Archive for the 'Holidays' Category

GIft Guide : Gadget Girl

You never know what to get her. She’s always one step ahead of the rest, hip to the newest tech trend and stays wired at all times. Show her you’re connected with something she can add to her plugged-in portfolio.

{ 1. iPhone Photo Lenses 2. Ceramic Pig Speaker 3. Zen Charging Station 4. Urbanears Plattan Teal Headphones 5. Woodgrain iPhone Skin 6. Vertical Wall Mountable Turntable and A Very She & Him Christmas 7. Spi Roll Up Keyboard }

Quirky Christmas

I am absolutely in love with everything about this house from D Home Magazine. The quirky vignettes, the playful decor, the unexpected Christmas color palette offset with the crisp whites! Quick! Someone bring me my paintbrush! I’ve got the urge to paint something white!

{images via D Home}

Happy Thanksgiving + A Gilded-Giving Tablescape

Oh my, Thanksgiving snuck up on me. I’d planned to post this earlier in the week, but alas! It’s 8:30 the night before Thanksgiving and here I am. C’est la vie!

Saturday night, we had a small group of friends over for a Thanksgiving-themed dinner party. It was so much fun to bust the leaves out for my dining table and make recipes that you’ve always wanted to try but can’t on the actual holiday without complaints from your great Uncle Ed.

Know what I mean?

Anyway, I used my pottery-esque plates, woven placemats and olive green cloth napkins and accented the earthy colors with gold-speckled votives and gilded table linens. I love mixing rustic and gold elements, so I put this little tablescape together:

{clockwise from top: hydrangeas, wishbone, serving bowl, woven charger, dinner and dessert plates, votives, napkin rings, olive napkin, glassware}

As for what I cooked – a lot of the recipes I used came from Pinterest!

Apple-Bourbon Turkey and Gravy – Aaron made the turkey and it was amazing! The apple-bourbon marinade smelled like heaven!

Martha Stewart’s Macaroni and Cheese. This recipe is killer. I’m making it again for family festivities tomorrow. White sharp cheddar and gruyere with torn bread cubes on top? Martha wins, as usual.

Apple Pecan Cornbread Dressing – I had to try this recipe after having it at a friend’s house last year. Her’s was so delicious. While it was still good, mine turned out a little dry and probably could have used more apple juice.

For dessert – s’mores pie! The pie “crust” was closer to cookie dough and needed significantly more flour than the recipe called for, but other than that – it’s marshmallow creme and Hershey’s bars between graham cracker pie crust. You can’t go wrong.

There was much more, but we had pretty much demolished it before I even remembered I should take photos.

And that, my friends, is what Thanksgiving is allllllllllllllll about.

Have a good one!


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ve got a sunburn and a homemade pitcher of margaritas. Which can only mean one thing:

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

1. Eat Ancho chicken tacos with cilantro slaw and avocado cream. 2. Embellish with tin cans from the international foods section of your grocery store. 3. Wear this gorgeous dress from Anthropologie. 4. Socialize with friends under twinkling lights. 5. Indulge in margarita cupcakes! 6. Please guests with festive appetizers. 7. Experiment with different flavors of Mexican soda. 8. Play with pinatas. 9. Decorate with DIY paper flags. 10. Drink up with fresh lime margaritas.

Valentine’s Day Gift Round Up!

It’s heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrreeeee. Well, it’s almost here. And if this post makes you realize you’ve got a significant other to shower with gifts and only a week to find the perfect one, then NO NEED TO FEAR FOLKS. I’ve got you covered, whether you’re a guy with a girl or a girl with a guy or a guy with a guy or a girl with a cat. Whatever floats your boat, folks.

For her:

1. Kate Spade Love Notes Pendant Necklace, $75. 2. CrabbyChris painted lips pillow, $38. 3. sequin heart clip, $15 each. 4. DuWop Lip Venom, $16. 5. Furbish Studio Mr. and Mrs. hand towels, $30. 6. LeCreuset heart-shaped casserole dish (!!!!!!), $159.99. 7. This is For You, Rob Ryan, $11.50. 8. Kate Spade Romeo & Juliet Book Clutch, $325. 9. DVF Kiss My iPhone Cover, $20. 10. Tory Burch Je t’aime Paperweight, $48.

And when in doubt, a bouquet of her favorite flowers will always do the trick.


And for him:

1. Urban Outfitters App Magnets, $16. 2. Freehands Cashmere gadget-friendly gloves, $80. 3. J.Crew Lotsa Hearts boxers, $18.50. 4. Jack Spade Kiss Ass Wallet, $115. 5. Jack Spade Bones Money Clip, $65. 6. Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, $40. 7. Dirty Jokes Every Man Should Know, Doogie Horner, $9.95. 8. xoelle red gingham freestyle bow tie.

Local gift roundup

In case you haven’t noticed, our little city is brimming with talent. I could go on for hours about the talented people I know and the amazing things they create. I won’t, but I could.

With this much creative talent in one town, why look to any place else for Christmas gifts? Below, a round up of some favorite locally made items that would make great gifts for everyone on your list.

A charming, quirky letterpress print from Roll & Tumble Press, $15-25, for the BFF who loves all things retro-cool.


One of Summer Daniel’s colorful dresses, $80-100, for your stylish little sister. Available at Box Turtle.


Cody Belew‘s Paradise album, $7, for your cool, music loving uncle. Available on iTunes.


One of Bryan Frazier’s personalized pet portraits for your boyfriend that keeps Fido’s picture in his wallet. Available at Box Turtle. Prices/sizes vary.


And for Fido, super stylin’ collars and leashes by Angel Court, $40. Also available at Box Turtle.


Matt Owen’s minimalist movie posters, $12, for your roommate (so you can enjoy them too).


A homemade pie, $25, courtesy of Avant Tarte for your sweet-toothed brother who can’t boil water.


An anthology of works by local writers from weatethebook publishing, $4, for your English major cousin.


My Brother’s Salsa for your foodie co-worker. Available at Shoppes on Woodlawn.


A photograph print by Evan Hallmark, for your dad who “just doesn’t get out West enough.” Prices starting at $35. Sizes vary. Email


Handmade and custom designed feather hairpins and assorted accessories from Rosey & Ev, starting at $7. Email jenniferashleyjones(at)gmail(dot)com or call 501.658.2620.


What are your favorite sources for locally made gifts?


Wish list : Gold digger

Now I ain’t sayin’ I’m a gold digger, but I’m more than a little in love with all of these gilded gifts.

1. Rain or Shiny Umbrella, $33.99. 2. Crate&Barrel Dazzle Dinner Plate, $9.99. 3. Maya Brenner Signature State Necklace, $250. 4. Kate Spade Twirl Necklace, $75. 5. Stag Horn Mirror, $219.99. 6. Kate Spade Bow Cuff, $175. 7. Kate Spade Twirl Eau de Parfum, $80.  8. Jayson Home and Garden Wall Flower Art, $45-$85. 9. F. Scott Fitzgerald Penguin Hardback Classics.

Wish list : Glitterati



Sparkly things. I’ve been wishing for lots of things lately (isn’t that instilled in all of us this time of year?) but glitter and sequins seem to top the list. Below, a round up of a few of my favorite things.

1. Kate Spade Flash flats, $125. 2. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter Clutch, $395. 3. Deborah Lippmann nail color in Boom Boom Pow, $20. 4. J.Crew Drapey Sequin Tee, $79.50. 5. J.Crew Sequin Mesh Bell Skirt, $128. 6. Lomography Iridescent Sparkle Fisheye Camera , $60. 7. Sequin Heart Shoe clips, $25


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