Monday, March 18, 2013

Girls Star Allison Williams

I was so excited to see HBO Girls Star, Allison Williams gracing the cover of my T&C when it arrived in the mail!  I LOVE this show.  Let me start by saying it is not for everyone....but if you like Sex and the City minus the glam add more racy then you will enjoy this show!  Here are some more pictures from Allison's spread.

The main cast of the four girls.  They each bring a different dynamic role to the plot.  And I loved Sex and the City, but I love that this is sooo different from that show.  These girls are in their 20's vs. the 30/40's.  They live in Brooklyn, they are somewhat struggling to make ends meet.  In other words they are not rocking Christian Louboutins, Manolos, and the most current high end designer fashions.  They are more real and more relatable to the average girl!

 A typical scene from the show...

Oh yeah and you might recognize her dad, Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News.  What a talented, successful family!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Holland Williams Photography

I have to take a moment to brag about my friend, Holland Williams.  She is a fabulous photographer, whose work speaks for itself.  Holland specializes in unique portraits of newborns, babies, children and families.  She has recently added engagements and weddings to her services!  Being a mother of two, (Chappell and Collier) Holland knows the importance of capturing these special moments to have for a lifetime. You can check out her work on facebook or her website here.  For more information or to schedule a session you can reach Holland at  Check out some of the photos from my recent session with Holland.

 This one is my favorite:

Some more of Holland's work from other sessions....

Our friend Brooke and her little Alice.  

Our friend Amanda's little Charlie....

All images belong to Holland Williams Photography.  

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Punch of Polka Dots

I am loving that I am seeing spots everywhere- what a fun way to transition from these cold winter days into spring! I love that the traditional black and white pattern is still the most popular, because it is spot on with the black and white trend of this year! (Did you catch Kate's post here?)

I love all the polka dot pieces below! Also note that the first four are from Forever 21! I scored the second and third options this weekend for under $20 each.

Polka Dot Crocheted Collar Shirt- peter pan collar AND polka dots- LOVE!
Polka Dot 3/4 Length Shirt- can transition from winter (paired with leather pants) to spring (paired white linen shorts) perfectly!
Fitted Polka Dot Sweater- on point with this year's other trend- MINT GREEN! (this sweater runs small, so order up!)
Peter Pan Collar Polka Dot Sweater- another peter pan collar and spot combo!
Dotted Chambray Boyshirt- a cool spin on these two trends!
Fedora with mini polka dots- a subtle nod to the polka dot trend
Graphic Dot Underwire Tank One Piece- loving one pieces now (I hope that is not because of my age and because they are fashionable and sexy at the same time)
Kate Spade iPhone 5 case- Kate always knows how to use polka dots!
Kate Spade Polka Dot Scarf- can take a plain top from boring to trendy!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Biscuits from Scratch

I'm sure it's no surprise, but there are not many baked goods that I make from scratch. Whether you work full-time or are a full-time mom, I bet most of you are in the same boat. Who has the time?

There is one exception though. My mother shared this biscuit recipe with me years ago, and it is truly one of the simplest recipes in my arsenal. These biscuits only require three ingredients and are done in less than 20 minutes start-to-finish. They work well as sausage biscuits and are absolutely delicious with cane syrup (my personal favorite!). Once you try them, there's no going back. Enjoy!

2 cups self-rising flour (I always look for flour that says "Best for Biscuits" on the bag.)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk

Mix flour, oil, and buttermilk. Spoon onto greased pan and mash down. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Butter and serve.

Note: I always have flour and oil on hand. The buttermilk is a little tricky, as it's difficult to keep a fresh supply in the refrigerator. I do think this freezing technique is worth trying.

Recipe courtesy of Jean Hill. Image 2 courtesy of Homestead Revivals.