Fall To Do List 2014

fall to do


  • annual all-things-pumpkin-and-apple day
  • go apple picking
  • visit a pumpkin patch or two
  • host a chili & cornbread dinner party
  • attend the infamous Mount Vernon Fall Wine & Sunset Tour
  • go to an Oktoberfest
  • Taste of DC
  • visit a winery and a cidery
  • go hiking at Great Falls
  • make “thankful” treats for friends for Thanksgiving
  • bake an apple or pumpkin recipe from Southern Living
  • see the fall foliage from the mountains
  • visit Charlottesville for a fall-filled weekend

Fall is, for sure, one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love summertime and all of the activities that accompany it, but there’s something to be said about all the autumn offers. The beginning of each new season brings plenty of excitement and anticipation, and I must admit that I’m very much looking forward to what this Fall will bring. It’s my sixth (what?!) Fall in Washington, DC, and I’ve found plenty of gems each season. I could have an endless to-do list for each season, but there’s only so much time to accomplish everything I want to. So here are some of my tried and true activities and adventures to thoroughly celebrate the season.. and a few new goodies to enjoy, too! Traditions are such a meaningful part of my life, and even though all of these traditions are with my friends (or, affectionately, my “DC family”), they’re still incredibly special to me. I love having an annual all-things-pumpkin-and-apple day tradition with my dearest friends… and it’s so cool to see the new additions to the outing every year (and the losses with those who have moved away, unfortunately!) and to embrace this season of our lives.

What are you most looking forward to about Fall? Do you have any favorite traditions? I would love to hear… I’m always looking to add new things to my seasonal to-do lists!

PS: last year’s Fall to-do list!


Wedding | Mellow Yellow

Growing up, yellow was my favorite color (my mom’s, too!), and I used to say that in my future wedding, my bridesmaids would wear yellow dresses. While I don’t think that will quite be the case (whenever that time comes), I still have a deep affinity for yellow. It’s the color of happiness & joy & cheerfulness, all qualities I admire greatly and try to emulate daily. Yellow exudes warmth and is, of course, the color of sunshine. I love seeing yellow incorporated into wedding designs, and seeing it just makes me smile. Here are some favorite yellow inspiration images from some beautiful weddings…inspiration | outdoor Wedding with yellow flowering trees | via: style me pretty





sparkly gorgeous gown




honey wedding favors | photo by This Love of Yours | 100 Layer Cake


meyer lemon macarons - top view


Plus, how delectable do those meyer lemon macarons look? I’m also more than a little smitten with the blooms featured here & the loose styling and colors incorporated!

Fall Favorites

Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and there is much to look forward to with the changing seasons. I adore the crisp air and crunchy leaves, the vibrant trees and leaves, anything and everything pumpkin and apple, constantly being outside enjoying the season, wearing scarfs and boots and layers again, festivals and fairs, trips to the mountains…

What are you most excited about with the impending arrival of Fall?


herringbone throws.


Fall picnic. Perfect combo


Navy and Hunter Green Plaid Infinity Scarf- Flannel Winter Scarf


caramel pear dessert


mulled wine - a delicious & easy Fall cocktail


Caramel Apple Blondie Pie


The Depot at Gibson Mill Antique Mall

When I last went home to visit my parents, we took a little day trip to The Depot at Gibson Mill in nearby Concord, North Carolina. My mom had heard about this impressive antique mill from some of her friends, and we set off one morning for a little antiquing. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but The Depot antique mall was seriously massive and stuffed to the brim with antique treasures of all types. It even claims to be the largest antique mall in the South! It was really organized and easy to navigate, and each booth/stall seemed to have its own general theme or look. There were hundreds upon hundreds of stalls, all jam-packed with treasures and trinkets and vintage-inspired goods.. and only a little junk! I was really impressed by the displays, and it wasn’t too overwhelming for me.


I had a rough idea that I wanted some pretty glassware (preferably with some sort of gold detail, or mint green or rose pink glass) for my bar cart, but that was the only thing I really had in mind. Before we even got inside the antique mall, there was a huge display of old windows on the porch.. for $10! We quickly grabbed one, as I’d been wanting to do something with an old window for years now – and that price can’t be beat! Then Dad went off at his own pace (no surprise there – he’s a know wanderer!), and Mom and I got a shopping cart and merrily made our way up and down.. and up and down.. each aisle. It was so exciting spotting things that I loved (and seeing much, of course, that wasn’t my style or didn’t fit my decor), and inspiration was simply everywhere! I ended up buying mint green Depression-era lemon zester (and have used it several times already!), an iron “S” coat or towel hanger, the old window, five clear glass candlesticks, and my favorite treasure – six gorgeous rose gold glasses, perfect for my bar cart. It was so fun, and I’m sure there was much that we missed – so we will definitely be back!


Some of the goodies I picked up:

this old window for $10 – the possibilities are endless here!


these pristine thin glass candlesticks – five varying heights for $25

I can’t wait to use some gorgeous candlesticks in these for dinner parties, weddings, and whatnot!


six rose colored drinking glasses for $36

I adore these! What a fun addition to my bar cart, a dinner party, a styled shoot, or just every day drinking glasses.
antique3 antique4What are some of your favorite antique finds? I’d love to hear! And leave a comment if you have any recommendations for great antique malls/treasure hunting stores, particularly in the DC area or North Carolina!

Loving Lately | 3

A few things I’ve loving lately…

Calligraphy Art Print - Everything Beautiful - 8 x 10


Not only is this calligraphied print beautiful (and the styling spot on), but the sentiment is so sweet and speaks to me so well! Is it so much to ask to simply fill the world with more beauty and joy?!



Lots of exciting changes and updates have been happening at Avelist (read more about why I love this website here)! You can now make community lists, where anyone can contribute. My newest and most favorite community list is the most inspiring wedding websites & blogs. Check it out… and contribute!

Hilarious quiz on how addicted to your smartphone you are – you should probably take the quiz to see!

pretty bathroom

How pretty is this sweet bathroom? I love the dinner plate pink dahlia, the awesome statement sink, and the fabulous blue & white tiled wall? I’m swooning over so many elements of this bathroom!

Fruit and Herb Pairing Primer

This is the perfect guide to fruit & herb pairings. I’m not always the most experimental with mixing new herb + fruit combinations, and it’s good to have so many time-tested pairings and suggestions all in one place! I definitely want to incorporate as many fresh herbs with fresh fruits during this season, and I can’t wait to whip up something new soon.

What are you loving lately?

September Goals

a recap of my August Goals

1. check things off of my summer to-do list (I have my eye on: peach picking, an outdoor movie, a new vineyard, a boat cruise, & a polo match!) – Done! I saw an outdoor movie, tried several new vineyards, went on a boat cruise of the Potomac, went to a polo match, and spent the weekend at the beach. It’s been a fun summer!
2. enjoy a girl’s weekend in Charlottesville + a quick vacation in Charlotte – Done and done – I love my mini-vacations visiting my favorite people!
3. play tennis and run outside as often as possible – Nope. I will try again for September – I don’t know where the time went, but I think I only went on two runs outside and didn’t play any tennis this month!
4. assist with a styled shoot in Old Town Alexandria with Kaitlin Holland (so excited!) – Yes! See my post about the gorgeous styled shoot here.
5. expand my Etsy shop - Apparently this also was put on the back burner – I’ll have to expand my Etsy shop in the next month or two!
6. continue working with several brides on their weddings – I have a big wedding coming up soon! – Yes! And so fun!!
7. volunteer - I had the best of intentions to volunteer with the DC Public Schools, but I went out of town at the last minute and had to cancel. Volunteering is so important, and I’m determined to get back into this habit ASAP.
8. book a new calligraphy client and practice using gold calligraphy ink, too – I purchased both gold and white calligraphy ink & have had so much fun working with it!
9. not wish away summertime (it’s too early to be talking about pumpkin spice lattes, people!) – Shockingly, I’ve been great at this – soaking up every bit of summertime and not wishing it away! It may have helped that my first 2014 beach trip was just this past weekend, but I have been embracing all things summer… I’ll be ready for Fall soon enough, I’m sure!
10. continue reading through the New Testament – Yes! I’m loving read every single word and verse of the New Testament instead of bouncing around from book to book.
sept goals
I’m going to go with the whole “grace not perfection” theme again for the month of September, as it’s far and away my busiest month of the year for my full-time job (hooray for the beginning of the school year!). I’m hoping to just survive – ha!
1. Send at least one handwritten card/note each week this month.
2. Plan, coordinate, AND enjoy Leslie’s sure-to-be beautiful and meaningful wedding!
3. Send out my annual “Fall in DC” to do list, and begin having some autumn fun.
4. Volunteer.
5. Expand my Etsy shop & continue practicing calligraphy.
6. Enjoy a trip to Wrightsville Beach with friends.
7. Be intentional about my time & balancing it well.
Did you make monthly goals? If so, I would love to hear what yours are, so feel free to share!

Styled Shoot with Kaitlin Holland Creative

Earlier this month, I had the complete pleasure of assisting Kaitlin Holland (of Kaitlin Holland Creative) on a styled photoshoot for the Clic Conference in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia! It was absolutely wonderful working alongside Kaitlin and her creative design genius for the day, and I felt so fortunate to be able to do so. Kaitlin was both a speaker and the stylist at the conference, and I loved being able to listen to her presentation when I arrived to help. The Clic Conference is a photography conference, and about 40 photographers attended in Old Town Alexandria at the gorgeous Athenaeum. And, of course, the photographers all needed something to photograph/shoot once their conference wrapped up! styledshoot3

Kaitlin’s inspiration came from the Greek-revival Athenaeum building itself, and check out her design and inspiration board here – I am obsessed! I love that she emphasized the teal color of the door and the peach facade in designing her styled shoot, as she really worked with elements already there. Such beautiful, dreamy wedding inspiration! It was fun making that dream a reality and creating the shoot throughout the day. Her inspiration design really came to life, and I loved each and every element Kaitlin styled and incorporated into the design.


Of course, there was an absolute downpour almost all day, so we had to revert to Plan B and stage the entire styled shoot inside of the Athenaeum instead of outside in the gorgeous garden. But Kaitlin made it work flawlessly! The styled table (with a gorgeous pink centerpiece, feather accents, teal plates, and calligraphy placecards) was just beautiful, and I’m a little obsessed with all of the pictures the professional photographers captured of it! The stunning bride and groom (a married couple – and yes, the bride wore her own wedding dress!), the beautiful teal-clad bridesmaids, the regal Maxie B’s cake, the lush bouquets, the calligraphied paper goods and invitation suite, and the vintage champagne bar cart were the perfect accessories and accompaniments to the styled shoot, and it was all so beautiful and inspired. styledshoot2The whole photoshoot was a feast for the eyes, and Kaitlin pulled her vision together seamlessly and effortlessly, it seemed! The photographers even had the famed photographer, Katelyn James (see her recap and photographs on her blog), on hand to assist in directing the models and how to make it all happen. styledshoot4

It was so fun to be behind the scenes all day, helping Kaitlin bring her vision to life for the photographers. The sun even managed to come out at the end of the day, capping off some stunning outdoor portraits with great lighting. It was a busy whirlwind of a day, but I had the best time, and it further reaffirmed that this is something that brings so much joy and happiness to me. I left feeling so inspired and motivated!

Kaitlin, thank you so, so very much for the opportunity to work and learn alongside of you! You are a gem to work with, and it couldn’t have been more fun and rewarding. Thanks for being such a joy and continuous inspiration!

styledshoot6[all photos are simply my own iPhone pictures captured throughout the day]