Rutledge Social

A Blogger Friendsgiving

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-122A few weeks ago, I had the most wonderful opportunity to sit down with some of my most favorite blogger friends for an early “friendsgiving” dinner/photoshoot. This was set up by another dear friend of mine, Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social Management and Consulting, for the Dandy Boutique Thanksgiving lookbook shot by Catherine Ann Photography. Sarah Murdoch of 428 Main Vintage Rentals brought an absolutely stunning setup that will put my table tomorrow to shame. We each got to style our own outfits from Dandy’s fall collection and brought our favorite holiday dish, which you may have seen mine on Monday was a yummy pumpkin cheesecake. It was a beautiful day spent with some of my favorite ladies!
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dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-176dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-165I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday spent with your loved ones!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you and thank you for reading Southern Meets Chic!! XO

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Vintage Decor & Display: Sarah of 428 Main

All Clothing: Dandy Boutique

Management: Alden & Taylor of Rutledge Social Media Management

Blogger Babes:

Chloe- Topknots and Polkadots

Tara- Northern Lights-Southern Belles

Christine- A List Greek (blog editor)

Venita- Venita Aspen

Rebecca- Black Book Darling

 

 

Thanksgiving Tradition

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-121Every family has their favorite holiday traditions, from decor they put out to activities they partake in. These traditions are what make the holidays special and memorable, year after year. Being the nostalgic I am, this is my favorite aspect of the holidays and what I truly look forward to as the season gets close. For my family, our most continued traditions are in food. We love to eat! Now, each year there is always something new on the table, but there are some staples that will always stay the same. At Thanksgiving, my GG always makes her dressing, my mom her sweet potato casserole and I try out a new cranberry recipe each year. But, perhaps the most special of these would be my Grammy and I making our pumpkin cheesecake. Now, I must preface this by saying is not originally a family recipe, but one she found in the newspaper. However, we have tweaked some things throughout the years and made it our own. She and I have been making this together every Thanksgiving for the past 14 years. It has gone from her doing most of the work and me being the assistant to now me doing the bulk of things and her being here for conversation and company. We’ve also gone from a hand mixer (only did that once-terrible idea, don’t try it) to a not so great standing mixer and now this year we’ve got a KitchenAid (thanks for the bridal shower present mom!). It is an evolving process, but one thing always remains the same and that is us doing it together. It is a tradition that I will always hold dear to my heart and hope to one day pass down to my children and grandchildren. Okay, enough of all the memory talk! Many family recipes are great big secrets, but what’s the point in that?! I’m so happy to share this recipe with y’all today and hope to maybe add a new tradition or at least a new dessert on your table this year!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography
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Grammy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

For the Crumb Crust:

1 cup graham-cracker crumbs (i use a little over a cup)

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

For the Pumpkin Filling:

2 packages cream cheese (8 0z each) softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 can solid-pack pumpkin

3/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

For the Nut Topping:

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (the expensive, organic kind yes)

1 cup chopped walnuts

** You will need a 9×3 springform pan and a roasting pan for water bath

Crumb Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In a small bowl, with a fork, stir crumbs, melted butter and sugar until moistened.

3. Pour mixture in springform pan and press with fingertips to bottom of pan.

4. Tightly wrap the outside of pan with heavy-duty foil (read: wrap a couple of layers with normal aluminum foil) This prevents leakage when baking in the water bath later.

5. Bake crust 10 minutes and set aside to cool completely.

Pumpkin Filling:

1. In large mixing bowl (again, this recipe really requires a standing mixer, or two people if you must use a hand mixer) Set your mixer on Medium speed and beat the cream cheese until smooth. Using SOFTENED cream cheese it THE most important aspect of this recipe. You’ll notice in my pictures you can see a few spots of cream cheese, that’s because I didn’t have it soft enough when I started (rookie mistake). If possible, leave it out overnight to make the next morning, but it needs at least 2 or 3 hours on the counter.

2. Once smooth, slowly beat in sugar until blended. This will take about 1 minute and you’ll need to stop and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula throughout.

3. With mixer at low speed, beat in pumpkin, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and salt.

4. After these are in, add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

5. Pour pumpkin mixture into crust and place springform inside of large roasting pan.

6. Place pan on oven rack. Carefully, pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come 1 inch up side of springform pan.

7. Bake cheesecake about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the center barely jiggles.

8. Cool cheesecake completely on counter before adding topping.

Topping:

1. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.

2. Add walnuts to mixture.

3. Carefully pour over cheesecake. (I like to just do in center, it just looks prettier than all over)

4. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Obviously, the topping is optional. This is actually the first year I’ve used the topping and it was truly to make the pie prettier for this post. But, it was definitely yummy!! In the past, we’ve served it plain with Cool Whip. I think for Thursday, I will do it with the walnut topping, but also serve Cool Whip on the side!

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I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this post!! Also, I would even more LOVE to hear if YOU make our pumpkin cheesecake and how it turned out. Pictures welcome also 🙂 Just head to the contact form and shoot me an email!! dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-73

If you love this holiday post, just wait til you see what I’ve got in store for you Wednesday! This was all part of a blogger “Friendsgiving” shoot put together by Rutledge Social with clothing from Dandy Boutique, tablescapes and vintage rentals by 428 Main and photos by Catherine Ann Photography. The decor is just stunning, outfits adorable and photography so beautiful. I can’t wait to share with y’all!!

The Seeking Indigo Experience

 

Yesterday, I told you all about my collaboration with Seeking Indigo, Rutledge Social and Terrence Edwards of Charleston Street Style. I showed you the perfect fall outfit from their retail space and told you what other types of goodies you could find in store. Today, I’m showing you a few more outfits courtesy of Seeking Indigo, but I want to share with you the amazing experience I had when I left the store and entered into their spa.

I started my healing detox experience with an Ion Cleanse Detox Footbath, which is not as glamorous as it sounds. Actually, it’s quite disgusting, but also so satisfying- keep reading I promise it was a good thing! I did not know this prior to my footbath experience, but your feet have the largest pores in your body. Therefore, you can pull out lots of yucky toxins from them, which is exactly what the ion footbath does. At the beginning of this 30 minute soak, the water is normal and clear. 5-10 minutes in is when things start to get weird, you’ll see a bit of discoloration in the water. By 20 minutes you’re Snapchatting how gross your body toxins are to only your closest of friends (aka your mom because who else wouldn’t judge your dirty foot water). Then, by the time the 30 minutes is up you’ve got some seriously murky stuff happening! Now, different colors mean that you’ve got different types of toxins coming out and it varies for everyone. They have a wonderful little chart and the lovely ladies of Seeking Indigo are very informative when “reading” your footbath water. For me, I had a lot of toxins coming from my liver (oops) and my joints. I say it was disgusting because it’s awful knowing all of the toxins that your body holds, but it’s also so cleansing to be pulling them all out and by enjoying a nice foot soak! The Ion Cleanse Detox Footbath is equivalent to roughly 2 weeks of a regular detox! I will take that over a juice cleanse ANY day!!

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The next part of my morning spent at Seeking Indigo was the Migun Thermal Massage, which was also my favorite (I mean, who doesn’t love a massage). This is when we headed through the beautiful hand carved doors and into their “urban oasis.” Even just walking back into the spa is a healing experience itself. With the dim lighting, relaxing music and beautiful decor, your environment automatically puts you into a tranquil state of mind. It really is as if you’ve stepped right off busy King St. into another world. They showed me to the Migun massage tables which use jade stone rollers to deliver infrared heat to the body. You lie down, get a warm pad on top of your belly, put on headphones with meditative music and are instantly transported to nirvana. The Migun table rolls firmly from your neck all the way down to your feet. It’s perfect if you’re like me and love a good firm massage! Not only does it feel ahh-mazzingg, but it also increases your circulation, which aids in digestion, lowers blood sugar and blood pressure. BONUS: 30 minutes on the Migun massage table can burn up to 600 CALORIES!! What?! Do you know how much exercise it would take to burn that many calories? That’s another “I’ll take a day at the spa over exercise any day” situation. It is the perfectly easy way to take 30 minutes to an hour for yourself out of your busy schedule! I know I’m going to be a regular Migun massage customer!

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To end my morning at Seeking Indigo, I had a date with the sauna! Now, this was my first time ever in a sauna and I have to admit I was a bit nervous. But, the beautiful room and the lovely bowl of cold towels and stones on ice put me at ease. My timer was set for 30 minutes and I was determined to last the whole time, and I did! Their sauna is not the traditional type, but a far infrared. This meaning that instead of heating you automatically with steam, your body is being heated from the inside out. This allows for a more gradual detoxification, aka you aren’t pouring sweat in the first 5 minutes. Because I wasn’t dying inside, I was able to use this time as a meditation, which I don’t take near enough time for in my day to day life. I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip into the sauna and truly felt as though my body and mind were cleansed and detoxified upon leaving.

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I so enjoyed my morning spent at Seeking Indigo and my only complaint is that I hadn’t discovered them sooner! It truly is a unique space containing both store and spa, blending the two worlds of healing and style together so beautifully!

Photos: Terrence Edwards of Charleston Street Style

Autumn in Action

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I was so thrilled when Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social invited me to collaborate with Charleston Street Style photographer, Terrence Edwards, on a shoot for Seeking Indigo. Shooting with Terrence and Alden is a fun treat in itself, but I was also excited to learn more about Seeking Indigo. I’ve always known they were on King St. but I never stopped in because I thought it was just a spa. I was SO wrong!! Seeking Indigo is a full service spa, wellness center and perfectly self described “urban oasis,” but before you get to the 4,000 square feet of full on relaxation, there is also a huge retail space! A boutique and a spa, what more could you want? The boutique carries everything from comfy yoga and loungewear to sexy maxi dresses and perfectly fitting skinny jeans. I have to say my favorite goodies they have are their jewelry! Lots of beaded long necklaces in beautiful colors and many with healing properties, I’ll take that! They also carry home decor, most of which is inspired by owner, Kathryn Peter’s, travels to Bali and the likes. Just walking through the front doors of Seeking Indigo automatically gives you a feeling of relaxation, but it’s walking through the doors to the spa that truly starts a beautiful, healing experience. Read more about my spa day with Seeking Indigo tomorrow on SMC (and you’ll of course see a few more of the outfits from my shoot).

This outfit that I’m highlighting today is the perfect autumn attire! The colors just scream fall and the layering is essential for this fickle Charleston weather. All of the fabrics used in the clothing at Seeking Indigo are exceptionally soft and of high quality, but this jacket is probably the softest you’ll ever feel!! I also love how versatile it is because you can roll the sleeves up or down and cinch the waist or leave it baggy. I prefer to cinch it a bit to give it some shape, but leaving it loose can be great when you’ve got bulky sweaters underneath. The rust colored basic tee really pops under the tan jacket and I love the color contrast! This could easily be kept super casual by throwing on a pair of Converse or flats, but I wanted to jazz things up a bit so I wore these great lace up heels! (now 40% off in link below) Then, I added the two statement tassel necklaces (with healing properties-yay!) and that gorgeous metallic clutch! By adding those fun accessories to a typically casual outfit this makes a great fall date night get up!

Jacket, Top, Jewelry & Clutch: Seeking Indigo | Jeans: J Brand | Shoes: Madden Girl