the nico adventures: christmas cards & the dining room table

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just wanted to help, Mom.

one-year anniversary portrait

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

So while this doesn’t compare to our fab wedding pics, one year later we look pretty good. And look at Nico’s Halloween scarf! Precious!

kt + e’s cincinnati: enoteca emilia

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

A few weeks ago my mom-in-law, sister-in-law, and future sister-in-law and I decided we needed a girls’ night out before the arrival of sister-in-law #1’s third baby. Food? Wine? Good conversation? I’m always in. And look, you can’t even see Baby Hank:

So last night we headed to a new restaurant in O’Bryonville called Enoteca Emilia. This place is really great! The atmosphere felt very cozy, but with fun modern details like graphic wallpaper mixed with brick walls and white wood plank ceilings. There’s a large bar that runs though two rooms and offers plenty of seating while you wait for a table. Now that they take reservations, I would definitely make them. We waited about 30 minutes on a Wednesday night!

Though maybe a bit expensive, the food was very yummy! We tried a Whipped Ricotta appetizer that was sinful. It was like melty cheese butter. The salads were perfectly sized to split between two people, and the one we tried (Prosciutto) was fresh and light with pomegranate seeds and a fig vinaigrette. Yum! I love pomegranate! Well and prosciutto…the best of all the salty meats. But I digress!

For an entree, I tried the Garganelli, which is a large tube pasta. Think really large hand-made penne. It had a mushroom and truffle buttery sauce. Need I say more? I believe we found the reason my pants are tight today! The truffle flavor was decadent. I wish I could eat it every day for dinner. But then my pants would never fit. DILEMMA! None of us had room for dessert, but they have profiteroles (fried ricotta fritters) that sound pretty awesome. When I go back, I will for sure save room.

Or unbutton those pants we were talking about. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made in the name of dessert.

I highly recommend Enoteca Emilia for fun girls’ dinners or a fancy date night. I plan on taking E back soon. Like maybe tomorrow?

Click here for their website!

quick gift: for the designer

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Pantone Ornaments

Enough said.

gift guide: pets

December 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Now that we have this little guy:

Nico!

we have someone else to buy a special gift for. He even has his own stocking. And while Nico is already a stylin’ guy on our street, he could always use a little help. Here’s a few ideas for your furry friend (that don’t involve silly outfits and will actually look cute in your home.)

1. Etsy | 2. Crate & Barrel | 3. Martha Stewart Pets | 4. A Dog’s Life | 5. Posh Living

kt + e listen: she & him christmas

December 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

I’m just going to skip over the part where I apologize profusely for not blogging since June. JUNE. Our life was busy and fun this summer and fall, with not much time for the internets. Quick recap: we got a dog, went to Pawley’s Island, watched lots of LSU football. Done. Moving on.

Back in February, it was E’s birthday. All he wanted was a record player. As in, the old, outdated technology found gathering dust in your grandma’s basement. So he did some research and we went to the record store in Cincy (ShakeIt)…and left an hour or so later with very empty pockets and a start to our vinyl collection. Since then, we’ve gone to the store a few times and ordered newly released albums from our favorite artists. We only have one old record – an awesome Billy Joel release I found at an antique mall (but we are always on the lookout if you know where to find some)!

Black Friday was “Record Store Day”, a day when stores feature special releases like live albums or collections, so we decided to do our only shopping there. No 4am craziness for us. We again left with empty pockets, but a record player full of musical goodness like this:

A Very She & Him Christmas

As a rule, we only buy albums that both of us like, and both of us couldn’t wait to get our hands on this one. I love the other two She & Him releases and E loves…Zooey Deschanel. Anyway, her voice is so lovely and this album is really wonderful. Most of the arrangements are stripped down and really let her voice shine in it’s vintage-y and totally unique way. Zooey’s sound seems to favor the slow, more melancholy songs, but the upbeat parts of the collection are fun too! Favorite tracks include: The Christmas Waltz, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Baby It’s Cold Outside, and The Christmas Song.

We put it on and cuddled on the couch, enjoying the start of the season. Now to put up the tree…

book club: the help

June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

I only have three words when describing this book. They are: GO. READ. NOW.

Ok, that’s a lie. I have many more words, but those are the first. The Help is overwhelmingly beautiful. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time and it was so hard for me to stop reading when it was time to go to sleep. Or go to work. Or eat dinner. Or whenever because I really didn’t ever want to stop.

Basically, the novel follows the lives of three women in Jackson, Mississippi, one a young woman wanting to be a writer and two who are the domestic help of her friends. Set in the ’60s, it exposes the cultural issues and racial discrimination of the day as these three protagonists come together to write their stories about what it’s like to be a black woman working for a white family (and conversely, what it was like for Skeeter to grow up in that dynamic.) I’m going to tell you, some things are not pretty and you will probably hate a few of the characters and everything they stood for. But just like in every situation, there is so much good if we can find it.

The message of the book seems to be that we are all the same inside: human. Human, with the same feelings and desire for love and family and community and respect. We have to work to understand each other and accept this fact. Easier said than done, I suppose.

This is a short review, mostly because I’m tried from staying up so late to finish! But also because I just honestly am having trouble finding the words so soon after I finished it. This one will probably be a re-reader in the near future, it was just that special and moving.

There’s also a movie coming out in August…pretty sure I’ll be seeing that!

Also pretty sure that I’ve read enough historical fiction for awhile. Time for something fluffy for enjoying poolside – any recommendations for me?