Well, I am happy to say that I tackled everything on my Dallas agenda that I mentioned in the last entry. I love scratching things off my "To Do" list, so that made me very happy :) Jon and I had a great visit. The weather was beautiful, the fellowship was great and the food was amazing.
Aside from going to Gigi's Cupcakes (which were delicious by the way), I also went to another place I'd never been before called Rise Nº1. I tried to eat there a few years back right around when it first opened, but it was too busy. This time, the girls and I strolled over there for lunch after making our stop at Gigi's. And let me tell you, we were not disappointed. In fact, I'm pretty sure we "oooohed" and "ahhhed" after each course was brought out. I had a pomegranate mimosa, fresh bread, marshmallow soup (which was tomato basil soup with pieces of goat cheese in the shape of marshmallows on top sprinkled with pesto) and the crab souffle which tasted like a big crab cake. They specialize in souffles, but everything we had was great. And the food wasn't the only outstanding thing--the atmosphere was amazing. It had an old library vibe with very intimate seating, great lighting and a chandelier made of recycled wine bottles. I was in heaven.
It's located in the Inwood Village shopping center around Lovers Lane and Inwood Road. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend you check it out. I can promise you won't be disappointed!
After more than a year of debate, I've finally decided on and ordered us a new coffee table! As mentioned here , there were several styles I was considering. However, in the end the tufted ottoman came out on top. Not only was it versatile, so it can be used for years to come, but it also will be good for when we have kiddos down the road. I can't tell you how many people I know who have had to either remove their coffee tables for the safety of their kids' noggins or have had to add those tacky corner protectors. I did not want to invest in a new piece only to have to stow it away down the road. So this seemed to be the perfect solution. And thanks to my Joss & Main membership, it turned out to be the perfect price too. I was all set to order a tufted ottoman from Ballard Designs. I had already received a swatch sample of the fabric I selected and everything. But a few days later, I got a notification from Joss & Main of a sale event called The Tufted C
It's only been 6 months now, but better late than never, right? Auden turned one on November 11th and we celebrated at our home with close family and friends. The theme of the party was pumpkins and pearls. Pun'kin is one of the nicknames I called her when she was little and pearls bring a girly flair and tied into our reveal party when we found out we were having a girl so it seemed perfect. I had so much fun creating her invitation and all of the party printables. And for a little extra adornment, the invites were tied with jute twine and placed in scalloped envelope. Invites available for purchase here . Here's the sweet birthday girl in her homemade hat. I love how the bow on top turned out :) Her birthday stats poster is now available here . The smash cake table with our go-to milk jars (Starbuck frappuccino glasses) with paper straws. The tree slab plate they are sitting on was also used at our wedding. The smash cake was a $10 cake from Public and
Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner. The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print. Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :) Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print. A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos. An antique baby basket helped house the gifts. The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee. The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar. And of course no shower is comp