drop and sharing a kiss with your husband and kids or going to a New Year's Eve extravaganza party. I'll be attending a masquerade party with my sister and friends and about a thousand other people, who will be the lucky one to kiss me when the clock strikes midnight?  

Dear Mother, Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to one fantastic and sensational mother. Now close to every year I like to be a little sassy and say Happy Birthday mom, which is then usually followed by grandma and grandpa really should have planned your arrival a little better, c'mon grams and gramps four days after Christmas? Not only is everyone getting a little tired of the holidays and have to start putting away decorations; oh no not in this family because right after my mother's birthday is New Years, my sister's birthday a few days later and then my dad's birthday about a week later. Really O'Brien family, you should have thought about this when starting a family. However, it is what it is and we still manage to go out with a bang until the end of January with all the celebrating in between. So to my mother who looks like a million bucks everyday, Happy Birthday and I love you!

Leading Ladies

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"There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about." In memory of Helen Frankenthaler, a beloved artist and a personal favorite.  

this week's favorites...

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He's sitting by the front door, so every
time you walk in you're greeted by Santa. One of my favorite Christmas decorations,  Department 56 village sets.  To make the dining table pretty.  The stocking my Grandma Dorothy made for me. Christmas is in three days, yippee!
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a fabulous weekend with your families and loved ones.
(images via instagram)

The Ultimate Gift Guide: For your older brother whose a genius, a science nerd, a reading machine and the coolest big brother.

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He is always in need of a polo sweater. Cotton Stripe Half-Zip Sweater at Polo $79.99  You'll need about two bookcases, to house his extensive collection of books. Walnut Five-Tier Ladder Shelf at Overstock $69.99   A classic that every guy loves. At Amazon $10.20  He asks for one every year, so why not get him the best of the best. Laguiole Multi Function Tool ACME $49 Because he's a science nerd and he'll just absolutely love it. Molecular Party Decal Etsy $59.99  He's a surfer at heart and misses the California beaches he grew up on. Pier at Framed Art $72.99  Now that he's gotten you hooked on this hilarious show, it's time to give back. At Amazon $17.99  All he wears around the house are his ten year old moccasins, time for a new pair. Fleece-lined Lodge Moccasins at J.Crew $49.50  He's been reading them ever since you can remember, so why not give him every issue to keep. At Amazon $42.90 He's always wanted to go bungee jumping.  Bungee America $7…

The Ultimate Gift Guide: For your best friend your little sister, who speaks in movie quotes and stays up all night with you no matter how old you get.

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So she can lounge in it or wear it out to a friend's holiday party. Speck-tacular City Lights Cardigan at Modcloth $57.99 To add to her obsession of New York. Streets of New York Flat Pouch at Kate Spade $75  Since she's been begging for stationary lately. Global Greeting Note Cards at Anthropologie $28 Because it's been missing from big sister's bookshelf for awhile. How to Sew a Button by Erin Bried at Amazon $10.20  She's obsessed with personalizing everything, so she'll just love this. Swanson Vinyards $100  She loves all things french. Bonjour printed rug at Urban Outfitters $19 She's been nagging you to wear yours. Cashmere-lined Lined Leather Gloves at J.Crew $98 Simply put, you can never go wrong with a pair of booties, even if you already have a few pairs. High Heel Platform Ankle Boots Zara $89.90 She won't stop saying "That's what she said" jokes or quoting the show. At Amazon $13.99  It will look perfect on her tanned and gorge…

The Ultimate Gift Guide: For your newly retired mother who is looking forward to just spending more time with her grown kids!

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A holiday sweater to make her feel warm and look fabulous for the season. Wynter Cowlneck Sweater at J.Crew $68 To add a little bit of life to her bathroom or bedroom. Ivory Epoch Pot at Anthropologie $14   After a hard day's work, she can relax with a bubble bath and this. Lollia Relax Bubble Bath at Anthropologie or lollia.com $34 To show off her radiant and perfect smile. Excessive Coco Rouge by Chanel $32 Because she just adores Kate's portrayal of Mildred Pierce in the HBO special. On Amazon $28.99 So her house can smell like the royal palace! Orange Blossom by Jo Malone at Saks $65 For her to kick her heels up at the end of the day, feel comfy and indulge in holiday treats. Ultra-Knit Effortless Sweatpants at J.Crew $45 She's only been asking for it everyday since it came out! On Amazon $19.80  Because she loves to collect and create center pieces out of assorted vintage wine bottles. Oversized Wine Bottles at Pottery Barn $99-$279 Treat your mother in a big way, af…

The Ultimate Gift Guide: For your father whose happiest sitting on the couch and having long meaningful conversations on life.

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A favorite sweater that will never go out of style. Pendelton $105  Because he's reminded of his childhood, sitting on his father's lap while he puts out his cigarette. 1970s Retro Ashtray Etsy  $20 What father doesn't need another set of bookends, at the office, the living room or his personal library. Just Bookends $84 Because they're classics and he can't get out of the eighties. The Original Wayfarer at Ray-Ban $145
Because his secret obsession is ancient greek mythology/philosophy. Atlas At allscupltures.com $70  Perfect for the office or his mancave at home. Where You've Been Map At Onlyglobe.com $99 In his opinion, Seinfeld has the answer to any and everything. The Complete Series at Amazon.com $161.69 Because he's been wearing them since you were born and will wear them til he dies. At Rockport.com $110 He has a secretive man crush on Steve Jobs. On AmazonAmazon.com $17.49 The first thing on his bucket list is to ride in a hot air balloon with his da…