Monthly Archives: September 2012

Oh my gosh you guys – I can’t believe we haven’t had a weekend link round-up in three weeks! I’ve been saving up links this whole time, but they’re some really good ones, so I hope you’ll forgive the super long list this week. Enjoy!

How incredible is this wall art by Olefir Design?

Or this moss graffiti?

A tale of two rings.

Hilarious (surrealist) eyeglass, via Automatism.

Yummy posters via Design Crush.

Jacques Genin might be my favorite Paris patisserie.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, for the little monsters in your life, via Creature Comforts.

How about a paintball bachelorette party?

Halloween count-down calendar – what a fun idea!

Fancy dancy light bulbs, via Eat Drink Chic.

Looking for a totally unique wedding gift? How about a custom painted kitchen mixers?

Equestrian bride and groom from Carrie Patterson.

Oh, Oscar!

Penny for your thoughts?

I love this Smythson wallet (and if I bought it I wouldn’t have any money left to keep in it).

Have you seen the new Cup of Jo? How about the new Camille Styles? Love ’em!

Salted Bourbon Caramel… mmmm…

Reversible wrapping paper, via Wantist.

Have you ever wondered what happens to unsold stamps?

Cheat sheet for how much food and drink to serve at your next party.

Congratulations to the Lady Grey!

And to Uncle Beefy!

Have you entered our Great Big Giveaway contest yet?!

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage. 

When you’ve been married for more than 60 years, the beginning might feel like a very long time ago. Catharine and Joe now speak of their first few years together in words and memories softened by time, but they admit the early years were a little difficult. After spending three years fighting in World War II, Joe returned home and the two started their life together. Five children, eleven grandchildren, and countless ups and downs later, they narrowed down a few strategies that helped keep them on track for more than sixty years.

Joe smiles seriously, “We were always a united front. No matter what was going on between us, we were a united front.”

“My strategy when we were having an argument was to take a step back, wait a day or so. You really have to just wait for the other person to give in,” says Catharine. “Well, you don’t admit that part,” she laughs. She adds that one of the keys to their long marriage was, of course, to keep a good sense of humor.

Photos by Lauren Bodwell.

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Maggie Battista from Eat Boutique is back with another delicious signature cocktail, perfect for late summer or early fall: Fig & Melon Martini. Doesn’t it look yummy?! And how perfect is that color for a September wedding? Photos by Heidi Murphy from White Loft Studio.

(Find similar stemless martini glasses from Cost Plus World Market.)

Says Maggie: “Harvesting heaps of melons, gourds and tomatoes in late summer is the sweetest victory, especially after months of weeding, watering and keeping the pests at bay. My perennial reward is a garden-inspired cocktail. Fresh figs and melons dress up my antipasti plates, so I knew they would certainly make a nice cocktail. The fig and vanilla vodka can infuse for just a week, but the longer it sits, the more caramel-like the color and the deeper the flavor. I garnish this martini with extra slices of ripe melon and bursting-ripe figs.”


Fig & Melon Martini
Makes 1 serving

• 1.5 ounces Fig and Vanilla Vodka
• 1.5 ounces cantaloupe purée
• 0.5 ounce Cointreau
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon maple syrup

1. Puree 1/8 of a ripe cantaloupe with 2 tablespoons of water in a blender or a food processor.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add all the ingredients, including the cantaloupe puree. Shake until everything is combined and icy cold.
3. Strain the mixture into a slightly chilled martini glass and garnish with a thin slice of melon threaded onto a wooden skewer around a half slice of ripe fig.


Scroll down or click here for the darling illustrated recipe “card” from Rebekka Seale!

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  • Fig & Melon Martini Signature Cocktail

    26 September 2012
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