Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween for Grown Ups

It's getting closer and closer to Halloween! It's been years (well, college) since I've actually dressed up for Halloween...but I came across some super cute adult accessories last night (as I was flipping through the about a million magazines we had in our mail pile) that made me want to dress up again. Or at least accessorize. Have you ever checked out Grandin Road? They have some really cute favorite of which were the below headbands...

These are perfect if you don't want to commit to a full costume. Love the spider one. These are about $15!

Check out the rat purse below. Eeeww! But, I love it. Also perfect for a Halloween accent as opposed to full costume.

I like this skull and cross bones too...a little bling for the glamorous Halloween-er!
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This got me thinking about dog costumes! Oliver has decided he will be either (1) a cow or (2) a cowboy, or a cowdawg.

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Question for all of you: what should Oliver be for Halloween?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Eastern Wonders

I've always loved Asian influenced items for the home. And I mean, LOVE THEM! Inherited from my mama. Remember this post? You can imagine how totally thrilled I was today to sign into One Kings Lane and see ALL Asian stuff!!!!! I mean, every sale was themed around my taste. Every single one. Made my day! I only window shopped but that was sufficient enough for me.

This red and gold frame is just awesome. I love the expression on her face.
Um yes, I'll take this at my entry, please. Everything about this is gorgeous.
And this as a side table in the sunroom that I have designed in my head...this room is currently my husband's office.
He doesn't know I have alternative plans for his "man space" :) I can guarantee you that an Asian garden stool doesn't fit into his vision...

This is just a cool piece and the green is fabulous. Great as a sideboard or beneath a flat screen hung on the wall. It reminds me of one I have in storage until we have more space. I found mine at Scott's and it was about one-fifth of the price! This is listed at $1,099 at One Kings Lane.

All images via One Kings Lane
What do you think? Would you incorporate this Asian style into yours?

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dawgs + Cows

In honor of a football Saturday...check out this pregame event I did for the University of Georgia several weeks ago for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. We had so much fun with the colors and prints here, and my client was kind enough to allow me to share these photos!

Two, four-sided red velvet banquettes served as focal points in the ballroom. Each banquette was given some height with a compilation centerpiece of cylinder vases stuffed with cow print fabric, wheatgrass and Chick-fil-A cows. Silver spheres added another texture to the look.

A combination of bunny chairs and white spandex chair covers were used to keep consistent with the color scheme. Don't you love the cow print fabric? It couldn't be more perfect!

A closer look at the banquette centerpiece. They also debuted the special uniforms at this reception...complete with rope and stanchion and a body guard!

Go Dawgs!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

Get ready...if you like pumpkin, this recipe is about to be your go-to! We eat these year-round in our house, but they just taste better when it's officially fall.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 and 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
Mix all of the ingredients together...


Easy, huh?

Side note: Why in the world do they make standard baking cups that don't fit standard muffin tins? Does anyone else have this problem??

Anyway, place generous helpings of batter in a muffin tin of 12 (below). Use paper baking cups or spray with Pam. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. You'll eat these in 2's, I promise.

Also very good with pecans on the top. 

Have any pumpkin recipes you want to share? If so, leave a comment AND email me the recipe at love to post one of yours!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Entertaining

Who is ready for fall? I am so excited! I hung my fall wreath the other day, and as I was scouring Pinterest for fall entertaining ideas, I remembered some pumpkin candles I bought on sale at Pottery Barn at the end of the season. Now I just have to locate them :) Last year I got some huge yellow mums for the front porch and I intend to do the same this year. Before long, my house will look like fall!

Fall is one of my favorite times to entertain. Something about the cooler weather and football Saturdays make it seem very festive. It's a casual time of year and pretty colors are everywhere. Check out some of my favorite fall entertaining ideas below.

1. Buffet Table 2. Dining Table Centerpiece 3. DIY Pumpkin Vase 4. DIY Acorn Hurricanes 
5. Mantle Decor 6. Fall Cookies from The Hunniepot

Stay tuned for a delicious pumpkin muffin recipe!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Feather Fringe - Yep, More Feathers!!!

I promise I haven't totally lost it...but I have another feather post! Check out a few of the feather fringe options (at a great price) available at Decorating Studio. Decorating Studio is a great online resource for beaded fringe, wedding cake toppers, beaded garland & home decor trims, party & event decorations, and wedding reception decorations, all at a great price. This is my talented aunt's business!

I have a few lampshades I'd like to add this to...

Elegant Winter

This one is my front runner right now.
Multi Golden Guinea

Asian Gold

Peacock Fringe

Which is your favorite? What would you "fringe?"

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fashion Friday: More Feathers

Here I go again with all the feather business. I'm obsessed. I recently bought this "jacket" below in emerald green from K'la ($52). It is even cuter than this picture and tell me, isn't this something you can wear for both work and play? For work, I wore it with a brown tank, brown pencil skirt and belted it with a heavy brown leather belt to tailor it a little bit. I threw in a little animal print with the shoe, just for fun. Loving the mixed pattern look lately.

Images via My Pinterest
For play, you can't get much cuter than the outfit above, although you won't ever see me in a pair of shorts this short...but hey, this girl looks great!! I covet her shoes!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gift Ideas Under $25

Today, I'm linking up (along with lots of other bloggers) with Breakfast At Toast with a guide for gifts under $25. Well, one may be $34, and one may be $38 :) I couldn't resist. Not good with budgets today! Make sure you check out the other gift guide's on Danielle's blog too!

Images via My Pinterest
1. Add-Plenty-of-Flowers Measuring Cups from Anthropologie for $38
2. Pincushion Plant from Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts (in Atlanta) for $12
3. They Told Me So, Owl Dishtowel from Anthropologie for $18
4. Sparrow Salt & Pepper Shakers from West Elm for $8
5. State Fair Magnets from Anthropologie for $34
6. Tipsy Candles from Tipsy Candles (small Atlanta business), prices vary
7. Make-Your-Own Hostess Gift from Martha Stewart
8. Missoni Blanket from Target, sadly this is out of stock (like all the other Missoni stuff!)
9. Animal Rings from AF House Jewelry - would you believe they don't have a web site? This rings are too precious.
10. Handmade Vintage Hairpins - learn to make your own here!
11. Chocolate Pound Cake from me! $25
12. Fabric Ring Necklace - this one is unavailable but here is a similar one for $19.95

What are some of your go-to gifts?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

And the winner is...

Molly of The View From A Saddle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Molly won the feather earrings!

Mo - start planning a cute outfit because these are on their way to you!

Stay tuned for other giveaways soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday Night Supper: Cornish Hens, Lady Peas, Garlic Ciabatta Bread

First - DON'T FORGET to go to my previous post and enter for a chance to win the cute feather earrings!! Remember that you must "join the site" in order to enter the contest, then just make a comment! It will end tonight (Tuesday) at 8PM EST, so hurry!

It's recipe time! I have quickly become totally and completely obsessed with our Brookhaven Farmer's Market. It's not huge, but the quality/loyalty of the vendors is great. I go every Saturday that I's my way to get local, fresh ingredients in the city...and I'm obsessed! I usually cook meals on Sunday evenings that I couldn't cook during the week. In other words, I cook things that take a little longer. Thanks to the Farmer's Market, we had a great Sunday night supper that felt like fall - baked cornish hens, lady peas & garlic ciabatta bread!

For the baked cornish hens, you'll need:
  • 6 cornish hens (I only bought two and split the recipe)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lemon juice
  • melted butter
  • Fresh rosemary and basil, thyme would also be great
For the marinade, you'll need:
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup Kitchen Bouquet 
  • 1 - 8oz jar of orange marmalade
First, rinse hens and pat dry. Don't forget to take the gizzard our of the cavity :) Place on a rack over a baking sheet. Tip: line the baking sheet with foil to ease the cleaning process. I did not do this and I threw my baking sheet away, as the cleaning of it was way too daunting after all the caramelized drippage! Lazy? Maybe.

Next, pay attention to the cavity. I stuffed some rosemary and basil in there. I also flipped the hen over and stuffed some rosemary up under the breast. Just be gentle with the skin so you don't rip it totally off. You'll have to ease your pointer finger in there to detach it some from the meat. Like this...

Rub hens with salt, pepper and lemon juice. I also sprinkled some in the cavity. Aren't they pretty??

Brush with melted butter and place in a 425 degree oven. Baste with butter every 15 minutes. Make sure you have a turkey baster before you begin the process. I didn't. Luckily, there is a grocery store about a mile from my house...but there is nothing worse than going back for that one forgotten tool or ingredient. Argh.

Anyway, brown for 30-40 minutes.

This is a good time to make your marinade.

It is quite possible that no one in your grocery store will know what or where Kitchen Bouquet is. It was an act of congress to find this little bottle! I must have asked 3 people before having to go to the customer service counter. Then the specialist chef had to get involved. It was a mess, but we found it!!! It is located in the condiment aisle, near the marinades, on the highest shelf, in the littlest bottle. It is a browning agent and a condiment used in cooking, not plain like on a sandwich. 

After 30-40 minutes in the oven, your cornish hens are browning so nicely.

Now you will lower your oven to 350 degrees and spoon your marinade over the little hens. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours. Baste often - I did every 15 minutes. Don't they look yummy?

About 30 minutes before the hens were done, I started the lady peas. Super easy. All you need to do are rinse the peas, place them in a small saucepan, cover them with water and add some Better Than Bouillon. I used a generous tablespoon. Maybe a tablespoon and a half. This paste is amazing...a little expensive but it's worth it. 

Bring the water to a gentle boil, then turn down the heat to low and let simmer. I just test the peas every once in a while. They should be soft but not at all mushy.

I cheated on the next side dish. I bought this as is at our farmer's market. Garlic ciabatta bread. Delicious. You could easily make this by spreading a butter/garlic/herb mixture on some crusty bread. Put on a cookie sheet and broil in the oven for a few minutes.

And you're done! Sit down with a glass of wine, get your hands dirty and enjoy your hard work/elegant meal!

If you do live in Atlanta, be sure to check out the Brookhaven Farmer's Market. It is small, but it is great. Some of the other items I've gotten there are fresh cinnamon rolls, fresh eggs, chicken sage sausage, High Road ice cream, popsicle from King of Pops, all the fresh vegetables you can imagine, etc. Give it a try!

What's your favorite fall dish?? 

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Fashion Friday + GIVEAWAY!

Happy Friday! A girlfriend of mine suggested that I start doing a regular post about dressing for work/cute work wardrobes, so I'm going to do as she says, and introduce "Fashion Fridays!" Bottom line, I try to purchase clothing items that I can wear for both work and play...sometimes that can be tricky, but I always take a stab at it. Accessories are everything!

In that vein, and to kick off the idea of Fashion Friday, take a look at my first ever giveaway below. These are so cute, and feathers are so hot right now. These earrings allow you to buy into the feather look without being too young or over the top!

Don't worry - the winner won't receive this ACTUAL pair of earrings that have been in my ears! I have a new pair boxed up for the lucky winner.

It's really easy to enter for chances to win. Here's what you need to do:
  • Be a follower - if you are already a follower, great, you just need to leave a comment below! To follow me, click on "join this site" on the right side of the page. Leave a comment on this post to tell me you are a follower :) This is one entry. 
  • Share the giveaway post on your Facebook or Twitter page and leave me another comment to let me know you did so. This is another entry!
The giveaway contest will end on Tuesday, September 13 at 8:00PM hup two! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Taste of Atlanta

Check out this fabulous event that we did at the Westin Buckhead (closer look at last month's Presenting Atlanta's Particulars newsletter), themed around the different neighborhoods of Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead & Virginia Highlands. It was perfect!

An overview of the ballroom

The Downtown station featured nothing other than "The Varsity," a classic Atlanta eatery.

Our Buckhead station featured a draping magnolia laced with gardenias...heavenly! The green linens represented Atlanta's reputation of a "city within the forest."

Virginia Highlands - a nod to the artsy area of our city...loved this station with the rustic table tops!
A close up of the cutest centerpiece I've ever seen - fabric flowers...used at the VA Highlands vignette.

We couldn't leave out Midtown, with a nod to Piedmont Park!

The elegant yet rustic centerpiece completed the look at each round.
This was such a great look - right up my alley in personal taste with the elegant and rustic elements used together!

Monday, September 5, 2011


Happy Labor Day! Just a few pictures from our weekend at the lake. Enjoy!

Inappropriate yet hilarious.