rx: sweet happiness

My sister-in-law recently graduated from nursing school {you go girl!}, so in addition to the new Bayan Hippo purse and Curly Girl travel mug we bought for her, I wanted to fill the purse with something medical-related and sweet.

What did I come up with?

Happy Pills.

Sometimes we need a reason to smile…and sometimes laughter, happiness and joy is the best medicine. Instead of filling prescription bottles with real drugs, we filled empty, clean prescription bottles {you can re-use old bottles or buy from amazon.com} with candy, gum, chocolate and mints.

If you’re hosting a medical school or nursing grad party, another fun idea is to stack them for a display on a dessert table, or give them as take-home favors. It’s affordable and so cute!

Or, for the girlfriend who just had her heart broken by a man – these would certainly cheer her up.

Or {the possibilities are endless}, how cute would it be to give to the bride in her day-of essentials/emergency kit or for a newly-engaged bride to get her through a year of planning? An I Do prescription bottle filled with breath-freshening mints. Or, one for each of the bridesmaids.

Good news for you…we are selling these in our Fleur de Lis, a paperie etsy shop. Check them out here and order today. {$5 for file as is and $10 for a custom file}

{images via Tutto Bella}

mr. and mrs.

his and hers.

Let’s face it, when we get married we become a Mr. or Mrs and things become his and hers. Why not celebrate it with fabulous gifts to give the newly engaged couple, or the newly married couple?

Jonathan Adler ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ Reversible Mug, Nordstrom {$24}

Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Glass Set, Furbish {$18}

Mr. & Mrs. Burlap Pillows, Simply French Market on Etsy {$58}

His and Hers Pillowcases, Faceplant Dreams
{available for purchase at Fleur de Lis, a paperie}

DIY His and Hers Lampshades, Vintage Revivals
{visit here for how-to instructions}

{images via Furbish, Nordstrom, Vintage Revivals, Simply French Market and Faceplant Dreams}

{coupon} suspended moments

We’re so happy our giveaways last week were a huge hit with all you fabulous brides. Thanks to the giveaway sponsors, Suspended Moments and Kathryn Giarratano Jewelry.

Congratulations to Emily and Kristin for winning the bridal hanger and engagement bracelet. You lucky ladies!

Good news for all you brides out there, or for you non-brides looking for the perfect bridal gift…Dawn from Suspended Moments is offering all Tutto Bella Blog readers 15% percent off any item purchased from her shop. Coupon expires January 31, 2012. Enter Tutto15  in the coupon code box when completing your purchase.

Happy Shopping.

Thanks to all of you who entered our giveaways…we hope to have more wonderful giveaways in 2012. Hope we were able to help you shop for several people on your list this year with our list of Favorite Things.

{image via Jenna Walker Photography}

{giveaway} engagement bracelet by kathryn giarratano jewelry

Every bride wants something:


{let’s be honest, she wants these things all the time, whether she’s a bride or not}.

Well, we found the PERFECT thing that can be worn on her wrist that’s all of the above and more ~ Kathryn Giarratano’s Engagement Bracelet. It’s stunning and beautifully hand-made by Kathryn herself.

It can be her “something blue” on her wedding day, or throughout her engagement she can wear it as a reminder that she is a beautiful bride about to marry the man of her dreams and when she becomes a Mrs., she can still wear it {to accessorize an outfit} and remember the special time in her life before she said, “I do.”

Kathryn, owner and creator of Kathryn Giarratano Jewelry, is a Denver-based designer and Colorado native. After working as a fashion consultant for Saks Fifth Avenue she decided to follow her dream of creating a line of jewelry that is fun, funky and can be worn by women of all ages. Thus Kathryn Giarratano Jewlery was born and we’re grateful it was because she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings, for women that we LOVE.

Kathryn has always had an amazing sense of style and the girl can accessorize! Even as a preggo mama {when sweat pants call out your name}, she always looks chic and adorable.

Her jewelry has been seen on celebs on E! News and the Grammy Awards. Her pieces are sold at specific retailers {including the fabulous Fleur de Lis} or you can e-mail her directly at kathryngiarratano@gmail.com for orders.

She creates distinct jewelry for brides on their wedding day, as well as coordinating pieces for the bridal party. Jodi {a Tutto Bella sister} worked with Kathryn to create her bridal jewelry, as well as bracelets for her bridesmaids. The pieces were beautiful {and made a great gift for the bridesmaids}.

Today, we’re so happy because Kathryn is kindly offering her beautiful Engagement Bracelet to a lucky Tutto Bella reader {$50 value plus shipping}.

To enter the giveaway, you must:
{1.} Visit Kathryn Giarratano Jewelry, then come back here and leave a comment telling us which piece you like best {earrings, necklaces or bracelets}.

For additional entries:
{which means you can enter the giveaway up to four times}
{2.} “Like” Kathryn Giarratano Jewelry on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment telling us you did {you must leave a comment so we can enter your name in the drawing}.
{3.} Leave a comment telling us who you would give the engagement bracelet to {even if its yourself} or tell us a funny or romantic engagement story.

Winner will be chosen via random.org. Must enter by Sunday, December 18, 2011. Winner will be chosen Monday, December 19, 2011.  

{images via Kathryn Giarratano Jewelry & Jenna Walker Photography}

{giveaway} suspended moments bridal hanger

A personalized bridal hanger from Suspended Moments is one of my absolute favorite gifts {for the bride}. It’s personal, lasts forever and is the perfect prop for a bridal dress photo opp on a bride’s wedding day.

Believe me, if you bring this as a gift to your next bridal shower you will get so many ooh’s and ahh’s, and the bride will always have it to remember the special day she became a Mrs.

If you’re already married, or not getting married anytime soon, this is still a great gift idea at your next bridal shower {or holiday} for a friend, a sister, aunt or cousin. And if you don’t know anyone getting married this year, personalize one for your own closet to hang your already-worn bridal gown or another special garment.

Dawn, owner and creator of Suspended Moments, is fantastic to work with and makes Suspended Moments THE place to purchase personalized bridal hangers. She is so responsive, sweet, talented and will work with you to find the color you’re looking for {if you choose a custom color instead of a wood hanger}.

I worked with Dawn this past summer to purchase hangers for one of my BFF’s and my sister. They LOVED their hangers {and so did their photographers}.

Dawn offers a wide range of gifts at Suspended Moments you are sure to love. Personalized hangers for the entire bridal party, personalized baptism/christening hangers, custom child’s hanger, cake toppers, ornaments and place cards. She crafts each personalized hanger and gift with wire, wood and as much tlc {tender loving care} as if it were for her own child or wedding.

Today is a really good day for all you Tutto Bella readers because…Dawn is offering one lucky Tutto Bella reader a FREE personalized wedding hanger {$25 value plus shipping}.

To enter the giveaway, you must:
{1.} “Like” Suspended Moments on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment telling us you did {you have to leave a comment so we can enter your name in the drawing}.

For additional entries:
{which means you can enter the giveaway up to three times}
{2.} Visit Suspended Moments, then come back here and leave a comment telling what your favorite Suspended Moments product us.
{3.}Leave a comment telling us who you would order a hanger for {even if it’s for your own upcoming nuptials}.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For those of you who don’t win, Dawn is graciously offering a discount code to everyone. The code will be announced on Monday, December 19, 2011 when we announce the winner.

Winner will be chosen via random.org. Must enter by Sunday, December 18, 2011. 

{images via Jacey at Damsel in Dior, Tutto Bella and Suspended Moments}