Happy weekend, friends!
It’s my favorite day of the week!
I hope you had a great one.
Mine was jam packed with fun things.
It was wedding week – again – on the blog!
All about the planning and details of Kyle and Melody’s wedding straight from the newlyweds themselves.
Oh, and their gorgeous wedding photos too.
Maya Lora Photography
On Thursday my friend Ashely of Modern Glam Home
invited me to join her for the grand opening of Eye for Pretty’s new shop.
Eye for Pretty at Home in Danville.
What a fun event and a beautiful new store.
You may remember the Eye for Pretty décor fairies styled Snowberry’s fall porch last year.
Many of the woven pots and the stool they used are available in the new shop.
In addition to so many other wonderful things for the home.
A few of which came home with me!
Ashley’s boutique, Flaunt, is in Danville too.
I stopped by before we walked down the block to the opening.
And bought another adorable summer dress.
More on that later.
Let’s get to it.
Speaking of weddings … it’s fun when a couple incorporates a signature cocktail, or two, into their big day. A signature cocktail can be anything that’s reflective of the couple and their story. It might include an element of the local culture, like an ingredient, something that represents a favorite place, or special moment in their relationship. Kyle and Melody’s wedding featured two signature cocktails. His (Old Fashioned) and Hers (Jalapeno Margarita).
Maya Lora Photography
Old Fashioned: 1.5 oz bourbon, 1 sugar cube, a few dashes Angostura bitters, a few dashes water, orange slice & cocktail cherry for garnish. Place sugar cube in Old Fashioned glass, add bitters and water. Muddle until sugar cube is dissolved. Fill glass with ice. Add bourbon. Gently stir. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.
Jalapeño Margarita: 1.5 oz blanco tequila, juice of two limes, 1 tsp agave nectar, 1 jalapeño (seeds & ribs removed), Tajin rimming salt, jalapeño slice & lime wedge for garnish. Rub lime wedge around rim of glass. Dip rim in Tajin salt. Fill glass with ice. Muddle jalapeño in cocktail shaker. Add ice, tequila, lime juice and agave. Shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with jalapeño and lime slices.
You can find my interview with the newlyweds here all about how they approached the planning of their wedding … including the details, vendors, and sources. You’ll be surprised where Melody sourced her wedding veil! They found their signature cocktail sign here and personalized cocktail napkins here.
WHAT LIES BENEATH
The past few of years I’ve embraced the floaty-dress-for-summer look. It’s cool, it’s comfortable and these days I really enjoy anything that’s not tight or fitted around the middle.
I’ve been wearing this dress from Flaunt on repeat.
And I bought this dress last night. Also, at Flaunt.
My favorite summer dresses are quite billowy, and the fabric can bunch up between your legs when walking. So annoying. Dresses should flow, not cling. A slip, or petticoat, as my mom called it, is a bit dated. Not to mention adds another unwelcome layer on hot summer days. My solution? A pair of men’s, silk boxer shorts. And it just so happens – don’t ask – I have a pair in my drawer from at least 25 years ago. From Victoria’s Secret. Before they went downmarket and started plastering PINK across every high schooler’s backside. Remember when the stores were nicely decorated and soft, classical music played in the background? They released a collection of classical music on CD each season. Yes, CD. Yes, I’m a dinosaur. But, those were the days.
Anyhoo, my ancient pair of boxers is wearing out. Cautionary tale – years ago, while waiting for my cocoa at Starbucks, I felt a whoosh around my ankles. I looked down in horror to find my petticoat puddled at my feet. It was an old petticoat, and the elastic gave way. We don’t want a repeat of that incident, do we?
So I need a new pair of silk, men’s boxers. Why men’s? Because they’re roomier … and the leg a little longer. I’m wearing a men’s large … so they’re not tight in the waist (but not loose enough to fall down). Sadly, VS being what it is now, I don’t think I’ll find what I’m looking for there. Searching the inter-webs, I found this option at Nordstrom. A little pricey, but it is an item I wear often and for years so possibly justifiable. Neiman Marcus also has this (also pricey) paisley version. Amazon has an inexpensive set of three. I’m not wild about the colors. I guess men don’t wear beige underwear, but that’s ok. Most of my billowy dresses aren’t sheer.
I won’t post pictures because … well, this is a G-rated blog and I don’t want to make you blush. Tell me, what do you wear under your summer dresses?
Last week a surprise package arrived on my doorstep. An Saje Wellness Aroma Nook diffuser kit. A gift from my friend and photographer Monica Vargas. Monica’s been helping me document Snowberry’s renovation for several years now. I met her when she photographed my nieces baby shower. Anyway, she was here a couple of weeks ago and we started talking about diffusers. She recently discovered Saje Wellness and encouraged me to visit their local store. Before I had a chance to do that, she sent me this one. I’ve never had or used a diffuser before. Gasp. And I really like this Nook style for its compact size, shape, and neutral color. It blends right into our great room. I’ve been using the Liquid Sunshine essential oil blend that was included. It smells amazing.
Monica sent the Relaxation Room collection too. Isn’t she awesome?! Apparently a small diffuser will reach about 300 sqft of space. I think I’ll add another to the back of the house. I love this nook style and it comes in blue too. That might work well in the bedroom. Or maybe another neutral. Hmmm … I’m not sure.
What comes to mind when you hear Laurel Canyon? There’s the movie starring, Frances McDormand. But I think of Hollywood, movie star homes and a laid-back California aesthetic. This new book, Everybody Thought We Were Crazy sounds fascinating, and I just ordered it. It’s about Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward, their marriage and their Spanish style home in Laurel Canyon. All against the cultural landscape of 1960’s Los Angeles music and movie star scene. History, movie stars, a fabulous house … right in my wheelhouse.
SUMMER PATIO LIVING
The temperatures soared into the 90’s this week in Northern California. It feels like summer. And next weekend is Memorial Day. Already. It’s also Jim’s 65th birthday. Holy moly! Last weekend we pulled out the rest of our outdoor pillows and things and got our back patio ready for summer outdoor living.
Last year I bought a collection of green and white Serena & Lily pillows for our patio sofas. I wrote about it here and shared our entire patio renovation here. I love the vibrant green of the pillows and I know they’ll last for years to come.
Do I need to remind you that the Serena & Lily sale is STILL going on? 20% off everything using code GOFORIT.
A couple weeks ago Elizabeth shared the new Julia Berolzheimer x Pottery Barn collection here. Thanks, Elizabeth, for alerting me. I adore Julia’s taste and style and the collection is full of so many beautiful things. I couldn’t resist the gathering basket. I’ve always wanted one. And it fits right in with my Coastal Grandmother aesthetic aspirations.
Julia Berolzheimer x Pottery Barn
I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can swan around the garden clipping rose stems and fulfilling my coastal grandma fantasies.
So, there you have it.
Now let’s visit Kim and Elizabeth and see what they’re up to today.
In other news ~
- Did you know Annie of Most Lovely Things opened a shop this week? How exciting! You can visit her MLT Shop here. It’s full … of lovely things!
- More on the history of Laurel Canyon, a music Mecca in the 60’s and 70’s.
- And, finally, if you saw my Instagram stories yesterday I was wearing this cute and affordable eyelet top from Target!
Look what arrived!
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheers from Snowberry!