August starts on Friday, which means it’s back to school time! While I am not heading back to school, I still feel the urge to do a bit of reorganizing in the office and around the house. I love having a variety of trays to hold desk accessories, barware, jewelry and more. When it comes to trays,I can never have too many.  Below are some of my favorite new trays.

Tons of Trays // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Anchor Tray, Linda & Harriett  |  Portraiture Tray, Anthropolgie  |  Personalized Lucite Tray, PrettySmitten  |  Kate Spade New York Melamine Serving Tray, Lulu and Georgia  |  Walnut Triangle Trivet Tray Set, Food 52

What’s your favorite tray? Do you use a lot of trays around the house to help keep you organized? I hope your week is going great!

katie

July is national ice cream month! Let's celebrate! // Twin Stripe

Ice cream is one of my favorite summer treats and I almost let National Ice Cream Month slip through my fingers, but lucky for you I was able to get a post together before the end of the month. I recently I began eating gluten free, so a scoop of ice cream has been perfect to fill the void where cupcakes, beer and bread used to live.July is national ice cream month! Let's celebrate! // Twin Stripe

This weekend Chad and I ran a lot of errands, so I wanted to take a few minutes to slow down and enjoy a mini date at home. Ice cream seemed like the perfect thing on a hot sunny day. I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I picked up a pint of vanilla and coffee ice creams and a handful of fun toppings. To set the scene, I placed bright yellow tulips in a mint green goblet and the toppings in mini dessert cups, both from the fun and quirky Oh Joy! for Target collection.
July is national ice cream month! Let's celebrate! // Twin Stripe

When I have frozen yogurt, I love getting to pick out my own toppings and load up on them. For our date, I picked up chocolate chunks, gummy bears, sprinkles and fresh fruit – strawberries and blueberries. I also had hot fudge waiting in the wing, but we both decided to pass. Some other tasty options are peanut butter cups, carmel sauce, maraschino cherries, whipped cream and more – the list could go on and on. Pick out your favorites, top and enjoy!
July is national ice cream month! Let's celebrate! // Twin StripeIt was great to sit down and relax for a bit between house cleaning, grocery shopping and yard work. As you can see, both of us took full advantage of the toppings, loading our bowls up with our favorites.
July is national ice cream month! Let's celebrate! // Twin Stripe

It’s hard to believe another weekend has flown by! August will start this Friday – where has the summer gone? I’m happy to report August will bring another travel month featuring exciting destinations, guest bloggers and travel inspiration. I also have some other great collaborations in the works, so get ready!

Have a wonderful week and if you have any tips for gluten free eating, be sure to share!

katie

Brewmaster // Twin Stripe

A few months ago Katie and I went to a cocktail making class at one of our favorite Greensboro restaurants, Gia. Nino, Gia’s owner, hosts a monthly cocktail making class highlighting a new main ‘ingredient’ each month. The class we went to was beer cocktails (of course)! It was lots of fun – Nino and the head bartender know what they are doing when creating cocktails. The best part of the class is the note taking so you can go home and recreate your favorite cocktail.

We really loved the beer cocktail that I’m going to share with you, it’s something completely different but all the flavors mix really well. One of the great parts to this cocktail is that you can change it up with just a few items that you probably already have in your cabinet and in your fridge.

Brewmaster July Beer Cocktail-Twin Stripe

Iced Blonde Ingredients

1.5 oz of silver tequila

.5 oz of agave nectar

2 oz of a lager beer

Fruit flavored tea ice cubes (we used Tazo passion fruit)

First you’ll start by picking out a fruit flavored tea to make large ice cubes. We have these fun Tovolo ice molds that make round 2.5 inch ice cubes. After the ice cubes have frozen take them out and place one into a highball glass. Be sure to use something large enough to fit the ice cube without it moving all over the place. Shake the tequila and agave nectar together and then pour over the ice cube.  Pour the lager over the tequilla and ice cube and stir until the foam goes away.  We used a summer lager, which was nice and light and let the passion fruit come through.

Brewmaster July Beer Cocktail-Twin Stripe

This cocktail is great to cool down during the hot summer months.  It’s also very versatile depending on what types of tea you choose and the different lagers that could be mixed in. A great way to be creative and drink at the same time, go make your own concoction!

Brewmaster Chad

 

Laid-back conference style // Twin StripeAmong so many fashionistas at #SBSCon, it was hard not to feel inspired by fashion. While I love shopping for clothes, I never felt that I was that stylish or into trends. Instead, I have developed my own style, a mix of preppy, bright and graphic. After taking some outfit photos for Liz of Pretty Sweet Life, she suggested she could take a few of me too. I was a bit nervous, but I ended up loving some of her shots. And so, a new column was born. I’ll be sharing one or two outfits a month using reasonably priced pieces that you can wear everyday.

Laid-back conference style // Twin StripeShorts: Embroidered neon floral short , J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  Sandals: Seychelles Aim High Gladiator Sandal (similar), Seychelles (similar)  |  Necklace: Urban Citrus Lime Green Bead Multi-Row Necklace, Kenneth Cole (similar)  | Top: Fitted boyfriend printed chambray shirt, Gap (similar)  | Purse: Veranda place nylon small evie, Kate Spade (similar)

I wanted to go with a laid-back comfortable look with a bright pop of color since I would be sitting in a conference room all morning at #SBSCon. A long sleeve chambray shirt with the option to roll the sleeves up is perfect for hot outdoor weather and air-conditioned conferences rooms. I added a simple Kate Spade bag that held all of my conferences needs – phone charger, notebook, pens, and lipgloss.
Laid-back conference style // Twin Stripe

This outfit was perfect for a day of learning and networking. I would love your feedback on this post and would love any suggestions for future style posts!

katie

 

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SBS balloons // Twin Stripe

Last Monday I put together a quick recap of the Southern Blog Society Conference (#SBSCon) in Atlanta. Today I wanted to take a bit more time to dissect the event and share some of the knowledge I gained at #SBSCon. SBSCon Group Photo / Twin Stripe

The group of bloggers that I spent three days with was wonderful and oh so fashionable! Everyone became quick friends, it didn’t matter if you knew everyone or no one, which made the conference even better.
Whiskey Blue Night Cap with Ahalogy / Twin Stripe

We started the conference with a Night Cap hosted by Ahalogy in the swanky Whiskey Blue on the top floor of the W Atlanta-Buckhead (where the conference was held). Having never been to a blogging event this large and not knowing anyone, I was a bit nervous. Luckily, there were champagne and macaroons to get the party started.
Whiskey Blue Night Cap with Ahalogy  - making new friends / Twin Stripe

The fabulous Breck of Whim of the South, came right up and introduced herself which made me feel at ease right away. She also introduced me to Cathy and Jessica, the founders of SBS. I also quickly met Alicia of Alica Tenise, who I loved getting to know over the course of the weekend. The event was set up perfectly, it gave everyone a chance to meet over everyone’s favorite – champagne!

Whiskey Blue Night Cap with Ahalogy  - making new friends / Twin Stripe

Mae of MaeAmor  |  Natalie of 11th Thread (be sure to check out her amazing handmade clutches when you are there!)  | Me  | Liz of Pretty Sweet Life

Keep reading what I did the rest of the weekend at #SBSCon! (more…)