Simple messy bridal hair inspiration

Monday, January 26, 2015

You may remember this beautiful back from this tutorial. We were fortunate to use her again for our shoot with Anthropologie/BHLDN! This was the second look we made for them. It translates well for all wedding participants; the bride, bridesmaids or even guests! For the bride this would be a disheveled romantic up do. For the bridesmaid, this will be elegant and simple. For the guest, this is flirty and fun. Make it what you wish!  

The look is pretty thrown together and simple. We started by getting the hair textured with a gritty seasalt spray. We then teased the hair slightly from root to ends. Next, we gathered the sides and overlapped them to the center. With the leftover hair we then rolled up the ends and pinned it like a bun. This is not meant to be a tutorial as much as inspiration. But if we get enough requests, we'll be sure to do a tutorial on this look! 

Details: The dress on our model is the Barletta Dress. The hair accessories are: Primerose Hairpin (the one we used is not available but we recommend the primrose) and the Sakura Halo (bottom hair piece) 

Check out some of these beautiful hair pieces from bhldn for your next event.  Such a great way to make your look cohesive and flawless!  


Goat Cheese, Rosemary, and Honey Crostini

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Recently, I (Molly) went to my dear friend Jen's 102 year old bungalow for a visit. First of all, it was beautiful, we will have to share some of her home and its renovations some day. Secondly, she made me a treat that I just fell in love with. The plus to this treat was that there was a beautiful story behind this tasty snack that really inspired me to slow down. So we thought we would let her share her story and the yummy goodness that goes along with it.

From Jennifer:
My husband, Shane, traveled to Sweden back in 2009 on a Mission Trip. One goal of the 
trip was to simply connect with others while visiting a beautiful church in Stockholm. If you do not know much about the Swedes, you should delve into their lifestyle and culture, it is quite lovely. 
The church my husband worked with was truly a city on a hill; a light of hope in a spiritually dark and desolate place. While there, he and the team were immensely blessed with beautiful moments amongst Swedish and American believers. Two cultures that were very different embraced one God.
Relationships were formed and began to grow on the trip and from across the ocean. 

Jordi, an American missionary, had been living in Sweden for several years. She was on staff at the church Shane’s team visited. She was their "go to American friend” for cultural views, language barriers and traditions. Fika (a cultural phenomenon) is one tradition that Swedes love and take part of every day. It is a pause in your ordinary day to enjoy coffee and treats with friends, colleagues, or family. Swedes take Fika seriously and rarely, if ever, miss it. These people know how to pause, slow down, and be present with one another. Something that our culture so easily forgets to do. In Sweden, it is also acceptable and encouraged to leave work for Fika. This one tradition has certainly affected my own life and prompted me to just “be” with my people.      

Once Shane returned home, I befriended the American-Swedish girl. We began praying for both cultures and sharing our heart with one another. Thankfully, one year while visiting her family in North Carolina, she decided to come down and stay with us in small town Alabama. My one request was that we share Fika together. Jordi prepared a goat cheese, rosemary, honey drizzled crostini that quickly became our family's favorite. We sat on our front porch enjoying our breaks from the busy world. Sharing our fika, snacks, laughter and tears. I just didn't want it to end.

We now make these delicious-Swedish treats for every friend that visits our home. This one small treat and concept of pausing your day to enjoy a break with one another has opened beautiful conversations and knocked down many walls. 

So now, here I am sharing a Swedish (& somewhat American) treat with you. It is delicious and one bite will get you hooked. Side note, it is also super easy to prepare and cook! Enjoy!

What you'll need:
-Dried or fresh rosemary (1 tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dried)  
-Honey Goat Cheese (Publix brand- small logs of goat cheese in the deli)
-Local honey (if you’re in a pinch, just grab some off the shelf at Publix)
-Baking pan


1) Preheat oven to 350

2) Open goat cheese + set aside  

3) Pull off some rosemary sprigs, as much or as little as you like

4) Slice baguette into about ¼ of an inch slices (not too thick and not too thin). Place bread on pan.

5) Slice goat cheese on a cutting board and place onto bread pieces. Goat cheese can be diffcult to cut and spread so no need to be a perfectionist. Embrace the mess!

6) Sprinkle rosemary on top of each (choose as much or as little as your taste buds desire)

7) Drizzle some honey over entire pan.

8) Cook for 10-15 minutes, pull out + drizzle more honey on top, then put them back in for 5 minutes. You want these slices of heaven to be just toasty enough, just gooey enough, and it is best to eat them fresh out of the oven. 

9) Enjoy and take time to break bread with the people you are sharing them with. 

Enjoying Fika, for me, is about fellowship and pausing long enough to be in the moment with those we hold dear.

-Jen and mojo

A Tousled Mohawk bridal unpo by Irrelephant for BHLDN Weddings + Anthropologie

Friday, January 16, 2015

These are a few images of the shoot we did in collaboration with BHLDN and Anthropologie. We did four looks with some of their most beautiful pieces to give inspiration for all those holiday parties. This look was inspired by the Honey Suckle Halo and how it needed something to border.  So we pulled the hair towards the center and pinned it up like a mohawk. We then teased the left over hair and started twisting it in a line from the lower nape to the top of the head. The honey suckle is actually meant to be a halo, but we bordered it to one of the sides and pinned the straps to secure it. The look was paired with Caspian Drop earrings and the Barletta Dress with the Rose Gold Glittered Heels. 

With wedding season approaching, we'll be sharing the rest of the looks periodically to inspire some future brides! So come back and see what else we have up our sleeves!

5 Steps For Moms

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I may or may not be using "being a mom" as an excuse to be a little lazy about my grooming. But in all honesty, it is really hard to "jump in the shower" or get dressed when you have a baby that hates being put down. So in honor of all the mom's out there, we bring you: 

"A Simple Guide To Looking Decent For Public!"

Step 1: Wipe away yesterdays make up. It helps to not have black eyes and mascara clumps that make your eyes look like you've been doing meth all weekend. 
Step 2: Brush your teeth, maybe? I don't know. This is optional.

Step 3: Throw on a face mask! You know, because you have all that time to A. Go out and get one and B. put it on and not get it on baby's face when you're holding say baby. (Just a tip: don't get cheap forever 21 face mask and put it near your bushy eyebrows. Because mask will act like a wax and take off your eyebrow hair in fury. Molly captured my face in pain well, and Theo not looking impressed)

Step 4: Brush the nest behind your neck that has taken permanent residence and no matter how often you brush it out, it will always come back. If you don't remember how to do this, take a brush and start from the bottom and work your way up. This is to impress your significant other so they don't think birds live in your hair anymore. 
Step 5: Once you brush your hair we are often left wondering what to do. You can either do the usual and throw your hair up in a bun OR you can get creative and bring back the 90s. Both are acceptable looks to go out in public.

So there you have it, ladies! I hope this helps you on your quest to looking decent for public outings. You're welcome. 

Avocado Pesto Sauce

Monday, January 12, 2015

This is a super delicious and quick weekday meal full of healthy fats and perfect to serve crowds who are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. 
The best part is that it only takes 5-10 minutes to put together. Gnocchi cooks in 2-3 minutes and the sauce is blended all at once in just a few seconds. It might be the quickest and most innovative meal you will make all week.

Gnocchi and Avocado Pesto (10 minute meal)
For Two Servings

1 Ripe Avocado
2 Large Basil Leaves
1 Garlic Clove
Juice of Half a Lemon
1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Water As Needed
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Box of Cherry Tomatoes

1. While boiling the gnocchi, combine avocado, basil, lemon juice, and garlic. Add olive oil to thin out. Add additional water if you would like a thinner sauce.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Pour sauce over gnocchi.
4. Cut cherry tomatoes and toss into the gnocchi.
4. Top with parmesan.

Extra Fun Tip: Instead of adding raw tomatoes, roast the cherry tomatoes with minced garlic, salt, and pepper for 10 minutes on high and toss with the gnocchi. I love both the fresh and roasted tomatoes... I cant decide which I like more. -Rylee

Theo's Adventurous Nursery

Friday, January 9, 2015

I finally finished Theo's nursery! Just in time to start sleep training him in his own bed. The bed his dad, grandpa, and I made. The first night he slept 10PM-5AM and the next 7:30PM-6AM! I say it's going pretty well, but I wont hold my breath until he's done with all those teeth. 
As far as the theme/inspiration of the nursery, there wasn't really any. It was more of whatever I love (for instance: african animals and the movie "Out of Africa") My "color palette" was neutral and a "material palette" like wood, jute and iron. I incorporated wood in the big furniture; crib, armoire and changing station. Iron was in the small details, like the hinges and lamp. The jute was the decor like his laundry basket and mobile. The first piece we used to start the nursery was the mobile and rug - they put the esthetic of the room together. 
The main goal was I didn't want it to look like a nursery...I wanted it to flow and feel like a part of the house. I didn't want to 'baby' his room up to much, I wanted him to know me through his room. Everything that I love and am drawn to, is all around him as he sleeps and plays. 

His crib is made out of Ambrosia Maple and detailed with matte gold screws. I loved the idea of his bed being a huge statement piece- which I think we succeeded! Its my favorite part of his room and I hope he has many peaceful dreams in it. 

His rug I bought from a friend, so i'm not sure where its from. But I looked up similar ones

The shelves are from Ikea (we bought two and cut in half). His elephant chair and elephant picture (20 bucks! Score!) are from a local store

His laundry basket is another favorite! You can find here.

The wall basket is from Target (I'm eyeing this one as well) so is the Lamp, although I changed the shade to one I found at an antique store years ago! The leather chair is also from a local antique store.

His woven giraffe was a gift, that I can't help but smile every time I see it. 

The crib curtain fabric is from Hancock fabrics, we found the fabric on sale and bought the last of it! My amazing mom made a perfect fit canopy for the crib! Which by the way, we know eventually it will be a safety issue and we will change once he's up and moving around :) maybe some bunting? Oh the possibilities! 

The unpractical plant is from good ol' Home depot! They got a pretty good selection for house plants (and for a good price!) you just gotta go at the right time to snatch a good one!  The foot lounger (thats what I call them...) was found at a thrift store, as was the changing "table".  The foot lounger's cushion was made by my mom. The armoire was a hand me down from a family member. And the mobile- sadly I bought from a couple I have no information to. (They were selling their handmade items at a farmers market in DC) So I can't tell you where to find one and sadly, I can't buy more! 

So there you have it, Theo's nursery. Simple and fun. I have a few more things (like a swing and a beautiful print) to put up and I'm always adding and rearranging, so when I do I'll update! :)

Fresh Start

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Joanna and I are starting this year with a few new goals for ourselves. A lot of them have to do with this blog baby of ours, but some are just very simple. We mainly want to have a fresh start with our bodies, minds, and aspirations. (get it?!) Here are a few ways we are going to stay fresh this year:

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Mine (Molly) is to drink only water for the month of January. Don't ask me why, popped in my head and now I just want to do it. After the thought, I heard and read a lot of articles supporting my new years resolution.
Joanna is eating overall healthier. This girl has a bunch of stomach issues so the less sugars and dairy the better. For real, she has the stomach of an old woman. So needless to say she is pushing herself to cut out the things that make her double over in pain but this is also good for just about everyone.
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As far as our beauty regime this year, we like to keep it simple and classy. Things that enhance our natural state. One of our favorite products is the Mary Kay Lip Mask, this stuff is perfection! No matter the occasion, big or small, this is the first thing we do. The mask leaves your lips in a state where you know your lips were created to be in, soft and kissable! Especially in the winter time, blah! Talking about winter, have ya'll tried coconut oil for moisturizing?? Its the most versatile product I've come across. Great for that healthy eating (good oil!) and fantastic for your skin! Another way we're trying to refresh ourselves is by being active. So we are both going to Pure Barre! Follow our awkward journey on our Instagram.

As far as some fun products we are going to try this year, we have two so far! We've heard nothing but big praises about the Frank Coffee Scrub...gonna jump on that bandwagon and give it a try! (I'll let you know if I see a difference on those left over baby marks -Jo) We're also excited to try brightening up our teeth with Smile Brilliant. We love this company and how you can get the exact same thing you can get at the dentist right in the convenience of your own home. For a much lower price, score! We'll show you a before and after and let you know what we think!

Any other product we must try? Seriously, I'm asking- tell me all the cool things we gotta try, tell us your secrets, please! (For example, what's your favorite nail color, your favorite mascara *desperate to find a good one!* or even your favorite vitamin!)

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