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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Falling for Fur

Images like the one above make fur the most glamorous. Especially when fur is the focus of this outfit. Her neutral dress is perfect with it and her jewels are well, not simple, but they still don't overpower the fur wrap. Of course this was in the era that wearing this in a cab was perfectly normal for the glamorous.

While it may not be normal for those of us that are not-so-glamorous on a day to day basis, you can still embrace it in a neutral everyday way. Just as long as it's not the fur from a real animal.
Cozy into the coolness of fall by taking a cue from those on four legs. It's how they keep warm after all (and oh so cute!).

Black Fall

Natural Fur

Soft Fall

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cure for a Burn

I've had a little bottle of melaleuca oil for a while now and didn't pay much attention to it. It turns out that that little bottle is like gold. I knew it was good for a first-aid ointment for various things but I just didn't think about it. I started using it regularly in August to get rid of a strange burn/rash I acquired in Jamaica in July. Melaleuca was the cure. All the strange spots are gone, leaving one small bit left. I'm amazed.
However, tonight, I had an unfortunate turn of events while moving my quinoa from the stove to a bowl. The bits of quinoa stuck together at first, then all of a sudden went everywhere. It's not pleasant to have just-boiled quinoa fall right into your palm and burn you. Of course it was nothing major, but with any kitchen-related burn, I wanted immediate relief. Cold water wasn't working for me.
I desperately searched through my medicine bin and found the little bottle. I rubbed it on and wrapped a wet cloth around my hand. Five minutes later, I wasn't feeling a bit of burning. The oil was so soothing paired with the water. It had a cooling effect that allowed me to go on with the rest of my night.
Just a little tip from me to you. Melaleuca oil+cold water+towel=blissful relief.
I'm sure there are many out there who know all about the benefits of melaleuca oil (and tea tree). I don't pretend to, but I do know that it's now my go-to cure for just about anything. I couldn't help but share!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Twice Showered

This weekend was shower #2 for me. My cousin, Kristen, is getting married the weekend before me and together we have a pretty large family that usually gets together the day after Christmas. However, we got to see a lot of family for our joint party much earlier than Christmas! We had a recipe/stock the pantry party where we got a ton of great recipes and a lot of ingredients to go along with it. Our fianc├ęs got to jump right in and have fun for this shower too. 
My mom and grandmother transformed my parents' backyard into a fall wonderland with the prettiest roses and sunflowers, peppers, cabbage, and of course pumpkins. The above photo was in the middle of the food table, flanked by tons of barbecue, salads, rolls, fried pies...ok a lot of food. Good food...not-on-my-wedding-diet-food!

Sunny fall weather with pretty orange. 

My mom's bottle tree looked beautiful with bright mums and pumpkins.

The food table

Our great-grandparents wedding announcement.

David & me

With Michael & Kristen

We made a s'mores "bar" with a pot, rocks and little burners. 
S'more's tip: Use Reese's instead of Hershey's

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall for Plaid

If you go outside in Tennessee as the sun lowers these days, you can feel fall in the air. We are only days away from its official breakthrough...that sweet, crisp bite of coolness that has a tinge of a bonfire smell in the air...when apples taste a little better than they did at the peak of summer and pumpkins are popping up everywhere.
It's my favorite time of year. Time to layer on the awesome clothes and embrace something a little more earthy, woodsy even. There is something about plaid that is just perfect for fall and the ease into winter. It's colorful in a subtle way, comforting and cozy, and just downright fall.
The couple above did plaid right. Can't you just smell the woods and the feel the breeze?

This beautiful coat is a nice transition piece and a perfect plaid staple that will last for many years.

Source: via Laurie on Pinterest

Perfection for pumpkin spice lattes, hot chocolate, chai teas...

Here is a class act of a table, perfect for Thanksgiving.

These blankets would be the coziest next to the first fire of the season.

Monday, September 10, 2012


I have been a little MIA lately from the blog and I apologize...I've been busy making my own wedding invitations. It turns out I am my worst client but in the end I love my design. 
On the same wedding-related note, my first wedding shower was lovingly given this weekend by absolutely the best friends a girl could ask for. I had eight hostesses that I love dearly who pulled off a beautiful and fun wedding shower for me. I am so grateful for their generosity and friendship.
I'm also extremely blessed to have been surrounded by lots of my favorite people. 
I loved the elegant and earthy feel of the shower. It was held in my church's cafe, tables were adorned with burlap runners and various vases and Ball jars filled with the prettiest green apples and fluffiest white flowers. One of my favorite things was a garland of fabric scraps that lined the windows with David's and my baby pictures. 

Fluffiest hydrangeas and apples:

LOVE this precious garland!

My lovely ladies: Whitney, Holly, Kendra, Emily, Sarah, Ashley & Alison 
(and bff Julie who couldn't be there, but must be mentioned!)

My future mother in law, grandmother and mom

Spectacular end of summer/start of fall punch in my hand there with the beautiful Sarah. 

An awesome gift from life long bestie Whitney-she thoughtfully took pictures of our wedding date. 
The 11 is from a vineyard (since we got engaged at one), 3 is from my hometown and 12 is from here!


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