A Woodland Wonderland Dinner With Rue Magazine

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On a day where fall was saying goodbye and winter hello we trekked over the river and through the Atlanta History Center’s woods to a Woodland Wonderland created just for Rue Magazine’s Holiday issue.  

With a pristine log cabin providing the ideal backdrop it wasn’t hard to bring my vision to life.  The table was overflowing with sugared fruits and holiday florals flanked by giant candelabras.  Hand cut place cards laid perfectly on Juliska’s Country Estate dinnerware, and gold flatware and glasses provided just a touch of sparkle.  And after dinner guests retreated to the cabin getting cozy by the fire and noshing on wintery cake, pumpkin creme brûlée, coffee, and a whiskey or two.

With everything falling right into place it all was nothing short of magical.  I’ll be sharing all of the recipes from HomeSpun Atlanta over the next few weeks, but for know just snuggle up and enjoy our Woodland Wonderland and a Very Merry Rue.  Truly, MKR

P.S. It’s easy to see Waiting On Martha’s love for Juliska (we also used every one of their patterns last year for our Something Blue shoot) and this season their spreading the love with their Juliska Joy contest.  Simply tag your Juliska tablescapes or creations on Instagram with the hashtag #JuliskaJoy and you could win a $1,000 shopping spree!

The Team:  Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Rustic White  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Food, HomeSpun Atlanta  ||  Cake, Lush Cakery  ||  Furniture, Crush Event Rentals  ||  Invitations & Place Cards, Yes Ma’am Paper Goods  ||  Location, Atlanta History Center

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…As Pictured:  Place Settings, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Wooden Chargers, Vintage (similar HERE)  ||  Placemats, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Napkins, Kate Spade NY via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Gold Flatware, One Kings Lane  ||  Gold Glitter Spoon, Sabre via Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Rimmed Glassware, One Kings Lane  ||  Candelabras, Dunes & Duchess  ||  Sleigh, Pottery Barn (sold out similar HERE)  ||  Faux Fur Blanket, One Kings Lane  ||  Punch Bowl, Juliska via Bloomingdales Lenox  ||  Animal Head Shot Glasses, Waiting On Martha  ||  Horseshoe Drink Stirs, Waiting On Martha  ||  Silver Candlesticks, Pottery Barn  ||  Wine, Orison Wines

Gifts For The Kids

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One.  Clyde Race Car, Strolby  ||  Two.  Be Happy Banner, Waiting On Martha  ||  Three.  Pirate Ship Trio, Waiting On Martha  ||  Four.  Rattle, Nordstroms  ||  Five.  Felt Tiger Head, Waiting On Martha  ||  Six.  Sparkly Sneakers, J.Crew  ||  Seven.  Giraffe Trinket Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Eight.  Silver Booties, J.Crew  ||  Nine.  Little Chef’s Apron, J.Crew  ||  Ten.  Boomerang  ||  Eleven.  Little Nest Chair, Waiting On Martha  ||  Twelve.  Glow in the dark Ping Pong, J.Crew  ||  Thirteen.  Pick Up Sticks, J.Crew  ||  Fourteen.  Sparkly Hair Band, J.Crew  ||  Fifteen.  Moose hat, J.Crew  ||  Sixteen.  Sparkly nail polis, Debra Lippman  ||  Seventeen.  Mini Speedy Car, J.Crew  ||  Eighteen.  Cat pillow, Waiting On Martha  ||  Nineteen.  Rattle, Nordstroms

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All Black Everything + A Zac Zac Posen Giveaway

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When I was in New York this past September I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Zac Posen’s atelier.  Gowns were being hand sewn with the outmost attention to detail, Bergdorff Goodman was holding court at a massive table talking spring, bags were hung as far as the eye could see, Olivia Palermo was trying on looks in preparation for an event, and between the rows and rows of organza and silk there I was taking it all in.  It was nothing short of magical.  And while I didn’t walk out of their with a gown of my own that day I did walk out of their swooning over the line of new ZAC Zac Posen bags that were about to hit the stores.   

You know I love all of Zac’s bags (last seen HERE and HERE), but the Eartha Envelope has quickly become one of my absolute favorites (last seen HERE).  It comes in just about every color of the rainbow and best of all it’s an investment piece that isn’t the most insane of investments.  And to show you just how much we love it (and you of course) we’ve teamed up with our friends at ZAC Zac Posen to gift one lucky reader with an Eartha Envelope of their very own!  You’ll find all the details below and entering is as easy as every, really the only hard part will be deciding which color to choose if you win!  Good luck Loves!  Truly, MKR

 *Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Blazer, Thyskens Theory (old, similar HERE)  ||  Tank, Shopbop (old, similar HERE)  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o  ||  Boots, Madewell  ||  Necklace, J.Crew (on MAJOR sale)  ||  Sunnies, Reds  ||  Purse, Zac Zac Posen c/0

 

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Gifts For The Guys

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One.  A festive tartan tie, J.Crew  ||  Two.  Travel Manicure Kit, East Dane  ||  Three.  “Mint Condition” Money Clip, Waiting On Martha  ||  Four.  A gender neutral/manly bathroom set, Waiting On Martha  ||  Five.  “Don’t Drink A Ride” words of wisdom flask, Waiting On Martha  ||  Six.  The Monocole Guide To Better Living (also planning on snagging the guide to better business), East Dane  ||  Seven.  Needlepoint Key Fob, Waiting On Martha  ||  Eight.  The Yeti Cooler, One Kings Lane.  (The hype is real, we have two Yeti coolers and no joke it keeps ice cold and in tact for over a week)  ||  Nine.  “Tie One On” Tie Clip, Waiting On Martha  ||  Ten.  “Stay True” Linen Banner, Waiting On Martha  ||  Eleven.  “Be True And Brave” Cedar Satchel (smells amazing!!), Waiting On Martha  ||  Twelve.  Extra Large Matches, Waiting On Martha  ||  Thirteen.  Dominoes, J.Crew  ||  Fourteen.  Fishs Eddy NY Mug, J.Crew  ||  Fifteen.  Suede Shoe Kit, J.Crew  ||  Sixteen.  Snazzy Red New Balance Tennies, J.Crew  ||  Seventeen.  Lemon Ball Baseball ( a MUST for any baseball lovers desk/office), Waiting On Martha  ||  Eighteen.  The cutest anchor Soap On A Rope, East Dane

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Best Ever Holiday Coffee

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You last heard me talk about the love I have for my Nespresso VertuoLine here, but during this time of year that my Nespresso machine gets used more than anything else in my house.  For the obvious early morning rise and caffinate of course, but also Nespresso is perfect for the after dinner coffee.  Why is that (other than the obvious reason) you ask?  Because Nespresso has the ability to make everyone happy.  Decaf for the mother in law, no problem.  Black for dad, easy.  Espresso for the Mr., sure.  Half calf with extra chocolate sauce for mom, coming right up.  Nespresso VertuoLine allows everyone to have exactly what they want with the touch of a button and the hostess can just sit back and relax instead of catering to everyone’s need for something different.

So this year instead of storing and making ten different kinds of coffee use that time and create a coffee toppings bar like I did.  All you need is a few different types of Nespresso capsules, marshmallows, toffee or peppermint swizzle sticks, a gingerbread house or two, and toppings like whip cream, chocolate sauce, and peppermint flakes.  Oh and don’t forget the Baileys!  Nothing goes better with Nespresso’s Vanizio than homemade whip cream, chocolate sauce, and a pour or two of Baileys.  Cheers!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  Right now Nespresso is offering a $100 credit with the purchase of any Nespresso machine $199 and above!

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

 

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…AS PICTURED…Nespresso VertuoLine c/o  ||  Nespresso Frother c/o  ||  Plaid Mugs, Waiting On Martha  ||  Snow Day Coasters, C.Wonder  ||  Glitter Spoons, Waiting On Martha  ||  Peppermint & Toffee Sticks, Williams Sonoma  ||  Gingerbread Houses, Williams Sonoma  ||  Marshmallows, Williams Sonoma  ||  Vintage Bread Board, Found (similar HERE)

 

Homemade Whip Cream
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A Very Merry Ballard Designs Christmas

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We started with a fall harvest, proceeded to a very thankful Thanksgiving, and we’ve finally arrived at my final, festive, and quite possibly favorite Holiday look for Ballard Designs; Christmas.  Full of various tartan fabrics, a small forest of trees, and pretty packages tied up with string I think you’ll be able to see why this time of year is my favorite time of year.  Find all the tablescape and decorating details and plenty of other holiday inspiration over on Ballard Design’s Blog, How To Decorate today and with that I hope your holiday season is off to a truly cheerful start.  Truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting On Martha  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Place Cards,  Ashley Buzzy Lettering  ||   Location, Vinewood Plantation

Sparkle & Shine

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In theory I love sequins, tulle, extra large bows, and all things girly.  In reality when I try to pull of sequins, tulle, or extra large bows I feel, well, not at all like myself.  So when I spied this black and gold sequin skirt from Milly I immediately knew two things; I had to have it and if I was going to do sequins I had to do them my way.  My way means down playing the sequin skirt with an everyday cashmere sweater and not over-doing it on the accessories.  So if you’ve been hesitating on pulling the sequin skirt trigger (there’s more options than ever to choose from) I say go for it and just make it your own!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED...Sweater, Calypso St. Barth c/o (40% off today!)  ||  Skirt, Milly via Piperlime (30% off with Cyber Monday Sale)  ||  Shoes, Tory Burch (old but the leopard version is still available and I love these which are on sale for Cyber Monday)  ||  Purse, Chanel  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker c/o  ||  Avis Crescent Necklace, Moon & Lola c/o  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos (On MAJOR sale!)

Ready, Set, Shop My Top 5 Black Friday Sales

With all the Black Friday sales happening earlier than ever it can get a tad confusing.  So I thought it best to break down my top 5 weekend sales and share what I’m buying for friends, family and myself of course.  Like these C. Wonder Snow Day appetizer plates, the necklace I’ve been swooning over from Lulu, a little Piperlime sparkle for NYE, a blanket that’s just Bien from Madewell, and I mean how was I supposed to pass up the sale on sale from Tory Burch?!  Happy shopping Loves! Truly, MKR   

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And in alphabetical order some of my other favorites…Alice + Olivia: 25% off site wide + free shipping  ||  Anthropologie: 25% off site wide, code HOLIDAY25  ||  ASOS: 30% off site wide Black Friday, code TGIBF  ||  Banana Republic: 50% off one full-price item, code BRFIFTY  ||  Bloomingdales: 50% off a huge selection  ||  Britt Bass STUDIO STUDIO: 20% off, code HOLIDAYHANGOVER  ||  C.Wonder:  40% off site wide no code needed  ||  Club Monaco: up to 30% off site wide, code TGIBF  ||  DVF: 15% off site wide, code FRIDAY15  ||  Emerson Fry: 20% off all full-priced merchandise  ||  Equipment: 25% off site wide w/ code THANKS  ||  Helmut Lang: 40% off  ||  J.Brand: 30% off site wide  ||  J.Crew: 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, code HOLIDAY  ||  Joie: 25% off site, code THANKS  ||  Lulu Frost: 25% off your purchase, code Lulu25  ||  Madewell: 25% off your purchase, code GIFTON  ||  Nordstrom: up to 40% off select items  ||  Otte New York: extra 40% off sale, code BLACKFRIDAYEA  ||  Piperlime: 20% off site wide, code THANKFUL25  ||  Rebecca Taylor: 30% off sale items & dresses  ||  Saks: up to 60% off select styles  ||  ShopBop: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000, code GOBIG14  ||  Tibi: additional 20% off sale items through Black Friday, code BLACKFRIDAY14  ||  Tory Burch: up to 30% off, code LUCKY  ||  Waiting On Martha: 10% off $25+ code, CYBER10, 15% off $100+ code CYBER15, 20% off $200+ code CYBER20

#GetYourJingleOn, A Waiting On Martha Pop Up

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I’m sure you all know by now (because I can’t stop talking about it) that Waiting On Martha, The Shop, has popped up for 6 short weeks at Shops Around Lenox.  It’s been a whirlwind of a ride, but I’ve been loving (almost) every minute of it.  Our 5,000 square foot space is stocked with everything you can always find on our site plus 100’s of new products that are exclusive to our Pop Up and we’ve brought a few local friendors (Res Ipsa, Ashley Woodson Bailey, Ice Milk Aprons, Red’s Outfitters, and Avindy) in on the fun as well.   

This weekend we’ll be offering 10% off store wide, a trunk show with Gunner & Lux and Little Lux; have you read their story yet (I plan on snatching up this and this)!?  Plus you know it wouldn’t be my kind of weekend without homemade goodies, warm cider and a cocktail or two.  So after you’re fully satiated from your Thanksgiving feast I hope you’ll stop in and #getyourjingleon with us!  Truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

**Big thanks and love to Jenn Gietzen who hand painted our windows and Crush Event Rentals who provided a lot of the lovely pieces we used as displays.

Our Best Ever Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

In celebration of America’s most beloved gather-round-thee-table-in-stretchy-pants tradition I thought I’d do a little Thanksgiving Throwback by sharing our best ever Thanksgiving recipes.  Starting with my favorite roasted butternut squash and apple soup to a Big Green Egg smoked turkey, traditional sides of green bean casserole, chestnut stuffing, and sweet potato au gratin and of course homemade pumpkin pie.  Get all the recipe links below, and I hope you all have a very thankful Thanksgiving filled with too much food, laugher, and love.  Truly, MKR

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup  ||  Smoked Turkey  ||  Green Bean Casserole  ||  Sweet Potato Au Gratin  ||  Chestnut Stuffing  ||    Pumpkin Pie

*Photography, Rustic White

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