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Fashion, beauty, food, art…pleasing to the senses


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Nashville Wedding

This is my themed Nashville wedding mani! I used e.l.f. metallic pink with Sally Hansen chrome on the ring fingers. It’s all topped off with the lightest glitter topcoat from Wet n Wild. I love nudes, pinks, peaches and bling when I think of Nashville. 

Tom was a groomsman for my hubs in our wedding so it is fitting that my hubs serve as groomsman for Tom’s wedding :). It was a very intimate, small wedding (70 guests) with the ceremony and reception taking place in the same location. I find that rare but amazingly convenient for the guests! My wedding ceremony took place right on the dance floor complete with arch and decorations. When it came time for the reception, it was cleared off for festivities!

This Nashville wedding adopted a very rustic country chic theme. The bride painstakingly planted her own wedding garden and tended to it for a whole year just to create her bouquets and centerpieces you see here. No need for the florist here! I applaud her efforts. The variety, freshness and design of the arrangements were A+! Her place settings were also DIY watercolor with gold Sharpies. The tiny little pots you see are the favors–local Nashville honey!

I absolutely loved the macaron bar. I got to try 3 different flavors between the hubs and me. Mmm…yay for the lemon cream!

The cake sported the newest Pinterest trend–incomplete icing cakes. The flowers she chose looked so pretty and makes the cake stand out in all its simplicity. It was prettier than it tasted; way too sweet for me.

I love planning wedding guest outfits and had this number picked out months ago :). It was so flouncy and easy to dance in this dress! The only downside was that I had to constantly check that my purse strap didn’t catch on the chest area…

We even got to beat the TN heat at our huge indoor heated pool! Thanks, Springhill Suites!

I picked and arranged these beauties from my front yard. Difficult? Yes. Painful? Definitely. Beautiful? Yes, girl! Fresh, fragrant roses cannot be beat! 


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February Celebrations

The second month of the year is full of holidays, yet I do not get a single day off ;). Let’s see, there was President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year! I celebrated 2/5 and here are the pics to prove it.

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Valentine’s Day was a double date adventure this year. My coworker and I both bought groupons for Victorian high tea at Pittsburgh’s grand hotel, the Omni William Penn and treated our husbands to a fancy schmancy afternoon snack! This was our first course–teeny tiny sandwiches with a dab of pomegranate dressing in the shape of a heart. Artichoke, cheese spinach wrap, ham and mustard, salmon mousse 1/4 of a slice of cucumber. A mouse would’ve dined like a king but the 4 of us were looking forward to the 2nd course.   IMG_2310

Ah, here we are. Top tray had chocolate mousse cups, petite fruit tarts with creme (my fave out of all of them), basil and mint macarons. Second tray consisted of 4 tiny fruit kabobs that definitely left me wanting at least 4 more kabobs. Third layer had plain and blueberry scones. I was quite impressed with these because scones I’ve had practically anywhere are always too dry for me. These were crunchy, buttery and the light dusting of powdered sugar was perfect. IMG_2317

Close-up of my favorite items! The spot of creme fraiche was delightful on my scone! Not really sure how one is supposed to eat creme fraiche, but that’s how I did it! IMG_2348I took my in laws to Golden Palace to celebrate Chinese New Year. One of the big hits that night was the Beijing duck served restaurant style. The duck was roasted and crispy, the fresh cucumbers were perfectly sliced, the pancakes were heated and the sauce was thick and sweet. Mmm…I’m a big duck fan so this takes the cake. They did not serve lamb or else that would have been the appropriate way to celebrate the year of the ram ;).

 


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Comfort Eats

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Never mind the exorbitant $2.25 PER macaron. Never mind that I had a huge zao cha (dim sum) breakfast with 12 tapas right before. I saw a stunning tower of perfectly displayed macarons in all colors of the pastel rainbow. The door opened and gorgeous gorgeous French bakery smells surrounded me 360. I was transported back to all the Parisian bakeries I bought my pain au chocolat and fruit tarts from everyday I was in France. Normally, I’m not even a big macaron person because the hard candy shell and excessive food coloring usually would appeal to me after another less sweet pastry. But I saw that they were freshly made and filled with chilled cream which was great on that sweltering day. I chose a rose almond flavor and the hubby got the cream pistachio. Dainty. Creamy. Oh-so-French!  IMG_1880.JPG

 

Chili! My best friend from college visited me over the weekend and brought back my favorite Ohio souvenir–Skyline Chili! It’s a thinner, beefier type of chili that is meant to go over coneys or a generous bowl of spaghetti. Really, this is the only way to ever eat chili. I have here a 4-way which includes:

-hot Skyline chili from a can

-thin spaghetti

-“fancy shredded” (which just means really really thin) cheddar cheese

-raw chopped onion

-fresh chives (this is not an authentic Cincinnati ingredient, but I prefer it over beans)

So hearty! So Ohioan! It was the perfect meal to usher in the mild Fall weather.