March 31, 2015

hostess of a bridal shower brunch

mimosa bar sign instructions

When you're a little tyke, people say "you can be anything you want!" I have two miffs with that statement: one, I don't entirely believe it's true. Two, no one ever warns, "you can be anything you want, but not everything you want." And over the years I've had a lot of wants. It's not that I wasn't capable of being these things--but the reality sets in later in life that I have to choose something, a direction. For instance, I didn't pursue my childhood passion of becoming the next installment of Spice Girls. But other things are harder to let slip, so I keep them on the back burner and dabble every once in a while. One of those goals is event planning. I adore everything about the process from envisioning to execution. My first "big girl job" was as assistant to wedding planner Eliza Cowan of Eliza Cowan Events. She took me on board, showed me the beauty, and let me up-close-and-personal to the operation. Recently I've been getting a chance to exercise those skills as maid of honor in two upcoming weddings. Today I'm sharing an event I planned for one of the lovely brides. I hope you enjoy the images from a bridal shower brunch honoring my sweet sister.

pink and gold candy buffet
bridal shower brunch party
fruit and granola yogurt parfait bar
granola yogurt parfaitcharcuterie board display
mimosa and bellini bar setup
p.s. left to right: moh, blushing bride, proud mother, co-moh

March 30, 2015

fisherman's wharf + mulxiply giveaway

[Lou & Grey tee, Old Navy jeans, Rock & Republic pumps, Mulxiply tote c/o, Mac 'Snob' lipstick]

This is my last post covering pictures from our West Coast trip so I wanted to wrap up with something special. About a month ago, I was introduced to the ethical accessories company, Mulxiply (pronounced 'multiply'). They use fair trade labor based in Nepal to craft unique, modern, and minimalist bags like this slim canvas tote. These local artisans infuse their culture and materials into each piece. So every time a product is bought, the direct impact is employment of more craftswomen in Nepal. 

I've shared about other fashion companies with similar visions before; but, as I pursue my own 'conscious closet,' I am increasingly aware of where things are sourced. I aim to support brands that will be transparent with their production process. And I can honestly say I feel infinitely more beautiful in an ethically crafted outfit. This tote from Mulxiply is equal parts fashion and function all while supporting a beautiful mission. I am ecstatic today to bring a giveaway with this wonderful company. See full details below and be sure to enter! 


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March 27, 2015

his + hers style around san francisco

men's fashion casual spring outfit
[on him: Rail hoodie, 7FAM jeans, Parker & Sky sneakers // on her: Raison d'Etre jacket, Ann Taylor tee, Anthropologie jeans]

Okay, so I had a few realizations while we were in San Francisco:

1. There is no such thing as 'selfie stick shame' in that city.
2. They all must have the calf muscles of a Greek god. 
3. I want to live in a pink house.

E and I had a long talk, while we were munching outside at Boudin bakery, about where we see ourselves living. First things first, we always want to live on a coast. Being close to water gives us a sense of freedom and mobility. Secondly, and probably most important, family is our strongest pull. If ever there's been a city (outside of Boston) where I could see us settling, it would be San Francisco. The gorgeous weather, endless outdoor adventures, and creative culture fueled us. But both of our families are settled on the east coast. So it's almost a bittersweet realization that we may never call a loved city our home. However, the trade-off of sticking close to family is well worth that choice. From now on we'll let San Francisco be our home-away-from-home.

p.s. I have a giveaway planned for Monday with my last travel post!

women's casual spring travel outfit
women's Loft floral tee
in-n-out burger San Francisco
Lombard Street in San Francisco

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March 26, 2015

easter egg marshmallow peeps


I have absolutely never understood the connection between eggs and Easter. For that matter, I also have no clue where the big bunny fits in. But nonetheless, the connection is made and this little treat bag offers a sweet send-off for guests, young and old. This was my first time making marshmallows, so I did a fair share of research beforehand. I pulled the best of what I liked from a few sources and crafted my own recipe. See full details below.



Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1/2 c cold water
1 1/2 c Sugar
1 c light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c water
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Combine unflavored gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, let sit for 30 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and the additional 1/2 cup of water. Place over low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Increase the heat to high and boil mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 244°on a candy thermometer (approximately 12 minutes).
4. With a stand or hand-held mixer on low speed, slowly pour the syrup mixture into the gelatin.
5. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is very thick, white and nearly tripled in volume (approximately 15 minutes). Add the vanilla and beat to incorporate.
6. Line a 9x13 pan with plastic wrap. Spray with cooking oil.
7. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Spray your hands and pat the mixture down until evenly distributed.
8. Place in fridge for at least three hours (up to 24), until firm.
9. Remove the marshmallows from the pan and place on parchment paper or cutting board.
10. Press cookie cutter firmly into marshmallow and remove the cut out mallow.
11. Roll mallow in colored decorating sugar. Repeat until all mallows are coated.
12. Wrap and gift these delicious easter bites.