Hello! We are Molly & Joanna and we are two stylists that decided to collaborate to push ourselves creatively. We are located in the south, where we are styling, shooting, creating, and living. We hope you leave inspired!
All images are shot by Joanna Ballentine of Irrelephant blog, unless otherwise noted. We love to see our work pinned, featured, and used as inspiration - but please do not take images or content without properly crediting our work, thank you :)
Happy Monday! We had a much needed relaxing weekend, and hope you did too!
Today we bring you this simple little do that we both like to wear on errand days - and for fancy dancy parties:
1. Tease and pin the crown section
2. Bring the sides up, overlapping each other over the previous pinned section.
3. Start braiding the left over hair all the way to the ends. (your choice of braid)
4. From the ends of the hair start bending the braid into itself.
5. Keep bending back until you reach the head. Start pinning!
6. Make sure to cross your bobby pins like an “x” for maximum hold. Spray and enjoy!
TIPS: Make sure your hair has a lot of texture to begin with. We sprayed bumble & bumble surf spray and dry spun finish in the models hair. This lets the hair become moldable and gritty so the up do stays. Having silky clean hair sometimes slips out easily, so if you’re having problems add a little spray!
1 ½ cups diced Red Delicious or Gala apple (about one whole apple)
*If you don't have flax meal, put 1/4 cup flax seeds into a food processor. Mix until they resemble the texture of wheat germ or wheat bran. Just make sure and measure the meal to 1/4 cup before you add it into the batter.
1) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2) Whisk together the flour, flax meal and seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3) In a separate bowl of a mixer with a wire whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy and light beige in color. It should take about three to five minutes.
4) Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5) Add the vanilla and yogurt and mix again. The batter may look a bit curdled; that's OK.
6) Add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed just until the batter is smooth. Fold in the diced apple by hand.
7) Scoop the batter into the donut pan, being careful to create a even circle of batter in each mold. I like to use a spoon to gently form the batter (it is a bit thick) to fill each donut circle evenly and completely.
8) Bake the donuts for 12 minutes. If you are concerned about their doneness, just stick a toothpick in them, and if it comes out clean, you are all good! Remove the apple goodies from the oven, let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then gently remove them from the donut mold, flip them so they have a nice even top, and allow them to cool to room temperature. If you are impatient like me, you can also cover them warm with the glaze below.
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons almond milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
generous 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon vanilla bourbon paste
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
a bit of freshly grated nutmeg (maybe 1/8 teaspoon)
1) With a whisk, combine sugar, almond milk, butter, bourbon paste, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
2) Take your delicious donuts and dip them in as much of this glaze as you want. My method involved dunking the tops right into the bowl. You can also stack them like pancakes and pour the glaze over the tops. Or make a donut-glaze-donut sandwich. You get the idea.
(This recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour's blueberry muffins here)
Thanks so much to Callie from Luvcooks! She was the mastermind behind this delicious recipe! Seriously, we ate all of them. She is as sweet as her food, check her out!!
Waiting until December 1st to get our christmas tree was the hardest thing for us girls...Our husbands wouldn't let us get one before thanksgiving (eye roll) but we thought it would be worth it if we went to cut our own this year at a tree farm!! We ran through the tree isles cooing and aweing at the large fat trees, but since our little homes can't host such giants- we had to stay with a more humble one. The funny thing is, we ended up grabbing trees that were brought in from North Carolina...so we didn't end up cutting our own :)
But going to the tree farm is definitely our new tradition! If you haven't done it, I would suggest try it this year if you don't have your tree yet! If anything go for the hay ride and apple cider!
Our amazing friend Cana Grooms showed us how to gold leaf the silhouette of our pups! She is currently in the middle of decorating her guest room and wanted to do have a little gold art of her boston terrier! Its pretty simple (just make sure your paper is not heavy textured- we learned the hard way!) But here are a few finished product photos of rocco, rio and goku!
1. Thick or non-absorbent paper of the size you want (Molly did an 8x10, Joanna made 5x7).
2. Printed photo of a profile shot of your pup (printed in the appropriate size for your paper)
1. Start by cutting out the shape of your pups profile. You're using the exterior to trace so be careful cutting this area.
2. Trace your pups profile on your background.
3. Brush the adhesive starting from the middle of the face and work yourself outward. Be generous.
4. Wait until sticky and start applying the gold leaf. We places whole square of gold leaf over the outline and started patting lightly with the brush.
5. Keep applying until all glue is covered. Lay to dry.
6. Once dry spray sealent over your work to insure your gold leaf doesn't break off.
The paper we used was textured and it proved to be hard to work with. We suggest a smooth background so the glue grabs the gold leaf with no problem. If the gold leaf keeps getting stuck to your brush and hand, don't worry- just keep applying. Its a messy project! But also very fun :)
We want to see your pups, so tag us! #irrelephantblog
Transitioning from your work face to your girls night out face is pretty simple. Add some shadow, gold and black liner, enhance those eyes with some lashes and don't forget that red lipstick! Also, Apply some translucent powder so you're not shiny and tease that crown! You're ready for a night out!
We are looking forward to using these techniques this weekend. We are heading to Savannah for a little vacation with our awesome husbands! Most likely we will be changing from our comfy site seeing get up to a more trendy night time look! (Check our instagrams to see how we do) We are so excited- it was a much needed little break in the middle of this crazy wedding fall season!
So do any of you out there have any suggestions on where to visit, eat, dance, hang out in Savannah?!! Were so eager to explore this little town! We'll post our adventures next week, so stay tune!
We wanted to bring you a fall table inspiration, but we din't want to do what you've seen before. So we brought in Ginny Au. She's a genius when it comes to styling in an organic way- which is what we were going for. We wanted more than pumpkins, leaves and orange colors. We wanted the depth of fall in deep colors like plum and grey so Ginny brought in beets and mushrooms and... dirt! She also included wood and lots and lots of herbs. Bringing in the natural colors of the earth really made it into a moody masculine table that is perfeeeect for your fall/winter gatherings. Aimme Strickland- this girl has beautiful hand lettering, so honored to have had her on board with this! That deep purple lettering was perfect!
One of the biggest elements here are the fall herbs, next would be the grey linens(and the incredible hand made aprons by Ginny!!!) We mixed dark and lighter grey's to create a moody feel. The table was brightened with the green herbs and bright beets, and neutralized with the earthy mushrooms and pears. We hope you are inspired to think outside the box this season!
So what do you think? would you try something more like this? or stick to the classic table?
We got these basic faux wreaths at Ikea when we took a trip to Atlanta a few weeks back- the beauty of these is that we can use them year round! We added some dried up sun flowers and bright red leaves, and even a piece of bark from a fallen tree! Basically we'll be decorating with what's on the ground. Except snow. That wouldn't work.
what about you? What are you putting on your wreath this fall??