A couple months ago, I was affording the super fun and exciting opportunity to work with two fashion bloggers in the Columbia area. Having not worked in this realm before, I thought I'd give it a try. And boy, am I glad I did!
Let me introduce you to the awesome ladies I've been lucky enough to work with!
Amanda Walker DBA The Golden Girl Diary
Y'all. Amanda is just the sweetest thing! And she's gorgeous! She moved here with her professional baseball-playing husband just a few months ago, and is already making a name for herself.
She's been doing this blogging thing for some time, so she has a pretty hefty following on Instagram. If you aren't following her, do so now! She's got such a fun and funky sense of style that I just love!
One thing that I've enjoyed about taking on this project is discovering all the hidden gems around Columbia. Most of my photo sessions are taken at the Horseshoe or State House, so it's fun to be able to see what else our big city has to offer!
Here are some of the pictures we've taken around town!
These images were taken at the following places.
Columbia has such awesome spots! Discover your city, today!
www.clutchanddapper.comLindsay Alison DBA The Thrifty Southern Belle
(Hair by Nadia Marie/Salon Zazou | Makeup by Mia Bingenheimer/Blue Lavender Spa)
Lindsay is new to the blogging world, but has already made a big splash. She has started her own venture, Clutch and Dapper, and it focuses on selling high-end, used clothing and Lindsay's styling service. Her blog is the The Thrifty Southern Belle and I partnered with her to help get that started!
She's a master at finding steals and deals at local thrift stores and putting what she finds together with what she already has to make killer outfits! She's so talented!
Below are some of the pictures we've taken for her.
These images were taken at the following places.
Aren't these pictures fun?!
I've really enjoyed working with these girls and discovering Columbia all at the same time. I look forward to working with them further!
If you ever see me downtown with a camera in hand, there is likely one of these beautiful ladies on the other side of it. Stop by and say, "hey!"
And be sure to follow these gals!
april 26th was my husband's birthday (fox is his middle name for those who don't know), and when we celebrate birthdays, we usually choose a new or favorite local restaurant. after all, it was at a restaurant where we first met...on a blind date...so it only seems fitting that we celebrate all of life's milestones with food :).
our usual go-tos are terra and motor supply company (both EXCELLENT), but this year we decided to try a newer to the local scene restaurant, tallulah.
the dinner was actually a wine pairing dinner, and since we both love wine, we decided to try something new! we were already familiar with the distributor, aleph wines, and the sommelier, Jean Pierre Chambas, from a previous wine event in lake city, sc, so we made reservations.
the room and table was beautifully decorated. all five, stemmed glasses were perfectly arranged, ready to be filled with some of the most delicious wines aleph has to offer.
we were greeted with a group of smiling faces and a sweet sparking wine cocktail that was mixed with purple basil simple syrup and lemon juice, and topped with a sweet basil leaf.
this birthday dinner was a little different for us because it was a group dinner. if you aren't familiar with group-style dinners, get to be. not only are they a lot of fun, but you meet some really great people.
amongst the night's guests were a french couple, the owners of local quail farm, manchester farms, one of aleph's representatives, and a lady named bubbles. Well, there was actually bubbles and her friend, but i can't remember the other's name. bubbles was enough to keep us intrigued :),
the menu was more of a tapas style (sadly i didn't get a picture of it) with dishes ranging from scallops and oysters to lamb and ravioli. each perfectly paired with wines from all over the world that complimented the flavors best.
group dinners can be a little awkward at first, but when there is alcohol involved, it doesn't take long before you're chatting like old friends. with group dinners, the table topics are always varied and interesting, you never leave less educated than when you sat down, and sometimes you even meet new friends!
even if the meal itself isn't fabulous, usually the company is.
the other thing about this dinner was that it had a preset menu.
preset menus can also be interesting. because you have to be willing to "roll with the punches" when it comes to what they put in front of you. of course, if you are highly allergic to something, it's best to ask the waiter for a substitute or better yet, to skip that dish all together. but the best thing i've found about preset menus is that you learn to like something different each time. or sometimes you just try something you've not tried before. either way, it's a fantastic opportunity to expand your pallet and learn how different, or not so different, flavors marry together. the fox and i have gotten a lot of cooking inspiration from dinners like these.
the meal ended with a coffee liqueur paired with a savory dessert, and our bellies full.
all in all, the dinner was a good choice. like i said, it wasn't our typical birthday celebration choice, but we were pleased with the result.
if you get a chance, check out tallula. Or if you aren't in the columbia area, find a local restaurant that does preset menu dinners and try one one. If it turns out the food is horrible, you can always grab some fast food on the way home :).