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.  

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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No. 01 - Kosta Boda Lip Paperweight, ShopBop  ||  No. 02 - Whitman Pendant Light, Serena & Lily  ||  No. 03 - Mirror, One Kings Lane  ||  No. 04 - Sugar Paper “For You” Extra Large Tag, Waiting On Martha  ||  No. 05 - Signet Ring, J.Crew  ||  No. 06 - Grenade Bank, AHA Life  ||  No. 07 - Sugar Paper Recipe Binder (also available in raspberry), Waiting On Martha  ||  No. 08 - Bracelet, J.Crew  ||  No. 09 - Feathered Blazer, Tibi  ||  No. 10 - Black Nail Polish, OPI  ||  No. 11 - “Magic Mirror In My Hand Who Is The Fairest In The Land?” Moda Operandi  ||  No. 12 – Bling Tray, Shopbop  ||  No. 13 – “Chop Your Own Wood” Waiting On Martha  ||  No. 14 – Marshall Bluetooth Speaker, Nasty Gal  ||  No. 15 - Vintage Chanel Brooch, Farfetch  ||  No. 16 – Snoopy, Coach  ||  No. 17 – Rose Tiara, Amber Sceats ||  No. 18 - Boots, Tibi

The Haunting Holiday

The Haunting Season, Waiting On Martha Halloween

 

Okay I admit it, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween.  I’m a fan just not a huge fan.  I like the candy, the kids costumes (I don’t do costumes) and the haunting side of it all, but if I’m being honest it runs a little too close to my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) to get my full attention.  However, I do like that Halloween kicks of the holiday season, it does fall during my absolute favorite season fall, and I’ve been known to love a skull motif, so this year I’m trying to get a little more in the spirit.  Happy Haunting Loves!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  See this shoot in its entirety complete with Halloween recipes right HERE and we’re offering 20% off ALL Halloween for the next 48 hours in The Shop code HAUNTED at checkout.

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…AS PICTURED…Pottery Barn Lanterns, Pottery Barn  ||   Mercury Glass Pumpkins, Pottery Barn  ||  Mercury Glass Skulls, Waiting On Martha  ||  Black Skull Candles, Pottery Barn  ||  Crows, Pottery Barn  ||  Glitter Spiders, Pottery Barn  ||  Chain Link Candle Holders, Pottery Barn  ||   Skull Drink Dispenser, Pottery Barn  ||   Skeleton Drink Holder, Pottery Barn  ||  White Skelton Vase, Pottery Barn  ||  Black and Silver Mercury Glass Vase, Pottery Barn  ||  Silver Skelton Hand, Pottery Barn  ||  Black Glitter Sticks, Pottery Barn  ||   Black Glitter Toparies,  Pottery Barn  ||  Black Taper Candles, Pottery Barn  ||  Martini Glasses , Pottery Barn  ||  Target Mirror  ||  Waiting On Martha noir cake stands, black paper cheese trays, scary creature plates, snakeskin drink tray (large size), mercury glass skull wine stopper  ||  CB2 glass candelabra  ||  Bar Cart (similar HERE and HERE)  ||  Pier 1 Imports mini appetizer glasses  ||  Restoration Hardware chandelier and linen ottomans

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…WAIT THERE’S MORE…Painting, Britt Bass Turner, He & I  (also love Swoop)  ||  Extra Large Matches, Wild At Heart  ||  Petite Duffle, Clare Vivier  ||  Body Oil, Nars ‘Mono de Tahiti” Body Oil  ||  Skull, Marble Skull Cheese Board  ||  Napkins, Kim Seybert Zodiac Napkins  ||  Faux Fur Stool, Nate Berkus Faux Fur Stool  ||  Vase, Dauville Gold Bud Vase  (also available in platinum)  ||  Dish, Dauville Charcoal & Gold Pebble Dish  (also available in 3 other colors)  ||  Lipstick, Nars ‘Audacious’ Lipstick  ||  Card Holder, Hand Painted Gold Striped Card Holder  ||  Hat, BCBG Snowbunny Hat  ||  Slippers, Stubbs & Wootton Bespoke Slippers  

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One.  Babyletto Hudson convertible crib (so chic and a great price)  ||  Two.  Gap sneaks  ||  Three.  Giraffe tray  ||  Four.  Mustache pacifier  ||  Five.  Fiona Walker felt elephant head ( or these guys and also matching hooks also available)  ||  Six.  Hippo hair brush  ||  Seven.  The Dude cashmere sweater (a MUST for any Big Lebowski fans)  ||  Eight.  Gorman cat ceramic wall hanging  ||  Nine.  Ice Cream flashcard tray  ||  Ten.  Baby Oeuf coffee cup  ||  Eleven.  Alphabet Bin  ||  Twelve.  Baby Oeuf VW Bus  ||  Thirteen.  Sterling silver rattle  ||  Fourteen.  Sugar Paper petite moccasins print  ||  Fifteen.  Alphabet blocks  ||  Sixteen.  Maileg pirate ship toys  ||  Seventeen.  J. Crew Heart Me cashmere blanket      

P.S.  And just to put minds to rest I am NOT expecting a tot of my own, simply loving on everyone around me who is (or was) and oooohing and aaaaaahing over all the stinking cute kids stuff.

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On My Mind, September

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No. 1, Chunky Sweaters.  I picked up this one from Zara and have my eye on this gem and these fabulous sweater capes.  Throw them on with a boyfriend button down, leggings, and boots for the perfect everyday outfit.

No. 2, Back to School Essentials.  You’re never to old for “back to school” shopping and there’s nothing better then the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and a new planner just waiting to be filled up.

No. 3, France.  The Mr. and I are planning a big trip to France this spring to celebrate a my birthday and we may just renew our vows.  I mean how can I pass up some major photo opps on the streets of Paris or a field of lavender?

No. 4, Men’s Accessories.  I would classify my style as feminine-tomboy (if that even makes sense) and along with boyfriend jeans, button downs, and loafers I’m also mildly obsessed with men’s accessories.  From this Daniel Wellington watch to an extra large gold signet ring, borrowed from the boys has never looked so good.

No. 5, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  No explanation needed.

No. 6, Wine Country.  While wine is always on my mind, its more so now than ever.  I’ll be headed back to Cali, specifically Sonoma, next week for an exciting partnership with La Crema which I’ll be sharing more about on Friday, but in the mean time lets just say I’ve never been so excited to spend my favorite time of year (fall) checking off a major item on my bucket list.  So that’s me, whats on your mind this September?  truly, MKR

*Sweater, Zara  ||  Pencils, Waiting On Martha  ||  Oui & Non Matchboxes, Waiting On Martha  ||  Sunnies, Rayban  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Quills, Pottery Barn  ||  “M” Necklace, Moon & Lola c/0  ||  “Wine Me Up” opener, Pottery Barn  

**All images original to Waiting On Martha

Labor Day Glamping

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One.  The Monogrammed Prepster Survival Guide, One Kings Lane  ||  Two.  Meriweather Tent, One Kings Lane  ||  Three.  Monogrammed Pouch, Clare Vivier  ||  Four.  Sleeping Bag, L.L. Bean  ||  Five.  Tres Chic Tee, River Island  ||  Six.  Leather Cooler, Coleman  ||  Seven.  “Do Something” Pocket Knife, Izola  ||  Eight.  Bean Boots, L.L. Bean  ||  Nine.  S’mores Kit, World Market  ||  Ten.  “Paddle Your Own Canoe” Bottle, Izola  ||  Eleven.  Lobster Hat, Harding Lane  ||  Twelve.  Lil’ Chief Fireside Popcorn, Terrain  ||  Thirteen.  Campfire Popcorn Popper, Terrain  ||  Fourteen.  Travel Cup, Izola  ||  Fifteen.  Wild At Heart Matches, WOM  ||  Sixteen.  Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Wagon Master      

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One.  Holy Chic, Old Navy  ||  Two.  Black & Gold Bobbis, Ban.do  ||  Three.  Matte Black Heart, Ban.do  ||  Four.  Little White Lies Canister, Jonathan Adler  ||  Five.  Watch, Daniel Wellington  ||  Six.  Metallic 360 Studs, Bauble Bar  ||  Seven.  Dalmation Stapler, Anthropologie  ||  Eight.  Vintage Chanel Brooch, The Real Real  ||  Nine.  Duffle Grand, Clare Vivier  ||  Ten.  Gingham Note Set, WOM  ||  Eleven.  Pen, Graphic Image  ||  Twelve.  Ring Box, Thomas Paul  ||  Thirteen.  Mini Zebra Pillow, WOM  ||  Fourteen.  Smiley Face Pearl Necklace, Matches Fashion  ||  Fifteen.  Vince Accent Stool, Pottery Barn  ||  Sixteen.  Stop Talking, WOM  ||  Seventeen.  Clutch, Stella McCartney

The Top 15 Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have

Top 15 Bar Cart Essentials

We’ve had a lot of love lately for our Bar Cart both HERE on the Blog and HERE on Instagram.  We’ve also had a lot of questions, about building a proper bar cart.  So I thought I’d share with you all my top 15 essentials that every bar cart must have.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

One.  Display worthy glasses.  I’m loving these from One Kings Lane…what a great price!  ||  Two.  A shaker.  I collect shakers, but every bar cart needs at least one shaker and I’m loving this one complete with anchor picks for a fun gift or this tried and true shaker.  ||  Three.  Cocktail Napkins, the “cheekier” the better.  ||  Four.  Some flair.  ||  Five.  A proper tool set.  ||  Six.  A Muddler.  ||  Seven.  Fresh flowers.  ||  Eight.  An ice bucket.  ||  Nine.  A candle, because candles really can (and should) go everywhere.  And splurge on one that once done burning can be used to hold something, like swizzle sticks or straws.  ||  Ten.  Cocktail Napkins (yes again) or coasters to mix it up.  ||  Eleven.  A bartender’s dictionary.  ||  Twelve.  Beautiful wine.  While my bar cart doesn’t house the majority of my wine (4 wine fridges do, don’t judge) some of the most beautiful and decorative bottles are out on the cart.  ||  Thirteen.  A Decanter, I’m loving this skull from Pottery Barn.  ||  Fourteen.  Matches.  ||  Fifteen.  A decorative bowl for all the corks because every cart should have a personal collection of some sort, like corks you’ve collected from great bottles opened or vintage swizzle sticks.  Just something that’s personal, and interesting.

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