Um, has anyone noticed how poorly I’m doing at my own self-imposed photography challenge lately? Yeah, yeah. I know. Not that I haven’t been taking loads of photos, that much I have covered. But taking the time to edit and post them apparently has proven an entirely separate challenge. Ah well. Today I’m here to share a handful of photos from our recent camping trip a couple weekends ago. We had such an amazing time! The gist of the trip included about a dozen boats making the voyage out to Grindstone Island, 40 or more people, huge bonfires, lots of sunshine, swimming and fishing, cooking breakfast on the dock each morning, playing horseshoes and generally just soaking up summer for all it’s worth. We weren’t home for twenty four hours before we were all chattering and scheming for next year. I’m already ready to go again!
Truthfully by mid-day on the second day of our trip, the camera got stowed away and didn’t come out again. Sometimes you’re just having too much fun to worry about documenting it! That said, I shared more photos on Instagram while we were playing the days away. Pop on over and search the hashtag #canoept2013 for more!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Good morning, friends! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since our last color palette, which is definitely not the usual around here. I’m blaming two back-to-back jam-packed long weekends for that one. But no worries, we’re back on the color palette wagon and today I’m drawing inspiration from the perfect shade of classic red lipstick. As summer starts to meld into fall I always find myself crazy for a red lip. Bonus, I love this gorgeous shade of ruby paired with soft shades of vine and celadon green. Proof that red and green can feel perfectly at home together even outside of the holidays. Speaking of, they’ll be here before we know it, but we’ll save that chatter for another day. I have a feeling we’ll be slinging tinsel before we know it. Happy Monday!
[Photos, from top: Freutcake | Jemma Keech Photography | Kallie Brynn Photography from Entouriste.]
Hey, friends! Sorry for the belated post today. I’m fresh home from a whirlwind business trip to Atlanta and am just settling in at my computer to get back in the groove. While on my flight back this morning I was thinking a lot about the great conversations that took place during this quick little trip and following the bunny trails of my mind as I do, it got me thinking about the sites and blogs that inspire me deeply and personally. I have referenced a few of these before, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to share a handful of sites I’m really loving these days. I hope they’ll inspire you, too, in some little or big way.
Newly launched Clementine Daily actually just burst onto the scene yesterday. The latest project from crazy talented Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, I’m already in love with the mix of real life inspiration for women. We’re talking advice columns, daily inspirational quotes, recipes, fashion tips, beauty insight and more. I’m already a big fan and can’t wait to see what’s next!
Here’s the deal. I’ve been reading The Fresh Exchange for a long while now, practically since the beginning. But Megan’s insight, inspiration and words just keep on getting better and better. She and her husband partner on their newly launched design business Wild Measure and on the blog, sharing amazing insight on life, business and those beautiful moments we all long for and cherish. Like lazy days on the lake. (Which you already know are my favorite.) Every image is a vacation for the mind and soul, making The Fresh Exchange one of my absolute favorite reads.
I have a feeling a lot of you are already fans of A Beautiful Mess. If you’re not, I hope you’ll become one! Penned by sisters Emma and Elsie, these ladies inspire me both professionally and personally. Professionally because of their seemingly boundless creativity and passion for what they do. Personally because they infuse their lives with beauty and style in a way that seems accessible and totally unfussy. In my head, I could meet these gals and we could talk for hours over cocktails and some kind of quilting project like long last friends. Not that I sew, you already know that. Just saying.
Truth be told, I don’t follow many fashion blogs. Well, make that none. With the exception of Kendi Everyday. If I had to put my finger on exactly what it is I love about this blog, it’s Kendi’s approachable sense of humor in addition to her spot-on style that feels so relatable to me. I’m a girl who loves me some fashion, but sometimes it seems like work. (Is that the curse of being a work-from-home blogger? Maybe!) Fun work, but work nonetheless. Kendi makes even jeans look crazy fashionable and inspires me to think outside the yoga pants for casual days of running errands. Kendi is to fashion blogs as the perfect red lipstick is to your self esteem. (I just made that up, but it sounds good, right?)
In full disclosure, I’m pretty sure I link to How Sweet It Is nearly daily in some capacity. Ok, ok, it’s at least weekly. But the thing is, I’m adore Jessica’s blog. Her recipes make me drool, her photography is pitch perfect, her writing makes me laugh and the girl appears to be just as obsessed with things like ice cream, sprinkles and goat cheese as I am. (Odd combination, I know, but all things I l.o.v.e.) If there’s one food blog you’re going to follow, it should be this one.
Of course, there are so many many blogs I read, visit and follow faithfully. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens if I am being perfectly honest with you. But these five have me feeling particularly inspired at the moment. Whether it’s to up the ante on the business front, to bake up a delicious looking pie or go hunting for the perfect little dress for a fall picnic date, they have me thinking outside of the box while simultaneously wanting to slow down and soak in all the beauty of this wild life we’re all living. I hope you enjoy and if you have a site you’re loving these days please share! I’m always up for new reads.
[Photos, from top: Ken Loechner | Mike Gilger | A Beautiful Mess | Kendi Everyday | How Sweet It Is.]
Lately I’ve found myself drawn to beautiful, moody photography. Something about the soft, deep colors expresses a quiet that I just love. I also think it has something to do with the time of year. Much as I hate to admit it, the days are quite rapidly growing shorter and the evenings have the slightest of chills that indicates fall is on the way. Frankly, it makes me want to wear flannel shirts, curl up under blankets watching movies and bake a pie. No doubt, my Pinterest boards are going to be filling up with seasonal fare in the coming weeks. Follow along if you like and, as always, if you leave a comment here linking me to your Pinterest profile I’d love to follow you, too!
[Row 1: Happyolks | The Kitchy Kitchen | Row 2: The Merrythought | Oh The Lovely Things | Row 3: Sincerely Kinsey | Cindy Loughridge.]
A few weeks ago I promised you my favorite recipe for sangria and today’s the day! (Better late than never, right?) I’ll be honest and admit that a lot of sangrias aren’t exactly my cup of tea. I find most sangria to be overly sweet and generally loaded with fruit that I don’t necessarily have any interest in having in my drink. So a few years back I went hunting for a crisp citrusy sangria and ultimately decided to just wing it and make up my own. The results? An absolute hit! Every time I make it for a party it’s a serious crowd pleaser, making it one of my go-to cocktails for entertaining. Whip it up the evening before and it’s already prepped and ready to go when guests start strolling through the door. The key here is the fresh citrus paired with a crisp white wine. I hope you’ll give it a try!
- 1 bottle of crisp white wine (like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio)
- 6 – 8oz of triple sec
- 1 large orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 4 tablespoons sugar
Place orange and lemon slices in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle together with sugar, using a wooden spoon. Pour in triple sec and stir gently. Top with white wine, stir and refrigerate at least 2 – 3 hours before serving. Overnight is best! Serve with slices of fresh citrus for garnishing. To scale the recipe up for larger parties, I suggest doubling everything for crowds of more than six people.
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]