Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Best of Both Worlds Breakfast

You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But we all know dessert is everyone's favorite. Get the best of both worlds with this perfect breakfast pudding recipe! It's a little tart and a little sweet, plus super simple to make. You'll definitely want this for breakfast every day!

breakfast chia seed pudding via LaurenConrad.com

Strawberry-Raspberry Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Makes 4 servings

1 cup vanilla almond milk
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp Greek yogurt
½ cup raspberries + ¼ cup raspberries for topping
½ cup strawberries + ¼ cup strawberries for topping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tbsp coconut shreds (optional)


1. In a blender, blend your almond milk, Greek yogurt, strawberries, raspberries and vanilla extract.

2. Pour mixture into separate bowls or jars (we like to use mason jars that have screw-on lids), and whisk in the chia seeds and coconut shreds. Let sit in your refrigerator overnight to allow chia seeds to absorb the liquid and create a pudding-like texture.

3. The next morning, remove your jar and top your chia seed pudding with additional strawberries, raspberries, coconut shreds, and any other topping you’d like (maybe even some dark chocolate chips)!

breakfast chia seed pudding recipe

Nutritious and delicious! You can't go wrong with this breakfast-dessert blend. Try out this recipe and devour the details of the best of both worlds every morning!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Mashups: Visual Note-Taking at Events

For us, it wasn't until college that it was acceptable to take notes on a laptop in class. Now, even middle school students are utilizing iPads and tablets to transform lessons into visual representations, preparing them for the technologically advanced world we live in. More and more planners are finding this useful at large events in the form of visual note-taking. Visual note-taking, also known as graphic recording, is a process of representing ideas with drawings. Not only does it create a colorful, eye-catching way to capture content from a meeting or event, it can also help your attendees better process and retain complex information. And there are many ways to incorporate these graphics into your event that go beyond the standard whiteboard on an easel.

Here’s a look at how some planners are using visual note-taking before, during, and after their events:

As a Mural


At the Chicago Theological Seminary’s 2016 conference, Ink Factory created a 7- by 20-foot mural illustrating content from sessions. Eye-catching to all passerbys.

As a Keepsake

Plexiglas Keepsake

For a party to commemorate Chicago Trading Company’s 20th birthday, Revel Global Events hired Ink Factory to create a custom 5- by 10-foot light box covered with lightweight acrylic. During the event, artists drew images on the light box to represent key moments in the company’s history. After the event, guests received small Plexiglas versions of the artwork as a gift.

As a Stacked Display

Stacked Display

In the atrium and trade show hall at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Kingman Ink created display towers from the boards of visual notes taken during Content Marketing World sessions. Attendees could take photos on the displays to reference later.

As Promo Items

Promotional Items

After an event, visual notes can be turned into promotional items, such as this mug, set of notecards, mousepad, and more from ImageThink.

As Wall Art

Wall Art

Following its 2015 conference titled Selma at 50: Still Marching, the Chicago Theological Seminary transformed graphic recordings created by Ink Factory into wall art for its office.

Remember more than just words with these visual takeaways! Find what works best for your next event and devour the details of note-taking with these creative ideas.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Oktoberfest at NSB

Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest is back for the 3rd year running! Their spacious parking lot will be transformed once again into a traditional German-style beer garden, complete with brass bands, food vendors, communal drinking tables, and lawn games. So grab your friends and wear your best lederhosen! You won't want to miss this event, Saturday, September 16 at Night Shift Brewing!

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They'll have six awesome German beers available in cans and on draft, alongside all of their other non-German-but-still-awesome offerings for attendees to sip on:
  • Oldenburg: Märzen-style lager - the yearly Oktoberfest release!
  • Storm & Drive: German-style schwarzbier - dark, roasty, and mysteriously drinkable
  • Krusch: Kölsch-style ale - crisp, clean, and ever so kruschable
  • Village Lager: Zwickelbier-style lager - hazy, light, and approachable; a perfect stein beer
  • Pfaffenheck: German-style pilsner - a zesty and floral mainstay; brewed traditionally
  • Furth: Hefeweizen-style ale - fan-favorite German hefe; notes of banana, clove, and spice
NSB Oktoberfest steins will be available while supplies last! $25 for a stein and your first pour, $12 for subsequent pours. We'll cheers to that! Here's what else to expect:
  • Six hours of music from amazing local musicians
  • Sausages, pretzels, and more, all made fresh by some friendly food trucks and pop-ups
  • A communal Oktoberfest stein toast at 1PM to kick off the celebration!
Looking to get a little more out of your Saturday? For the athletically inclined or those that need a challenge before drinking, stop by the Idle Hands Craft Ales Oktoberfest & Inaugural 5K for a little morning exercise! Finish the race and stop by to cheers with a NSB beer or two.

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In the event that there is a line to get into the Night Shift Brewing taproom, they will be hustling to let folks enter as their legal capacity allows. Staff members will be able to give a rough estimate of the wait time, and they'll monitor social media for any questions about the length of the wait. To the dedicated NSB patrons, take note the NSB hall pass system WILL NOT be in effect for this celebration!

Join us this Saturday for the 2017 Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing and devour the details of some epic German brews (and great food too). Cheers!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: Five Steps Towards Finding the Right Wedding Officiant

To create the right kind of wedding ceremony, you have to select the right officiant—or officiants— and will need to have a clear understanding about what to expect in your work together. This also makes day-of so much easier when you're focusing on a million other things. Get to really know your officiant! The more you feel comfortable at your wedding, the better.

1. Find someone you feel truly comfortable with. Seek someone who makes you feel so at ease on so many levels that you can relax on your wedding day, knowing you will be taken care of. You want the person who facilitates and guides this important milestone in your life to be someone you both feel confident about; someone who makes no judgments about your union and whose only concern is providing you a ceremonial experience that is all you want it to be. It would be wonderful to work with a wedding officiant who is caring and willing to get to know you.

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2. Be clear about what is in the ceremony. The couple should have input into the language, readings, and rituals in the ceremony, and should have final approval of the wedding script. Not every officiant works that way but at the very least you should be assured that there will be no surprises or unwanted preaching.

3. Be clear on the officiant’s ground rules. If an officiant is representing a specific faith and is not able or willing to adapt a ceremony, you must respect that. Unless he or she specifically agrees, you cannot expect that person to represent anything other than their own faith. Be clear, from the very start, what the officiant can and can’t do. This includes whether the officiant can even take on an interfaith or same sex wedding, if this is the case.

4. Make sure your officiant can sign your license. Every state has different procedures for clergy. In New York City, for example, an officiant must be registered with the City Clerk’s Office—even a justice of the peace or a judge from another town—for at least 24 hours before they can sign the license. Don’t assume, always ask, if the officiant is fully prepared to make the ceremony legal in your state.

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5. Put things in writing. Weddings are stressful. Couples are new at asking these questions and conversations may not be remembered in full. This is why it is extremely important to have a clear agreement with the officiant, so you know exactly what to expect.

Say the best 'I Do' to your significant other (and the right wedding officiant too) and devour the details of a calm, cool and collected wedding ceremony!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Two Treats to Get You Through Fall

If you're like us and crave the flavors of fall, we've got two treats for you! These recipes are sure to cure your sweet tooth. A pinch or two of cinnamon goes a long way during these autumn months! Add these ingredients to your grocery list and get ready to treat yourself to the flavors of fall!

coconut milk chai bars

Shortbread Layer:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 bags chai tea
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla until completely combined, about one minute. Add in the flour and salt and mix on slow speed just until everything comes together.
  3. Line a 9″ pan with parchment paper and spray the tops and side of the parchment with cooking spray. Crumble the shortbread into the bottom of the pan. Press firmly with your hands until the shortbread covers the bottom and is an even layer.
  4. Bake the shortbread layer in your preheated oven until the top is a light golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Take out of the oven and set aside until the caramel is ready.
Caramel Layer:
  1. Place the coconut milk and chai in a saucepan set over medium high heat and let it come to a light boil. Take off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Take out the tea bags and toss. (Make sure to squeeze any extra milk out of the bags).  Add in the corn syrup and salt and bring the mixture bag to a light boil and stir until the salt is completely dissolved, about 4 minutes. Once the mixture is smooth and together, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a separate saucepan, add the sugar and water and whisk until combined. Place over medium high heat and cook, without stirring, until the sugar is a nice amber color, and reaches 310 degrees.
  4. Immediately, gently pour the caramel into the chai spiced milk. Be careful—the mixture might bubble and crackle!
  5. Place the saucepan (that now has all your ingredients in it) back over medium heat (yes, one more time!) Stir your caramel until all the clumps have disappeared and it is smooth.
  6. Raise the heat to medium high and cook until the caramel has thickened and reaches 245 degrees.
  7. Pour the caramel over the shortbread layer and let it set and cook completely.
  8. Once you’re ready to cut your bars, make sure to oil your knife before cutting! This will help the caramel to not stick to the knife.
These treats are known for melting in your mouth. The perfect bite of fall!

apple cider snow cones

  • 1 ½ cups spiced apple cider
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • Plenty of ice cubes
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
  • Rum or whiskey, optional
  1. Mix equal parts sugar and cider in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Simmer until liquid reduces by half. Set aside to cool. (Note: If you allow your mixture to simmer for too long, it will reduce further and become overly sticky. You want it syrupy, but still thin enough to easily pour over the ice.)
  2. Using a snow cone machine or ice crusher (a blender will also do in a pinch, but won’t have quite the same texture), crush enough ice to fill four small glasses. Pack the ‘snow’ in tightly, and form a rounded snowball on the top.
  3. Pour your simple syrup over each mound of ice. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Add a shot of alcohol to each glass for a spiked version. Enjoy!
These two treats will definitely have you fall-ing in love with autumn! Grab your ingredients today and devour the details of these delicious recipes!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Mashups: The Beauty of a Dog Lover

There are so many of us dog parents out there! What's not to love about our precious pups? We even pamper them more than we pamper ourselves at times! See how beauty brand Urban Decay played up to just that for this #MondayMashup!

<p> Similar to a "people" event, the dog guests received their own flower crowns.</p>

In celebration of last month’s National Dog Day, Urban Decay hosted a luncheon for some furry friends—and their owners—on August 23 at the London West Hollywood hotel. Hosted by the hotel’s new doggie mascots, Winston and Churchill, the daytime event also highlighted the beauty brand’s cruelty-free policy and its commitment to end animal testing. We love that!

<p> An assortment of gourmet doggie treats was available for nibbling.</p>

The pooches in attendance received massages from Two Hands Four Paws (a canine physical rehabilitation center in Los Angeles) and gourmet doggie treats by dog food delivery company SnapWag, as well as professional portrait sessions. Plus, fresh doggie lunches were prepared by the hotel's chefs. Each dog was also given a customized dog bowl filled with water to accompany their meal.

<p> Each dog in attendance received a custom bowl with its name. About 15 owners and their dogs attended the...

In addition, the outdoor space was filled with dog beds and toys for afternoon playtime, while the swag bags included custom branded leashes, tennis balls, bandanas, and even poop bags in the brand’s signature purple color. The invited owners, who were a mix of beauty bloggers, influencers, and media, also received gift bags containing human-friendly Urban Decay products. How awesome is that?

<p> The space was filled with dog beds and toys.</p>

Way to go Urban Decay! We love your thoughtfulness and adore your passion for pups as well. So next time you're making plans to pamper yourself, be sure to pamper your pooch too and devour the details of your beauty routine while doing so!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Be A-maze-d at Connors Farm

Guess what's back, back again? The most epic corn maze on the North Shore, that's what! This Saturday, September 9th, Connors Farm will kick off fall with another incredible seasonal adventure; this time paying homage to Bentley Warren, a local race car legend! Check it out!

Connors Farm was established in 1904. The Connors family had followed in the foot-steps of generations of farmers who had been farming the land for over 300 years. Connors Farm began as a "truck farm" meaning that all of the crops grown at the time were trucked into Boston to be sold wholesale. Years later, the family decided to try selling the corn on their own by creating a small roadside stand on part of the property. This soon became a tremendous success and people from all over the North Shore came to buy Connors Farm corn.

Today, Connors Farm is still a working farm. The farm includes 140-acres of land which is used to grow crops such as corn, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, squash, pumpkins, apples, peaches, cut flowers and many other types of produce. It also makes use of eight greenhouses for a variety of uses. The farm is one of the largest farms in the area protected by agricultural preservation restrictions, meaning that the farm will remain as open space in perpetuity.

Connors Farm Attraction Map

The formation of incredible corn mazes began back in 2008. As you may recall, we blogged about this amazing farm last year because of their tribute to Charlie Brown. Check out the schedule and admission prices before planning your fall activities and trip to the farm!

30 Valley Road(Rte. 35)
Danvers, MA. 01923
For directions, please click here.

Opening Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Closing Date: Monday, October 31, 2017

Operating Hours:
September 9th to October 31st (Farm Stand & General Admission)
Open 7 Days – 8am – 6pm

General Admission Weekends (and holidays):
Kids ages 3-64 - $13.99
Seniors 65+ - $12.99
Ages 2 and under – Free (with a paying adult)

General Admission Weekdays (Monday-Friday, not including holidays):
Kids ages 3-64 - $9.99
Seniors 65+ - $8.99
Ages 2 and under – Free (with a paying adult)

Find us down at the farm, navigating our way through this one-of-a-kind maze and devour the details of a fun-filled fall with us starting this Saturday, September 9th!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: 4 Steps to Finding Your Wedding Colors

Choosing your wedding colors can be a challenging task. Think about it! How long does it take you just to pick out your nail polish color? We know! Us too! For weddings it can be even more daunting. But no need to feel blue (color pun intended)! These 4 steps to finding your wedding colors are just the trick to have you feeling mellow yellow on your big day (oops, we did it again)!

1. Get Inspired by Your Setting
First things first: location. Have a color palette in mind as you start your venue search. Think about what colors you'd like to use, and whether you'd want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect color palette. If you find a venue that you love, but it doesn't work with your colors, you'll want to switch up a hue or two so you don't bust your budget on trying to cover up or distract from the fact that it doesn't match. Venues like converted warehouses, lofts and tents are all blank slates, meaning you can really add as much or as little as you want to carry out your vision for color and style. If you've already found the perfect venue, use the space to help you come up with your color scheme. The colors of your reception space and its surroundings, whether it's the vintage bejeweled chandelier in the dining room or the view of the ocean, can spark an idea. And that way, you won't have to work against a clashing color palette and your colors will enhance what you love about your venue. Easy as pie (also a clever color combo)!

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2. Think Seasonally
Just like your wardrobe, your wedding color scheme can be inspired by the time of year you're saying “I do." Think about the shade(s) you want to use to bring out the season in your color palette. Rosy pink is perfect for spring, while a brighter coral is a summer staple. For fall, a rich fuchsia pairs well with other jewel tones (our favorite), and blush or powdered blue and silver are a pretty wintry wonderland combo. Don't shy away from colors you love though just because of seasonal color “rules," which have pretty much gone right out the window with wearing white after Labor Day. Light pastels and barely there hues can work for a fall or winter wedding. The trick is to concentrate on texture, and maybe even bring in a stronger accent color. Viola!

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3. Set the Mood
Your wedding colors can also help create the vibe for your wedding day. If you're going for a lot of drama, then a dark or jewel tone palette, like ruby red and black or emerald and gold, is a better choice than, let's say, light pastels. Think about the style and atmosphere you want to have, whether it's relaxed or nostalgic, and what colors put you in that mind-set. Keep calm, cool and collected by setting the mood with your color palette!

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4. Consult the Color Wheel
You don't need a degree from art school to pick your palette, but there are some basic principles to follow. Typically, colors that go well together are ones that are opposites because they pair a cool and warm (examples include orange and sky blue and turquoise and coral). Other color pairings that work are “neighbors"—they're similar to each other and share a primary color (think: sunshine yellow and melon orange or fuchsia and blush). A classic way to build your color palette is by pairing a bright, saturated color with a neutral, like violet and gray or blush and gold. The visual pairing, whether opposite or neighboring, is pleasing to the eye and perfect for an "I do."

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Let your true colors shine through and devour the details of your wedding palette with these 4 steps to finding what best suits you!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Big Reveal: Apple iPhone 8

We're just one week away from the next iPhone release and we can't think of a better post to share! After four long years, we (anyone with access to the news and social media) get to catch a glimpse of Apple Park, colloquially known as its “spaceship” headquarters: the giant, circular building in Cupertino, California, that the firm started building in 2013. The September 12th event is widely expected to feature the release of the next iPhone, a decade after the OG was introduced by Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs.

To have the 10th anniversary phone debut at an Apple theater named after Jobs brings the product full-circle. Cook and the rest of Apple (and much of the world) head into the event with big expectations. Having decided to give the latest iPhones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — a smaller-than-expected makeover (i.e. removing the headphone jack), the pressure is on to deliver something spectacular with the next models. Apple insiders expect the company to show off a 10th-anniversary model of the iPhone that is substantially redesigned, with an edge-to-edge screen and no home button.

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Apple is also expected to announce a refresh for the Apple TV set-top box, which may gain support for ultra-high-definition 4K video. The firm may also offer an update of its Apple Watch. With so many new offerings, we can guarantee what will be on your loved one's Christmas lists this year! September 12th can't come soon enough. Get ready to update your iOS and devour the details of the iPhone 8 release with Apple and users across the globe!

Kick Off a Fun & Fit Fall with the Tone It Up Tour

Fall is in full effect! Kick off the season with some fit and fabulous fun at the Tone It Up festival, Saturday, September 9th. Tone It Up hosts and founders, Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, are known for their fitness and social media movement. Their beach-set workouts and rose-tinted recipes have helped sculpt millions of people into the healthiest version of themselves!

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Starting this month, they’re taking TIU on the road, hitting 15 U.S. cities for what they’re billing the “ultimate fitness festival.” It will of course include exercise, but also beauty stations, a braid bar, jewelry making, and rosé. Where do Dawn and Scott plan to set up shop? None other than our favorite weekend spot, Lawn on D.

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In addition to Dawn and Scott, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels and instructors from CorePower Yoga will lead workouts while a live DJ keeps the sweat session/party going. According to the tour’s site, each stop will also have activities tailored to the respective city. The fit-focused event runs from noon to 5PM so be ready to get sweaty!

Admission to the fitness bash costs $110 (food and rosé are not included). VIP ticket holders get a VIP bag and access to areas called the Rosé Garden and Beach Babe Lounge, plus a meet and greet with either Michaels ($220) or Dawn and Scott ($260). All of our favorite fit goddesses at one event? Of course you can count on us being there! Join us in kicking off a fun and fit fall by devouring the details of the Tone It Up Tour, this Saturday, September 9th!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Illuminate the Harbor: Boston Labor Day Fireworks 2017

Boston Harbor Now in partnership with the Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston is proud to announce the return of Labor Day Weekend fireworks over Boston Harbor for the 5th year in a row, today, Thursday August 31, 2017 at sunset. Once again, fireworks launched from barges anchored off the North End and Seaport will light up the sky over Boston Harbor to celebrate Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of fall. The show begins at 8:15pm!

You'll find the best viewing locations along Christopher Columbus Park and Long Wharf in the North End, the South Boston Waterfront (especially around Fan Pier/Seaport), the Downtown Waterfront, and Piers Park in East Boston.

Even better - watch the show over dinner or drinks at Pier 6 in Charlestown or any of the Seaport waterfront restaurants. You won't be the only one with this idea so be sure to make reservations!

For hotels with views, consider South Boston waterfront hotels, downtown waterfront hotels, and North End hotels. Compare prices online if you like but call the hotel of your choice to book a room with a view or ask if they have a rooftop deck  where they can be seen!

The Soundtrack of the Fireworks will be broadcasted LIVE on MAGIC 106.7 the evening of the show beginning at 8:00pm. Be sure to tune in for the full effect!

If you want to do some additional celebrating, you can also enjoy these concurrent Boston happenings:

Fireworks Cruise and Cocktails
Boston Harbor Cruises
Tickets: $50 – $75
6:30 – 10:00pm

The end of summer is easier to take with a cruise like this. Snack on a delicious selection of passed hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and charcuterie favorites, expertly paired with refreshing summer cocktails, wines and local brews as you dance the night away.

Marketplace Movie Night
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Tickets: FREE
7:00 – 10:00pm

Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been transformed into an outdoor movie theatre for the months of August and September with FREE movies on the West End of the property. “Movie Musicals at the Marketplace” takes place every Thursday evening. This evenings movie is La La Land featuring pre-show music by Swing 17 Jazz Band. The Quincy Market food court will be open late for post-fireworks bites and is conveniently located just across from Christopher Columbus Park.

Celebrate the Boston Harbor Fireworks from Nantucket Lightship
Nantucket Lightship Museum
Tickets: $25
7:00 – 10:00pm

Have some fun on the historic Nantucket Lightship/LV-112’s weather deck with friends and family to watch the spectacular fireworks display in Boston’s inner harbor. What better way to kick off the celebration of Labor Day weekend.

Celebrate with the city of Boston and devour the details of illuminating the harbor for another great Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: Three Key Appointments to Make Before Your Big Day

Taking care of yourself is extremely important, mentally and physically. The months before your wedding can be a whirlwind of emotions. Don't forget to take some time to take care of your personal needs throughout the planning process. Be the best you on your big day by making time for these three key appointments!

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1. Dermatologist
No matter what your skin issues, visiting your dermatologist will help get your skin on track and glowing before your wedding. If adult acne is a big concern, your doctor can work with you to determine the best skincare routine for your skin type. They can also be the ones you call to zap the zit with a cortisone shot if an unexpected blemish pops up the day before your wedding.

2. Dentist
It sounds cliche, but your smile really is your best accessory on your wedding day. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a quick teeth whitening and smile deep-clean. With the amount of smiling you'll be doing in photos, you'll be happy you did!

3. Hair Colorist
If you're highlighting or coloring your hair before your wedding, it's important to start early. Book a hair consultation three to six months before your wedding to talk to your colorist about your vision. It's also a good idea to bring any examples of hair accessories you plan on wearing so your colorist can determine the best spot to place highlights.

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Be prepared and devour the details of your most beautiful-self by taking care of you, mentally and physically, prior to your big day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

For the Love of Lobster

We feel that all of our recent posts have been about summer coming to an end. It's a sad reality...but it's the truth. For the love of lobster, it's time to treat yourself before we run out of warm days! Savor summer a little longer with this Spicy Lobster Roll recipe!

Homemade lobster rolls on LC.com

Serves 4 - Ingredients:

4 brioche french rolls (hot dog buns work too)
1/8 stick unsalted butter
½ pound lobster tail meat (or two large live lobsters)
2 scallions, chopped
1 ½ tablespoon Primal Kitchens mayo (veganaise or mayonnaise works)
2 teaspoons Sriracha (more or less depending on your spicy preference)
Juice of ½ fresh lemon
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
1 large stalk celery, diced
3 sprigs fresh parsley, diced

Homemade lobster roll recipe on LaurenConrad.com


1. First, you’ll want to cook your lobster. Simply plunge two lobsters headfirst into a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook partially covered on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, then remove with tongs and transfer to an ice bath. Let sit until cooled.

2. While your lobster is cooling, mix together your mayo, Sriracha diced celery, scallions, pepper and lemon juice. Taste-test as you mix to decide how spicy you’d like your lobster rolls, and add more Sriracha as needed.

3. After your lobster has cooled, remove the shell and break apart lobster meat into bite-sized pieces. Add the lobster pieces to your spicy mayo mixture, and gently toss until lobster meat is fully coated.

4. Open your rolls or hot dog buns and place face-down on a hot buttered grill or stove pan. Let toast until golden brown (or even a little crispy).

5. Once your buns are toasted, fill each one with lobster and top with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, pepper and a squeeze of lemon.

Spicy homemade lobster rolls recipe

We're on a roll! A Lobster Roll that is. And with the added sriracha, we can't stop devouring the details of this spicy recipe. Try it before summer ends!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Mashups: An Instastory-Worthy Summer Camp

Happy #MondayMashup! Are you a small business owner, entrepreneur, or creator? Then you'll love this BizBash event report. More than 200 small business owners and entrepreneurs gathered for the first-ever School of Hustle on August 14 in Los Angeles, CA. The daylong conference, which was presented by Instagram for Business and trendy apron company Hedley & Bennett, allowed attendees to swap insights and advice on navigating the small business world, as well as learn lessons on using social media effectively.

<p> Attendees were encouraged to use the hashtag #SchoolOfHustle when sharing content on social media. Instagram also streamed the panel...

The event, held at Hedley & Bennett’s Los Angeles headquarters, was the brainchild of Ellen Bennett, founder of the five-year-old apron start-up. For the summer-camp-inspired summit, she teamed up with Instagram for Business, a division of the social media company that works with entrepreneurs to help them use the app to grow their businesses. Both Instagram and Hedley & Bennett wanted to continue fostering the sense of community that's building among entrepreneurs on the platform. They also wanted to help business owners to not only feel at ease using Instagram for their businesses but also get practical tips on topics like negotiation, best practices for creating successful collaborations, and creativity in the retail space.

<p> Attendees were able to chat with Instagram employees about content questions, business profiles, and insights, as well as advertising.</p>

Through panel discussions and networking activities, attendees received a mini MBA worth of knowledge from a roster of big-name moderators and panelists, including Instagram C.O.O. Marne Levine, DryBar founder Alli Webb, restaurateur Roy Choi, and Vans director of lifestyle sales Laura Stauth. Plus, during Speed Hustlin' roundtables, experts discussed a range of topics such as content, human resources, and e-commerce—not just Instagram; broadening their overall business background.

<p> When it came to selecting speakers, Cornelius said that they hoped to feature a mix of business leaders and...

Attendees of the free event were hand-selected through an application process. It was Instagram and Heldey & Bennett's way of ensuring they were selecting business owners who had the most hunger to learn and continue to improve and grow their businesses. Additionally, they wanted to show the diversity that exists on the platform, so they highlighted SMBs from different business areas, with different profiles and different stories.

<p> Attendees of the free event were hand-selected through an application process. </p>

We hope both companies consider putting something similar together on the East Coast so we, and other entrepreneurs alike, can devour the details of this immensely beneficial training!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Bar Golf Brunch with GrandTen Distilling & Moonshine 152

We were quite intrigued when we saw this event floating around our social media accounts. Definitely one we had to share! This Saturday, August 26, GrandTen Distilling and Moonshine 152 are teaming up to throw you an epic afternoon of Bar Golf Brunch! What is a 'Bar Golf Brunch' exactly? Read on to find out!

GrandTen's mission is to create distinctive products that will satisfy you, the growing number of savvy New England cocktail drinkers. They are inspired by new and interesting flavors, but also take pride in producing high quality classic spirits. GrandTen's flagship product, Wire Works American Gin (which you may have heard of), celebrates the history of the famous South Boston iron foundry that occupied the space where they now distill. Fascinating! All of GrandTen's products are produced in very small batches and distilled in copper. Every step, from choosing the raw ingredients to bottling and labeling, is done by hand.

A lot of what Chef Asia Mei of Moonshine 152 does is done by hand too! Her first solo chef-owned venture focuses on maintaining a fun, sustainable, delicious take on bar and kitchen offerings late into the night. Entrusted with the legacy and soul of the space, Chef Mei and the Moonshine crew couldn’t be more excited to be a real fixture in the community, and continue to draw inspiration from it for everything from the spirit of the food to the drinks and warm, inviting atmosphere; including partnering with other local small business like GrandTen Distilling.

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And thus, Bar Golf Brunch was born! Grab some friends, throw on your best golfing attire, and come PAR-TEE with GrandTen Distilling and Moonshine 152 this Saturday afternoon. Chef Asia Mei will be whipping up fun and funky brunch specials from 11:00am-3:00pm and GrandTen will be taking over the cocktail menu to bring you some shack-tastic beverages! Guests can play games and compete in different challenges (and shenanigans) for some sweet prizes. It's gonna be a HOLE lot of fun you guys!

Don't make your Saturday a mulligan, join GrandTen and Moonshine 152 for an epic brunch and devour the details of a birdie good time!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: A Watermelon Wedding

In the summer months, we all love to chomp on a refreshing piece of watermelon. At the beach, poolside, or even at work--it always hits the spot! So why not serve it up at your June, July or August wedding? Here's six sensational ways to incorporate watermelon during your reception! Yum!

Thyme and Lemon Watermelon

Thyme and Lemon Watermelon Appetizer - These are perfect for a tea, brunch, or any party that requires an appetizer. These are it and so tasty!

Served up on a cracker for the perfect bite. Get the recipe here!

Prosciutto and Feta Watermelon

Watermelon, mint , feta and prosciutto  -   Light and perfect for summer gatherings!!

The dynamic sweet and salty duo. Add a mint leaf for that extra freshness! Check out the recipe here.

Watermelon Bruschetta

Watermelon Bruschetta with Whipped Feta, Basil, and Balsamic Drizzle

The creamy whipped feta and chilled watermelon accompanied by the savory balsamic glaze outshines any regular old bruschetta. Don't believe us? Try it out yourself! Get the recipe here.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp & Watermelon Skewers

Spicy Harissa Shrimp and Watermelon Bites

Beat the heat of the spicy grilled shrimp with the help of some watermelon! Check out this recipe here.

Watermelon Coconut Shooters

Can we make breakfast milkshakes a thing? Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is »

Cleanse your guests' palettes before dinner with this chilled shooter! Get the recipe here.

Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos

Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos

Consider this your specialty drink for the entire reception. Your guests won't be able to put this refreshing cocktail down! Check out the recipe here.

Whoa, watermelon overload! But honestly, what could be better? Choose one way or all six and devour the details of a refreshing reception!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Take On Taco Tuesday!

Let's taco-bout it...we all love a good Taco Tuesday! But sometimes this reoccurring meal can get a little boring. If you celebrate every week like we do and want to spice things up a bit, you're in for a real treat! Reclaim your favorite night of the week with this fresh take on Taco Tuesday!

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Start the night off right with a Honey Paloma:

1 1/2 oz tequila
3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp honey syrup
Grapefruit soda, to top
Garnish: Flower or grapefruit wedge

Rim a stemless wine glass with salt. Add all the ingredients except the soda to a shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.  Pour into the prepared glass. Top with the soda. Garnish with a flower or grapefruit wedge.

Switch up the Ground Beef for Barbacoa Short Ribs:

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Short Ribs full of barbacoa flavours! Meat so tender it falls off the bone before being stuffed into Taco's and served with Avocado! | http://cafedelites.com

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 pounds beef short ribs (fat trimmed)
4 chiptole peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (plus the adobo sauce)
1 white onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup beef broth / stock
Warm corn tortillas

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Trim as much visible fat as possible from each rib (optional but helps lessen the fat content). Brown the ribs in batches until browned on both sides (about 3-4 minutes each side, per batch). Transfer the browned ribs to a 6 litre slow cooker. In a large jug, combine the chipotles, chipotle sauce, onion, garlic, barbecue sauce, lime juice, vinegar, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and broth together. Whisk well and pour over the ribs. Cover and cook for 6 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low, until the meat is falling off the bone. Allow the ribs to cool slightly in the sauce.

Remove the ribs from the sauce. Remove any excess fat from the ribs; discard the bones and shred the meat. Using a metal spoon, skim the fat from the surface of the sauce in the slow cooker and discard. Mix the sauce into the meat and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the meat and sauce into warm corn tortillas and serve with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, the avocado slices and sour cream (or Crema).

Don't forget dessert! Set the churros aside, we're going for a refreshing after dinner treat; Chili Lime Fruit Salad!

Chili lime fruit salad recipe on LaurenConrad.com

1 whole pineapple
½ watermelon
1 mango
1 papaya
2 limes
Chili powder

Slice all of your fruits into bite-sized, 1-inch by 1-inch pieces. Add to a bowl, then squeeze the juice of your two limes all over the fruit, mixing as you squeeze. Sprinkle with chili powder, and serve chilled.

Taco-bout a good time! Devour the details of a fresh take on Taco Tuesday and enjoy a delicious dinner week after week!