Mar 27, 2017

Cycler's Rest - A Weekend Away

Happy Weekend my lovely readers...

Lately my mom has been obsessed with Air BnB. She's been saving cute "instagramable" "aesthetically pleasing" rooms all over the place for us to stay at. We've visited Table Rock a lot in the past, and always passed through Traveler's Rest and talked about exploring the town. It only seemed fitting that our first Air BnB booking was in Traveler's Rest.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the tour of this cute little place on my instagram story. I'm pretty sure I haven't stayed in a place this cute in a really long time... Y'all, there were fresh tulips and succulents in the windows. The furniture, the artwork, the everything was just too adorable starting from the personalized chalkboard that welcomed us to Cycler's Rest (okay so the snacks and orange juice our hostess left were super sweet too).

During our stay we actually never got around to spending time in Traveler's Rest... we went thrift store shopping in Anderson, and enjoyed some bluegrass music at Table Rock State Park. It even snowed during our stay... which fellow South Carolinians will understand what an oddity that was.

Sometimes a brief weekend away from your typical routine is all you need. Cycler's Rest left me relaxed and inspired. If you ever want to visit Traveler's Rest, South Carolina... tour Furman University, downtown Greenville, or even just for a quiet getaway... Definitely consider this beautiful apartment! Check the listing for more information



Mar 26, 2017

A JORD Wood Watch for Dad


I know, I know, Father's Day isn't for a couple months, but hey, there's never a wrong time to show your dad some appreciation! Throughout all of the craziness in my life lately, my parents have been absolutely wonderful, and have truly kept me sane. I'm not lying when I say that they're my best friends...

It's always nice to show your appreciation, and sometimes getting an actual present for my dad can be difficult. He's fairly relaxed, but a casual gift of chocolate didn't even scratch the surface of how appreciative I am for him. Then I discovered, JORD, and I couldn't believe what a great gift a wooden watch wood be! (I spelled 'would' wrong on purpose because I think I'm funny)...

This watch is just my dad's style! It's super casual, and fits perfectly with his business casual office environment. The red face adds some color without being too overwhelming, and it's such good quality too... My dad has some woodworking experience and he comments on the impeccable craftsmanship and intricate design of his watch. The wooden watch design is actually kind of modern and classic at the same time.  From a quick glance on JORD's website anyone can tell the attention to detail that the artists and designers put into each of their wooden watch creations. I'm thoroughly impressed, and it has my dad's seal of approval!

Here's some of my favorite watches for women:
-Dark sandalwood and Smoke (Frankie Series)
-Ebony and Gold(Frankie Series)
-Zebrawood and Maple (fieldcrest series)

Feb 28, 2017

Hopelands Gardens // Jordan & Courtney

Another long gap between blog posts... Looks like even after three years, I still can't get this whole "blogging" thing down! Oh well. My priorities have been elsewhere. My chemistry grade has been a little shaky... as is my algebra grade... but on a more positive note, I launched a super awesome Senior Rep program for Cathleen Slagle Photography and have been gaining a lot of attention to my new photography company.

This past Monday, since we had the day off from school, Jordan, Courtney, and I traveled up to Aiken, South Carolina and visited Hopelands Gardens. Hopelands Gardens is basically a Charleston in the middle of the sandhills of South Carolina. It's gorgeous, especially when it's in bloom! Also, you're not crazy, you've definitely seen Jordan and Courtney a few times before.. they're kind of the original Cathleen Slagle Photography reps.

This is one of my most favorite sessions I think I've ever done... I loved their outfits, the flowers, the park. All the pieces just fell into place for this session, and I've never been more proud!


Jan 21, 2017

Uruguayan Chajas Recipe

Recently, I had a project in my Spanish class which involved following a recipe, and then translating it into Spanish. We got extra credit if we actually prepared the recipe and either brought it in or showed photographic evidence proving that we made the dish. I love to cook, and I figured a cultural dessert would make for a perfect blog post! 

These Uruguayan Chajas have an interesting history...  Originally, they were made with strawberries, but because they do not grow in Uruguay during the majority of the year, the Castellano family makes it with peaches instead. The family is very secretive about the recipe, but there are many recipes available that are inspired by the Castellano original. In other recipes, the pastry is sometimes made with apricots.  The dessert is named for the chaja bird, because a family friend of the Castellanos first described the pastry as “light and soft” and that it reminded them of the bird. It is now one of the most common desserts in Uruguay.

Other than the fact that the dessert is light and soft, it is also really delicious and fairly simple to make. The recipe I had initially attempted was extremely difficult to follow. So in essence, chajas are like a pastry lasagna, and you need to make them yourself ASAP!