A Pear Cocktail, Two Ways

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Pears have always been one of my absolute favorite fruits.  And with over 3,000 known varieties grown around the world and just as many distinct flavors, pears were just begging for me to transform them into a cocktail or two.

My Pear Blossom Fizz combines rich pear, elderflower blossom liqueur, bubbles (of course), and is topped off with an unexpected dash of cinnamon to highlight the natural warmth of pear, while my Spiced Pear Margarita is all about the juxtaposition of the jalepeno’s heat, the tartness of the lime, and the natural sweetness of agave.

So regardless if you like your libation a little on the sweet side or a with a bit more of a kick, pear should be your next go-to cocktailing ingredient.  Cheers!  Truly, MKR 

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…AS SHOWN…Gold Dot Champagne Coupes, WOM  |  Rocks Glasses, Crate & Barrel  |  Sphere Ice Cube Molds, Amazon  |  Gold Scissors, Anthropologie  |  Initial Napkins, Anthropologie  |  Metal Measuring Cups, Anthropologie  |  Mortal & Pestel, Found (similar HERE & I love this marbel one)  |  Marble Pastry Slab, Sur la Table  |  Wood Bread Board, Found (similar HERE)  |  Olive Wood Spoons, similar HERE  |  Glass Pitcher, Williams Sonoma  |  Fork & Spoon Dipping Dishes, WOM (sold out, but I love THESE)  

 

Pear Blossom Fizz
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. fresh pear juice, chilled
  2. 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur, chilled
  3. 2 oz. Champagne or Prosecco, chilled
  4. Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
  5. Pear slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add fresh pair juice and elderflower liqueur to a champagne flute or glass.
  2. Top with champagne and garnish with a slice of pear, sprinkle with a small dash of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional).
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Spiced Pear Margarita
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Ingredients
  1. 1 oz. silver tequila
  2. 1 oz. fresh pear juice
  3. 1/2 oz. agave nectar
  4. 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  5. 1-2 slices of fresh jalapeño
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1-2 slices of jalapeño down to a fine, fine pulp/juice.
  2. Add tequila, fresh pear juice, fresh lime juice, and ice. Shake, shake, shake.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with agave nectar to taste.
  4. Salt the rim of the glass by dipping it in agave nectar and then kosher salt, (optional).
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A Marsala Lip

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A few weeks ago during a trip to Sephora my good friend and beauty guru Jenn convinced me to leave my hot pink lip behind and venture into unknown territory.  I wasn’t feeling red (been there done that), I’m too pale to for a nude (or so I thought but I love this look), and purples were a tad too close to pink.  Then we spied the Pantone Collection and this years big winner Marsala, which I’d say is somewhere between a red, brown, and pink.  We snagged the lip stick, gloss, mascara, and nail polish then headed home to see if it had any chance of beating out my tried and true Tropical Pink.  

Truthfully I felt like I was transported back to the 90’s.  In fact I’m pretty sure this is the color I was obsessed with sophmore year.  It’s just not quite right for my skin tone, a bit too matte, and well not enough pink.  However I did end up loving the mascara (I wear a bordeaux mascara most days) and the nail polish.  So while I don’t think I’ll be wearing Marsala any time soon on my lips, I will say it’s always fun to tip toe outside your comfort zone.  Tell me, have you given the Pantone color of the year a try yet?  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman

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Saint Valentine

 

  Pink + Red, Waiting on Martha

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One.  Pink Heels, Dee Keller  |  Two.  Heart Shaped Baker, Le Creuset  |  Three.  Pearl ring, BaubleBar  |  Four.  Eiffel Tower Dog Toy, WOM  |  Five.  Heart Rings, Gorjana  |  Six.  Sunnies  |  Seven.  Heart Sour Gummies, Williams Sonoma  |  Eight.  Bon Bon Cake Pedestal, WOM  |  Nine.  Bag, Michael Kors (what I want most this Valentine’s Day…hint, hint)  |  Ten.  Dress, Jill Jill Stuart  |  Eleven.  Mini Notepad, Sugar Paper  |  Twelve.  Napkin, WOM  |  Thirteen.  Spotted Leopard Pillow, WOM  |  Fourteen.  Tassel Earrings, J.Crew  |  Fifteen.  Agate Slice, OKL  |  Sixteen.  Nail Polish, Dior  |  Seventeen.  Leopard Tray, WOM  |  Eighteen.  Donut Watercolor, WOM  |  Nineteen.  Red Glitter Spoon, WOM  |  Twenty.  Heart Croquettes, Le Creuset  |  Twenty-One.  Heart Of Gold Candle, WOM  |  Twenty-Two.  Heart Plate, WOM  |  Twenty-Three.  Pink Chair, OKL  |  Twenty Four.  Wink Wink Bag, Kate Spade New York

The “X Bench” Style It Challenge

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Late last year I was asked by one of my favorite designers, Julianne Taylor, to participate in a little “X Bench Style It Challenge.”  The rules were simple; 5 bloggers/designers would customize her most popular TBH X Bench and style it in any room, and in any way they see fit.  The customized X Benches and room reveals would then go up on One Kings Lane’s site for two weeks where individuals would be able to see how each blogger/designer styled the bench in their home and could buy one (or two or three) of the benches for themselves.  And at the end of the two weeks a winner would be crowned and awarded a Room Refresh courtesy of TBH and OKL.  So now that you know the rules, let me tell you a little bit more about my X Benches. 

When it came to designing my benches I’m not one to really play it safe so I knew I wanted to do something a bit more on the bold side.  I had been eyeing Cotton & Quill’s foo dog fabric for some time now, and if you’ve ever seen a peek into my home you’d know I have a thing for foo dogs and anything blue.  While it may seem like a somewhat wilder choice in fabrics, don’t let a print ever scare you.  Mixing prints and patterns is one of my absolute favorite ways to decorate.  When done right it adds interest and a personal touch to any room, and if you’re scared of mixing it up just follow my golden rule; mix within the same color family.  And just remember these benches will be a staple in your home for years to come but that doesn’t mean you have to live with your fabric choice forever.  You can always have them re-upholstered and let them evolve with you and your decorating choices.

Another reason I adore benches in general is because of how versatile they are.  A good bench can be used as an extra seat, a foot rest, or an end table and these benches in particular are the absolute perfect size.  Not too big, not too small.  In fact I’ve moved them into several different spaces within my home and while you see them styled here in my living room I think they may end up actually living in the entry way.  How perfect would they be for a seat to throw on your heels before going out or to drop your bag and everything else you need on a daily basis?  Who knows though, that’s why I love decorating, it’s always changing.  

So tell me, are you feeling our bold benches?  Happy Friday Loves!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Rustic White  

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…AS SHOWN…X Benches, Taylor Burke Home  |  Rug, Loloi  |  Sofa, Custom (similar HERE)  |  Sofa Pillows, Lacefield  |  Top of Aspen Moutnain Photo, Gray Malin  |  Fiddle Fig Sea Grass Basket, World Market  |  Blue & White Plates, collected (similar HERE)  |  Console Table, Bobo Intriguing Objects  |  Ghost Chairs, All Modern c/o  |  Trina Turk Ghost Chair Pillows, Bloomingdales  |  Large Size Brass Starbursts, WOM  |  Foo Dog Lamps, Barbara Cosgrove  |  Coffee Table, Restoration Hardware  |  Extra Large Bone Dominos, WOM  |  Muse Bowl, Jonathan Adler  |  Faux Python Tray, WOM  |  Japanese Calligraphy Brushes, collected (similar HERE)  |  Gold Rhino, WOM  |  Paper Weight, West Elm   |  Books;  The Hermes Scarf, Louis Vuitton 100 Legendary Trunks, The Louis Vuitton Cup, The Joy of Decorating, Jasper Conran County, The French Dog, The NYC Dog, Daniel My French Cooking, Vogue Living Houses & Gardens, The Big Book of Chic, Preppy, Allegra Hicks An Eye For Design

*This story was in collaboration with One Kings Lane, Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill.  Brands I LOVE, adore, and count as friends.  Opinions, styling, and design are 100% my own.

Home Is In The Air

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Recently I was asked to share what makes my house a home.  Is it the people I share it with?  My cozy corner where I curl up with a good book?  The weekly fresh flowers on my coffee table?  Cookies baking in the oven each Sunday?  The cozy blanket I wrap myself in each night?  Or the fragrance I’m greeted with when I walk in the door?  The truth is it’s all of those simple pleasures and so much more, that make my house my home. 

I may have captured my feelings in pictures while Air Wick ® captured theirs perfectly in video, and now we want to know what home means to you?  Simply post a photo of something that helps make your house a home on Instagram, Twitter, or the Air Wick US Facebook page and tag it with both #HomeIsInTheAir #Sweeps.  You’ll then be entered for a chance to win $500 towards a room makeover, and new Life Scents™ fragrances.  It’s that easy.  

Because “…your home isn’t just four walls, it’s the sum of everything you put into it.  It’s what’s there, in the air, when you’ve made your house a home.” So tell me loves, what do your four walls mean to you?  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  This story is in collaboration with Air Wick ® a brand I love and adore.  Opinions and images are 100% my own.   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of all fifty US States and D.C. Eighteen years and older. EndsFebruary 13, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST. To enter and for official rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit terms. Void where prohibited.

 

The Beauty Of A Girl Gang

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There’s nothing like good coffee (or wine I don’t discriminate) and great girl talk.  Recently I found myself spending some time at Buckhead’s newest coffee shop, Corso Coffee, and in a two hour long conversation with a good friend and creative cohort of mine.  We chatted about work, husbands, family, travel, work, and even more work.  I stress the work part because as a creative entrepreneur I think there are few things as important as having someone, or even better yet a core group of someones, who understand you and what you’re working towards on a daily basis.  In fact last time I was in NYC my boss lady friend Roxy told me they have an entire group of women entrepreneurs who gather once a month to drink wine, chat and simply support each other, (which by the way Roxy I’m stealing your idea and forming my own creative girl gang).  The life of an entrepreneur is not an easy one and having people who understand it all is an absolute must.  And I’d even be so bold to say that it will play a very big part in if you succeed or fail.  So tell me do you have a go-to person or persons you can always confide in?  Truly, MKR 

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary  |  Location, Corso Coffee Buckhead

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…AS PICTURED…Jacket, J.Crew (on major sale)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Tee, Piperlime  |  Shoes, Balenciaga (so light and comfortable, worth the splurge)  |  Panama Hat, J.Crew  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban  |  Bag, Celine (similar, less expensive version HERE)  |  Luggage,Nordstrom  |  Luggage Tag, Waiting On Martha  |  Tassel Necklaces, similar HERE  |  Cuff,Hermes (less expensive version HERE)  |  Ring, Julie Vos

 

Midnight Kiss Part II

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With Part I of our Midnight Kiss shoot being all about the traditional sentiment of marriage Part II is obviously all about what comes after the “I do’s”…the party.  And with this being our last shoot of the season, and the first published editorial of the New Year what better way to ring it all in than with a sparkly-dancing on tables-confetti flying kind of party.  Truly, MKR

Venue: Ambient Plus Studio | Planning & Concept: Mandy Kellogg Rye | Florals: Lindsay Coletta Designs | Photography: Rustic White | Videography: Munn Brothers | Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Rentals:CRUSH Event Rentals | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Dress: “Jocasta” by Jenny Packham from Kelly’s Closet | Accessories: Bloomingdale’s | Shoes: Michael Kors | Tuxedo: The Modern Gent | Tie: YSL | Models: AMAX Talent

Midnight Kiss Part I

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Because it’s always best to start the week with a massive does of pretty, I’m thrilled to finally share some of the images from Part I of our Midnight Kiss editorial for The Celebration Society Weddings’ January issue.  Happy Monday Loves!  Truly, MKR

Published in the Winter 2015 Issue of The Celebration Society Weddings.

Venue: Ambient Plus Studio | Planning & Concept: Mandy Kellogg Rye | Florals: Lindsay Coletta Designs | Photography: Rustic White | Videography: Munn Brothers | Hair & Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Dresses: “The Veranda” by Lela Rose from Kelly’s Closet | Accessories: Bloomingdale’s | Tuxedo: The Modern Gent | Tie: YSL | Models: AMAX Talent

And Away We Go…

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By the time most of you get around to reading this I’ll be at 30,000 feet on our way to Mexico to celebrate two of our closest friends saying “I do.”  But before I officially check out for the weekend I thought I’d share a few of my go-to tips when traveling.  TGIF and hope your weekend is full of as many margaritas as mine will be.  Truly, MKR

No. One.  Pile on the light layers.  When traveling between cold and warm temperatures I always like to layer up, but as lightly as possible.  This jacket is the perfect example, it’s warm enough but light and foldable so when we arrive in sunny Mexico I can roll it up and throw it in my carry on.  Also I always have a scarf in my purse because I tend to run on the cold side and I won’t go near those airplane blankets.

No. Two.  Wear your heaviest shoes.  If you’re an over-packer like me you need to save as much room, and bag weight, as possible which means I always wear my heaviest and/or largest shoes.  In the winter you’ll usually see me at the airport in my over the knee boots, for warmer temps these espadrilles as most everything else packed is sandals and flats.

No. Three.  Hats on.  Until I take the plunge and purchase the LV hat box I’ve been lusting after I always wear my hat and carefully carry the others in my purse to protect them from losing their shape or being damaged.  

No. Four.  Keep all in plane essentials in reaching distance.  Nothing is worse than waiting for someone to dig out their laptop in the security line or find their magazines in the bottom of your bag while others wait in the aisle.  So I always carry my headphones and Kindle in my purse, laptop and magazines in the outside pocket of my carry on.

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Jacket, J.Crew (on major sale)  |  Jeans, Paige c/o  |  Tee, Piperlime  |  Shoes, Balenciaga (so light and comfortable, worth the splurge)  |  Panama Hat, J.Crew  |  Sunnies, Ray Ban  |  Bag, Celine (similar, less expensive version HERE)  |  Luggage, Nordstrom  |  Luggage Tag, Waiting On Martha  |  Tassel Necklaces, similar HERE  |  Cuff, Hermes (less expensive version HERE)  |  Ring, Julie Vos

 

Lacefield Designs’ Weather Friendly Pillows

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Earlier this week while everyone was preparing to hunker down for Juno I got to take a little journey and escape (at least in theory) to warmer days ahead and play with Lacefield Design’s new outdoor pillow collection.

Making it’s big debut during January and February buying season, Lacefield’s “weather friendly” pillows are bright, bold, and full of solid and print designs you can easily mix and match.  Constructed with Sunbrella weather resistant solid fabrics the Lacefield design team translated hand painted artwork into digital prints such as my favorite the watercolor leopard and bamboo trellis complete with tassels.  You know how I love a good tassel!  And while I adore every colorway (honestly I love every color) you’ll find a mix of the surf blue and melon orange on my patio this coming spring.

Since this is just a sneak peek you’ll have to wait a tad longer to start planning for warmer weather as the pillows won’t be available online until mid February and in retailers (including yours truly), early March.  But I have to say, while I’ve been a fan of Lacefield’s for years now, they have truly outdone themselves by creating a collection not defined by “indoor” or “outdoor,” instead defined by simply beautiful design.  So, who’s ready for spring?  Truly, MKR

Photography, Rustic White  ||  This story is in collaboration with Lacefield Designs, a brand I love and adore.  Opinions are 100% my own.