Create a Beautiful Fall Tablescape

October 1, 2014

Fall, with all its beautiful colors, crisp morning air, and golden sunsets, is finally upon us, and there will be plenty of opportunities to gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, express our love for one another, and give thanks. If you are planning a dinner party this season or hosting a holiday gathering, here are a few tips to help you achieve a gorgeous tablescape to impress your guests.

Jewel tones or monochromatic white or beige are a beautiful alternative to fall's ubiquitous oranges, browns, and rusts.

Transform your entire setting with metallic paint. Complementary shades of bronze, silver, and gold instantly turn a humble pumpkin or gourd into something extra special and glamorous. 

Skip the pumpkins if you're not into them. Pears, apples, grapes, fall leaves, fresh flowers or herbs, or even fresh artichokes can look really pretty for a fall setting.

Candles not only look elegant, they also create a warm, inviting atmosphere for your guests. Place thick pillars in hurricanes, burn tall pillars in pretty candle holders, or scatter tea lights along the length of the table.

Add a variety of textures and heights to create a wonderful sensory experience for your guests. Think plush, velvet placemats on rustic wooden tables or tall branches displayed in glass vases. 

In addition to texture and height, consider using prints in your tablescape. Tartan is a classic fall print, but stripes and florals can add a bit of whimsy to your table. 

A small take-away--like a pretty place card, small gift, or single-serving dessert in a jar--at each setting is a sweet way to thank your guests, plus it looks so pretty. 

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Must Have: Salt Block Cooking by Mark Bitterman

October 1, 2014

After an entire summer of grilling everything from pizza to pineapple I'm ready to try something new and a little adventurous. I am extremely intrigued by this cooking technique; I've never had anything salt-cooked, but I can't wait to try. Have you tried salt cooking?

Friday Favorites

September 26, 2014

As September draws to an end I find myself thinking about the holiday season and the hustle and bustle that is about to ensue in just a few short weeks. As always, I'm excited for it--it's my favorite time of year, after all--but I'll admit, just thinking about the shopping and parties and planning and packing is enough to make me want to take a long nap. Starting next weekend I've got birthday parties, baby showers, trips to the pumpkin patch, Halloween, a trip to Disneyland, my daughter's birthday and my brother's birthday--and that's just October! I'm thankful that this weekend I've absolutely no plans. What are you grateful for today? Have a safe and blessed weekend, and God bless.

The return. (Was that dramatic enough for you? I promise not to make this a regular on Friday Favorites. But seriously how awesome was that season premiere?!)

This insanely gorgeous closet.  

The perfect fall look

A favorite quote.  And also a reminder to be a little more courageous.

These ridiculously cool boots.

How to Wear Summer Essentials This Fall

September 25, 2014

I love fall fashion, and I'm excited about pulling out my favorite sweaters and scarves, but I'm not quite ready to trade in all my summer clothes for cold weather essentials. If you're like me and you don't want to pack up all your summer wares just yet, here are a few ideas for incorporating some of your favorite warm weather pieces into your fall wardrobe.    

White Jeans
I really love a monochromatic look--white jeans paired with a chunky, winter white sweater and neutral heels or booties.
Clockwise from top left: Gap Cable Knit Sweater,  Baublebar Candy Floss Gem Collar,  Old Navy Classic Chambray Shirt,  The Edmund Heel from Madewell

Floral Print Dress
For me, the perfect autumn gamine look starts with a sweet floral print frock. Add a black cardigan and dark tights, and suddenly that summery dress becomes a go-to for fall.

Clockwise from top left: Sweet Bliss Cardigan from Tulle Dorothy Perkins Black Check Tights,  Nine West Nostalgia Lace-Up Oxford Shooties,  Kate Spade Hanover Street Aster Crossbody  

Breezy Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are ubiquitous during the warm weather months, but they can easily transition into the fall. I like to toughen up the feminine silhouette with a moto jacket, a thick, knit scarf, and boots.

Clockwise from top left: Hannah Faux Leather Biker Jacket,  Zara Metal Detail Leather Boots,  Throwback Crescent Hoop Earrings Ganni Snowball Knitted Scarf
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