wedding dress woes.

November 25, 2014 in wedding.

the week of a holiday is crazy. you’re wrapping up work or not working at all. you’re creating lists upon lists of items you need at the grocery store. you have family members to see and guests to entertain. you constantly feel like you’re forgetting something. you bulk up your wine supply. and go in search of a holiday appropriate, yet post-feast comfortable outfit. it’s such a joyous time of year.

in the midst of all that crazy, [J] + I are having our wedding reception this weekend. along with our families. so on top of our thanksgiving to do lists, we’ve added a wedding.

[J] + I got married on october 11th in the dominican republic. it was amazing. my dream come true. see! we had 28 people there with us to celebrate our marriage. but key people were missing. so for that reason, we’re hosting a wedding reception in my hometown this weekend.

I cannot help but wonder how I’m going to fit into my wedding dress two days after our thanksgiving feast …

wedding dress c/o LLinaBC.com

I cannot wait to share the details of our reception with all of you. we have been spending our evenings in a cloud of glitter + sawdust. it’s been a true labor of love.

happy tuesday.

thaw your turkey.

November 24, 2014 in DIY.

if you haven’t yet, it’s time to  thaw your turkey. thanksgiving week is officially upon us. if you missed out on the festivities of #LLinaBCvsTurkey, let me recap. and for those of us who don’t think about prepping for the holidays until the week of, here are some suggestions.

thanksgiving wine pairings c/o LLinaBC.com

wine pairings for thanksgiving that will satisfy all guests.

festive place cards c/o LLinaBC.com

festive + simple place cards.

thanksgiving tree c/o LLinaBC.com

and what to do with the place cards once every one finds their seats.

apple cider moscow mules c/o LLinaBC.com

and if you need vodka, apple cider moscow mules.

get to the grocery store before wednesday. to save your sanity.

happy monday.

thanksgiving wine pairings.

November 20, 2014 in in the kitchen.

I honestly know very little about wine. I take pride in the fact I can pronounce the majority of the varietals correctly. but as far as describing the flavor or how well they pair with an item of food ..you’re asking the wrong girl. I know when I take a sip of wine if I like, or if I don’t. and that’s the extent of my knowledge.

we all have our favorites. I tend to gravitate towards dry reds + whites, and love a good red blend. but what you like isn’t always the best selection for an entire crowd of people joining you for a holiday feast, such as thanksgiving.

so I called in the expert.

who just so happens to be my brother. he’s a sommelier, in denver, CO. [a trained + knowledgeable wine expert]. meaning he went to school for wine, which is a school I can definitely get behind. except it sounds so hard. I asked for his expertise in pairing wines with thanksgiving dinner & he kindly obliged.

thanksgiving wine pairings c/o LLinaBC.com

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for thanksgiving, you’re probably going to have a smorgasbord of side dishes that all revolve around turkey. we’re talking potatoes, veggies, casseroles, stuffing, and bread. then of course all of the pies + desserts to follow.

to keep all of the relatives happy, I’ll suggest two whites & two reds for dinner.

• red # 1: pinot noir // pinot noir is extremely versatile when it comes to food pairings. it’s balanced acidity, soft tannins, earthiness, and fresh fruit flavors will accompany your turkey dinner to perfection. try pinot noirs from oregon or california.

• red # 2: syrah [aka shiras in australia] // this wine will be for the bigger, bolder red wine drinkers in the family. syrah tends to be a more full-bodied red wine though with earthy notes, blue + black berries, chocolate, espresso, and black pepper flavors. it should be a great option for someone who wants a heavier red for their thanksgiving feast. try syrahs from california or shiraz from australia.

• white # 1: Reisling // this is the most food friendly white wine that I’m aware of. it’s versatility is perfect for a meal like thanksgiving. it’ll pair with just about everything. reislings come in all sweetness levels from bone dry to sweet as hell. try to find a reisling closer to the dry side of the spectrum for dinner & save the super sweet for dessert. try reislings from alsace, france. mosel, germany. or washington state.

• white # 2: chardonnay // this wine is generally categorized towards the more full bodied side of white wines. the reason is that chardonnay wines are typically aged first in oak barrels. chardonnay by itself produces aromas of apple, pear, melon, and citrus but the oak adds a nutty buttery element to the wine. this addition of oak should bring the proper richness to balance a heavy meal like thanksgiving dinner. try chardonnay from california or burgundy, france.

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my brother is a genius. and if we didn’t have a wine expert in the family, I would totally memorize some of these descriptions & bust them out at dinner.

now that you’ve got the most important thanksgiving shopping list written down, it’s time to head your nearest wine store. I am a large fan of trader joe’s wine selection, but surprisingly our local grocery store has a great selection as well.

for more from #LLinaBCvsTurkey week, DIY place cards + a thanksgiving tree, and do not forget the apple cider moscow mules.

happy one week until thanksgiving thursday.

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