hunger games

Hunger Games wedding

When he wispers "You love me, real or not real?" I say, "Real." "I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever." "Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true, here is the place where I love you." "Remember, were madly in love, so its ok to kiss me whenever you feel like it." "When she sings, even the birds stop and listen." "In the woods waits the only person with whom I can be myself." photo credits: fruits … [Continue reading]

long island city

Long Island City is the westernmost neighborhood of Queens in New York City. It has the highest concentration of art galleries, studio space, and art institutions of anywhere in the city. Speaking of art, this board is calling to mind a term I read in an art book once: geometric abstraction. I hang my head in shame and admit that I don't know much about geometric abstraction, but I do know that it became really popular in post-war Europe and was a huge influence on … [Continue reading]

water for elephants

Water for Elephants the book, or Water for Elephants the movie... book or movie...to book or to movie. That is the question.  Either way, retro railroad cars are completely awesome. Blue Tulip Design has loads of 'old timey' stationary and custom designs, perfect for any type of 'old spice' wedding. I just bought some thank you cards ♥ photo credits: red train house, outdoor reception, apples, nighttime couple, train, love, bouquet, elephant picture … [Continue reading]

monkey see, monkey do

The precursor to the modern zoo was the 'menagerie', which dates back to the ancient world. The oldest known zoological collection was uncovered in Egypt and is believed to be from 3500 B.C. The animals included hippos, elephants, baboons, and wildcats. Zoos existed in ancient Greece and Rome, and Henry I of England kept lions, leopards, and camels in his garden. The oldest existing zoo is in Vienna and was founded in 1752 by the Hapsburg monarchy. Human beings were … [Continue reading]

all that is gold

All that is gold does glitter! I am about to nerd out on y'all in a major way... the original phrase, 'all that is gold does not glitter,' is the title of a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be … [Continue reading]

prima ballerina

Pierina Legnani (below left) was the first ballerina ever to be titled as Prima ballerina assoluta — with the Prima ballerina Olga Preobrajenskaya (right). They are costumed for the roles of Medora and Gulnare in the scene Le jardin animé from Marius Petipa's final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. - St. Petersburg, 1899. I knew my husband (then boyfriend) was a keeper when while he was visiting me in Moscow, went willingly to the ballet with me at … [Continue reading]

shamrocks

1/2 oz vodka 1 oz green crème de menthe 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 1 shamrock Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled margarita or collins glass. Garnish with a shamrock. Shamrocks are the national symbol of Ireland, as I'm sure we're all aware of after one too many St. Patrick's Day outings. But where else are shamrocks featured? Quebec's city flag, Canada's coat of arms, the passport stamp of … [Continue reading]

orange crush

Crush sodas go all the back to 1916- who knew?! Orange crush was the first flavor, but others soon followed. Clayton J Howell used the term 'Crush' for the soft drink's name to to refer to the process of extracting the flavors from oranges. Any crush fans out there? For sustainable bubbles (of the non-carbonated, soapy kind), look no further than Hand in Hand.  For every bar you buy, Hand in Hand donates one to help prevent water born illnesses in children. They've … [Continue reading]

let them eat cake

"Qu’ils mangent de la brioche", or, let them eat cake, was actually never uttered by Marie Antoinette. It was first seen in a German children's book in 1931, and historians and politicians stealthy snuck it into their pro-revolutionary works. Truth be known, the attribution is doubly erroneous in English because the word 'cake' is a mistranslation. In the original French the phrase literally translates to, "Let them eat rich, expensive, funny-shaped, yellow, eggy … [Continue reading]

up

Please tell me I'm not the only one who cried like a hungry baby during the first 15 minutes of Up.  The movie goes a little something like this: by tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the … [Continue reading]

blackberries and brie

Blue Cheeses ♥ dessert wines, Zinfandels, and Cabernets Brie ♥s Champagnes and sparkling wines Cambozola ♥s Merlots Goat Cheeses ♥ Sancerre and Sauvignon Blancs Montrachet ♥s Bordeauxs and Cabernet Sauvignons Monterey Jack ♥s Cabernet Sauvignons Muenster ♥s Gewürztraminers Parmigiano-Reggiano ♥s Chiantis Pecorino ♥s Amarones, Barolos, and Barbarescos Roquefort ♥s Rhône Valley reds and Sauternes Stilton ♥s Port What's your perfect pairing? *** This oh so … [Continue reading]

refined sugar

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress began in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Prior to that, royals wore richly brocaded gowns, with red being among the most popular color. The transAtlantic account of Queen Victoria's wedding caused American elites to follow suit, and because of limited laundering techniques (imagine getting kidney pie out of your whites without the use of bleach or OxiClean!), wearing white showed that the bride's family … [Continue reading]

date my brother

Tall (6'3 to be exact), handsome, twenty-something, Air Force pilot. Likes gourmet cooking, fine wines, poker nights, traveling, and kittens. Treats his mother right. Remembers birthdays. Seeking single, fun, female who enjoys the outdoors, cozy movie nights by the fire, ski trips to Vail, upscale dining, winters in Minot, and summers in Guam. Has plane. Will fly. photo credits: cookies, modern airplanes, wedding sign, bride and groom, bouquet, cake, reception … [Continue reading]

club monaco

I am sure a lot of us are familiar with the international store - Club Monaco, and know what lovely things they always have! I checked out their inspiration blog the other day called Culture Club and fell in head over heels with their artsy photography. Such an easy, breezy, euro-chic plus a bit of sand in the shoes kind of style. J'adore! photo credits: lights, shoreside shot, Monaco hotel white wedding, yacht garage, bouquet, chapel . … [Continue reading]

two for tea, please

Afternoon tea, known as 'low tea' involves things like manners, lace, and dainty foods. 'High tea' was traditionally a working class meal served at the end of the work day, shortly after 5pm. It was a heavy meal with lots of meats and baked goods (think: steak and kidney pie). Legend has it that afternoon tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford who found herself with a "sinking feeling" during the long wait between meals. She invited some friends … [Continue reading]

freshly minted

Mint (n) a vast sum of money or a king's ransom. Mentha (n) is a genus of flowering plants in the mint family that are aromatic, perennial herbs. Mint (adj) brand new, pristine, immaculate. Of a pale green color. Minted (v) to produce coins by stamping metal. (adj) flavored or seasoned with mint. Freshly minted (phrase) create, invent, dream up. photo credits: reception area, cake, edible mint buttons, drinks, bride and groom, necklace and stoneware, groomsmen, … [Continue reading]