Letter from the Editors
Hello Dears! Merry Christmas!! Happy New Year!! We hope you are having the sparkliest of holidays. We had a fabulous wedding in the Hudson Valley this fall, and the glittered photo props were the perfect way to start the festive season. Don’t worry if you still have some gift giving to do, we have some last minute ideas, and a brilliant tutorial for the prettiest packages ever! Between world traveling adventures and lots of beautiful events and styled shoots, we present our Sparkle Issue. And don’t worry, as you f lip through the pages, you won’t get any glitter on you.
French Knot Studios
Izzy Hudgins Photography
table of contents Columns
18 Dear Inspiration
Inspired by the pages of high fashion magazines, a photo shoot of ideas for a Thanksgiving wedding.
8 Dear Paper 9
30 Holiday Gift Guide
Fun ideas for the season of giving.
10 Let’s Party, Drink & Eat 38 Shiny is the new black
36 Let’s Make something
Whether your invite says “cocktail attire” or “come as you are” we’ve got you covered. Sorry, no ugly sweaters here.!
28 Play setting 58 home dear home 66 Little Dears 70 resources 72 playthings
38 36 Let’s Make something beautiful wrapping
Holiday Fashion shiny is the new black
Audrey Loves.. 2 1 3
1- I notoriously find inexpensive furniture pieces and dress them up with fabulous knobs and pulls. These examples from Anthropologie are no exception. It’s jewelry for your dresser // 2 – Glitter head bands and hair ties. I think you know why I love these! - Custard Boutique // “Sorry, can’t hear you. I have flowers in my ears.” – Animal Head Vase from Anthropologie //
audrey loves.. 6
5 4 - This owl clutch was love a first sight. Leather paillette “feathers”, big eyes, love it all. See the whole collection at Kate Spade // 5 – Statement necklaces are always welcome, and the on trend color combo of blush and black, makes this bauble work with any outfit, casual or dressy – Trunk 13 // More great accessories at Trunk 13, and all so affordable. Fuschia and ivory envelope clutch //
Izzy Loves.. 3 2
1 – Anything gold, is welcome in my closet, especially when it’s as versatile as a skinny belt – Trunk 13 // 2 –Anthropologie’s envelope clutch has my top four favorite things: it’s a purse, glitter, bows, and pink! // 3 – One day I will own a Marcus Kenney original work. In the meantime, I’ll visit them at Shop SCAD. But should you have me on your Christmas list… // So cute! Hangtight Studio sells these hand embellished tea towels at Shop SCAD. I’m sure you can guess which one I love the most (the camera on the right) //
Izzy loves.. 5
5 – A sweet hat will brighten the chilliest of winter days. Found this one at Savannah’s newest store, Anthropologie // 6 – Another ultimate wish list item: a beautiful blush leather purse from another new addition to Broughton Street, Kate Spade. Between the two of them, if I’m not home, I’m shopping //
Lifestyle designer, Emily McCarthy, recently launched an online store bringing sharp style, fun pattern, and shiny gold cheer to your home. Not only is she the sweetest Southern Belle, but her designs are flawless! We couldn’t help but play with her a lot for this issue of fun and parties. Shown here: “Live with a little sparkle.” Gold foil print, Custom note cards, Ho Ho Ho cocktail napkins, Custom monogram coasters, and Festive holiday picks. all available at emilymccarthy.com
While photographing Emilyâ€™s cheerful gift wrap tutorial (found on page 38) we had to snap a shot of her beautiful table. The orange and gold is perfect for autumn parties and Thanksgiving, but is bright and modern the rest of the year as well. Gold flatware sparkles, graphic Greek key napkins stand in china teacups, and hand written place cards help guests find their seats. Dinner is served! (But we donâ€™t want to mess up the pretty display!)
K i ngs gi v i ng Last year I celebrated my first Thanksgiving as Mrs. King and I wanted to make everything. Turkey, mashed potatoes, the whole nine yards. Of course, I always helped my parents with the meal, but this year, I wanted to plan everything. My collection of holiday recipes pulled from years of magazines was too tempting to ignore. Dad was relieved to be able to watch football uninterrupted and Mom was happy to be an onlooker and refill my Thank-tini as I mixed and baked, basted and mashed. Some Florida friends got wind of my plans, and declared a cooking free day. So armed with classy disposable plates and flatware drove up and joined in the fun.
In all, twenty people piled into our
modest house and a tradition was born, Kingsgiving.
This year, we
celebrated it early, as November 28th would find us on an airplane in the South Pacific (teaser comment for our Travel Issue coming in 2014). So forty-plus friends arrived with side dishes, beer, and holiday cheer.
Letâ€™s eat I love carrots, the baby ones with dip, juiced, mashed, but cooked is the worst thing you can do to this bright orange vegetable. That is until I roasted them!
This started off as a mashed
carrot recipe from Food & Wine magazine. But after trying them out of the oven, Izzy and I decided we need not go further in the cooking process. They were delicious, caramelized, sweet, and tasty! Simply preheat oven to 400, half carrots lengthwise and arrange on a baking sheet with cut side down. Rub with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and bake for 45 minutes.
In addition to coolers of ice for beer, a stocked bar, and bottles of wine, make sure your guests have plenty of water available.
And to make
it as enticing as the libations, throw stuff in it. For Thanksgiving I sliced oranges and added cranberries.
Be sure to squeeze the berries
till they pop to release a little tartness in the water. For other occasions, cucumber and lemon, watermelon and mint, or rosemary and lime are all tasty infusions.
Do this first thing on party
day so the water will have the most flavor. Add ice at the last minute to chill it for the guests.
Let’s eat Sweets and Beets is the most requested side dish at the Kings’ holiday table. Ingredients: 6-8 gold and/or red beets (the smaller the sweeter) 5 sweet potatoes, skinned and cut into 1” cubes 1 shallot, finely diced 1 tablespoon of butter Juice of 1 lemon, and a little zest is nice too 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons truffle oil, plus some to drizzle salt and pepper to taste Directions: Roast the beets and sweets the day before. 400 degrees, 30 minutes. Beets should be wrapped in foil, sweets arranged in a single layer with some oil, salt and pepper. When the beets have cooled enough to handle, peel and cube them. Just before serving, sauté the shallot in the butter, then add in the beets and sweets to heat through and brown a bit. In a small bowl, whisk together the last four ingredients.
Toss with the beets and
sweets, serve, and drizzle a little more truffle oil (can’t have too much).
Flowers, candles, candies, and coasters make easy and functional decor on coffee and side tables.
Letâ€™s have a Drink
Ingredients: 8 cranberries 2 teaspoons of sugar few dashes of bitters orange zest 2 ounces of brandy 2 ounces of whipped cream vodka ice orange twist to garnish
Place first 4 ingredients and water in a mortar.
Muddle ingredients until sugar dissolves.
Pour in a shaker, add ice, brandy and vodka.
Shake, strain, and garnish.
Letâ€™s Have Another
King-hattan Ingredients: 2 ounces of scotch 1 ounce of sweet vermouth 3 ounces of apple cider splash of orange juice club soda brown sugar to garnish
Wipe orange slice around the glass rim.
Twist glass rim in the brown sugar.
Mix ingredients and top up with club soda.
Be sure to have festive straws and swizzles handy.
Thanksgiving Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot
Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time for weddings. Families are already coming together and days off allotted, so why not tie the knot? But with this beloved holiday comes the typical decor and color palette: autumnal hues, pumpkins, turkey, cornucopia. We wanted to spice things up for our inspiration shoot, pun intended with the delish spiced apple caramel naked cake with goat cheese filling.
The story goes that the first Thanksgiving celebrated the coming together of different cultures and backgrounds through a feast of celebration. Although history is full of negative accounts between opposing sides; war, famine, et cetera, we wanted to focus on the positive. The melding of cultures, traditions, and customs that created (and continues to influence) the USA. Weddings are also a time to celebrate the uniting of families, beliefs, and ideals. Itâ€™s all coming about together.
Armed with an inspiration board filled with images from high fashion, tasty food, and rich colors, our artisans got to work. Jessica Mock of Dollface by Jules researched make-up motifs from native tribes around the world. Her final creations are a beautiful mix of Asian, African, America, and Indian culture with a dash of fantasy. She made a contentious effort not to reference one tribe or culture in particular, but to celebrate them all globally. The floral design is more a collection of produce and grasses then lush petals. Gilded chili peppers and mini pumpkin branches with safari sunset, purple millet, seeded eucalyptus, and broom corn from fiftyflowers.com came pre-mixed in perfect seasonal boxes. Handcrafted jewelry from the world over added glitz and focal points. A gold necklace from India and oversized South American green turquoise. A necklace of agate stones and a painted palm pod made a stunning hair accessory. This photo shoot combines traditional wedding elements with a style thatâ€™s fashion forward, a little mysterious, and all together beautiful.
What is Thanksgiving without a feast? Putting aside the typical menu of turkey and stuffing, Form created a
Southeastern favorites: oysters, crabs, saffron prawns (Ah-mazing), sweet potato souffle, pork tenderloin, spiced rice, and crisp cucumber canapes. Spiced apple caramel naked cake with goat cheese filling by Natasha at Lulu's Chocolate Bar.
Home, Dear Home
Styling and Floral Design: French Knot Studios / Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography / Venue: Roundhouse Railroad Museum / Hair and Make-up: Dollface by Jules / Gown: Sarah Seven from The Sentimentalist / Bridesmaids: Custard Boutique / Menswear: Vintage from
Civvies / Jewelry: Zia Couture / Furs: Gaucho Savannah / Invitation and Paper Goods: Miss Pickles Press / Food: Form / Cake: Luluâ€™s Chocolate Bar / Buffet Table Backdrop: Simply Savannah Events / Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com / Table Settings: World Market
Letâ€™s Give Gifts
Letâ€™s Give Gifts
hostess gifts Of course a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers is always welcome when attending a party, but why not give her something she can enjoy after the evening is over.
inspired pups from Anthropologie // Super tasty artisanal chocolates from The Chocolate Lab // A thoughtful note about how much sheâ€™s appreciated can be written on anything. Either a vintage or modern card is perfect and it makes the wine or flowers extra special // A friendship bracelet that sparkles from Custard Boutique // A comfy throw pillow // Delightful syrups to spice up brunch from Sylvester & Co.
Let’s Give Gifts
fashionista finds Novelty socks from Custard Boutique // Wristlets from Satchel is a variety of colors and finishes. These are great to keep in your larger tote as a wallet, and makes a simple downsize for holiday gatherings // A jaunty bow is always festive, as shown on this cozy sweater from Bluebelle // With a pair of fleece lines leggings to keep her warm this winter, she’ll be thanking you lots! // Something as flirty as a beaded and feather clutch is a perfect gift. It’s so fun, but also a little frivolous. wants a practical present?
Letâ€™s Give Gifts
gifts for kids Hand appliquĂŠed pocket purses from Lily Bay will keep track of little treasures // Sweet cotton dolls will become fast friends with your favorite little one // Classic novels get fabulous new covers. Bedtime stories will be remembered, and the beloved volumes will look great on the shelf when you are done. At least until you have to read them again. Dolls and books from Anthropologie.
Letâ€™s Give Gifts
gifts for guys Belt buckles made from vintage license plates are available at Lily Bay // Custom suspenders from French Knot Studios can be made in any fabric. Even most major sport teams // Keep your brewski cool times two with these leather coozies from Satchel.
Great Gift Wrap The outside of lifestyle designer, Emily McCarthyâ€™s, presents almost rivals the inside for style. Almost, the gifts are great too.
On her blog (emilymccarthy.com) she shares how to wrap the
perfect present, and tie a beautiful bow. Some highlights: - Think outside the Christmas color palette, red and green are not the only wrapping options. - By investing in beautiful papers with unique textures, colors, or
Glittered Branches Bells
classic patterns, you can use them anytime of year. -Presents donâ€™t always have to be topped with a bow. See her list at the right to get the inspiration started on other ideas.
If you must use ribbon, use beautiful ribbon.
Chambray button down - Romeo & Juliet Couture / Wool Hat Clemente / Gaucho // Mod Money Chandelier Earrings / Kate Spade // Studded navy leggings - Mamie Ruth / Custard // Green blouse - Collective Concepts / Trunk 13 // Yellow Cashmere vest - Pure Amici / Zoo animal scarf - Yarnz / Arm warmers - Cecilia Prado / Gaucho //Chambray button down - Joy Joy / Sequin leggings - Mamie Ruth / Custard // Silk Striped T-shirt - Olivaceous /Trunk 13 // Savannah, Georgia
shiny is the new black photos & styling by izzy hudgins photography
Arm warmers - Cecilia Prado / Gaucho // Savannah, Georgia Chambray button down - Romeo & Juliet Couture / Wool Hat - Clemente / Gaucho // Mod Money Chandelier Earrings / Kate Spade // Green blouse - $60 (Collective Concepts) / Trunk 13 // Savannah, Georgia
Lysse leggings / Realm Jewelry scarab necklace / Moyna star beaded clutch / Gaucho // Sweater - Joy Joy / Custard // Savannah, Georgia
Sweater - Cecilia Prado / Necklace - Amy Leiner / Alexis Bittar pin in hair / Gaucho //Rose gold skirt - BCBG Generation / Copper Penny // Savannah, Georgia
Pickled Shrimp and Deviled Eggs from Dept. 7 EAST
Headband / French Knot Studios // Sequin top - Ark & Co. / Custard // Savannah, Georgia
Also on our cover // Dress - Cecilia Prado / Faux fur arm warmers / Onyx Crystal Necklace - Mia Elliott / Faux fur trimmed cape - Angel Apparel // Gaucho Sequin skirt - Line & Dot / Copper Penny // Headband / French Knot Studios // Sequin top - Ark & Co. / Custard // Savannah, Georgia
Photographer & Styling // Izzy Hudgins Location // Dept. 7 EAST Make-up // Jessica Duthu Hair // Maria of Salon Aqua
Claire Teschel Konishi is a freelance graphic designer based in Savannah. She is a coowner, designer and photo stylist for The Nimbus Factory, an online design boutique comprised of 2 designers and 2 illustrators. Specializing primarily in custom wedding stationery, they cater to creative couples looking for something with a bit more personality than your run-of-the-mill invite. Some of her past and present clients include: American Greetings, Petite Lemon, Tiny Prints, and Southern Flourish Magazine. When she isnâ€™t collaging or pushing pixels, you can find her spending time with her 6 month old baby girl Cora, hubby Eddie, and goofy pets Nattie Gann and Ozzy.
home, dear home
home, dear home
her brother made these shelves from palettes
home, dear home
cake topper and ring pillow from their wedding 61
more charming wedding details
home, dear home
Why we love this studio
tons of natural light
vintage sewing machine and table as a book shelf
her grandmotherâ€™s hair dryer & setter important notes for the chalkboard
comfortable sofa 65
Cora has an adorable nursery.
of organization, fun toys to keep her attention, and plenty of vintage charm, just like the rest of the house.
walls are full of framed art and even a sweet note kid Claire wrote to her grandmother, â€œBecause I love you, Nanny, I promise to bake. Love, Claire.â€?
â€œCoraâ€? blocks, billy bobs in a vase, a little elephant, and sweet prints are just some of the thoughtful details
Sisal baskets, and numbered linen ones store all the baby bits out of sight while providing a great graphic element.
Above: a handmade blanket and cross stitched monogram will surely be cherished by Cora when she is older. // Above right: Claireâ€™s mom made this sweet apron when she Claire was little. // Bottom right: A basket of toys, past and present parent photos, and a faux microwave fill this pint size bookcase.
hereâ€™s where we found all the lovelies... Anthropologie
form - cheesecake, wine, gourmet
38 Montgomery Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 944 . 6113 anthropologie.com
422 Whitaker Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 232 . 4733 custardboutique.com
1801 Habersham Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 236 . 7642 form-cwg.com
Dept. 7 east
french knot studios
5500 Abercorn Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 443 . 0011 bluebelle.com
7 E. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 232 . 0215
the chocolate lab
dollface by jules
30 W. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 707 . 340 . DOLL dollfacebyjules.com
civvies New & Recycled Clothing 22 E. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 236 . 1551 civviesclothes.com
emily Mccarthy emilymccarthy.com
Gaucho 18 E. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 234 . 7414
globe shoe co. 17 E. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 232 . 8161
Ivory & Beau
22 Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 629 . 6800 shopcopperpenny.com
7302 Abercorn Street #1B Savannah, Georgia 912 . 200 . 4794 ivoryandbeau.com
Izzy Hudgins Photography
roundhouse railroad museum
sylvester & company
655 Louisville Road Savannah, Georgia 912 . 651 . 68232 chsgeorgia.org
205 W. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 236 . 1150 sylvesterandco.com
311 W. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 233 . 1008 shopsatchel.com
414 Whitaker Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 349 . 4129 trunk13.com
lily bay studio + bazaar 412 Whitaker Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 777 . 7621
Kate Spade 319 W. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 495 . 6505 katespade.com
1655 Defoor Avenue NW Atlanta, Georgia 42 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 404 . 355 . 7500 thesentimentalistatl.com Savannah, Georgia 912 . 480 . 4564 luluschocolatebar.net
Luluâ€™s Chocolate Bar
Miss Pickles Press misspicklespress.com
The Nimbus Factory thenimbusfactory.com
7805 Abercorn Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 353 . 8197 worldmarket.com
340 Bull Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 525 . 5998 shopscad.com
325 W. Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia 912 . 349 . 9427 ziacouturejewelry.com
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1 - gold “valentine” bootie 2 - Red and Pink Patent “Tula” Flat 3 - Multi Glitter “Carolina” Pump 4 - All Black Orange “The Sleek MTC” Flat
sacha london “beauty” in Metal notturno - 6 Chelsea Crew Turquoise “Cutie” Wedge - 7 Sam edelman black suede “avalon” slipper - 8 All black gray & white “the tweedy” slipper - 9 with rhinestone shoe clip
shoe 1 - Copper Penny // shoes 2, & 3 - Kate Spade // shoes 4, 7 & 8 Custard Boutique // shoes 5 & 6 - Globe Shoe Co.