Elements of Style book

October 1, 2014

The amazingly talented (and friend) Erin Gate’s book, Elements of Style hits stores this coming Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited and happy for her…and a little for me.  I was fortunate enough to contribute some photography to the publication.  I have heard her talk about bits and pieces of the writing and cannot wait to actually read it.  It is part interior design eye candy, party instruction and a whole lot of witty, heart bearing antidotes and stories in which Erin is so famous for on her blog.

I will also be using the Atlanta book party as an excuse to go back down to Atlanta for a bit, so if you are in the Atlanta area, please come to that party too!  In the mean time, order the book here.

 

ELEMENTS OF STYLE – DESIGNING A HOME AND A LIFE

 WITH AUTHOR ERIN GATES

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

1:00PM-3:00PM

BALLARD DESIGN

1670 DEFOOR AVE

ATLANTA, GA

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So what does one wear in single digit temperature? Asks this Georgia girl.  Turns out New Englanders (at least Bostonians) are just as trumped as I am.  I see people walking around the city in nothing but a hoodie sweat shirt with hands in their pockets.  What?!?!  Silly college kids.  Add to the conundrum, being pregnant and wanting some sort of style.  Plus getting a toddler ready for school when she would much rather stay snuggled in our bed.  I can’t blame her but it feel like each morning I have to make about 400 decisions before 8:30 am.  Ugh.  So I am spent some time snooping around Pinterest in the hopes of compiling an inspiration board of winter style.

Throw on an extra coat layer, gloves, hat, and scarf and most of these looks could translate to this new ice age.  (Oh and minus all the cute heals.  Heals, ice and pregnant ladies are not a good combo.  I promised the hubby.)  I also noticed a theme in my picks: black, white, camel, gray and stripes.  How Parisian, simple of me…or so I like to think.

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I have shared this recipe for a few years now and I am happy to do it again upon some requests. Passed down from my great-grandma Finnegan here is her recipe for mashed potatoes. It is not a terribly difficult recipe; it just takes a little time. I swear, the end result is the creamiest, most savory and seriously delicious mashed potatoes on this earth…like better than dessert.

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Great-grandma Finnegan’s Mashed Potatoes

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3 lb. or 12 medium sized potatoes

8 oz. package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs (lightly beaten)

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Steps:

1. Boil potatoes until cooked and tender (test with a fork). Then peal potatoes while they are still hot. The hot potato skin should just peal off by hand. (Maybe wear gloves too…they can be really hot.)

2. Beat and mash potatoes while hot and add the cream cheese and butter. *It is easiest to cube up the butter and cream cheese and blend them in with the hot mashed potatoes. The heat helps melt the cream cheese and butter in smoothly.

3. Add eggs and milk together as one and blend

4. Salt and pepper to taste if you like

5. Place in 9 x 13 glass, oven safe dish and refrigerate (Do not freeze)

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To serve:

Preheat oven to 350˚F and cook covered for 30 minutes or until warm throughout.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wild Flowers

August 15, 2013

I found these wild flower shots the other day when I finally had some spare time to edit my photos from the last month.  They were taken over our trips to Maine in July.  I love how the Northeast absolutely explodes with wild flowers in the summer.  All that pent up winter chill just bursting at the seams as if in a hurry to catch every ray of sunshine before fall arrives.  And with Labor Day two weeks away fall is approaching fast.  I hate to wish away the summer, but the end of summer also means our house will (hopefully) be habitable.  Until then I will enjoy summer to the very last drop, and hopefully squeeze in another trip to Maine to see my sister. Don’t these fields just scream “run through me?”

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Checking in

July 1, 2013

I swear I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I have just had an insane week consisting of a photo shoot in Jamaica (AMAZING!!!) and them the move to our new house…Well our furniture moved.  We will be living the nomadic life for July.  The new house is still a full on construction zone so we have lots of travel scheduled and are using my in-law’s home as base camp. Each renovation day brings more decisions and some new surprises at the house. Some good, some not so good. These lilies blooming in our front yard were a good surprise. Happy Monday!

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This is CNN…

May 30, 2013

Oh my goodness, it has been over a week since I have blogged.  Shame on me.  My only excuse is renovations, baby, work, life, etc… Not good enough I know.  My promise to you is more frequent blogging and renovations updates weekly.  The dumpster arrives tomorrow so the big time begins.  Just when I felt overwhelmed and wondering what I am doing trying to juggle all this I get a great little piece of press.  Well Erin Gates, with whom I am so lucky to have a great friendship and working relationship, got interviewed by CNN.com and they used some of my photographs in the article.  The article is all about finding décor inspiration in your closet, and the gorgeous pink, black and white apartment I photographed with her is a perfect example.  Pop over to CNN.com to check out the whole article.  Here are some of my images.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

I am spending Valentine’s day in lovely Sea Island, GA. The hubby is away in California for the week and bébé and I hopped the first flight out of snowy Boston to the Georgia low country. If I can’t spend Valentine’s day with my husband what better way to spend it than with my mom and dad (and grandma and grandpa). The air is humid and rejuvenating. And my mother has the house sprinkled with white hydrangea and pink roses. We are having a sweet sweet Valentine’s Day. I hope you are too.

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Well I seem to have fixed the design problem on my blog only to open my suit case and find this…arg! I know I know, so stupid to put my laptop in my checked luggage but I was flying with bébé by myself and couldnt manage all that carry on. Plus it was in a hard sided suitcase. Ugh. (The baby and I have run away to Sea Island, GA to be with my parents while the hubs is out in California for the week.). Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

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Technical difficulties

February 8, 2013

It seems my custom blog design has expired and with all my travels, baby birthday and blizzard preparations I have let it slip through the cracks.  Please bear with me.

 

xoxo

Leaving Las Vegas

February 5, 2013

I am sitting in the Las Vegas airport, waiting to board my after a whirlwind work trip.  I am rushing back to my husband and baby in time for her first birthday, which is tomorrow!  I can hardly believe that a year ago at this time I was in labor, working hard to get baby girl here.  It has been the most exciting, wonderful year of my life.  But I won’t get too deep on how fast they grow up and how emotional it all is.  Instead I will just leave you with a few photos from my travel.

Oh and I think I left my wordpress custom design expire.  Working on the issue now…sorry for the old design.

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Vegas 4pm

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Vegas 10 pm

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Snowy Boston

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