And Away We Go…

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By the time most of you get around to reading this I’ll be at 30,000 feet on our way to Mexico to celebrate two of our closest friends saying “I do.”  But before I officially check out for the weekend I thought I’d share a few of my go-to tips when traveling.  TGIF and hope your weekend is full of as many margaritas as mine will be.  Truly, MKR

No. One.  Pile on the light layers.  When traveling between cold and warm temperatures I always like to layer up, but as lightly as possible.  This jacket is the perfect example, it’s warm enough but light and foldable so when we arrive in sunny Mexico I can roll it up and throw it in my carry on.  Also I always have a scarf in my purse because I tend to run on the cold side and I won’t go near those airplane blankets.

No. Two.  Wear your heaviest shoes.  If you’re an over-packer like me you need to save as much room, and bag weight, as possible which means I always wear my heaviest and/or largest shoes.  In the winter you’ll usually see me at the airport in my over the knee boots, for warmer temps these espadrilles as most everything else packed is sandals and flats.

No. Three.  Hats on.  Until I take the plunge and purchase the LV hat box I’ve been lusting after I always wear my hat and carefully carry the others in my purse to protect them from losing their shape or being damaged.  

No. Four.  Keep all in plane essentials in reaching distance.  Nothing is worse than waiting for someone to dig out their laptop in the security line or find their magazines in the bottom of your bag while others wait in the aisle.  So I always carry my headphones and Kindle in my purse, laptop and magazines in the outside pocket of my carry on.

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Jacket, J.Crew (on major sale)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Tee, Piperlime  |  Shoes, Balenciaga (so light and comfortable, worth the splurge)  |  Panama Hat, J.Crew  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban  |  Bag, Celine (similar, less expensive version HERE)  |  Luggage, Nordstrom  |  Luggage Tag, Waiting On Martha  |  Tassel Necklaces, similar HERE  |  Cuff, Hermes (less expensive version HERE)  |  Ring, Julie Vos

 

Lacefield Designs’ Weather Friendly Pillows

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Earlier this week while everyone was preparing to hunker down for Juno I got to take a little journey and escape (at least in theory) to warmer days ahead and play with Lacefield Design’s new outdoor pillow collection.

Making it’s big debut during January and February buying season, Lacefield’s “weather friendly” pillows are bright, bold, and full of solid and print designs you can easily mix and match.  Constructed with Sunbrella weather resistant solid fabrics the Lacefield design team translated hand painted artwork into digital prints such as my favorite the watercolor leopard and bamboo trellis complete with tassels.  You know how I love a good tassel!  And while I adore every colorway (honestly I love every color) you’ll find a mix of the surf blue and melon orange on my patio this coming spring.

Since this is just a sneak peek you’ll have to wait a tad longer to start planning for warmer weather as the pillows won’t be available online until mid February and in retailers (including yours truly), early March.  But I have to say, while I’ve been a fan of Lacefield’s for years now, they have truly outdone themselves by creating a collection not defined by “indoor” or “outdoor,” instead defined by simply beautiful design.  So, who’s ready for spring?  Truly, MKR

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

Roasted Corn Skillet Queso Fundido

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If I had to choose only one “type” of food to eat for the rest of my life it would probably be Mexican.  Anything Mexican; tacos, guacamole, nachos, salsa, enchiladas, burritos, and of course queso fundido.  And while I’ve had queso at least a dozen different ways, this roasted corn skillet queso fundido is hands down my favorite.  Guaranteed to be completely different than any queso you’ve tasted, this skillet queso cooks poblano peppers, red onion, garlic, Monterey jack cheese, and roasted corn low and slow, then is topped with cilantro, radish, green onions, and jalepenos for a taste and texture that is simply beyond.  Combine it with my homemade tortilla chips and I promise you’ll never think of queso the same way again.  Truly, MKR 

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Roasted Corn Skillet Queso Fundido
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Total Time
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
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Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound (bag) frozen roasted corn kernels, thawed
  2. 1 tablespoon un salted butter or olive oil
  3. 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 poblano chile—stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  5. 1 small red onion, finely diced
  6. 1 small jalepeno, finely diced (optional)
  7. 12 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Finely chopped cilantro, green onions, radish matchsticks and thinly sliced jalapeños, for garnish
  10. Corn tortilla chips, for serving
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree half of the corn with 1/2-3/4 cup of water until smooth.
  2. In a cast-iron skillet on medium high heat, heat the butter or olive oil on.
  3. Add the garlic, poblano, onion, and pinch of salt, cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and barely browned, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining corn and cook about 2 minutes.
  5. Add corn puree and cook, stirring, until bubbling, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the cheese and cook over low heat, stirring, until melted.
  7. Season with additional salt and garnish with cilantro, green onions, radish and jalapeño. Serve hot, with tortilla chips.
Notes
  1. *if you can't find roasted corn use sweet corn*
Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine
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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  OKL is my go to for everything things home, new and old, but their vintage selection is always well curated and well priced.  ||  1st Dibs  1st Dibs is the Rolls Royace of antiques.  Designers and curators alike spill all their secret sources to 1st Dibs.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you likely won’t find it.  ||  Chairish  A mix between OKL and Craigs List Chairish allows designers and tastemakers to list their own pieces (both new and old) to sell and even allows you to haggle on price.  ||  Etsy  While it’s harder to verify if something is actually vintage or authentic on Etsy, it’s still worth the look.  ||  Bobo Intriguing Objects  This is an Atlanta gem, and one I’ve been shopping at for the past for years.  Unfortunately it’s only open to designers and retailers, so grab your designer friends and make an appointment.  Though market is always the best time to shop as inventory is highest.  ||  Scott Antique Market  An Atlanta and Ohio MUST, Scott’s rolls into town one weekend each month and trust me, it will take the entire weekend to get through everything.  Get there on Thursday for the best finds.  ||  Deconet  For the 20th century modern furniture lovers, this is your global marketplace.  ||  Furnishly  Furnishly’s team curates sales from all over the marketplace to allow much less searching.  ||  Lushpad  The best site for all things modern.  ||  Live Auctioneers  another online bidding site, similar to e-Bay, though this one has a fantastic app so you never have to miss out on your find.

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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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 The Spa at Mndarin Oriental, Atlanta…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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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
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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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