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Tuesday Tastings :: Cranberry Poached Pears

Last week, a huge box showed up at my door bearing…(wait for it) tons and tons of goat cheese. For a chèvre lover like myself, this felt very much like a fantasy, especially since it happened to be from Cypress Grove, the Northern Cali cheesemaker behind my favorite Humboldt Fog selection. Anyway… I knew I […]

Monochromatic Monday :: Organic Thanksgiving

I spent some time planning my Thanksgiving table over the weekend, looking through my Pinterest boards and considering my color palette options. I thought about a moody plum & gold option…and played with the idea of pumpkin…but the simple look of kraft paper and organic greens (mixed with a touch of gold) just feels so […]

DIY :: Neon Pine Cone Placecard Holder

Happy Friday! Jenn here, with a fun and easy DIY placecard project. Our post earlier this week on modern hostess styles received such a great response that we started thinking about other fun ways to modernize a Thanksgiving table. I had been planning a gold pine cone placecard holder when Camille had the idea to […]

DIY :: Monogram Cord Place Cards

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the only meals where I feel 100% comfortable using place cards — anyone else with me? Typically the idea of telling people where to sit, especially when hosting close friends and family, can feel a bit buttoned-up for my liking. But when entertaining large groups and out-of-towners, creating custom place […]

Rustic & Rich Thanksgiving Buffet

Ever since Adam and I got married, we’ve hosted Thanksgiving for both families at our house…and since this year will be Phoebe’s first, no doubt it’ll be an extra special day where we’ll all be giving thanks for the incredible new blessing in our lives. Although I really love the traditional aspects of Thanksgiving, I […]

The Thanksgiving Table :: McKenzie Powell

For the second installment of our Thanksgiving table series, we have another insanely beautiful table design – this one, from the talented team at McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design. With a background that combines gardening and graphic design, McKenzie travels the country melding her knowledge of design with a lush, romantic style she brings […]

Monochromatic Monday :: Worn Leather

When I look at the pieces from my wardrobe that are versatile enough to transition from season-to-season, I realize that the camel colored leather items are my most tried-and-true staples. Both light enough to work with summer whites and linens, yet reminiscent of a cognac sipped fireside, there’s no question that it’s the perfect accessory […]

In Season :: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Now that Halloween is over, the countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. For a lot of us, (myself, Jeanine, included) turkey day is no longer about the turkey. But I realize that for many, the idea of hosting a vegetarian or two at your holiday table is still a scary and stressful thought. The first […]


We’re finally getting to put our costuming, crafting and recipes to good use! Whether you’re spending the evening passing out candy to disguised trick-or-treaters or hosting a wickedly gorgeous fête like this one by Cassandra, hope you all have a fun & freakish Halloween!

My Life, Styled :: Very Vintage

The first time I (Jen) walked into Decades on Melrose, I was literally speechless. I was picking up a vintage Birkin that a client was purchasing from Cameron, the owner of Decades and the largest collector of Hermes in the world.  When I walked in, I was greeted by glass cases of vintage jewelry sandwiched between stacks of […]

Tuesday Tastings :: Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu purists may want to stop reading… this cake is a very loose riff on the classic, bringing pumpkin, cinnamon and almond flavors into the mix with more traditional mascarpone & liqueur. Of course, one bite and any protests will fade away as you sink blissfully into the cozy, creamy indulgence of this ultimate fall […]

Round Up :: Best of Halloween

After weeks of non-stop party planning, pumpkin decorating and costume prep, we’re so excited that the scariest night of the year is just a day away.  Since we’ve been in full-on Halloween mode, we thought we’d share a round-up of our favorite spooky treats, creepy crafts and wickedly gorgeous table designs… figured it couldn’t hurt […]

Monochromatic Monday :: Haunted Mansion

Though I’m keeping the Halloween revelry somewhat toned down this year, I still get a kick out of having the daylights scared out of me. I have vivid childhood memories of visiting mortifying haunted houses, and The Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror still remain two of my favorite rides at Disney World to date. So […]

10 Best Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Can you all believe we’re already talking about Thanksgiving again? It seems crazy, but fall foliage and abundant food & drinks are practically upon us, and there’s nothing we’re more excited about than concepting the perfect Thanksgiving table — namely, coming up with a beautiful centerpiece to accompany the most important meal of the year. For […]

Pretty Simple :: Costume Makeup

Halloween is almost upon us and for me (Martha Lynn) that means trying out some fun over-the-top makeup you may be too timid to try on a regular day. Makeup can be the cherry on top of an amazing costume or, in some cases, can be the costume all on it’s own! Click through for […]

Manger with Mimi :: Pomegranate Meringues

I just love pomegranate season. The beautiful colours of this sweet and tangy fruit make me feel so festive. That’s why I love to dress the little ruby seeds with a big crimson red swirled meringue. Pomegranate goes so well with orange blossom water, so I teamed these two ingredients to make a delicious syrup. […]

DIY :: “The Birds” Shadow Puppets

Do you have any fun Halloween plans for this weekend or next week? Jenn here, looking forward to a few different costume parties… but I doubt any of them will be as much fun as our “The Birds”-themed Halloween party we shared last week! Due to the great response the post has received, today we’re […]