One of the best parts of being back in the Bay Area is getting to hang out with my very best friends in the whole world – girls that I’ve known since I was fourteen, who have seen me through thick and thin, and who make me laugh until my face hurts. We all went away for college and other adventures, but now we’re back in the same place and we’ve implemented a monthly brunch get-together. This weekend it’s my turn to host! I have a few ideas of what I’d like to serve, but I’m always open to suggestions – any favorite brunch recipes?

And then of course it’s Valentine’s Day next week! I’m hoping my day will involve chocolate and kisses…

Noteslate? Um, AWESOME.

I’m not sure what exactly is happening in this photo, but it sure is pretty.

Navy blue ombré… GORgeous

Vivez la langue.

Weddings by frolic!

I’m really not ready to say goodbye to the post office.

New Rifle!

Kate Spade’s e-Valentines are back.

See this clock? I want it. Do you have one? Can I have it? via Lox Papers

Valentine cakes.

This sequin sweater dress wants to live in my closet. When I’m not wearing it of course.

Just engaged? Real Simple sent me a copy of their 2011 Weddings, and I think it’s a great place to start.

Have a happy weekend kids!

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The Packers are in the Super Bowl, and now that I’m married to a Wisconsinite, that means our house is going into serious football mode this weekend. I’m making pulled pork tacos with chipotle sauce, and I think it’s an excellent excuse to make peanutella. I mean, why not? What are you making this weekend?

Thought this old pic of guys in hats watching a football game was appropriate…

{via rgc_cary’s flickr}

Super Bowl snacks and football fun…

More party food from Smitten Kitchen.

For your favorite cheesehead.

Panini party?

Game day cupcake flags.

Football whoopie pies.

The United States of Chili.

Tailgate with this!

Valentine pretties…

A little XOXO for your ears.

I heart

And Valentines for your drink.

Cupid’s arrows for your cupcakes.

Valentine’s day fruit stickers – you’re the apple of my eye!

Vintage Valentines.

Lovely heart doily garland.

You could make these in a heart shape, then give them to me for Valentine’s Day.

Sparkly heart.

Heart candy from Felix Doolittle.

And then some more fun links for your weekend…

This little piggy is the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen.

Except maybe for Grover and John John counting.

Tightrope and trapeze necklaces via papernstitch.

Pretty, handcrafted, calligraphed DIY wedding, via Design*Sponge.

Oh Happy Day Letterpress is open for business!

Stella McCartney does day-of-the-week undies, via wit + delight.

Bird eggs of Australia.

Dreamy design from Christian Dior. Oh to have a reason to wear something like this.

Congratulations to Leila on the beautiful new blog and site!

Have a happy Super Bowl weekend! Go Pack Go!

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Somehow I’ve gone the whole week without telling you about Alt! If you follow me on twitter, maybe you noticed I was a little tweet-happy about it – sorry about that. But really, I couldn’t help myself – I mean, when you spend so many of your working hours on a couch with your cat (what? is that just me?), it’s pretty fantastic to hang out with a bunch of super creative, stylish, motivated people who understand about blogging, who push you to be better at what you do, and who you know will be longtime friends.

From the beautiful Grand America hotel where Alt takes place to the last inspiring keynote speaker, it was non-stop fabulous (in between I heard Jordan share her secrets for throwing a stellar party, picked up this user-friendly Photo 101 book, had my photo taken, turned my To Do list into a Teux Deux list, and met Mondo Guerra!). And it all makes me so excited to make 2011 the best year yet for Snippet & Ink!

{via Mint}

If you can’t get enough Alt…

…see their round-up of re-caps.

And the flickr stream.

And then some totally unrelated (awesome) links from around the web…

Build-a-bobble!

Pretty little cheerful hearts, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

A pop of color from ban.do.

Air mail inspiration.

What’s not to love about Kate Spade’s look book? Really.

It’s not you, LA, it’s me.

Something about these dancing pics – lovely.

Matchbook Mag is here!

And I love the heart umbrella they’ve featured.

Hair and makeup in New York? Oh La Luxxe!

Dreeeeamy dresses.

Hello Handmade’s last beautiful project together – Valentine’s of course!

Have a happy weekend everyone (and thank you for humoring me and my Alt Love post).

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I just finished the first week of working at my new office space with Meg and Maggie – I love it! It’s so nice to get out of the house and have a place for blogging other than my couch, especially in such a fun neighborhood. Not sure about weekend plans yet, but I think they’ll involve sleeping in and hopefully some French toast. Are you doing anything that exciting?

Some links for the end of your week!

Such a pretty wedding.

Wondering what to do with all that snow? How about mini snowmen?

Love the printed pieces for this wedding from AE Planning & Design.

Oh, Italy!

I’d like one of these little lovelies for myself. Also good bridesmaid gifts!

Even gray is prettier in Paris.

Love the Valentine’s Day round-up in Lonny this month.

Home sweet Emersonmade home!

Chalkboard art.

How gorgeous is this bride’s dress?

Have a happy, happy weekend lovelies!

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This weekend we’ll be putting away all the Christmas things still hanging out in our place, and then trying to organize all the things that never got organized when we moved. Maybe I’ll make something from my new cookbook, trying to undo all the cookies I ate over the holidays. What are you up to this first non-holiday weekend of 2011?

Next time I buy a gift for myself, I think it will be personalized stationery from stripe & field.

Veil or jewelry?

Golden save-the-dates from paperfinger.

Loving Edward Olive’s fotografías de boda.

In the mood for spring?

Pretty pieces for the bride, via Something Old, Something New.

Marfa! (And I love her bangs.)

I’d like some of these for the house I’ll own someday.

Congrats to Cyd on the lovely new site for The Sweetest Occasion!

Have a happy, happy weekend everyone!

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