Have you guys seen this stunning Santa Ynez Vineyard wedding over on Once Wed this week? Hope that your weekends are shaping up to be full of just as much beauty and style… I’m visiting some of my oldest and best girl friends in Houston today, and it’s been so fun getting to spend hours talking late into the night together. Feel like we haven’t done that since college! I’ll head home to my honey this afternoon, and the rest of our weekend includes a baby shower for my adorable mama-to-be friend Martha Lynn, grilling pizzas with friends and possibly popping into a baby store (or two) to start thinking about our registry. By the way, have you guys entered our Perfect T giveaway yet? We’ll be announcing the 3 winners on Monday, so be sure and hop on over! Hope you have a lovely weekend, and enjoy my favorite links from the week!
Genius business card stamp.
How to escape the comparison trap.
Are any of these table manners new to you?
This gorgeous celebration of spring is total foodie-nature inspiration.
I never get tired of pretty paper flags.
Live in the middle of the tropical forest? Sure, if it looked like this!
The chicest ice cream social I ever did see.
A sweet way to welcome them home.
And a few things you may have missed this week:
Want these for breakfast…and afternoon snacking…and dessert.
The color combo I can’t get enough of.
My new go-to appetizer for spring dinner parties. more +
We talk a lot about finding inspiration around here… from changing weather to an unusual color pairing, we tend to seek it out at every possible opportunity. That said, every now and then something comes along that overwhelms us with inspiration and imagination, and yesterday evening a group of Austin’s most creative women gathered at the first ever Ruby Collaborative to achieve just that. The event (hopefully, the first of many) was hosted by Ana, Candice and Chelsea and brought us all together for a few hours of mixing, mingling and sharing of fabulous ideas. We were so inspired by the location and the lovely group of ladies there, that we knew we had to share some snapshots with all of you. Keep reading for more about the event, plus a glimpse of the lovely store where it took place! more +
Now that I’m past the halfway mark, I’m starting to need to tweak my wardrobe choices a little more to accommodate a growing belly… which is why I’m loving the items in my closet that are a little more drapey and roomy without making me feel like a slob. Enter my collection of StyleMint Ts – I have long and short-sleeved, striped and solid, crew and v-neck…and with their figure-forgiving fit, I find myself reaching for one of them almost daily. (I’m in the Albany T above.) Even if you’re not pregnant, the perfect T is always a must-have wardrobe staple, and StyleMint is giving them away to 3 lucky CamilleStyles.com readers in the style & color of their choice! Keep reading to find out how to enter… more +
I keep reading about how important it is for pregnant girls to find ways to incorporate little indulgences into our lives… as though I needed any convincing! I’ve been a long-time believer that everyone should look for a small way to pamper themselves every day, whether it’s an afternoon latté, gorgeous new lipstick or overpriced European design magazine from the newsstand (those are some of my faves, anyway!) I’ve been indulging in the occasional prenatal massage, lots of healthy smoothies, and these two items that I’ve been quite obsessed with this week. My Diptyque candle in Rose has the rare quality of perfuming my entire office even when it’s not lit…and it’s especially pretty when paired with a bouquet of pink roses from my garden. And this Tummy Honey Butter by Bella B is every bit as yummy as it appears. I’ve tried a bunch of different stretch-mark prevention creams, and this is the only one that actually feels like it’s doing something, plus it smells so good that you almost want to give it a taste. I’d love to hear about all of your favorite little indulgences! Let us know what you do to feel pampered in the comments below… more +
Hi everyone! Jess here — today’s treat was inspired by my beloved Pinterest queue, and I’m so pleased with the final product. The recipe couldn’t possibly be simpler, but it yields the most perfect and sweet results. I love the idea of serving these jam straws at an adorable baby shower (hint hint, Camille!), or even offering them to guests as a sweet something that’s easy to snack on while mingling at a brunch. Keep reading for a recipe certainly worth repeating, and I’d love to hear of any must-try recipes that you’ve discovered on Pinterest! more +
Hi everyone! Michelle here, with a daring yet dainty approach to wardrobe organization. We’re all comfortable with setting out fashion photography coffee table books or hanging our favorite blown up editorial images on the walls. But lately I’ve been noticing that the marriage of fashion and interior design can be bolstered even more. Shouldn’t the ruffled, floral and sequined art work that we all keep stashed away be showcased more often? I’m slowly warming up to the idea, and something tells me that your fantastic frocks and sultry stilettos will not only thank you for freeing them from the inner depths of your closet (bye bye mothballs!), but will revel as a delightful addition to your bedroom decor. Plus, what a visually stunning way to organize your wardrobe! Follow the jump to view more fabulous photos, and please share: would you dare unite sartorial style with interior decor?
So excited to be over at the Rue La La blog this month as the brand’s official guest editor for April! I was thrilled when the team shared that this month’s theme would be Renew, as it’s something I’ve definitely been working to do myself lately. We’re kicking off the series with a pair of posts about my favorite ways to refresh and renew for the season. The image above illustrates one of them (swap out wintry scents for floral candles around the house!); be sure to check out the rest of my tips here and here. I’m also collaborating with Rue La La on a special Pinterest board this month that’s brimming with images to put you in a rejuvenated state of mind, so be sure to hop over there, and get ready to pin away!
And if y’all aren’t yet Rue La La members…consider this your official invitation to start discovering the most fab private sale boutiques in fashion, accessories, footwear, home, travel, wine, gourmet food, local services, and more. Oh! And we’d love to hear how all of you get renewed for spring, so please share your favorite tips in the comments! more +
We weren’t joking yesterday when we said that we’re simply smitten with everything coral for spring… and when I say ‘smitten with’, what I really mean is obsessing over. Add a new line by Heath Ceramics to the mix, and we’re a total lost cause. I know it might be a tad bit fantastical, but why not have just as much fun with your dinnerware as you do with your wardrobe, and transform it with the trends of the season? I can’t help but dream of scooping up every piece in Heath’s Summer Seasonal Collection and setting the most beautiful, color-charged table for a springtime get together. We’ve picked a few of our favorite item’s to share with you after the jump, but there’s a whole lot more where that came from here! more +
Morning lovelies! As promised, I’m sharing the recipe for these totally awesome asparagus + fresh ricotta crostini that I whipped up when guests arrived for brunch on Easter. I’m kind of obsessed with these and have a feeling I’ll be making them for dinner parties all spring…the flavors and colors are so light, but the fresh, creamy ricotta makes them indulgent, too. And let’s be honest: you’ve got to use fresh ricotta here. My grocery store sells it from a local farm, but if your’s doesn’t, it’s super easy to make yourself. (see that cream in the recipe? that’s why it’s so good.) I toasted squares of super thin sourdough bread, mixed lemon zest into the ricotta, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil, salt, black pepper & lemon juice. Layered together and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt, it’s a bite of pure springtime. What crostini toppings are your favorites? I’m still loving this pea + mint version… and these with peach + prosciutto are insane. Keep reading for the asparagus + ricotta recipe!
A few of my favorite moments from our family Easter brunch yesterday… Adam and I hosted at our house this year, and it was so fun getting to have both sets of parents, plus some of my favorite cousins/best friends, all together in one place. I made a couple of big frittatas with roasted vegetables, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella…. more +