The Southern Coterie Summit

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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. 

This year I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be among a killer lineup of presenters. I’ll be sharing my insights on social media, and joining some major heavy hitters such as Robert Lelux from Domino Magazine, Eddie Ross from Better Homes and Gardens, and Tori Mellott from Traditional Home, just to name a few.  

If you’re a passionate business owner, maker or doer, we’d love to see you there! Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

AS SHOWN…Shirt, J.Crew (on major SALE)  |  Vest, Piperlime (sold out, similar HERE)  |  Hat, Sole Society c/o  |  Necklaces, Empire State Finery c/o  |  “Emails To Send” Notebook, WOM (on SALE!)  |  Lipstick, YSL (a new favorite of mine)  |  Glasses, Warby Parker  |  Ring, Kendra Scott c/o  |  Bracelet, Hermes (less expensive version HERE)

Caped

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AS SHOWN…Cape, Topshop  |  Sweater, Calypso St. Barth c/o  |  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o  |  Purse, Zac Zac Posen (sold out similar HERE)  |  Boots, Sigerson Morrison (on MAJOR sale)  |  Hat, Sole Society c/o  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban 

Marshmallow Cereal Bars

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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

Marshmallow Cereal Bars
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 7 cups cereal
  2. 1 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
  3. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  4. non stick cooking spray
  5. parchment paper
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium/low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until fully melted.
  3. Add cereal and mix until fully coated.
  4. Pour mixture into a pan coated with cooking spray or parchment paper. Spray a rubber spatula with cooking spray and evenly press mixture down to spread evenly into pan.
  5. Let mixture cool then cut into squares and serve.
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All Day Every Day

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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

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS SHOWN…Jacket, J.Crew  |  Sweater, ALC  |  Jeans, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  |  Shoes, Coach (old, similar HERE and HERE)  |  Bag, Alexander Wang  |  Lip Ring, DVF c/o  |  Necklace, Gorjana c/o  |  Hat, Sole Society c/o  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban

Currently Coveting

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One.  Large White Foo Dogs, WOM  |  Two.  Cocktail Monkeys Personalized Sleep Mask, IOMOI  |  Three.  Pen Pal Society Key Chain, WOM  |  Four.  Fouta Towels, Serena & Lily (I’m obsessed with everything fouta right now)  |  Five.  Tassel Necklace, ShopBop  |  Six.  Backgammon, Hayneedle  |  Seven.  Eyeliner, Urban Decay  |  Eight.  Panama Hat, J.Crew  |  Nine.  Bag, Michael Kors  |  Ten.  Bowl, One Kings Lane  |  Eleven.  Nail Polish, Smith & Cult  |  Twelve.  Appetizer Plate, WOM  |  Thirteen.  Barstool, Serena & Lily  |  Fourteen.  Jeweled Sandals, J.Crew  |  Fifteen.  “Cocktail Time Is Fancy” Coaster, WOM  |  Sixteen.  Mon Amour Matches, WOM  |  Seventeen.  Jet Set Liner, Smashbox  |  Eighteen.  Globe Light, Nate Berkus for Target  |  Nineteen.  Starfish, One Kings Lane  |  Twenty.  Eliza Quilt, WOM (matching pillows HERE)  |  Twenty-One.  Tassel Earrings, Oscar de la Renta  |  Twenty-Two.  Wine Cork Safe, WOM (also available as a champagne safe)  |  Twenty-Three.  Sunnies, Raen 

The 2015 Edit, A Few Wedding Trends To Watch

Bouquet with ribbons, Juli Vaughn Designs with Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Rustic invitation suite by Marked with Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Naked cake by Eileen Carter Creations with Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography The Mrs. Box with Vintage English Teacup and Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Wedding flowers by Lovely Little Details and Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Watercolor wedding invitations by A Fabulous Fete and Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Red and orange bridal bouquet by Martha McIntosh and Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Color velvet ring boxes, The Mrs. Box and Vintage English Teacup, Waiting on Martha for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Rosemary wedding cake by Sugar & Slate. Rustic White Photography Handlettered wedding invitation by Marked for The Celebration Society. Rustic White Photography Dramatic wedding flowers by Lindsay Coletta. Rustic White Photography

On a cold, grey day in November we rounded up some of the best individuals in the wedding world on location at Ambient+ Studio for 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

Photography: Rustic White Photography | Concept, Styling: Mandy Kellogg Rye | Venue: Ambient+ Studio | Vintage China: Vintage English Teacup | Florals: Juli Vaughn Designs, Lovely Little DetailsMartha McIntosh, Lindsay Coletta Designs | Invitations: Marked, Fresh Love Co., A Fabulous Fete | Hair, Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Cakes: Eileen Carter Creations, Sugar and Slate | Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box

Sip, Savor & Repeat: Building The Perfect Cheese Platter

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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.

Photography, Rustic White

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*Wine via La Crema  |  This story was in collaboration with Le Creuset a brand I love and adore.  Opinions and recipes are 100% my own.

California Vibes; A Refresh With Nate Berkus For Target

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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 began with my favorite place to always change; my coffee table.  I traded my faux python for Nate’s ceramic hand wrought white and blue tray (which would be an amazing serving piece as well), filled the etched ceramic pedestal bowl with snacks, cut some fresh eucalyptus for the textured glass vase, and finished it off with two decorative pyramids.

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

*Photography, Rustic White

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…LIVING ROOM AS SHOWN...Textured Vase, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Ceramic Tray, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Decorative Pyramids, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Pedestal Bowl, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Wood Tray, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Triangle Throw, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Rug, Loloi  |  Sofa, Custom (similar HERE)  |  Lamp, Dunes & Duchess  |  Sofa Pillows, Lacefield  |  Coffee Table, Restoration Hardware  |  Extra Large Bone Dominos, WOM  |  Japanese Calligraphy Brushes, collected (similar HERE)  |  Book, Vogue Living Houses & Gardens

…OFFICE AS SHOWN…Hyacinth Basket, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Pedestal Bowl, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Bird Tea Light, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Bird Bowl, Nate Berkus for Target c/o  |  Knoll Table c/o AllModern  |  Louis Ghost Chairs, AllModern c/o  |  Round Jute Rug, Pottery Barn c/o  |  Modloft Pearl Bookcase, AllModern c/o  |  Point of View by R Studio,  Minted c/o  |  Uncle Sam Hand, Jonathan Adler  |  White Urchin, WOM  |  Ginger Jars, collected (similar HERE)  |  Harry Allen Pig, WOM  |  Calculation by Stephanie Nowotarski, Minted c/o  |  Vintage Ice Bucket, WOM  | Marshall Stanmore Speaker, Nasty Gal  ||  Shoe Books, WOM  |  Gold Wishbone, OKL  |  Castle Peak Faceted Vase, Kate Spade c/o 

*This story is in collaboration with Target and Nate Berkus for Target, a brand I love, love, love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.

A Pear Cocktail, Two Ways

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Pears have always been one of my absolute favorite fruits.  And with over 3,000 known varieties grown around the world and just as many distinct flavors, pears were just begging for me to transform them into a cocktail or two.

My Pear Blossom Fizz combines rich pear, elderflower blossom liqueur, bubbles (of course), and is topped off with an unexpected dash of cinnamon to highlight the natural warmth of pear, while my Spiced Pear Margarita is all about the juxtaposition of the jalepeno’s heat, the tartness of the lime, and the natural sweetness of agave.

So regardless if you like your libation a little on the sweet side or a with a bit more of a kick, pear should be your next go-to cocktailing ingredient.  Cheers!  Truly, MKR 

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…AS SHOWN…Gold Dot Champagne Coupes, WOM  |  Rocks Glasses, Crate & Barrel  |  Sphere Ice Cube Molds, Amazon  |  Gold Scissors, Anthropologie  |  Initial Napkins, Anthropologie  |  Metal Measuring Cups, Anthropologie  |  Mortal & Pestel, Found (similar HERE & I love this marbel one)  |  Marble Pastry Slab, Sur la Table  |  Wood Bread Board, Found (similar HERE)  |  Olive Wood Spoons, similar HERE  |  Glass Pitcher, Williams Sonoma  |  Fork & Spoon Dipping Dishes, WOM (sold out, but I love THESE)  

 

Pear Blossom Fizz
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. fresh pear juice, chilled
  2. 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur, chilled
  3. 2 oz. Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
  4. Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
  5. Pear slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add fresh pair juice and elderflower liqueur to a champagne flute or glass.
  2. Top with champagne and garnish with a slice of pear, sprinkle with a small dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional).
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Spiced Pear Margarita
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. silver tequila
  2. 1 oz. fresh pear juice
  3. 1/2 oz. agave nectar
  4. 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  5. 1-2 slices of fresh jalapeño
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1-2 slices of jalapeño down to a fine, fine pulp/juice.
  2. Add tequila, fresh pear juice, fresh lime juice, and ice. Shake, shake, shake.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with agave nectar to taste.
  4. Salt the rim of the glass by dipping it in agave nectar and then kosher salt, (optional).
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*This story was in collaboration with Caldrea Fragrances, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions, recipes and images are 100% my own.

A Marsala Lip

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A few weeks ago during a trip to Sephora my good friend and beauty guru Jenn convinced me to leave my hot pink lip behind and venture into unknown territory.  I wasn’t feeling red (been there done that), I’m too pale to for a nude (or so I thought but I love this look), and purples were a tad too close to pink.  Then we spied the Pantone Collection and this years big winner Marsala, which I’d say is somewhere between a red, brown, and pink.  We snagged the lip stick, gloss, mascara, and nail polish then headed home to see if it had any chance of beating out my tried and true Tropical Pink.  

Truthfully I felt like I was transported back to the 90’s.  In fact I’m pretty sure this is the color I was obsessed with sophmore year.  It’s just not quite right for my skin tone, a bit too matte, and well not enough pink.  However I did end up loving the mascara (I wear a bordeaux mascara most days) and the nail polish.  So while I don’t think I’ll be wearing Marsala any time soon on my lips, I will say it’s always fun to tip toe outside your comfort zone.  Tell me, have you given the Pantone color of the year a try yet?  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman

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