Fab You Bliss Fashion – January 31, 2012

For this week’s Fab You Bliss Fashion post I thought, instead of designing an outfit for you, why not pull some of my favorite fashion inspirations from around the blogosphere? So here we go.

How FAB is this outfit above? From a “new” to me Fashion Blogger, Kendi Everyday, this outfit just makes me happy. I’m so in to color these days and now that I don’t work in a stuffy office anymore where black is expected, I’d wear this outfit in a heartbeat.

What would a fashion post by me be without a mention of Sea of Shoes? Jane just has it going on, don’t you think? I so wish I could rock that hair color.

From What I Wore above, Jessica Quirk’s style is so cute. I’d definitely wear any outfit she’s posted! I’m lovin’ the American color theme!

I’m also really diggin’ this outfit pick above by fashion blogger Natalie Off Duty. Yes, it is black and white which I’m trying to get away from…but it’s just so cute! Besides, the shirt does have some color which you can see in other images on her blog.

And let’s round today’s picks out with the last of my favorites but definitely not the least, Sincerely Jules. I just can’t get enough of how she combines patterns and styles so effortlessly. And I love wearing sneakers with dresses so this look is one of my all-time faves.

Have a Fab You Bliss day!

xoxo

Stephanie

 

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A Cute Australian Couple and Their Wedding Photography Do-Over

I love the trend couples are embracing these days where if they didn’t get the photography they wanted on their wedding day, they’re choosing to re-shoot later on down the line. And that’s exactly what happened with today’s couple. Kellie and Chris were married five years ago but back then they couldn’t afford a professional photographer. So after seeing Sweet Hope Photography’s work, they decided a wedding image do-over was definitely in order. And just look at how fabulous they turned out. We have sun drenched images in a gorgeous field with two beautiful people, a horse, butterflies and to top it all off…two cute little doggies. I’d say this shoot is pretty much perfect. Wouldn’t you agree?

Photographer:  Sweet Hope Photography

Venue:  Private residence in Australia

Makeup:  Makeup With Makeup

Submission via Two Bright Lights

 

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Stephanie

 

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A Fun Chipola Theatre Wedding with Pops of Color Everywhere!

Courtney summed up her wedding to Dylan in one word…Fun! And they definitely nailed it! Courtney used basic black as her primary color, then added in pops of color . . . everywhere! It was beautiful and festive and bright and completely Courtney. She chose to have the ceremony at the Chipola Theatre and it was the perfect location because it had special meaning to her as she spent 6 years in theater and then majored in it in college. Plus, the Chipola Theater is being retired as a new one is being built, so it is wonderful that Courtney and Dylan will always have the memories of their wedding in that theater. Courtney bucked tradition {again} by having a MAN of honor. Unfortunately, her best friend Mike was not going to be able to make it to the wedding. But Courtney had a solution: a life-size cardboard cutout of him! It was awesome. But what was even better was Courtney’s face when she walked into the theatre and saw that Mike had surprised her and shown up!! To top things off, Courtney had the candy bar to end all candy bars, an old fashion popcorn machine, AND a bounce house at the reception. Photographed by Ashley Daniell Photography, Courtney and Dylan’s wedding definitely had it all!

Photographer:  Ashley Daniell Photography

Floral Designer:  Bayside Gallery & Florist

Ceremony Venue:  Chipola Theatre

Reception Venue:  Elegant Happenings @ The Gathering Place

Submission via Two Bright Lights

 

Have a Fab You Bliss day!

xoxo

Stephanie

 

 

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A Lovely Canadian Seaside Resort Wedding at The Algonquin Hotel

Nathania and Mark were married in a traditional ceremony at St. John The Baptist Chapel of Ease in New Brunswick Canada. And their elegant reception was held at The Algonquin Hotel, (formerly The Fairmont Algonquin). The couple chose a gorgeous royal blue to headline their colors which mixed in beautifully with white and various shades of blue to really pop everywhere. Combined with the elegant whites and golds adorning the stunning ballroom, this wedding was nothing less than spectacular. Oh…and I must mention the groomsmen’s fabulous blue striped socks and the unique bridesmaids shoes. They’re fantastic! Photographed by Julie A. Whitlock Photography, Nathania and Mark’s wedding was absolutely beautiful and everything they hoped it would be.

Photographer:  Julie A. Whitlock Photography

Event Designer:  Legault Companies

Floral Designer:  Silver Rose

Invitation Designer:  Foxglove and Yarrow

Dress Store:  White

Shoes:  Cole Haan

Jewelry:  Tiffany & Co.

Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Harry Rosen

Event Venue:  Fairmont Algonquin

Submission via Two Bright Lights

Have a Fab You Bliss day!

xoxo
Stephanie

 

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Yummy Flank Steak & OH EM GEE…I’m Eating Brussels Sprouts?

This post is definitely a perfect Yin and Yang if there ever was one. I have some brilliantly fond memories of my mom making us this Flank Steak when we were little. Seriously it is amazing! So much so my mouth waters when I think about it. I swear, it is even right now as I write this. Yes, it’s that good! It’s so juicy and buttery and I can’t wait for you to taste it.

Then there are Brussels Spouts, which until recently I wouldn’t even go near with a ten-foot pole. My whole life I’ve been traumatized by these little shriveled up mini-cabbage-like things that I couldn’t stand to eat. Whenever we were given Brussels Sprouts as kids, I remember my sister and I would fill our paper napkins full of them and toss them out the open dinning room window when our mom wasn’t looking. Pretty funny, eh? And Mom always wondered why the cats liked to hang out underneath that window. We were sneaky little girls!

Anyhow, on mine and The Hubby’s anniversary last month, while out at dinner The Hubby ordered an entree which was accompanied by…you guessed, Brussels Sprouts. And you know what? For the first time in my life they actually looked good so I ventured to taste one. Low and behold I was pleasantly surprised and believe it or not I might now be a convert. So…I decided to whip up some of my own to see if I could continue the liking. Better yet, I made a batch that tasted even more spectacular. Try this super easy recipe and I swear you’ll change your mind about Brussels sprouts forever!

(Note: I found the original pesto recipe at Steamy Kitchen,where recipe developer, food columnist and food photographer Jaden Hair made Chef Todd of Checkers Restaurant in Los Angeles Cranberry Pistachio Pesto. However, I changed mine slightly by using dried Pomegranate-Cranberries instead of regular dried Cranberries. Feel free to try whichever version sounds good to you.)

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs Flank steak

Lawry’s salt

Butter

1/2 cup olive oil

3 roasted Garlic cloves

Salt

1/2 cup dried Pomegranate-Cranberries

Parsley

1/2 cup roasted Pistachios

1 1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts

 

Directions

Step 1:  Gather your ingredients.

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Step 2:  Remove steak from package and lay flat on a cutting board.

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Step 3:  Tenderize the steak by poking a fork though it several times in random areas of the meat.

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Step 4:  Brush steak with melted butter and lots of it.

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 Step 5:  Season with Lawry’s Salt. Heat broiler and cook steak for 8 to 10 minutes on each side. When cooking is done, cut in slices made across the grain.

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Step 6:  Make the Pistachio Pomegranate Pesto by placing your Pistachios, Pomegranate-Cranberries, roasted garlic and parsley in a food processor and process until very finely chopped. While the food processor is running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Spoon out the pesto into a bowl and stir in remaining olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. The pesto should be slightly sweet and salty.

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Step 7:  Cut off the knobby end of the Brussels sprouts and pull off any loose outer leaves. Cut the sprouts in half, lengthwise. Brush with olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes, until you begin to see a bit of browning on the sprouts. The interior should be fork tender.

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Step 8:  Once your steak and the Brussels sprouts are done, place your steak and sprouts on a plate  and drizzle your pesto over the spouts. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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So…tell me what you think. Are you a Brussels sprouts lover or maybe a convert like me? I promise if you try this recipe you will be craving these little guys like you never thought you would.

Have a Fab You Bliss day!

xoxo

Stephanie

 

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A Pretty Wedding at The Grand Oaks Bluegrass and Gospel Hall in Meridian Mississippi

Eric and Deanna married in the presence of close friends and family at The Grand Oaks Bluegrass and Gospel Hall in Meridian Mississippi. The local music venue, owned by the bride’s family, was a blank canvass completely decorated in a unique rustic, floral and woodsy motif. Eric and Deanna’s wedding is the perfect example of how a little creativity can completely transform a simple hall into a dream wedding venue. Décor for the interior and exterior was uniquely reversed with tables, desks, lamps and chandeliers situated outside, while trees, flowers, sticks and twigs were creatively used to decorate the inside. Highlights included, old window panels randomly arranged on the interior walls, a lovely vintage birdcage filled with gorgeous flowers and foliage dangling from the ceiling, a delicious buffet and a pretty hilarious popcorn exit.  Eric and Deanna certainly pulled out all the stops on this one as no detail was overlooked. And despite the 100+ degree weather, the guests were troopers and the bridal party braved through the heat long enough to give the photographer, Wedlock Images, some wonderful photographs.

Photographer:  Wedlock Images

Venue:  The Grand Oaks Bluegrass and Gospel Hall

Submission via Two Bright Lights

 

Have a Fab You Bliss day!

xoxo

Stephanie

 

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