Our Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Shower

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

The wedding approacheth, guys. Three weeks-ish until Aaron and I are united as one and I’m free to get fat and cut my hair off. Just kidding. Sorta. Leading up to the wedding, we’ve had a few wedding-related events, including a couples shower that our wonderful wedding party threw us. When my man of honor, Cody, and I were talking about what sort of details to include in the shower, we got a bit carried away (as we tend to do when we’re together), and we decided a Wes Anderson shower would be a fun theme that wasn’t overdone or too girly.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

We had already rented the recently renovated Big Maumelle Pavilion at Pinnacle Moutain State Park, which is out in the woods near the water. Our Moonrise Kingdom-esque camp setting was good to go, albeit a little hard to find. Sorry to all our friends who got lost driving around in the woods. Oops!

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

Next up: props. Since my mom is currently renovating her house, canvas drop cloths were numerous and accessible, so we used them as tablecloths over the metal picnic tables. My mom also used to own a theater and still has a storage shed full of great props, so we raided her prop supplies and our houses for anything that reminded us of Wes Anderson: directors chairs, vintage suitcases, lanterns, globes.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

The True Love letterpress print is by my friends Roll & Tumble Press, and is available here. The boxing gloves above, framed butterflies below and the landscape paint-by-numbers art in the top photo are all from Clement/Sweet Home in Little Rock.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

Cody came through with some great props as well, all scored from his friend, Nashville stylist Kate Mills of katekillsit.com, including a gramophone and old tennis rackets. For actual music, however, we had a great playlist of Wes Anderson soundtrack music, made by the best man.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

For dinner, we kept things simple. My dad smoked some brisket, pulled pork and chicken, and the bridal party pitched in potluck style and made baked beans, potato salad and pasta salad.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

For dessert, I set up a s’mores bar, which I think was a hit, but I’m not entirely sure because I was too busy stuffing my face with s’mores.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV

Our centerpiece, however, was the canoe. A perfect example of why my man of honor is my man of honor. In all of our party planning brainstorming, I said it would be SO COOL if we could get a canoe to fill with ice and serve drinks out of. Cody didn’t bat an eyelash, and showed up at my house that day with a canoe strapped to his truck.

A Wes Anderson-Inspired Couples Wedding Shower | Rosemary on the TV Aaron and I felt so thankful that our friends came out to support us. Also a huge thank you to Heather Canterbury for taking all the amazing photos in this post!

A Teeny, Tiny NYC Apartment Tour

Oh hey there! As you might’ve noticed, I took a little blog break. No biggie. It’s just that owning a business + planning a wedding is way hard. PRIORITIES, y’all. I can’t guarantee that my posts will be on the regs between now and when I get home from my honeymoon, but I’ve got some good stuff to share, so let’s do this!

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour

I love a tiny apartment. I used to live in one, remember? Tiny apartments force you to be creative with how you use your space, but you can also make a bold impact in a small space. Recently, my friend Summer moved into this itsy bitsy 470-square-foot apartment and gave me permission to share her photos with all of you!

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

A Teeny, Tiny Apartment Tour | Rosemary on the TV

This little sewing nook is one of my favorite spots! I love the gallery wall (who hasn’t wanted that For Like Ever poster?) and her use of a lucite desk is a great choice because it doesn’t take up visual space.

The Emmys 2014 or Something Something Cary Joji Fukunaga Something

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Accurate portrayal of how I looked writing this fashion recap today.

Ah, the Emmys. NBC’s last ditch effort to show the world the charms of Seth Meyers. I love Seth, I do, but the jokes last night were like dad jokes from the nineties – a little corny, a little safe, VERY dated. So I’m not sure if making him the host will necessarily boost his ratings. What’s worse, Ricky Gervais, who has been a notorious past host, was maybe the funniest presenter of the night.
There weren’t many surprises: Breaking Bad won everything, Sarah Silverman was high, Julia Roberts never learned to walk properly in heels. One pleasant surprise, however, was that Cary Joji Fukunaga, the creator/director of True Detective, looks like this:
66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room
The only other pleasant surprise from last night was that the red carpet was about 85% good. Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I was highly impressed with the amount of pretty I saw last night. Yes, Lena Dunham completely skewed my average (we’ll get to her later), but overall, I didn’t have a whole lot of complaining to do. So my apologies if this recap feels too nice. I’ll try to make up for it next time.
::rubs hands together like an evil villain::


66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Well, it’s official. I have a BIG, LESBIAN CRUSH on Lizzy Caplan, and you can put that in your Burn Book. And yes, I could fit at least seven more Mean Girls references in here, but I’ll just stop now and say what I’m thinking: she looks absolutely phenomenal.

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WHO IS THIS AND WHY IS HER DRESS SO AMAZING?

No but seriously, who is this? I found the photo last night and now I can’t seem to track where it came from and I honestly don’t know who this person is.

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Sarah Hyland’s really had a hard time of it on the red carpet. Basically her entire life. She’s always dressed matronly or cougar-y or just plain badly, so when I saw this, I just wanted to pinch her little cheeks and gift her an inscribed copy of “Oh The Places You’ll Go” and tear up when she walks across the stage, and put a bumper sticker on my car letting everyone know that my child is a Red Carpet Honor Roll student at Hollywood High.

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This look was kind of crazy and I loved it. The styling was perfect – perfect shoes, perfect jewelry and purse – and an EXCELLENT call on hair and no necklace. Anything else would’ve competed with the dress.

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So I didn’t know she was pregnant until I saw this photo. Isn’t she, like, fourteen years old? Either way, best I’ve ever seen her look on the red carpet!

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Amy has my heart. Everything she did last night was perfection – from the moment Seth introduced her:

To when she introduced Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harralson by saying “Please welcome two gentlemen whose names are also items at marijuana dispensaries,” she is pretty much just nailing life right now. And her hair/dress combo were totally fab.

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The cast of Orange is the New Black all looked fabulous – well, almost all (I’m looking at you, Prepon) – but Laverne Cox was the winner for me. The cape was perfection, and coming off the VMAs, where she looked like THIS, I’d say she wins for the weekend.

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I couldn’t find a great photo of this look, but it so totally worked on her. It was swishy and modern and cool – much cooler than when she announced “The COLE-BORT Report” won then immediately rode her surfbort off stage.enhanced-8124-1409008489-1

Overall, this dress was a win for me. I’m not normally a fan of this shape, or this person, but she looks nice and if I tried to say otherwise, it would be my waist envy talking.

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I was underwhelmed by this. I can’t put my finger on why. The cut was sort of boring. Like it’s just hanging on her, and she’s not really doing anything to sell it. She’s a human clothes hanger with  a Christmas garland around her neck.

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This is the only time in recent memory that Kristen Wiig didn’t wear something the color of panty hose to an awards show. It’s a vast improvement for her.

And now, a short interlude where we take a moment to remember these starlets who would’ve looked great had it not been for their bad hair. We’ll always remember you ladies!

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Poor Zooey. She catches flack for always having the same bangs, but when she tries to grow them out, we hate. Her dress was perfect for her, but I think if she’s going to attempt a bangless existence, she’ll need to change something about the rest of her ‘do. That middle part is a little bit “Islands in the Stream”-era Dolly Parton, which ONLY works on Dolly Parton.

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I love you, Mindy. But if me, you and Danny Castalano are ever going to succeed as a non-traditional family, you’re going to have to lose the Bump-it.

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This dress was fabulous, but since no one else present at the Emmy’s had rained on hair, I imagine January Jones showed up under one of those personal pan Eeyore rain clouds.

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It’s past time that Skrillex shaved head thing crawled back to the dark corner from which it came, and the only acceptable form of this haircut seen on red carpets anymore should be in the super awkward growing-out phase. But Kelly’s looks freshly shaved. And that’s disappointing.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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The cardinal rule of dressing is that you can’t mix orange and black together without looking like those nasty, wax-paper toffee candies that everyone throws away when they’re digging for the good Halloween candy.

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Besides being the same sad color from head to toe, this looks like it was borrowed from the dressing room of a woman who used to be sexy sixty years ago and now clings to the Good Old Days as hard as her brittle hand bones will allow.

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If you liked Amanda Peet’s dress, I’m sure my mom still has the McCall’s pattern for my 1994 Easter dress which looked almost identical to this.

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Sarah Paulson either wore this monstrosity of a dress, or she wore a nice black dress and this perfectly timed photograph was taken just seconds after she spontaneously combusted.

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Mayim Bialik has a Ph.D in Neuroscience, so if I knew anything about neuroscience, I’d make a neuroscience-related joke here. Something about brain failure. I don’t know, I’m feeling lazy. You do the rest.

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And finally. Lena Dunham dressed as one of those Barbie doll toilet paper roll covers, only if Barbie had bad posture, no bra, and a habit for mouth breathing.

YOUR TURN! Who’d you love and who’d you hate?

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe | Rosemary on the TV

 

Happy National S’mores Day!

I’m celebrating this holiest of holidays with a guest post on making homemade marshmallows over at Treatsie! They are really easy and about 100 times more delicious than that jet-puffed garbage you buy at grocery stores. Check out this post here.

Happy Weekend + Stella & Dot Winner!

Happy Friday everyone! Two updates for y’all:

Two Non-Girly Ways to Wear Pink | Rosemary on the TV

1) I’ve got another post up at Bourbon and Boots about how to wear pink without looking like a girly girl. So check that out if you’re interested.

Stella and Dot GIVEAWAY! | Rosemary on the TV

2) And more importantly, we’re excited to announce the winner of the Stella & Dot giveaway from (the amazing) Casie Selig! Congrats to Jamie Bradshaw for winning the Renegade Cluster Bracelet! Jamie, watch your email for instructions on claiming your priiiize! Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you didn’t win this one – better luck next time! Feel free to browse Casie’s Stella & Dot site anytime or contact her if you want to purchase something or host a trunk show.

Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie Recipe

Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie Recipe | Rosemary on the TV

If you’ve ever been to a Momofuku Milk Bar, then you know the sort of treasures to be had there. Birthday cake truffles (don’t), cereal milk ice cream (stop), compost cookies (I can’t). It is a heaven of delicious treats. And their top seller? The Crack Pie, named so because it is as addictive as a highly illegal drug. Turns out, Crack Pie ain’t hard to make. And should be a required skill considering that even those who live in NYC and have access to them can’t buy them for less than $44 a pop.

So head on over to Bourbon and Boots where my recipe is up and waiting for you.

PS. Don’t forget to enter our Stella & Dot giveaway! We’ll announce this winner tomorrow!

Life Lately (June Instagram Update)

Life Lately (June Instagram Update) | Rosemary on the TV

So this is a little late, but we’re just gonna go with it, okay? June was a pretty month in Instagrams – so colorful, thanks in part to the small fortune I spent at the farmers market last month. Arkansas produce this time of year is just too good to pass up. I also went to a going away party/fiesta for my friends Christie and Caleb, who have moved out of town. We miss them already!

For more, follow me on Instagram: @rohallma

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Stella and Dot giveaway! We announce the winner on Friday!

{CLOSED} Stella and Dot Giveaway!

Stella and Dot GIVEAWAY!

I absolutely love the super cute, affordable jewelry and accessories from Stella & Dot. This company is great at creating both stand alone statement pieces, and pieces that can be stacked and layered and collected over time.

Stella and Dot GIVEAWAY!

I’ve considered hosting trunk shows over the years and inviting my friends to come play in all the jewelry, but it never happened. Then recently, my good friend Casie became a Stella & Dot stylist, which means I have a pretty good reason to get around to that trunk show, don’t you think?

Stella and Dot GIVEAWAY!

One of my current favorite pieces from Stella & Dot is the Renegade Cluster Bracelet, which has black diamond pave beads and gold plated crystals and can be layered with all your favorite bracelets. And lucky for you guys, sweet Casie has offered to give one of these bracelets away to a lucky Rosemary on the TV reader!

Stella and Dot GIVEAWAY!

Stella and Dot GIVEAWAY! | Rosemary on the TV

To enter, simply visit Casie’s stylist site at StellaDot.com, take a look around and come back here to leave a comment telling me which item on the site is your VERY favorite. For an EXTRA entry, “Like” Rosemary on the TV on Facebook and share this giveaway with your friends!

We will choose a winner at random next Friday! Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!

Antiquing Adventures in Little Rock

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

VintageMarket1A couple Saturdays ago, I got up early and decided to hit up a few of my favorite local spots for antiques, since I’m on the hunt for the perfect credenza. It wasn’t my day for the credenza, but that didn’t make the hunt any less fun! I was in luck, because the South Main Vintage Market was taking place over at Bernice Gardens, so I stopped there first. This monthly market has vendors from all over peddling vintage (20 years old) and antique (50 years old) items as well as recycled and upcycled items.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

Next up, I couldn’t leave SoMa without heading across the street to my favorite Little Rock shop – Clement/Sweet Home, where the curiosities and stacked-to-the-ceiling vignettes make browsing as much fun as shopping. I love love love the gold  ship pictured below.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

From there, I headed north to Roy Dudley Estate Sales, which is always a good spot to find high end antiques, silver serving pieces and imported items.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintageBecause I’m particularly hoping to find a mid-century credenza, the day wouldn’t be complete without a stop by Galaxy Office Furniture. This place is piled high with tons of mid-century furniture, housewares and general oddities. There’s more to look at in this place than you’ll ever have time to sort through. They had a few mid-century dressers and even some credenzas, but none were the perfect piece for me.

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

Antique Hunting in Little Rock | Rosemary on the TV #arkansas #vintage

So even though I came home empty handed, it didn’t even remotely feel like a wasted Saturday. Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques around Little Rock? I need as many recommendations as possible!

 

Star-Spangled Strawberries Recipe

Star-Spangled Strawberries Recipe | Rosemary on the TV #holidays #recipe #4thofJuly #red #white #blue

If you’re scrambling for a last minute, quick and easy dessert or snack for your 4th of July holiday this weekend, be sure and check out my guest post today over at Treatsie! I’m showing readers how to make red, white and blue, cream-cheese stuffed Star-Spangled Strawberries!

Star-Spangled Strawberries Recipe | Rosemary on the TV #holidays #recipe #4thofJuly #red #white #blue

 

Just five quick ingredients using farm fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself a sweet, tart, cream cheesy treat! Get the recipe here.


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