DISCOVERIES First Edition

Dear Friends,

As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time on the internet.  I read a lot of blogs and spend more time than I should on Pinterest and other social media outlets. In doing so I make some great discoveries that I thought I would start sharing with you in a new column I’m calling DISCOVERIES. Click on the images below for links to each of my “Discoveries”.

  • First up, Bill Cunningham. I am sure everyone in New York City is familiar with the legendary NY Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. However, this here mountain woman just discovered him for the first time this week. Bill Cunningham is famous for photographing people on the streets of Manhattan (and beyond), with a particular interest in what they are wearing. Mostly he captures everyday people who express great personal style with their choice of clothing. Other times he photographs socialites out on the town at galas and various events wearing clothing that likely costs as much as an apartment in The Big Apple. He also photographs fashion personalities on the runways of Paris and Milan. He then edits his photographs into short videos along with his personal commentary about the photos. This week he published a video showing everyday people on the streets of New York City wearing fall clothing. He called it “Autumnal Mood” and talked about the magic of the fall season in New York. WOW is all I can say! I wish I had the figure, the pocket book and the shopping accessibility to dress like some of these women. Many of the outfits shown would be so perfect for this chilly mountain where I live.

Bill Cunningham | DISCOVERIES First Edition | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Click here to see his video.

  • While I’m in a New York state of mind I thought I’d introduce you to Sunday Suppers.   I follow their blog which makes me wish I lived closer to Brooklyn, NY so I could participate in some of the events at their communal cooking center.   The premise of their business is to bring together food, gatherings and community by way of their cooking classes and global dinners.  They remind me a lot of The Cooking Block in Redlands, California where I had My Spanish Style Birthday Party.  Sunday Suppers recently hosted a fall dinner for a fabulous magazine called Kinfolk in celebration of their new book.  The fall inspired table was gorgeous and I thought it might give you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving table.

Sunday Suppers Table | DISCOVERIES First Edition | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  • Here are more of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes. Visit my Thanksgiving Pin Board here on Pinterest for lots more Thanksgiving inspiration.

Green Wedding Shoes | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

StyleUnveiled.com | Fall Tablescape | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A Cozy Kitchen | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Apartment 34 | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Woodland Tablescape | www.AfterOrangeCounty.comFall Centerpiece Long | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com
  • One of the very first blogs I ever followed is one written by Kim Stoegbauer, a party stylist and founder of The TomKat Studio. Kim’s blog is filled with creative inspiration, from the great parties and crafts she styles for folks like HGTV, DIY Network and Pottery Barn Kids to delicious recipes and home decor ideas. But best of all are the free printables she offers on her website.  I have used them for many projects and may just put her Free Thanksgiving Printables to use this Thanksgiving.  You can download them here.

TomKat Studios Free Thanksgiving Printable | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printables from The TomKat Studio | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  • Williams-Sonoma has a helpful Thanksgiving Timeline on their website, TASTE Williams-Sonoma. Written by their culinary expert, Natasha Gandhi-Rue, it’s a comprehensive list of plan-ahead tips designed to make Thanksgiving as stress free as possible. I’m all for that!

Williams-Sonoma's Thanksgiving Timeline | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  • Faith from the terrific website called The Kitchn also published a helpful Thanksgiving Timeline here.

The Kitchn Thanksgiving Timeline | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  • The website Greatest.com has 14 Tips for making healthier pies this holiday season.  You can read all about it here. Or, you can go ahead and make my recipe for Pumpkin Pie in the Sky. It is out of this world delicious!

Pumpkin Pie in the Sky | MY THANKSGIVING MENU WITH RECIPES @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

  • I’m lovin’ these guest towels from Horchow. However, they are almost too pretty to use! My Southern Belle daughter-in-law Louisa taught me the importance of guest towels.  She says, “I like guest towels because they’re just such a thoughtful touch. As a guest, it’s heartwarming to see the host’s consideration for every aspect of your experience, even down to the smallest detail. I love those little touches that elevate things from the ordinary.”  

Horchow Guest Towels | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I hope you enjoyed my Discoveries. I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned, I just like sharing the things I love.  Stay tuned for more Discoveries soon. Oh, and do share some of your own discoveries with me.  I ‘d love to hear from you!

 So there you have it:  DISCOVERIES First Edition

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Comments

  • What wonderful Thankgiving table inspiration – can’t wait to see your pinterest!