Your 2 Orchids have so much fun when it comes to seasonal or holiday tablescapes! It’s our excuse to be a little (sometimes a lot, we confess) creative. Who can blame us? Every holiday or special event gives us the opportunity to change settings and test different ideas.

Take it from us: when shopping, look for flexible items that you can re-purpose or incorporate into any occasion. Just in case! The secret is to think of your table as a blank canvas, but – and this is the best advice we can give – have a color palette in mind of what you want to use. For example, on both of our tablescapes, we went for something we could easily transition from Fall/Thanksgiving right into Holiday/Christmas.

The pieces we used have texture, versatility, and colors that represent each theme. As you can see from the photos, we used the same table runner and the same stands for both tablescapes. It’s all about re-purposing.

It helps if you find the wow factor for the event. Still, most of the work will be trial and error.  For instance, swap the pumpkins for Christmas trees, harvest fillers for Christmas bulbs. Keep in mind that items like pine cones can work for both holidays.

No need to worry about big budgets either. It can be as easy as finding accessories from around your home that will reflect the theme you are trying to create. Think decor items, leaves, branches, and pine cones from your yard. The Dollar Store is another perfect option where you can get a lot of bang for your buck without breaking the bank.

Candles are always a nice detail since they add that subtle touch that turns a house into a home. Just remember if you are serving dinner you may want to light unscented candles to avoid interfering with the aroma of the delicious meal you prepared.

Links For Fall/Thanksgiving Products:

holiday

holiday

holiday

holiday

Links For Christmas Products:

Holiday

Holiday

Holiday

Creating A Festive Fall/Thanksgiving Tablescape

Creating A Festive Holiday/Christmas Tablescape

 

What would a girls trip be without a little shopping?  Our recent trip to Houston, Texas was spent with six other amazing and talented women.  We shared lots of laughs and had a ton of fun shopping at some pretty amazing places, all with unique items! Here are a few things that we brought back…

OOTD

ShannieGirl Signature Line- Women’s Shawl Wrap

This stylish wrap is soft, comfortable, and easy to wear!   It’s such a great accent piece to Karen’s everyday wardrobe.  The coziness of the wrap will have you wanting more than one.  Lucky for us it’s available in numerous colors!  Thank you, ShannieGirl! ♥

fragrance

Hermés Ambre Narguile Eau de toilette!

A recommendation from Kristin Gehm, Karen is loving her new fragrance! Ambre Narguile (link for toilette spray) is a blend of honey and amber with a swirl of the Orient. 

makeup

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Taupe & Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector No. 6

LisaSz09 shared a few of her must-have beauty products! An easy application eye makeup and a highly addictive lip product. A win, win!

Jewelry

Juanita-Earrings
jan@ktc.com
Instagram: jewelryjuanita

We were fortunate enough to receive a pair of these beautiful handmade earrings designed and created in San Miguel de Allende! Check their Instagram for new designs posted frequently.  Our new love!

shoes

Sam Edelman Lior Loafer in Virtual Pink Velvet

Cello Jeans- 850 Blues Women’s Boutique

Velvet crush! This purchase for Lauren was inspired by Totally Tikaa’s Gucci flats.  Although they are not exactly the same, Lauren found something similar at Nordstrom.  The pop of color is gorgeous.  These shoes will definitely be the statement to any outfit!  

Necklace

EXSTASIA NECKLACE

A stunning piece of chunky jewelry gets Lauren every time!  This beauty caught her eye as soon as she walked into the boutique.  À bientôt is a chic Houston boutique that carries exquisite jewelry, apparel, and much, much more! Exstasia can be worn two different lengths, short or long.  If you’re in the Houston, TX area pay them a visit, you will not leave empty-handed!

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans: Pasta e Fagioli (Rachael Ray)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 pound (about 3 slices) pancetta, chopped (omitted)
Two 4 to 6-inch sprigs rosemary, left intact (omitted)
One 4 to 6-inch sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact  (omitted)
1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
Coarse salt and pepper
Two 15-ounce cans cannellini beans
1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1-quart chicken stock (replaced with chicken broth)
1 1/2 cups Ditalini pasta
Grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese, for the table

 

Directions:

First, heat a deep pot over medium-high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to the pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and add pasta.

Reduce heat to medium and cook the soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as the soup cooks.
Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place the pot on table on a trivet. Let it rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Pass crusty bread for bowl mopping.

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Pasta & Beans

Chilly Autumn and Winter days ask for comfort food and what can be more comforting than a classic pasta and beans meal, Pasta e Fagioli? Growing up, Pasta e Fagioli was a staple recipe that was made year round. It’s an economical way to feed the entire family and often times, you can throw in whatever leftovers you have from the refrigerator or the garden. That was the case with our parents and grandparents. Today we try an original recipe by Rachael Ray, with a twist. We did follow this delicious recipe by using the main ingredients, but decided to tweak it a little to our liking, 2Orchids style!

Although herbs like rosemary and thyme, as well as pancetta (Italian bacon), can add extra flavor to the recipe, we decided to omit those from the dish.  You can substitute Italian sausage for pancetta and still have a flavorful soup or, go meatless like we did without sacrificing flavor. We also added tomato paste to thicken up the soup and used chicken broth instead of chicken stock. After all, cooking is all about going with your gut.

There is something to be said about soup on the second day, therefore we like to make a big pot to enjoy leftovers and the flavor definitely improves overnight!  For us, everything is better when topped with cheese, so sprinkle a little Pecorino Romano and grab a fresh loaf of Italian bread.  Enjoy this rich and hearty meal by yourself or with loved ones. Warmer hearts ♥♥ guaranteed!

Cooking Italian Soup, Chit Chat & A Dash of Our Favorite Beauty Products/The 2Orchids YouTube

 

Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel

Peter Thomas Roth

There is an anti-aging facial cleansing gel out there that provides a peachy clean freshness for beautiful skin: Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. It claims to produce an ultraclean, refined, and revitalized complexion and it delivers.

No wonder Lauren was so excited to get this little wonder at Ulta’s 21 days of beauty event. After all, we are known for going on about how great other products from the PTR line are. For instance: Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer and The Firmx Peeling Gel, which are both a must-try!

You know how much we like it when a little bit of product goes a long way; this time, it’s safe to say that a drop smaller than a dime is enough to cleanse your entire face and neck. The gel itself works into a nice lather and foams up nicely, with a clean, fresh peach scent.

No traces of makeup residue left to see, just a beautiful glow. Lines and wrinkles look minimized. Skin texture is improved since the foam gently sweeps away dead skin cells and impurities that sometimes make the complexion look dull.

Please keep in mind that it contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and consequently lead to sunburn. No need to worry, if you use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.

This cleansing gel is suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin, including dry, sun damaged, normal, combination, oily, and acne prone skin – you name it. Safe to say it is worth the splurge. What more can we add? Just another great product from the PTR line. Watch out, our standards keep on rising!

Emile Cordon

Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pot

Emile Cordon

Think of No. 1 Lisa lip pot it as an enchanting potion. With notes of rose champagne, fresh tea rose and strawberry leaves, this Emile Cordon Cashmere-On Lip Pot emanates a unique fragrance full of cosmopolitan appeal. We love how it reduced the appearance of our fine lines and left our lips feeling soft and smooth.

Made with top quality ingredients and approved by a New York perfumer that works on the scent, this product feels very moisturizing and hydrating on our lips. It heals and softens chapped lips, has a plumping effect, and helps reduce lip lines. You will end with an improved circulation in the skin and fully protect from sun drying effects.

The lip treatment is like a luxury facial for your lips that recharges and rejuvenates your pout. One pot has an array of possible uses: apply as a lip treatment, nourish cuticles, protect skin, soothing after sun exposure. Use it daily, alone or under makeup.

Can we share a secret tip? Apply it under lipstick to have your lip products glide on effortlessly. It also works to highlight cheekbones, tame rogue eyebrows and as an eyeshadow base for dewy eyes. Talk about a versatile product!

All five lip pots in the collection are tinted with a lovely variety of pastel colors. The fact that the packaging is so elegant and classy makes this is our latest obsession for a gorgeous kisser! Thank you, Emile, for the opportunity to try your amazing product!