I am an avid Real Simple reader. My mom gifts me a year-long subscription every year at Christmas (thanks Mom!) and it always makes my day when a new issue arrives in the mail. They recently posted an amazing tip etiquette guide on their website that covers everything from tips for bartenders to bell hops to psychics. Check the full guide out here, but I found the "Special Event" category below especially helpful with an upcoming wedding. They also published more detailed wedding tip policies here.
I think Pitch Perfect is arguably one of the most quotable movies of my generation. This is mostly due to the comedic genius that is Rebel Wilson. In the scene below, she sums up how this list of my top 5 pet peeves make me feel: full of hate-fire.
What sort of things set your teeth on edge and fill you with hate-fire? Come on! Let it all out!
Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015
It's the time of year again for you to start spoiling the arguably most important woman in your life! With a large wedding to plan this year, I've become even more grateful for everything my mom does for me and our family. My Dad jokingly calls her the "despot of the oikos", which is Greek for "the head of the household". She certainly fills this role by managing to keep us (and our busy schedules) in line while showering us with love and sarcasm : )
She thankfully passed on her sassiness, organization skills, and leadership savvy to me as well as a penchant for all things French and cat-related. Here are a few gift ideas to help you with your Mother's Day shopping.
ONE: Spoil your mom with these classy moonstone studs from Terrain.
TWO: These cat chip clips from ShopRuche kill me.
THREE: Just in time for a summer beach vacay, this floppy hat will protect your mom's skin from the southern sun.
Bourbon Blackberry Smash
Happy Monday...said no one ever. If you're having a rough start to this rainy dreary week, than what better way to spice up your ho-hum day than a delicious cocktail? This bourbon blackberry smash (inspired by Table + teaspoon) is perfect for those of you longing for sandy beaches.
Here's what you'll need:
ONE: Muddle the blackberries, mint, and lime in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
TWO: Add the bourbon and a handful of ice. Shake until well mixed.
THREE: Strain the bourbon/blackberry/mint/lime mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
FOUR: Top with the ginger beer and a splash of soda water.
FIVE: Garnish with several blackberries and a mint leaf.
SIX: Sip. Breathe. Enjoy. Recharge for Tuesday!
Most of you know C's proposal story by now (I know I'm WAY beyond the times blog-post wise); however, for those of you who don't I thought I'd share a cliffs notes version. I'm sure I'll be talking a lot about wedding planning and DIY's on here over the next several months and this is a great story to kick off the many posts to come.
On Wednesday, December 10th, C surprised me at my house after work and suggested a date night at our favorite place: Local Three. I thought nothing of it at the time, so I threw on a bedazzled (Yes, bedazzled.) sweatshirt and went on our merry way. We were completely through dessert while sitting at our favorite spot at the bar when Connor nonchalantly announced, "Ian (my younger brother) agreed to be a groomsman", and then all but mic-dropped a ring box in front of me. I was so shocked, I thought he was playing a joke on me.
Obviously, he wasn't joking and I said yes. We were subsequently plied with celebratory champagne from the giddy bartenders who have become good friends since we started dining at Local Three regularly several years ago. Followed by celebratory Limoncello. Followed by celebratory bourbon…we didn't feel great the next day.
Teensy hangover aside, I'm so glad that C was able to catch me completely off guard. The whole night was so sneakily C-like. I suspected nothing, which is a major achievement as I'm notorious for being the nosiest girlfriend (fiancé) of all time. I spent the rest of the night calling friends and family, and almost 4 months later we are well on our way to planning quite the shindig. I can't wait to share more with all of you.
I'm an Anthropologie girl in a corporate world.