Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas

We have a new favorite city: Austin. We travelled there a few weeks ago to visit our brother and sister-in-law and almost didn't come back. Our apologies for the delay (we've actually been traveling quite a bit these last few weeks!), but please enjoy a few snapshots from our jaunt below. Highlights included running around Lake Austin with our "niece" Tinkerbell (a.k.a. Stinkerbell), amazing Tex-Mex, a movie and din at the Alamo Drafthouse, and antique shopping for the cutest nursery ever (in our unbiased opinion). And of course there was gospel brunch at Stubb's BBQ, where we tasted the best pecan pie on the face of this earth. Hallelujah.



Coffee with the sisters.  

Spending some quality time with "Stinkerbell". 

Nom nom nom.  

After a long day of nursery shopping.  (For the cutest nursery ever!)





Sing it, sister.  


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Wedding Shower Invitations

As far as maids of honor go, Lolo takes the seven-tiered cake. This post is more of an enormous thank you for the (in my unbiased opinion) most darling invitations in the history of bridal showers. How fortunate for me that my MOH (that there little blonde peanut next to me in the photo on the right!) is also extremely talented and crafty.

Lolo worked with Sweet Melissa Creations on Etsy; Melissa was wonderful helping her personalize the design. She then recruited the entire family to help cut the edges (thanks, Dad!), tie the grosgrain ribbon bows (thanks, Mom!), and attach the tulle skirts. To add the finishing touch, she ordered the envelopes and liners from our new favorite Cards & Pockets.  

Like Lolo, the invites are too wonderful for words, and I feel terribly blessed. I can't wait for my shower!  


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pass the guac, por favor!

One of Lo's good friends recently tied the knot at a picturesque private estate in Punta Mita, Mexico.  From the flowers and dazzling lights to the bride's gorgeous Jenny Yoo dress, no taco was left unturned (or uneaten!).  Here's a peak of paradise to brighten your cold, snowy day!  

Nothing says love like a bouquet in a mason jar.  (You know how we feel about mason jars!)
Picture-perfect!
No need for decor down this aisle!
Years of watching Father of the Bride paid off; we love Katie's classic look!
How do you say "Martha Stewart" in Spanish? 
Love these girls.  (That's me, Lo, in the middle!)


Glam and guac, could you ask for anything more?
And they lived happily ever after.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Walker for letting us share your special day!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Write This Way...

Image courtesy of One King's Lane
Dear Reader,

We. Love. Letters. Not text messages. Not e-mails sent from iPhones. (Although we'll take those too!) But letters. Handwritten. On beautiful stationary. Call us old-fashioned, but whether we're writing them or opening them, snail mail forces us to slow down for a minute. And that is, after all, our New Year's Resolution.

And we're not alone: in our increasingly digital world, the demand for personal stationary is actually on the rise. Since we're suckers for letterpress and Valentine's day is just around the corner, we thought we'd share our list of noteworthy note makers with you.

Not sure where to start?  Anthropologie recently posted on Penning the Perfect Thank You Note on their blog.  Your welcome.

So fondly,
Liz and Lo


Sugar Paper
L.A.-based stationary company Sugar Paper is our latest love! Connoisseurs of correspondence and self-proclaimed traditionalists Chelsea and Jamie share our love of letterpress and founded the company in 2003 to shine a spotlight on this under appreciated art form. And their recent partnership with J. Crew features the sweetest bridal stationary.

Image origin unknown
(Love the Friends reference!)  Image courtesy of BHLDN

Cheree Berry Paper
We don't just adore Cheree Berry Paper because it's in our hometown of St. Louis. Or because Cheree graduated from Liz's Alma Mater Wash. U. Or because she designs stationary and gifts for Lilly Pulitzer. (Not to mention she was the stationer for Chelsea Clinton's wedding!) We adore CBP because the whimsy and unexpected details melt our hearts.  

Image courtesy of http://www.theperfectpalette.com

Rifle Paper Co.
The hand-painted illustrations and lettering of Florida-based Rifle Paper Co. feel both nostalgic and timeless.  Owners Anna and Nathan Bond started the company out of their one-bedroom apartment. They write on their website, "We strongly believe life's personal stories and moments are best told through the gift of a hand-written card or note…" We agree.  

Image courtesy of http://mokkasin.blogspot.com.au

Urbanic Paper
Located in Venice Beach, Urbanic Paper Boutique is a favorite of LA design lovers and event planners. The store is a one-stop shop for unique gifts, wrapping, greeting cards, and stationary. Liz can't wait to visit when she's there for work in a few weeks!

Image courtesy of http://www.patriciaannminners.blogspot.com
Image courtesy of http://urbanicpaper.com/blog

Papel New York
Papel New York describes itself as "A Brooklyn Modern Paperie". Tucked away in Cobble Hill, they specialize in eco-friendly social stationary, greeting cards, and customizable invitations.  Papel truly is a neighborhood gem!

Image courtesy of Papel New York

Kate Spade
(Sigh.) Who doesn't love Kate Spade Paper? Endlessly witty and whimsical, these beautiful cards and calendars continue to be a huge inspiration to us.

Image courtesy of http://www.laylagrayce.com

Paper Presentation
For the "paper-minded", Paper Presentation features a large selection of paper products and tools to inspire all of your DIY projects. They have been located in downtown NYC since 1990.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Minnie and Emma Correspondence
Last but certainly not least, Minnie and Emma Correspondence was started by a group of NYC designers who love smart design and clever execution. We recently discovered the line through One Kings Lane and just fell head over heels.  

Image courtesy of http://store.minnieandemma.com

Friday, January 17, 2014

Guest Post on Fitsouffle!

We're once again so honored and thrilled to be guest-posting on Fitsouffle!  It's one of our favorite fitness and nutrition blogs by Liz's childhood friend Jacquelyn.  Check out our favorite exercising accessories here!  (And have a great weekend!)




Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Resolutions

Happy New Year!  Did you make a resolution?  This year, we're resolving to slow down and get back to basics.  In our race-paced lives of instant oatmeal, fast-dry top coats, Instagrams, and high speed intervals, it's hard to unwind and just take it all in.  So in 2014 we're taking more walks, more pictures, and more time for ourselves.  Hope you do the same!  (And how much do you love that photo by our dearest friend Felise?  She just started her own photography business in Chicago!  Shameless plug: http://www.felisephotography.com)


Photo by Felise Pomerantz.  www.felisephotography.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow

We've eaten at top-rated restaurants and sampled a wide variety of cuisines, but one of our favorite treats, especially around the holidays, continues to be good ole' Puppy Chow. We dare you to eat just one handful. No really - try it.  Not possible.  

We use dark chocolate, natural peanut butter, gluten-free cereal, and half the butter for a (slightly) healthier take on this old favorite. Trust us - your friends and family won't even taste the difference! (But they'll be delighted when you tell them.) We're not saying it should be the cornerstone of your food pyramid, but we believe in everything in moderation. (Including of course, moderation, which is how we justify the second and third handfuls!)  

Enjoy and happy holidays! 


(Healthier) Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow


S E R V I N G S : 6 cups

T I M E : 15-20 minutes

I N G R E D I E N T S : 
6 cups Rice Chex (gluten free)
2/3 cups dark chocolate chips
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

T H E   H O W : 
1.  Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in the microwave.

2.  Pour the mixture over your cereal and stir gently until coated.  

3.  Place the powdered sugar in a bag.  Add the coated cereal, and shake until all pieces are coated.  

Cook's tip:  Mix the chow in a trash bag (clean of course!) if you're making a larger batch.

If you're gifting your puppy chow, we recommend dividing it into pint-sized Mason Jars.  (What don't we recommend in Mason Jars?)  We then layered burlap and metallic ribbon with tartans and dots for an extra luxe look.