My future mother and sister-in-law and I went wedding dress shopping a while ago. While I fell in love with a dress I’d found online, I still wanted the experience of trying on dresses and didn’t want to overlook the perfect dress. After it became apparent that the dresses weren’t really my style, our trip took a turn for the farcical. Clamps, alas, not included.We also accidentally grabbed a maternity gown, but decided to try it with the baby bump for kicks. I’ll save this one as a joke for my future first-born. “Look Jr! The first picture we ever took of you!”
The family and I hit up Charleston today for a little Christmas shopping. I took the opportunity to give my Canton print skirt one last hoorah before putting it away for spring. My cousin sent the fabric to me as an early Christmas present. While I’m sure its designers intended it for curtain fabric, I thought I would appreciate it more than my apartment windows would. A special thanks to Preppy Pink Shop for transforming it into my favorite skirt!
Blazer // J. Crew
Blouse // J. Crew
Skirt // Preppy Pink Shop
Purse // Brighton (Similar)
Shoes // Salvatore Ferragamo
Ever since Christian proposed, I’ve lived on Style Me Pretty (an excellent resource for all you destination brides). One especially helpful feature is the site’s breakdown of vendors by wedding location.
It was there that I first fell in love with Wendy Laurel Photography, one of Syle Me Pretty’s highlighted Maui photographers.
Takeaway? Set your photography budget asap, research photographers, and book early. Bridal Guide has an excellent list of questions you may want to ask your photographer before booking.
While living in Rockville, MD, Creme Cafe introduced me to the wonder that is shakshuka. It’s a spicy, dense tomato paste that’s excellent scooped up in pita and topped with feta cheese. It’s also fits within my bridal calorie budget.
This recipe is an adaptation from Smitten Kitchen, but is the closest I can get to replicating Creme Cafe’s!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 can Rotel (hot)
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed then sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Warm pitas, for serving
Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add Rotel and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and paprika, and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft, about 2 more minutes.
Put tomatoes and their liquid into a medium bowl and crush with your hands. Add crushed tomatoes and their liquid to skillet along with 1/2 cup water, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Season sauce with salt.
Top the tomato mixture with feta cheese, and then crack eggs over the mixture so that eggs are evenly distributed across sauce’s surface. Cover skillet and cook until yolks are just set, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle shakshuka with parsley and serve with pitas, for dipping.
Guys. I have never been so inordinately excited about underwear.
My friend just introduced me to True & Co – a try it-before-you-buy-it approach to bra shopping built around your fit. Before you shop, the site prompts you to take a Cosmo-esque survey to identify your shape and size. They then use this information to populate a page of bras recommended for your body.
Once you’ve chosen three bras, you can opt to have a “bra box,” containing two other bras True & Co recommends, sent to you for a refundable $45. True & Co only charges you for what you decide to keep.
Plus, the more you order and submit feedback, the more personalized your recommendations become!
I’m absolutely sold on the idea of tailored service and no more dark, questionable Victoria’s Secret dressing rooms equipped with mirrors telling me to “strip.”
Below are some of the favorites I’ve picked out for my next box!