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southern weddings feature

Oh snap! Magnolia Pair’s stunning photos from my sister’s wedding are being featured on Southern Weddings today! See full coverage on the fabulous affair by clicking here.

Not only was it exciting to read Caroline and John’s story “in print,” but it also reawakened many wonderful memories from the wedding weekend, including, but not limited to, listening to Caroline and John’s closest friends and family affirm them at the rehearsal dinner, hanging out at the Monteleone all day with the bridesmaids, feeling a sense of proud servitude as I carried her veil, seeing my father place Caroline’s hand in John’s at the ceremony, watching my mother take the dance floor by storm with a tambourine at the reception, and, most importantly, witnessing Caroline marry John, her perfect match if there ever was one.

P.S. – Check it out! On full display at the reception was the signature cocktail that Caroline asked me to concoct. It’s the Starlight Royale cocktail that I made during Bitsy & Boo’s Drink Week, which was renamed “The Sparkling Rose” to better fit the reception theme.


top 10 of 2012

Dear B&B readers,

With 2013 now upon us, I want drop you a little thank you note for your dedication in 2012. Since Bitsy & Boo’s launch five months ago, it has accrued more than 10,000 page views. In terms of blog metrics, that doesn’t amount to much, especially when you consider the fact that some of the major lifestyle blogs out there receive over 100,000 page views each day.

But in terms of Rebecca Alexander, 10,000 page views amounts to a lot. A lot of excitement for B&B’s future, a lot of determination to continue bringing you compelling content, and, most of all, a lot of gratitude. To those friends, family members and readers I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, I’m so grateful for you. Taking precious time out of your day to check out Bitsy & Boo’s latest offerings means more than you know.

With that said, I’d like to present you with a recap of Bitsy & Boo’s ten most popular posts in 2012.

1. Remembering Amanda Judice

Amanda Judice & Rebecca Alexander

2. Best Dressed: Beaux Arts Ball

Best-Dressed-Beaux-Arts

3. Southern Weddings Feature

southern-wedding-rose-petal-toss-exit

4. Bachelorette Questionnaire

Bachelorette party game questions

5. LSU Gameday Shirts

LSU Gameday Shirts :: http://www.bitsyandboo.com/

6. I Do Bridal Couture

I Do Bridal :: bitsyandboo.com

7. BUST

BUST Hartley/Vey Theatre

8. Gameday Chic

Gameday Apparel 5 :: http://www.bitsyandboo.com/

9. Nisolo Shoes

Nisolo Shoe Company

10. La Marquise Week, day 2

Elizabeth and James Bridgitte Dress // Rachel Zoe Marianna Jacket // Joie Bright Fire Boots // Hoss orange clutch // Elizabeth and James Crescent Sunglasses

Thank you again B&B readers! I can’t wait to highlight effortlessly chic style, sensational recipes, thought-provoking profiles and more in 2013.

Best wishes and happy new year,

Rebecca Alexander

Quote of the day:

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier…'” –Alfred Tennyson

drink week

Hey there! Did everyone have a good weekend? I had a great time at my sister’s bachelorette party—lots of wonderful conversation, hilarious confessions and just all-around happy vibes for the bride-to-be.

With Labor Day steadily approaching, I’m drawing summer to a close and saying, “Hello!” to fall and football season with a little thing I like to call DRINK WEEK!

As my sister’s maid of honor, I’ve been assigned the task of coming up with a signature cocktail to be served at the wedding reception. Selecting a drink that’s not only feasible for the average bartender to make, but also appealing to a wide variety of wedding guests is a fun and thoughtful endeavor. So I decided to collaborate with friend and fellow blogger Erin Parker Skinner. She’s a professional photographer with superb taste, and when I say “taste,” I mean that literally. Erin is an excellent cook with a sharp palette (see so for yourself on her two blogs, Delightfully Southern and The Speckled Palette). During our recent get togethers, we tried some interesting (and pleasing) cocktail recipes, ate delicious homemade dinners and caught up. She even gave me an invaluable lesson on photo editing. It was wonderful!

Here are two of the six cocktails we tried (come back Wednesday and Friday to see the other four recipes)…

Cheeky Rose Cocktail

Ingredients

Handful of rosemary leaves

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey dissolved in water)

1 oz. gin

1 oz. rose wine (we used sparkling rose wine)

Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

Directions

Muddle rosemary leaves in lemon juice and honey syrup

Add ice, gin and rose wine, shake well

Strain over ice into a rocks glass

Garnish with rosemary sprigs

Erin and I decided the amount of rosemary that we used when making the Cheeky Rose Cocktail was a bit overpowering. I will definitely use less next time I prepare it. The only catch with this recipe is that the honey syrup would have to be prepared ahead of time, but it is simple to make and we could hand pitchers of it off to Caroline’s wedding planner, who could then ensure that it’s distributed to each bar.

*Recipe courtesy of the knot.

Rose French 75

Ingredients

4 oz. gin

2 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

1 bottle sparkling rose (750 ml)

Lemon twist (for garnish)

Directions

Stir together gin, simple syrup and lemon juice

Divide among 8 glasses

Add ice and top with sparkling rose

Garnish with lemon twist

*Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

*All photos by Erin Parker Skinner

The Rose French 75 was super-easy to prepare and highly palatable. This recipe seemed easier than the Cheeky Rose because there was no muddling involved and we didn’t have to make our own syrup.

Between the Cheeky Rose and Rose French 75, which would you prefer to sip at a party?

I know that my sister and I would love to know as it would seriously help with the decision-making process. If neither seem that appealing to you, don’t sweat it. Different recipes will appear in the days to come.

I’ll do a recap next Monday, highlighting the three cocktails that received the most votes. Can’t wait to hear from you! Happy Drink Week!

P.S. – Erin’s photos are FAN-tastic are they not? Thank you for sharing your talent with me, lady!

Quote of the day: 

“You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Moutain Dew is an emergency.” –Peggy Olson on Mad Men