I cannot believe 2018 is already here, it feels like I blinked and all of a sudden it was December. Looking back on the past year I feel so happy and grateful, 2017 truly was my favourite year-to-date. It brought me an incredible husband, a new city, a new job, a new home and a new group of friends which already feel like family. I’m so excited to see what the new year brings for Joe and I in this beautiful city, and wish you all a wonderful year full of good health and happiness!
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner, to me it feels like we should still only be in September! This entire year has been a whirlwind for us, from getting married in May to moving from New Jersey to Charleston in September, and getting ready to fly back to England for Christmas, I often wish time would slow down a little.
This Thanksgiving we’re staying put in our new home and have our wonderful family coming to visit from Louisville, Kentucky which we couldn’t be more excited about. It’s my first attempt at cooking Thanksgiving dinner (and by cooking I mean adding additional ingredients to boxed recipes) so figuring out the oven schedule will be rather interesting!
This year we’re taking a slightly different approach to our tablescape, incorporating bold blue and grey tones. While it’s rather unconventional, I love the pop that the blue plates add to the setting, and the way the bronze Moscow Mule mugs tie in with the fall colors of the floral arrangements, which I was able to create using leftover stems from my fall wreath (check out the finished piece here). Check out more photos below!
While the temperature might still be in the 70s here in Charleston, it doesn’t mean we’re not fully embracing the Autumn spirit, from heirloom pumpkins to seasonal foliage we’re for sure taking advantage of decorating our new apartment.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add a touch of Autumn to your home, check out the tutorial below on how to create a simple and elegant DIY fall wreath with just a few supplies! (All of which were bought from Hobby Lobby for under $50!).
A couple of weeks ago we decided to take a day trip to Red Hook, Brooklyn. We first heard about the area one night at a Valentine’s Day whiskey + chocolate pairing class at The Flatiron Room in NYC. The class was given by the Head Distiller of Widow Jane distillery, and saw us tasting 6 whiskeys from across the world whilst pairing each with different flavours of Cacao Prieto chocolate, an artisanal, organic bean-to-bar chocolate. Who would have thought that whiskey and chocolate could pair so well?
During the evening our teacher gave us a little more background about the Widow Jane whiskey that he distilled and told us how it was produced locally in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He also explained that Widow Jane is part of the Cacao Prieto Distillery (hence the pairing) and that they offer daily tours of both the chocolate and whiskey production facilities. So we decided to wait a couple of months until the weather warmed up and ventured out for a day trip to Red Hook.
Charleston was always one of those places that despite never having visited, I knew I would fall in love with instantly and oh boy was that the case. Last weekend we finally took a trip down there for a long weekend to visit some of our closest friends. What an incredible place it was, from amazing food to sunsets on the harbor, it truly was everything I thought it would be. Here’s a little round up of what we did and some of our recommendations!