Sorry for the hiatus! Christian and I have returned from our wedding and are now nearly settled in our new home in Columbia, SC.
Our wedding week was magical. Twenty of our closest friends flew from all over the world to spend the week with us savoring the island. Christian and I prioritized showing our wedding party around and trusted all the nitty gritty would fall into place.
Enjoy the pictures taken by lovely Wendy Laurel, and expect new posts soon!
Mother’s Day was a while ago, but this recipe is too good not to share!
Usually, every year my mother and her three siblings divvy up hosting holiday celebrations. Mother’s Day usually lands on Mom’s shoulders, and this year was no exception.
One tradition we have is to pull out my great, great grandmother’s china, my great-grandmother’s glasses, and my grandmother’s stemware to honor all the mothers throughout the ages. The china set is so old, it’s not marked with the maker’s signature.
We also like to send all the mothers present home with a tasty treat. This year, my mother and I made Chocolate Zucchini Cakes with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting.
What are some of your Mother’s Day traditions?
Chocolate Zucchini Cakes adapted from Southern Living
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp table salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup plain yogurt
- 2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini
- 1 (4-oz) semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 (5 x 3-inch) disposable loaf pans, lightly greased
- Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
- Preheat oven to 350. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Sift together flour and next 4 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir zucchini and next 2 ingredients into batter until blended. Spoon batter into lightly greased loaf pans, filling two-thirds full.
- Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire racks (about 1 hour).
- Prepare Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting. Spoon hot frosting over cooled cakes; cool completely.
Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
Cook first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sour cream and vanilla until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Use immediately.
About eight years ago, I met J. Crew. It was love at first sight. From the start I knew we’d be dating long term.
Things were great. We dated through high school and college. But then, J. Crew introduced me to his friend, J. Crew Factory, and things got a little weird. J. Crew began making more and more $300 bedazzled sweatshirts, and I found myself spending more and more time with J. Crew Factory.
But J. Crew Factory just wasn’t the same. I mean, sure, he has a cute sweater here and there, but the quality is not quite the same, and having spent so much time with J. Crew, the contrast is stark.
This past year I’ve purchased very little from J. Crew. I just don’t have the space in my wallet for a $298 leather sweater. I felt like I was no longer good enough for J. Crew, that he didn’t want poor little grad students like me wearing his designs anymore. I felt like he was leaving me for someone who shopped more frequently at Neiman Marcus.
And evidently it didn’t work out.
J. Crew just announced that from now on, prices will go back to their good old selves. J. Crew wants to get back together.
And you know what? I’m starved enough for affordable cashmere that I’ll do it.
I’ll do it, but I’m not happy.
Shirt // Bonobos
Tie // Vineyard Vines
Belt // Vineyard Vines
Pants // J. Crew
Shoes // J. Crew
Bracelet // Victorian You
Cardigan // J. Crew Factory
Dress // J. Crew Factory
Belt // J. Crew
Shoes // J. Renee
Now that the save-the-dates are [gradually] being mailed out and the bridesmaid skirts have been ordered, things are starting to get real around here!
While spring isn’t exactly in the air (it’s snowing here in sunny South Carolina), at least Lilly is giving us something to look forward to!
That’s right. Spring collection is here.
And more good news for those of you in SC! Pink Sorbet’s sidewalk sale is coming up this Friday, come snowstorm or no storm!
Although we’ve been in winter for quite some time now, I always like to write a post like this each season. For inspiration, I go back into the archives to see what was up in my life this time last year. This year especially, I realize how much has changed. Since this post last year, I’ve moved from DC to SC, enrolled in law school, and gotten engaged.
Granted, the year before that, I graduated from college, moved from NH to DC, and started working for National Journal!
I’m not one for the gypsy lifestyle, and a large part of me wishes I could skip over the next 5-10 years to where I have a home and less Ikea furniture. But until then, books, warm beverages, and smooth tunes will be my anchor and these posts recording them will be chapters.
At long last, my mother launched her new line, Victorian You this week. We’ve had a blast over the past few months piecing together her site and stocking inventory.
The idea behind the brand was to create a line/lifestyle blog which reconciles old world elegance with current lifestyle. To us, modern does not have to equate minimalist.
Be on the lookout for some of my guest blog posts, and also check out some of my favorite picks below!
Gloves // L.L. Bean
Jacket // The North Face
Pants // J. Crew Factory
Shoes // J. Crew
Hat // C. Wonder
Cardigan // Obermeyer
Gloves // Brooks Brothers
Pants // J. Crew Factory
Shoes // Brooks Brothers
Happy New Year!
With Christmas, New Year’s, Christian’s visit, a marathon of engagement parties, and the imminent launch of my mother’s line, Victorian You, I haven’t had a chance to turn on my computer.
Tomorrow, Southern Belle and Co. resumes its onslaught of daily posts. For now, I wish you and your family a happy and prosperous 2014!