Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Ranking of My Favorite Red Wings

My personal taste in professional sports makes no sense. I'm the youngest of 4 children and the only girl. My dad and my older brothers and even my mom all love football. They love college football, they love high school football, they love professional football. Love love love. I, on the other hand, don't. I spent roughly 13 years of my life as a cheerleader and still to this day don't know the rules of the game. Plus, those games are just so long! Not my favorite.

However, I love hockey. Specifically, I love the Detroit Red Wings. I love how much hugging there is in hockey. Alternately, I like the fights, too. Darling Husband introduced hockey to me early on in our relationship and as I started to learn the rules and the players, I slowly but surely fell in love. Over the years, I have gotten to know the Red Wings by watching them play, looking them up on Wikipedia, and following them on social media. I'm so invested in this team.

Here are my favorite players:
Niklas Kronwall. Not everyone's last name is used as a verb!

Pavel Datsyuk (Darling Husband's all-time favorite). So Russian. So talented. I love his motivational quotes and fishing pictures on Instagram. 
{Pavel Datsyuk}

Johan Franzen. The Mule. I love his tenacity and his familiarity with the penalty box.
{Johan Franzen}

Henrik  Zetterberg. Arguably the most handsome Swede in the world. and he pronounces the word "weather" "wedder" and I find that adorable.
{Henrik Zetterberg. OMG.}

Drew Miller. The 30-year-old silver fox.
{Drew Miller}

And last, but certainly not least, Mike Babcock. The Head Coach. He is delightfully Canadian and has both great hair and a great scowl.
{Coach Mike Babcock}

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What I Wore This Past Week

I thought this could be a fun series to add to Ginna and Tonic: What I Wore This Past Week. It's a fun way to document my outfits and helps force me to spend a little more time looking cute in the morning. All good things.

Tuesday, I opted for DL1961 jeans, Jcrew henley, Lilly Pulitzer vest, Michael Kors flats.

Wednesday, I chose BCBG leggings, Jcrew chambray top, THML faux fur vest, Kate Spade necklace, Tory Burch boots.

{Tuesday} &{Wednesday}

Thursday, I went with a sweater dress with a cowl neck by Laundry, Spanx tights {if you don't already have a pair of these, you must get some!}, Burberry headband {channeling my inner Blair Waldorf}, Sheila Fajl hoops, and Tory Burch boots.

Friday, I wore Paige jeans, Forever21 cardigan, a scarf with warm hues, and Frye boots. 

{Thursday} & {Friday}

Monday, January 12, 2015


A few days ago, Darling Husband mentioned that he likes biscuits and honey. This guy never eats breakfast, so I was a little surprised to learn that fun fact about him. So, a day or so later, I decided to whip up some biscuits. After all, we do live in the south and it's pretty much a right of passage. Plus,  had some buttermilk leftover from some other baking extravaganza.

Did I mention this particular batch of biscuits required two attempts? The first go around, I must have been half asleep because not only did I forget to add the butter until the very end {which is far too late}, but I forgot to add baking powder. Needless to say, Round One biscuits sucked. They were heavy, hard, and didn't even cook completely. Ugh.

{Round 1. Biscuits - 1, Ginna - 0}

I HAD to prove to myself I could make this damn biscuits. But....I had used up all my buttermilk and my hair was in no state to be seen in public, so going to the grocery store was out. I searched for another recipe that didn't call for buttermilk. Here is the one I used:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbls sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4  tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup REALLY COLD butter {cut it into small pieces and place in freezer until needed}
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
Combine the dry ingredients. Add in butter and mix until the butter is about the size of peas. Mix I'm the end and milk until just combined. Don't over mix. Just don't.  Throw some flour down on the counter and knead the dough 10-15 times, adding flour so it doesn't stick to you. Roll the dough out to 3/4" thick and cut into biscuit size portions. Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are a light, lovely golden brown. Cut them in half, pour some honey over each half, and enjoy! 

{Yummy Round 2 biscuits!!}

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Welcome Basket Fit for My Father-in-Law

My father-in-law made the journey down south to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. My Darling Husband and I were so excited to spend some quality time with him! In preparation for his visit we made sure to stock up on his favorites in the kitchen and put together a little welcome basket for our guest room.

In the basket {which is nautical striped, of course}, we included bottled water and Advil {recycled from our wedding}, cookies, candies, a spare toothbrush {just in case}, mints, crunchy snacks, a peppermint candle, tissues {in case of kitty-induced sneezes}, eye shades, a lint roller {again, kitties}, and a card with a note from us and the wifi password.

{Pie crust cookies for father-in-law. Chocolate chip cookies for Darling Husband.}

{welcome, welcome} 

Thursday, January 8, 2015


My Darling Husband and I have purchased our first piece of artwork together! Our home has a {not so} subtle nautical theme as I grew up in southern California and Darling Husband grew up on a lake and he loves boats. We live in a little faux-downtown with retail space below and apartments above. We look out onto the main street, which is pretty cool {and surprisingly not very noisy, which is a bonus}. A few months back they had an art festival right outside our place, so we thought we'd check it out. We met a few of the artists and saw some lovely pieces, but nothing was really our taste.... until we saw The One. The artist painted this during Race Week in Charleston. Since we had just returned from The Holy City, we took it as a good sign.

{Sailboats. Water. A  puppy named Calypso.} 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Brands I Love

I love a good fashion trend. I like seeing what styles are coming back into fashion and different ways to wear old items to make them feel new again. I have found a few new brands that I absolutely love, so I thought I'd share them!

Akola Project is a non-profit that empowers women in poverty in five rural Ugandan villages to transform their lives and the lives of their dependents. Akola spends years investing in these women by training them to become Artisans in jewelry and accessory design. Each piece is handmade with paper beads, Ethiopian metal, or Kenyan sea glass. I'm ALL about girl power and helping women improve their lives. These cause-based accessories are beautiful and make wonderful gifts.

{Just one of several styles}

Sheila Fajl is a Brazilian designer who now resides in California. Her earrings are all handmade in Brazil using 18k gold plated over 100% nickel-free brass. That means the earrings are SUPER light and will NEVER turn or tarnish.

{Gold. Silver. Rose gold.}

DL1961 Denim. I have a very difficult time with jeans. I've heard people say, "I love my jeans. They're sooo comfy!" And every time I would curse them under my breath, roll my eyes, and accuse them of being high {in my head}. I mean, there is no way anyone's jeans are rave-worthy comfortable. And then I tired in a pair of DLs.... Any my world shifted. These are the best jeans in the entire world. They're comfortable, they don't stretch out, and they conform to your body. I wonder if these are the jeans they wore in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants... Probably. Just don't dry them because you'll f-up the lycra.

{This is the Emma legging. Perfect for boots in the chillier months or flats and sandals in the warmer months.} 

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Merry Married Christmas

My Darling Husband and I celebrated our first married Christmas this year and it was fabulous! I opted to host Christmas dinner and games this year since just my parents, my Darling Husband, and I would be in town.

We started with a very simple cheese plate served with champagne. We even used our champagne saucers that match our fine china! It's the little things, right? Then we face-timed with family on the west coast and moved into the dining room for dinner. I thought {briefly} about doing the ham myself, but I'm so glad I didn't. Honeybaked Ham is just around the corner and they do such a fabulous job, there really is no reason to make extra work. Dinner was delicious {if I do say so myself}. We let our tummies digest while playing games and had a bite of pie and called it a night. It was just lovely.

{Festive and cheeky napkins} 

{Le menu de joyeux noël}

{Our first time using our fine china! Accent plates were a Christmas gift from my parents and the red wine glasses from my Secret Santa}

{Let's eat!} 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Quotes Found in Literature

My sweet coworker always lends me books to read. I like to call it The Library of Laine... Because her name is Laine. Well, I recently read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and really enjoyed it! I'm all about a book set in 1930s NYC with a side of cocktails, fabulous adventure, and girl power.

One quote, in particular, stood out to me. 

"We ordered martinis from a waiter named Mitchell and reviewed the menus. To begin, Wallace ordered aspic, of all things, and I had the house salas - a terrific concoction of iceberg greens, cold blue cheese and warm red bacon. If I were a country, I would have made it my flag."

I have a lot of respect for any girl who loves a dish so much she's willing to make it her country's flag. Fly that flag high, Katey!