Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Fall Coziness!





It's no secret that Alison and I love fall. I know it's not quite fall yet, but next Tuesday it officially will be! The crisp mornings and evenings are my favorite. I got my first pumpkin spice latte of the season this morning and left my windows rolled down so I could feel the cool air. I just love it! I can't wait for the leaves to start their change and it to be cool enough for indulgent hearty soups and cozying up by the fire for the evening. Check out our Pinterest for more inspiration! 

-Laurie & Alison

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rehearsal Dinner, the Charleston way



My second brother-in-law is married off and my mother-in-law is now done with rehearsal dinners. Each of the three was unique and perfect; the McQuain girls were treated like queens when they entered this family.

The final rehearsal dinner was held in the upstairs room of Magnolia's in downtown Charleston. The setting was elegant with hints of military and seaside living and the food was absolutely perfect. The menu wouldn't have been complete without shellfish over grits and "sweet biscuits" and berries for dessert. I loved the black and white stripes paired with the gold. Lavender was the bride's color of choice for the big day so it accented everything all weekend. I just loved this head table. So perfect. And Branch Design Studio did an incredible job with the florals.

Just beautiful.

-Alison



 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hump Day Pun!


Ok guys. When we were in Fremont, a Seattle neighborhood, we popped in a little store with some art that I am still kicking myself for not buying. I love everything about Frida Clements' work. Just love it. Not only do I hope to have a small collection of her Pun work, I also hope to gift her work to others. Consider this a virtual gift.

So, on this hump day I hope to bring a little smile to your face and chuckle to your belly. Not to mention a little encouragement...don't worry about fitting in. You are so awesome just as you are! Laurie and I are quite "fawned" of you.

And check out Frida Clements!

-Alison


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Mom's Sweet Potato Apple Casserole



As with most situations in life, I turned to my mom to fix a problem. The problem was that I had a Tasty Tuesday post coming up for something fall-related and had no time to cook or come up with anything because I a) procrastinated b) was busy with multiple piddly projects that took up all my time over the weekend c) had a doctor's appointment to, lo and behold, find out I had stinkin' asthma...the correct answer is d) all of the above.
So, naturally, I turned to my mom. She promptly came up with something and was already on the way to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and make a fabulous fall casserole for dinner. When in doubt or despair, ask Mom. Not only did she whip up something that I am now craving (and I've never even had it!), she styled this magazine-worthy shot too.
I know it was good because my dad said so. Morale of the story: just ask your mom, she can do it better.
Thanks, Mom!
-Laurie


Ingredients
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar plus 1/4 cup divided
1 t cinnamon
1 t ground nutmeg
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
Chopped pecans

Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan covered with water. 
Bring to a boil and cook 25 minutes or until tender. Drain, cool and slice. 
Preheat oven to 350. Arrange sliced sweet potato and apple alternating. Sprinkle with cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. Mix flour, remaining brown sugar, butter. Sprinkle over the sweet potatoes and apples. Top with pecans. Bake for 30 minutes.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Fall, Y'all!



This weekend made my fall loving heart very happy. I wore boots and a cardigan and kept the windows open...ah, fall bliss. It's fall, y'all! I know the calendar says it's still summer but I say pish-posh (by the way I never say pish-posh in real life). I had to tell myself to wait on the mums twice this weekend. Lowe's had adorable baby mums and Kroger had the mum color combo I'm going for this year! I definitely want a beautiful dark purple mum and a light purple one as well. I'm thinking of pairing those with either the orange rusty color like above or doing a moody burgundy...I think I'm feeling the moody burgundy. I don't have a big front porch, so I have to have a lot of impact with very few items. While I am loving this mood board, I'm also inspired by these Pinterest images as well. David and I are planning on making some pumpkins that look like our cats!
-Laurie





Friday, September 12, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found the Farm Life!






Fall is so close! I broke out my boots today and am loving the cooler temps that we have all of a sudden. This week Alison and I were inspired by the farm. The simple farm life is always appealing this time of year when the leaves change and the sweaters start to come out. Also, how cute is that baby goat?!

-Laurie & Alison

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bridal Luncheon, the Charleston Way


A wedding in Charleston is only a dream for a lot of girls. Not for my sister-in-law! This Charleston girl by way of Tennessee fell in love with a Tennessee boy studying at the Citadel and it was only natural for them to celebrate their nuptials in this classic southern city. The start of the wedding celebrations was a lovely bridal luncheon hosted by our mother-in-law's closest friends. These ladies are pros.

Katherine's wedding colors were lavender and ivory. This past winter was a bit rough on plants like lavender but the ladies were able to find a farm in East Tennessee that had a few surviving plants for the picking. Anne Marie's helped fill in the gaps with some Larkspur stems. Pier 1 and Hobby Lobby had a few items to help with finishing touches.

The Harbour Club provided the perfect setting and a delicious southerners brunch of chicken and waffles. It was so good! We even had a custom lavender brunchy cocktail!

-Alison





The hostesses with the mostess, our mother-in-law and the bride!


Sisters!! Will they hate me for the photo on the left? Maybe. Lots of sisterly jabs to catch up on. 

Her newer Charleston friends...through thick and thin

Her sweet way-back friends

The uncovered rooftop that was a little blazing in July
 

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