Archive | January, 2011

weddings: best friend + stunning gowns.

28 Jan

I am pretty sure draping yourself in layers upon layers of silk organza or taffeta, tulle and french lace may be one of the most wonderful feelings in the world… or quite possibly the most hectic. I’ll let you know after this weekend. Wedding gown shopping here we come! In preparation for the event, I crafted these dresses out of cardstock and shipped them off to my best gal pal in anticipation of our frock-finding weekend in Atlanta.

And to add to my already giddy, giddy excitement of helping my best friend choose her gown, throw an Amsale trunk show to the mix and I’m just down-right mush. Now for my most favorites from the Spring 2011 collection:


not your kids puzzle.

21 Jan

One Saturday morning, after sampling a deliciously warm crepe from the bustling Charleston Crepe Company stand at the Charleston Farmer’s Market – overflowing with nutella and strawberries I might add – my roommate Jenna and I jovially scooted across the street to our favorite hidden gem. Artist & Craftsman Supply is nestled in the bottom of an old (yet oh-so charming) building on Calhoun Street. After rummaging through nearly every paintbrush and fine paper, I left with this:

a puzzle.

Not just any puzzle. A blank canvas begging for some creative love and longing to be packaged and mailed to one loving recipient far away, as a snail mail surprise. I settled on hand painting the puzzle with a deep gray, bold orange, and understated seafoam green and a combination of my favorite patterns. After a lot of consideration, I mailed it as a birthday card but it could serve many purposes. My suggestion – how I would love to receive this in the mail as an updated, chic save-the-date (hint, hint to all you engaged folks).

design: bold statements.

20 Jan

Graphic prints. Bold colors.

The two together create quite a statement. And it is one statement that I am so inclined to covet at the moment.

cynthia martyn events.

dabney lee.

j.crew’s spring 2011 collection. (oh how i love thee)

domino magazine.

bridal luncheon: bebe bites

19 Jan

Post-college means one thing in the life of a southern girl: weddings. And I don’t just mean weddings in the sense of day-of-attendance… I mean full-out months of preparation, engagement parties, bridal showers, bridal luncheons, and matching dresses. But I don’t mind. In fact I LOVE every last second of scouring wedding magazines and talk of flowers and twinkle lights. Bring it on.

Last summer one of my sweet friends married in the quaint town of Winnsboro, South Carolina. Her bridal luncheon boasted of porcelain teacups collected over many years, polished silver goblets, and family recipes coveted by all in attendance. Here in the South, one should expect prying minds to inquire about the recipe behind these concoctions. So naturally, I am going to fill you in on all the details of these miniature delights: Bebe Bites. (Nevermind the uncontrollable urge to insert multiple bites at once. Oh, and it will happen.)


2 (8oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups of sugar (divided)
2 egg yolks
2 loaves of Sunbeam King white bread
2 1/2-3 sticks margarine, melted
4 tsp. cinnamon

Remove crust from each slice of bread. Mix the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and egg
yolks. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Roll each slice jelly-roll style.

In a separate shallow dish, pour the melted margarine.

In another shallow dish, mix together the other 1 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Dip each
rolled bread into the margarine quickly. Squeeze off any excess butter or they will
become soggy. Roll into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Place each piece in a baking pan lined with wax paper. Place them side by side
putting wax paper between the layers. After you have finished all the bread, cover with
aluminum foil and freeze overnight.

The next day, remove from the freezer. Cut each roll into thirds. They may now be
baked or put into ziploc bags and stored in the freezer until ready to use.

To bake, place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 10-15
minutes. Serve immediately… or eat each and every one – your choice.

Your best friends only get hitched once, right?

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