Rock Paper Sweet

A collection of imaginative wedding ideas & stylish everyday living, from the rings to the favors to the 'happily ever afters.'

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hello, Gorgeous

Chanel flagship storefront window display in NYC.  I'm loving the way the 2 models are positioned, with one's back toward the street.  I'm also loving all the pearls!

*I hate that there is so much glare - it was extremely bright that day and all the light was reflecting off the glass.  This was the best I could do at the time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Strawberry Mint Juleps

Every good southern hostess needs to have a great cocktail recipe up her sleeve.  Mine?  Strawberry Mint Juleps.  Why, you may ask?  Well, for starters, mint juleps are famously southern.  They are the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, a fabulous celebration of horse racing, fashion and southern tradition.  Secondly, the combination of mint and strawberry is sweet and refreshing.  Perfect for hot spring and summer days.  And last, but certainly not least, my recipe calls for Jack Daniels.  Most juleps are traditionally made with bourbon, but bourbon and whiskey are interchangeable (they are essentially the same).  As a Tennessee girl, my loyalty lies with Jack Daniels.  So that was an obvious draw for me when coming up with this recipe.

I looked at several recipes for Strawberry Juleps and Mint Juleps in Southern Living and on different blogs around the web, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted to use both strawberries and mint (most recipes called for one or the other), I wanted to use Jack Daniels (didn't find any recipes that used whiskey), and I wanted something bubbly in it (because, let's be honest, bubbly is always more festive).  So I came up with my own recipe.

Strawberry Mint Juleps
1 strawberry
5 mint leaves
1 tsp Jack Daniels
1 tsp sugar (I used 1 packet sugar substitute)
crushed ice
1 or 1 1/12 shots Jack Daniels
soda water
1 sprig mint for garnish

Muddle the strawberry and 5 mint leaves in 1 tsp of Jack Daniels until mostly smooth.  Add sugar and stir.  Pour into a tall glass.  Fill glass 2/3 of the way full with crushed ice.  Pour in 1 to 1 1/2 shots Jack Daniels and fill the rest of the way up with soda water.  Garnish with mint sprig.  Makes one cocktail.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pretty Fonts

These fonts are so pretty and inspiring to me.  I love the creativeness and uniqueness of them.  They are imaginative, fun and charming...pure joy on a piece of paper!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Currently Obsessed

Here are my favorite finds this week on Currently Obsessed:

 {tory burch mini logo clutch, $395}

{mossimo supply company, $12.50}

 {asos peplum top, $37

 {kate spade iphone case, $40}

 {tbags los angeles, $172

 {ray ban original wayfarer, $150}

 {old navy, $14.99}

 {essie, 4-pc collection, $17}

 {current/elliott ankle skinnies, $298}

 {chloe scalloped bikini, $287}

 {lilly pulitzer buttercup shorts, $74}

 {j brand skinnies, $187}

Friday, June 8, 2012

C Wonder

I discovered another cool new shopping website.  It is called C Wonder, and it was created by Chris Burch (Tory Burch's ex-husband).  It is stock-full of cute, summery clothes, accessories and home goods.  Everything has a Tory-feel to it, but it starts at a lower price point than Tory Burch.   I must say: I adore everything Tory Burch makes, so I definitely wouldn't say C Wonder is quite on-par with her brand, but it is certainly very cute. 

There are several darling boutiquey stores in the NYC/Hamptons area, but the preppy, nautical-themed website is very user friendly and enticing as well.  I already have several items in my "shopping cart."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My Habit - Amazing New Shopping Website

Have y'all seen Amazon's new shopping website, My Habit?  You must check it out!  You can find great designer clothing at discount prices, all the while knowing you are shopping "safely" online because it is a part of the Amazon family...  How great is that?!  You need to sign up in order to use My Habit (providing email is necessary), but if you already have an Amazon account, you can just use that to log in.

My favorite aspect of the website is that instead of a regualr/boring sell-shot, My Habit has the unique feature of showing short video clips of the model posing and turning in the garment, so you get an idea of how the fabric moves and falls.  It is pretty amazing, as I have never seen that before.  You can click the link here to see what I'm talking about.  It should play automatically.

My Habit recently lauched a "Home" section, where they sell everything from stylish pillows to cast iron skillits and crystal glasses.  I think I might need a little e-commerce retail therapy!

ChloƩ Women's Skirt with Kick Pleats (Taupe)

{Jiti Fork Pillow} {Belle Maison Ceramic Pedestal Vase} {Chloe} {Marc by Marc Jacobs}

Sunday, May 20, 2012

When life hands you lemons...

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it certainly feels like summer is here to stay!  One of my absolute favorite things to do is sit by the pool or lake, and sip Arnold Palmer's.  Not familiar with this perfect summer beverage?  It's a refreshing blend of iced tea and lemonade.  It also happens to be legendary golfer Arnold Palmer's favorite beverage, which is where the name comes from. 

Every southerner has his or her own unique recipe for Arnold Palmer's.  Here is mine:

Fill a large pitcher with 2 quarts of tea and 2 quarts of lemonade.  Stir well.  Slice up one medium sized orange and place the slices into the pitcher.  Add 2 large sprigs of fresh mint (about 10 leaves).  Refrigerate until chilled, then pour over ice to serve.  You can make this with either store bought tea and lemonade, or make your own.

Iced Tea:
In the south, iced tea is always sweetened, so there is really no need to say "sweet tea."  It's always assumed that "iced tea" means it will be sweet.  I love to make sun tea, which is something my parents used to make when I was little.  You take several large black tea bags and place in a covered pitcher filled with water.  Let it sit out in the sun for a couple hours to brew, then sweeten to your liking and chill.

The beautiful Sea Island resort in Georgia makes the most delicious lemonade I have ever tasted in my life!  I begged and begged for the recipe, but all I got was a little hint from one of the chefs.  It really surprised me what he said: use Country Time lemonade mix, but double the amount of powder it calls for when mixing up a pitcher.  No, all that sugar is definitely not healthy, but it sure tastes good!  I always float lemon slices in mine for extra tang.

You can always add vodka to this for a refershing adult beverage!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Making Shapes with Words

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Here is a link to a blog that will show you (in 5 simple & easy steps) how to make your words into the shape of a heart by using Microsoft Word and Paint.  What a cute and clever thing to know!  It would be great to use these steps to create cards, invitations or even as decoration.  Click here to hop on over to the Black and White {Side by Side} blog and try it yourself!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Are these the perfect "something blue" or what!?!  Hello, Christian Louboutin!

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photo source: loveala

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Monday Thought

"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
-Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Winter Wedding Photography Tips from the Orange Girl Blog

I found these awesome winter wedding photography tips over on the Orange Girl blog.  Check it out for tips to get the most out of your photography session, including tips on staying warm, finding the perfect lighting and standing out.  All of the following photos are credited to Orange Girl Photographs.

Find some warm (and cute) shoes to keep your feet toasty & dry.
Cozy up with some cute mittins!
Make the most of the winter weather - get creative & have fun!

Happily Ever After Begins!

So adorable!  Wedding night FUN:

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Love the happiness here!  This picture captures the pure bliss of marriage and the joy of knowing all the hard work and stress of planning the big day was totally worth it.  I know as soon as my hubby & I left our wedding reception, we were jumping for joy too!

Anybody else have a fun photo-op like this after the reception??

Marriage Is...

Not really sure about the "men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage" part - in my experience, having my ears pierced wasn't that painful, but the rest of the saying is great.

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source: unknown (found on pinterest)
So true!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Monday Thought

"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails."
-1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Fashion

Whether you're going out with your sweetheart or spending the day with your friends, here are some fashionable finds for celebrating the day of love!

Hosting a dinner party for friends...

Michael Kors stretch wool crepe dress, $1595

Diane von Furstenburg black &white wool-blend pompom scarf, $115

 TopShop, Mint Suede Clutch, $20

 Rachel Zoe - Eva suede wedge pumps, $197.50 genuine Italian leather cuff bracelet, $65

Drinks with girlfriends...

 Asos body-concious dress with sequin panel, $44.76

Sephora harmony trio bronzer, $5

  Carven suede slingbacks, $535

   Alexander McQueen Pearl & Stingray Skull Box Clutch, $2480

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, $39

Hot Date with the Hubby...

NARS Red Lipstick, $24

  Benefit Cosemetics Dallas Bronzer, $28

  TNFC Pencil Midi Skirt with Color Block Panels, $36.71

Kate Spade Gum Drops Stud Earrings, $38

Miu Miu Glitter-finish leather sandals, $730

Dinner date with the Boyfriend...

 Blu Bijoux gold tone ring, $24

Essie Knockout Punch, $8

 B Brian Atwood suede colorblock pumps, $350

  kate spade new york Sparkler Missy clutch, $124.99

  ASOS Swing Dress with Bow Back, $40.29