I’m a coffee lover from way back so today I’m thrilled to be sharing this sweet coffee and donuts bridal shower with you! Shared by Gabrielle of Showerbelle (a new blog dedicated to helping you plan the prettiest bridal showers ever), this shower was designed with a casual modern vibe in mind. We’re talking cake platters stacked high with pink donuts, a coffee bar with all the fixings and donut hole favors tucked away in pretty kraft paper bags. Add in a gaggle of girlfriends and one lady of honor and you have yourself a pretty sweet bridal shower! My favorite part is how easy this shower would be to pull off while still feeling super unique and special. The best of both worlds in my book! Of course, many thanks to Showerbelle for sharing these beautiful images from Jessica Fey.
Hi, guys, and happy Monday! I am so excited to be coming at you today from back home in New York. It was just about 2 o’clock this morning when I finally dragged my exhausted tired body through the front door and immediately collapsed in bed. Last week was a whirlwind of work, travel and adventure and my whole body is feeling the fallout right now. I can’t wait to fill you in on everything that went on, but in the meantime we’re starting today as always with our weekly color palette. Today it’s soft and pretty with shades of lemony yellow and rosebud. Yes, red and yellow, two of my least favorite colors, all rolled into one color palette. Say it isn’t so! But, seriously. I kind of love it! Here’s wishing you a fabulous start to your week and a happy Cinco de Mayo, too!
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The Sweetest Occasion keep the party rockin’!
It was another super early wake up call this morning for Erika and I as we rolled out from her home in Charleston (where I’ve been hanging out all week) and made our way to Montana today. (We’re talking three flights and about 14 hours in airports and on planes!) We just arrived a bit ago and we are over the moon to be here glamping with Skinny Cow for the weekend. Our home for the next few days is absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to share all the details of our trip with you. In the meantime though, make sure you’re following both Erika and I on Instagram, because we’re already busy sharing photos of this gorgeous place!
In the meantime though, let’s talk travel! Specifically, the tools and accessories that make it possible for me to stay connected and have it together when I’m traveling. As a blogger that’s one of the number one questions I get. How do I manage everything while traveling for work and still trying to stay up to date with family life and maintaining the blog? The short answer is – it’s not easy! That said, travel is a passion of mine so lately I’ve made it a priority to invest in a few little things to make it easier to travel and work without skipping a beat. (It’s that whole having it all thing that all of us are striving for!) For the record, this bag that holds my laptop and my camera is my new favorite thing ever! And my Day Designer is also an invaluable tool. Oh and when I’m traveling packing light is key! It makes everything so much easier. So when I pack for a trip like this I try to think of really versatile pieces like chambray tops that can be dressed up for dinners or paired with yoga pants for lounging around. And a great pair of boots that are just as perfect for kicking around the ranch as they are clomping through city streets. Here are just a few of the things I’m loving right now! Stay tuned for loads more on the glamping front! xoxo
Pssst! Don’t forget that you can enter to win your own amazingly luxe glamping experience for you and two of your best friends! Visit Skinny Cow for all the details and get yourself in the running to win. We’re talking gorgeous accommodations, spa treatments, horseback riding, and so much more, all with Skinny Cow’s thoughtful attention to detail designed to give you the experience of a lifetime.
[1: Camera + laptop bag by Kelly Moore | 2: Canon EOS 6D | 3: The Day Designer by Whitney English | 4: MacBook Pro | 5: Chambray top | 6: Riding boots | 7: Sunglasses | 8: Necklace | 9: Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue.]
A big shout out today to all of my fellow cake lovers! This post is for you. Our girl Melina of Sugary & Buttery has gone and done it again. Today she’s sharing her cake recipe for a strawberry milkshake cake that pretty much has me brainstorming excuses to have friends over so I can make this cake. Um, not that you need an excuse to eat cake. Cake is its own national holiday if you ask me. But seriously. This cake makes the ultimate treat for a birthday party, a bridal shower or Mother’s Day brunch. Because it’s pink and loaded with things like yummy strawberry puree. Yummy! A huge, massive thank you to Melina for sharing! (And, seriously, don’t forget to bounce over and pay her a visit. Her recipes are all divine.)
For the Cake
- 2 sticks unsalted Challenge butter, room temperature
- 4-1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
- 2 cups milk
- 8 large egg whites
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
- 2-1/2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cups of milk (reserved for later)
For the Frosting
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup sweetened strawberry puree, room temperature
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C and butter and flour three 6 inch cake pans.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add a third of your milk-egg mixture and a third of your flour mixture while running your mixer on low speed until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour and milk mixtures in 2 separate batches while continuing to run your mixer on low speed. Stop the mixer when incorporated.Spread the batter evenly among the cake pans and smooth out the batter. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until the cakes are golden and a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely on a cooling rack. When cool, cut off the tops and pour some of the milk on top of the cakes.
Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. With the mixer running on low speed, add the butter piece by piece. Turn up the speed and beat for about 5 mins. Add the sifted powdered sugar and keep beating, then add the strawberry puree. Make sure all ingredients have the same temperature to prevent the frosting from curdling up! Beat until incorporated then assemble and frost your cake. (See Melina’s tutorial for tips!)
[Photos + recipe by Sugary & Buttery.]
Good morning, friends! Coming at you live this morning from the Atlanta airport en route to Charleston. I’ll be in Charleston on business through the first part of the week before taking off from there directly to Montana for my glamping adventure. I’m already pretty much planning on being completely exhausted by the time I get home in the wee hours of next Monday morning. That said, today’s color palette is all about this gorgeous mint julep. And because it’s derby week, that seems particularly fitting, doesn’t it? Here’s wishing you a particularly beautiful week! Don’t forget to follow along with my travels on Instagram. The shenanigans are sure to be plenty!