Dec 28, 2012

The Best of 2012

Cheers to 2012 and wishing you all health and happiness in 2013! :)


Dec 21, 2012

A Blue and White Christmas

I just love the combination of blue and white for christmas, instead of the typical red and green combination. It is unexpected and beautiful. Our place has these hints of blue all year round, so all we needed to do was add a few pops of green with a tree and some garland!

Signing off the blog for the holidays. Wishing you and your families an amazing holiday. Stay safe and warm <3  
{Picture Credit: one/two/three}

Dec 19, 2012

Holidays in the Northeast

{Outfit Details} 
Clothing: gifted Patterson J. Kincaid Griffin Beaded Dress  /  H&M Jacket (old)
Accessories: Handbag and Knee High Socks via T.J Maxx  /  Sunglasses via Amazon  /  Necklaces are both F21

Wednesday Musings
  • The holidays in New England are always chilly - which makes it difficult to wear fancy dresses on Christmas and New Years. I love to dress down fancy pieces and decided to go with a military coat and Sperry boots. Keeps me warmer :)
  • Don't forget to make your bracelets during the holidays for #FriendshipForNewtown. Details here and facebook page here. I have posted the postage address on the facebook page. 
  • Don't forget to enter the John Wind Initial Necklace giveaway - ends Sunday!

Dec 17, 2012

Operation: Friendship for Newtown

Everyone has been asking "What can we do?" and "How can we help?"
I have been asking myself the same questions and came up with Operation: Friendship for Newtown
I don't know about you, but when I was little I loved making these friendship bracelets. Let this be a way to show these children that we are all thinking of them and that we are all friends. 
We are going to stick with green and white for colors. These are the colors that represent Sandy Hook....
After you create the bracelet, write a little letter stating where you are from and your favorite part about living where you live. You can also include a quote from Dr. Suess if you wish :)
I would love to get as many of these from around the country (& world) as we can. These little ones will be so excited to receive something all the way from California or Colorado or Florida!
Please, please spread the word. If you are a teacher, it could be a craft project for your children. Email me with any questions you may have (:
sparklingfootsteps (at) gmail (dot) com

Please "Like" the facebook page for Operation: Friendship for Newtown to stay up-to-date :)

Casual Wear (& Giveaway)

{Outfit Details}
Clothing:  Old Navy Vest  /  gifted Three Dots Shirt  /  J. Crew Denim  
Accessories: J. Crew Scarf  /  Linea Pelle Dylan Tote  
  gifted John Wind Maximal Art Initial Necklace /  Emerson Made coin necklace
Shoes: Banana Republic
Monday Musings
  • I feel so strange writing a regular post as if the friday tragedy did not exist. The truth is... I need  to pick up the pieces one by one and get back to a normal routine. My husband and I will be bringing teddy bears to the children of Newtown today and attending a vigil this evening. We are all healing and it will take a long, long time for that to happen. Believing in a higher power has helped me with this and I just pray that we can all get back to "normalcy" as fast as possible (whatever that even means....)
  • The holidays are quickly approaching. I find myself rushing around to get all the last minute presents! I plan to bake these for our Christmas Eve party, don't they look delicious?!
  • This shirt by Three dots is unbelievably comfortable. The best part? You can eat as much as you want on Christmas and not notice ;)
  • I am in the process of pursuing a dream of mine that I have had in my head for a few years now. The girl who inspired me to go for it? Erika from Style Activist. If you want to be healthy and fit in the new year, you have to see what she is cooking up over here. I am taking a leap of faith into a photography career. Of course, I will never leave medicine....but I want a side job here and there that puts a huge smile on my face, and that's photography. 
  • Last but not least, you all have the chance to win an initial necklace from John Wind Maximal Art ( as seen above). All you have to do is be a follower of Sparkling Footsteps and follow along with John Wind on facebook

Dec 15, 2012

He Heals the Brokenhearted....

Psalms 147:3
I woke up this morning sick. Sick to my stomach at the thought that we all need to start our day. Some of us to work, some of us to a holiday party.....
How do we just move on from this? I just cannot seem to ease the pain I have in my heart.

My eyes well up with tears when I see a little one, hear the television or read the news. 
This world is a grim and scary place to be. We need to stick together more than ever and just pray. Pray for those sweet little babies who are flying high in heaven. Who were not even given a fighting chance. ...
To you mommies and daddies who lost a little yesterday: May you have the strength and courage to know that your baby is playing amongst the heavens and is safe there. always safe. May you know that you will soon join them, and that this must be enough for you, for now....
For those that survived and must live knowing that evil exists: You are better than evil. You can overcome this. It will be hard, but you have your mommies and daddies to hold tight. Never take that for granted. They will be strong for you, even when you cannot be....
For those that lost a teacher, a parent, a friend, a brother, a sister: Know that they lost their lives doing something courageous. The principal tried to warn everyone right before it happened. The fear in her heart is something that most of us will never experience. Those people are heroes. HEROES. 

Peace be with you little babies and those courageous adults that are with you-protecting you in heaven....

Dec 14, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Mother (or in-law)


Plaid Appetizer Plates                                  Cashmere Sweater
                   Diptyque Mimosa Candle                   Tata Harper Replenishing Complex
Hunter Green Satchel                                  Striped Wool Blankets

Dec 13, 2012

Dress Code: Holiday Style

It's Baaaack! :)
There were so many people that loved the Dress Code series (see here and here), I decided to bring it back! If you have any suggestions for outfits you would like featured in Dress Code- send suggestions my way! You can also let me know if you would like to be featured!
This month we focused on Holiday Style. With all of the holidays coming up, it is so important to switch up the outfits for all of your upcoming events. 
Featured above:
Britt + Whit
Brooke of Style Wise 
Devon from Devon Rachel
Christina from Oh So Glam
Yours Truly :)
{Outfit Details}
Clothing: J. Crew Coat  / gifted Ann Taylor Sequin Fringe Dress  
Accessories: H&M Scarf & Gloves  /  gifted Ann Taylor Folded Nappa Clutch  /  BaubleBar Earrings
Shoes: gifted Ann Taylor Marlee Spotted Haircalf Booties
Not sure about the ridiculousness happening in the last picture, but sometimes you just have to have fun with it? Ya know? :)

Dec 11, 2012

Pink & Red Valentine (+ Shoemint Giveaway!)

{Outfit Details}
Clothing:    Zara Sweater (2011)  /  Rag & Bone Denim  
Accessories:    Tignanello Bag via TJ Maxx  /  CrochetbyYJ on Etsy - Scarf
Shoes: Adrienne Heels by Shoemint
How perfect are these heels for the holidays? They put a huge smile on my face when I have them on.
You could pair them with your favorite LBD and incorporate a red or pink purse to tie in more color, or just dress in color from head to toe!
Believe it or not, they are also pretty comfy - which is hard to find when it comes to heels.
Today also happens to be your lucky day! ShoeMint is giving away a pair of shoes to THREE readers today!
You must be a follower of Sparkling Footsteps to enter.
To enter: Sign up for ShoeMint here - and let me know what pair you would choose if you won! 
Extra Entries: follow along with Sparkling Footsteps via one of the below options and let me know in the comments how you follow :)
  Twitter  /  Pinterest  /  Instagram
Tweet using both @sparklingsteps and @shoemint and say "For the holidays I would love to win a pair of @shoemint shoes, enter on @sparklingsteps blog"
Also, if you want to grab a 20% off code to ShoeMint - click on any of the links above under "ShoeMint" and use code: RACHEL20

Holiday Giveaway with Nyopoly

Nyopoly is a new site that lets you negotiate your price for your items. Uhm cool right?!  I thought so...
For the holidays, we are offering $50 to a reader :)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Dec 9, 2012

Red on Red

{Outfit Details}
Clothing:  H&M Jacket  /  Old Navy Sweater  /  Tractr Denim
Accessories: gifted Nicole Miller Statement Necklace  /  Gold BaubleBar Necklace (sign up here)  / gifted  Emporio Armani Sunglasses in dark violet via Sunglasses Shop
Handbag: gifted Monogrammed Linea Pelle Dylan Tote  
Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunday Musings
  • Absolutely adore the fact that you can now monogram certain bags from Linea Pelle. I have been obsessed with my orange Dylan tote for years (see here and here) and I am sure this one will get just as much use :)
  • I have been searching for the perfect pair of colored sunnies and I have finally found them. I mean who couldn't find a pair that they like on Sunglasses Shop?! There are so many to choose from!
  • I stopped quickly at a local vintage shop this weekend and scored the most beautiful vintage tea set- similar to the one seen here- but I only paid $15. SO excited. 
  • How was everyone's weekend? What did you do?

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