Holiday Traditions

Holiday Gingerbread

Last weekend I started sharing a few of my holiday traditions beginning with the great and mighty Christmas tree.  I also wrote about how Christmas has a “smell”, and upon further reflection I’d like to revise that statement to; “the entire cold weather season has a smell to me.”  It starts in late September with pumpkin (all things, all day, everyday pumpkin), moves to frasier fir or anything woodsy/cedar (hence the Christmas tree), and ends with gingerbread.  

My mother and  I have been baking homemade gingerbread cookies for years and that tradition, that smell, is a big part of my holiday season.  And just like my obsession with pumpkin I don’t limit gingerbread to just cookies.  There’s gingerbread houses, gingerbread coffee (how amazing are the gingerbread mug toppers?!), gingerbread ice cream, and of course that spicy and sweet gingerbread smell wafting through my home thanks to Thymes spot on Gingerbread fragrance.  From their candle and soaps to their lotion and reed diffusers I’ve got this fragrance in each and ever room.  Isn’t it amazing how warm and fuzzy feelings and years of memories can be represented in a scent?  Truly, MKR 

P.S.  Thymes is offering a free Fragrance Studio Sample Kit (a sample set of 18 fragrances) with any purchase of $25 or more. It’s a great gift to give yourself or friends and family this holiday season (their packaging is beautiful)!

…AS PICTURED…Jonathan Adler Muse Mug, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gingerbread Mug Toppers, Williams Sonoma  ||  Gingerbread Candle & Lotion, Thymes c/o

*This story was in collaboration with Thymes, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.  ||  All images original to Waiting On Martha

The Ampersand

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If you live in Atlanta then you know all about The Avalon (for those of you not in the A it’s a big shiny new work-live-outdoor shopping center).  And recently I had the opportunity to make the journey to check out Lou & Grey.  Have you heard of Lou & Grey yet?  Lou & Grey is part of the Ann Taylor family and was born to “add texture to a life more considered.”  Focusing on dressed up basics and pieces that make women feel beautiful without feeling fussy.  

Upon entering Lou & Grey I was immediately drawn to it’s open, airy and cool aesthetic.  Clothing was sorted by color, hanging from copper pipes with rows of vintage records lined underneath.  Handmade leather chairs flanked tables filled with books, candles, and dainty jewelry from independent artists while textiles and pillows lined the shelves.  As I perused the racks I was impressed with not only the craftsmanship of everything, but also the cost.  It’s hard to find reasonably priced, well made pieces that are both on trend yet classic so when I do I load up.  

After hours in the dressing room, and a quick episode with leather leggings, I finally settled on this monotone navy ensemble that is as comfortable as it is versatile with the ability to be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats.  I also snagged quite a few everyday basics like the layering tank in every color available, these leggings, and two zip tunics.  And I can’t get this dress out of my head so I may make a quick trip back there this weekend, (I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m loading up).  So tell me, are you loving on Lou & Grey as much as me?   Truly,MKR

P.S.  If you don’t have a Lou & Grey near you and are ordering online I suggest ordering a size down as their pieces run a tad big.

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED...Brushstroke Tunic c/o (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Twill Drawstring Pant c/o  ||  Hooded Jacket (available in store)  ||  Layering Tank c/o (I bought it in 4 colors, such an amazing basic!)  ||  Necklace (available in store)  ||  Scarf & Gloves (available in store)  ||  Wynn Heels, Sole Society c/o  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Bag, Goyard

*This story was in collaboration with Lou & Grey a brand I love, adore, and wear all the time.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Join Us For A Holiday Floral & Entertaining Workshop

A Holiday Workshop with Waiting On Martha

When deciding to open a WOM Holiday Pop Up Shop one of the first things I knew I wanted to do was host a holiday workshop; and that my Loves is just what we are doing!  Drumroll please…Lindsay Coletta and yours truly invite you to join us on Saturday, November 22nd and/or Saturday, November 29th for a Holiday Floral & Entertaining Workshop.  Lindsay Coletta will be showing you how to create fresh holiday wreaths, garlands and arrangements.  Plus she’ll be bringing the most gorgeous mercury vases and you’ll be creating a holiday centerpiece of your own to take home.  She’ll also answer any and all questions you have about buying and caring for seasonal flowers and plants and sharing her knowledge for all things floral.  For my part I’ll be bringing the party to our table with holiday libations, appetizers and desserts all perfect for your next dinner party.  And of course we’ll be talking holiday table settings and all attendees will receive 15% off anything in the WOM Shop that day.  

Plus I’m in the giving mood and because I want to see all your shining faces, use code HOLIDAYWORKSHOP to receive 20% off your ticket, but seating is limited with just a few seats left in each class so grab a friend, sister, mother, or brother and come get your jingle on!  Truly, MKR

Gifts For The Chef + A Giveaway

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This holiday season I’ve teamed up with one of my favorites, La Crema, (you may remember my Virtual Vintner dinner party and adventures of harvest) and five other amazing bloggers to help you gift the ones you hold dear.  We’re not only sharing our best and brightest gift ideas, but also giving away SIX (yes SIX) $350 Visa Gift Cards to help you spread the love.

This year for a lot of my personal gift giving I’m sharing my passion of food.  So it was only natural my gift guide be one for the Chef, filled with olive oils, the pepper mill I’ve been pinning after, Le Creuset because obviously you need Le Creuset, vintage bread boards, and wine.  Lots and lots of wine.  And while I enjoy La Crema all year round (wine club anyone?) they’ve made gifting truly easy this season by putting together sets for every wine lover on your list.  One of my favorites is the Perfect Pairing Set which includes the Perfect Pairings book by Ryland, Peters and Small and the Monterey Pinot Noir (always a classic).  Some of my other favorites; the Case of Mondays Varietal Pack (which I would love to have received today), and the Shell Ridge Pinot and Nine Barrel.  Two La Crema wines that were new to me but I had the pleasure of enjoying while I was in Sonoma.  The Nine Barrel is particularly special (and great for gifting) because each year the winemaking team selects nine truly exceptional barrels of Russian River wines to create a blend without equal.  And like all good things, when it’s gone it’s gone, there’s no replicating a specific year or barrel. 

And because everyone loves a little Pinterest we’ll be sharing some of our favorite gift guide picks as well as some great homemade ideas on La Crema’s Holiday Gift Guide Board.  Now who want to win those $350 Visa Gift Card?  Good luck Loves!  Truly, MKR 

…AS PICTURED…Gold Serving Platter, Waiting On Martha  ||  Russian River Pinot Noir Rose, La Crema  ||  Perfect Pairings Wine Gift Set, La Crema  ||  Shell Ridge Pinot Noir, La Crema  ||    Nine Barrel Chardonnay, La Crema  ||  Peuget Pepper Mill, Williams Sonoma  ||  Herbs de Provence Sea Salt, Williams Sonoma  ||  Vintage Bread Boards, One Kings Lane  ||  Utensil Set, Le Creuset  ||  Rest In Grease Spoon, Waiting On Martha  ||  Oliver Cruet Oil Set, Williams Sonoma  ||  Cook’s One Line A Day Book, Waiting On Martha  ||  Recipe Box, Waiting On Martha  ||  Vintage Shopping Basket, One Kings Lane 

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*See all the other amazing bloggers and what their gifting this holiday season…Gifts for the Guy  ||  Gifts for Entertaining  ||  Gifts for the Bakers  ||  Gifts for the Hostesses  ||  Gifts for Women  ||  La Crema Gift Guide and Wine Picks

**This story is in collaboration with La Crema, a brand a love and adore (and a wine I enjoy all the time)!  All entries will be verified- entrants must be 21+ and residents of the United States.  

Holiday Traditions

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It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my personal holiday traditions starting with how we kick off Christmas by decorating our tree.  At the Rye house putting up the tree isn’t just about the tree, but rather celebrating the joy the season brings.  We start with what’s most important; pouring some mulled wine and setting the mood.  Christmas has a smell to me, one that evokes memories of snow filled days and cozy nights by the fire.  Thymes Frasier Fir is that smell.  So I always have about a dozen Frasier Fir scents happening from candles to diffusers (I mean have you seen the pinecone candle?!).   Once we’ve accomplished that warm and toasty feeling we drag every bin and box down from the attic and lay each ornament out to determine their perfect Christmas tree placement while a constant stream of holiday movies play in the background.   Sometimes we finish decorating in one evening sometimes it takes days as we break for fireside chats and friends who drop by.  Regardless, it’s probably my favorite tradition as it represents what’s most important; time spent together.  Tell me, how do you kick off the holiday season?  Truly, MKR 

P.S.  Thymes is offering a free Fragrance Studio Sample Kit (a sample set of 18 fragrances) with any purchase of $25 or more. It’s a great gift to give yourself or friends and family this holiday season (their packaging is beautiful)!

*This story was in collaboration with Thymes, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.  ||  All images original to Waiting On Martha

Get Your Jingle On, The Waiting On Martha Pop Up Shop

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Christmas has definitely come early for me and my WOM family.  You see, a key was delivered earlier this week, a key that unlocks something I’ve been dreaming about since before I can remember.  A brick and mortar Shop.  That’s right Loves, this Holiday Season Waiting On Martha will transform a big (like really big) empty space at Shops Around Lenox, into an actual window-display-open-seven-days-a-week-how-can-I-help-you-Shop.  

Like everything we seem to do the timeline is tight.  We have just a little over a week to make this all happen with doors swinging wide open to the public next Friday, November 21st at 10:00 am and we’ll stay open throghout the entire season, closing December 30th.  Along with all of the goodies you can always find in the WOM Shop we’ll also be bringing in local talent with sunglasses from Red’s Outfitters, aprons from Ice Milk Aprons, Jewelry by Avindy, Shoes & Accessories for the ever so stylish gentleman by Res Ipsa, and Ashley Woodson Bailey original prints and her new bag collaboration with Very Fine South.

Another dream coming to fruition will be the chance to spread the love with a little holiday workshop.  On November 22nd and 29thfrom 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Lindsay Coletta and I will be teaching a holiday entertaining and flower arranging class.  I’ll be sharing different holiday place setting examples plus throughout the class you’ll be toasting and tasting different holiday cocktails, appetizers, and desserts leaving with all the recipes.  Lindsay will be talking all about seasonal arrangements from wreaths to garlands and you’ll work with her to create your very own to take home.  Added bonus, you’ll be able to purchase holiday blooms from Lindsay for future delivery and by taking the class you’ll be entitled to 15% off anything in The Shop that day.  Seating is limited to ten per class and I know there has been a lot of interest so make sure to grab a friend and sign up asap!

So who’s ready to get their jingle on?  Truly, MKR

P.S.  We’re looking to for some holiday elves to work the Shop and ship out orders so if you’re in Atlanta and hoping to spread some cheer please email your resume asap to waitingonmartha@gmail.com.  Also we need a visual artist to help create and install window installations next week…SCAD students can you hear me?  Email or comment below!

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

 …AS PICTURED…Skirt, Milly  ||  Sweater, Calypso St. Barth c/o  ||  Shoes, Tory Burch (sold out, but the leopard is on SALE)  ||  Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o

Bruleed Grapefruit & Gin Fizz

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In preparation for the many celebrations this time of year naturally brings I’ve been trying to step outside my comfort zone and create new cocktail combinations. Case in point; my Bruleed Grapefruit & Gin Fizz. By combining the sugary-caramelization from bruleeing with the natural tartness of grapefruit and topping it all off with a dash of lime and a sprig of thyme you’ll be toasting this season with the most perfect of sips. Cheers!  Truly, MKR 

*Photography, Rustic White

Bruleed Grapefruit & Gin Fizz
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. ...for the bruleed grapefruit
  2. 2 Large grapefruits cut in half
  3. 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  5. ...for the cocktail
  6. 2 ounces Gin
  7. 4 ounces bruleed grapefruit juice
  8. 1-2 ounces club soda
  9. Thyme for Garnish
  10. Spritz of lime
Instructions
  1. Place each half grapefruit fruit side up on a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix the brown and white sugar together, then divide evenly among each grapefruit half covering the fruit.
  3. Broil in oven about 10 minutes or until the sugar beings to caramelize turning a deep amber brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Once cool begin to make your cocktail by combining the gin and grapefruit juice, stir lightly to combine. Top off your cocktail with club soda, a spritz of lime, and ice if desired. Garnish with Thyme.
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Fighting Form

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One of my goals as of late is to get my derrière back in the gym.  When I lived in Chicago I was so structured with my routine of weekly pilates, strength training, and cardio, but ever since I moved and started WOM working out has taken a major back seat and I’m really starting to feel it.  And not just in the way my clothes seem to be a tad tighter, but also my overall health.  But getting back in the groove is the hardest thing to do!  I’m not sure if it’s the time I can’t seem to make or that I haven’t found my Atlanta niche…I’ve tried pilates, hot yoga, the gym, and even crossfit!  But I’m more determined then ever to make it a priority again so my Loves I’m putting it out into the void; what works for you?  What makes you lose the extra weight, feel energized, and help regain your sanity?!  Please spill your secrets, I need to know!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  And while this may have been one of my more awkward stories to photograph (fake running anyone?) a few quick truths:  I actually do workout with my gigantic (yet fabulous) Frends headphones.  I find the little ear buds fall out too easily while running which does nothing but frustrate me.  And I also workout sans socks.  My Nike’s are just so light and comfortable I find no socks are needed.  And my bright pink lip?  Depends on the day.

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

…AS PICTURED…Pants, Lululemon  ||  Tank, Lou & Grey c/o  ||  Sweatshirt, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Shoes, Nike  ||  Hat, Gap  ||  Sunnies, Red’s Outfitters  ||  Headphones, Frends  ||  Nike Fuelband  ||  iPhone 6+ Case, Casetify c/o

 

Let The Holiday Gift Guides Commence + A Giveaway

Holiday Gift Guide, Waiting On Martha

 

It was brought to my attention yesterday that over a quarter of you have already completed your holiday shopping!?  I immediately thought, “Seriously a quarter of you, that’s crazy?!”  And then I thought, “What do you do now, just sit back and sip egg nog while the rest of us scramble?!”  And I realized sipping egg nog sounded way better than fighting all the holiday crazy that is about to commence.  So with that I bring you the first, but definitely not the last of our holiday gift guides.  

And because it’s better to give than receive (at least that’s what they tell me), we’re starting the season off right by giving away a $200 gift card below to one of Team WOM’s favorites, Shopbop.  Shopbop just opened their Holiday Gift Shop and it’s full of everything you need for everyone on your list plus there’s East Dane for the men in your life.  So my Loves, let’s get gifting!  Truly, MKR

 

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ONE.  Jewelry Box  ||  TWO.  Footed Salt & Pepper Shakers  ||  THREE.  Peace & Love Mini Appetizer Plates  ||  FOUR.  Kate Spade Mini iPad & Keyboard Holder  ||  FIVE.  Zodiac Votive Candles  ||  SIX.  Buffalo Check Cookie Jar (or dog treat jar)  ||  SEVEN.  Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet  ||  EIGHT.  Noir Earrings  ||  NINE.  Kate Spade Camden Pom Pom Slippers  ||  TEN.  Alexandra Von Furstenberg Coasters  ||  ELEVEN.  MCM Dog  ||  TWELVE.  Love Light  ||  THIRTEEN.  Buffalo Check Dog Coat  ||  FOURTEEN.  Oscar de la Renta Fashion & Style Book  ||  FIFTEEN.  Diamond Earrings  ||  SIXTEEN.  Convertible Leather & Knit Gloves  ||  SEVENTEEN.  Kate Spade Dream A Little Dream Eyelash Mask  ||  EIGHTEEN.  Gold Fortune Cookie

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Garden & Gun Jubilee, Charleston Here We Come!

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On December 5th, I’ll be loading up the car (Addison included), and heading five hours East.  The destination: Charleston for Garden & Gun’s Second Annual Jubilee.  Jubilee is a “Made in the South” weekend full of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art, as well as special dinners and live entertainment on the grounds of the historic state park Charles Towne Landing.   Attracting from all over the country, the three-day festival is a continuation of Garden & Gun’s commitment to celebrating the best of Southern culture.  It’s G&G’s largest signature event  and I couldn’t be more excited to be attending for my very first time.

I’ll be starting my Jubilee experience Thursday night with the Oyster Roast and spending all day Friday and Saturday perusing the Jubilee marketplace, pantry, tents and grounds.  While I’m looking forward to meeting and spending time with all of the talent I must say there’s a few specific people I’ll be making a beeline for….

-Mark Sage, co-owner of Bobo Intriguing Objects.  Bobo is always a stop for me during Atlanta Market and quite a few pieces found in my Shop and home have come from Bobo.  Mark is an interior design guru and will be bringing a vast array of his original antiques and curios  for all to peruse. Sage will set the stage in a 4,000 square foot tent filled to the brim and styled to inspire.  4,000 square feet!?  I might need to bring a U-Haul with me on this little adventure.

-Three Brothers Boards.  2013 Made in the South Award runners-up Three Brothers will introduce a limited edition Jubille paddleboard along with their other designs.  I’ve been wanting to get a paddleboard for over a year now so this may be the weekend I make it happen!  The brothers, R.J. and Justin Murray will also share their tools, sketches, and stories inspiring their throwback designs.

-Hobnob Entertaining and Leontine Linens.  Hobnob is a one-stop shop curating all things entertaining while founder Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens will be showcasing all of her to-die-for linens.  of New Orleans offers a couture service and product based on the belief that one’s linens should be a reflection and extension of the person’s personal taste and lifestyle. Founder Jane Scott Hodges will be showcasing her fine linens at JUBILEE as part of the Meet the Makers Trunk Shows, giving consultations and taking custom order.

-The Commons.  Longtime friends, Erin Connelly and Kerry Clark Speake work together to curate a collection of American made goods for the home. Selecting hand made goods that are beautifully designed and thoughtfully made, bringing a soulful approach to home decorating and will be showcasing their collection in the Jubilee Pantry.

Also did I mention this will be my first ever trip to Charleston?!  I’m taking my friend-ographer Kathryn McCrary to document our entire crazy journey and we’ll be staying at The Belmond Charleston Place in the heart of historic Charleston.  If you’ve got any must see, must do, must eat Charleston suggestions bring em’ on.  And please let me know if you’re planning on attending Jubilee so we can meet up for a toast.  TGIF Loves!  Truly, MKR

*This story is a collaboration with Garden & Gun Magazine, a magazine I adore and read every month.  Thank you for supporting stories that allow WOM to keep chuggin’ along.  Photos courtesy of Garden & Gun.