Monday, June 25, 2012

Bella Figura Event At Fresh Ink


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Metallic Madness

Right now we are crushing on metallics - they were all over the runways and now they are making their way onto paper - thanks to all the beautiful foiling we've been seeing in the stationery world.

In our opinion - It is hard to go wrong with a touch of metallic.  It adds just the right amount of sparkle (because we all know how easy it is to go overboard - remember the bedazzler?!)  Include metallic anywhere  from your shoes, to your nails, the bag you carry, or the jewelry that you wear!

OPI "Glitzerland". 
I like the idea of an accent nail in gold, but if you are feeling bold go all gold!

In decorating, metallic colors are seen everywhere!  An unexpected pillow, the vase on your mantel, and, the ever-sparkly, chandelier hanging from your ceiling. 

These are adorable!  I would take any of them in my house.

Can you believe someone redid this themselves?!
Before and After

We have just gotten the foil samples from  Bella Figura and Smock Paper, and we are just drooling!  Bella Figura is our newest line of paper and it is exclusive to Fresh Ink.  We love all of their fun, innovative, and metallic invitations!!  They provide the perfect balance between classic and contemporary. 

Smock.  It is simple and clean, but the gold gives it that little something extra!

Bella Figura.  I love the script used for the names!

 Bella Figura.  My favorite part about this option is how classic the invitation is, but the silver detailing adds so much.

Couldn't you just die?  If you want to make a metallic the color of your wedding this is a great place to start!  Take a closer look at these on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at our Bella Figura debut party with Champagne and Confections at the store from 10 am to 6 pm!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Enjoyed Anjou Restaurant!

My husband and I recently went to a new restaurant, and we thought it would be nice to do a "layman's review" for our Fresh Ink fans.  Anjou is on Highland Colony, in the old AJ's building.  It is next to The Club, and behind Summerhouse.

We were greeted by very warm staff members, walked through a beautiful dining room, and were seated outside on their patio which was delightful!

I started the evening with the French 75 cocktail which is Tanqueray Gin, lemon, and Champagne. My perfect cocktail, refreshing and not too sweet! I could have downed at least one more if not two!

My next course was the Anjou house salad. I thought it was a great value for $6 (I did not add the goat cheese croutons), and I am very picky about salads.   It had a good bed of mixed greens, thinly sliced red onions, cooked bacon and tomatoes. I opted for the French vinaigrette which, I was told, was made with mustard and bolder and I thought it was fantastic. My husband had the Caesar and thought it was great as well.  My Anjou salad looked pretty much just like the web site's photo!

My entree was the chicken and it was fabulous.  Sauteed breast with a delicious light sauce - it was tender and moist.  The side vegetables were pearl onion, mushrooms, bacon, sautéed potatoes, and  green beans.  I kind of tossed the vegetables with some of the sauce and I have to say it was a fantastic medley.  At only $17 it was a real value.

Jeff, being a huntsman, tried the duck.  It looked just like the web site photo, too!

He ordered it prepared medium, and it was tasty.  It came with a side of sweet potatoes and green beans.  It was definitely prepared as nicely as I've had duck in any restaurant in a bigger city.  I  just personally am not a huge fan of duck if it's not from the hunting camp, so I'm a little jaded.  I preferred my chicken personally - though I'm sure the true french cooking lovers would scoff at me!  The duck was $20.

We had one cocktail each, we each had a salad, and an entree each and our bill was $85 before tax and tip.  I thought that was a great value since we ate last week at Tommy Bahamas in Destin and it was close to $200 and I don't even think I ordered an entree.  The martinis make it a little hard to remember.

Anyway, when we go back, I will definitely try the steak frites, and the pork chop shown on the web site which looks awesome.  Plus I would love to try the French cheeses plate and the charcuterie plate just to indulge a little.  Maybe with girls over some more wine!

We don't usually do restaurant reviews, but when this popped up as an option Groupon today, we thought it might be some good info for you to have!  Hopefully you will purchase the Groupon and give Anjou a review of your own.

Here is the link to join Groupon (below).  Then just set up Jackson, Mississippi as your city and you will see the offer!

Best, Elizabeth

(all images from and

Monday, June 11, 2012

Win $100 in Highland Village Jingle Coins from Fresh Ink

We love being a part of the wonderful band of merry merchants at Highland Village, and we are going to let one lucky Fresh Ink customer experience the Highland Village love first-hand by giving them a whopping $100 in Jingle Coins during this Fresh Ink giveaway!

Imagine yourself, prancing around Highland Village, with pure gold (OK some sort of metal alloy probably) a jinglin' in your pocket.  They are good at any merchant or restaurant, so what would you spend your newly acquired wealth on?

We're high-tech with this giveaway!  And you can earn multiple entries toward the prize by replying on Facebook, Twitter, or commenting on our blog post.  Because why just get one chance at winning when you can use your social savvy to earn lots of entries?  Follow the instructions below to earn entries to win!

These coins are jingling in our pocket - we can't wait to give them to you!  The drawing is July 12th, 2012.

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wedding styling : fall for a red and gold color palette for your wedding

Because wedding invitations mail 6-8 weeks before the event, we are already working on some Fall wedding invitations at Fresh Ink.  A lot of fall weddings use tones of oranges etc, but we fell in love with this fresh color pallette of red and gold inspired by this Red & Gold Calligraphy Save the Date by Smock.

Red is a beautiful element, but challenging because if you use too much of it you look like you are celebrating the Chinese new year at your wedding, which is a little much for us.  We love our weddings swathed in white, with little touches of color.  So use red in metered doses combined with gold and you will pull off this fresh combo effortlessly.  Just remember, RESTRAINT is key to pulling this off as unexpected red and and gold for fall - and not as red a la Valentine's Day.
Here are some perfect RED touches we loved.

#1.  Skip the cliche red roses.  Lush, natural flowers with just the right pops of red are so classy.

Red wedding shoes - these by Kate Spade - are such a unique change from blue....
(source: Ruffled Blog)

Serve guests drinks decorated with red striped straws, they are an inexpensive touch with a lot of flair.

You get the red point, but how can you interject some touches of gold or brown to inspire that fall feel?
We thought this was one of the most adorable "fall" touches we have seen!  Donut-hole edible acorns:

We think this wedding cake with red cut-out detail could be smashing for fall.   Envision cut out's of beautiful trees, fall leaves, acorns, woodland squirrels, deer, and of course your monogram inner twined!

Here are some other details we thought would be adorable with red touches.  Make cookies like the ones shown below, but because we love regional-inspired touches, we would probably make them in the shape of our home-state, Mississippi, with a little red heart in the location of the ceremony - Jackson, Oxford, etc.  These would be adorable as favors or in out of town guest baskets!

And everyone is always looking for inexpensive but personal favor ideas to send guests home with.  This recipe for red velvet crinkle cookies is the perfect solution - easy & inexpensive!  They would be adorable in little clear bags with a raffia tie (make sure the powdered sugar does not make your bags messy - very careful!)  We also love putting them in brown paper kraft boxes, or wrap them inside a frosted cup with a beautiful gold, fall leaf printed on the cup as a favor for the guest to take home and enjoy!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

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