Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Something about these embroidered floral pumps reminds me of 50's brides–dainty, demure and terribly charming. Tell me, what's your favorite style decade?


Monday, October 20, 2014

How I wish that I could say this weekend was completely different from the last. That I hung out in my pjs, curled up with John to watch an episode of West Wing in the late afternoon, leisurely shopped the farmer's market and made progress on my favorite projects. Instead, I was running our office move, overseeing teams with TVs and office chairs, numbered labels and more orange crates than I care to count. But today, we have a fresh start in a new space, and even though I am dying to take a nap under my desk, the sense of accomplishment isn't so bad. 

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Attending a gorgeous fall wedding, perhaps, watching a movie with your best girlfriends or sipping mulled cider?

Image by Mandy Busby, bouquet by Cloth of Gold, styling by Ginny Au.

Yellow Jacket

Friday, October 17, 2014

Named for the wasps that plague agave farms and tequila distilleries, this stiff drink packs a punch–one that's not altogether unwelcome by Friday afternoon.

Yellow Jacket

2 oz reposado tequila
1/2 oz St Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with a lemon peel.

Notes: Our house tequila is Corralejo's Reposado, and it would be an excellent addition to this cocktail, though the originators of this recipe call for Partida. The sweet qualities of the St Germain and yellow Chartreuse are balanced by the tequila's kick, but you could also try mezcal as the base spirit in this sipper. Cheers!

Image via Epicuryan.

La Grande Jatte

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lesley and Brian

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lesley and Brian both grew up in Virginia, and two years after first meeting, they were set up at a UVA-Virginia Tech game that could hardly be called romantic. Two years later, the pair was finally dating and though it had taken them a long time together, they both knew in no time at all that they were meant to be. When Brian proposed, they quickly agreed that their celebration should highlight the best of their home state; luckily, Richmond-based planning and design co. Fête Studio was ready to help the happy couple host a spectacular celebration, starting with Ginny Rogan's elegant calligraphy on Smock Paper save the dates and invitations.

On her wedding day, Lesley donned an embroidered lace Lela Rose gown finished with a white satin sash. Embellished ballet flats, classic pearl studs and an elegant veil completed her timeless bridal look. Her maids wore French blue dresses with charmingly messy strands of ivory and coral beads, and their bouquets, featuring white hydrangeas and roses, coral ranunculus and tulips, and sprays of seeded eucalyptus, matched the bride's larger posy from The Green Flamingo. Brian and his groomsmen went for navy blazers and light colored chinos; Vineyard Vines ties upped the preppy quotient and added a charming pop of color.  

Lesley and Brian were married at St. Benedict Catholic Church in a traditional ceremony. After their first kiss as husband and wife, the newlyweds headed to The Jefferson Hotel, a Richmond institution, for a fabulous reception in their ballroom. Event planner and designer Fête Studio filled the sumptuous space with preppy details; navy place cards with classic white calligraphy were tucked into shotgun shells, and bits of navy and white striped ribbon festooned menu cards. After dinner, there was dancing to the music of Horizon Band, and even a slice of the couple's three-tiered wedding cake. The newlyweds made their exit in a classic navy and wood paneled Jeep Wagoneer (one of my favorite vintage rides), the last lovely scenes captured by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography that evening.

Tell me, what's your favorite detail or photography from this classic celebration? I'm enamored with all the fall portraits in the bride's parents' yard!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My wedding dress (I still pinch myself when I say that!) was shown with the most darling metallic sandal. Simple and a little unexpected, I would hate to simply copy Watters' styling, but boy does that strappy number work!

Tell me, do you find inspiration in styled photos?

Image by Trish Barker Photography, sandals by Jimmy Choo.

Matched Set

Monday, October 13, 2014

Guys, I spent the whole week bragging about what a laid back pair of days awaited me once 5pm rolled around on Friday afternoon. I spent the better part of the last working week running around like crazy person preparing for a big office move, and really looking forward to Indian food, a decadent Saturday morning breakfast, two long afternoons with my to do lists and all the ballet books I could drag home, and even a cocktail or two. 

But instead, this weekend made the previous few days look like a cakewalk. It's only work, but the truth is that things around here were even less glamorous than usual. Of course, I couldn't let a weekend pass me by without a tikka or two, without one really fabulous egg poached by my dear husband, and without a few episodes of The West Wing. No matter what life throws at me, I hope I'm never too busy to curl up at the end of the day with John and President Bartlett for a few quiet moments.

Tell me, did your weekend go as planned, or was your agenda derailed like mine?

Image by A Bryan Photo.


Friday, October 10, 2014

When we flew into Boston and I caught my first sight of fall foliage, I was so thrilled I actually burst into tears! Nothing is quite like the feel of leaves crunching beneath your riding boots, but this cocktail gets pretty close. 


2 oz apple brandy
1/2 oz orange curaçao
1/2 oz Bénédictine
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. 

Notes: The first time we made this cocktail, we found ourselves without any applejack, so we substituted American apple brandy for a little Calvados. While it was absolutely lovely, the crisper flavors of a Laird's or Clear Creek apple brandy is actually a bit better suited to this sipper. If you really want to up the fall quotient, add a drop or two of all spice dram–cheers! 

P.S. You may have noticed a pretty massive change around here–I'd love to know what you think of the new look! Huge thanks to Ana Degenaar of Blog Milk for her beautiful work and patience with me throughout the process!

Image by Putney Farm.

Floral Frame

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This week I'm loving early evenings in bed, all things fall (leaves, riding boots, mulled cider–the works), and a new look for A Crimson Kiss that I simply cannot wait to share! Tell me, what are you loving or looking forward to this week?

Emily and David

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A simple fall celebration in Cooperstown, NY, captured by Trent & Dara of Trent Bailey Photography, first spotted on Style Me Pretty.

A Crimson Kiss – Timeless Events and Classic Cocktails by Ana Degenaar : Blogger