Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4 // Week 5 // Week 6 Today marks the beginning of the 6-week One Room Challenge! As I mentioned Monday, I will be updating our guest bathroom over the … Continue reading
No, this isn’t the lamest April Fools joke you’ve seen all day, I actually am cranking this thing back up again. Work has been crazy busy, blah blah blah, but I’m back now! It’s taken me a few weeks to … Continue reading
If you’ve read design blogs for a while like I have, then you’ve probably heard of the One Room Challenge™, created by Linda from Calling it Home. I could explain it myself, but it’s much easier (and more understandable) to just … Continue reading
1. All of you have watched “Making A Murderer,” right? Well, at first I was completely on the “let him out of prison” bandwagon, but now I’m not so sure. Investigation Discovery is doing a special on Steve Avery’s case … Continue reading
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- Does anyone else love looking at Oprah’s Favorite Things every year like I do? Girl knows her bougie presents. One thing I NEED from her list is this Kitchen Herb Kit. I would actually only want the basil and cilantro jars, but wouldn’t the kit make a great gift for someone?
- S’Well 25 oz.
winewater bottle. I’ve been meaning to buy myself one of these for a long time but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. These bottles keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. More importantly, the 25 oz. holds an entire bottle of wine…
- I’m sure most of you have heard about this adult coloring book craze. Until recently I wasn’t interested, but then I found this beautiful book at Target (that I immediately figured out was cheaper on Amazon) and now I gotta have one. There are several different options by this particular author, and I think I’m going to need them all at some point.
- What would a coloring book be without pencils? I need/want/require these.
- I have a thing for cookbooks
that I never open, and this one is calling my name. Aside from featuring my favorite international food, isn’t the book just so pretty? There are also cookbooks for India, Thailand, and Peru that I’ve been eyeing.
- I think by now you’ve all heard that I have a new last name, so clearly I need some new monogrammed stationary. If someone wanted to buy this set for me, that someone would probably want to purchase them with the monogram in “Bell” (a beautiful light blue) with the matching envelopes in “Bell” as well. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
- Also in this hypothetical world of monogrammed stationary, I might require a return address self-inking black ink stamp. Probably.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I’ll be posting about our Christmas decorations in the next few days, so stay tuned!
- Guys. Adele’s new album is everything I needed it to be and more. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is my JAMMMMMMMMMM. You gotta download it, and then you gotta go to Target, by the album with three extra songs, and let me know if I need to buy it too.
- My office is having a Thanksgiving lunch on Monday and we’re all bringing a side dish. I’m thinking of making these Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites from Well Plated. Thoughts?
- On real Thanksgiving, I’m making a dessert for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner and I’ve picked Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies. Would Thanksgiving please hurry up already?!
- The “Ermahgerd” girl did an interview with Vanity Fair and I’m DYING. My brothers and I have been known to carry on hours-long conversations in the “Ermahgerd” voice, and we do it so much that my dad yelled it out at the hospital once. We like to imagine that he shouted: “Ermahgerd! Cerd Bler!” I’m loling just thinking about it.
- Finally, please wish Richland Northeast and my brother good luck tonight as they travel up to Rock Hill to play the defending state champs in the playoffs!
Have a great weekend!
*Update: Kristen’s photographer blogged about the wedding today – check it out!*
Well, kids, we’ve reached the 3rd and final installment of my California trip recap. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing about it. We all said after my wedding: “At least we have Kristen’s wedding coming, this was so fun!” Now what do we have to live for?? KRISTEN – get on those babies, plz.
Once again, I would like to provide a fuzzy picture disclaimer. DAMN YOU, APPLE.
We got to the reception site later than everyone else because we were in wedding party and family photos, so the lighting, while gorgeous to our eyes, wasn’t so kind to phone pictures. I tried my best, though. When you walked in, the Catelli’s crew was cooking on this giant grill, which I think Tyler needs to whip up in our backyard. Should be easy, right? There was a line to sign the guest book, which we obviously skipped in favor of signing “later.” Later never came…sorry, Kris.
We were immediately greeted with giant glasses of wine (my favorite way to be greeted). This picture is of a higher quality than the rest of mine, so it’s pretty obvious I snagged it from someone else. I stole it from Kristen’s friend’s awesome Instagram – check it out. Weren’t the tables absolutely gorgeous?! I would like to take this moment to point out that the entire wedding was Kristen’s vision, down to the last detail. She was down at the reception site the morning of the wedding tweaking everything, and even though I told her she was insane and tried to stage a bridal intervention several times so that she could relax,the end result was clearly worth it!
In the deep south, as many of you are aware, we do heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of plated sit down receptions. This was a little bit of both – waiters brought out platters of food and left them on the tables for us to serve ourselves “family style.” I have to say, I really loved it. It was casual, but it guaranteed that everyone had time to eat (including the bride and groom, most importantly).
This traveling bar thing was there, serving up delicious cocktails. I have no idea what they’re called but if you NEED to know, ask me and I’ll find out for you.The “his” was really “hers” – we do bourbon in this family, man or woman.
I drank about 75 St. Germain cocktails out of this bus thing after the “his” cocktails dried up.
One of the bridesmaids (Gia) made the most delicious appetizers, and I had to stage another intervention on my mom and my cousin Matt once I realized they were hovering over them.
Stacey’s little boy Brady knew exactly what I was looking for when I told him to look fierce for our selfie. I’m so proud.
Baby Caitlyn alternated between looking hammered or hungover all night. #samehere
There were cardboard cutouts of Kristen and Eric for people to abuse inappropriately. This is Matt being freaked out by the appearance of his sister’s thong..
One of my favoring activities in life is to make my Aunt Susan feel uncomfortable. I dance on her suggestively, tell her gross things, and make collages of the pictures I take of her while she’s sleeping (which sounds SO much creepier when I type it..). This is her trying to avoid dancing with me to Genuine’s “Pony.”Stacy has 4 children and double-fisted throughout much of the evening. She’s my new role model, I’m pretty sure.
These sisters are the cutest and had so much fun dancing together! If you follow me on Snapchat you probably already saw the thousands of videos I posted of the two of them GETTING DOWN. (Snapchat: pkgamble)My mom and I adopted several of Kristen’s friends into our family, including but not limited to sweet Cathy, who also has 4 children (!!).
The photo booth was loads of fun, even though apparently Caitlyn’s hangover was still doing a real number on her. That face!Kristen had this light box made and is going to have it installed in her house or backyard (I can’t remember what she said) for when they have parties. Such a fun touch!
We all had a wild night, though some of us more than others..
You know it was a successful night when you wake up the next day and your eyelashes are in obscure locations. My mom woke up the day after my wedding with one stuck to her cheek and the other one missing, never to be seen again. I guess we can say that we at least located all of our lashes this time?We had brunch at the ranch house and had the yummiest food (cooked by Gia) that I was too busy inhaling to photograph..sorry.
The little married cuties with their new rings.Kristen and Eric jetted off to The Brando for their honeymoon and we only hate them a little bit, right everybody? This picture makes me so happy 🙂 Instead of going to the South Pacific, my mama and I had to head back to South Carolina (almost as luxurious, I’m sure). We had a few hours to kill so we stopped off in San Francisco since the two of us had never been there together. Bridge pics never get old to me.
These lunatics were surfing in the freezing cold water, which I’ll never understand.We split an In-N-Out burger, as my mother had never partaken, and we felt “meh” about it. It was good, but we don’t get the hype.
Some hype we DO get, though, is the hype about Tartine. I told you Monday about our love for great bakeries in new cities, and this one did not disappoint. The line is out the door and onto the sidewalk, but it moved relatively quickly and is completely worth it.We were there late on a Sunday night, so several things were sold out, but we ordered the lemon tart and the chocolate pudding.
The chocolate pudding was legitimately one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. My mom even said: “This makes me feel like we don’t eat pudding enough?” Agreed, girl, agreed. She found the recipe and we’ve decided that it’s Thanksgiving material. Stay tuned.
We had the best time in California and we’re so glad we got to be part of Kristen and Eric’s day! We love you both!
Yesterday we left off at my cousin’s bridal luncheon in California. Today I’m going to be sharing pictures with you from the rehearsal all the way up to the end of the ceremony. Y’all. Even though these pictures were taken on my (sometimes fuzzy!!) iPhone, you can still see that the views were just out of control.
The bride guiding us on how to walk down the
extremely steep gentle hill to the ceremony site.
We popped back to the ranch house to pick up the stragglers and hit the road.
I’m including this gratuitous picture of our outfits because I love our dresses so much.
The rehearsal dinner was held at Catelli’s in Geyserville. Domenica Catelli was one of the bridesmaids AND whipped the rehearsal dinner into shape, as well as the reception the next day. The food at her restaurant is amazing so make sure to go grab a bite there if you’re ever in the area.
We met a nice lady named Patricia who let my mom try on her glasses (we’re both in the market for new ones). These are the “Daisy” from Warby Parker, FYI. Isn’t my mom the cutest?
So, Eric’s entire family is made up of Texas A&M fans, and the groom’s cake was something about all of the frat houses at UT are outhouses? Or something? Idk. A&M beat us the week before this so I wasn’t in the mood to pretend not to hate their football team, as much as I love Eric 😉
Saturday morning the weather was GLORIOUS. I took this picture off the back porch where we got ready, and I learned all about how the house was designed by a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright. (I sometimes fancy myself a FLW scholar because one time I spent 45 minutes walking through an exhibit about him at the Guggenheim…) Like an idiot, though, I didn’t grab a single picture of the house. Womp, womp.
I wouldn’t normally share this picture of me making sure my makeup was on point (it was, thanks Krystle) but we need to talk about how GOOD my eyebrows were this day because of my girl Elysha (who has left Ulta and is now at Bella Rose Beauty Bar – go find her). This isn’t bragging because my eyebrows have nothing to do with me and have everything to do with Elysha. She’s so good.
I stole this picture from someone on Facebook and now I can’t remember who…sorry? Same for the next few because I obviously wasn’t snapping pics while standing at the altar.
This is just a preview from her photographer and I can’t wait to see the rest!
Good morning! Today I’ll be sharing Part 1 of 3 posts related to my trip to California a couple of weeks ago for my cousin Kristen‘s wedding. My mom and I were the only South Carolina family members able to make it out there, but we aren’t complaining because we had the best girl time ever.
We left Columbia at 4:30 the Thursday morning before the wedding and headed up to Charlotte for our flight. We rushed to get there and then had plenty of time to wait. As a result of our rushing, our nails looked janky as hell so we had to do some critical airport nail painting. I’d like to say how proud I am of my mother – she wears the coolest nail colors without my input. She’s the best.
We finally arrived in San Francisco and hopped in our rental car for the trek over the Golden Gate. We all take obligatory Ravanel Bridge pictures in Charleston, so I felt right at home. We drove through the winding hills of Marin County and even though I was carsick and we almost had to pull over a few times for me to throw up, the views were worth it.
We rolled the windows down when we drove through this little forest and I wish we could have bottled the smell – so good!
We FINALLY arrived at our destination – Hog’s Island Oyster Farm in Marshall – after what seemed like a 7 hour drive. It was more like 1 1/2 hours, but my mom and I were maxed out on travel for the day. This picture doesn’t do the Tomales Bay justice, so you need to go ASAP. Aside from delicious oysters, the Tomales also provides a breeding ground for great white sharks, so there’s that.My mom, me, and my Aunt Susan (the mother of the bride). My mom and my Aunt Susan are sisters and watching them with each other is among the funniest things you can witness. They laugh so much they’ve been known to pee themselves (*allegedly*).
My cousins Kristen and Stacey (the bride and the matron of honor). This was taken right before Stacey tried her first oyster (!!). I’m saving her the embarrassment of posting her “after” face. You’re welcome, Stacey.
We’re first cousins but we’re really more like sisters sometimes, so we always have the best time when we’re together. I JUST LOVE THEM. The groom is that charming fellow in the background with the beard, just FYI.
After overindulging in white wine, we hopped in the car (driven by my completely sober mother) and headed to Healdsburg, where we would be staying. We all piled in to a refurbished farmhouse on the property where Kristen was getting married. Isn’t our room adorable?
Friday morning we woke up to this view. I mean, come on. I have no words.
My mom threw Kristen’s bridal luncheon that morning, so we were in a hustle to get the house ready for the 30 guests. My name is on the invitation because that was my job and my mom forced me to put my name on it, but she was really the brains of the operation. I ordered from Minted, and the vineyard on the invitation pretty closely matches the one where we were staying, right?? I was super impressed with myself.
The view from the porch where we were holding the luncheon.
Everyone staying at the house pitched in for cleaning and set-up, and there is absolutely no way my mom and I could have pulled it off without them. Can you believe that view?!
My mom bought the paper for the place cards for circa $1.50 and had them printed and cut for $3.00. She’s a bargain finding genius.
The meal was catered except for the apps. My mom packed Palmetto Cheese on ice in her suitcase and it made it safely from the East Coast to the West Coast. The woman is serious about her pimento cheese. She candied some bacon and threw it all on a toasty piece of bread (from the Fresh Market) to recreate one of the yummy appetizers we had on my wedding day.
Stacey and her precious girls.
1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (the cheap stuff will suffice)
1 large can of pineapple juice
2 cups of orange juice
1/2 bottle of grenadine
1/2 large bottle of peach schnapps
1 cup of club soda
*mix it all together and pour over crushed ice, adding slices of frozen peaches at the end*Chloe’s Cafe in Santa Rosa catered the food, and it was amazing. We had some sort of butternut squash-esque soup with toasted pepitas. Mmm.
Followed by a yummy fall salad that I don’t have a good picture of. More importantly, dessert was some sort of pear/rasberry/almond tart. So good.
This is me weeping during Kristen’s speech to each of us about the significance of our bridesmaid’s gift. I pretty much looked like this, but with more sobbing, during the ceremony. Kristen got each of us a gold bar necklace with the coordinates of the place we met on them – my coordinates were the house we lived in when I was born in Andrews. Such a great gift! I broke the chain on mine in the middle of a fit when a moth flew aggressively at me in the car, but that’s a story for another day..
That’s all for now. Come back tomorrow for more wedding festivities!