The Friday Report

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via The Cake Blog

Eat this cake for breakfast. Seriously.

We love everything in this Etsy shop, but this “Girl Test” takes the cake. (Apparently, I’ve got cake on the brain this morning…)

15 ways to digitally detox.

Changing all my passwords immediately. Because of a cartoon.

The most challenging part of this DIY would be keeping your purse organized. We say it’s worth it.

Remember our New Years resolution to read more? Well book club book number one is becoming a movie. Commence CRYFEST2014.

21 reasons why old people are the best at social media.

Favorite Instagrammer: @LeighViner

Best Sale: WeddingChannel.com (Codes: WIN30, 90LOVE)

Favorite Wedding Blog:  Bash, Please

Need to know:  How to stop blowing money on things you don’t need

Best Useless Information: Turn a quote into a masterpiece

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Blush & Indigo Wedding Inspiration

Once you’re gotten most of your major vendors booked, you can really focus on the fun part of the wedding planning process – design and styling. There’s no lack of inspiration out there, particularly on some of our favorite wedding sites, Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, and 100 Layer Cake. One of the most helpful ways to hone in on your vision and to share that vision with others is to create an inspiration board. Pretty much every blush/white/gold wedding I see makes me swoon, but I’m spotting that wedding palette pretty regularly these days (read: lots of swooning). To do something a little different, add some accents in a contrasting color. I’m loving both deep hues and vibrant colors this season. Click through the pictures below for more information and inspiration (I spy some work of our very favorite Amanda O’Shannessy). Enjoy!

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Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List

We’re ready to jetset off to somewhere tropical. Who’s coming with?

1. We don’t consider ourselves huge “Swifties,” but Taylor Swift really knocked it out of the park at Sunday’s Grammys. We’ll be dreaming about that dress for weeks. | 2. Ell & Cee Sunrise Luxe Gold Leaf Shorts | 3. Duffy Oversized Draped Cashmere Sweater | 4. Lacking your daily Vitamin C intake? Try baking a halved grapefruit drizzled in honey and sprinkled with brown sugar in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. You wont regret it. | 5. Saint Laurent Two-Tone Leather Sandals | 6. Missoni Mare Patchwork Triangle Bikini | 7. Jules Smith Lariat Necklace | 8. Jonathan Adler Mrs. Godfrey Settee

True Life: Rug Hunting is Hard

As someone who’s been on the hunt for the perfect rug for no less than an entire year, I’ll be the first to tell you, there’s no lack of atrocious and boring rugs out there. They’re everywhere! I quickly discovered that a rug is a serious investment piece worth waiting for. My requirements are (sorta) simple:

1. Rug needs to be large enough to have presence in a large room. Twelve foot ceilings tend to drown a 3’x5′ rug.

2. Rug needs to be colorful and stain resistent. As much as I’d love a crisp white rug, our three dogs would love even more to roll ALL over it.

3. I don’t have a zillion dollars to buy my dream over-dyed, hand-woven, vintage Turkish rug. Sad fact. Must be within budget.

Luckily, I’ve found some inspiration to give me hope that rugs meeting my qualifications really do exist. I’m definitely feeling the scandinavian x southwest vibe.

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The Friday Report

FoodbySarahYates

Kale and Blood Orange Salad from A House in the Hills.

Ahhh, I have some links I am so excited to share with y’all today. Not even going to pause to write a quality introduction. (You’ll forgive me.)

A four-year-old reviews (fancy) food. With his face. Prep for an explosion of cuteness.

Mashed Potato Cheddar and Chive Waffles. NOM.

These easy ombre Valentine’s packaging DIYs are making our hearts beat a little faster.

Loving this wedding by Jose Villa. So many great little details: the branding, the bingo, the groom’s navy suit, and more!

A food-centric website and newsletter? We say YES, PLEASE to The New Potato.

One of my favorite Pinterest-ers around: Sarah Tucker.

The best donut shops around. Warning: don’t click while hungry.

A flashback to Furbys and Tamagotchis.

This contest might make you a billionaire. No basketball knowledge needed, just luck.

Favorite Instagrammer: @SarahYates

Best Sale: Hampden

Favorite Design Blog:  HEY LOOK

Need to know:  Pay off debt faster.

Best Useless Information: #RichKids of Beverly Hills (a TV show inspired by Instagram)

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Creating a Wedding Website

With W’s wedding almost 6 months away (EEK!) and mine almost 8, W and I have been busily preparing our save the dates and wedding websites. There are so many options for wedding websites out there, some that are designed just right and others that are far from it. It can be difficult to choose the right site to go with. Much of it can depend on your overall programing and design abilities. If you are a programing wiz, you may want to simply program your own site, or use one that offers customization through various codes. Here are some of W and my favorites:

Appy Couple

Are you and your future hubby techy? Glued to your smart phones and tablets? This could be the right choice for you! Appy Couple has some adorable templates that work with your very own wedding app.

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Riley and Grey

Are you looking for a Wedding Website that is as gorgeous as your wedding will be? Riley and Grey could be right for you if you are willing to pay the fee. It’s a little bit pricey, but these templates are beautifully designed and easy to set up as well!

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Wedding Jojo

Are you a Martha Stewart Weddings Lover? Wedding Jojo is what she recommends. These templates are simple to set up and adorable for the right couple.

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Sitting In A Tree

Looking for a simple, lovely design, but don’t want to pay the price for Riley and Grey? Sitting in a Tree has some great design options, and is only $100 for six months!

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Wix

This is what both W and I went with. Wix is not exactly meant for weddings. It simply has free website templates. We love knowing that our wedding websites will be one of kind with the customizable elements on Wix. Plus, it’s easy to use as well!

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Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List

Wednesday Wish List: Sunny Disposition

Wednesday Wish List

Easy Mexican Frittata

These individual frittatas are not only delicious, but also pretty as well. When I saw these “As Seen on TV” pans I definitely thought they were silly, but they make the perfect form for these frittatas. I served them individually and topped each with a dollop of sour cream and salsa and drizzled with the same cilantro lime dressing from the chorizo corn muffin recipe from last week. Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need

  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup instant pancake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped country ham
  • 4 oz can of diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce of choice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray pans with non-stick spray.

In medium size bowl, using a fork, blend together eggs, pancake mix, cheese, pepper, and salt. Heat a non-stick saute pan over medium high heat. Add butter to pan and melt. Add bell peppers, ham and chilies to pan and saute for about 5 minutes. Let cool. Pour into egg mixture into and stir with rubber spatula. Pour into pans, filling about 3/4 of the way full. Of course, if you do not own these pans, muffin tins work great as well. Just adjust the bake time to around 15 minutes.

Place pan into oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and fluffy. Remove from pans and let cool for about 10 minutes. Flip over onto serving dishes and top with sour cream, salsa of your choice and the cilantro lime drizzle. Feel free to add hot sauce to taste. These also taste great with a warm tortilla on the side. Enjoy!

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Try this at Home: Mantle Styling by Room

When M and I moved into our current home built in 1870, I was ecstatic to have not one, but FIVE fireplaces. Growing up, our mantle was always well decorated, particularly around the holidays (shout out to mom for always having a beautifully decorated home). When I finally got the chance to decorate my own, the creative juices started flowing. First, I took to Pinterest (logically) and found plenty of inspiration for the different rooms in the house.

The brainstorming process was not one without frustration. My search resulted in a lot of this (uhhh, thanks for the inspiration…), not mention my budget was not a single penny, so those beautiful, fresh (or faux) flowers would have to wait. In the end, I came up with three styled mantles each tailored to its respective room. I love decorating my home because it’s a constantly evolving process. Once you’ve got the basics (a bed, a sofa, a kitchen table, etc.), you can add to your collection over the years as you find the perfect pieces. That said, the following mantles are a work in progress so all advice and ideas are welcome.

Disclaimer: It’s a rental, paint colors can’t change. Also, I’m not a photographer. Not even an amateur one. You’re lucky these pictures weren’t taken with my cell phone. Finally, I’m not the designer half of this duo, so be nice ;).

The Living Room:

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Our living room mantle is one of the first things you see when you enter the house. The room is often sunny and bright so I tried to mirror that with the decor in the room. I used Merimekko fabric to make pillows for the sofa, so I replicated those bright, cheerful colors on the mantle. Print is from Thimblepress by the talented Kristen Ley out of Jackson, MS; metal letters are from Anthropologie; mirror is from Crate & Barrel; white vase is from T.J. Maxx; I created the gold-dipped smaller vases using old bottles.

The Office:

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For the office I used the mantle as a creative space for ever-changing inspiration. The bulletin board (from Hobby Lobby) showcases some extra goodies from Thimblepress and calligraphy practice for the Skillshare class I’m taking from Molly Jacques. Other items include vase from Anthropologie, print from Outtake Illustrations, jewelry bowl from an estate sale, and The Southerner’s Handbook from Garden & Gun. Can we discuss how much I would LOVE to repaint the pink part of this fireplace? It needs to be done.

The Bedroom:

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For the bedroom I wanted something a little more simple. Remotes and knick-knacks are collected in the vase on the right, created from a vase purchased at T.J. Maxx and gold stripe added using painters tape and gold Rustoleum Spray Paint. Tealight vases from Crate & Barrel. Mirror from Ikea. I keep a lot of essentials (lip color, moisturizer, etc.) in my purse so it’s nice to have it on hand and accessible in the bedroom.