Whimsical Christmas Tree

Tired of the same old decorations? Looking to spruce up your Christmas tree this year? Check out these festive and whimsical tree ornaments!


Foxy Fellows Ornament Set via Terrain


Stuffed Curly Lion via Ornaments 4 Orphans


Arctic Explorer Ornaments via Anthropologie


Rat with Christmas Pudding via Etsy


An Old Fashioned Cocktail Gift Box

We love these Old Fashioned Cocktail gift boxes we prepared as a Fall treat. They were such a great way to spread gracious hospitality. We are excited to share this gift virtually with all of you as well. Living graciously does not need to be an isolated event. Enjoy this Old Fashioned cocktail and raise your glass with us in celebration of all things classic. Prosit!










1 Sugar Cube
1 Stopper-full of Angostura Bitters
1 Part Water
1 Large Ice Cube
2 Parts Bourbon
A Twist of Clementine Rind
1 Maraschino Cherry


Place one sugar cube in a old fashioned glass. Wet it down with one stopper-full of bitters. Add water. Muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add ice cube and bourbon. Garnish with clementine rind and cherry. Enjoy!

Photographs by Lisa Marie O’Quinn of Sweet Tea Photography. Paper and print products by Suann Song of Simple Song Design.



Thanksgiving Sides

Here are two great side dishes to serve with your turkey this Thanksgiving. We’ve tested them and served them to our own guests and can tell you both are delicious. Enjoy!


Carrots with Sausage and Rosemary

Carrots with Sausage and Rosemary via Food and Wine


Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes recipe

Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes via Epicurious



Fall/Winter Wedding Shoes

As we move into the colder months, the rain and eventually the snow, consider these gorgeous (and practical) shoes for your wedding day.


High-Shine Heels

Closed toe High-Shine Heels via BHLDN.com


Ivory Satin with Gold Heels Karolina Pumps via KateSpade.com

Ivory Satin with Gold Heels Karolina Pumps via Couture.Zappos.com


And just in case there's inclement weather Tall Gloss Rain Boot in Bright Plum via Hunter.com

And just in case there’s inclement weather Tall Gloss Rain Boots in Bright Plum via Hunter.com



Peach Bourbon Cocktail

We love this peach bourbon cocktail from Garden and Gun. It’s a deliciously refreshing riff on an Old Fashioned.  We recommend trying it with ginger beer rather than club soda. Check out the full list of ingredients and the instructions here.


Peach Bourbon Cocktail via Garden and Gun

Holly and Matt|Carnegie Institute for Science

We had the great privilege of helping Holly and Matt plan their wonderful wedding. They got married at the beginning of August and husband and wife team, Steve and Bernadette Dalgetty, of An Endless Pursuit Photography captured their wedding beautifully. Here are a few of our favorites.
Getting Ready -


Portraits at Meridian Hill Park -


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Labor Day Travel

As you prepare to travel this Labor Day, you might want to take along some of these handy items, sure to make travel a little more enjoyable.


Calluna Weekender via Anthropologie.com


Personalized Luggage Tags via NeimanMarcus.com



Bucky 40 Blinks Eye Mask via Amazon.com



Evian Facial Spray is Perfect for Rehydrating your Skin Post Plane Ride via Flight001.com







Robes for your Bridal Party

One of the most practical and nicest gifts you can give your bridesmaids are robes. They’re practical because your girls can wear the morning of the wedding. They’re nice because they can use them after your wedding too. Plus, they look great in pre-ceremony photos! Here are some great ones we have come across recently.

Set of 6 Floral Kimono Crossover Robe, Bridesmaids Robes, Robe,  Bridesmaids gift, getting ready robes, Bridal shower favors, baby shower

Floral Kimono Crossover Robe via Just Cotton on Etsy


5 Bridesmaids Robes Personalized Wedding Shower

Pink Personalized Robes via Embroidery by Melissa on Etsy


Bridesmaid Robes. Bridal Robe. Kimono Robes.  Bridal Party Gift. Knee Length. Maternity Robes. Spa Robe

Two Tone Robe via Saudade Sun on Etsy


The denim shirt is also a great alternative to the robe. Your girls can throw it on over a pair of leggings.


Oversized Monogrammed Chambray Shirts (Three colors!)

Monogrammed Chambray Shirts via SorostiCUTE on Etsy

Jill’s House Celebration of Special Children Gala Featuring Martina McBride

We had the great honor of working with a fabulous non-profit organization on their recent fundraising gala. Jill’s House provides respite care to families raising children with special needs. The only one of its kind in the country, the organization is transforming lives by providing these parents rest and renewal through short respite breaks while allowing their children to stay at a safe, “home way from home” with friends. I am in love with their mission and feel so privileged to be able to come alongside them to help direct their fundraising events.

The Celebration of Special Children Gala took place at the Ritz Tysons Corner and featured a fabulous dinner and an amazing performance by Martina McBride as well as the McLean Bible Church Orchestra and Choir. It was a beautiful night!


photo credit: Dorie Howell


photo credit: Dorie Howell


photo credit: Dorie Howell


photo credit: Dorie Howell

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photo credit: Rodney Bailey Photography

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photo credit: Rodney Bailey Photography