On My Mind, September

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No. 1, Chunky Sweaters.  I picked up this one from Zara and have my eye on this gem and these fabulous sweater capes.  Throw them on with a boyfriend button down, leggings, and boots for the perfect everyday outfit.

No. 2, Back to School Essentials.  You’re never to old for “back to school” shopping and there’s nothing better then the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and a new planner just waiting to be filled up.

No. 3, France.  The Mr. and I are planning a big trip to France this spring to celebrate a my birthday and we may just renew our vows.  I mean how can I pass up some major photo opps on the streets of Paris or a field of lavender?

No. 4, Men’s Accessories.  I would classify my style as feminine-tomboy (if that even makes sense) and along with boyfriend jeans, button downs, and loafers I’m also mildly obsessed with men’s accessories.  From this Daniel Wellington watch to an extra large gold signet ring, borrowed from the boys has never looked so good.

No. 5, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  No explanation needed.

No. 6, Wine Country.  While wine is always on my mind, its more so now than ever.  I’ll be headed back to Cali, specifically Sonoma, next week for an exciting partnership with La Crema which I’ll be sharing more about on Friday, but in the mean time lets just say I’ve never been so excited to spend my favorite time of year (fall) checking off a major item on my bucket list.  So that’s me, whats on your mind this September?  truly, MKR

*Sweater, Zara  ||  Pencils, Waiting On Martha  ||  Oui & Non Matchboxes, Waiting On Martha  ||  Sunnies, Rayban  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Quills, Pottery Barn  ||  “M” Necklace, Moon & Lola c/0  ||  “Wine Me Up” opener, Pottery Barn  

**All images original to Waiting On Martha

This Week I + Labor Day Sales

Summer Safari

…agreed with Refinery 29.

…prepped for a fall full of travel; Sonoma, NYC, Chicago, & Lake Geneva here I come.

…bought the perfect pair of fall boots thanks to TB’s Labor Day sale!

…read, and re-read, Gaby’s blog.  I am just so in love with everything about it and of course the WOM goodies I often spy on there.

…prepped a few final summer dishes.

…ooooohed and aaaaaaahed over this faux shearling vest which will be mine.

…welcomed football back with a bang at the Ole Miss & Boise State game last night.  I never understood the SEC hype, but now that I live in the South I get it.  I really get it.

…added a few new things to my closet thanks to all the Labor Day sales.  I’ve created a roundup (below) of my own to help you navigate the best of the web so happy shopping and happy weekend!  TGIF!  truly, MKR

Waiting On Martha (duh) 20% off EVERYTHING now through Monday, code SOLONGSUMMER.  May I suggest these, this and of course our current bestseller.

Kendra Scott 15% off sitewide + freeshipping, code 2014LDW.  I’ve got my eye on these.

Tory Burch, up to 30% off with code LABORDAY14.  I splurged on these boots and this dress, plus I’m thinking about this bedazzled number.

J.Crew, additional 40% off final sale which includes these baubles, hearts, and a way to say yes.

Pottery Barn, up to 25% so why don’t we cover our Halloween and Thanksgiving bases.

Bloomingdales Big Brown Bag sale.

C. Wonder 30% off full price items.  I mean who doesn’t need a camel bracelet and bee shoes?

Gap 40% off, no exclusions.  Love, love and love.

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Labor Day Glamping

Glamping

One.  The Monogrammed Prepster Survival Guide, One Kings Lane  ||  Two.  Meriweather Tent, One Kings Lane  ||  Three.  Monogrammed Pouch, Clare Vivier  ||  Four.  Sleeping Bag, L.L. Bean  ||  Five.  Tres Chic Tee, River Island  ||  Six.  Leather Cooler, Coleman  ||  Seven.  “Do Something” Pocket Knife, Izola  ||  Eight.  Bean Boots, L.L. Bean  ||  Nine.  S’mores Kit, World Market  ||  Ten.  “Paddle Your Own Canoe” Bottle, Izola  ||  Eleven.  Lobster Hat, Harding Lane  ||  Twelve.  Lil’ Chief Fireside Popcorn, Terrain  ||  Thirteen.  Campfire Popcorn Popper, Terrain  ||  Fourteen.  Travel Cup, Izola  ||  Fifteen.  Wild At Heart Matches, WOM  ||  Sixteen.  Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Wagon Master      

Watermelon Cupcakes

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So it appears that its here.  The end of summer has arrived.  But my friends we have one last hurrah, Labor Day weekend.  And this Labor Day weekend I’ll be bringing these Watermelon Cupcakes to the party.  Made with Watermelon JELL-O, a dash of fresh strawberry juice, mini chocolate chips, and buttercream frosting I promise these are the sweetest way to end what I hope has been a very sweet summer.  truly, MKR   

*Mini Cake Pedestal, WOM  ||  Wilton Supplies; Decorating Bags, Chocolate Sprinkles, Food Coloring & Polka Dot Baking Cups

Watermelon Cupcakes
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. For the cupcakes...
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  4. 1 package Watermelon flavored JELL-O
  5. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 1 1/4 cup sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 3/4 cup buttermilk
  9. 4 tablespoons fresh strawberry juice (or Wilton red food coloring)
  10. 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (if you don't have mini chop up regular size)
  11. Wilton Sprinkles (optional)
  12. For the frosting...
  13. 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  14. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  15. 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  16. 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  17. 2 tablespoons milk
  18. 6-8 drops of Wilton green food coloring
  19. **If you don't want to make homemade frosting Wilton Brands makes fantastic ready frosting
Instructions
  1. For the cupcakes...
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Line standard muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  4. Whisk both flours and Watermelon JELL-O in medium bowl.
  5. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.
  6. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions.
  7. Add strawberry juice to get a pink color, if it's not pink enough add red food coloring
  8. With a small ice cream scoop scoop batter into each liner filling 3/4 of the way up.
  9. Bake cupcakes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  10. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool and frost!
  11. Garnish with sprinkles if so desired.
  12. For the frosting...
  13. In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  14. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
  15. Gradually add milk; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  16. Add food dye, mix thoroughly.
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*All images original to Waiting On Martha  ||  This post is sponsored by Wilton, a brand I love and adore.  Recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

Buttoned Up Black & White

Black & White Black & White

There’s nothing quite like a great blazer.  A blazer, like the LBD (little black dress) should be something every women invests in.  It can be dressed up, dressed down, and will never go out of style.  Case in point this Thyeskens’ Theory tuxedo jacket (last seen HERE and in an ivory version HERE).  I’ve had it for years and it only gets better with time.  In fact the only thing that could make it better would be that vintage Chanel brooch I’ve been searching for.  truly, MKR  

*Blazer, Thyeskens’ Theory, old (similar HERE, HERE & HERE)  ||  Shirt & Shorts, Haute Hippie (shirt sold out shorts on major sale)  ||  Shoes, Proenza Schuler, sold out (similar HERE, HERE & HERE)  ||  Rings, Michael Kors (similar HEREHERE) & ASHA  ||  Necklace, BCBG old but I love THIS one ||  Lipstick, NARS  ||  Nail Polish, OPI Dutch Tulip

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman  ||  Location, The Optimist Atlanta

The Brand Market Workshop Chicago

The Brand Market Workshop

Over the last year I’ve been honored to join forces with my dear friend, and ridiculously talented creative entrepreneur Anna to co-host The Brand Market here in Atlanta.  For those of you who don’t know The Brand Market (TBM) is a one day intensive for bloggers, small business owners, and creative entrepreneurs that focuses on taking your business to the next level through branding, marketing, social media, and photography.  And while Atlanta has been, and will always be home for TBM I’m beyond excited to be hopping on a plane to take TBM to Chicago.  

As most of  you know Chicago was my home for a decade.  It’s the first “big city” I ever lived in.  It’s where I went to (and where I quit) law school.  It’s where “Martha” was born.  And most importantly it’s where I met my husband and got married.  Which makes the date of TBM Chicago, October 11th, even more sweet because not only will I be celebrating a handful of creative entrepreneurs but also the night I met the Mr. 8 long years ago (Rolling Stones Concert, Soldier Field 10/11/06).  Bottom line, Chicago has, and will always have a large piece of my heart and I can’t wait to bring this amazing workshop to an amazing city.  So who will I be seeing in the Chi?  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR     

P.S.  If you’re thinking about attending, or an out of towner thinking about attending and have any questions or need recommendations about where to stay, eat, shop, etc. don’t hesitate to drop me a line.  waitingonmartha@gmail.com

Image via The Brand Market

Bedroom Refresh With Crane & Canopy

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You may have seen this fun little POST a few weeks ago where I highlighted my love of all things bed.  See my bedroom, and specifically my bed, is my happy place.  Its where most nights you’ll find me cozied up with a glass of wine, my laptop, and the DVR playing.  Glamorous?  Probably not, but  its simply my space.  And I love it.  So when Crane and Canopy reached out and asked if I’d like a little refresh I was obviously game.

If you’r not familiar with Crane & Canopy’s bedding I suggest getting familiar.  All of their bedding is 400 thread count cotton sateen made from the highest of quality without the highest of prices.  I chose their classic Linden Gray as I’m a fan of simple bedding with a multitude of throw pillows and a fun throw.  And as if C&C couldn’t’ get any better a portion of all proceeds go towards “A Safe Night’s Sleep,” which benefits women and children affected by domestic violence.  Great bedding and a great cause?!  Count me in!  truly, MKR

*Bedding, Crane & Canopy c/o  ||  Moroccan Pouf, Waiting On Martha  ||  African Juju Hat, Waiting On Martha  ||  Pom Pom Herringbone Throw, Waiting On Martha  ||  Tall Vase, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Small Vase, Dwell Studio  ||  Jewelry Box, Waiting On Martha  ||  Skull trinket tray, Waylande Gregory  ||  Muse Candle, Jonathan Adler (also available in gold)  ||  Chandelier, Restoration Hardware  ||  Nightstand, Restoration Hardware  ||  Lamp,Restoration Hardware  ||  Rug, Hayneedle  

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post is sponsored by Crane & Canopy, a brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Currently Coveting

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One.  Holy Chic, Old Navy  ||  Two.  Black & Gold Bobbis, Ban.do  ||  Three.  Matte Black Heart, Ban.do  ||  Four.  Little White Lies Canister, Jonathan Adler  ||  Five.  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Six.  Metallic 360 Studs, Bauble Bar  ||  Seven.  Dalmation Stapler, Anthropologie  ||  Eight.  Vintage Chanel Brooch, The Real Real  ||  Nine.  Duffle Grand, Clare Vivier  ||  Ten.  Gingham Note Set, WOM  ||  Eleven.  Pen, Graphic Image  ||  Twelve.  Ring Box, Thomas Paul  ||  Thirteen.  Mini Zebra Pillow, WOM  ||  Fourteen.  Smiley Face Pearl Necklace, Matches Fashion  ||  Fifteen.  Vince Accent Stool, Pottery Barn  ||  Sixteen.  Stop Talking, WOM  ||  Seventeen.  Clutch, Stella McCartney

Rustic Georgia Peach Hand Pies

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A little birdy told me it was National Peach Month and living in the land of peaches, well I just had to whip something up.  So with a fresh bushel in hand and plenty of pie crust I had made the night before I thought what’s better than homemade Georgia peach hand pies?  We all know I love hand pies as proven by THIS recipe (they’re just so dang easy and transportable), I thought lets give it another go.  I’ll probably have to officially retire hand pies now (though I feel a savory one coming for fall), but it was worth the repeat to nosh all Sunday on these delicious little pies (cinnamon is the secret my friends).  Oh, and while we’re feeling all peachy, may I suggest washing your hand pie down with one of THESE?  truly, MKR

*Silpat Mat, Martha Stewart for Macys  ||  Striped Napkins, Sur La Table  ||  Cookie Sheets, Calphalon  ||  Fluted Pastry Wheel, Williams Sonoma

Rustic Peach Hand Pies
Yields 8
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Prep Time
3 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
3 hr 50 min
Prep Time
3 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
3 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. FOR THE DOUGH
  2. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  6. 4 tablespoons ice water, plus 4 more, if needed
  7. FOR THE FILLING
  8. 6-8 fresh, soft peaches (enough for 4 cups peach mixture)
  9. 2 tablespoons sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  11. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  12. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  13. heart shaped cookie cutter
  14. FOR THE EGG WASH
  15. 1 egg
  16. 2-3 tablespoons of water
Instructions
  1. FOR THE CRUST
  2. In a food processor, pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.
  3. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 4 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Do not overprocess.
  4. Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into two 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  5. About 15 minutes before the dough is ready to be removed from the refrigerator pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. FOR THE FILLING
  7. Wash and remove skin from peaches, cut and dice into small squares and place into a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Mix and set aside.
  9. Unwrap your pie dough; place on a large piece of floured waxed paper or floured surface. Roll dough into two 14-inch rounds. Using your fluted pastry cutter cut out squares and place half of them on to a lined cookie sheet.
  10. Scoop approximately 2 tablespoons of peach mixture and place on to cut pie dough. Place another piece of pie dough on top creating a complete hand pie and gently press down the sides. Using a fork moving all around the border and press down to create a crease and seal your pies. Repeat until there are no more squares left.
  11. Beat egg and 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl, and brush each pie completely with the mixture. Sprinkle sanding sugar on top of each and cut an X in the top allowing steam to release.
  12. Bake 18-20 minutes or until pies turn a golden brown.
  13. Let cool 5 minutes before devouring.
Notes
  1. **If from scratch dough isn't your thing feel free to buy store bought!
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**All images original to Waiting On Martha

Best Ever Red Sangria

Best Ever Red Sangria Recipe

Whenever I entertain, aside from the standard beer and wine, I love to create a signature cocktail. And my go-to summer time cocktail for any gathering (like THIS one) is Red Sangria.  Brimming with fresh fruit Sangria is a gorgeous addition to any table, can easily be prepared the night before, and is always a hit with guests.  TGIF!  truly, MKR

 *Rocks Glasses, Dwell Studio  ||  Dress, Persifor  ||  Nail Polish, Nars  

**Photography, Rustic White  

Best Ever Red Sangria
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Bottles of Spanish Red Wine
  2. 2 Cups Brandy
  3. 1/2 cup simple syrup (or more to taste)
  4. 2 Cups Orange Juice
  5. 4 Cups Sparkling Lemonade
  6. Lime, Lemon, Orange, and Apple Slices
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients (except the sparkling Lemonade) together and chill in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 10 hours before serving.
  2. Add sparkling lemonade right before serving.
  3. Pour over ice and enjoy.
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