3 Tips for truly Celebrating this Thanksgiving
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The holiday season is officially kicking off this week.  It’s that wonderful time of year when family and friends come together and we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.   If you started rolling your eyes over that last sentence then you came to the right place. I feel you.

The holidays, while wonderful, can also be one of the most stressful and difficult time of the year.  There’s all the planning and pressure for perfection and the awkward social interactions and the cooking (oh wait… some of you enjoy that part?)and any other myriad of stress inducing things. Needless to say, it can become very easy to just go through the motions of celebrating and grin and bear it until you slide through to the new year.

With Thanksgiving this week I wanted to take the opportunity to share three quick tips to help you truly celebrate this Thanksgiving.

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1. Savor the moments (and not just the food).

Yes, my hope for you is that there are delicious treats galore, but it is also that in the midst of the cooking and the planning for Black Friday or whatever else it is that might be keeping you busy, that you take some time to just be. Take a break and snuggle up with your loved ones to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Let the dishes wait while you pull out the board games.  Stick the timer on for the Turkey and head out to the yard to throw around the football. Engage in meaningful conversations with those around you (and NO that doesn’t mean you can/should ask your single relatives WHEN they’ll finally be settling down.) Take time to actually connect with the people around you. You’ll realize how much you have to give thanks for.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
— Robert Brault

2. Be grateful

This holiday is NOT Turkey Day. Let me repeat. This is not Turkey Day, it is Thanksgiving.  I have nothing against Tom the Turkey, but he doesn’t need an entire day dedicated to him.  What we do need however, is the reminder to give thanks.  It’s not just a nice formality to go through, but an actual practice that can change your life. Let the people in your world know that you are giving thanks for them. Take a minute and make the call or send the message. Reach across the table and say the words you’ve been meaning to say.

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for
— Zig Ziglar

3. Have Grace for Yourself

In the age of Pinterest, it has become increasingly normal to strive for perfection and compare our offerings to every other man, woman or child on the planet.  Whether is cooking the perfect meal or setting a tablescape that would make Martha Stewart sigh with envy; we set these often times unattainable goals for ourselves. If you’re anything like me, inevitably something won’t go exactly to plan and if I’m not careful I can find myself fixated on that one thing instead of the myriad of other things that went right. I’m here to say that the madness has to stop. This is your permission slip to have a less than perfect Thanksgiving.

Take the nap. Use the box mix. Wait to do the dishes. Most of all, have grace for yourself. Those around you won’t necessarily remember the perfectly polished silverware, but they will remember that you were present.  They will remember how you made them feel.  They will remember your laugh and your love.

So here’s to the wild and crazy thought that holidays are actually meant to be enjoyed and celebrated. I pray your Thanksgiving is filled to overflowing with joy and really, really yummy pie.

XOXO

Hannah

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Hey there!
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Hey there! It’s me, Hannah. I know it’s been a minute since I’ve been on here. I’ve been on a crazy roller coaster that has landed me here, in Miami Beach, pinching myself that this is real life.  As I mentioned before going on this hiatus, it was not an easy decision to uproot, not only my own life, but also Piccadilly from DC to Miami. I struggled with the ramifications of that decision for quite awhile. That being said, I can now say, after the last few months, that it was absolutely the right decision.

It has definitely been an adventure which kicked off with moving to Miami Beach and into my wonderful new home/headquarters which I shall now and forevermore refer to as “the Flamingo Nest”  and then promptly having to evacuate because of Hurricane Irma. This northern girl was NOT prepared for hurricane season. Give me a snowstorm over a hurricane any day!  Thankfully both my family and I made it through the storm unscathed and are all the richer for having hours upon hours of family time playing the license plate game in an endless sea of traffic.  Really a win-win.

Over the past fews months I’ve also had the chance to reflect on Piccadilly and the crazy, glitter filled experiment that it is. I’ve thought through our kick-off in Washington, DC and the many weddings and parties and projects that I and my wonderful gang of cohorts had the pleasure of being a part of. I thought about the tremendous creative community of entrepreneurs and dreamers and champions that I had the pleasure to learn from, collaborate with and ultimately befriend in DC. I treasure that season of my life and the friendships I have as a result of it.

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This is me... reflecting in front of a pink wall...

It's where I do all my best reflecting...obvi

It has also given me a chance to reflect on the creative evolution of the brand and where I dream of seeing Piccadilly go in the future.  Let me tell you, this move to Miami, is just the start. There’s a lot of fun things in the works, but for now I will say that I’ve never been more passionate and excited about providing YOU (and others like you) with the opportunity and the tools to celebrate the big and small moments in life AND really, the people who make life worth celebrating.

I’ve never been more passionate and excited about providing YOU with the opportunity and the tools to celebrate the big and small moments

The creative juices are flowing and I am so excited to move forward on this journey.  As always, thank you! thank you! thank you! for coming along for the ride. Adventures are waayyyy more fun with friends.

Stay tuned here on the blog, and on social media for more fun updates.  Also, let me know who and what you are celebrating today? I want in on the fun!

Life’s a party! Won’t you join?

XOXO

Hannah

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NEW ADVENTURE

I've got some exciting news to share! After years of fun in the DC sun, we're taking this party on the road! DC has been an incredible home and incubator for Piccadilly, that being said, it is time for a new adventure.  

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The next chapter will be written in Miami, Florida. (cue Will Smith) It's a place that has long had a special spot in my heart. It's vibrant color, culture and community has been a huge draw. While there's still a lot to be figured out, I hope you will follow along with me on this journey. We'll be updating insta regularly and we are still very much open for business via our virtual offerings.  

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
— Meister Eckhart

 

As always, thank you for your love & support!

xo,

Hannah

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WEEKLY INSPO : BURGUNDY & ROSE
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost
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WCW // LUCILLE BALL
I’m not funny. What I am is brave.
— Lucy
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
— Lucy

I know I'm not the first to say it, but I love Lucy. Lucille Ball wasn't just another beautiful Hollywood starlet, she was a pioneer.  In a time when it was not common, she showed women all around the world that you could be funny and beautiful, goofy and glamorous, a mother and a successful business woman. And, that you could, in fact, have your cake (or chocolates) and eat it too. 

Her legacy of laughter still continues today and that's why she's our #womancrushwednesday

xo, Hannah

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WEEKLY INSPO: B & W & Wild
All good things are wild and free
— Henry David Thoreau
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FLOWER CROWNS
Sometimes you just have to throw on a crown on and remind them who they are dealing with.

What could be better than wearing a flower crown? I'm not really sure. Recently a few girlfriends and I got together for a private workshop at the Lemon Bowl DC with the beyond wonderful, Holley Simmons. She patiently took us through the steps of making a flower crown and gave us tips and tricks on how to make it last (my goal was at least through work on Monday).  Champagne cocktails flowed (responsibly) and the giggles were abundant. I think the final products speak for themselves.  I loved how each of us came up with something different that really represented our own unique perspective and style.

I'd highly recommend checking out one of the numerous workshops that the Lemon Bowl offers (not just flower crowns!). It makes for such a fun time and you end up with a skill that I, for one, will use many times in the future. Like I said, what could be better than wearing a flower crown?

xoxo

Hannah

 

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GALENTINE'S SOCIAL
Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.
— Anonymous

One of the best things about having a party styling business is throwing parties with and for your friends.  Recently Piccadilly Creative co-hosted a Galentine's Day Social with the lovely ladies behind Tickled Photo Booth and Memories of Bliss. It was a sparkly, extra pink affair with plenty of girl talk, cocktails and happy vibes. 

We invited our girlfriends and fellow vendors (aka Friendors!) to join us at the Studios at 112 in Old Town Alexandria on a blustery cold February night. The space absolutely glowed with candlelight as laughter echoed throughout the rooms. Guests munched on yumminess provided by Couture Cakes by Sabrina and feasted their eyes on decadent bouquets of roses, tulips and ranunculus designed by Stem & Thistle

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But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Conversation flowed freely as guests lounged on pillows and sipped champagne cocktails all while classic chick flicks projected on the wall in the background.  There were several moments in the evening where I had to pinch myself that this is something we actually GET to do. How fun!

Life really is so much sweeter with girlfriends and I am so grateful that we took the time to celebrate the season of love with our gal pals.  I am also super grateful that the evening ended with karaoke.  You've not truly lived until you have heard us all sing old school Backstreet Boys.

xoxo

Hannah

THE DEETS

Hosts: Memories of Bliss PhotographyTickled Photo Booth Company, and Piccadilly Creative

Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals

Florals: Stem and Thistle

Photographer: Tiffany Josephs Photography

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