June 14, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Hey everyone! As promised I’ve been all but consumed with preparations for the 3rd annual Ryan Converse Memorial Golf Tournament this week and today I’m skipping out to be at the course all day making sure everything goes smoothly. (And keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine, too!) Honestly, I’m just so excited to see everyone, to give my little sister a big huge hug and get to spend the day with the people I love best. This weekend will be a bit hectic between the tournament, visiting with family and Father’s Day festivities, but I would have it no other way. Here’s wishing you a crazy beautiful weekend – see you here next week! xoxo
[Illustration by Jen Roffe.]
June 13, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
With Father’s Day this weekend, it only seemed appropriate to talk about toasting Dad with something supremely delicious! I’m really looking forward to spending the weekend with B and our families, and along with his favorite dessert a perfectly concocted cocktail is definitely on the spoil-him-rotten menu this weekend. When thinking about cocktails for guys, think liquors like bourbon, whiskey, spiced rum and tequila, and skip overly sweet additions. Because guys like manly cocktails. Or so I tell myself in my head. Either way, the guys are sure to love these cocktails, but lucky for us ladies – you will, too! Need more ideas for Father’s Day? Pop over to Babble for my favorite homemade gifts for Dad!
[1: Morocco | 2: El Diablo | 3: Bubbly Manhattan | 4: Blood orange margarita | 5: Blood orange shandy | 6: Cherry whiskey smash | 7: Porter shakes | 8: Inside-out mojito | 9: Carrot orange ginger bourbon cocktail.]
June 12, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Every once in a while I see something so gorgeous it really just takes my breath away. This bicycle shoot (originally spied at Creature Comforts) is totally one of those things. From the colors to the stunning flowers to the long gauzy pink skirt of this dress, it has me dreaming about all things flowers and long bike rides in the park. Because it’s totally normal to want to bike ride in a dress fit for a princess, no? On a hot pink bike, no less.
[Photo shoot by Alejandra Amador Vidal of Imaginale Design, Sarah Hubbell of Emma Magazine + Becki Crosby of Whippy Cake. Originally discovered on Creature Comforts.]
June 12, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Last week we talked about summer essentials for a day at the beach, and today we’re talking about backyard summer parties! I find summer entertaining so joyful and, frankly, so easy. It doesn’t take much more than food on the grill, frosty drinks and a few well-placed candles to make a crowd happy. But if you felt so inclined to throw in a few pretty little extras? I assure you nobody would complain about that, either. By now you already know I have a love affair with everything blue and turquoise, which is an especially pretty color for summer, so I loaded up my wish list with sparkling indigo, aqua and emerald for an imaginary fête that’s basically too pretty for words.
For entertaining in general, I always keep a cake stand or two on hand. They’re obviously well suited to serving up desserts, but they’re also great for things like cheese platters, too. Or pile them up with dinner rolls! (You can see more favorite cake stands here.) Great cloth napkins, sparkling glassware and a few throws tossed about so guests can cozy up when the evening starts to chill and you really can do no wrong.
[Shop: Ice cream spoons | Mason jar pitcher | Blue + green tumblers | Herringbone throw | Tart servers | Linen napkins | Water goblets | Cake stand | Striped paper straws.]
June 11, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
It’s another rainy day here and it seems all I can think about is wanting to run away and hang out on an exotic beach somewhere for a few days. I assure you this won’t be happening any time soon, but a girl can dream, right? Toes in the sand, a big beach umbrella and a few of those fruity tropical drinks sounds just about right at the moment. So today, I’m letting this color palette whisk me away with soft muted shades of lime, ocean and sea salt to help get me there. Anyone else feeling like a beach getaway?
[Photos, from top: Ruche via A Beautiful Mess | Style Me Pretty Living | Mariel Hannah via Entouriste.]