October 15

Bridesmaids Dresses by Fleet Collection + a $200 Giveaway

fleet_collection_2014_winter_fall1 Our dear friends from FLEET COLLECTION, just launched their Fall & Winter Collection and we’re in love. These dresses are perfect for your bridesmaids, dress rehearsal, bridal shower, you name it. It’s that versatile and adorable! And can we please talk about the plaid dress?! My absolute favorite!


fleet_collection_2014_winter_fall3 Here’s what inspired their newest collection:

“We were inspired by the ensemble concept from the 60s, we went a little mod and retro this season and created pieces that would pair seamlessly together but would still be striking separates when worn on their own.  Our designs are always inspired by the fabrics and color palette we choose, and this season is no exception!”






fleet_collection_2014_winter_fall9 We’re so excited to about their new collection that we partnered up with them for an awesome giveaway. Fleet collection is giving one winner a $75 e-giftcard to shop their new collection, and Utterly Engaged is giving away a year subscription of our printed magazine. This is one giveaway you don’t want to miss! Scroll down to read more on how to enter. Enter the giveaway by next Wednesday, October 22nd to get a chance to win. GOOD LUCK! —————————————————————————————————————————————


1. “like” Utterly Engaged and Fleet Collection’s facebook page

2. “follow” Utterly Engaged and Fleet Collection’s instagram profile. Repost our photo on instagram and tag @fleetcollection & @utterlyengaged with the hashtag #UEandFLEETgiveme

2.  Go to Fleet Collection’s website and take a look around

3.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you liked, with a link to your favorite new dress from their collection!

4.  Entries will close on Wednesday, October 22nd midnight.

ONE winner will be chosen on Wednesday, October 23rd at 10am PST. Open to all readers.

**** EXCLUSIVE FOR ALL UE READERS **** As a gift from the ladies of FLEET, they are giving everyone an additional 15% discount off all purchases during the duration of the giveaway. YAY! Be sure to use the discount code “UExFLEET” when you check out.


And as if we didn’t love them enough, they created a behind the scenes video for you to see.

CREDITS: Photographer Ricky Dorn // Dresses & Styling: Fleet Collection // Models - Cece Zee & Irelyn Daugherty // Hair - Lisa Buswell // Makeup - Judith Hsieh // Assistant Photographer - Ernest Mcswell // VIDEO CREDITS / Videographer - Ernest Mcswell // Video Editor - Ricky Dorn


September 8

Late Summer Blooms


Summer is going to be over in a few weeks, but the florals of the summer season are still abundant and are blooming in full force! Mint Design and Mariel Hannah Photography came together on a lovely Saturday afternoon, for a floral session in California to play, arrange and photograph their favorite flowers for September. And lucky for us, they are sharing with us what they created today. The blooms they used were fuchsia spray roses, bougainvillea, pink snap dragon, cream carnations, peach spray roses, fresh garden roses, violet globe amaranth and orange pin cushions. They snipped the blooms and arranged them in various types of vessels such as vintage brass, colored glass and milk glass. And lastly, they paired it and filled  it with eucalyptus, evergreen foliage, pepper berry, wisteria and hanging green amaranthus. The florals came together so perfectly, creating a romantic and whimsical feel.

TAKE NOTE: Flowers used
Pin Cushion
Seeded Eucalyptus
Green Amaranthus
Pepper Berry
Pink Snap Dragon
Cream Carnations
Fuchsia Spray Rose
Peach Spray Rose











Isn’t it beautiful? We really loved how it turned out! Stay tuned for October, because the ladies are going to be back to share their next floral session. I really can’t wait to see what they’re going to create! Let us know what you think. What are you favorite late summer/early fall flowers?

CREDITS: Photography by Mariel Hannah |   Florals by Mint Design CA


August 21

Simple Snap Peas Endive Salad


Happy #TastyThursdays! Today, Chef Pace is going to share this cool simple salad that can easily be made any day. Perfect for a busy gal like me!

This salad is basically like spring & summer in your mouth: snap peas, fresh fine herb leaves, creamy feta, fresh squeezed lime juice.  Can you say refreshing?!  Plus I love all of pastel hues that the finished salad creates.  We recently visited Suzie’s farm in San Diego just on the Tijuana border.  You can basically pick the snap peas when they are younger which makes them flatter and sweeter or you can let them grow a bit longer until the peas inside get fatter and starchier and shell them like English peas.  The possibilities are endless! - Chef Pace of Taste of Pace



Snap Pea Endive Salad
serves 10

What you’re going to need:

10 ounces sugar snap peas, stemmed, stringed
8 red Belgian endive or small Treviso radicchio spears, cut at bottom not torn
8 yellow Belgian endive spears, cut at bottom not torn
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chervil leaves
2 tablespoons tarragon leaves

1 oz. Champagne vinegar
1 shallot, finely minced
3 oz. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more for seasoning
salt to taste
garnish: feta cheese
garnish: 1 lime, fresh squeezed


How to make the dressing:

For the dressing, soak shallots in vinegar for 10 minutes. Then, add mustard and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss salad ingredients with dressing. Squeeze lime juice all over salad and garnish with feta and serve.







CREDITS { Photography by Joel of Studio EMP //  Recipe & Styling created by Taste of Pace }

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