review: beauty + essex brunch.

Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.

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B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).

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random pawn shop goodies.

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shine bright like a diamond.

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stairway to…champagne. photo: newyork.citypudding.com

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this is what happened when we told maggie and mary to “act natural.”

After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!

We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.

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imagine us right there, in the center.

What We Drank + Ate:

Plus mimosas, of course.

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delish roasted potatoes. photo: fitnessnycblog.com

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more brunch deliciousness. photo: you made me like you.

What We Loved:

Everything tasted seriously great, especially that biscuit. We also loved the quirky, speakeasy-ish atmosphere.

What Was Just Okay:

Our service was competent but not amazing.

Our Verdict:

Brunch was great, but if we ever have a chance to go back we’re going for dinner. We can’t stop thinking about the dinner menu – Lobster tacos, anyone?

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

behind the scenes: j’s wedding weekend.

Okay, this is our last post about J’s wedding weekend. But we really wanted to share some behind-the scenes pics. Enjoy!

FRIDAY

bridesmaids brunch + bubbly at the ritz carlton.

bridesmaids fueled up on brunch + bubbly.

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l + j at brunch.

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l made this practice bouquet for j from hydrangeas (picked up at the local publix) and finished with satin ribbon from several of j’s wedding shower gifts. nail polish: essie bachelorette bash.

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bridesmaid kati made these adorbs champagne glasses, customized for each member of the bridal party. on the table: crafting materials (from ikea!) for the rehearsal dinner centerpieces. we all pitched in!

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jay’s mom karen assembled 100+ gift boxes for the cocktail reception guests. inside: georgia peanuts (in mason jars – cute!), bottled water, golf balls and customized koozies and golf tees.

the ritz carlton presidential house, the site of the rehearsal dinner and cocktail reception. also our home away from home for the weekend. 

bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner.

bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner. loved her maxi dress! 

SATURDAY

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the bridal party got dolled up at The Spa at the Ritz Carlton. j gifted each bridesmaid adorable h&m pajamas to wear while getting ready. also pictured: vintage-y earrings, another gift from j.

bridal attire from head (j's mother's veil)  to toe (christian louboutins). photo: the willets.

bridal attire from head (j’s mother’s veil) to toe (nude peep-toe christian louboutins). photo: the willets.

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rain showers didn’t dampen j’s mood. her photographers were great sports, too! pictured: the pool at the ritz presidential house. our home away from home for the weekend.

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j’s something borrowed: an antique bracelet from l. the bride also borrowed gorg diamond earrings from her aunt.

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one of our favorite pics from the weekend. we snapped this selfie minutes before walking down the aisle!

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presenting mr. and mrs. james murray baker, iv! j’s dress: winnie couture.

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bridesmaids, post-ceremony. from l to r: annie (maid of honor), l (matron of honor), maggie, mary and kati. dresses: alfred sung via weddington way. bouquets: findlay rowe designs.

bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.

bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.

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j’s bouquet of peonies wowed everyone. bouquet: findlay rowe designs. cake: the ritz carlton.

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honestly one of the best meals we’ve ever had: filet of beef tenderloin, seared sea scallops and braised veggies. catering: the ritz carlton.

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the happy couple snapped a pic before digging in to dinner.

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j + maid of honor annie.

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l + joe at the reception. loved the handy pockets on our bridesmaids’ dresses!

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…and that’s a wrap! #jjb2015 was one for the books. photo credit: the willets.

 

 

 

 

 

instagram diary.

Here’s what we we’ve been up to as of late!

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perhaps the best burger in ATL… Grindhouse | J SAID YES TO THE DRESS at Winnie Couture | beachin’ | amazing shrimp and grits at Firefly Panama City | Baby Joe working his chopsticks | L’s fresh veggies | the most amazing flowers L sent J while dress shopping | a little bar cart rearranging.

 

weekend instagram diary.

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L to R: J gets a warm welcome from the westin savannah harbor // L is fall-ready with a new centerpiece // L & Joe kicking off the weekend at mellow mushroom statesboro // fall fashion shoot for shopsocialdish.com // pit stop for J + Jay on the way home from Savannah // L + J REUNITED at Locos // heading over the talmadge bridge // lunch at vinnie van go go’s // DANCE PARTY // J and her childhood friend Kari catching up // baby joe picked out pumpkins // J + Jay relaxed by the fire with cocktails from Midnight Sun Bourbon Bar // Joe enjoyed a pineapple bowl from The Orchid Statesboro.

J and Jay swung through Statesboro on their way to Savannah this weekend. Did you catch up with any old friends this weekend? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!