Archive | February, 2013

NYFW: What We Saw

21 Feb

We are finally down from Cloud9 and can begin to talk about our amazing experience at New York Fashion Week. It was beyond anything we could have ever imagined. We had a very busy and tiring 5 days in NYC, but it was definitely worth it! The question we have been asked most is “What shows did you see?” So here is our answer:

Monika Chiang
Rebecca Minkoff
Nicole Miller
Charlotte Ronson
Herve Leger by Max Azria
Katya Leonovich
Monique Lhuillier
Tracy Reese
Trina Turk
Diane Von Furstenburg
Carolina Herrera
Betsey Johnson
Badgley Mischka
Vera Wang

KK MBFW

Xo Kim and Kelly

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7 Feb

THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE!

bags are packed

Photo

We have packed entirely too many clothes and are on our way to NEW YORK FASHION WEEK!

We are so blessed to have this experience and super excited to see what the next 5 days have in store for us! This will be our last post until Wednesday, so if you’d like to keep up with what we’re doing, eating, and most importantly wearing, please follow us on instagram @aloveletteraway. We promise to return with lots of pictures and posts!

Xo Kim and Kelly

Valentine’s Day Treats

6 Feb

We’ve been running around like crazy picking our outfits and getting everything set for Fashion Week! We haven’t really been focused on anything except our trip to New York, but still have a special little section of our brain that’s thinking about Valentine’s Day. We love Valentine’s Day! I mean, how could you not? It’s all flowers and hearts and glitter and LOVE. We LOVE love. And although it pains us to not be home this weekend crafting heart shaped things and preparing our pink and red baked goods, we think Fashion Week will more than make up for it. With that being said, we couldn’t help but search the internet for fun Valentine’s Day recipes. Hopefully we won’t be too exhausted when we get home on Tuesday to whip up a few holiday treats for you, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll be okay with our Valentine’s Day Treat Inspiration. It’s just one week away! So here are some some sweet treats to help you figure out what to make for your Valentine!

Bundt cake

Melting Heart Bundt Cake via Cooking with Sugar

V-day Chex Mix

Valentine’s Day Chex Mix via Bettycrocker.com

V-Day Red Velvet Brownies

Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies via The Novice Chef

Pink Cupcakes

Pink Confetti Cupcakes via Your cup of cake

V-day Waffles

Red Velvet Waffles via A Little Tipsy

Xo, Kim and Kelly

 

 

Engagement Basket

5 Feb

One of our friends got engaged recently and her fiancé was sweet enough to ask all of her best friends to go to Jacksonville to surprise her and celebrate with them on the night of the engagement {take notes boys..}. We of course wanted to bring a present to say congratulations and decided on a cute and practical engagement basket. We have made plenty of baskets in the past for bridal showers, but never one for an engagement. It was a little difficult at first because we immediately thought of items that started with her soon-to-be initial and items that said “mrs” {like these Kate Spade earrings} but decided against them all because that doesn’t really go with an engagement. We then switched our focus to the ring and what’s essential for wedding planning.
contents
1. Bridal magazine – the Knot
2. Bridal magazine – Martha Stewart
3. Bottle of champagne {to celebrate}
4. Diamond ring bottle stop
5. The Knot Book of Wedding Lists {aka wedding bible}
6. Engagement card
7. Nail polish {to make sure her nails are always looking perfect as she shows off her new rock–we chose the Essie Bridal Collection because we’re big into details. Check the names of the colors below}
8. Ring holder
9. Jewelry cleaner {to keep the ring sparkling}
10.A picture frame {for their favorite engagement picture}
polish
We then crafted a “Congrats” banner, purchased a basket from Michael’s, and added some pretty tissue paper.
engagment basket

Xo Kim and Kelly

BBQ Beer Chicken

4 Feb

We both love pulled pork, so why not pulled chicken? When we stumbled across this recipe via Pinterest {of course!} it was a must try.This was a great addition to our Super Bowl menu yesterday. This recipe makes a lot, so it is great to have as leftovers the next day, or make for a tailgating event with lots of your friends.

BBQ Beer Chicken in the crockpot:

What you’ll need:

3 pounds boneless, skinless fresh chicken breasts (6 large)
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup beer {any kind you like} We used a dark beer and the flavor was great!
4 cups (32 ounces) of barbecue sauce {any kind you like} We used Jack Daniels BBQ sauce which is our favorite.
Hamburger buns
Coleslaw

Directions:

1. Add all the ingredients, aside from the chicken, to the crockpot and combine.
2. Add the chicken to the crockpot. Make sure to submerge the chicken into the sauce so it’s covered.
3. Set your crockpot to low for 6 hours.
4. After 6 hours, shred the chicken and then add it back to the sauce in the crockpot. Let the shredded chicken sit for about 15 or so minutes so the shredded chicken absorbs the sauce.
5. Serve on hamburger buns and top with coleslaw or any other topping desired!

Pulled chicken sandwich

*Note*
The chicken may take longer or shorter than 6 hours depending on the size of your crockpot. After 4 hours, check the chicken to see if it is ready to be shredded.

Xo Kim and Kelly