Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up


So today's Pick-Me-Up is something you can actually download and frame for the upcoming holidays..or year-round! More than likely you already have most of your Halloween decorations up, and Friday (yep, that's day after tomorrow) marks the first day of November--or the beginning of the countdown to Thanksgiving, as I refer to it. Head to the website link above, pick your favorite quote, then all you need to do is print and frame--you're set with some easy decor!


XOXO,
R

Friday, October 25, 2013

Camping

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Today we are headed camping! Full disclosure: our tent site will look NOTHING like the above picture. There will certainly be no glamping this weekend.

I am pretty excited, but at the same time rather nervous. This will be the coldest weekend so far this season (think highs in the low 50's during the day and temperatures in the 20's and 30's at night. Yikes!

But I think I am really just happy to be making new memories with some good friends of ours..well, and the s'mores of course!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO,
R

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up


I love this. And it reminds me of one of my all-time favorite worship songs "Lord, I Need You" by Matt Maher.

"Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart.."

XOXO,
R

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dainty Collar

Darling Cashmere
Darling Cashmere
Darling Cashmere
Darling Cashmere
Borrowed Sunnies // Urban Outfitters Top (Long Sleeve Option) // Forever 21 Bag (Similar) // Forever 21 Belt and Pants (Similar) // Guess Heels (love this option in luggage and these platforms)

One of my favorite parts about cooler weather is..getting to wear these pants! No, seriously. They're a heavy wool blend so they're a little toasty on those sneaky warm days, but I love them! They cinch at just the right spot to flatter my waist, and I love pairing them with a lightweight or super feminine top--enter this beauty with the perfect peter pan collar and detailing. You will be seeing a lot of both of these over the next several months!

XOXO,
R

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

With a Trader Joe's grocery trip behind me focusing on nothing but pumpkin goods, I feel like I'm in a pretty good place to share my absolute favorite (which means they're fairly simple) pumpkin treat recipes!
I am absolutely OBSESSED with magic cookie bars. My mom makes the best, and I am positive she could nail this pumpkin recipe!

For some more Holiday & Seasonal treats and ideas check here!

XOXO,
R

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up


Today's pick-me-up features a quote from Jess from New Girl--the Mr. and I are huge fans and watch every week. Don't tell him I told you that..

This design was created by the CUTEST Angela Scheffer from Saffron Avenue. You should most definitely click "via" and learn more about her. Her designs are gorge!

XOXO,
R

Monday, October 14, 2013

Children at Weddings Part 1

Oh hi, here to tackle a difficult wedding question for you! A dear friend of mine recently asked me how to tactfully (key word!) advise guests that children would not be invited to her wedding ceremony or reception. This is a very tricky situation, but one that I felt I had done enough research to help with, especially considering the Mr. and I are unable to accommodate children (outside of our immediate family's children) at our upcoming nuptials either.

If you have children IN your wedding party this could get a bit more tricky. This is tricky because it is not ideal to just provide a general statement similar to "adult-only" if you will have some (i.e. immediate family members' children in attendance or even as part of the wedding party) children in attendance.

For mine and Ryan's wedding, as an example, we do not have children part of our ceremony or wedding party (it's incredibly small), but we are allowing nieces and nephews to join in as guests. If you have a target guest list number, then you need to be conscious of your guests' children. Inviting the children to attend could add 20+ to your list before you even know it. For some of you in the planning stages, that is perfectly doable--you have the budget and space to accommodate even your third cousin's grandchildren. But for some of you that just won't do.


So, with that said, there are several ways you can get the message across:


The Mr. and I chose to share this information on the RSVP page of our wedding website:
"With the goal and vision of a small, intimate gathering of their nearest and dearest family and friends, the bride and groom kindly request that only those listed on the invitation join them for the ceremony and reception."

On that page we chose to go with the angle of a small, intimate gathering. It is really not polite to mention a tight budget to those outside of your immediate family and closest friends. With the line "only those listed on the invitation" (italics added) that means we will list out each guest we are requesting to attend.

I also really like the way Jordan McBride goes into detail about "How To: Gracefully Avoid Uninvited Guests".

Here are some other ways to get the message across:


  • You could add on your wedding website (by the way, this information is not acceptable on the invitation): "We wish we could include all children, but we are, unfortunately, only able to invite the children of immediate family." or "Adult-only celebration" (although, again, that is tricky if you DO have children coming at all--that particular guest who had to hire a babysitter and sees children at your wedding might get a little upset if she does not realize that they are children of immediate family members). Then add a positive sentence about how excited you are for them to spend the afternoon with you in celebration. Never end in negativity!
  • You could also make it very clear on the RSVP card, such as: "We will be setting aside ___ seats for you at our celebration. Please let us know if you will be joining us!" Then include a space for them to choose "Yes" / "No" or something clever, and possibly include a line for them to write how many seats of the ones set aside for them they will be using. If you invite a family of 3 and you have listed 3 seats set aside for them, yet only 2 are able to attend, they will need a way to clearly indicate they only need 2 of 3 seats.
  • The last option would be an additional invite for the reception. This isn't recommended if your ceremony and reception are at the same location. This is commonly done, though, and you would include the line on this separate reception invite: "Adult-only reception" etc. If you did this, you would need to put on the invitation that the reception is invite-only.


Best-case scenario is babysitting is included during your ceremony and reception for guests with children. If you are able to provide such service, you could share the message this way: "In order for parents to better enjoy themselves as a couple, the bride and groom request that this be an adults-only reception. Professional babysitting will be provided at the hotel/venue/etc." But more on what to do and how to entertain children at your wedding in the upcoming Part 2.

It will be very important to monitor the RSVP's coming in. If you get one that comes in and it looks like the parents were a bit confused, it is necessary to address this right away. If they RSVP their children, then either you, your mother, future MIL, or better yet, the wedding coordinator, needs to gracefully let them know (with regrets) that you are unable to accommodate children for your celebration. Using the Goal and Rule from Jordan McBride's post will help with this part if it comes down to it.

Keep in mind that not everyone will be happy with every single decision you make about your special day. There are some parents that will be over-the-top offended, but this day is about you, your groom, and those nearest and dearest to you. Don't let their sour attitude spoil your big bash!



Children at Weddings Part 1 / Darling Cashmere
Children at Weddings Part 1 / Darling Cashmere

I would love for you to share any advice or experience you have had with this--feel free to comment below!

XOXO,
R

Friday, October 11, 2013

Casual Friday

Let me just start by saying I LOVE casual Fridays at the office. Pairing my favorite denim with a top is just so easy. Apologies if I am taking the simple way out here, but really. I can do so much more with a great pair of skinnies than I can with a pair of trousers. Versatility is key.
Darling Cashmere
Darling Cashmere
Notice the empty wrists..and fingers. This was not on purpose. Enter: the latte.
When you forget your accessories and jewels, all you really need is Starbucks in your hand.
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Sunnies from a BHI boutique (Ray-Ban) // Statement Necklace (Vintage Beauty) // Black H&M Tee // Target Denim // Black Bag (love the gold detail) // MIA flats (fun toes)

What is your go-to accessory?

XOXO,
R

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Late Pick-Me-Up


Well, today's pick-me-up didn't come on Wednesday like usual. But here it is--in all of its glory!
Apologies in advance to those west coast girls, but I must show love for us over here on the east side!
I am loving it and the way Design Darling's Mackenzie Horan describes it: "East coat and proud of it."

XOXO,
R

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Olive Skinnies

My olive skinnies are a favorite of mine. They're basically a neutral, and pair well with flats or tucked into my leather boots. Spice up your look with a bold, red lip and you're ready to go!
Olive Skinnies on Darling Cashmere
Olive Skinnies on Darling Cashmere
Alana, this smile is for you!
Olive Skinnies on Darling Cashmere
Sunnies (Tom Fords) // Lia Sophia Earrings gifted // Party Proof Lipstick in Red Velvet // H&M Top (oversized option) // Necklace (Gorjana x Damsel) // J. Crew Bracelet (option) // Olive Skinnies (Gap Skimmers) // Gold Flats (similar)

XOXO,
R

Monday, October 7, 2013

Autumn Party Must-haves


Autumn Party on Darling Cashmere

I will be the first to admit I have CFD: Compulsive Fall Disorder (no worries, this is a joke).
But really I just get excited about every season or holiday. Who doesn't want something to celebrate? Keep 'em coming!

I can't wait to throw an Autumn Party (granted, we're already several days into the season..)--I may even throw in pumpkin carving and s'mores by our fire pit!

Note the picture of a pumpkin roll above. I have attempted this treat once..and failed once. So let's just be honest here: I am probably just going to make pumpkin cupcakes!

Are you planning a fall party? What are you including on your must-have list?

XOXO,
R

Friday, October 4, 2013

An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

 The stunning Michelle Wright of Michelle Wright Events coordinated and hosted a fabulous event, An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury, that I had the honor of attending this past weekend!
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This sweet bridesmaid along with my mother and future mother-in-law accompanied me!
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First up were delish beverages with fun paper straws, of course!
Have I ever mentioned that signage is one of my favorite event elements?
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There were so many incredible vendors that I really did not spend much time (read: any time) at all snapping pictures. The draping and set-up in this room was incredible!
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This is just one of the gorgeous tablescapes located throughout Adaumont Farm. The decor set the tone for an intimate and upscale soirée.
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Some of my door prize winnings and goodies from my bridal Swag Bag!
I have yet to try the macarons from Dana's Bakery, but I heard they were divine!

If you're a bride-to-be, do you plan on attending a bridal show?

XOXO,
R

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Zara Bird Dress

Darling Cashmere
Darling Cashmere
Darling Cashmere
Zara Dress (love this bird print) // Black Bag (obsessed) // Vegan Leather Jacket (NEED the burgundy) // Mid-heel Sandals

I snagged this dress on sale during my NYC daytrip (see here and here) back in July, and have been saving it for just the right occasion: An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury (more on that later). I received compliment after compliment, so kudos to Zara as usual.

XOXO,
R

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up


The end.

PS I am looking for more prints to include on my weekly Wednesday Pick-Me-Up feature.
Do you know of any artists or prints that I should share?! Please comment with their info or link!

XOXO,
R