Lake Tahoe.

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I am officially on vacation in one of my favorite places ever, for a little post-wedding R&R after my little brothers big day. I am so grateful to spend the next week of my life surrounded by such amazing beauty and with all the people who I love the most.

Since long before I was born, my family has come to Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe to vacation. Lake Tahoe for me has always been a place of rejuvenation where I can spend my days hiking, biking, swimming and laughing. This week is no different from the past, I will be shutting down the computer to enjoy the best of what this special place has to offer. I mean how can anything compete with a sunset like that?

Xo

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Fall Fashion Essentials.

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There are five fall fashion essentials that I swear by this season. I am actually getting really excited for the cooler weather to come so I will have the chance to bundle up a bit more.

Xo

Ten Elegant Bridesmaid Gifts.

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Today I had to chance to be a guest blogger for two of my favorites ladies in Portland, Katie and Monica, who are the women behind Gather Event Planning and Consultation. I have had the pleasure of working for them this summer coordinating a few weddings and let me tell you, they are the best at what they do.

My mission was to find the best bridesmaid gifts out there, and I am so pleased with what I came up with. Check out the blog post in full here.

Thanks for having me ladies!

Xo

Summer Salad. {Part Two}

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I have shared with you one of two summer salads that I find myself obsessed with this season. Today I give you the second of the two, it’s what I call, The California Caprese. A twist on the traditional caprese I add grilled corn kernels and delicious avocado slices to make the perfect salad – light, but substantial.

Xo

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A Bridal Shower. {Garden Party}

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I had a blast the other weekend when I flew down to California for a fun-filled weekend in honor of my soon-to-be-sister-in-law. I was so happy to co-host the bridal shower and was in my element planning all the little details. I hand made all of the decor (yes I might be a crazy person) and made all the little favors too! I have a few favorite decor details from the day that I have shared full size below, you can see more images from the day by checking me out on Pintrest.

The succulent favors were the perfect touch and helped to really bring together the table settings. A DIY tutorial to come soon on those. (Yes, I did make all the little wax seal tags for those pots too!)

The tissue paper poms were a great touch of whimsy, and of course perfect for the garden party theme. A great addition to any party are those cool fringey streamers you see hanging in the background. Click here for instructions on how to make the streamers (they are super easy).

I wanted table runners that added to that feeling of whimsy that much of the other decor had. I used different widths and lengths of ribbon in the same color family to achieve the perfect look.

I shared my love for balloons last month when I was in the planning stage of the party. Geronimo style balloons were definitely inspiration and a detail I knew I would have to have. The balloons I made were a big hit and might have been my favorite decor detail. I found great instructions and a source for the actual balloons here.

A true labor of love, I hand cut and assembled all these tissue paper flags. I was thrilled that they turned out to be a fabulous as I had envisioned them to be. (Click here to find out how to make these for yourself.)

Xo

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For the Love of Marionberries.

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I went berry picking yesterday, for the berry I have been waiting all year for, the marionberry. What is a marionberry, you might ask? According to Wikipedia, “The berry was released in 1956 under the name Marion, after the county where it was tested extensively.” This Oregon State University hybrid is a cross between the ‘Chehalem’ and ‘Olallie’ berries. The complexity of its flavor has left the marionberry with a reputation as the “Cabernet of Blackberries”.

It was a long day of picking and jamming, it was hard work, but totally worth it. I even have enough berries left to bake a delicious tart, as well as the satisfaction of checking this of my summer of fun list.

Xo

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Petite Fleur.

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I threw together these cute little bud vases when I was styling a space for an event. They helped complete the look for the bookshelf and are perfect for filling voids on any surface. Currently my latest obsession, I love cutting random flowers from the garden and filling bud vases for every nook and cranny in the house.

Xo

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June. {Snapshots}

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{my new letterpress business cards}

{blueberries, almost ripe}

{my favorite cocktail @ Andina}

{peonies}

{fresh picked strawberry}

{blooming roses – David Austin’s Munstead Wood}

{grasses}

{my two new favorite accessories}

{Mahi Mahi @ Trader Vic’s}

Xo

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Strawberry Shortcake.

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I had to take a break from the strawberry posts last week, but I have saved the best for last. I made the most delicious Strawberry Shortcakes for dessert after my pick-a-thon 2012. Simple and easy, this is a delicious summertime dessert you can whip together in a flash.

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • Melted butter to brush shortcakes
  • Berries
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

Heat oven 450 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in butter and shortening. Mix in half-and-half. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown. Cool and eat with berries and whipped cream.


Xo

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Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
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