Camille Styles Entertaining

Camille Styles EntertainingOver the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Camille Styles at her book-signing party in Dallas, and, as expected, she was just lovely - genuine and bubbly and so nice to be around. I have always loved reading her blog because it's so chock-full of excellent, creative content, beautiful visuals, and lots of resources for things to do and places to eat in Camille's hometown of Austin, one of my favorite places to visit. I was so excited when I learned earlier this year that she was publishing a coffee table book. (Fun side note - our wedding planners arranged all of the flowers for her gorgeous book!) The final product is just beautiful, and like the blog, it is filled with fun ideas for making every day one that is not only worth remembering but also, most importantly, worth celebrating. I love this excerpt from the book where Camille writes,

"So while I'm not always successful at it, I do my best to seize the day and let the beautiful items I own bring me joy right this minute instead of waiting for a 'worthy' opportunity. We all deserve to be surrounded by beauty, and if something breaks, it can be fixed; if it's lost, it can be replaced. Even if your spending an evening solo eating Chinese takeout, set the table with real dishes, pour yourself a glass of wine, and savor a good meal. It's moments like these that set us on a path toward living the life we dream of - a life in which we're respecting our bodies with nourishing food, nurturing our souls by making time for our passions, engaging our senses with beauty, and expressing our love to family and friends by inviting them to create memories together."

I've gathered so much inspiration from within the book's pages, and I can't wait to put Camille's tips into practice!

Week & End

IMG_8696Happy weekend! What are you up to over the next couple of days? Becca and Mark get in from Nashville late tonight, so James and I are going to eat the yummy pot roast we put into the crock pot this morning and snuggle with Callie until they arrive - I can't wait to see them! Becca and I are taking a City Surf class in the morning, then the boys will join us as we meet some friends from college for lunch at Good 2 Go Taco. In the afternoon, when Becca and Mark head to a wedding, Laura and I are going to meet up to attend the Camille Styles Entertaining book party! I'm so excited - all of Camille's other parties have looked so beautiful, and I'm sure the Dallas event will be no exception. On Sunday, we're going to eat more tacos and Tex-Mex, and in the evening, Laura and Kyla will come over for our annual besties Christmas dinner. We're going to whip up some of this festive punch to drink alongside a harvest salad, tortilla soup, and pie. There's so much goodness to look forward to! Have a great weekend and enjoy some links from around the interwebs!

I saw this carry on cocktail kit on Instagram the other day and thought that the idea was brilliant. The packaging is so dang cute, too.

It might be time to face the facts: I am addicted to Serial. Like, want-to-cancel-all-of-my-plans-so-I-can-listen-to-more-podcasts addicted. Becca sent me this great link that helps listeners associate photos with the characters in the real life story, and while I love the way the podcasts force you to really hone in and listen actively, it's nice to have a visual of the people mentioned throughout the episodes. I also love that friends and even local businesses have been hosting listening parties - it conjures up images of fireside chats and evenings spent listening to programs on the radio. So good.

My friends Natalie & Andrea posted a gift guide on their blog and I love everything they selected! I especially adore the shout-out they gave to me and the Clare Vivier coin purses that I gifted to our bridesmaids at our wedding. Their sweet words about our special day were so touching - thanks, gals!

Per our birthday tradition, Erin sent me our favorite Momofuku Milk Bar B-Day Truffles and they are unbelievably delicious. I actually can't believe that I still have a few left - it would be so easy to devour them in minutes - but I'm glad that I saved some so that I can enjoy one (or two) for dessert after tonight's pot roast.

As is typical this time of year, there are so many amazing movies coming out. I want to see The Imitation Game, Exodus: God and Kings, Wild (I read the book last year), and Unbroken (I'm reading the book now), to name a few. P.S. We saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay before Thanksgiving and loved it - definitely a must-see!

Photo by Briana Wollman for James's 30th birthday party 

Week & End

e3ad9e9853b497fa44deaa24923fc1ec Three cheers for short work weeks! We are putting in lots of hours helping with the garage sale that my friend Jessica is hosting to benefit Touch A Life this weekend, so we'll certainly be celebrating with some ice-cold cocktails after our hard work is done tomorrow evening. Our small group took a summer hiatus and we'll be starting up again on Sunday, so I'm definitely looking forward to getting back into a routine of getting together after church for lunch and fellowship. Other than that, there's not much else on the agenda! Do you have big plans? I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Just for fun, here are some great links from around the web:

This post and this post make me want to take a trip to Big Sur as soon as possible. Like, tomorrow? I'm craving some ocean air in a major way.

These fresh peach and yogurt biscuits look so delicious! They'd be perfect with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

I love reading the blog Sugar & Cloth, so I am super obsessed with this tour of her studio space - it's so gorgeous! This is totally the look I am going for in my own office at work, which you may get to see online soon and very soon…(teaser!).

I am stoked about the impending release of Camille Styles's entertaining book! I'm also hoping she'll come to Dallas during one of her book tour dates.

In the mood to do some Christmas shopping in September? We just posted our Christmas wish list for the Touch A Life children in Ghana! Visit our list on Amazon.com and select a gift to send to a child in West Africa. Your contribution will truly make a child's Christmas a memorable one!

Image via Glitter Guide