Month: August 2013

Leather Accents

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I typically find leather overwhelming, heavy, and too stiff looking to possibly be comfortable. However, this season, we are seeing leather used as accents, and in the most unexpected ways. I’m drawn to the same slouchy sweaters and knit leggings that I have been in the past, but this time with a pop of leather to give it a bit of edge. Mixing the leather with other fabrics and textures keeps it from feeling to stuffy, and keeps you from looking like you’re about to hop on a Harley.  Here are a few of my favorites making it onto my wish list this fall.

1. Alice + Olivia Quilted Jacket ($997)

2. BCBGeneration Tweed & Leather Military Jacket ($210)

3. Fit and Flare Dress ($248)

4. Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk Dégradé’ Pump ($750)

5. Merino Leather Pocket Sweater ($158)

6. Alice + Olivia Leather Front Sweater ($396)

7. Rebecca Minkoff Cuff ($58 on sale!)

8. Leather Tuxedo Stripe Pants ($168)

9. Madewell Transport Tote ($168)

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(A thoughtful surprise from Ry, sent to make my grocery trips a little more special)

The last few weeks it seems have been dragging in anticipation for fall. This week, I decided to slow myself down and enjoy every free moment. I made time to sit out on my porch on chilly evenings and sip homemade chai lattes, or bake and hand deliver a batch of cookies just because. This past week was the first in a while that seemed to fly by, mostly because of the little details that made my days so much more worthwhile. I bought (and already burned through) my first autumn scented candle, pulled out my pumpkin car fresheners, re-organized my closet with bulky sweaters and boots easily accessible, and came home to the most wonderful surprise from Ry after a long day at work. It’s amazing how such seemingly insignificant changes can instantly boost your mood and re-energize you to live life beautifully.

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(Going with the philosophy that it’s never too early)

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(A sneak peak at my bookshelf that’s finally coming together)

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(A rainy day batch of chocolate chip cookies)

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(Surprise, part two. Now all that’s missing is a bakery)

 

 

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(Hydrangeas + Ranunculus – a combination worth drooling over)

This weekend was my first off work since my move, and my first without any plans in a while. We took a road trip one day to visit Ry’s grandparents and family, and I spent the next surrounded by and relaxing with mine. It was nice to not have any plans set in stone, and allow the weekend to take us where it may. I am so thankful for my family and my amazing support system. Although it seems everyone is consumed with major life stresses this week, we made time for each other and found joy in the little things to bring us some temporary relief. Here are few of the small things from this week that reminded me to smile.

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(Game night with Ry – and a major ego blow for myself)

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(Freshly picked figs from my parent’s backyard)

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(A reminder of being five, carefree, and dancing in my socks at my parent’s house)

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(Mouth-watering chocolate/marshmallow/peanut butter cake at Weathervane)

Rosemary Butter Cookies

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I have to admit – I didn’t believe the hype. For the last few weeks, Pinterest has been full of lavender cupcakes, mint leaf icecubes, rosemary pancakes, and the list of herbs + sweets combinations goes on. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but in my mind, if something was a dessert, every ingredient in it should be sweet. It all changed when I came across this recipe by Martha Stewart. Adding a hint of rosemary to these already mouth-watering butter cookies takes it to a whole new level.  These cookies are simple enough to eat a handful at a time, and are the perfect compliment to a cup of warm tea on a dreary afternoon. I have no more doubts about adding herbs to desserts for extra flavor, and am looking forward to experimenting with more!

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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I’ve already expressed on several occasions how much I am looking forward to Fall. However, while it’s still eighty-five degrees outside (on a cool day), and people are walking around in shorts and sandals, even I know that it’s not appropriate to break out the pumpkin pies and apple cider just yet. That’s when I stumbled across this delicious recipe – which I am convinced is some sort of reward for my patience. With its allspice flavoring and sweet cream cheese icing, it has temporarily satisfied my cravings for rich Fall flavors, and is a perfect transitional dessert from summertime’s ice-cream sandwiches to autumn’s pecan pies.

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