Monday, August 14, 2017

a late summer tablescape // two ways

recently we had our friends emily and joseph over for dinner and I was so excited to throw a fancier dinner than usual so we could use our wedding china for the first time. I also bought some amazing floral napkins from pottery barn months ago that I had been dying for an opportunity to use. 

I mixed our formal china and waterford with a burlap runner and jute chargers to modernize and casualize the look. then on sunday, we hosted a family dinner - so I mixed up the blooms and paired with causal china for a totally different vibe.

I am never going anywhere else other than trader joe's for flowers... the eucalyptus just seals the deal on this table. such a romantic yet carefree vibe that I love!

I really wanted to find a deep reddish pink flower to complement the napkins and trader joes had the most perfect tulips!

saturday dinner party menu:
paula deen's tomato tarts and a charcuterie board
steaks and mediterranean salmon
ina garten's roasted parsnips and carrots
ina garten's yogurt baked potatoes
emily brought a chocolate icebox espresso cake

the following day, we hosted a "going away" dinner for my sister as she goes back to college for junior year. check back on friday for the reworked tablescape!

napkins / chargers / table runner / napkin rings / formal china / crystal glassware / flatware / candle holders

Friday, August 11, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: top 5 hawaiian eats and drinks

if you've been following along with my hawaiian honeymoon posts, you know that we definitely explored and were adventurous! what I haven't talked about yet is the food! the food was so good in hawaii, I ate poke non-stop even though I almost never eat it at home. I had poke nachos, poke lox bagel, poke stack.... yum.

I was also on the search for malasadas and had a really hard time finding them - until we found a roadside food truck on the big island. just look at this warm sugary deliciousness below. my best advice - when in hawaii, if offered a flavor choice {such as juice, jelly, malasada filling, etc} make sure to go with anything island-flavored such as lilikoi, guava, and POG {passion fruit, orange, guava}.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

what I read in july

is anyone else in shock that we are now in the month of august? soon we will be starting football season and then it will be christmas. all the craft stores already have halloween stuff out, some already have christmas on display. I am really not ready for christmas. anyway, I love these monthly book linkups even if they do remind me of how quickly this year is going by! linking up with steph and jana, per usual.

somebody I used to know by david bell
when nick hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. she is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, marissa minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. but when nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. the next morning the police arrive at nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. she’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket. convinced there's a connection between the two women, nick enlists the help of his college friend laurel davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of marissa’s death. but the young woman’s murder is only the beginning...and the truths nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies. {}

my take: A-
this book has a unique plot line with lots of different things going on - murder, unplanned pregnancy, assault, good-old-fashioned small town gossip, lust, arson... you name it. it was definitely a page turner for me, I finished it in a couple of days but the ending gets a bit cheesy {the dog rescue} and the dots connect a bit too easily for the story to end like a perfect puzzle. all in all, it was a good summer read.

I got this recommendation from the link up, so thanks again to everyone for sharing awesome books every month and for stopping by!

Friday, August 4, 2017

atlanta home tour: master bedroom reveal

I'm so happy to share our master bedroom reveal today! when we moved into our house a year ago, we needed basically all new everything for our kitchen and living room. we purchased everything new and were super happy with how it all turned out, not to mention - we didn't even have to paint the main level since it is a beautiful cafe au lait color. our master bedroom was a different story. we bought two new night stands and the rest of the furniture was stuff that I'd had since post-grad days. to say I was ready for a refresh would be an understatement!

Monday, July 31, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: 5 things to do in volcano village

we stayed on the waimea side of the big island and had planned a helicopter tour over in hilo one day. the drive from waimea to hilo is about two hours long and it's an interesting terrain, very earthen and desert-like. we felt like we were driving through mars many times on the big island, rocky lava lines the highways with almost no vegetation. what the island lacks in vegetation, it makes up for in billy goats. seriously, we saw so many goats roaming the lava fields.

I highly recommend taking a day trip over to volcano village and volcano national park if you have the time. we spent a full day in volcano and hit all the stops!

Friday, July 28, 2017

married to the menu

after we got back from the honeymoon, I vowed to be more intentional with dinners at home. with all the wedding planning craziness, we had started to rely all too much on frozen pizza and ravioli. once a week, fine. all week long, not fine. one time we even ate a frozen pizza in the car on the way to dance lessons. I mean, it doesn't get worse than that. don't get me wrong, it tasted good, but not exactly the healthy, intentional meal time I prefer.

you may know that I don't eat meat, but I do eat fish, so it does require some planning to make meals that satisfy my requirements plus fill stephen up. since the wedding, here's a peak into what we've been eating - hopefully these recipes will inspire you to try something new soon!

Monday, July 24, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: hawai'i volcanoes national park

we happened to check out hawai'i volcanoes national park on memorial day during our honeymoon and I felt so patriotic. wandering around mother nature's beauty and being in a state park really made me feel american. we didn't really know what to expect at the national park and it turned out to be pretty cool.

Friday, July 21, 2017

top 10 things you must do in savannah

y'all, I have always wanted to go to two southern cities: charleston and savannah. last year, my dream came true with our girl's trip to charleston and this year, my dream came true with my 30th birthday trip to savannah. stephen surprised me with the idea and I spent the five-hour drive down from atlanta researching what to do in this gorgeous southern city.

Monday, July 17, 2017

thirty before thirty update

welp, the day has come and I am definitely thirty. I initially wrote my thirty before thirty list six months ago and I'm back with an update since the inevitable has happened. stephen and I celebrated the big day in savannah, a southern city that I have always wanted to visit!

Friday, July 14, 2017

hawaiian honeymoon: black sand beach day trip

thirty years ago, my parents honeymooned in hawaii and they often reference when my mother made my father find a black sand beach where he subsequently almost died. I don't know how close he was to actually dying, but the black sand beach has been engrained in my mind for quite some time. when we got to the big island, we learned there are several colored-sand beaches, including black and green. at first, we were gung-ho on discovering the green sand beach since there are only four in the world. however, upon reading tons of reviews on tripadvisor, etc we decided it wasn't worth the effort (two hour drive plus either a strenuous, dusty 6 mile hike down to the beach or hitching a sketchy ride with a local in the back of a pickup truck for $40).

we decided we'd explore a black sand beach instead. during our trip, we relied on the valet team at both resorts for tips and they were great! they recommended going to pololu black sand beach on the north end of the island, an hour and a half drive from our hotel. we picked up snorkel gear at snorkel bob's, hopped in the jeep and hit polulu, hawi, and mahukona for the perfect hawaiian day trip.