Monday, November 28, 2016

hosting thanksgiving in the backyard

We got really lucky with the weather this Thanksgiving. We were hosting 12 people so we knew our best bet would be to host outside- there is ample space out there. The weather doesn't always cooperate with outside events, but this time it did!

We spent a good amount of time and thought on how to set the table and what to use. We wanted it to look festive, but definitely didn't want to have turkeys printed on our table runner. One of our guests sent us the big floral arrangement from Farm Girl Flowers the day before Thanksgiving, so naturally we used it as decor.
We used copper strand lights to make the table setting seem a little more magical.
TIP: When hosting a large group of people, find some pretty disposable plates. It way easier than using real plates that you'll have to clean later AND it's way cheaper than buying a bunch of expensive plates. Also, cloth napkins are a really great way to add color and dress up your plates. Our cloth napkins and table runner all came from World Market.
We also used plastic utensils that were metallic gold. They look really fancy, but again, you can just throw them away. Amazing. Anyway, just wanted to share some photos of our decor. We dined with some family, some friends and some family of friends and it was a really good time. And we ate a lot, of course!

xo, Savannah

photos by Kailee Ramirez and Hey Wanderer
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Monday, November 7, 2016

recipe: coconut veggie soup

Around here we are OBSESSED with soups. They are easy, quick and really hard to mess up. I probably have already stressed our love for soups in another recipe post somewhere on here, as this feels pretty familiar. Basically, if you don't eat soups regularly, you are doing something wrong.You could literally just throw a bunch of cans of stuff into some chicken broth (which is kind of how this recipe happened), season it and eat it. It's probably going to taste brilliant no matter what you do. And this soup definitely tastes good, so you should make it.
We've also been cutting back on meat in the house. Mostly because it's too much work to make sure it is frozen when you aren't going to use it in time and then you have to remember to thaw it if you are going to use it, and then there is the fact that dealing with raw meat is kind of weird and gross. Casey is a little crazy about salmonella. So this is a nice vegetarian soup answer to our problems, yet you could still add meat if you were up to it! Either way, it's a healthy option.
Coconut Veggie Soup

Ingredients
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 medium gold potatoes, cubed
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 can corn
- 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 can green chiles
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 Tbs. cumin
- 1.5 tsp. salt + pepper
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Directions
1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add onions and sautee for 5 minutes.
3. Add potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
4. When potatoes are fork tender, add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
5. Serve hot and garnish with shredded cheese, and greek yogurt or sour cream.
Also, this soup only gets better with time. Store it in the fridge (or even make it ahead of time) and warm up when you're ready to eat. The spices will take the soup to another level on day 2.

xo, Savannah

Friday, October 28, 2016

eterno blogger event at mcgavock manor

This past weekend we held a blogger event in our backyard to preview the new collection, Eterno. We had a really great time getting to know these lovely Nashville bloggers. We ate, drank, played with the dogs, talked about the new collection and all things creative. You should definitely check out all these lovely bloggers- Alyssa, Hunter, Augusta and Ashley.
We served a light menu of cherry glazed ham, baked butternut squash and cranberries, salted caramel macarons and a plum and rosemary champagne punch.

**TIP- find some really great & fancy looking disposable plates. Clean up will be much easier and you'll usually be able to find something really great. We found these plastic cream colored plated with a gold rim detail for a brunch we held earlier this year and we used the leftovers for this event. And we are going to be buying more of them since we are hosting Thanksgiving. You'll have plenty of dishes to clean from cooking, so disposable plates and utensils really are a game-changer.
This is Hazel, clearly a bad dog who doesn't listen about staying off the table. She's cute though... and a puppy so she's learning.

And for you folks who have heard us talk about the back yard renovations, here is a little glimpse of the results. We promise to do a post with before and after shots! It will probably be in the Spring though whenever we set up the wading pool again.
So glad to be able to share this event with y'all. It was so fun and we are thinking about doing something like this every month. We just really love wetting to know other creatives. :)

xo, Savannah


Photos by Kailee Ramirez
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Eterno Lookbook

In Spanish, eterno means endless/everlasting. The collection was inspired by different elements of nature that are seemingly endless- the desert, the sea, and the sky. Most importantly the collection is inspired by women who give of themselves endlessly. We designed these clothes for you to feel both beautiful and unrestrained. We believe clothing should simply be a part of and an expression of you. 

We hope you love our latest collection as much as we do! You will notice we are now making a total of six kimono styles and five different color ways. With this new collection all kimonos will be made to order. So once you place your order, we will start making your kimono. You can expect your kimono to ship in 2-3 weeks. This allows us to make only what our customers want and prevents waste which keeps our costs down. This is a win-win because if our costs are down, then we don't have to raise kimono prices. 

You will notice that we have increased our kimono prices with the new collection. This was a difficult decision to make and one that we did not take lightly. When we looked at our price structure, we realized we did not have pricing at a place that would keep Hey Wanderer in business. Well, that's enough about money. Take a look at our collection and let us know what you think! 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

pool lounging in the Santos Bonfire Kimono

As we say goodbye to summer (because it's still in the 80's here), we wanted to take a look back at some photos we never go to show you from summer. Emma is wearing the Santos kimono in bonfire. This color way will come back with our Eterno collection launch, but it will have a different look. The collection launches on October 25th and we are so excited to share it with you! If you aren't apart of our e-mail list, make sure you sign up as we have some great bonuses for those folks. Head to www.heywanderer.com and click 'Get Notified'!
Photos by Catherine Truman // Model- Emma McBride



Monday, August 29, 2016

before and after // casey's room

My room was pretty bleh before the renovation, but it was actually worse than it looks here. The walls are made of plaster and they had this terrible to texture to them. Also the color is so upsetting. In order to deal with the textured walls, we had someone install sheetrock over the plaster walls. I'm sure that is frowned upon in the renovation world, but taking my room down to the studs was not in the time or money budget. I'm very pleased with the end result because I have smooth walls. 
The tiny door on the right was the closet, which is crazy. I do not have a picture of my closet now. Honestly, I'm not happy with the way it looks at the moment. My closet doors are those bifold doors and they are cream colored and it just doesn't look right. I plan to address them one day. The gist though is that my stepdad built a closet right over that door. The door was taken off so there is this secret closet in my closet. You have to separate my clothes and behind them is this little shelving unit. It's weird. 
I think my room used to be another sitting area because there was a door to the outside. I also think that the tiny closet that was in this room was originally in the bathroom (if that makes any sense??). Nonetheless, I didn't want an entrance to the porch in my room + I wanted the wall space, so when the sheetrock was installed- the door was a goner. 
I had to put SEVEN coats, SEVEN COATS, of paint on my walls to get them to look like this. First, these walls were brand new sheetrock, so even though they were primed twice, they just soaked up paint. Plus, the color is so dark. I could have avoided 1 or 2 layers probably but I made a huge mistake. We had been using Benjamin Moore paint, but I ran out. Well, the store where you can buy BM paint is pretty far but there is a Sherwin Williams store close by. Yes, any paint store can match paint but SW matte paint and BM matte paint are not the same. The finish was so different that we had to go and buy Benjamin Moore paint and use 2 more coats to fix it. Bless us. 

This color choice was bold, I know. Most people thought I was insane, especially my mother. Then when I decided to paint the ceiling AND the trim all the same color... that was nuts. I hated the idea of having the massive contrast of the dark walls with a white ceiling and trim. I couldn't think of any other color to paint them, so I decided they should all be the same. Almost a year later, I haven't gotten tired of the color. My room is pretty dark and moody, and I love it. I don't really want a high energy bedroom. My bedroom is for chillin'. 
I spent approximately 209 years trying to find this bedding, and I actually had this bedding before we moved here. The dark teal was the inspiration for my wall color. 
My stepdad built this platform bed for me before we moved in. It's pretty jazzy, and I have dreams of one day actually sanding it down and sealing it. That's one of those projects that seems so time consuming and laborious, but I know I will be glad when/if I ever do it. 
Everything in this corner was thrifted. People always ask Savannah and I how we decorate and where we get our stuff from. We always keep our eyes open for good deals and treasures like these. When we go out of town, we try to stop at flea markets, thrift stores, and antique stores. You just have to always be looking. Certainly never go into one store and buy everything at once. 
All After photos taken by Amber Ulmer

Paint- Benjamin Moore Bavarian Forest
Bedding- Bar III (discontinued)
Tapestry- Urban Outfitters
Curtains- Urban Outfitters