It’s Fall Y’all
Ah fall. My favorite time of the year. There are so many great things about fall—the crisp fresh air, Thanksgiving and all that comes with it, pumpkins and pumpkin-spice EVERYTHING, gathering with your family, sweaters and scarves, the changing leaves, bonfires, mulled wine, wrapping up in a blanket, the smell of cloves—I could go on all day…
In order to honor my most favoritest season, I photographed and hand-lettered a few of my faves.
Ah summer. My favorite season. The air just smells sweeter — especially on my front porch. I’m growing a whole mess of herbs and veggies in pots that I can’t wait to chow down on. Shown here are lemon balm and citronella (and some pretty succulents), both of which have a dreamy citrus scent that makes the air smell fresh and (bonus!) keeps the mosquitos away, which is more than a necessity in Nashville.
Download yourself a desktop calendar and take a minute from work to daydream about being outside.
I love creating moodboards for personal projects. I’m currently redoing my workspace, aka trying to create a haven that fuels my creative spirit, which is difficult when your tastes change as much as mine do. Because of that, I’m focusing on a few staple pieces that will outlast my visual flings and I’m creating the rest so it’s easy to change when the mood strikes.
A statement piece in a workspace is naturally the desk. It’s usually the largest element in the room and it frames you.
Here you go, world! A playlist of some of my faves. I’m calling it a style mashup because it goes from very ethereal and whimsical to heavier garage rock. But that’s kinda how my mood goes during the workday. My friend’s boss says to “start the day with breakfast music” and Tennis and Best Coast are definitely my breakfast music.
Oh, and photo credit goes to my bro, Michael. He’s pretty rad.
Welcome 2013! What a year 2012 was — full of growth and friendship and love. Here’s a calendar for you to download and welcome in the new year. It’s a shot from my family Christmas dinner. I just love my grandma’s dishware. So much detail, so much texture, such pretty patterns. Old is always better than new.
And no, I don’t eat pie with pepper but who has time to clear the dinner table before dessert??
This. is. AWESOME.
The New York Public Library has created a site called the Stereogranimator. You can create and share animated GIFs and 3D anaglyphs using more than 40,000 old vintage stereographs. I love the muted colors and the style of the original photography. It’s pretty awesome when people can meld old technology with new.
PACK UP THOSE SWEATERS CAUSE SPRING IS OFFICIALLY HERE!
This may be my favorite time of year. I love the colours outside, lunches in the park and definitely the springtime fashion. I’m already seeing trends of coral and gold. Throw in a little teal if you’re feeling saucy. Here are some fantastic staple pieces to own this summer:
A. Triangle necklace with lace—good mix of materials, great shape.
B. Casual white tank—light, loose clothes are perfect for festivals.
C. Jean shorts—better when they’re raw.
D. Coral-tinted sunglasses—classy.
E. Fringe clutch with a touch of gold—perfect.
F. Brightly colored wedges—the newest trend in shoe style.
Bring those pops of colour in carefully. We’re really bringing in two colour pieces here, but you can always set the clutch down if you’re feeling too neon. Go buy something coral!
I love finding new recipes. My side job gives me a chance to try lots of new things. This week we’ve got 2 new recipes and 2 go-to faves. The pizza rolls and eggplant stew are the new ones.
I love spinach and artichoke dip so I assumed that these pizza rolls would be delicious — and they definitely were. After eating them tonight for dinner, I do have a few notes on how they can improve. Add some crushed red pepper, they could have used a little kick. And note to self, buy a rolling pin and roll the dough out superthin. I ate one that had some thick crust in places, although Jon said his were perfect (he does love his bread though).
And this chicken pot pie recipe is the best one I’ve come across. A lot of them use pastry shells instead of pie crust and I don’t think it has the same comfort food feel to it. This one has a lot of veggies and a really low fat sauce (I use 1% milk and light butter to save on even more cals). Instead of using cubed chicken, I buy a rotisserie chicken and shred the meat with a fork. The rotisserie chicken is so full-flavored and tender (I think I’d steer away from BBQ or lemon-pepper flavor though).
Try one of the recipes on this weeks’ plan and let me know what you think!