When Jack Rogers reached out last week to ask if I’d host an Elizabeth McKaytrunk show at their Atlanta store I pulled out my sandals and jumped at the opportunity. And while it’s no secret I (like everybody else) am a huge fan of Jack Rogers, Elizabeth McKayis a new to me brand. A new to me brand that I am swooning over.
With fun, bold prints to classic investment pieces Elizabeth McKay is all about bringing a youthful, luxury label that’s defined by the classics but with a twist of modern sensibility. I can’t get enough of the swirling roses found on the Jules coat and obviously I had to snag the Rye dress(I mean it’s the RYE dress)! And I’m sure I’ll be picking up another piece or two next week. Which brings me to the actual event. Drumroll please…
Atlanta Loves, I’m thrilled to invite you all to come shop the Elizabeth McKaty trunk show next Thursday at Jack Rogers Phipps Plazafrom 2-8. I’ll be there with bells on as will the designer herself Elizabeth McKay to chat and help you shop for yourself and everyone on your list this holiday season. Plus you’ll receive a limited edition elephant key chain with every purchase and if you head on over to JR’s Facebook pagewe’re giving away a $250 gift cardto each brand. So who will I be taking Instagram selfies with next Thursday? Truly, MKR
Oh week five, how did you get here so fast? This ORC week was filled with high highs, my drapes are in and they are fabulous, and low lows, furniture delays…major furniture delays. But lets focus on the highs first. The drapes were installed at 10:00 pm last night and I couldn’t be more in love. The mango-peach velvet pop of color is what dreams are made of and the tassels, well everything is better with a tassel. They completely softened the room and elevated my office’s overall look plus they’re the perfect compliment to my modern Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper and horned sconces. Drapes, done and done.
The second big progression this week was my All Modern Blu Dot Strut Desk which I’m equally loving. The simple white desk is the perfect size and doesn’t distract from everything else going on. However, because the desk doesn’t have drawers I did need to purchase a small rolling file cabinet from Ikea. Also to keep my desktop clutter free I flanked the desk with my favorite Tini Table from Oomph to hold a few necessities. And on a total side note I’ll be working with Oomph soon to create an exclusive, limited edition Tini Table so if you have any colors or shapes you’re dying to see please holler at me below in the comments!
Okay the bad-I-don’t-think-we’re-going-to-make-deadline-news. A few of the major pieces of furniture, specifically my table and other shelf has been delayed. The Knoll Tables are custom made and it looks like we’re a week or so out. I only have myself and my procrastination to blame. So next week at the final reveal, we may only get a partial reveal and have to take the ORC to week seven. Chalk it up to the joys of design! Truly, MKR
When I first spied this shaggy little sweater from Free People I knew I had to have it. Part Snuffleupagus part Kate Moss and all me I love it paired with my Paige Denim black jeans, favorite hat, and little black booties all which I’m sure you’re tired of seeing on the Blog by now, but what can I say, I love what I love. Truly, MKR
P.S. How fun are these photos from the amazingly talented Luke Schneider, a Chicago photographer and new and fast friend of mine!? If you’re in Chicago and in need of some great shots he is your guy. Love him!
If you’ve been following along for awhile then you may remember that my word of 2014 was “GO,” and go my friends I have. Over the past year I feel like I’ve been away more than I’ve been home and with only one planned trip left in 2014 I’ve begun to look back on my year of adventures. And while each journey has served a very different purpose with surprising lessons at every turn (that’s a different post for a different day), the one thing I’ve gotten so much better at is packing. While I’ll never be a “light traveler” (never, ever) I have picked up a few tricks, or rather necessities to make the actual process of traveling easier. “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all,” Helen Keller. Truly, MKR
No. 01 - Group items. I’ve found that organization in all aspects of life makes everything easier, so when I fly I group everything together. In flight essentials in an easy to see clear pouch, necessary id’s and documents in a travel wallet, all technology in a large portfolio, and chargers wound up and stored together. Plus keep your laptop and anything else that has to be pulled out for the security line in the outside zip of your carry on, and please people grab your items as they come through the security line and then step out of the way to re-assemble it all so the people behind you don’t have to wait barefoot on the gross airport floor and watch while you put on your belt, hat, shoes., etc., etc.
No. 02 - Invest in jewelry cases. I used to throw my jewelry in one big makeup bag which resulted in tangled necklaces and sometimes broken pieces. I’ve finally invested in actual jewelry cases which keep all of my baubles straight plus protects them in transit.
No. 03. - A travel steamer will change your life. Not only is a travel steamer a low cost investment but you’ll never have to worry about damaging certain materials with a steamer, perfect for those of us with a lot of silk pieces that wrinkle the second you put them on.
No. 04 - Layer up. I always get cold on the plane so regardless of the temperature outside I wear a cozy sweater or sweatshirt and bring a travel blanket on longer flights because lets be honest the blankets they give you aren’t keeping anyone warm.
No. 05 - Shoes matter. Because I never know how far I’ll have to walk or what to really expect when I step off the plane I always bring a pair of foldable travel flats in my purse. They’re light, take up very little room, plus they’ve saved my feet more times than I can count. And since we’re talking shoes I always try to wear my heaviest pair or the ones that take up the most room in my suitcase (like boots) on the plane and protect the others with shoe bags, another key investment.
Week four of the One Room Challenge is all about the waiting game. Waiting for the furniture to arrive. Waiting for the drapes to be complete. Waiting for my rugs to be rolled out. Basically everything has been moved out of my office and nothing has been moved in. And it’s no ones fault but my own as we all know I’m a procrastinator for life, but lets just say I’m so ready to move out of the kitchen (my interim office) and back into my actual office. But since it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen till next week at the earliest I thought I’d take this time to plan out my gallery wall. Truth be told I’m not even sure I’m going to create a full blown gallery wall, but if I do it will look a little something like this. Simple, a few small pops of color, prints mixed with photos mixed with paintings mixed with memorabilia, and a whole slew of different and interesting frames. It’s been fun to work with Minted as I’ve always used them for paper, but this was my first time really diving into their art marketplace which is both well curated and well priced. I’m anxious to see how the pieces work into the design as art always seems to be the most personal tell of the designer themselves. truly, MKR
...AS PICTURED…Embrace by R Studio, Minted c/o || Calculation by Stephanie Nowotarski, Minted c/o || Too Many Heads by Gail Schechter, Minted c/o || Botanical Study by Kate Wong, Minted c/o || Juju Hat, Waiting On Martha || Rolling Stones Ticket, fromt he night the Mr. and I met || Point of View by R Studio, Minted c/o || Gestural figures by Becky Nimoy, Minted c/o || Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley, Minted c/o || Over the Shoulder Nude, Inslee
Recently I attended the launch event celebrating Tory Burch’s new watch line (which is fantastic BTW), and I found myself drawn to the most un-like me bedazzled piece of clothing ever. It’s not that it wasn’t beautiful, it was, it was just so shiny and I don’t typically do shiny. But after a glass or two of champagne, and the fact that the Tory Burch friends and family sale was happening (which always justifies unlikely purchases), I thought why not try it on? And once I tried it on, I couldn’t seem to take it off. I’ve had it dressed up with THIS skirt, and dressed down more times than I can count with the other piece of clothing on serious rotation, these black jeans. In all it’s jeweled glory the Wendy Pullover is simply, shockingly versatile. Ring a ding bling. Truly, MKR
Everyday 550 women are starting a new business. 550! Women are the fastest growing sector of the economy, we’re literally creating a movement that has been years (decades, centuries actually) in the making. And I’m so proud to say that I’m part of it. I’m an entrepreneur, a female entrepreneur. And while I haven’t liked to get too hung up on the female-male-#girlboss-vs.-#boss debates I will say the fact that only 21% of girls feel they have the confidence to become an actual boss is unacceptable.
Enter Dream Girl, a documentary currently in production that hopes to shine the light on women leaders and inspire confidence in women of all ages to chase their dreams and follow their own path. I was lucky enough to be one of the 21% having the support to always dream big from basically birth (thanks mom and dad), but I know now that’s a luxury that many aren’t privy to. So my Loves, let’s show little (and big) girls what it means to be a leader. Let’s show them what it means to DREAM BIG. Truly, MKR
P.S. Big hugs to #ladyboss Jess at Golden Girlfor introducing me to this amazing story!
This time of year I bake pumpkin bread at least a dozen times. Traditional pumpkin bread, chocolate pumpkin bread, mini pumpkin bread loaves, you name it I’ve baked it. However, pumpkin bites not so much. So when I spied this festive cakelet pan from Sur la TableI knew pumpkin bites had to happen. At first I was worried that the acorn, pumpkin, leaf, and turkey shapes wouldn’t form well, but with a lot of grease in the pan they all came out perfectly on my first try. And as if these two bite gems weren’t tasty enough on their own I topped them with a warm maple glaze and toasted pecans. Fall in a bite my Loves, fall in a bite. Enjoy! Truly, MKR
...For the Bread (you can also use a bread mix if you don't want to make it from scratch)
1 (15-16 ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
...For the Frosting
2 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons 2% milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/2 cup toasted and chopped pecans (I suggest a much finer chop than shown)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease, flour and spray your autumn cakelet pan.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
Pour batter into the cakelet pans (1/2-3/4 the way full).
Bake for about 18-20 minutes in the oven, insert toothpick to check for doneness (toothpick will come clean when full baked)
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Once removed place them on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet underneath.
While the cakelets are cooling make the glaze. Whisk confectioners' sugar, milk, syrup and maple flavoring until smooth and warm in microwave for 20 seconds, (this is optional but I like my glaze just a tad warm if you plan to eat the cakelets right away)
Pour maple glaze over each cakelet, add nuts if desired, let icing harden (or eat immediately).
Last week I talked about procrastination and this week its like the gates are opening and angels are singing as my room begins to come together (dramatic much?!). And while I can’t share any new pictures I thought you might like to see my design board. Besides my signature mix of traditional and modern pieces the room is finally becoming more functional for my growing team with the addition of a team table and I’m also softening up the space with a lot less black and a lot more white. Plus how amazing is my Smythson Blue brush stroke lamp!? Till next week my Loves! Truly, MKR