Archive for March, 2011

March 31, 2011

Oh Dear :: Wedding Shower Sneak Peek

This shower was so special to me. One of my best friends, Stephen, has found a wonderful woman to love and care for in life. It’s beautiful. The weather was perfect, bellies were full, and laughter was abundant. I can’t wait to share the detail pictures so graciously taken by Brandy of Bella Pop Photography .. but for now, my amateur photography will have to do!

Yayy for reunion with old friends!

March 30, 2011

Bowties :: Accessorize

Bowties just do it for me.  They have more personality and playfulness than ties do.  They also seem to sport more unique patterns and color combinations. Don’t get me wrong, I love that boy of mine in a tie – but bowties are a fun way to change it up, especially for grooms.  Who says that brides get to have all the attention?  The boys should get to have some fun with their wardrobe too.  Here are a few pictures from weddings where the guys rocked their bowties.  Tell me you don’t love these! 

In this literature-inspired style shoot, they crafted him a bowtie out of paper from old books.  I *love* the idea, but don’t know how he would feel about paper rubbing against his neck for a prolonged period of time!   

Even the ‘ring bearer’ … of which some choose a four-legged friend … can be spiffed up with a cute bowtie.  This pooch stole the show in his bowtie!

Here is a collection of bowties for some inspiration.  Top left is from Lumina Clothing; left middle is from Bowties and More; bottom left is from Brooks Brothers; All 3 on the right are Ben Silver.

March 28, 2011

Three Potato Four :: Vintage Wedding

The ‘Oh Dear’ wedding shower went off without a hitch this weekend, so look forward to some sneak peek pictures this week! Now, we’re gearing up for the Vintage Fresh style shoot next weekend! So much design. So little time. But hey, that’s what makes it fun too. For now, here’s a new site for you to check out!

Three Potato Four is a great resource for those of you who love little vintage details but don’t have the time to scrounge through thrift stores and flea markets.

Plus, they have a wedding section! All those lovely vintage beauties you’ve been looking for – and in multiples! Antique keys. Cash register buttons … just imagine them as table numbers. Milk jugs. Vintage cans – What more could you ask for?!

Totally digging the bakery paper window advertisements..  Something you don’t see every day.  How fun would those be framed in a kitchen or on a dessert table?

This antique apothecary would be warmly welcomed into our home!  So unique and full of character.  It would be a great way to organize all of my crafting and sewing doo-dads.

Check out this cute anthro-style jewelry dish!  I can just see it on my dresser right now.  These pieces are only the beginning.. go take a gander for yourself! I would be happy with any or *all* of the things on their website.

March 25, 2011

Fringe :: Wedding Detail

Fringe isn’t something that is normally rises to the topic of conversation, unless we’re talking about cowboys in wranglers and chaps or Cher rocking one of her outrageous costumes .. until now.¬† Take a look at these pictures, all ideas created by Martha Stewart’s wedding team.

Wedding favors, centerpieces, invitations, placecards – all adorned with a touch a fringe and a bit of flair. I’m loving this idea and the fact that it resembles the color scheme of the up*and quickly*coming style shoot. Maybe we will incorporate some of these ideas? You’ll just have to wait and see.. But for now, enjoy these.

So. excited. for. this. weekend. Lots of wedding shower goodness to come!

March 23, 2011

Rue Magazine :: Design Inspiration

Rue Magazine just came out with their fourth issueand it’s marvelous. If you haven’t caught wind of this magazine, here’s your chance! It’s full of decorating ideas from how to dress a table for an event to what to hang on your wall. Eclectic. Vibrant. Fresh. That’s what comes to mind while ‘flipping’ through the pages online .. oh, didn’t I mention that? You can view the entire magazine, fully equipped with links to items found in the photographs, at the link above.

Just look at these excerpts from the issue. Believe me, it was hard to pick so few. The pages just elicit creativity and beauty. Color combinations. Designer spotlights. Tablescapes. Spots to visit. How. to. make. a. Sunburst. Mirror.

Yes, please! Now, if only I could keep plants alive long enough to make a beautiful arrrangement like the one showcased above. Here’s to dreaming!

March 21, 2011

Carob Swirl Cheesecake

Cheesecake. There’s just really nothing like it. This recipe is something special for three reasons. (1) It uses carob powder (caffeine free + calcium) instead of chocolate, (2) It has whole wheat crust, and (3) It has a pretty swirl effect that I just love. So this may sound like one of those healthy dessert recipes that tastes like dirt, but it’s absolutely delicious. Give it a try.

:: You will need ::

for the crust:

1 C. whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 C. butter, room temperature

2 tbsp. sugar

for the swirl:

1/2 C. butter

1/2 C. carob powder (can be found at specialty or health food stores)

for the filling:

24 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature

2/3 C. honey

5 large eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

:: Let’s get going ::

(1)  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Mix together the crust ingredients until it resembles sand.  Press into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan, forming a crust up the sides of the pan.  If you don’t have a springform pan, you could halve the recipe and fill a pie plate instead … but the springform definitely allows for a prettier presentation in the end.  You’ll see.

(2)  Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned.  Remove the pan from the oven and lower the temperature to 325 degrees.

(3)  In a small saucepan, melt the butter.  Then add the carob powder and stir until smooth.  Take the pan off the heat and set aside.

(4)  Combine the cream cheese and honey with an electric mixer.  A trick for the honey … spray your measuring cup with cooking spray first – the honey will slide right out and you won’t waste time trying to scrape half of it out.

(5) Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.  Then mix in the vanilla.

(6)  Here’s the fun part.  Grab another bowl and pour half of the filling in.  Then add the reserved carob sauce to one of the bowls and mix it up.   Layer 1/2 of the plain filling on top of the crust, then 1/2 of the carob filling, spreading each layer across the surface of the crust.  Repeat that step, so that the carob filling ends up on top.

(7)  Still more fun to come … Now we get to make a mess of that pretty layered beauty.  Take a bread knife and hold it perpendicular to the counter.  Start from the center and work your way towards the outside of the pan in a spiral. 

(8)  Smooth over the top of the swirl and place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes.  Carob can’t handle heat above 325 degrees, so be sure that you’ve preheated the oven to the correct temperature. Then turn the oven off and let the cheesecake stay in the closed oven for 20-25 minutes.  Place on a wire rack to cool; Loosen the springform, but leave it in place until it cools completely.

Don’t fret about the cracks. It happens, and it adds a little personality. Notice the ‘k’ … ?! It did that all on it’s own. I forgot to take a picture of a sliced piece, but when you cut it open you can definitely see the layered goodness. Here’s to cream cheese and “chocolate“.

March 17, 2011

Vintage Fresh :: Style Shoot Inspiration

Here it is! The inspiration board for Vintage Fresh [ love & teacups ] coming up on April 3rd! You don’t want to miss it! Brandy and Brandon of Bella Pop Photography will lead a photography workshop that will be rockin’. We are so excited for this shoot and the details we have in store are pretty sweet too, if I may say so myself!

Hope you’ve got your green on today! Yes, I’m one of those pincher types.

March 16, 2011

Soap and Matches :: Wedding Favors

In a previous post, I highlighted the favors that we had at our wedding for guests. Coming across these cute and similar ideas, I couldn’t help but share. This just goes to show how easily you can set your event apart with a little creativity and personalization.

The soaps are from an Etsy seller, fully customizable with lots of fabric swatches to choose from. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding!

These match jars are an easy DIY project that will catch your guest’s eye .. and it something they will use. It just makes sense to give your guests something they will use and remember you by, rather than spending money on trinkets that will be thrown away when they get home. Here is a tutorial for the match jars.

Love the use of sandpaper on the lid for easy striking!

March 14, 2011

Coral Ring :: Accessorize

I came across Erin McDermott‘s site the other day and fell. in. love.  The organic, natural feel that her designs have is breathtaking.  Every piece has it’s own personality and would serve to spice up your outfit, whatever the occasion may be.  The piece that caught my eye was this coral ring. What a beaut√©!

March 11, 2011

Vintage Wedding Hats :: Accessorize

So, obviously I’m on a vintage kick these days.  I just can’t help it.  The idea of bridesmaids wearing different dresses has been a trend for awhile, but accessorizing with retro hats and headpieces is new to the wedding scene.  I’m loving it.  It’s a way for your girls to express themselves and a way to add some extra pizazz to the wedding party. 

Bridal hats are becoming more popular as well.  Cage-net. Feathers. Anything’s game.  Being a bride is just more and more fun all the time.  The problem is, sometimes unique hats like these are hard to come by .. unless you have a stylish grandma who wore hats in her day and kept them in good condition.  More likely, you will find yourself scrounging vintage stores (which I totally recommend – if nothing else, for the experience) … Or, you could take a visit to La Plume Couture where vintage hats and unique hair candies abound. 

The boys can snazz it up too.  Throw on some fedoras, canterbury caps or a derby hat … for a formal affair, consider top hats.  Even if just for the photo op!

Have fun with the accessories.  There’s so much to choose from!