Friday Five

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1. Illesteva- I discovered this sunglasses line via good ole Instagram, of course! I’m literally DYING to get a pair, specifically this pair. I just love the rounded shape (hopefully it looks good on my rounded face) and the combo of the tortoise with mirrored lenses. Usually you see mirrored lenses with metal frames and I love how this Italian made brand switched things up. I’m convinced my life will instantly approve upon wearing these sunnies. However, I’m not exactly sure how I would tell people who makes them because I don’t know if it’s pronounced in a fancy Italian accent or they’re just the Illest sunglasses Eva. I’m gonna go with Illest Eva!!

2. The Daily’s Juice- My life changed this week when I was introduced to the fresh made juice at The Daily! Between all of the gorgeous Insta pics and the fact that it’s owned by the same peeps as Butcher and Bee (my favorite), I knew I would love it here. But, I had no clue about their juice! I’m definitely not a typical “juice” girl either, aka I’m not a healthy eater. This combo of orange, pineapple, honey and lavender (pretty sure there was some cayenne and other goodness in there too) has won me over!! If you’re ever in Charleston, you MUST visit The Daily and Butcher and Bee!! The kale slaw is also a winner…dare I say these two are turning me healthy?! Okay okay, I won’t get too carried away!!

3. #Zeddlena- I might be a total loser for actually caring about this, but I’m not ashamed about it!! First off, anyone who knows me knows I’m a HUGE Selena fan. She’s basically perf (minus her whole Justin Bieber situation) and I want to be besties with her and TSwift, and Karlie and Cara and Kendall and Lena. I mean, come on, if you’re a female in your 20’s and don’t want to be in that circle of friends, you’re just lying! Anyways, I’m thrilled for her to finally have another guy in her life other than that mega loser, Justin. Also, my husband is a huge EDM fan so we’ve seen Zedd several times and he’s pretty awesome! I’m officially giving my stamp of approval on this relationship (because they were totally waiting for it) and duh, Selena you should definitely go to the Grammy’s with Zedd! End preteen rant!!

4. Sam Smith Radio on Pandora- Do I really need to elaborate on this?! He has the voice of an ANGEL!! I’m literally addicted to listening to his station on Pandora. It started with Sam Smith then Ed Sheeran and then John Legend…I mean, what more could a girl want?!

5. Shop My Closet- Did you know that I’ve now got an Instagram shop my closet page?! I’ve been doing some major cleaning out and purging all of the things that I simply just don’t wear that often. Most of the items sold that are listed now, but I’ll be adding more this evening so follow and keep an eye out!! Everything is in excellent condition, if not brand new with tags (totally guilty). It’s @shopmycloset_smc so don’t forget to follow for some fab finds at great prices!!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!! xoxo

Sassy Pants

DSC_0149DSC_0136DSC_0131DSC_0123DSC_0099DSC_0140Sassy has officially become my favorite word ever! I use it to describe everything from my husband (most used) to in this case, an article of clothing. These pants are the DEFINITION of sassy!! They make me feel confident and fashionable, which of course equate sassiness! They’re a ton of fun to wear and trust me, you’ll get lots of compliments on these babies. They’re another piece of fashion genius from the designer behind my fab top on Tuesday, Hilton Hollis. There is actually a matching vest that completes this look as a KILLER matching set, but I chose to style it a bit differently for y’all. The high waist on these pants are perfect for elongating your legs and just begs for a crop top to go with. This black boxy crop was the perfect compliment. I always like to keep things opposite- if my pants are tight, loose shirt and vice versa. As I’ve told y’all, I’m really into the minimalist look lately (so much chicer, right?) so I wore no jewelry and instead wanted to show off this FABULOUS bag from local designer of Garb Designs. Creator & designer, Montgomery Taylor, designs all of her bags from fabrics created from geological microscopic images- HOW cool is that?! I won’t spill too many of the beans on her though, because there’s an interview coming up soon! But, basically she’s a super cool chick with an amazing handbag collection! Keeping in tune with my simplicity phase (or is it a phase) I threw on my new fav heels from Bob Ellis Shoes. They’re SO simple, but SO fab at the same time!! This is such a fun, sassy look- just throw on a hot pink lip and you’re ready to hit the town running!! Well, maybe I won’t be running in these shoes!!

Don’t forget that Hilton Hollis himself will be at Maddison Row this evening from 4:30-7:00 and you can shop his designs there all weekend!! I hope to see all of you there!!

Top: BCBG from Trés Carmen Boutique {similar here} | Pants: c/o Hilton Hollis | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: c/o Garb Designs | Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana

Back in Black

DSC_0041DSC_0071DSC_0049DSC_0063DSC_0085DSC_0073DSC_0093Obviously, my first outfit only post back after the New Year had to have a ridiculously cheesy title! On a real note though, creating a title for each post has got to be one of the biggest challenges. As I approach SMC’s 1 year birthday/blogiversary {but really, which is it?} I seriously worry I’ll start to run out of title ideas!! But, as goobery as the title might be, it’s very true to my current style situation. I’ve never really been a black kinda girl until the last few months and suddenly it’s all I ever want to buy! The key to keep yourself from wearing the same black Piko top over and over (you know who you are) is to find a few black pieces that are fashion forward, but still keep that chic, simple look. This top from Hilton Hollis, an up and coming designer out of New York City, does just that! It’s fun and sassy but still remains true to the comfort of wearing a simple black blouse. << PS- you can shop the Hilton Hollis line this weekend at Maddison Row in Charleston!! Join me as they kick off the trunk show Thursday evening with a cocktail party benefiting an awesome charity, One80 Place.-see below for more info >> I styled the top simply with dark denim and my equally sassy thigh high boots that always take any outfit to the next level. Of course, I couldn’t do without a pop of color! This beautiful turquoise tassel necklace from Peyton William was the perfect addition! I’m absolutely obsessed with the tassel trend and this necklace is certainly no exception. Side note: they also have some pretty adorable tiny tassel earrings that mayyy need to make their way to my jewelry box. Basically, if you haven’t stopped inside this local jewelry store on lower King, you’ve got to move that to the top of your list. And, if you aren’t local and haven’t visited Charleston, you need to start packing! I also love the pop of leopard with this bag that has become clutch in my wardrobe (okay, that was too much cheesiness for one post). But, there’s just something about the leopard and the turquoise that makes me really happy. I really just love this whole look!! It’s perfect for a winter night out (because you know you’re running out of those outfits) or even paired with black flats for a daytime look. ** also, sorry if ACDC is stuck in your head now, like it is mine.. #miserylovescompany

Top: Hilton Hollis | Jeans: AG Jeans | Boots: Sam Edelman from Belk | Bag: Clare V. | Necklace: Peyton William

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The Friday Five

As promised, I will now be doing a weekly blog series every Friday afternoon. You guessed it, at 5:00! I’m going to be sharing with y’all the top five pieces of information that I feel you need to know. The topics will range from new designers and sales to recipes and funny YouTube videos. Basically, it’s what i’m into that week! They will typically be pretty short and sweet posts that are easy for y’all to quickly browse. Because, let’s face it, we all know I can ramble and keep you reading for a while! Anywhoo, I hope you enjoy this new series and as always, feel free to tell me what you think! Oh, and of course it will always be accompanied by a #basic TGIF image!

**Disclaimer: OBVIOUSLY for whatever reason, my post scheduling button failed me and it didn’t post at 5:00 but at 12:00. So, don’t think i’m just lying up above!! For the future, Friday Five will be at 5:00.

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1. Tibi Sale- 70% off plus extra 15% off- need I say more? And no, it’s not just weird stuff that didn’t sell or size 00 that only toddlers can fit. I would give you my top pick, but that’s basically everything on their sale page. You just can’t go wrong.

2. Uptown Funk- Been on major repeat; i’m beyond obsessed!! I will spare y’all the video of me dancing and singing, and instead give you the one that also involves Ellen- you’re welcome.

3. Zinke Swimwear- I’m always excited to discover a new swimwear line, and with Zinke’s adorable high waisted and one piece options, this one might be my new favorite! They’ve also got some really great resort wear, like this matching set that will definitely be making it’s way into my closet!

4. Blakely Made Art- I’m on a huge art kick lately! Make it a local, Charleston girl and i’m in heaven! Blakely Little paints coastal scenes with fresh, bright colors that is sure to add some happiness to your walls {and life}. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to go with this beautiful piece of the Ashley River. Takes me back to summer boat days- where are y’all by the way?! Oh and guess what! I’m sitting down to interview Blakely on Monday, so this is definitely not the last you’ll hear of her!

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel- You may have heard of this beautiful film from the recent Oscar nominations. It leads the race with 9 nominations, including the coveted Best Picture. When my girlfriend and I watched it last week, we had no idea that it was going to be the talk of the town! It’s a really fun movie, but the highlight is the cinematography and set design. Literally, Instagram movie. You could pause it at any point and it would be an impeccable Instagram pic. Just a beautiful movie!

2015

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Yes, my first post back after the New Year is totally a cheesy beach shoot accompanied by my equally cheesy {and extremely late} list of resolutions. But, don’t stop following just yet! There are some really exciting things coming to Southern Meets Chic in the next few weeks and I would love for you to stick around to see them! I could bore you with excuses of why I haven’t been blogging, like the crazy holidays, a week of houseguests, working on future projects, but instead I would rather tell you about what I’m planning for the coming year. (see what I did there)

 

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But, before I share my goals for 2015, let me tell you about this super cozy outfit I’m wearing. I’ve been on a major Old Navy kick lately and it probably has something to do with their classic styles and ridiculously good clearance sales! This sweater was yet again another Old Navy steal and is perfect for winter days spent on the beach reminiscing on the past and looking forward to the future. (JOKING, sort of) Not only is it great to wear on a casual day out, but also it pairs perfectly with leggings and fuzzy socks for a cold night in watching Netflix. Y’all saw these jeans in my last post, but they have definitely been on repeat ever since I got them. I always love when local stores, like Styledwell, start carrying my favorite name brand denim designers! These new booties, which I wear like every day, were a product of my January 2015 winter sale-shopping spree. I mean, y’all, EVERYTHING is on sale right now!! I’ve been in heaven (although my bank account might be in hell). Luckily, these babies did not even come close to killing my budget and I will definitely be getting my money’s worth out of them. They came from one of my absolutely favorite stores in Charleston, II Brunettes. It’s one of those places that you walk in and literally want everythinggg. AKA: danger zone, but their winter sale has been killer, so i’ve loved taking full advantage of that.

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Okay, so onto my goals for 2015! I’ll spare y’all from having to hear about my cliché plans to eat healthier, workout more and shop less. Although, I would love to work on all of the above (except maybe the shopping, let’s get real).

 

  1. Blog more consistently- I know we already chatted about this a little bit at the beginning, but it’s definitely my biggest struggle with blogging. I go through these phases of blog hiatus’ because I don’t plan my posts out enough and all of my other life obligations wind up taking precedence. For 2015 my plan is to be ahead of the time and know exactly what I’m going to post and when at least two weeks ahead of time. Additionally, I’m starting a new weekly blog series tomorrow!! It’s called The Friday Five and will keep y’all up to date with what I’m loving and interested in on a weekly basis. I’m super excited to share with y’all!
  2. Create a more inspirational work space- I’m totally guilty of being that girl who sits on her couch with her laptop all the time. While I’ve actually got a great area for my office, the decor needs some major work. For example, my desk is currently a folding table. This.has.got.to.change! I’ve got some pretty great ideas and will {of course} share the before and after with y’all! Which brings me to my next goal…
  3. Add more lifestyle posts to SMC- While I LOVE fashion and that’s definitely what I want my blog’s focus to remain, I am also really into cooking, local restaurants, art and SO much more! I want to share ALL of these wonderful things with y’all!
  4. Hone my photography skills- Like most of the above goals, I’ve already started working on this one as well. This past weekend, the hubby and I went to a full day photography class! It was a ton of information and I’m certainly not going to be a professional photographer anytime soon, (or ever) but along with more lifestyle posts comes more photography. Plus, I’ve always really enjoyed taking pictures, so I’m excited to finally be learning how to take that to the next level.
  5. Actually make time to read all of the books & magazines I buy- Pretty self explanatory. But seriously, I LOVE to read!! I just never make the time to do it. So, this year is the year of carrying a book with me everywhere I go. You never know when you’ll get a few minutes to read a few pages! (hint: instead of aimlessly scrolling Twitter or Insta)

I just want to thank everyone who follows SMC and I cannot wait to continue sharing my journey with y’all in the year 2015!! I see how far I have come since I started this venture and cannot wait to see where another year will take me! xo

Oh and big thanks to one of my high school besties for taking these pics while she was visiting me!! She’s kind of the bomb.com!!

#MCM

DSC_0775DSC_0749Today’s post started out as a normal quick shoot of an outfit I threw on and happened to love so much I wanted to share it. But, when I realized how coordinated with me the hubby was (I swear I don’t pick out his outfits) I knew I had to get him in front of the camera! Don’t tell him I told you, but he didn’t hate it! You can see Mr. Model a little bit further down, but first let me tell you about this adorable, casual look that is quickly becoming my new favorite style. Also, please ignore the messy topknot. I never claimed to be a beauty blogger!
DSC_0681DSC_0687I am on a layering kick lately! I just love how adding a white button down under a sweater instantly gives you a polished look. Typically, I would also add a fun statement necklace but I wanted to keep things simple. Y’all know I am a believer that less is always more, but lately my entire style is really leaning towards that minimalist chic look-think French girl meets Taylor Swift. You can totally layer a basic white button down under tops and sweatshirts too. It’s a great way to dress up an otherwise casual shirt! If you don’t have a white button down in your closet, now is the time to change that. The one I’m wearing is half off in the link below and trust me, you will get your money’s worth!DSC_0698DSC_0693DSC_0702Since the rest of the look is so refined, I wanted to add a bit of contrast with the torn boyfriend jeans. I just bought these two weeks ago and I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve worn them! They just seem to make any outfit look that much more stylish and are perfect for dressing down a more formal top. Oxfords have also become a staple in my wardrobe. I’m kind of over ballet flats and these are a prime replacement that still keeps your look classic, but more fashion forward. I skipped the jewelry but put on my favorite pair of cat eye sunnies and my new black crossbody. This is a wonderful daytime outfit and can be made appropriate for the office by swapping the denim out for a pair of navy or black crop pencil pants. But, enough about me and my style, onto the star of this post!!
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Now, what you’ve all been waiting for {insert drum roll} the hubby’s SMC debut!! Normally, Todd is behind the lens taking my photos for me, but the truth is he’s a pretty fashionable guy himself! Between his good taste in style and genuine interest in fashion, he stays looking put together. Every once in a while I’ll help him out with an outfit, but this one he did all on his own! Well, if you don’t count the fact that I was present for all of the purchases. And I swear we are not the couple that matches everywhere we go, this was an honest coincidence!

DSC_0787DSC_0799A thick flannel top is perfect for Winter days in Charleston, especially for the boys! If your guy is anything like mine, he hates to wear jackets and gets hot super easily. This shirt is thick enough to keep him warm, but also eliminates all of the bulk that brings the sweaty discomfort. It’s casual enough to wear during the day time, but also nice enough to for a laid back dinner or date night. Although, my favorite part about this top is the suede elbow patch detail! Something about an elbow patch on a guy just always gets me and it’s the perfect addition to an otherwise average top!DSC_0801 DSC_0802One of the many things that Todd is a collector of (sunglasses, workout clothes, tennis shoes, anything Clemson, nice button downs) is jeans. I swear, this man has more money in jeans than I do my entire wardrobe! I think he and I are both in agreement that our favorite brand on him is AG Jeans. They always fit him so well, have great washes and I love the little wrinkles that they often put in the back of the knee. Just like the elbow patch, it’s all in the details! DSC_0798 DSC_0796Most guys would easily screw up this great ensemble by wearing it with an ugly pair of shoes! Have you ever noticed that guys often have difficulty with shoes? Either they’re trying too hard or not trying enough! These grey high top sneakers are the perfect solution to that problem. I love these so much that I’m actually super jealous they don’t make them in women’s! They’re a great shoe to wear when you don’t want to wear something too dressy, but you also don’t want to wear a tennis shoe. Bonus: they’re currently half off- hello late Christmas present! This is probably my favorite shoe for Todd to wear, and he’s got some really nice options!DSC_0783I hope you enjoyed the special guest for my #ManCandyMonday post!! If you’re interested in seeing more men’s fashion on Southern Meets Chic, please let me know! Something tells me Todd wouldn’t be completely opposed to showing off his style more often!

Hers:

Sweater: H&M (similar here) | Button Down: The Limited | Jeans: Joe’s Jeans from StyleDwell | Shoes: Victoria’s Secret (similar here) | Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabana from Sunglasses Hut | Bag: Saint Laurent

His:

Shirt: J. Crew (similar here) | Jeans: AG Jeans | Shoes: Aldo

 

My Favorite Basics + LaaLee Giveaway

DSC_0550Today I wanted to share with y’all some of my favorite basic pieces that are essentials in my winter wardrobe. I’ve also got a super exciting giveaway with a fabulous jewelry designer that will be starting today, with the winner being announced next Friday! But, more on that a little later. This outfit is basically (hehe couldn’t resist) made up of black and white pieces that are easy to mix and match with almost anything. The coat is a Calvin Klein piece that I’ve had for years and found at, get this, Costless Outlet for under $50. Despite it’s age, it’s very on trend this year with the oversized coat phenomenon. It’s the perfect simple wool coat that can be worn over practically any winter getup. Of course, I’ve got a similar option down in the links for y’all!DSC_0546DSC_0577DSC_0555The top may not be super wintery to those of you in places that actually get cold, but here in fickle weathered Charleston, tops like this are a must have. It’s a great choice to layer under a sweater or like I did here, throw a coat over. I love that it’s so simple and comfortable with the solid white tee-shirt style back, but looks put together with the silky fabric front. Also, something about those black and white stripes just exude elegance! A pair of black pants and a pair of leather leggings are both a wardrobe essentials these days, but why not combine them and have a simple leather stripe down the side of your black pants? It avoids the whole sweating in your leather leggings situation (you know you’ve been there) but still jazzes up the basic black pant. These are SO comfortable and very flattering, so they get my vote! DSC_0607DSC_0560DSC_0589Then there’s my newest spoil myself purchase, my YSL mini bag. I’m telling you, if you want to splurge and buy yourself a nice but practical bag, this is the way to go! I’m absolutely obsessed with this minimalist chic look. Of course, I couldn’t do an all black and white outfit without a little pop of color, so I threw on these fab red suede pumps. While they definitely stand out a bit more than the other pieces, I still consider these a winter basic because they go with so much! They’re great to throw on with anything black, white, leopard and I’m especially loving mixing red and pink or purple for the holidays. DSC_0624DSC_0628Y’all know I like to keep my jewelry simple, so a few dainty layered necklaces are always my go-to look. I love this “Mrs.” necklace that just screams “I’m so married” – if you don’t get that reference and haven’t watched the video you must! Then, there’s the bar necklace that really never leaves my neck. It can be layered with just about any other necklace whether it’s another simple gold piece, a long tassel style necklace or even a statement piece. It’s so simple, but so chic! DSC_0631Now, for what y’all have either a. have been waiting for or b. just scrolled down to the bottom to see (i’m totally onto you) – the giveaway info!! So, laalee is a beautiful jewelry line designed by the super sweet southern belle, Christy Mims, out of Lafayette, Louisiana. I originally came across her designs when I was searching for jewelry for my bridesmaids to wear in our May wedding. I was instantly drawn to her fashion forward, but antique inspired pieces, styled on beautiful vintage china. Her blush champagne teardrop earrings were exactly what I had been looking for to compliment my bridesmaid’s rosewater colored dresses. Christy was SO sweet and so easy to work with which was a huge bonus for me being a busy bride. I wound up getting my entire bridal party and family’s jewelry from laalee. There are so many colors and styles to choose from, she has something for every bride and wedding party. But, Christy couldn’t get rid of me after the wedding was over! Not only does she have the best selection of bridal party jewelry, but she also makes jewelry fit for everyday purposes. In comes that FAB bar necklace!! There’s a little bit of everything on her site from dainty necklaces and bangles to trendy druzy style jewelry, and YOU have the chance to win a $50 to her shop!! All you have to do is follow me (@southernmeetschic) and laalee (@laaleedesigns) on Instagram and comment “followed and entered” on any of the pictures posted in reference to the giveaway. This will run today through next Friday the 19th at noon and I will announce a winner at 5:00 on Friday afternoon. It doesn’t stop there though!! All of my SMC readers will shop for 15% off their entire purchase with the code 15OFF in the laalee shop!! Brides, this is the perfect time for you to check jewelry off your list!!

Coat- Calvin Klein old (similar here) | Top- J. Crew | Pants- J. Crew Factory Store | Pumps- Kate Spade old (similar here) | Bag- Saint Laurent | Mrs. Necklace- Kate Spade from Southern Protocol Boutique | Bar Necklace- laalee designs

Black Bootie Dilemma 2014

I know, I know “black bootie dilemma” is a bit dramatic, but if you’ve been on the market for a pair, then you feel my pain! First of all, I’m a little picky when it comes to black and especially black leather. There’s just always been something about it that screams “BIKER CHICK” and as much as I love Sons of Anarchy, (so sad about tomorrow night) I don’t particularly want to dress like a cast member. Then, there’s the fact that every time I fall in love with a pair, the price tag quickly crushes all of my dreams. So, assuming that I’m not the only girl on the face of the earth having these issues, I thought a little Real vs. Steal black bootie edition would be the perfect way to kick off the week! (see what I did there)

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The Everyday Suede Bootie:

I’m pretty sure that this is THE ONE for me! This style can go with everything from jeans and a sweater to tights and a nice dress. The mid-height heel keeps them comfortable, but still tall enough to give your legs a little Kendall Jenner effect. BONUS: they’re suede, so that rules out any biker babe confusion.

Rag & Bone Newbury / Sole Society Livvy

The Flat Bootie:

This minimalist chic style is for the girl who wants the look, but without the bother of a heel. These are so on-trend when paired with black leather skinnies or rolled up dark denim. Also, try replacing your classic ballet flats with these to take any outfit up a notch!

Lanvin Chelsea / Aldo Alieng

The Hot Heeled Bootie:

The sky high leather bootie is the best choice for any party girl! These are the ideal booties to dress up and wear out. The thin heel and pointed toe make this a dressier option and while not as practical as the first two, will definitely make you stand out in a crowd. This is a perfect replacement for black pumps in freezing temps.

Saint Laurent Classic Paris 110 / Madison Harding Zenia

 

A Blogger Friendsgiving

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-122A few weeks ago, I had the most wonderful opportunity to sit down with some of my most favorite blogger friends for an early “friendsgiving” dinner/photoshoot. This was set up by another dear friend of mine, Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social Management and Consulting, for the Dandy Boutique Thanksgiving lookbook shot by Catherine Ann Photography. Sarah Murdoch of 428 Main Vintage Rentals brought an absolutely stunning setup that will put my table tomorrow to shame. We each got to style our own outfits from Dandy’s fall collection and brought our favorite holiday dish, which you may have seen mine on Monday was a yummy pumpkin cheesecake. It was a beautiful day spent with some of my favorite ladies!
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dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-176dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-165I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday spent with your loved ones!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you and thank you for reading Southern Meets Chic!! XO

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Vintage Decor & Display: Sarah of 428 Main

All Clothing: Dandy Boutique

Management: Alden & Taylor of Rutledge Social Media Management

Blogger Babes:

Chloe- Topknots and Polkadots

Tara- Northern Lights-Southern Belles

Christine- A List Greek (blog editor)

Venita- Venita Aspen

Rebecca- Black Book Darling

 

 

Thanksgiving Tradition

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-121Every family has their favorite holiday traditions, from decor they put out to activities they partake in. These traditions are what make the holidays special and memorable, year after year. Being the nostalgic I am, this is my favorite aspect of the holidays and what I truly look forward to as the season gets close. For my family, our most continued traditions are in food. We love to eat! Now, each year there is always something new on the table, but there are some staples that will always stay the same. At Thanksgiving, my GG always makes her dressing, my mom her sweet potato casserole and I try out a new cranberry recipe each year. But, perhaps the most special of these would be my Grammy and I making our pumpkin cheesecake. Now, I must preface this by saying is not originally a family recipe, but one she found in the newspaper. However, we have tweaked some things throughout the years and made it our own. She and I have been making this together every Thanksgiving for the past 14 years. It has gone from her doing most of the work and me being the assistant to now me doing the bulk of things and her being here for conversation and company. We’ve also gone from a hand mixer (only did that once-terrible idea, don’t try it) to a not so great standing mixer and now this year we’ve got a KitchenAid (thanks for the bridal shower present mom!). It is an evolving process, but one thing always remains the same and that is us doing it together. It is a tradition that I will always hold dear to my heart and hope to one day pass down to my children and grandchildren. Okay, enough of all the memory talk! Many family recipes are great big secrets, but what’s the point in that?! I’m so happy to share this recipe with y’all today and hope to maybe add a new tradition or at least a new dessert on your table this year!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography
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Grammy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

For the Crumb Crust:

1 cup graham-cracker crumbs (i use a little over a cup)

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

For the Pumpkin Filling:

2 packages cream cheese (8 0z each) softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 can solid-pack pumpkin

3/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

For the Nut Topping:

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (the expensive, organic kind yes)

1 cup chopped walnuts

** You will need a 9×3 springform pan and a roasting pan for water bath

Crumb Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In a small bowl, with a fork, stir crumbs, melted butter and sugar until moistened.

3. Pour mixture in springform pan and press with fingertips to bottom of pan.

4. Tightly wrap the outside of pan with heavy-duty foil (read: wrap a couple of layers with normal aluminum foil) This prevents leakage when baking in the water bath later.

5. Bake crust 10 minutes and set aside to cool completely.

Pumpkin Filling:

1. In large mixing bowl (again, this recipe really requires a standing mixer, or two people if you must use a hand mixer) Set your mixer on Medium speed and beat the cream cheese until smooth. Using SOFTENED cream cheese it THE most important aspect of this recipe. You’ll notice in my pictures you can see a few spots of cream cheese, that’s because I didn’t have it soft enough when I started (rookie mistake). If possible, leave it out overnight to make the next morning, but it needs at least 2 or 3 hours on the counter.

2. Once smooth, slowly beat in sugar until blended. This will take about 1 minute and you’ll need to stop and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula throughout.

3. With mixer at low speed, beat in pumpkin, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and salt.

4. After these are in, add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

5. Pour pumpkin mixture into crust and place springform inside of large roasting pan.

6. Place pan on oven rack. Carefully, pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come 1 inch up side of springform pan.

7. Bake cheesecake about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the center barely jiggles.

8. Cool cheesecake completely on counter before adding topping.

Topping:

1. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.

2. Add walnuts to mixture.

3. Carefully pour over cheesecake. (I like to just do in center, it just looks prettier than all over)

4. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Obviously, the topping is optional. This is actually the first year I’ve used the topping and it was truly to make the pie prettier for this post. But, it was definitely yummy!! In the past, we’ve served it plain with Cool Whip. I think for Thursday, I will do it with the walnut topping, but also serve Cool Whip on the side!

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If you love this holiday post, just wait til you see what I’ve got in store for you Wednesday! This was all part of a blogger “Friendsgiving” shoot put together by Rutledge Social with clothing from Dandy Boutique, tablescapes and vintage rentals by 428 Main and photos by Catherine Ann Photography. The decor is just stunning, outfits adorable and photography so beautiful. I can’t wait to share with y’all!!