Wednesday, February 29, 2012

wedding wednesdays: bridal bouquets

So I've realized that when it comes to floral arrangements, I'm pretty romantic. Despite years of fighting it, I'm completely obsessed with the color pink, especially soft blush tones. They're just so feminine and classic, I love that they make any flower look like velvet. I'm definitely leaning toward blush for my bouquet, will grays, creams and mustards mixed in. I really can't wait to see how they look on the big day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

oscars recap

First off, hello. I've been gone for over a week, and let me tell you, it was just what I needed. I think I visited the computer once, it was glorious. Luckily, I came back just in time for the Oscars. Unfortunately they were incredibly boring, but at least there's fashion.

Emma Stone can seriously do no wrong in my book. Everything she wears is impeccable. I would generally think a red dress with an oversized bow was boring and kind of silly looking. On her it's amazing. Are you picking up on my girl crush?

Michelle is another one that I never get sick of seeing on the carpet. Maybe it's the pixie haircut, but to me she's flawless.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

road trip.

Jacob and I are headed up to my parent's house in New York tomorrow. We're driving. With both dogs. Yeah.

While road trips can sometimes be fun, like if you're, say, headed across the country, this particular one is less exciting. Aside from South of the Border, there really isn't anything interesting about 95. The one thing I usually look forward to when driving up north is Bojangles. Yes, we have them in Savannah, but I only allow myself to eat there while on a road trip. It's just my rule. Their sweet tea and chicken biscuits are the stuff dreams are made of. However, Jacob and I are trying to be good... so no Bojangles this time.::wah, wah::

Despite the drive, I'm really looking forward to the vacation. In addition to visiting family, we'll be attending a wedding for my cousin, and I have a feeling it's going to be amazing. We'll also be visiting Charleston for Brewvival, an even we look forward to all year. SO it's going to be a good week, so good in fact, I can handle the 18 hour drive.

Until we speak again:
2. Another awesome Miss Moss matchup: Food & Fashion.
3. Unbelievably amazing wedding...I think I need a teepee at our wedding. Seriously. {part 1 & 2}
4. Underwater dogs... the buddies look so scary!
5. I seriously almost had a heart attack from excitement when I saw these Roald Dahl stamps. Then I realized they were Royal Mail stamps. But they're still pretty awesome.
6. Great inspiration for a fun and flirty bridal shower.
7. Living In feature of one of my favorite movies when I was in high school... what teenager doesn't dream of being kidnapped by a rock band?

Monday, February 13, 2012

valentine's day uniform

{gold piercing arrow necklace}
{and because I couldn't choose just one: Emma Clutch + Romeo & Juliet Clutch}

Date or no date, Valentine's Day is an excuse to be girly and flirty. Any of these accessories would do the trick I think. Um, can we talk about these Kate Spade literature clutches??? ::swoon::

Saturday, February 11, 2012

valentine's day ideas 2012 {for him}

A few small tokens for that special guy in your life. Might I suggest going with the bacon of the month club? That one might earn the most points... plus you get bacon too. It's a win win really.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

i want to go to there.

Welcome to my new favorite tumblr to stalk... Cabin Porn. First of all, great name, secondly, who wouldn't want to stay in one of these remote cabins? Seriously. I need one.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

valentine's day ideas 2012 {for her}

I love how girly this holiday is, suddenly, everywhere there's hearts and pink flowers, it's almost impossible not to get hooked. While you don't have to spend a fortune on your special lady, it's never a bad idea to have something pretty to give her, and I would certainly be happy with any of these fine items. ::nudge, nudge, wink wink::

Monday, February 6, 2012

sunday sweets {the black & white cookie}

This Sunday I decided to bake something in honor of my home state in hopes that it would propel my Giants into a Superbowl win. Guess what? It totally worked! These are magical things.

I kind of thought everyone would know what this cookie was. It absolutely never occurred to me that they were strictly a regional thing. No one I spoke with in Savannah knew what I was talking about, even when I referenced Seinfeld. Look to the cookie, Elaine!

But I digress... One of my favorite things about these little cookies is that they're not little at all. In fact, the bigger the better {amiright ladies?}, their like your own personal frosted cake. Most of all, I love the way they remind me of home.

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
{you'll actually probably need more than this, depending on how much icing you put on each cookie}
1/3 to 1/2 cup water {you'll probably want to add more of this once some of the water evaporates}
3 ounces very bitter or unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon light corn syrup {I didn't have corn syrup so I added molasses which gave the chocolate a sweet, caramel taste}


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray, or line with parchment paper.

In large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter. Mix by machine or hand until fluffy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla and lemon extracts, and mix until smooth.

In medium bowl, combine cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until mixed. Add dry mixture to the wet in batches, stirring well after each addition. Using a soup spoon, place large spoonfuls of the dough about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Boil a cup or so of water in a small pot. Place confectioners’ sugar in large, heat-safe mixing bowl. Gradually stir in enough boiling water to the sugar to make a thick, spreadable mixture. You don't want to add too much because the icing will become too thin. Place the bowl over the boiling water, creating a double broiler. This will help keep the icing loose enough to coat the cookie.

Spread frosting on half of the flat side of each cookie. I tried this a couple of ways before getting it right. THe icing tends to become dry very quickly so I would dip the cookie half into your icing while it's over the boiling water. Let the excess icing drip off and lay flat. This will ensure that the icing stays smooth on the cookie and not splotchy.

Once you've finished with the vanilla, stir in the bitter or unsweetened chocolate until melted, as well as the light corn syrup.

Dip the other half of each cookie in the chocolate. It's ok if there's overlapping. The chocolate tends to dry out even quicker than the vanilla, to keep this from happening you can add some of the boiling water to the mixture. I would add it about 1/4 a cup at a time, stirring constantly. Continue doing this until the frosting reaches a shiny, loose consistency.

Let the frosting set. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Friday, February 3, 2012

happy super bowl weekend!

So excited for this game. I'll be baking a special dessert on Sunday in honor of my beloved home state, so you have that to look forward to on Monday. Go Giants!

If you're not watching the game, here's something else you can do:
1. Great beer and cheese pairings.
2. What men are really thinking about your clothes.
3. Some awesome business cards from alt summit.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

jhill design state prints

I've mentioned my love for Jhill design before in talking about her "Places I've Never Been" Calendar. I've always thought the monogrammed wedding designs were a fantastic idea, but now she's taken it to the next level with these customized state prints. I really want one for us. New York, Maryland states with the Savannah magnolia print. Perfect.

the glory of gold

In working on our registry, I've noticed something surprising. I grew up thinking gold was tacky and gaudy, but now I'm kind of obsessed with it. No, not kind of, I'm completely obsessed with it.

At first I thought it was just a faze, but I'm really having trouble not registering for all things gold. Take flatware for example. I hadn't really decided what kind to put on the list, Jacob pointed out this set and I looked at him like he was crazy. Gold? Really? What am I, a New Jersey Housewife? But then later that day, I couldn't seem to get the image of sparkly gold flatware out of my head. It completely ruined me, and now I can't get enough.


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