Thursday, December 25, 2014

Naturally Ginger Turns O-N-E


Guess what!?!?! I made it a year! Naturally Ginger turns one today and I could not be more proud and excited. This year has been filled with so many ups and downs. I have experienced a ton of change, but coming back to my blog has provided an outlet for my creativity and personality. I am so grateful for all the readers and supporters. I'm particularly thankful for my Frans who have taken pictures and posed for so many posts. Thanks to my family for their contribution and support, Bourgeois Bob. I have also loved collaborating with other bloggers and learning more about the field. 

Year one was great, but I'm SO excited for year 2! My hope is that I continue to learn more about blogging, picture taking and how to produce a quality product. I hope you will all keep reading and I can not say THANK YOU enough for checking out the posts week after week. 

We all have a story to tell, thanks for reading mine. 

Dress: Club Monaco (similar here) / Faux Fur Jacket: Forever21 / Sunglasses: Kate Spade / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Earrings: Banana Republic (similar here) / Purse: Lauren Cecchi / Rings: Forever21 / Bracelet: Coach / Watch: Michael Kors

Naturally Ginger

Photos by Kait from Madly Mignon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Knee-High Boots & Buvette

I woke up Sunday craving Buvette. I texted Natty to go for brunch, and after church we headed there with an extra Fran in tow, Ms. Meredith. We had to wait a bit, Buvette's popularity is definitely rising, but eventually got a table at this West Village staple. It was worth the stint in the cold to come inside to the tantalizing scents, busting chatter and warm hues. 

Look at the precious new custom coffee cups they got!  

We started with the Croissants. The order is served with a spoon filled with butter and jam.

Next, came the eggs. The Jambon Cru never gets old - Steamed Eggs, Prosciutto and Parmesan over toast. 

We also got the Croque Madame - I refer to it as a fancy Ham & Cheese with Egg. And who can resist their Roquefort Butter. It is literally butter and roquefort cheese mixed together with cherries. 

Temps in the city have been fluctuating a lot. It is like the city can't decide if it is ready for Winter or not. The best way to manage your wardrobe during the changing temps, is to play with layer lengths. My look for Sunday was a long shirt with long boots and a short jacket. 

This incredible coat is BB Dakota. I picked it up at the Piperlime Store

Top: Zara / Leggings: Club Monaco / Boots: C. Wonder / Sunglasses: Kate Spade / Necklace: Speakable

Over the Knee Boots are very in this season. I was hesitant to give into the fad, but I stumbled upon these beauties on sale (under $100) and could not resist. 

What fashion fad do you want to give into, but don't want to spend a fortune on? I'd love to hear!

- Naturally Ginger

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Speakeasy Themed Holiday Birthday Party

If you've been reading my blog for more than a couple months, you might have learned that the Frans love a birthday. We always go above and beyond (it can get a little bit ridiculous) to make each other feel special on our day of birth. 

Natty was next up, the baby of the bunch. With her birthday nestled in the busy holiday season, we wanted to make her feel extra incredible and luxurious. We decided on a themed apartment party. Our theme was Great Gatsby meets Speakeasy meets 1920s meets Holiday Party. It was exciting to see everyone come out dressed to impress. 

We wanted to keep quality high but budget low, so we turned to Pinterest for some ideas to give the party a unique personal touch without breaking the bank. First, I was able to find signs with quotes from the Great Gatsby error that we framed and posted throughout the apartment. 

We provided some light appetizers along with mixes for two signature party cocktails. I printed little drink cards so partygoers could follow the steps to make their drinks. The first was a Berry Gin Fizz. It was a mix of Gin, Cassis and Prosecco topped with mint and a berry of your choice. The second was a Cranberry Whiskey Cocktail. This simple drink combined Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, Ginger Ale and Cranberries. The customized cocktails gave the party an extra special little touch. 

Before me move on, we must decorate the tree. 

And then we need to take some pictures of our fabulous outfits. 

People were in and out all night, but we made sure they stopped by the Photo Booth for a party memory.  I printed a bunch of props off Pinterest onto card stock, and mounted them on wooden skewers. It was a low effort way to add another special touch to the evening.

I love Pinterest. It is an endless pit of crafty creative ideas. I highly recommend you browse when planing your next themed event. 

Gosh my Frans are gorgeous. We are ridiculous but I love us. Happiest Birthday Natalie.