J.Crew is always on my birthday-holiday wish list (yes, I have been burdened with celebrating both in the same week?!?)
And always dreaming of an endless J.Crew budget, I love to mark the pages of the catalog as I did when I was a kid at Christmas time - and leave it ever-so-strategically open on the table for my family's viewing. Not always effective but worth a shot...
Given gift guides are being posted left and right, I thought I would share my favorite J.Crew stocking stuffers that won't break the bank this holiday season!
1. Colorblock Wool Baseball Cap | 2. Herschel Supply Co. Crewcuts Backpack | 3. Cashmere Beanie | 4. Fair Isle Trouser Sock | 5. Crystal Triangle Bracelet | 6. Zigzag Stripe Scarf | 7. Moroccan Stone Earrings | 8. Triple C for J.Crew Universal Charger | 9. Linen merci tee | 10. Girls' Glitter Tote Bag | 11. Fair Isle Leggings | 12. Chester Jeffries Mittens | 13. Printed Jewlery Case | 14. Lodge Mocassins | 15. Ceramic Jewelry Tray
These are the kinds of weddings I love to share.
Meet Kate and Bobby. A classic couple with the perfect dash of panache. All you have to do is check out their vibrant color palette to get the picture! Gorgeous.
The backdrop is one of my local faves - the iconic 14th floor Dome of the Millenium Hotel, overlooking downtown Minneapolis. Stunning.
And, I'm a HUGE fan of thoughtful details and Kate and Bobby definitely infused them flawlessly in their celebration. From each bridesmaid having their own unique bouquet to the wine cork escort cards and most endearing, the tiny brids in Kate's bouquet because her Grandmother loved them. And all were most fabuolously captured by D. Brey Photography.
This wedding is so lovely and timeless just like Kate and Bobby.
Venue: Millenium Hotel Downtown Minneapolis | Dress: Allure from The Wedding Shoppe | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe | Hair: Mickey Fergusson, Estetica Salon and Spa | Make-up: Becky Zea, Estetica Salon and Spa | Flowers: La Petite Fleur | Cake: Buttercream Cakes | Photographer: D. Brey Photography | DJ: Bellagala
One of the beauties of living in rural Minnesota - the home of the Honeycrisp apple - is that we are not short on awesome, small, local orchards. After making a quick stop at Hillcrest Orchard just down the road, around the curve and up the hill, I had to come up with something to make with my bushel of handpicked fruit!
So, I rallied the troops of Jodi (One Simple Dream) and Jordi (Jordi Lee Photography) to spend the morning in the kitchen with me and my cute Weck jars that I have been hoarding to re-create this Apple Pie Jam recipe.
Here's what you need:
Yields 3 pints.
First, peel and chop the apples.
Measure apples in a measuring cup, then add water to the same measuring cup up to the 4 cup line (apples inlcuded).
Add apples with water, pectin, butter (helps reduce foam while cooking), spices and lemon juice to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Add sugars and bring back to a full rolling boil.
Boil about 1 minute longer - or until the jam thickens.
Stir constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Ladle into jars leaving 1/4" headspace.
Put on lids and process in a water bath for 10 minutes.
And wa-lah! Apple Pie Jam. So yummy and cute in those jars! The perfect gift or wedding favor.
Photography by Jordi Lee Photography
The Empire State Building.
It is deemed one of the world's most romantic places to kiss - and "the closest thing to heaven in this city" according to character, Terry McKay in the romantic movie classic, An Affair to Remember.
Inspired by the City That Never Sleeps and the current wedding contest, "Love Above All," launched by the Empire State Building, Red Envelope and ProFlowers, I couldn't help but put together some of my favorite things from the wedding collection from Red Envelope.
When I think of NYC and love, I think of style, sophistication and feeling on top of the world!
I left my heart San Francisco AGAIN.
I was so fortunate to go to Brit + Co.'s first Re:Make event...and I am so glad I did. It was full of awesome content, awesome people, awesome makers and an awesome vibe. Brit Morin put together one quality event as makers of all types came together to discuss and experience how digital innovations are revolutionizing the way we make.
Lots of good stuff but thought I'd share the faves I discovered, re-discovered and embraced...
A maker is someone who creates inspiration - not just physical products. -Randi Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg Media
The CatchBox is the coolest (and throwable) microphone on the block. Heads up.
Generosity begets business. - Michael Mina, celebrity chef & author
The time, products and insight provided by all of the sponsors, speakers and vendors was off the charts. It was so comfortable and I loved how everyone was so approachable and helpful. Thank you!
Always. Rethink. Everything. - Jesse Genet, Lumi
Currently I'm a bit obsessed with Lumi! So worth checking out...you can do a-mazing things when printing fabric with light using the Lumi kits! (And founder, Jesse is pretty brilliant.)
Regular people with powerful tools can do extraordinary things. - Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics
3D printing isn't just for making Yoda heads - you can make jewelry, belt buckles and home decor! The 3D printer is predicted to be the home computer of the 21st century.
Always use the best quality spirits - and add ice last. - Josh Pogash, The Cocktail Guru
This Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky was ridiculously tasty (and that's coming from a non-whisky fan.)
Emily Henderson. I adore her, her amazing style and her candid take on embracing technology - but most importantly, I love that she was headed to the Twin Cities for the first time for a project with Curbly.
London is home to the strongest new brands in fashion. - Aubrie Pagano, Bow & Drape
We're all creative. There are only those who use their creativity and those who don't. - Brit Morin, Brit + Co.
You can meet someone for the first time and feel like you've known each other forever after just a couple days.
I ADORE Kara and Jolene from Red Stamp and had so much fun hanging with them for the weekend. So smart. So fun. Having withdrawl...and can't wait to see them again soon!
San Francisco is full of weird and wonderful (and beautiful) and I love it! Plus the weather is the most perfect in October.
Here is some beautiful for you. I would sit in the contemporary patisserie of Craftsman & Wolves everyday if I could. It's yummy and gorgeous.
I thought this event was a sure hit in it's first year and it will definitely be on my calendar for 2014!