A LOVELY GIRLS RETREAT wine tasting, brunching, & gal pals!

Hello, hello my lovely little autumnal goddesses! How is your October shaping up? If you are like me, you’ve got travel on the brain. I am just itching to get the gals together and host a little girls retreat – apple picking, wine tasting, brunching – the works! Luckily our dear friends Claiborne & Lime are feeling the travel bug too and threw the most beautiful girls retreat.

Check out their weekend of fun and get inspired to host your own! Don’t have a local vineyard near you? Who cares! Do a little wine tasting in your backyard. If that gang is together, nothing else really matters 🙂
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“I wanted to escape myself. I wanted to feel overwhelmed and disrupted. I wanted something- an event- to happen to me, to sweep me up and change my life.” –Sue Miller

To us, September represents a fresh start- back to school, seasons changing, and a time for new beginnings. We decided to gather a small group of girlfriends together- all on different creative paths with the intention of escaping… Out of that came an idea- to have a retreat of sorts. A safe haven away from our lives to let go of fear and perfection. A place to brainstorm, inspire, and set goals. We didn’t need to go far, we just needed to get unstuck. So we set off to Los Olivos, in Santa Barbara wine country.

The perfect fall girls weekend via Lauren KelpFirst stop, a local vineyard for brunch. Guys… what better activity to do on a girls weekend then wine tasting?! Bring your own treats or reserve a private picnic spot overlooking the lake – you can’t go wrong! Since fancy is what we do, you know we had to create an amazing experience- complete with chocolate croissants, homemade quiche Lorraine, and a champagne bar. Lucky for you, we passed along the quiche recipe for you here!

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The perfect fall girls weekend via Lauren KelpNext up, wine tasting… Because what gets the creative juices flowing better than MORE alcohol? We sampled the sauvignon blanc, the cuvee le bec, and tasted Grenache grapes which will become a 2017 rose. We took a tour of the winery, and spent the afternoon lounging on the lawn (or passed out- whatever you wanna call it). On the ride home, we sang along (badly) to Beyonce’s Lemonade, and started planning how we would make things, collaborate and create our next adventure!

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6Is it starting to warm up in your neck of the woods? Well, even if spring is getting a sleepy start, this insanely enticing blood orange margarita will put you on a beach under the sun, living large. Yep, it’s that good. Don’t believe me? Try for yourself! Promise, you’ll be sipping these puppies all season long. xoxo, LK

Elizabeth here friends! How’s your Spring starting off?! This week we had temperatures in the 60’s so naturally I went and got a bright pink manicure and started drinking a blood orange margarita to convince myself that summer was here.

Maaaaaybe I was reaching… but come on, you know the thought of putting on that maxi dress was reeeeeal appealing. Not only do margaritas remind me of warm summer patio nights but also they’re like my go to cocktail. It may be just me but I’m just not an overly sweet cocktail fan. If I’m sipping on something all night I like it to be citrusy and light and this blood orange margarita recipe is just that! Cheers! xoxo



3 Ounces of blood orange juice

1 Ounce of lime juice

2 Ounces of silver tequila

2 Tablespoons of simple syrup or Agave

Kosher Salt + Sugar for rim

Crushed Ice


1. In a cocktail shaker combine juices, tequila, agave nectar and shake for 15 seconds.

2. Rim glass with a blood orange wedge and dip in a half & half salt / sugar mixture for rim. *Note salt rim will not stick to plastic ware!

3. Pour over crushed ice. Cheers!


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14Hello lovelies! Elizabeth here! As we’re slowly inching into spring / summer I am so excited to change up my flavor palette! I live for those warm summer nights playing cards and never-ending dinner parties! I was inspired by the recipe because I recently re-tried roasted tomatoes and fell in love with the flavor again (I’m not a big raw tomato fan!) This appetizer is basically like healthy pizza. There are few people (if any!) that I know that don’t LOVE pizza. So you’ve basically got a win-win appetizer on your hands my friends! Enjoy! xoxo


1 Rectangle flat bread (10×5 inches)

1 – 1 1/2 Pints of heirloom tomatoes

¼ Cup of slow roasted garlic cloves

5 Tablespoons of avocado or olive oil

2 Tablespoons of fresh rosemary

2 Tablespoons of fresh basil

Salt + Pepper

*Cheese optional


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Toss tomatoes with 3 Tablespoons of avocado or olive oil, 2 tablespoons of minced rosemary and generously salt and pepper. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until tomatoes have bursted. Brush flatbread with remaining oil and arrange tomatoes evenly. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. Top with chopped basil and cut into triangles.

*Note you can find roasted garlic cloves in your local grocery’s olive bar or roast whole garlic cloves drizzled with olive oil for 40 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

*Note for flatbread I used The Kitchn’s recipe


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TURKEY BACON AVOCADO BREAKFAST SANDWICH because breakfast sandwiches are the best


Hello friends! Constance here. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Guys-it’s almost March. Can you believe it? I’m not quite sure how that happened. I feel like I’m just now ready for Christmas. We’re getting ready for a crazy influx of house guests over the next month. Spring training starts soon here in Phoenix, and while I like to pretend everyone’s coming in town for some good quality hang time, let’s be real….it’s all about baseball.

Regardless, I’ve been working on coming up with some foolproof recipes that don’t have me slaving away in the kitchen all hours of the day. I definitely want our guests to have a hot meal, but I also want to keep a small ounce of sanity while doing it. My solution? Recipes that you can make in bulk and freeze for later. We’ve got more of these coming your way, but to start–biscuits. My plan is to make at least a few dozen of these before our guests begin to arrive so we can all eat our weight in breakfast sandwiches. Truly, they’re just the best. You can customize to fit any and all diets, and it’s as easy as frying a few eggs and some bacon and voila!



-2 slices thick cut bacon

-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

-1 large brown egg

-1 buttermilk biscuit


-1-2 oz. roasted turkey

-1/2 avocado, thinly sliced



-In a medium sized pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.

-Remove bacon from pan and add olive oil. Continue to heat on medium until olive oil is hot.

-Crack egg slowly over pan, and immediately reduce heat to low.

-Cook slowly until whites are set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.

-Remove egg from heat, top with fresh cracked black pepper, and set aside.

-Cut biscuit in half, and spread a light layer of Sriracha on the bottom half.

-Top with turkey, bacon, avocado, egg and the other half of the biscuit.

-Cut sandwich in half and serve immediately.


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SMOKED SALMON OMELETTE perfect for breakfast in bed

5Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning and thought to yourself, “I really want to most delicious omelette in the world?” Well, lucky for you (and me!) Food Contributor Elizabeth is sharing her breakfast magic and showing us how to dominate the perfect lazy Saturday morning omelette. 

This smoked salmon makes it fancy without breaking a sweat & the dill cream sauce is borderline addicting. Whip this puppy up for brunch, for a sweet breakfast in bed, or dinner – hey, no judgement! No matter when you eat it, you’ll be in love. Can’t wait to hear what you think! xo, -LK
4Elizabeth here, friends! I am so excited to bring to you a breakfast recipe! A nice breakfast at home is one of my favorite ways to start the day. I love throwing on my favorite robe and just being lazy on a Sunday morning. Life moves so quickly sometimes and it is so important to just pause and enjoy the little things. I usually start the morning with a nice cup of coffee from my french press and take a tour through my fridge and see what I can whip up. I’ll throw on my favorite music and just turn off my brain for a few hours, it’s great and I highly recommend it after a stressful week.23This time of year is a little funky when it comes to finding produce so I love bringing out some secret weapons that still leave you with a trip to flavor town. Smoked salmon is a secret weapon that I keep in my fridge for just this occasion. Now, I know a smoked salmon omelette may not be your typical ‘bacon and cheddar cheese’ but it’s delish and totally worth a try! The combo of smoked salmon and creamy dill sauce is a melt-in-your-mouth bite. Now pour yourself a wine sized glass mimosa and just enjoy the morning. 13


Smoked Salmon Omelette

2 Whole eggs + 1 Egg white

1 Tablespoon of half&half or milk

1 Teaspoon of salt + 1/2 Teaspoon of pepper

2 Ounces of smoked salmon

Thinly sliced red onions

Dill Cream Sauce

3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

2 Heaping tablespoons of cream cheese

1 Tablespoon of fresh dill chopped

1 Tablespoon of milk

1 Tablespoon of chopped chives

1/2 Teaspoon of salt + 1/2 Teaspoon of pepper



1. In a small bowl whisk together whole eggs, egg whites, milk, salt & pepper until light and fluffy. Spray or grease a non stick pan with butter or non stick spray.

2. On low-medium heat pour in your egg mixture. As your omelette begins to cook pick up your pan and swirl in a counter clockwise direction to cook the runny part of your omelette that rests in the center. The heat from the sides of the pan will cook your omelette evenly without burning.

3. Add in a thin layer of dill cream sauce and top with smoked salmon, red onions, and fresh dill. Flip omelette and service with more sauce + avocado (optional).

Dill Cream Sauce: In a small sauce pan melt butter on low heat until fragrant and liquid. Add in cream cheese and whisk together until melted and the butter and cream cheese have married together. Add in herbs and serve. *If sauce is too thick add in milk a tablespoon at a time to thin.


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BIG GIRL SITE someone got a fancy new makeover

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There comes a time in every website’s life when the bubble-gummed & bootstrapped, “I did it myself!” look no  longer cuts it. We had one of those moments at the end of 2015 & decided that if we were going to be taken seriously as website full of thoughtful living pieces, entertaining tips, and killer cocktails, it’s time we started looking the part!

So, like every good creative, we decided to re-create ourself. We ditched the blog-like layout, changed our color palette, revamped the home page, & swapped out our flats for a shiny new pair of gold metallic wedges.


– Recipes to impress your Mother-in-Law

– EXPLORE categories

– Meet the team in our ABOUT section

– Easter entertaining essentials

Shout out to the web design wizards, Kelly & Andra of With Grace and Gold. They are fabulous design unicorns that dreamt up the new website look and executed it like a dream. While not only a joy to work with, these girls are freakishly talented and very well priced. If you are in the market for branding, website design, or brand strategy, I couldn’t recommend anyone else more highly!

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STUDIO TOUR WITH AVERYHOUSE photos, pink sofas & more

If you have spent anytime in Chicago, you have probably heard of the photography studio, averyhouse. The owners, matt & stevi savage, are an inspiration to everyone they meet & today’s studio tour is no exception.

Step into the stunning world of averyhouse, learn about their story, their passion, and what to do when you are in a rut and need a change. If nothing else, their passion for storytelling & loving what they do is inspirational enough. So grab a cup of coffee, scroll down, and prepare to fall in love.

PS – if you are really in the mood for some aesthetic eye-candy, check out their Instagram accounts!



My name is Stevi Savage and I am married to my ridiculously talented and good­-looking husband, Matt Savage. I am a mother to our beautiful 3 year old son, Rhodes.


Our work is based in Chicago, where we have lived for 8 years. We are currently spending time, living and working, in Mexico for the winter.


Alongside my husband, I own and operate Averyhouse, a wedding and portrait photography business that we established in 2008 shortly after we were married. Over the years, my role has shifted and while I do still photograph some weddings and portraits, my biggest role is behind-­the-­scenes operations and office management.

We also were adopted into Smilebooth family, a national photo booth company, back in 2010 where we manage the sales and production in our Midwest market. In addition, Photoserve is a non­profit that we co­founded in 2015 but have been dreaming about for over a decade. It’s purpose is to bridge the gap between photographers/visual artists and non­profits, connecting the two to fulfill the needs of volunteer work and to create captivating, storytelling imagery and media.



As cheesy as it may sound, my husband is the person who inspires me daily. 🙂 He is a renaissance man, always surprising me with new interests and talents and striving to do his best in everything, even the smallest task. He is always looking for ways to help others and is an incredibly patient and loving father to our three year old son.

I am also inspired by those who live a minimalist lifestyle, actively seeking to declutter their lives of material possessions in exchange for more time and energy to seek out rich life experiences through travel or to simply have more focused, quality time with people around them. It is something that we have been exploring more and more as a family over the past two years and it is has been a total shift in my mindset in the most rewarding way.

I have built out seasonal capsule wardrobes in order to cut down on my need or desire to buy more clothes and, overall, our material possessions have dwindled down to only one quarter of what they used to be after lots of purging and reorganizing. Seeing how and why others choose this type of lifestyle is so inspiring to me!



 To me, being creative means not giving up when something doesn’t work but to keep pressing through until it does and you can do it well. As artists and entrepreneurs we face many challenging situations that are unique to our work or business only and there is no one else to tell us how to navigate around it.

We are constantly evolving and fine-­tuning our processes to be more efficient and effective in what we do. It is during these times, when we are ironing out our systems and workflows, that I feel I am being the most creative in my work.



I do my best to find a balance between work time and rest time. Sometimes my work is at home as a mother and sometimes it is at our office, managing our studio or out photographing a wedding. Either way, I’ve found that with my job I’m not able to find a balance every day but rather in seasons. For me, when we are in our busy season, there is not much daily rest time so we have dedicated our slow season as a time of rest and we are extremely protective of and plan for it far in advance.

The luxury of having on and off seasons is one of the things that drove us to continue fighting to make our business work for us, even when we felt like giving up. Now that we have a son, we are so grateful for a solid 2­-3 months of time where we can travel and spend as much time together as possible, working less and playing more, and ultimately giving him and each other 110% of our attention.

This year, we decided to spend our slow season in Mexico for three months. Our son attends a local school here while we work remotely for ~6 hours per day. It is a very special time for our family and by the end of it we will be so refreshed and excited for another busy and productive season.



Long ago, before I knew anything about photography or business, I knew that I wanted to work in a creative field where I could help, encourage, and give to others. I also hoped that I would have the freedom to travel as well as have a flexible work schedule once I became a mom. At the time, I could have only dreamed of having a business that not only allowed me all of these things but also allowed them for my husband too.

It is extremely humbling to sit back and think of the winding path that led us to where we are today but all of those decisions we made… the big ones, little ones, hard ones, and easy ones… they all brought us to this point and somehow all along it’s exactly the place that we hoped we would end up.



When I get stuck on something I escape from all distractions, first, mapping out my thoughts on paper and reading through a study in my bible. Thankfully, because my husband and I work as a team, I can then go to him to bounce around the problem or my ideas with him. He is a podcast junkie and usually has some valuable insight to help me mull it over.

Most of the time, we try to get outside together and simply admire nature for a few hours. We rest our minds and eventually talk through our dreams, hopes, or fears for the future. After all of this I usually gain enough perspective and courage to move forward with my project in a way that I know is best for our family and/or our business.


My advice for an aspiring creative would be to learn as much as you can about managing a business, selling, and how to be efficient in your workflow. Delegate repetitive tasks to others as soon as you have enough margin and focus on doing the tasks that only you can do.

Without a solid plan for growth, your business runs the risk of not becoming sustainable. Love your clients well and measure your success by how they view you, not in the number of clients you have.



Thanks for reading! You can view more of our work here!

a. Averyhouse ­Wedding and Portrait Photography

b. Smilebooth ­ Photobooth + Custom Photo Activations

c. Photoserve ­ Non­profit

d. Flock & Feather ­Personal Blog

Meet Vanessa, their fabulous Studio Manager. Doesn’t this look like an amazing place to work? Hope you all were inspired by Stevi & the averyhouse story!

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BLOOD ORANGE CAKE the perfect cake for a party


Looking for that perfect cake to bring to a get-together, brunch, or shower? Well ladies, step aside, because Elizabeth is flexing her cake decorating skills and showing us how to master the most delicious cake known to mankind – the blood orange cake with honey mascarpone frosting. I mean, it’s pure perfection! 

It’s stunning, delicious, and a total showstopper! Get the skinny from Elizabeth below. Love what you see, tell us your thoughts below! – xoxo, LK



2 1/2 Cups of cake flour

1 1/2 Cups of granulated sugar

1 Teaspoon of course salt

1 Tablespoon of baking powder

5 Large eggs, separated

1/2 Cup of blood orange juice or your favorite citrus juice

1 Tablespoon of blood orange zest

1/2 Cup of vegetable oil 

+ extra flour & non stick baking spray for cake tins



1 Stick of unsalted butter at room temp

8 Oz of mascarpone cheese or cream cheese

1 1/2 Teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

1 Teaspoon of salt

3-4 Tablespoons of honey

4 Cups of powdered sugar

   *milk on an as needed base


*For this recipe I used three 6-inch cake tins, two 8-inch will work as well. Spray cake tins with non stick spray and spread flour thinly on sides and bottom of tins, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl sift cake flour and add in salt and baking powder and set aside.

1. In a large bowl separate egg yolks and whites into 2 large bowls, reserve the yolks. With a stand or hand mixer fitted with a wire whip, whip egg whites until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Set aside. 

2. With a stand or hand mixer combine sugar and egg yolks. Slowly pour in vegetable oil and blood orange juice and zest, mix. Add flour mixture to wet mixture in three separate segments mixing until just combined after each one. Remove from mixer and gently fold in egg whites until incorporated.

*Whisking your egg whites separately and gently folding them in will ensure a light and airy cake batter. Pour evenly into cake tins and bake for 20-25 mins. Cakes are done when a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool for 30 mins. Take a knife and make a ring around the tin sides, if any of the cake has stuck this will help release it. With a serrated knife edge cut any dome tops off your cakes. 

3. In a large mixing bowl with a stand or hand mixer beat butter, mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, salt and honey until light and fluffy, about 3 mins. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, checking for texture after each addition. Add in one tablespoon of milk as needed to thin frosting.

*Note dryer climates may need more milk for thinning, moister climates may need less. 


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IMG_1932There are always a lot of His & Her’s round ups, gift guides, and the like around Valentine’s Day, and while those never really grab my attention, this pairing is something I can absolutely get behind – His & Her’s Valentine’s Day cocktails!

Something sweet and romantic for the lady & something a bit more bold for the mister. It’s a match made in heaven! So before your VDay plans are complete, make sure you add these lovely libations to the list. Can’t wait to see what you think. xoxo, LK



1 cup fresh squeeze grapefruit juice (trust me, it’s better fresh!)

1 cup sparkling water

4 tablespoons vodka

3 tablespoons St. Germain

Honey or a natural sweetener



1. Add a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker & add in ingredients (wait until you’ve tried your cocktail until adding in the honey or sweetener).

2. Shake until shaker is cold & pour into a fabulous glass!

3. Garnish with a thin slice of grapefruit or another citrus (we used a blood orange from the recipe below!)

4. Serve, sip, repeat!



1 ½ ounces dry gin (we love Farmer’s!)
3 ounces blood orange juice (save the peel)
1 tablespoon thyme simple syrup
4 ounces tonic water
Thyme (for garnish)


1. For simple syrup, bring sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add thyme sprigs, stir in gently. Allow to cool for 20-25 minutes and remove sprigs before serving.

2. In a low glass, fill it with a few cubes of ice, gin, blood orange juice, and thyme syrup. Top off with tonic & stir gingerly.

2. Cut off a peel from one of your used blood oranges, twist, and add in for garnish. Top cocktail off with a sprig of thyme & serve, sip, repeat!

IMG_1930So what do you say, lovebirds? Are these going to make it on your Valentine’s Day menu?! Since whipping these puppies up, I have to admit, they have been on repeat in our house. The are just so delicious! Anything with blood oranges has me weak at the knees already, but the two as a pair are out of this world.

Can’t wait to hear about your weekend & if you mix these up, let me know! 


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GALS0013Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day kind of gets a bad wrap. Between the overpriced flowers and prix fixe dinners, it can get a little out of control. Not to mention, there is all this hype, so the pressure is on to do something amazing & spectacular (cause you have to post about it, duh).

Well, we think that’s all a little exhausting and no one likes an evening full of expectations and over priced food, so instead, we are taking the reigns back and making this holiday fun again! Whether you are single, married, tinder-ing, or just really into cats, you have fabulous girl friends in your life that deserve celebrating, right?!

RIGHT! So, we are brushing past the weirdness that Valentine’s Day can bring, and inviting the ladies over for a little Galentine’s Day celebration! Bust out the Rosé, the cheese boards, and the friendship, because we are showing you how to throw a Galentine’s Day brunch even Leslie Knope would be proud of!
GALS0025TIP ONE: Get All of the Rosé

It wouldn’t be a proper gal party without the appropriate beverages and for this bash, we are all about the Rosé. Allegedly, some people aren’t crazy about Rosé, but I think that’s because they haven’t had the right variety. We recently discovered the Grand Reserve Rosé and cannot get enough of it! It’s perfectly pink, refreshingly crisp, and impresses everyone we serve it to. If that isn’t an impressive calling card, I don’t know what is.

Make sure to go online & order it here. Also, if I were you, I would stock up on a few extra bottles. It tends to go quickly & it’s so good, you’ll want it on hand at all times!

PRO TIP: I love stocking up on raspberries or pears and adding a few to each glass. It’s acts as a classy way to determine whose wine is whose & it’s a delicious treat at the end.

GALS0005TIP TWO: Create a Relaxed Menu

No need to stress when figuring out what to serve the gals, we’ve got just the thing! As you all know, we love a good cheese board, but it’s important to have variety when entertaining. We recommend grabbing a bunch of goodies (think berries, nuts, pretzels, charcuterie, cheese, crackers, you name it!) and putting them all in a central location. Whether it’s on a board (or two) on the coffee table, or in various bowls and dishes around the kitchen island, the food will determine where people hang out so plan accordingly.

The key to a good spread is having lots of fun options but one (fabulous) main event. We are obsessed with this honey baked Camembert because it’s just the right about of sweet (thanks to the honey) but perfectly savory (from the garlic & sea salt). It’s truly what cheese board dreams are made of & couldn’t be easier!

PRO TIP: Bookmark, print, write-down, or screen shot this honey baked Camembert recipe because it is an entertaining gem. Two minutes of prep and a 15 minute bake time and you will look like a regular old Martha Stewart 😉

GALS0028TIP THREE: Ditch the Decorations

Let’s be real, no one needs fancy decorations to have a good time. Plus, we would rather spend that money on an extra bottle of Rosé or fun cards to write silly loves notes in. Give the house a good tidy, fluff the pillows, put on a fun playlist and let your friends do the rest.

The main ingredients to a great party are the right libations, a variety of food, and a good atmosphere. It’s really that simple! If you feel like making the evening slightly more themed, grab some fun cards (or heck, make them yourself!) and write little love notes to your gal pals. Everyone loves getting mail that isn’t a bill, so give your friends a little confidence boost, a reminder why you love them, and something to totally show off on their desk at work. 

GALS0032Three tips to throwing the perfect Galentine’s Day brunch & it couldn’t be easier, right?! Remember, the best part is getting the gals together and having a great time. With great wine & best friends, it’s the perfect pairing!

We would love to see your Galentine’s Day bash! Make sure to tag @laurenkelp & @kjwines on Instagram to show off your mad entertaining skills.


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