haute couture

Haute couture is (in my opinion) a somewhat overused word. It’s French for ‘high sewing’ or ‘high fashion,’ but many people use the term to mean ‘made to order.’ Not so. Haute couture garments are made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, […]

black and white

Black and white weddings are not only classy affairs, they’re classic affairs. They are sophisticated, high end, and always lavish. If you’re a modern city bride with a love for Chanel, a black and white wedding is perfect for you! photo credits: reception area, hanging white flowers, cocktail, bridesmaids in black and white, black and […]

steampunk

Burnett’s Boards fan Sheryl requested a steampunk wedding recently via Facebook, and here it is! Hope you like it Sheryl! What is ‘steampunk?’ Well, to me, steampunk has always been a genre of literature (or sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy). It’s got some 19th century technology (the steam) mixed in with deconstruction and rebellion […]

anemone

Anemone flowers are delicate, beautiful, and available in all sorts of different colors, however, the black and white ones are so timelessly elegant that they make for an absolutely stunning wedding. While searching for black and white wedding inspiration I came across these gorgeous silhouette  cake toppers from Wedzu. They are custom made from pictures […]

edamame

Edamame Soup: 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 potato, peeled and cut into small cubes, 750 g (1 1/2 lb) frozen edamame beans, defrosted 1 quart (1.2 litres or 2 pints) vegetable stock 2 tablespoons creme fraiche salt and freshly ground pepper In a pan, saute the onion and potato in […]

the remains of the day

Ask and you shall receive! This board was requested from Burnett’s Boards Facebook fan Gloria (who also left some very excellent ideas for wedding inspiration boards here) – and so Gloria – here it is! I hope you like it. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is a heartbreakingly romantic book (and movie) that tells the […]

arabian nights

The traditional Moroccan wedding blanket, or handira, is created in Morocaan Berber villages by the family of the bride, contain hand sewn sequins, and are made of wool. Brides would then wear the blanket as a cape to keep warm on the journey to their husband’s household. Today, handiras are used in decor (Jonathan Adler […]

prepster

 Definition of a prepster: Really a chimera of two existing groups, the prepster is someone most likely raised in the suburbs and very preppy, that moves to a very hipster centered city (Brooklyn, Portland, Austin), and due to scene exposure adopts certain hipster trends whilst retaining the preppy spirit. Specific examples are skinny jeans with […]

the black tulip

The Black Tulip is one of my favorite books by Alexandre Dumas. Action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and tulips!?! Tell me more!  The city of Haarlem, Netherlands has set a prize of 100,000 guilders (a lot of money back then!) to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country’s best gardeners to win the […]

bumblebee

Bumblebees are social insects, characterized by their black and yellow bands. Their fuzzy bodies and fuzzy legs help them to transport pollen to feed their young, and like their cousins the honeybees, they love to feed on nectar. It’s all kind of sweet, isn’t it? Beautiful gold bee print available here. *** The pictures in […]

art deco

Art deco is an eclectic aesthetic that began in Paris in the 1920s. Art deco represents elegance, glamour, modernity, and functionality. The art deco style had a major resurgance in the 1980s when graphic design went digital and is today a popular wedding style choice. Don’t you just love the artwork by Artful Sharon (my […]

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 […]

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 […]