Trending Tuesdays: #weallscreamforicecream

July 29, 2014

We hope you all have been having a happy time celebrating national ice cream month. If you're like us, every month is ice cream month! Celebrate in style with one (or all) of these dreamy ice creamy things!

DIY Ice Cream Cone elbow patches by Studio DIY
Bi-Rite Creamery &Bake Shop book
It's a Sher-bet Dress by ModCloth

Portrait by Gabriella Cetrulo

Ice cream stretched canvas by Hugo Diaz

Nordstrom Tumblr

Confetti Photo Shoot

July 28, 2014

A few days ago, we took to the streets of St. Louis to have our own little shoot with the most fun element: CONFETTI!

Sharon's awesome cousin Brandon was kind enough to be our photographer for the afternoon. He embraced all of our crazy ideas (and added some of his own) - but we paid him with ice cream, so he got a pretty sweet deal.

We wanted to add a little colorful chaos to the blog, and what could be more colorfully chaotic than confetti?!

Paula shared the confetti shoot dream with us, Sharon made sure it became a reality- (scouting out a location & even bringing a hand broom to clean everything up), and Brooke edited the photos to perfection. All and all, this was such a fun process, and we can't wait to do it again!

This idea would be great for family or engagement photos. Grab a bag of sparkly goodness and give it a try for yourself (just be prepared to leave a trail of glitter wherever you go)!

xoxo, Paula, Sharon & Brooke

Peach festival cobbler

July 23, 2014

It's Paula again with yet another cobbler recipe.  I hope y'all don't mind that I'm posting two cobbler recipes two weeks in a row, but I couldn't help myself.  My motto in life is that you can never have too much of a good thing...and cobbler is a very good thing.  Plus, our friends asked us to go with them to a peach festival at our farmer's market on Saturday and you can't go to a peach festival and come home empty handed...especially after tasting all of those tree ripened peaches.  So I bought a ton and since I already had the ingredients to make a cobbler left over from last week, I decided to make another.  Are you a cobbler gobbler like me?  What's your favorite?
Tasting different locally grown peaches.  They were all amazing.
The Maple Jam band played Johnny Cash covers.

I found this easy cobbler recipe on pinterest, and it really was easy!

What you'll need:

4 cups of sliced fresh peaches
1 and 1/2 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder
1/2 a teaspoon of regular salt
1 and 1/4 cups of milk

Slice peaches.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and melt butter in dish while oven is preheating.

Mix 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar with 1/2 cup of flour.  Add the sliced peaches and toss.  Let sit so sugar dissolves.
 In another bowl, whisk remaining sugar and flour with the baking soda, salt, and milk until smooth.
Once oven is finished preheating, remove baking dish with melted butter, and carefully pour batter over it.  Do not stir.  Next, pour the peach mixture on top being careful not to stir.  Bake for one hour and serve warm, with vanilla ice cream of course!
Bon appetit, y'all!

Trending Tuesdays: #Macramakinmecrazy!

July 22, 2014

Hello all! We be macrame crazy over here, and we can't stop thinking about all the wonderful macrame projects, ideas, designs that are out there these days. They are making a comeback like your grandmother's wardrobe so look out for it, because they just got a hip replacement and are ready to shake 'em! Here are some of the many beautiful macrame things that are floating around the Internets that are striking our fancy. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
One of our favorite pieces from Fable & Lore
(Source: Fable & Lore)
(Source: Urban Outfitters)

(Source: Classy Clutter)

(Source: Rennes)
(Source: Anthropologie)

(Source: Skinny La Minx)

(Source: Himo Art)

(Source: Ravelry)

Local Loves: Rise Coffee

July 21, 2014

St. Louis, you've done it again. Just when I think I may have found the perfect "favorite spot" in the city, a new one comes along and I'm hooked! This week we're talking about my current Local Loves obsession: Rise Coffee.

Randall and I stumbled into Rise Coffee by way of magical serendipity. We were out on a spur of the moment thrifting adventure, headed to a new shop that we'd never been to before. As we drove through the neighborhood, I commented to Randall that I'd been following a coffee shop on Instagram (this is one of the best ways to find new places to try!) and I thought that it was located in the area. I'd been dying to try it, mostly so that I felt I had a more reasonable excuse to stalk them on Instagram. No sooner did the words leave my mouth than we drove past Rise Coffee and I was begging my sweet husband to turn around and buy me a warm beverage.

Let me tell you, friends, we were not disappointed by our decision! If anything, we were only wondering how in the world we'd never come here sooner. As if the outside isn't lovely enough - the inside is full of thoughtfully curated pieces that work to build an inspiring space. It's a beautiful location if you need to open your mind to some creative thought.

Most often, we like to get a pour over of one of their single origin coffees. Recently, I've ordered their iced green tea and absolutely fallen IN LOVE. I always have a love affair with iced green tea in the summer time, and Rise Coffee keeps me coming back.

It's safe to say we're new regulars. We love sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful Midwest summer. The last time I was there, they were playing these amazing, folksy covers of trending pop songs. I'm still disappointed that I never asked what it was. 

He is so the cutest thing ever. #teambuchanan

The staircase leading upstairs is dreamy. I love brick walls and natural light. So beautiful, and a wonderful place to spend time with a friend or accomplish something productive like homework and writing. 

Even the bathroom is beautiful. I think it's fair to say I'm obsessed.

Do yourself a favor - don't just take my word for it! Head on over to Rise Coffee, grab a daily brew and a pastry. Spend a few hours there and you'll be just like us - always dreaming of your next opportunity to go back.