A Simple Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving Table Styling | Rachael Adele
There are few things I love more than the holiday season. And while I may already be thoroughly enjoying the company of my Christmas tree, I’ve learned to appreciate Thanksgiving a little more as I grow older each year.

Thanksgiving Table Styling | Rachael Adele

There really isn’t anything better than having down time to spend with friends and family over good food, good conversation, and lots of wine.

Thanksgiving Table Styling | Rachael Adele
Thanksgiving Table Styling | Rachael Adele

One of my favorite parts of this season is entertaining and making the table where everyone gathers feel welcoming and special. My family tends to keep things uber traditional during the holidays, but I try to get away with a bit of modern flair and few new dishes each year if they’ll let me.

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for your entire extended family or a small friendsgiving meal, the key is to keep it simple. Consider adding affordable, unexpected touches like seasonal fruit and use what you already have around your home so that you’re able to focus on your company.

Thanksgiving Table Styling | Rachael Adele
Thanksgiving Table Styling | Rachael Adele

I’m excited to share another holiday gathering + tablescape with you next week that I collaborated on with some insanely talented souls, so stay tuned! I hope your Thanksgiving is full of indulgence and quality time with the ones you’re most grateful for.

Go Blog Social: Chicago Pop-Up

Go Blog Social Conference Chicago Pop-up 2014 | Rachael Adele
A few weeks back we hosted Go Blog Social Pop-Up at Workshop in Chicago. ​The event was the main reason for traveling to the windy city, but it was also my first time visiting so we got a little touristing in as well that included a trip to the bean, lots of brunching, and lots of shopping (Zara, you have my heart).

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Go Blog Social Conference Chicago Pop-up 2014 | Rachael Adele

These events are always inspiring and so much fun to see come together after months of planning, and being reunited with the team each time is a big fat bonus.

Go Blog Social Conference Chicago Pop-up 2014 | Rachael Adele

​The event space was everything we’d hoped for and had an amazing view of the city. It was difficult to envision as we were planning for a space that’d we’d never actually seen, but ​everything came together so nicely.

Go Blog Social Conference Chicago Pop-up 2014 | Rachael Adele
Go Blog Social Conference Chicago Pop-up 2014 | Rachael Adele

The speakers and sponsors were incredible. Minted provided us with decor for the space. We had the loveliest floral arrangements by Larkspur. And a full breakfast spread provided by Lovely Bakeshop, Owen + Alchemy, and Halfwit Coffee Roasters.

Go Blog Social Conference Chicago Pop-up 2014 | Rachael Adele

I always leave these events feeling so fulfilled and inspired by the individuals that make them what they are.

​We’re discussing possible cities for the next pop-up event. Do you have location you’d like to see Go Blog Social ​travel to?

Make sure to keep an eye on Workshop updates – it’s going to be a good one!

Strawberry Basil Crostini

Strawberry Basil Crostini | Rachael Adele

I’ve had several people ask over the past week if I was planning to share the crostini recipe that made an appearance on this post last week. The simple truth is that I wasn’t going to because I feel weird even calling it a recipe.

But they are insanely delicious, so easy to make, and would make anyone look fancy showing up with them to this weekend’s holiday festivities.

Strawberry Basil Crostini | Rachael Adele
Strawberry Basil Crostini | Rachael Adele

And I’ve officially hit food-posts-with-strawberries quota for the month. I’m done for now, promise.

Strawberry Basil Crostini | Rachael Adele

Strawberry Basil Crostini

INGREDIENTS:
Whole wheat baguette
Olive oil
Strawberries, thinly sliced
Basil, chiffonaded
Fresh goat cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices, drizzle with olive oil and grill or toast in the oven on a baking sheet until golden brown
Spread a generous amount of goat cheese onto each slice of bread
Top with sliced strawberries and basil ribbons
Optional: You could drizzle a little honey or balsamic over the top if you wish!

Photography by One Sparrow Creative

This Home: Factory to Loft

This Home - Factory to Loft | Rachael Adele

Today’s our second day on the west coast and I’m completely in love with this place. I’ll most likely never come back to Missouri. Just kidding, what I was really going to say is that I’ll most likely do a little detailed recap later.

My lack of sleep the past few days has left me with negative amounts of wit and interesting things to say, so for now, a few completely unrelated pictures of a stunning loft will have to do.

This Home - Factory to Loft | Rachael Adele
This Home - Factory to Loft | Rachael Adele
This Home - Factory to Loft | Rachael Adele
This Home - Factory to Loft | Rachael Adele

Images via Casa Sugar | Photos by Chellis Michael Photography

Fourth of July Picnic

Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
Happy Friday, y’all! I’m excited to share with you a fun collaborative shoot from earlier this week with my friend, Sarah of One Sparrow Creative.

The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Some of my best memories from childhood are of the holiday weekend spent at the lake or with family in Dallas, waiting on the lawn for the sun to set and the fireworks to start.

Unlike Christmas or Thanksgiving, there’s nothing really to prepare for except to maybe buy some beer and a bottle of sunscreen and to appropriately deck yourself out in stars and stripes. I like the slowness of it all. It’s unassuming and enjoyable.

Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
If you’re grabbing a blanket and heading to watch fireworks somewhere this year, you may as well go the extra mile and pack a few things for you and your company to snack on. Because, food! It makes everything better (and don’t forget the wine).

Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
The food prep for a picnic can be really simple. You can never go wrong with a cheese plate, in my opinion. It offers a variety of choices, there’s no cooking involved (because who wants to be in the kitchen when it’s 102 degrees outside?), and they’re typically pretty photogenic, for you instagrammers out there.

Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele
And sparklers are a must, obviously.

Fourth of July Picnic | Rachael Adele

Apparel from Frankly Basic | Photography by One Sparrow Creative