It's pretty simple, festive foods are part of what makes holidays special. There are some holidays, like Thanksgiving that exude sophistication and nostalgic comfort. And then there are holidays like St. Patrick's Day... which let's just say, can go a bit in the other direction.
Here I've rounded up my favorite festively green foods for every time of the day that go beyond food coloring and gimmicky tricks to impress grown-up tastes buds-- and make your table look great in the process.
Start the Day with This: Mini Spinach Asparagus and Mushroom Leek Quiche via Lauren Conrad
Bring This to Work to Share: Matcha Coconut Butter Cups via Molly Yeh for Food & Wine
Fight the Afternoon Drag with This: Ginger Banana Green Smoothie via Fooduzzi
Detoxify with This: Emerald Kale Salad via Feasting At Home
Cook This for Dinner: Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi via Half Baked Harvest
Bring This Party Perfect Appetizer: Avocado Egg Rolls via Damn Delicious
Dip Into This: Cheesy Brussel Sprout Dip via Baked In
Drink This: Cucumber Infused Gin & Tonic via Jojotastic
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Get these seasonal ideas and more on the Suite One Studio, Feeling Festive Pinterest Board!
I'm so excited to share this project! I've wanted to work collaboratively with oil painter, Allie Snyder Dattilio on something for years. Her landscapes take my breath away! I love the uninterrupted openness of her skies, fields, and waterways which remind me of the rural Southern scenes from my college drives through Virginia. Her use of color and brushwork are phenomenal! See what I mean?
After years of exchanging emails and daydreaming about what a collaboration between the two of us could look like, cue brilliant idea, Allie suggested an online show. When she proposed we include artist, Beth Winterburn (whose work I LOVE) I knew we'd stumbled onto the idea. I mean just look at Beth's work! Watercolor washes, bold brushstrokes, and gold accents!
We decided to focus on a united color palette, which allowed us to create a cohesive collection despite our varied media. On instagram Allie and Beth and I shared sneak peeks of our works in progress with the hashtag #TheChiaroscuroCollection
For a change of pace, I thought I'd start a new column on the blog sharing some of my favorite things. These are things that are inspiring me, styles that have my attention, and trends I'm diving into headfirst. I share a lot of these things over on Pinterest (are you following along?) and I'm excited to share these interest here with you so we can explore them in greater depths and get inspired together!
Things I'm Loving:
Vintage Glassware: Probably not a huge shocker, I'm forever styling vintage glassware into my instagram photos and now even selling some my collection in the vintage section of the shop. This iridescent set is one of my favorites and will be available this evening during our weekly Tuesday restock at 7 PM EST.
Garden Patios: I bought my first home last spring and wow. Every inch of this property needs work. Thankfully its 1980s construction is saving us from the nightmare of asbestos or major structural issues, but the cheap materials and beige on beige on beige has got to go. As the weather is warming up I'm shifting my attention to my backyard and planning a major makeover on that space, asap. These spaces are inspiring me to use a mixture of patio pavers and small stones to create a garden-centric outdoor living space.
Matcha Magnolia: From this candle collection I designed with Anthropologie and Capri Blue. This scent is so soft, fresh, and lightly sweet. Even unlit the scent adds a delicate fragrance to any room it's placed in. I began designing this product waaaaay back in early fall 2015! There's a lot of behind the scenes work happening both in my studio and at Anthropologie to make these designs come to life. We work collaboratively to design the products and Anthropologie wonderfully handles all of the logistics of commercial manufacturing so we can offer these designs far and wide. Because of this extensive process it often takes well over a year before the designs hit the shelves at your local Anthro stores. Seeing (and smelling) these candles in real life is a total dream. This is one of those products that I'll be stocking up on while they're available. Click to shop!
High Contrast: If you've noticed bolder colors and deeper hues in the collection it's no accident. I'll always love a good pastel, but lately I'm feeling inspired by darker colors at the table complemented by brightly colored fruits and vegetables, sparkly cocktails, and soft stone and wood tones to balance the scene. Tonight during the restock we're releasing a brand new dessert plate color (for the first time in over a year!) that celebrates this bold, high luxe, contrasty look. (Signup for the newsletter here to be the first to know what this new dessert plate color is!)
What are you loving this February? I'd love to hear in the comments!
Before I even begin, clever post title shout out goes to Suite One Studio team member, Lauren. If ever a clever phrase is needed, she's your girl. Now what this post has to do with a 2005 film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer? Well that's 100% nothing. Full disclosure to those of you who were hopeful. Instead this post is about Valentine's Day, Andy Warhol and Pop Art inspired cookies. All things that I quite frankly am way more interested in.
The best part about this DIY is that it's any skill level. You can opt for pre made cookie dough if you're in a pinch for time, or you can use any sugar or shortbread cookies recipe out there to create your base. You'll need this lip cookie cutter, food coloring, black icing pen, and frosting (again either store-bought or your favorite homemade recipe).
Continue reading for step by step instructions!
I'm a big fan of method soap and have a bottle next to each sink in my house, so when Method asked if I would be interested in partnering to showcase their Spring Limited Edition Collection I was more than eager. As a designer, it's always exciting to have the opportunity to see sneak peeks of upcoming products because it provides unique insight into what is visually and conceptually resonating with other companies.
Inspired by method's White Rose scent I took to the studio to create a series of custom made glazes that would hit those same notes of relaxation, calm, and freshness. I wanted to create glazes that would reflect the smooth, chalky colors of the White Rose packaging and that would gently reference the nature inspired scent.
Unlike my usual high gloss glazes, I opted to formulate matte, satin, and crackle glazes for this collaboration. It was a wonderful reprieve to work on such texturally and visually different glazes! I learned to appreciate my glaze materials in new ways simply by combining them in different proportions and combinations, all inspired by method's Spring Limited Edition Collection.
This project was such a great reminder that inspiration is everywhere! It also reminded me that it's so important to take time to pause from our everyday chaos to soak up calm relaxation and to experience mindful creativity. Thanks method!This post is sponsored by method. Here at Suite One Studio we only share products we love and messages we value. Click below to shop these amazing products!