Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nutella French Toast

1/2 of buttermilk 
1/2 of whole milk 
1 tablespoon of butter, melted 
1/2 tablespoon of white sugar
1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar 
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 
Dash of vanilla 
Pinch of salt 
Fresh strawberries or fruit of choice 
Maple syrup 

Heat your skillet over medium heat. In a medium bowl, whisk your egg then add your buttermilk and milk. Melt your butter and pour into the egg mix and add the vanilla. Pour in sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk for 1-2 minutes until well-combined. 

Take a slice of bread and spread a good amount of Nutella heavy on one side of the bread, then fold the bread in half. Set aside, and repeat with 3 more bread slices. 

Add a small slice of butter in your skillet. Dip one of the bread pieces into the liquid mixture until fully coated, then place in the skillet. Heat in skillet on both sides until golden brown. Carefully remove from skillet and repeat with remaining bread slices. Serve warm with strawberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup. 


love kaytee

Monday, May 11, 2015

Heather + Michael | Virginia

First wedding of the season, and it did not disappoint. 

Heather and Michael's wedding day made for one dreamy day with lots of love, fun, peonies, and gold accents. A few of my favorite things. Not to mention the perfect Sarah Seven dress, and the dream team Tart Event Co

So here's to one stunning couple, and one stunning image, with many more to come. 

love kaytee

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I wanted something personal. Something that represented more of who I am, and what I love. I love donuts, the color black, the color white...if you call that a color, and having fun through my pictures. I put together a small shoot with my good friend Tori, who was gracious enough to capture the images for me, and I put a spin on them with my edits. I wanted them to be me. I wanted them to show who I am. So here are some fun "head shots" of me I did a few months ago, to bring a little more of me out into the open. 
love kaytee

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Home in the Country | The Living Room

The living room is the second official room that I have finished panting. This one had a lot of cleaning, but other than that, and the size of the room, it wasn't so bad and didn't take that long.

Thankfully, friends help friends clean their walls. 

After 3 coats of ceiling paint, 2 coats of primer and Incredible White paint on the walls, we have a wonderful, bright living room. 

  • Floors
  • Finish putting up trim 
  • Light fixture 
  • Find couch 
  • Decorate mantel 
  • Build bookshelves next to fireplace 
love kaytee

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

iced coffee

One of my favorite treats is an iced White Mocha from Starbucks. Everyone loves a good iced coffee drink in the spring and summer, right? The issue is, this tasty treat of a drink breaks my wallet, and sometimes I just want something nice to sip while I'm in my office working without having to actually leave the house. 

After looking up 'iced coffee recipes' on Pinterest, I found nothing. Most of them used sweetened condensed milk, and I'm not about that. I know White Mochas probably have the same type of syrup in them, or worse! But I wanted something that I could sip and not feel THAT terrible about drinking. 

So, this iced coffee recipe was born. It's mildly sweet, and mildly strong, at least in my opinion, but a coffee expert might disagree. Or something who hates sweets might think its TOO sweet. Just give it a try! If you like a normal amount of coffee, and a normal amount of sweetness, this is the drink for you. 

4 cups of water 
2 tablespoons of ground coffee 
1/4 cup of water 
2 tablespoons of raw sugar 
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 
3 tablespoons of heavy cream  

Brew your coffee with the 4 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of ground coffee. 

While coffee is brewing, add the 1/4 cup of water and sugar into a small pot on the stove on low heat. and stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour in vanilla extract, then remove from heat and set aside. 

Once coffee is done brewing, pour coffee and sugar syrup into a jar with a lid. Pour cream in with the coffee and place in the fridge for a few hours, or until jar and coffee feels cool. 

Serve cold with ice cubes. Enjoy! 

love kaytee

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jeannie + PJ | NC | Fall Beach Wedding

Jeannie + Pj's fall beach wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty on last week! If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check it out!

It's SUCH an honor to be featured on their site, and to have this wedding featured in particular. Jeannie + Pj contacted me at the end of last year for their fall beach wedding in North Carolina. They flew from Laguna Beach to the East Coast, and brought all the perfect pieces of California with them. It was such an amazing day, and a fun fun night! 

I loved photographing their wedding, and for the opportunity to work with some of the amazing vendors in Corolla from Amanda + Adam's wedding once again. It felt good to be back in the sand at Pelican's Landing, with a new perspective and a new story to tell. I love Jeannie + Pj so much, and hope to cross their paths again one day! 

Florist | Studio Posy 
Bride's dress |Theia Couture
Bridesmaids dresses | Vow to Be Chic
Groom + Groomsmen attire | JCrew
Catering | Coastal Provisions
Wedding Coordinator | A Premier Event
Videography | Emotion Pictures
Calligraphy | Starry Night Calligraphy
Bride's earrings | Kate Spade
Photography | Kaytee Lauren
Venue | Pelican's Landing 

Feature by Style Me Pretty

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