Spring

Icelandic Adventures Through the Seasons

2016 has been a very exciting year for us here at Ends In Style! Christina has now made three trips to beautiful Iceland, one with me (Susie) and Victor for our elopement which she photographed!
Clearly, Iceland is near and dear to our hearts now and we want to share with you why we love it so. We also encourage you to book a trip and see if for yourself! We do our best to take beautiful pictures and to describe things in a way that makes you feel like you're there--but they cannot do the real thing justice! 
We'll help you prepare for your trip and have the best time possible. We're bringing you a series of posts in the coming weeks about traveling to the country that droves of people are flocking to, and with good reason! 

Posts you can look forward to are:

Iceland in Spring: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • What to do 
  • What to see
  • What to pack
  • Where to stay
  • Advantages of visiting in the spring
  • Preparing for your trip and more!

Iceland in Summer: 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

  • How to make the most of the warmest Icelandic weather
  • Capturing the golden light
  • Places to visit while you can (some places are only open in summer)
  • What to eat
  • Maybe even a stop in Greenland :)
  • Advantages to visiting in summer
  • Best short hikes and more!

Iceland in Fall: 

Photo by Susie Prince

Photo by Susie Prince

  • What to pack
  • Getting around
  • Best ways to see the Northern Lights
  • Tours that are worth the money
  • Self-guided tours you HAVE to take
  • Advantages to visiting in fall
  • Where to stay

And Finally....

Eloping in Iceland:

  • Why we chose to elope (and why you may want to as well)
  • Best places to take wedding photos
  • Pros and cons of wedding sites
  • How to get paperwork in order to make your marriage legal in the US
  • Gorgeous photos by Christina of me and Victor (she's a wiz with light!)
  • What to wear and what not to wear for an outdoor Icelandic wedding
  • Luxury stays for your honeymoon 
  • Flower options, and more!!!

We look forward to sharing all of this with you and hope you'll be inspired to take a trip to a country that has captured our hearts and is beautiful and magical enough to make us want to go back in the dead of winter!

UnEggspected Easter Eggs

I apologize for the pun but I just couldn't help myself! It was an eggcellent opportunity to make a corny yolk. OK...I think I have that out of my system now. 

I always loved decorating Easter eggs as a little girl, but now that I'm all grown up, I wanted to come up with a few new ways to make Easter eggs that are a little more modern and suitable for the centerpiece at a posh brunch. Christina and I gathered some supplies and made some really unique Easter eggs you can easily make yourself for your weekend gathering. The kids can even help with this fun DIY project, too!

We're going to use some unconventional materials to achieve a truly unique look.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Follow these four easy steps to create beautiful and unique foliage eggs!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

First, collect your materials.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

You can use leaves you find in your yard, flowers, or even herbs like cilantro or parsley!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Place the eggs where they can dry until the mod podge is clear and shiny.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Next up, mossy Easter eggs! If you've got little helpers, they may need a little extra supervision with the mossy eggs as they use spray glue which is not suitable for young children to use. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

First, collect your materials.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

I got my supplies at Michael's. Look for dried moss that comes in many varieties of colors and textures. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Let us know what you think of these fun DIY and unconventional Easter eggs!

Mix Up Your Salad Game This Spring

It is the perfect time of year for salads! Greens are in season through the colder months while many other vegetables are coming into season for the spring. A delicious salad is chock full of low-calorie, high flavor, high nutrient tasty bits to help you get in shape for the summer.

There's no need to keep eating that same old boring salad from a bag. Why not mix it up? Try tossing one of these three delicious and beautiful salads for your next few meals. Your eyes will be as happy as your tastebuds!

Image via Carmen Fischer

Image via Carmen Fischer

Strawberry Spinach Salad

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 1/4 avocado, cut in small chunks
  • handful sliced almonds

Serve with lemon poppy seed vinaigrette

Image via Carmen Fischer

Image via Carmen Fischer

Bleu Berry Salad

  • 2 cups spring mix salad
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • blue cheese 
  • walnuts

Serve with white wine vinaigrette 

Image via Carmen Fischer

Image via Carmen Fischer

Apple and Arugula Salad

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup carrot slices
  • 1/4 cup red onion slices
  • 1/2 cup Granny Smith apple pieces
  • bacon pieces

Serve with lemon juice and olive oil vinaigrette 

Our images today are courtesy of Carmen Fischer, a very talented photographer finishing her Bachelors in Photographic Imaging at Art Institute of Atlanta. She is a mother to one and in the past even served in the military. We are thankful for her contribution!