Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Red Wine Spritzer



Allow me to introduce my Memorial Day weekend homemade cocktail – red wine spritzers!

Warning: these drinks are so refreshing and delicious you will drink them like juice!

Ingredients
1/2 pint strawberries, diced
1 large gala apple, diced
2 medium peaches, diced
1/2 pint blueberries
1 bottle, 750 ml, red wine
1 quart sprite zero {or sparkling water}, chilled

Use a variety of your favorite fruits.
Fill the bottom of a pitcher with a mixture of diced fruits. Pour wine in to cover, and let stand 10 minutes. Top glasses with sprite zero when you are ready to serve.



Did you serve any fun cocktails this weekend?

Don't forget to enter my Southern Proper Monogram Giveaway!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Southern Proper Monogram Giveaway



From drinkware and linens, to silver and jewelry, I am a lover of all things monogram. There is just something so charming and personal about the southern tradition of embellishing items with your initials. So, a few months ago when I stumbled across the popular Southern Proper birch wood monogram pin, I knew I had to have it, and I knew exactly where it would go...


our master bedroom! I absolutely love it!

Voila - a little bit of southern charm makes for a big statement!



 A little more info about Southern Proper's monogram: their three-letter monograms are cut from 1/4" birch wood (thicker than the 6", 8" and 10") and offer the perfect size for the inside of a door wreath. And of course, the bigger the better! The 12-inch monogram can be used alone with a ribbon on your door, over a bed or fireplace. Each of our monograms are cut from UNFINISHED WOOD, ready for paint, glitter or whatever you can imagine. They recommend spray-painting your monograms with several thin coats in the color of your choice. If you would like to add glitter, they recommend Martha Stewart® fine glitters. 

Want one?
  
Southern Proper Monograms has graciously offered to give a 12 inch 3 letter monogram (a $28 value) to ONE lucky winner!





Here is how to enter:

Be a follower of Carolina Charm,
and
Visit Southern Proper Monograms and PIN the 12-inch 3 letter monogram to Pinterest, and leave a comment with the link to your pin!

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This contest will close on Sunday, June 3rd @ 9pm (EST), and the winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, June 4th

Note: If your blog isn’t email-able {or if you are not sure}, please leave your email address in the comment.

A special thanks to Southern Proper Monograms for this awesome giveaway!

Good Luck Y'all! 
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Pesto & Goat Cheese Pasta


This week has been such a whirlwind with our fur baby in the hospital. Realizing late last night how overdue for a trip to the Harris Teeter I was, I decided to throw some random ingredients together for dinner. So, I present to you, Pesto & Goat Cheese Pasta!






I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I whipped this together. Oh, and it was delicious.



First, I sauteed baby portabella mushrooms with onions and garlic in butter, until tender.

Then I dumped half of a container of goat cheese and pesto on top! Okay, fine, I dumped the whole container of goat cheese on top, oops.


After a few minutes, I had a deliciously creamy mixture that I poured on top of whole wheat pasta. I sprinkled fresh parsley on top for color and voila...



Creamy Pesto & Goat Cheese Pasta!



Any suggestions for quick and easy dinners are welcomed!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Bubble Necklace

It finally arrived...my J.Crew Bubble Necklace!












Although I had been eyeballing this beauty for quite some time, I just couldn't bring myself to spend $150 on a necklace. However,at $15 {including shipping} I just couldn't pass it up on eBay {at 90% off}. So,I finally took the plunge after Natasha, Katie, Amanda, Julie, April, and lots of other bloggers successfully received theirs from China!



I absolutely LOVE it!
 
 
Want one?! Find it {here}!

Monday, May 21, 2012

B+P Farm Wedding




Last weekend, my favorite couple, Brynn and Palmer, tied the knot at The Farm in Asheville, NC. Thank goodness Brynn picked bridesmaids dresses with pockets because I definitely needed my tissues during the ceremony. From the bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner, to the ceremony and reception, the entire weekend was perfect!





The venue was absolutely breathtaking.
 


 There were several cabins on the property for guests to stay in for the weekend, one of which was reserved for the bridesmaids! It was so nice to walk right out to the ceremony/reception after getting ready all day together.

 Our cabin balcony!
 Brynn and Palmer exchanged sweet letters to one another before the ceremony. It was such a sweet moment.
 I couldn't stop taking pictures of Brynn after she got into her dress. She truly was the most perfect bride ever.

Check out the bouquets! They were full of soft peonies, garden roses, lambs ear, ranunculus, hydrangeas and more.


Time for the ceremony...


 

 beautiful, right?!

MARRIED!


During cocktail hour, guests picked up their seating card from a well decorated birdcage. Since I love to projects like this {and Brynn likes my penmanship} I was designated to write all the wedding place cards.


My handsome wedding date! :) 
First dance as Mr. & Mrs.

 The tent was decked out in flowers and lights. 
 The head table was stunning! Brynn and her mom successfully collected vintage china for over a year in preparation for the wedding day meal!
 Not only was the cake so pretty, but it was delicious. Yes, those peonies are real!

The rest of the evening was spent dancing barefoot to an amazing band, feeding the horses outside the barn, tossing the bouquet, drinking Firefly lemonades on the porch, a Kappa Delta candlelight and late night pizza...


Guests picked up lace ribbon wands for the sendoff


...and the newlyweds are off to their honeymoon in Anguilla! Love you two!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

EST. May 16, 2011

One year ago today, the Law Office of Matthew T. Marcellino opened it’s doors for business.



There have been many moments that I have stood by Matt as an extremely proud wife, but this one takes the cake! So a few weeks ago I started working on a surprise anniversary gift {which is really hard to do when you share a credit card}. Using one of the pictures from his website photo shoot, I decided to write out all of his accomplishments {that I was aware of} in his first year of business to frame. By the end of the list, I had tears streaming down my face. Not only was I extremely proud of Matt, I realized how blessed we've been this past year. 
 
A few nights ago, Matt and I celebrated early with a delicious dinner at our favorite restaurant, Zada Janes. Halfway through our meal, the perfect moment arrived for me to pull out the small wrapped gift from my purse. Curious and excited, Matt opened the box to find the picture of his accomplishments. When he got to the bottom of the list he looked at me confused and said "1 official shirt?" I motioned for him to dig further into the box, where he found...his first official shirt! He absolutely loved it, and for a moment I was concerned he was going to change into it right at our table out of excitement. Thankfully, he waited till the next morning to wear it...




Matt, 

I am so proud to be your wife. I know I tell you that often, but I honestly think you are so humble sometimes that you completely forget how awesome you truly are. Taking a leap of faith to "hang up a shingle" was a huge risk, and I am so thankful that everything has worked out much better than we had even hoped for. You are more courageous than I will ever be. Thank you for putting in the hours to provide for our family. This journey has brought us so close together, and I promise to continue cheering you on for all of the new challenges and triumphs to come as you continue to pursue your passion! I love you with all my heart. Happy anniversary!


Love,


Christina

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Things I'm Loving Lately

Just a few things I am currently obsessing over...

Wine Swoon Carafe: guaranteed to improve the taste of cheap wine by at least $5



My new cross training New Balance Classics shoes for cross fit!

  Tan towels: The perfect amount of self tanner, wrapped in a self-contained towelette {or spray}. Just rub all over your body and let it dry for instant bronze!
 I purchase my tan towels from Ulta.


Lush handmade cosmetics: fresh, handmade, affordable cosmetics

 

This quote!

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