When Life Gives you a Broken Foot…

5.28.2013

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…make Grapefruit Bars!

After fracturing a bone in my foot last week (no cool story, just a clumsy step) and ordered to stay off my foot for a couple of weeks, I found myself with a little down time and inspired to bake. Nathan wheeled my office chair into the kitchen and I went to work on some Grapefruit Bars. I recently scored a bushel of yellow grapefruits at our neighborhood garden exchange and wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. They were too sour to eat by themselves, so I thought I’d try them as a replacement for lemons in lemon bars. While classic lemon bars are still my favorite, these had a sweet, citrus flavor that was delicious and fun to try.

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Crust:
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup flour
generous pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients until crumbly (I pulsed everything in my food processor for a few seconds) then press dough into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Poke a few holes in the bottom with a fork. Bake at 350 F for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you prepare the filling.

Filling:
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
1/2 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 cup flour
powder sugar for dusting the top
Whisk together all ingredients until just combined, pour into prepared baking pan with crust. Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes, until the bars have set. Remove from the oven and dust with powdered sugar after cooling.

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 A concerned Peachy after I returned from Urgent Care.

Featured in Smitten Mag

5.1.2013

A few weeks ago, Smitten Mag featured Marissa & Randy’s lovely Montecito, CA wedding that we had the pleasure of working on with some amazing vendors. In addition to designing the invitation suite (see it here), we created day-of goods including menus, escort cards, favor cards, programs, and table numbers. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the feature, take a peek below! What a lovely wedding beautifully captured by Yvette Roman Photography, and planned by Maren Parsons Events!

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Photoshoot with Cara Robbins

4.26.2013

This week I was excited to collaborate with Cara Robbins on styling and photographing some of the latest Lilly & Louise paper goods. We had quite a stack of paper goodness that had accumulated over the last few months. I’ll be sorting through the images over the next few days and posting to the website soon (hopefully!) In the meantime, here are some sneak peeks from the photo shoot.

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By the way, if you enjoy peeking into the goings on at the L&L studio, like our facebook page to see lots more!

Lately

1.25.2013

Happy New Year dear friends. We’re diving into a new year of exciting projects over here after a whirlwind end of the year. Here’s a little bit of what’s been going on around here.

A bittersweet goodbye to our funky little rental / Christmas lunch in Bali / Gold wax seals / Vintage stamps on kraft box mailers! / Nathan and me on our motorbike while traveling in Thailand / A bright new studio in the works / hand-torn edge RSVP cards / under paintings for my upcoming show

2012 Holiday Greeting Collection

11.6.2012

We’re excited to share our 2012 Holiday Greeting Collection! Yep, it’s that time of year, friends–if you can believe it! Feel free to peruse our greetings and contact us with any questions! Download the catalog HERE.

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A True Blue Wedding

10.25.2012

Over the summer we had the pleasure of working with Lilly & Louise friend and wedding planner Lynn Attlesey of True Blue Weddings & Events as she prepared for her late September wedding.

Harbor waves and palms trees made for the perfect backdrop for this beach-side ceremony, which took place on beautiful Santa Catalina Island located just off the Southern California shore.

We were excited to create an invite suite and wedding day paper goods with contemporary herringbone accents and pops of ocean blues and yellow to perfectly match the sun and sand of this nautical affair.

Take a look at ALL the lovely details as photographed by MoHa Photography below!

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It’s Fall! Let’s eat pumpkin!

10.15.2012

Although I could have worn my bathing suit and flip flops yesterday, I can sense that the season is changing. The morning air is feeling a little crisper, the evening light a bit more romantic . . . and there are pumpkins everywhere! I’ll admit, I’ve had many things other than baking on my mind lately, but the recent feeling of shifting seasons has inspired me to get creative in my kitchen again. The first results of which are classic pumpkin muffins. These muffins are easy to make, moist, and delightful. The perfect breakfast to get your fall day going.

Pumpkin Muffins
from Smitten Kitchen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15 ounce can)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

Combine baking powder and flour in one bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.

Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

Bohemian Beach Wedding Inspiration

8.22.2012

Lilly & Louise recently collaborated with a collection of talented vendors to bring to life our version of the lovely Bohemian Beach Wedding inspiration board created by Jen of Green Wedding Shoes. We joined forces again with Lavender & Twine  for photography, and Erica of Twine Events transformed the inspiration into reality, while Twig & Twine created the most beautiful floral arrangements! What a great team to work with! We were excited to create one-of-a-kind paper goods for the shoot. You may even recognize the couple (ahem)!

Photography:  Lavender & Twine   /   Event Design & Coordination:  Twine Events  /  Floral Design:  Twig & Twine  / Paper Goods & Stationery:  Lilly & Louise  / Cake:  The Scootabaker  / Tabletop Rentals:  Casa De Perrin  /  Bride’s Attire:  Saja  /  Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Hair & Makeup  /  Hair Accessories:  Lo Boheme  /  Kite & Driftwood Hearts:  Bramble Workshop

Featured on Design*Sponge

7.31.2012

The wonderful team at Design*Sponge featured a sneak peek / photo tour of our home this week. Check it out here and enjoy! Thanks to Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie for the beautiful photos!

Lately

7.24.2012

Thanks everyone for your kind words, comments, and emails about the new website! Here are some snapshots of what’s been going on around here lately.

Fabric bunting banners for a bright and cheery wedding shower / PEACHES! I can’t get enough / Fruit Pizza, a summer staple / Onesie baby shower invitations / Peachy & Skip beat the heat / Sweet treats from a friend / Custom return address stamps / Nutmeg, a new furry friend.

PS. Please bear with us as we’re trying to work out only one kink with the new website: blog commenting. For now, feel free to leave comments through your facebook account. Thanks!