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 HEREand we’re offering 20% off ALL Halloween for the next 48 hours in The Shopcode HAUNTED at checkout.
With a chill in the evening air and the leaves turning here in Atlanta I can finally begin to truly celebrate and transition properly into my favorite season, fall. So what does a fall transition look like in my world? It looks like a trip to the pumpkin patch, added layers of texture and warm toned accents in my home, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy knit blankets, mulled wine, autumn spiced candles, and It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on repeat just to name a few. But why just talk about what it looks like when I can show you what it looks like?
Starting today I’ll be taking over Pottery Barn’s Instagram to share just how much I love fall. Pottery Barn is one of my go-to places for decor all year round, but they really knock it out of the park this time of year. I’ve already picked up a few new fall accents like their gilded leaf platter pictured above and can’t wait to share what other gems will be joining the party. I hope you’ll follow along, and I’d love to hear what are you most looking forward to this fall? TGIF Loves! Truly, MKR
If you follow along on Instagram you may have recently seen that I checked off a major, major bucket list item. I became a vintner (wine maker). I packed my bags and flew to La Crema Winery in Sonoma California and worked harvest for four glorious days. And I’m talking I WORKED harvest.
My days looked a little something like this; 6:00 am handpicking grapes in the vineyard. This was what I called the magic hour. The vineyard is covered in that Russian River fog, a chill is in the air, and there’s a quiet over everything. Watching the fog break and the sun rise over a sea of vines is nothing short of spectacular. Let’s just say it was a view I don’t think I would ever tire of. After my time in the vineyard I’d move to the sorting area where I’d remove all of the stems, leaves, and other debris by hand. I couldn’t stay here too long as the bees are attracted to the grape sugars and I’m deathly allergic to bees. 1:00 pm quick lunch break then into the cellars where sampling, fermentation, punch downs (the floating cap of skins and seeds are “punched down” into the juice three times daily to extract color and tannins), and barreling happens. Elizabeth (head wine maker) and her team sample the juice numerous times throughout the day (little glass sample bottles pictured above) to check how the wines are coming along. I can’t clearly explain all of the how’s as this is where science takes center stage and I’ve never been known for my strength in science. But basically the wine makers are testing and tasting to find the perfect blend of acidity and sweetness and also measuring the brix (sugar) levels. 7:00 pm clean, clean, and more cleaning because a safe and clean workplace is a happy workplace. 8:00 pm eat something, enjoy a glass of wine and fall into bed.
Wine making is no joke, at the heart of it all wine making is farming and it takes a village. From the harvest workers to the wine makers and everything in between having experienced it all first hand I enjoy every glass I pour even more so now having been on the other side of things. While not everyone can experience being a vintner first hand La Cremahas created a Virtual Vintner program which you’ve heard me talk about HERE. Essentially Virtual Vintner allows everyone an intimate, hands on look to wine making. Readers get to follow Elizabeth and her dream team during harvest and consumers even had the opportunity to vote and create a Fall 2015 released wine. And while voting is closed on that part of the journey they have just launched a Sensory Contestto see how closely you’ve been following along.
Again thank you to La Crema for allowing me to be part of your team and family for a few days. It was an experience I will never forget and I can’t wait till the newest vintage is released and I can say, “I helped make that.” Truly, MKR
*All images original to Waiting On Martha || This experience was sponsored by La Crema, a wine I love, love, love and have been drinking for almost a decade now. All opinions are 100% my own
I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be participating in Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge! The ORC is an online, bi-annual event that brings together 20 bloggers (full list below) who have a love of design and challenges them to transform a room from start to finish and document the process. The catch? We only have six weeks to fully complete our room transformation. And with that tight time line I think it’s best we begin. The room I’ve chosen to design is, my office!
I’m sure that decision comes as a surprise to many of you who follow along on a regular basis as my office in theory is complete. It’s actually the first room I completely finished when we bought our home and I adored it. But now that the shine has worn off I see quite a few flaws the biggest being that it’s not functional for my growing business. The second, it’s too harsh, a tad garish. The plan; soften up the space with more neutrals, whites, and a few pops of color plus switch out all the furniture so that my team will actually have places to sit and work.
So with that I bid farewell to the original WOM offices and hello to a new and improved vision. Oh, and before you all ask…yes the wallpaper is staying! Truly, MKR
P.S. If you’re in the Atlanta area I’m selling my black desk and bookshelves, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Nine times out of ten when casually entertaining you’ll find me preparing a DIY taco bar for guests to enjoy. You see we eat a lot of tacos and all things Mexican over at the Rye household which makes a DIY taco bar a natural go-to for me (grab my recipes for homemade guacamole, queso, and tortilla chips which are SO worth the time). Plus you can prep the majority of ingredients the night before, and with a few simple protein and veggie options plus a whole slew of toppings you can rest assured that even the pickiest of eaters will find something to satisfy their cravings.
So with National Taco Day being this Saturday the 4th might I suggest you grab a sombrero, mix a margarita, and have some of your nearest and dearest over to nosh on a taco bar of your own. Truly, MKR
P.S. If you’re not a fan of the whole cooking thing Williams Sonoma is offering a ready to go taco bar version!
*Grab the recipes and shop the story below || Photography, Rustic White
Vegetarian Options (roasted potatoes & black beans)
Various Salsa options
Queso (recipe link in story)
Guacamole (recipe link in story)
...FOR THE SHRIMP
Coat deveined and tails of shrimp with olive oil, salt, and fresh pepper.
In a small skillet on medium high shrimp cook shrimp 4-6 minutes, browning and slightly crisping each side.
...FOR THE ROASTED POTATOES
Slice baby red potatoes and generously coat in olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, and cayenne pepper if you like heat.
Place on a small lined or non stick coated baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until potatoes soften and brown 20-25 minutes. Stir potatoes occasionally.
...FOR THE SKIRT STEAK
Pound out steak about 1" thickness.
Pat down with 1 tablespoon olive oil, chili lime rub, fresh squeezed lime juice, and fresh cilantro. Let marinate for 30-60 minutes. Do not marinate for more than 60 minutes as the meat will begin to sour and break down.
Grill on a low heat till preferred doneness is achieved. I suggest for guests serving at a medium rare/medium temperature.
Let rest 2-5 minutes before cutting and serving.
...FOR THE TOPPINGS & SIDES
Make homemade tortilla chips (recipe below), chop vegetables, and shred cheese up to 24 hours in advance. Refrigerate until serving.
Make guacamole just before serving, squeeze a tiny bit of lemon over the top to preserve color and prevent browning.
Lay out all ingredients and let the taco building begin!
I have difficult skin. Difficult-bane-of-my-existence-the-struggle-is-real-skin. So when I find a skincare product I love I’m going to shout it from the rooftops. Enter Dr. Brandt Laser FX Serums. These three different serums; perfect, lift, and bright has been a game changer in my beauty regimen.
I’ve actually been using Dr. Brandtproducts for years, but they’ve always been more acne focused. Now with age rearing it’s ugly head I get to worry about wrinkles, sagging, age spots, sun damage and all that really great stuff that goes along with Father Time ticking away. Not to mention I get very little sleep and seem to live a rather stressful life (it was recently pointed out by my dear friend Jacquelyn that I actually like torturing myself through work). So with all of these factors working against me I love that the Laser FX Serumsworks for me. And I felt confident knowing that Dr. Brandt products will never make my skin break out or become too irritated. Plus added bonus you can apply all three serums at once, morning and night, which is perfect for those of us who don’t have patience as one of their strong suits.
The Laser FX Lift Serum targets sagging skin and with each application you’ll notice instant firming and tightening. Skin texture becomes improved, elasticity and suppleness restored, and continued use of this product will produce a visibly more defined face contour.
The Laser FX Bright Serum is for those of us (hand raised) who spent too much time in the sun and has developed dark spots and dullness. Instantly your skin will look more luminous and over the course of the the first three weeks your skin will look brighter, and imperfections and discoloration will begin to fade.
The Laser FX Perfect Serum is all about the fine lines and wrinkles. This serum will target those areas making your skin appear softer and smoother instantly and after three weeks your skin will appear plumper with diminished fine lines and wrinkles.
So wether you need one or all three like yours truly, you can’t go wrong with any of these serums. Truly, MKR
Serena and Lily is always good. Always, consistently good. But this fall Serena and Lily have blown it out of the water. Way out, I mean how can this table not wind up in the Waiting On Martha offices? It’s like it was made just for me. And I’ve been Pinterest stalking these lights for months now. Plus these suede pillows and cozy sweatshirt throws need to make their way on to my couch. So in closing, I’m making my Serena and Lily list and it’s a really, really long list. truly, MKR
I adore a good LBD (little black dress). I really, really adore a good LBD that can be worn both day or night, with or without tights (which makes it transcend seasons), and if it has pockets…that my Loves is the LBD holy grail. truly, MKR