The Essentials

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During a recent interview I was asked what my everyday wardrobe essentials are?  And while I wanted to say “Louboutins and LBDs of course” that’s just not my reality.  Between the shop, the blog, and styling which often has me trekking through who-knows-what-wilderness-to-get-the-perfect-shot my reality is much more, well…grounded in reality.  So if we’re telling truths my everyday essentials can be boiled down to six items.

Button down boyfriend shirts, hats, silky shorts or pants, lots of baubles, a large bag, and the perfect shoe.  The perfect shoe is really the key.  A few months ago while in Dallas I was introduced to Yosi Samra which have quickly become my go-to.  The Corey sandals (pictured above) have barley left my feet all summer and once the weather begins to turn I know the same will be said about the Preslie (I have them in neutral but how beautiful is the white?).  And the fold up flats are stashed in my gym bag, car, and travel carry on so whenever I do wear my 5 inch heels and they start to take their toll I have a quick fix.  So Loves, I’d love to hear what are your everyday essentials?  truly, MKR

*Shirt, Madewell  ||  Shorts, Aqua (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Hat, c/o  ||  Bag, Sole Society on MAJOR SALE c/0 (I also love this one)  ||  Corey sandals, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Preslie flats, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Samantha fold-up flats, Yosi Samra c/o  ||  Sunnies, Ray Ban  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  Tassel Bracelets, Gold & Gray  ||  Taner wrapped cuff bracelets, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Aurora long necklace, Gorjana & Griffin c/0  ||  Hashtag necklace, Moon & Lola c/o (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Tessa earrings, Kendra Scott  c/o  ||  Marina midi ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Cross My Heart ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Mesa ring, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Bali ring to wrist bracelet, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  

**Photography, Chelsey Heidorn

07.25 This Week I…

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay       *The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay 

…loved all over Fresh Love’s new wedding invitation line.  Especially The Hostess and The Mysterious suite.  So good!

…decided this DIY was a must for any bedside table (with WOM goodies included of course)!

…restocked some bestselling pineapples, napkins, binders, vases, and starbursts.

…felt blue and white calling my name to visit Portugal’s second city.

…shopped the Nordstrom anniversary sale and snagged my go-to sweater (I wore it in grey all last year), the perfect pink palette, and some shoes for the Mr.

…asked for your help in choosing the next Occasions Magazine cover.

…crossed several cities off the list, and planned for more.

…still swooning over the love we received from Southern Living Magazine.

…agreed with OKL on a few wine country faves.

…added lots of new goodies to The Shop including a quickly becoming cult classic candle.

…swooned over IHOD’s pics from 30A.  

…thought about butter.  Yum!

…attended the most fabulous garden party at Hunted Interior’s casa.

…scored a dress I’ve been stalking on MAJOR sale plus this one for good measure.

…started planning for 2015 with these 17 month kate spade new york planners (they begin in August and run through 2015).

…played hookie today and escaped to the lake for some much needed R&R.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

*All images original to Waiting On Martha

 

 

Help Choose The Next Cover Of Occasions Magazine

Occasions-Cover       *Option 1

Occasionscover1       *Option 2

If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen a few behind the scenes (#bts) shots of Occasions Magazine’s fall issue.  Well we’re about ready to go to print, but we need your help.  We can’t decide which image we’d like to see on the cover, option 1 or option 2?  Tell us what you think below and as a thank you one lucky voter will win a $50 American Express Gift card and a free Copy of Occasions, Weddings Fall 2014.  I know which one I’m leaning towards, but I can’t wait to hear what y’all think!  truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Rentals, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Location, Ambient Plus Studios  ||  Gown, Sarah Seven  ||  Accessories, Bloomingdales & The Sentimentalist

 

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Mint Watermelon Margaritas

Mint Watermelon Margarita Mint Watermelon Margarita, Waiting On Martha

When summer rolls around I try to use my absolute favorite fruit, watermelon, in any and every way I can.  So the other night when tiring of my standard margarita and with a bowl full of fresh cut watermelon in the fridge I thought, “yes a watermelon margarita must happen.”  And happen it did.  The sweetness of fresh watermelon juice combined with refreshing mint sprigs, tart lime, and tequila will have you sipping all summer long.  Cheers!  truly, MKR
 
*Photography, Rustic White
Mint Watermelon Margarita
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup fresh watermelon juice
  2. 2 oz. silver tequila
  3. 2-4 stems of mint
  4. Juice of 1 lime
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Muddle mint in bottom of glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Pour in watermelon juice, tequila, lime and stir.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint
VARIATIONS
  1. Frozen: add all ingredients + a cup of ice to a blender and blend to desired frozen consistency.
  2. Non Alcoholic: sub the tequila for 3-4 oz's of club soda.
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5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       Estee Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       Clarisonic Opal

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       YSL Touche Eclat

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       Bare Minerals Foundation and Mineral Veil

Top 5 Best Beauty Products, Waiting On Martha       YSL Burgundy Mascara

I wouldn’t call myself a beauty junkie, I’m more like search-and-search-till-I-find-what-works-and-then-become-obsessively-loyal-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands-product-junkie.  So when I say I have products I can’t live without, I mean it.  Sure those items change on occasion dependent on the season and as I age I invest more in the care of my skin than in the past, but all in all I’ve found a beauty regimen that works for me, and today I wanted to share a little piece of that.  Specifically the 5 best beauty products I cannot live without and I’d love to hear if you have any products that you hoard like there’s no tomorrow?  truly, MKR  

01.  Estee Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask.  For those mornings when I’m looking extra puffy. 

02.  Clarisonic Opal.  I’ve used the Clarisonic brush for years so when the Opal hit the market I knew I had to try it.  Specifically targeted for the under eye area when used on a regular basis I’ve seen a dramatic improvement.  Are you spotting an eye trend yet?  My eyes are what is starting to really show my age.

03.  YSL Touche Eclat.  A game changer, and final step in erasing under eye circles and dark spots.  I literally use this every single day and swear by it.  Just make sure you buy one color lighter than you would normally go, you need this to illuminate as well as blend.  I wear the lightest shade possible, #1.

04.  Bare Minerals Foundation and Mineral Veil.  The only foundation that doesn’t seem to irritate my skin plus it has a SPF keeping that pale complexion of mine pale.

05.  YSL Burgundy Mascara.  I’m a natural blonde which means my eyelashes are practically translucent in color so I don’t leave the house without mascara, and currently I’m obsessed with YSL’s burgundy mascara for a more natural day look.

Not on the list, but just as much of a daily necessity; Clinique All About Eyes Serum, Amore Pacific Hydrating Creme, plus my signature pink lip.

*Ban.do twist scarf (additional patterns available), Pomegranate robe, Marigot leopard pajamas (additional patterns available), Essie Russian Roulette nail polish

**Photography, Kathryn McCrary Photography

More of my beauty Must-Haves…..

Homemade French Fries With Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce

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Like most everyone on the planet I’m a lover of french fries.  So when I recently purchased this guy I knew it’s first frying test would be my favorite potato indulgence, the fry.  And while everyone seems to have their french fry preferences, I like my soggy while the Mr. prefers his as crispy as they come, that’s the beauty about making your own.  One batch can be cut thinner and cook a tad longer to get that crispness while the other removed from the heat a tad earlier to allow for the sogginess I crave.  And the garlic aioli sauce?!  There are no words.  This is now my go to sauce for anything and everything.  Happy Monday Dolls!  truly, MKR

P.S.  Don’t worry, if you don’t have an actual fryer you can use a heave bottom pan and achieve the same results. 

*Photography, Rustic White

Homemade French Fries & Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of Idaho potatoes (approximately 5 pounds)
  2. Sunflower, Vegetable or Peanut oil for frying (I used Sunflower)
  3. 1 cup Vegenaise
  4. 4-6 garlic cloves
  5. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  6. Cayenne Pepper to Taste
  7. Salt & Pepper to Taste
  8. Fry Seasoning (optional)
Instructions
  1. For the Fries...
  2. Rinse potatoes, leaving skin on, and begin cutting them into sticks.
  3. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak 1-2 hours, and you can even cut up the potatoes and soak them overnight in your refrigerator.
  4. Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees F. You want the oil to completely cover the potatoes.
  5. In 4-5 batches add potatoes to the oil and cook until soft about 5-6 minutes per batch. Remove each batch just as it begins to turn golden.
  6. Remove and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and add next batch tot he oil. Continue this process until all potatoes have been cooked.
  7. Sprinkle with fry seasoning and cayenne if desired. Enjoy!
  8. For the Garlic Aioli...
  9. Place Vegenaise in a small bowl and whisk to make it light and completely smooth.
  10. Using a garlic press or grater add garlic to the Vegenaise and misk.
  11. Add a dash of lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne.
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Napa Valley In Pictures

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *MA(i)SONRY, Yountville

Napa Valley Recommendations, Waiting On Martha      *Ladera Vineyards, Angwin

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha *Ladera Vineyards, Angwin

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Mumm Napa, Napa Valley  ||  kate spade skirt c/o, kate spade top c/o, Miu Miu sandals (sold out, similar HERE), Alexander McQueen sunnies

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Chapellet, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Kuleto Estate, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Larkmead Vineyards, Calistoga

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Bacci Ball at Solage, Calistoga

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Mumm Napa, Napa Valley

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Larkmead Vineyards, Calistogo

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Far Niente, Oakville  ||  Old Navy jumpsuit c/o, Yosi Samara sandals c/o, Ray Ban aviators

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Far Niente, Oakville

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *The Gardens, Yountville

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Larkmead, Calistoga

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Kuleto Estate, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Chappellet, St. Helena

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Ladera Vineyards, Angwin  ||  kate spade skirt c/o, kate spade top c/o, Alexander McQueen sunnies

Napa Valley Guide, Waiting On Martha      *Far Niente, Oakville

Recently I had the opportunity to spend two weeks living my dream in Napa Valley.  It was magical.  It was heaven.  It was a moment in time I’ll cherish forever.  And while I can’t share too much today as we are working on creating an “everything-you-need-to-know” guide to Napa I just had to share a few pics with you all of my time there.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR 

**A enormous thank you to MA(i)SONRY and Blackbird Vineyards who made this trip simply magical, and to our unofficial tour guides and friends, The Orisons.  ||  All images original to Waiting On Martha

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From left to right, top to bottom…Flamingo striped candle sticks (also available in multiple colors)  ||  kate spade new york toucan earrings  ||  Ban.do gold pouf (mini and large version)  ||  Ban.do “party” bobbi (also available in rebel and love)  ||  J.Crew Panama hat  ||  Ceramic pineapple  ||  Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville mixer (single and triple)  ||  Anchor cocktail picks  ||  Serena & Lily peacock chair  ||  Essie mint candy apple nailpolish  ||  Minni & Emma palm phone case (also available in an ipad cover)  ||  Rifle Paper rapido notepad  ||  Gold & Gray tassel bracelets (also available in dark, grey and light wood)  ||  Tropical Banana Leaf print  ||  Serena & Lily rattan bar cart  ||  River Island pineapple shorts  ||  Williams Sonoma margarita glasses  ||  Ban.do pouf (mini and large version)  ||  Billabong pompom sandals

Pimm’s Cup

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On my recent trip to Napa one of the most memorable moments was actually the night we arrived and I found myself tucked into a corner table at Goose & Gander with new and fast friends Scott Beattie, Michael Pazdan, Mikael, and The Orisons.  The discussion was fast, furious, and exactly what I needed to get a little bit of inspiration I felt I was missing back, (it’s amazing what a night surrounded by fellow Creatives who are simply trying to put out the best version of their passion can do for ones soul).  And just as good as the discussion was the drink Scott ordered up for me; my very first Pimm’s Cup.  It was perfect in both sight and taste, and I couldn’t get enough.  So when I got back I knew I had to mix one up to share with all of you. Cheers!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White

Pimm's Cup
Serves 1
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 English cucumber
  2. 1 1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1
  3. 3 ounces sparkling lemonade
  4. 1 ounce seltzer water
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice plus zest for garnish
  6. Mint (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add 4-5 english cucumber pieces and a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and muddle down to a pulp.
  2. Add the Pimm's lemonade, orange juice, and seltzer...stir.
  3. Add additional ice and to mixer and shake.
  4. Strain into a glass and garnish with cucumber slices, orange zest and mint...enjoy.
Adapted from Artisanal Cocktails, Scott Beattie
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Light Bright || My Top 12 Lighting Picks

Top 12 Lighting Picks Waiting On Martha

People ask me all the time when decorating a home what will really give a space impact?  What should I splurge on?  And every time my answer is always the same.  Lighting.  Lighting can transform a space in ways no piece of furniture can.  It’s the jewelry of the home.  It’s the place your eye should immediately be drawn.  It’s what gives a space warmth, and when done right can be equal parts functionality and art.  I simply adore lighting, specifically these 12 pieces.  truly, MKR   

*01.  Dwell Studio urchin lamp (because everyone loves a good urchin)  ||  02.  Dunes & Duchess Rachel sconce ||  03.  Jonathan Adler horse table lamp  ||  04.  Highball pendant  ||  05.  Dana Gibson blue canton tea caddy lamp  ||  06.  Dwell Studio cone table lamp  ||  07.  Stray Dog Fred sconce  ||  08.  Dunes & Duchess Sailor’s Knot table lamp  ||  09.  Currey & Company Parker chandelier  ||  10.  One Kings Lane Alberta table lamp  ||  11.  Jonathan Adler Meurice chandelier  ||  12.  Birch Lane Savoy glass table lamp