SUMMER ENTERTAINING + 4 LAYER ORANGE CAKE RECIPE

Summer Entertaining

I have to tell you I’m thrilled with how today’s photo shoot turned out and I’m excited to share it with you! Not only did I create a design for summer entertaining, I developed a cake recipe that’s the perfect dessert to serve for this party. I was asked to come up with some ideas […]

BRUNCH STYLED SHOOT {GUEST FEATURE}

styled brunch by Madeline Trait

Recently I’ve been thinking it would be fun to host a ladies brunch one Saturday or Sunday morning. Right now I’m only “thinking” about it, but this submission from Milou + Olin Photography may be just the push I need to make it become a reality. This is a styled shoot designed by Madeline Trait and offers […]

NATURE-INSPIRED TABLETOP :: FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE

nature-inspired-table-setting

There’s a TON of party inspiration designed for women, especially since we girls celebrate all the milestones like weddings, babies, special birthdays, Friday night  So to find something for the men in our lives is a little more difficult. That’s why I decided to design a special lunch/dinner table with men in mind, and it’s […]

DATE NIGHT IN :: HAPPY HOUR & GELATO TASTING

DATE NIGHT gelato tasting

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers Gelato Indulgences for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When it comes to the end of  the week, the husband and I like to relax and keep things low key for date night. Throughout the month he’s busy with guys night one week, […]

CHICKEN-SLAW SALAD WITH PEANUT DRESSING

chicken-slaw salad with peanut dressing

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was fantastic and one I’ve been looking forward to for a couple of months. My bff from college came for an overnight stay on Friday and we sat outside chatting for about 7 hours straight! Time flies when you’re having fun….and catching up over wine and […]

CASUAL BACKYARD WEDDING {GUEST FEATURE}

CASUAL BACKYARD WEDDING

I have a lovely backyard wedding to share with you today, submitted by Two Sticks Studios Photography, and even though it’s a casual setting there are lots of pretty ideas and inspiration. The wedding was DIY as the bride is a graphic designer, and there are many personal details that reflect the personalities of the […]

TABLE FOR TWO :: DINING AL FRESCO

dining al fresco

Last year I set up this al fresco dining table-for-two for an article for Homes.com. I thought I’d share it here in case you missed it, and as I was looking through photos I thought, “Wow! what a difference a year makes!” I’m talking photography people! I know I learn something new about photography about every six […]

TREND ALERT :: CHURROS

Churros

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend, and start to summer. We had out-of-town guests and spent the entire time going to the pool, eating, drinking, and laughing about old times. I can’t tell you how important my old friends are to me, especially as I get older and find that it’s […]

PEAR-GINGER SPARKLING COCKTAIL

pear-ginger sparkling cocktail

As I was re-stocking the bar after the holidays I was looking for some new flavors to try and came across this bottle of French ginger liqueur. Obviously I was first smitten with the cool look of the bottle and the more I thought about the flavor, ginger, the more I thought that it would […]

FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE :: GIFTS & TREATS

chocolate gifts and treats

PIN this Post We’re all girls here, right {maybe 5 guys out there reading}? Who doesn’t love chocolate?!! Well, here are 4 delicious ways to get your chocolate fix and you don’t even have to drag out the mixer or warm up the oven. Some recent chocolate goodies I’ve had the pleasure of sampling are: […]