Pea & Mint Spring Soup

If you’ve been following our blog for a while then you know, I love soup. Doesn’t matter the season, soup is one of my absolute favorites!  My mom is always finding new recipes and sharing them with me, and when she finds a good soup she knows who to call.  She found this delicious Spring soup and made it for me, and it was love at first sip.  

One of the things I love about this soup is that it’s refreshing, which is not something you think of with soup!  The addition of mint makes it taste light and fresh.  The other thing I love about this soup is that it’s incredibly easy to make.  It literally has 5 main ingredients, that’s it!  It’s simple and delicious, you really can’t go wrong.  Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Photos by Ari Moshayedi

Ingredients

1 Potato
1 White Onion Diced
4.5 cups Frozen Peas
3 1/4 cups Vegetable Stock
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions

Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in a large stock pot on low/medium heat.  Saute the onion for 2-3 minutes until it just begins to soften.

Peel and dice the potato and add it to the pot.  Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer for 12-15 minutes.

Add the peas and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Add the fresh mint leaves and then blend the soup thoroughly until it is completely smooth. If the soup is too thick for you, you can add some more vegetable stock to thin it out until you have a consistency you like.  If you prefer it more minty, simply add more mint!

 

Don’t you just love the bright color?!  Reminds me of Spring!  Hope you enjoy the soup and your weekend!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 24, 2017 in EATS, RECIPES

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Graphic Tees & How We Style Them for Spring

One of my favorite things to wear, no matter the season, is a good t-shirt. I tend to gravitate towards graphic tees because I can wear them all the time, whether it’s casual or dressing them up.  Some of the graphics out there are just so good, I am always finding ones I have to add to my personal inventory.  They are also something I don’t mind buying because I know I will wear them like crazy.  I wanted to share how I styled a few new graphic tees for Spring.

Photos by Megan Welker

I love the idea of taking a graphic tee and making it fancy.  The inspiration for this outfit came from my favorite Prism Boutique, where I got both the top and the skirt!  This outfit can be worn from day to night, just throw on a little leather jacket when it gets chilly.  You’ll definitely be seeing me in this look this season!

Next up I did my usual t-shirt and jeans, but a little jazzed up.  This Rolling Stones tee by Daydreamer has become one of my favorites.  I added my trusty checkered Vans that I can’t live without and a new hat from Brixton.  I love throwing on a hat when I’m not feeling very cute, haha, just adds a little bit of style to any outfit!  This casual outfit would be perfect for running errands during the day or for a fun weekend family day.

There you have it, just a few ideas for you and your tees!  More style posts to come next week but you can shop this post below!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on March 23, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE

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Wedding Spotlight – Christine Cater

Another spotlight on one of our favorite wedding vendors!  Today I’m thrilled to talk about Christine Cater, an event and floral designer based in Carmel, California.  Christine is as sweet and endearing as she is talented!  

If you haven’t seen the amazing pampas grass ceremony install pictured below that she created then you’re missing out.  We see tons of other vendors trying to emulate it, but not coming quite as close…  Christine is always ahead of the curve with fun and new ideas, she keeps us inspired and on our toes!

 We can’t get enough of Christine’s amazing floral designs and her silly personality.  Whenever we do a photo shoot with her or an event she always blows our mind, this woman is pure talent!!  She always goes above and beyond with her work and we always have complete trust in her when we work together.  Keep reading to see how this lovely lady takes on the wedding world and makes it fun!  I’m sure she will inspire you just like she does with us…

All photos by Carlie Statsky

Tell us a little bit about you…. ( I mean this about your personal life – but you could tie it into your business as well)

Hmmm…Let’s see, where do I begin? I am a local girl, born and raised in Carmel Valley-graduated from Carmel High School. Went on to study ballet and danced in Los Angeles during the John Travolta-Staying Alive and Michael Jackson’s Thriller era. I passed John in the hallways of my Beverly Hills dance studio. My jazz teacher is in the Thriller video..haha-you can say I’ve been around the block a few times:) I consider these my college years.
 

My husband of 31 years is Kimble. He and I love to exercise, hike and road trip. He’s a golf fanatic, which frees me to be creative. I am a total romantic and every anniversary I wanted to marry him again. You know reinvent a romantic event, just for us. Well that never happened, after about my 10th wedding I realized that designing for others quenched my thirst to renew my vows with him-he’s glad I moved on.

How and when did you decide to become a florist?

 I have always loved nature….and I think that is primarily where I find inspiration. Nature and dance have really formed me. My design approach comes from the graceful lines of ballet and nature. I like to think the 3-D art form of dance and nature is translated into my floral design style. Pretty simple-haha:) 

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

 What part of the wedding industry keeps me coming back for more? Honestly, it’s the process of dreaming up designs and then seeing, hearing, and experiencing others appreciation for my efforts. We laugh about how when our clients are happy it’s almost part of the payment-feels so good to be loved-you know. 
 
What are some of your favorite Spring blooms to play with?
 
From time to time I get asked what is your favorite flower..that’s a hard one!! I have favorite flowers for different reasons, for example: gardenias-love the fragrance, king protea-exotic, peonies-color + fluffiness, lily of the valley-dainty, tulip tree-bloom size and color …I seriously could go on and on, but you get the idea. Guess you could say I’m wild about flowers!!
 
You are always coming up with new inventive ideas, how do you stay creative?
 
How do I stay creative…it’s just in me, like a spiritual gift:) When weddings are slow….I paint, being creative is part of me. I embrace it now and like to collaborate with others to see what we can come up with next. For example, I do a lot of photoshoots, which is my passion. This is where being creative with a team of like minded people transcends designs to another dimension. I like to stay in front of the design trend, actually creating trends instead of following, but good design is everywhere…I make sure to study hard.
 
What are your favorite things to do on an off weekend? – If that ever exists!
 
Weekend fun…well fashion is always fun. You can find me shopping in my free time (which is less + less). I like boutiques, antiquing, and high fashion. If we went to NYC I would drag you to SOHO, Madison Avenue, Zara and The Rack. I want all the designer stuff, but can’t afford it. High fashion inspires me, it’s where so much creativity exists…gotta love it:)
 
Can you name a few of your favorite Northern California wedding venues?
 
Big Sur has been good to me. Can’t beat the cliffs and the ocean views…and the redwoods are dynamic too:) I guess that is my favorite. Vineyards are good too…Holman Ranch is one of those places. Oh and Pebble Beach-truly spectacular!! I am blessed to be in a beautiful place…that’s for sure.
 
Do you have a dream destination or venue you’d love to style?
 
My dream destination is Italy. I am designing a photo shoot there this April-so excited!!! It’s just the beginning, I have my sights set on DTLA, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, Sicily, Venice, Florida, Charleston..to name a few. That’s whats next for me. I see myself working with others on photoshoots and weddings all over. I’m ready, after raising my son Caleb (now in college) I feel like its time to take this show on the road. Excited about what the future holds. 
 

Thanks Christine!  Can’t wait to see what you blow our mind away with next!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on March 22, 2017 in FLORALS, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Baby Spotlight – Binxy Baby

Did you miss baby Cruz and baby Henry?!  Well they’re back to share another amazing baby product!  Binxy Baby makes shopping much easier for us mommies, and especially easy with multiple kiddos.  It’s a shopping cart hammock for baby to sit in and be comfy while mommy gets her errands done.  Both Leah and I have been using ours and loving them!

Photos of Jacquelyn by Ariane Moshayedi

**Side note, please excuse Court stuffing his face with oranges!!

If you’re like us and most of the time hate the idea of going to the grocery store with kids, then Binxy Baby is the answer to your prayers.  Running errands is already a pain in itself, but when you add two or three crazy kiddos running around it gets even worse!  Being able to have your baby safely tucked away and have your hands free is a life saver!  I wish I would have invented it myself!

I unfortunately had a lot of back pain with both of my pregnancies and still do after Cruz.  I love to wear him but sometimes it gets hard, so this is a really nice break to for me.  I also think Cruz likes being able to look around and especially watch his brother being silly in the store.

Leah is the busiest of us all with 3 little ones, I don’t know what I’m complaining about!  But even when she gets the random chance of going to the store with just baby Henry she likes the convenience of Binxy Baby!  Look at little Henry peaking out of the grocery cart, sweetest little guy!

Binxy Baby has some really cute prints to choose from as well!  Leah went with the modern triangle print and I went for a basic black.  They also have girly prints and a brand new indigo print that is real cute for boys!  It really is great to see how happy the babies are in their little slings, and how cute they look too!

We both wish we had discovered Binxy Baby for our first babies, so we had to spread the word to you now.  They would make for a really amazing shower gift as well!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 21, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT

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How To Perfect A Pale Pink Lip

Today is the 1st day of Spring! Even though it’s set to rain all week here in Nothern California, boo. Let’s bring some sunny spring prettiness to today’s gloomy day with one of our favorite spring beauty trends, the pale pink lip. We love a good lip color that we can wear every day that is subtle, beautiful, and goes with any color or outfit choice. I just love this color; it’s my go-to pick, so I was thrilled when the talented Melissa Hoffman wanted to try this look on me. Melissa is giving us all the juicy details on how to achieve the perfect spring lip. Where are my small upper lip ladies? Take note ladies; Melissa is giving us some tricks on how to create a bigger fuller lip.

Take it away Melissa…

Photos by Little Meg 

Make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated. I love to use a lip scrub first like the one from Fresh- Sugar Lip Polish. Then I’ll apply a generous amount of a hydrating lip balm like Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced by Fresh. I’ll let this sink in for 5-10 minutes while I apply the rest of my makeup.
 
Once the lip balm has set in, your lips should feel hydrated and smooth. Blot with a tissue to get rid of the excess lip balm, so your lipstick will go on smooth. 
 
Choose a pink lip color in a pale color that brightens your face. I love Angel from MAC and find it works with so many skin tones. I will apply it directly from the tube, using the edge of the lipstick bullet to trace around your lips like you would a liner to get a clean line around the edges. Next blot once with a tissue, then apply one more coat to last longer. If your lip line isn’t perfect, you can use your concealer brush to clean up the edges around your lips. To get fuller looking lips, line your cupid’s bow with a champagne colored highlighter to catch the light. Lastly, you can also use a little clear or a matching lip gloss dabbed in the center of the lower lip to add more fullness.
 
I love to pair a light spring lip with a soft bronzy eye, dewy skin and a soft pink flush on the cheeks. Let the lip take most of the focus.
 
Now you have the perfect spring lips!

Thanks, Melissa! 

Shop some of my favorite lip products below.

xx

Abby

 

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By on March 20, 2017 in BEAUTY

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