Friday, November 30, 2012

Outstanding Job

Design Tripper
Hello from California!
I've been dying to attend an Outstanding in the Field dinner for years. This Sunday, not only do I finally get to go, but it is the season closer and the dinner will be prepared by my chef BROTHER! Marty has helped out on many dinners, but this will be the first where he takes the reins. I can't wait. It's going to so fun - and delicious. Our dinner will actually be taking place in a barn at Pie Ranch in Pescadero. I believe it is the only dinner of the season to take place indoors. 
Dinner at Pie Ranch
Moore Minutes
Outstanding in the Field is a traveling dinner party that sets up their extra long tables at farms, vineyards, and beaches across the country. All the meals are sourced from local farms and prepared  by local chefs. OITF as famous for their 150+ person tables as they are the food.
The Bus
Happy Weekend! Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tunesday With George : David Byrne & St. Vincent

David Byrne & St. Vincent -- Love This Giant
Strong candidate for my overall favorite album of the year, this collaboration is genius and then some!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is officially the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas-time! And with the Christmas season comes speakers filled with holiday tunes. Please enjoy the official FontyFest Christmas Mixtape. Happy Listening!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Walk The Plank

Usually with the fall TV schedule, there are some early front runners for which show is getting the ax. In the Fonty household, we have an amazing knack for getting addicted to shows that barely last beyond 6 episodes. I am still mourning the loss of Flash Forward - hear that, ABC?! This year, the two of us couldn't agree on the which new favorite show would suck in the ratings more, so we picked sides and bet dinner on it. Sadly, it was yours truly who lost this bet with the cancellation of 666 Park - for the record, I was mainly watching for David Annabelle. Mr. Fonty's Revolution is still going strong - how a show about a blackout beat a family of ghosts haunting a Midwestern girl living in a swanky Park Ave. high-rise with John Locke manipulating all the apartment residents is beyond me. Guess I have to eat my crow, and pay for Mr. Fonty's too... 

On a completely unrelated note, (I have a lot of catching up to do since I've been a bad blogger) Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and second to being thankful for all those you love in your life, the most important part of this holiday is... the table!
My new favorite piece of decor is something you can probably find for free in your basement - a wood plank, making it the perfect last minute addition to your Thanksgiving tablescape. Using wood for a table runner is a simple way to add a rustic touch. 
How inspired! Camille Styles uses a wooden plank as a table runner to create this rustic holiday look. I am a fan.
wood plank runner
Celebrations At Home

wood table runner.
Wood plank as table runner.
Green Wedding Shoes
Source Unknown
wood table runner
Style Me Pretty

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tunesday With George: Double Play

this week's pick:

Anders Parker -- Skyscraper Crow
Skyscraper Crow is a double album released by Anders Parker a few years back in 2009. Disc one, Skyscraper, with synths, bass machines, drums, and plenty of atmospherics. Crow, on the other hand, is much for stripped down and features mostly Anders' vocals and an acoustic guitar. There are some truly amazing songs on both discs....unfortunately I can't find any of them on Youtube, so you'll have to purchase the album to see for yourself!

bonus pick:
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit -- Live From Alabama
I haven't heard this yet, but I imagine it's great! Jason is a stellar live performer, and this is an excellent collection of songs dating from his DBT days to the present. Come see him with The Whigs at Buckhead Theatre this Friday!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Splurge vs. Steal : Mountain Chic

I'm headed up to Sapphire this weekend with 13 girlfriends in tow. Can you say ah-mazing?! I seriously can't wait. There will be no high heels and no make for 3 days, only slippers and spiked hot chocolate. 


Sonia rykiel

Acne short sleeve shirt

Eurø Style wrap top

J brand
$450 -

Mango zip pants

UGG Australia dog slipper

Givenchy zip bag

Felt bag

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tunesday With George: The Coup

The Coup -- Sorry to Bother You

Boots Riley and crew are back with a new album! Sorry to Bother You is chock-full of the political angst and up-tempo anthems that The Coup are known for. Two thumbs up from me!

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Land Animals Monday : Salmon

Dinner is served, and no red meat to be seen
The Fonty family diet is pretty out of control. Between my daily spontaneous happy hours with the girls, and Mr. Fonty's affinity for chicken fingers, our meals need a makeover..
Since I'm looking to clean up our lifestyle, I thought it would be a good time to institute Meatless Mondays in our house. By Monday, I am usually in need of some serious detox after a weekend of indulging. The Mr. said he considers fish a meat, so it's officially been dubbed "No Land Animal Mondays" in our house, not quite the same ring, but I'll go with it. 
For our first Meatless Monday, I made an Herbed Salmon from my favorite cookbook, Southern My Way. The salmon is not only healthy, but delicious and incredibly easy to make. Not having enough time in the kitchen cannot be an excuse for eating poorly... 

Herbed Salmon
2 tbsp finely chopped parsely
1 tbsp finely chopped mint
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
4 (6-oz) salmon fillets 
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 450. Combine parsley  mint, garlic, and oil. Season with salt & pepper. Spread on top and sides of salmon. Set aside to come to room temperature. 
Place on a lined baking sheet. Bake skin side down for 10 minutes.

The book serves the salmon over a cucumber salad. I think cucumbers are the devil's food, so I skipped this part. However, I realize I am in the minority on this thinking, so here is the Cucumber Salad:
1/4 c low-fat sour cream
3tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp chopped mint
1/2 tsp salt
cayenne pepper to taste
3 cups very thinly sliced English cucumber
Combine sour cream, lemon juice, mint, salt & cayenne. Add cucumbers and toss. 
mix up the herbs and oil
ready for the oven

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Sassy Trash
I am going to Scott's Antique Market today to search for treasures. Scott's is a huge antique fair held the second weekend of every month in Atlanta. It's massive, overwhelming, and my new favorite place. 
Mr. Fonty's parents bought a house in Athens (full house reveal coming soon!), and I am helping my friend Katie of Pryor Design furnish the home. We have a laundry list of items to find at Scott's. Wish us luck!
Beneath the Magnolias

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Get Down

My cousin was visiting this weekend, and had the cutest down jacket from Zara. Then, yesterday, I had a conversation with my friend about how to not look like the Michelin man when wearing a down jacket. While perusing Zara's coats, I saw that they have tons of options to keep warm while still looking feminine. No big puffy marshmallows here.
(The brown jacket below is the one I've been ogling from my cousin. It has the cutest suede detail on the shoulders)