The Hunt, Antiquing 101

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Ohhh the hunt.  You either love it, or hate it.  Truthfully up until a few years ago I hated the hunt.  All the waiting, the searching, the haggling for just the right piece that will fit perfectly in just that one right little space.  But over the past few years I’ve begun to love the hunt.  For me searching for something vintage or antique provides the perfect unexpected mix in my home, or my client’s home.  And while I’m no expert at finding all things antique I am getting better, and when all else fails I just trust my gut.  If it works for you, then it works.  So I thought I’d share my favorite online, and not so online, antique haunts and you tell me do you love the hunt?  Truly, MKR

My Top Ten…One Kings Lane  |  1st Dibs  |  Chairish  |  Etsy  |  Bobo Intriguing Objects  |  Scott Antique Market  |  Deconet  |  Furnishly  |  Lushpad  |  Live Auctioneers

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  Location, Bobo Intriguing Objects

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…AS SHOWN…Jacket, All Saints  |  Gingham Shirt, J.Crew  |  Feathered Tank, Anthropologie (on sale now)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Bag, Givenchy (old, similar HERE)  |  Booties, Sigerson Morrison (on major sale & also in grey)  |  Glasses, Warby Parker c/o  |  Cuff, Hermes (previously owned version HERE, less expensive version HERE)

 

Dutch Braid Crown Tutorial

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A few weeks ago I shared a favorite new LBD complete with my very own Frozen braid and a promised tutorial.  Well Loves, here you go.  Ms. Jennifer C. Nieman is taking over today to explain just how easy it is to create what we’re calling a Dutch Braid Crown in four easy steps.  I feel confident that this is a style anyone can pull off whether your hair is long, short, straight, or curly and I hope this is the beginning of many more beauty tutorials to come here WOM.  Enjoy!  Truly, MKR

Step One.  First to add grip, and “dirty” the hair, spray liberally with texture spray.  I suggest using a mix of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Dry Bar’s Triple Sec All In One Volumizer, Texturizer, & Dry Shampoo.

Step Two.  Begin by adding a dramatic part to whichever side you’d like to start your braid on.  It doesn’t matter which side, just choose a side that works best for you.  Once parted start your Dutch braid.  A Dutch braid is simply an “inside out French braid.”  Section the hair into three sections just as you would a French braid, but instead of taking the right and left pieces and braiding over the middle section you will take the right and left pieces and weave it UNDER the middle section.  Repeat, and continue braiding all around the crown of the head.  Once you reach the opposite side and can no longer continue with the Dutch braid (you’ll run out of pieces of hair) finish with a regular braid and tie off the end with a small hair tie.

Step Three.  Spray the braid and hair with hair spray and fluff the braid with your fingers so it gets fatter.  Take the end of the braid and wrap it around towards the beginning of the braid tucking the end under the beginning of the braid (which should be on top of your head) and secure with bobbi pins.  Pull some wisps of hair out around the face and ears.

Step Four.  Tie the remaining hair in a ponytail (you can leave it down for a half up-half down look as well), spray pony and fluff with your fingers to add volume.  Pin some sections up, leaving others down, to create a messy bun look.  Spray again, and voila!  

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman

Looking For A Few Good Interns

Waiting On Martha is Hiring

What better way to welcome the weekend than with some exciting news that has our office buzzing.  We’re looking for a few good interns to join our growing team.  One, a production intern, will be here in Atlanta assisting yours truly with just about anything and everything that goes in to making WOM tick.  The other, a social media intern, located in Nashville will be assisting WOM’s Editor and Social Media Director navigating the world that is social.  While both of these positions are un-paid internships, they both have a good chance of becoming paid positions in the near future.  So are you ready to join our small circle of crazy (like good crazy, but a tad crazy none the less)?  Check out all the details below and we look forward to hearing from you.  Truly, MKR

Production Intern
Location: Atlanta, GA
Compensation: Unpaid, but potential to grow into a paid position. School credit is available if applicable.
Hours: 10-20, flexible

Responsibilities: We are seeking a hands-on production intern to help us with the ins and outs of running Waiting on Martha in Atlanta. This position will include basic administrative and personal assistant tasks, order fulfillment, managing shop inventory, responding to customer requests and some occasional on-site assistance for styled and editorial photoshoots.

While this is an unpaid internship, there is a possibility of it becoming an hourly, paid-position as Waiting On Martha continues to grow. You’ll be working directly with the Founder and Creative Director, Mandy Kellogg Rye, and have invaluable small-business experience to add to your resume in the e-commerce, retail and design industries.

Requirements: Applicant MUST be in Atlanta, must be a motivated self-starter, with a passion for the creative industry. Excellent organizational skills and an eye for details are a MUST. Customer service skills and an overall ability to cater to clients/customers is also very important.

Social Media Intern
Location:
Nashville, TN
Compensation: Unpaid, but potential to grow into a paid position. School credit is available if applicable.
Hours: 5-10, flexible

Responsibilities: We are seeking a social media intern to work closely with the Editor and Social Media Director on strategy and content creation to encourage growth on WOM’s social media channels. You’ll be responsible for weekly content creation, and routine monitoring reports. You will also play a vital role in ROI analysis for brand campaigns and marketing efforts. During this internship, you will truly see how social media and digital strategy has led this startup to land collaborations with national brands.

While this is an unpaid internship, there is a possibility of it becoming an hourly, paid-position as Waiting On Martha continues to grow.

Requirements: Applicant must be a motivated self-starter in Nashville, with a passion for the creative industry. Must be extremely “plugged in” to the online world through websites, blogs and social media. Knowledge of online monitoring tools and experience in marketing and blogger outreach is a major plus.

Who We Are
Waiting On Martha, Inc. is an e-commerce boutique and lifestyle Blog focuses on helping people create a beautiful day, everyday. We provide everyday inspiration for entertaining, fashion, food, decor, beauty, bridal and anything and everything in between.  Along with the Blog, Waiting On Martha also provides complete editorial styling services and also curates an online boutique that caters to the stylish set, and is a destination for home decor, gifts, and one-of-a-kind accessories. 

For consideration, please send resumes to waitingonmartha@gmail.com. 

*Photography, Rustic White

How To: Laundry Room Organization

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The final organizational challenge to tackle was the laundry room.  My laundry room is tiny.  Truly, you can’t even turn around in it tiny.  So keeping it organized and clutter free while maximizing what little space I have was of the utmost importance.

First, I traded out my two old hampers for Pottery Barn’s Perry Divided hamper.  It fit perfectly in the space and allows me to presort darks and colors.  Plus the canvas liner can be removed and thrown in with the wash for easy cleaning.  

Second, baskets came to the rescue again.  I placed the larger wire Benchwright baskets above my cabinets to hold my Costco-sized amount of paper towels and blankets that are out of season.  While the Newport basket housed detergents, iron, steamer, dryer balls and all other necessities.

Lastly, I hung my vacuum on the wall (best vacumn ever by the way), added a few extra door hooks and a retractable clothes line to hang any pieces of clothing I many not want to dry.  In the end the laundry room became clutter free and a functional small space.  Truly, MKR

P.S.  Make sure to check out how I organized the linen closet and gave the master bath a mini makeover.

 

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*This story is in collaboration with Pottery Barn, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.  |  Photography, Rustic White

How To: Linen Closet Organization

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The linen closet is one of my home’s biggest organizational downfalls.  And what’s worse it’s located in the guest bathroom which means there’s no hiding the chaos.  So with my mini bathroom makeover complete it was time to tackle the linen closet.

Break out the baskets. Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet organized, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. I chose a combination of woven and wire, the wire for holding items I use frequently and like to see like bath and beach towels.  And larger woven baskets for bedding and smaller woven baskets for cleaning supplies, bathroom necessities and everything you need to cure a cough or bandage a wound.  

Label, label, label. Baskets may be one of my favorite ways to organize, but sometimes it’s hard to see what they’re holding.  An easy solution is to group similar items together in each basket and label with a handwritten tag.  The tags provide that extra dose of OCD pretty and I even added a few that say “help yourself” so guests feel at ease when grabbing a towel or toothbrush.

And it really is as easy as that.  I’d love to know, do you use baskets to organize any spaces in your home?  Truly, MKR

 

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How To: Bathroom Organization

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My bathroom is one of the spaces I spend the most time in, and it’s also a space that’s a cluttered hot-mess.  And with a New Year upon us what better time than now to organize, de-clutter, simplify, and transform my bathroom into the sanctuary I dream of and need.  So with a free weekend, and a little help from Pottery Barn I set out to give my master bath a mini makeover.
 
First, I had to focus on corralling the clutter.  Like most of us I had beauty products rolling around in drawers, thrown in bags under the sink, and piling up on my counter.  For an easy solution I turned everyday glass vessels into catchalls for beauty products, soaking salts, sea sponges and everything else I use on a daily basis.  Plus they’re a gorgeous way to display all my favorite products, like the ESPA essentials I recently snagged from my day at the Mandarin Oriental Spa…so good.  
 
Second, everything needed to be functional.  For example, I love a good soak, but I never have my bath necessities within reaching distance when I need them.  The Grant Floor Storage quickly solved that problem by allowing a movable system to store water, candles, and all the bubbles I need to relax.  Plus the Grant’s arms allow a way to keep my bag off the floor and hang a hand towel or two.  For towels I utilized the Benchwright basket in the corner of my bathtub, rolling the towels rather than folding, and threw in a few bottles of my favorite sparkling water.   
 
Lastly, I needed an easy way to store and move laundry from the bathroom to the laundry room.  Pottery Barn’s chrome portable hamper was an easy, and chic solution.  And I love that the removable liner allows you to throw it right in with the laundry making sure your space stays as clean as can be.  
 
The only challenge left?  To see how long I can keep the bathroom looking this way.  Truly, MKR
 
P.S. I’ll be tackling my linen closets and laundry room this week as well so stay tuned!
 

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*This story is in collaboration with Pottery Barn, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.  |  Photography, Rustic White

3 Easy No Cook Citrus Recipes

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Crisp, refreshing, and always vibrant, citrus is one of the healthiest and easiest foods to cook with.  Especially this time of year as it brightens up those last grey, winter days and provides a much needed preview of the first signs of spring.  So whether it be for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner I promise these quick, easy no-cook citrus recipes will quickly become some of your new favorites.  Truly, MKR

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Citrus & Pomegranate Salad
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Mandarin Oranges
  2. 2 Oranges
  3. 2 Grapefruit
  4. 2 Blood Oranges
  5. 1/4 cup pomegranate seed
Instructions
  1. Slice citrus and lay each slice on cutting board.
  2. Cut edges off each slice with a sharp knife. To get the sharpest cuts slice edges in a slanted, diagonal direction.
  3. Lay and stack fruit on a serving platter, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
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Blood Orange & Strawberry Juice
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Ingredients
  1. 4-6 oranges
  2. 1 pint strawberries
Instructions
  1. Juice fruit and mix to combine.
  2. Serve slightly chilled.
Notes
  1. *To take it to a bubbly place simply top with your favorite champagne or porsecco.
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Mandarin Citrus Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  3. 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  4. 1/4 cup mandarin orange juice
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp pepper
  7. 1 pinch of sugar
  8. 1 pinch of cayenne (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk to combine.
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One.  Emoji Slippers, Del Toro  |  Two.  Bon Appetit Dog Bowl, Henri Bendel  |  Three.  Hair Repair, Sacha Juan  |  Four.  Emoji Bracelets, Baublebar (on major sale)  |  Five.  Shimmer Brick Palette, Bobbi Brown  |  Six.  Ring, Julie Vos  |  Seven.  The Neighbors Have Better Stuff, Waiting On Martha  |  Eight.  Candle, Jo Malone  |  Nine.  Catchall, Clare Vivier  |  Ten.  Clever Pencils, Waiting On Martha  |  Eleven.  Dinner Parties  |  Twelve.  Mohawk Match Strike, Jonathan Adler via Waiting On Martha  |  Thirteen.  Leather Sticker, Anya Hindmarch  |  Fourteen.  Leather Watercolor Print, The Aestate via Waiting On Martha  |  Fifteen.  Queen Bee Notebook, Waiting On Martha  |  Sixteen.  On The House Cocktail Napkins, Waiting On Martha  |  Seventeen.  Hand, Waiting On Martha  |  Eighteen.  Sunnies, Warby Parker  |  Nineteen.  Onyx Earrings, Julie Vos  |  Twenty.  London Bkr Heart Bottle, Waiting On Martha  |  Twenty-One.  Madison Hat, PrimaDonna  |  Twenty-Two.  Leather Sticker, Anya Hindmarch   |  Twenty-Three.  Vase, Jonathan Adler via Waiting On Martha

 

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Feathered

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On a recent antiques excursion I decided to pair my favorite (I wear-it-weekly) gingham shirt with an Anthropologie sale score feathered tank to add just a bit of fancy.  Of course the silk and feathered tank would look fabulous dressed up with a skirt and heels, but I think I may prefer it in this everyday unexpected way don’t you?  Truly, MKR  

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS SHOWN…Jacket, All Saints  |  Gingham Shirt, J.Crew  |  Feathered Tank, Anthropologie (on sale now)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Bag, Givenchy (old, similar HERE)  |  Booties, Sigerson Morrison (on major sale & also in grey)  |  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  |  Cuff, Hermes (previously owned version HERE, less expensive version HERE)

Finding Your Signature Scent

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Finding a signature scent is both very personal and very telling of who you are or want to be in that moment.  Do you have a specific perfume based on the time of year?  Or one for work hours and a separate for play hours?  A fragrance that you always wear on a date or evening out?  Or have you been spraying the same scent for so many years you can’t even tell you’re wearing it anymore?  Recently I decided to venture outside my signature fragrance of Hermes Des Merveilles, one I’ve been wearing for a decade now, and test the waters to see if I could find something I loved even half as much.  

Perfumes are a tricky beast as they are completely different from person to person based on our own unique body chemistry, and can be the absolute opposite when worn for a day rather than spritzed in the air at the cosmetic counter.  That was the case with Jo Malone’s Wild Fig & Cassis.  I was obsessed with the scent in store, but it overpowered me so much on I could barley handle it.  Which made for a sad day because I adored the woody earthiness and cozy feeling that fragrance embodies.  I had been dying to try Aerin’s perfumes (mainly because the stone cap is just too gorgeous) for awhile now so when I received two of the bottles for Christmas I was thrilled.  And even better, I love them.  The fresh notes from Ikat Jasmine and warm, almost creamy tones of the Amber Musk compliment my body chemistry perfectly.  They won’t completely replace my Des Merveilles, I don’t think any perfume ever will, but it’s nice to switch it up every now and again.  I’d love to know, what’s your signature scent?  Truly, MKR

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