On a recent trip to Mexico, the Mr. and I fell in love with a little cocktail called The Paloma. The Paloma combines tequila with the tart and fresh flavors of grapefruit and lime to create the most refreshing of libations. A typical Paloma recipe is topped with a lime or grapefruit wedge, but I really love adding a slice or two of jalepenos for some heat. Or try a fresh sprig of thyme or mint to cool it down. Either way you shake it, or top it, I guarantee this Paloma recipe will quickly become a new five o’clock favorite. Truly, MKR
To say the WOM team is looking forward to spring and summer is a major understatement. With warmer temps also comes a few wonderful events on our calendar, in particular The Southern C Summit. Held by The Southern Coterie in downtown Charleston, this three-day event encourages attendees to connect, collaborate and create in a niche environment with like-minded creatives. Along with engaging educational sessions and panel discussions with branding, marketing and social media leaders, the summit offers evening events and informal gatherings to truly encourage meaningful conversations in a fun and intimate setting.
Marshmallow cereal bars are, and always will be, one of my absolute favorite homemade treats. But why have I been using only one type of cereal all these years? I mean you’d be hard pressed to find a cereal that doesn’t taste good with melted marshmallows and butter. So this time instead of just my standard Rice Krispies (which I must admit still may be my favorite), I also tried the recipe using Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and a mix of Rice and Cocoa Krispies. All where delicious, all as easy as the next to make, and I mean the colors of the Trix, how fun are those! Tell me, what type of cereal would you use? Truly, MKR
In leaving corporate America behind one unexpected perk was I also got to leave behind the 9-5 business casual workwear and really create my own daily uniform. For me that uniform has surprisingly become menswear. From boyfriend jeans, to oxfords, button downs, and oversized top coats there’s nothing I love or feel more comfortable in than menswear. Don’t get me wrong, I still adore, and own, plenty of great dresses and skirts, but if you were to catch me out and about on a daily basis in Atlanta then you’d more than likely find me in this exact tomboy-esqe outfit. I guess you could say boyfriend jeans are to me what yoga pants are to most…the most comfortable, second skin ever. So what is your every day uniform? Truly, MKR
On a cold, grey day in November we rounded up some of the best individuals in the wedding world on location at Ambient+ Studiofor a creative and inhibited shoot with just one focus: what are the “big day” details to expect in 2015. Each vendor was given complete liberty with what they created, no rules whatsoever, and the results were simply stunning. I of course had to share a picture or two but, make sure to check out everything else we’re forecasting on The Celebration Society and let us know if you’re forecasting any trends of your own. Truly, MKR
When entertaining there is nothing more of a go-to for me than a cheese and charcuterie board. So when Le Creuset reached out to ask if I could put their new cheese platter and wine carafe to good use I jumped at the chance. I mean honestly when have you known me to say no to wine and cheese, plus it just happens to be National Drink Wine Day this week so really the timing was perfect.
I love preparing a charcuterie and cheese platter because there are no rules. Literally you can pretty much combine anything your heart desires and as long as the spread is ample enough there’s sure to be something to please every guest’s palette. But while there aren’t any rules per se, I know picking out just the right cheeses, fruits, veggies, meats, spreads, and breads can sometimes be intimidating so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites below. Do you have any tried and true cheese or spreads you consistently use? Cheers! Truly, MKR
Cheeses: always purchase a variety of textures and flavors; soft, hard, firm, blue and a spread such as pimento (especially if you’re in the south). Some of my personal favorites are any cheeses from Midnight Moon, Cowgirl Creamery, Lazy Lady, Jacob’s Creamery and Fraga Farmstead. But when in doubt simply ask any friendly cheese monger to help you out and always choose at least one “safe” cheese that will be familiar to everyone.
Fruits & Veggies: carrots, grilled asparagus, green onions, pearl onions, roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, grapes, pears, apples, blueberries, and figs dried or fresh.
Meats: prosciutto and other cured meats such as salami, ham, and sausages.
Spreads, Breads & Nuts: honey, olive oil, and any fig, plum, or cherry chutneys. A crispy flatbread, Rain Crisps, and grilled french bread. To grill the bread simply buy a baguette from your local grocer, slice, brush with olive oil and grill until gold brown and accompanied by a few nice char marks. For the crunch candied walnuts or pecans, pistachios, almonds, and marcona almonds.
I, like most Creatives, find the need to constantly be changing it up. I don’t know if it’s the fact that we need actual change, or that we need to create the change, but regardless we need it. For me, one of those places were I need this change is in my decor. And while it’s too costly and time consuming to always be switching up paint, furniture, or kitchen cabinets (oh how I wish I could change my kitchen cabinets) one place I can always easily, and inexpensively, change are the accents that really make a house a home.
So with an itch for change I knew I had to scratch I headed to one of my favorite places to find one of my favorite designers, and a few good pieces. Nate Berkus for Targets’spring line does not disappoint. It’s chalked full of natural woods, bright whites, and boho inspired accents to mix and match. Each piece feels collected and has a light, relaxed airiness to it that just screams of California vibes.
I had to snag Nate’s triangle throw since there are few things I love as much as a good blanket and this one is perfect for both my couch or an afternoon in the park. And the wood and resin inlay tray is my new go-to for schlepping coffee, water, more coffee, and any of my other morning necessities to and fro.
Lastly, in my office I finally corralled the overwhelming stack of magazines by placing them in Nate’s Hyacinth Water Basket, and continued the work on my #shelfie. I added a second etched ceramic pedestal bowl to store my wine corks (I loved it so much I had to have two), a fabulous little bird tea light, and the gold bird dish to display my shells and sea glass I’ve collected over numerous trips to the beach. I’ve also got my eye on this globe light which would make a welcome #shelfie or possible bar cart addition.
All in all I’d say by adding just a few new pieces the rooms received quite the breath of fresh California air. Now only if we could get that warm California weather! Truly, MKR