…and have a wonderful holiday season!
Card designed by Chena Design
Since we’re spending most of December in Texas or Colorado, we sadly are not doing any holiday decorating this year at our home in Evanston. I stumbled upon the cutest vintage store, Roost, in Andersonville last week, and one of my finds, serves as our sole holiday decoration shown below.
Pretty sad…I’d rather have one of these
image via Lonny
Wow - it's been awhile since my last post. The holidays can be crazy for everyone, and this year is no exception for us. I hope you had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving. We were lucky enough to have both sets of parents to Chicago and managed to eat and drink our way across this great city.
Though I haven't bought a single gift or done any decorating, I’ve taken care of one thing…Our holiday cards, ordered from my lovely and talented sister-in-law. If you haven't ordered yours yet or want to have something different this year, I highly encourage you to check her out!
To see her entire catalog of offerings, please click here. Here are a couple of samples below. How cute are they?!
All images owned by Chena Design
It is often I find a room in shelter publication that I love. It is rare, I love the whole spread. In the latest edition of Elle Decor, I was blown away by the beautiful, quirky, bright space of photographer, Claiborne Swanson Frank (cool name too, right?) I would never guess this lovely, lush space is only 1300 square feet. It seems so much bigger! I like how she uses mostly neutral furniture and brightens the space with pillows, lamps and accessories.
Warm and welcoming…
Feminine touches, but definitely not too girly!
At only 29, the beautiful owner makes me a teensy jealous!
Photographed by Simon Watson all images via
There are about 3 things I know how to make without consulting a cookbook including: 1) Fancy breakfast sandwiches, 2) Martha Stewart’s Mediterranean Chicken and 3) Taco Soup – recipe courtesy of my friend Amy, who made the soup every year the temperature dropped in her college town, Lubbock. This soup may be the easiest thing in the world to make, and it’s always a crowd/husband pleaser.
I made it last night with the following ingredients (note: creativity is encouraged – I change it up a little every time, adding spices, etc.)
Combine all canned ingredients, spices and water in a pot and cook on medium. Cook the meat separately, and add it after it is fully cooked and the fat has been drained (gross, right?) Let the soup simmer for an hour at least. I find the longer it simmers, the more flavors come out. I like to add avocado, tortilla chips and shredded cheese to garnish. To make it richer, you can add sour cream.
Goes great with a glass of cabernet and an episode of RHOBH or something equally mindless.
For the first time I can remember, I’m actually experiencing a legit Fall – like leaves are already yellow/you have to wear a coat in October/camping sounds fun – Fall. It’s also left me craving, comfort food like never before (perhaps the body’s way of preparing for the winter?) Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, apples and anything with cinnamon or pumpkin sounds amazing. Pumpkin mousse – Yes! Scallops with Pumpkin risotto – why not? I stumbled upon this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars recipe on Pinterest the other day that left me drooling… Doesn’t it look amazing? It’s definitely going on the Thanksgiving dessert list.
If you love pumpkin too, check out this hilarious essay – an Open Letter to Pumpkin Flavored Seasonal Treats - describing a woman’s love/hate relationship with the seasonal flavor and it’s tendency to disappear without warning.
Recently I’ve been craving simplicity…Simple Food…Simple Clothes… A Simple Schedule…A Simple Life…
It’s hard enough to balance work, play, family and crazy schedules – thinking about what you’re going to wear for the day (or week in my case since I pack in advance) can be difficult. I love and appreciate creativity in clothing, but sometimes I’d rather put on the same favorite pieces and feel good…
If I had my choice, I’d wear this outfit every single day – only swapping out the shoes on occasion (I mean – a girl’s gotta have a little variety…)
All sources can be found on my pinterest board.
Hello blogworld!! I feel like I have neglected you lately, and for that I’m sorry. You see, my life’s pace has picked up quite a bit, and I haven’t had a chance to visit you much. That hasn’t stopped me from being inspired daily by the beautiful images people are posting daily on new found blogs, tumblr and pinterest.
Here are a few of my faves from the week. I hope you enjoy.
Or something that has been repurposed into a bar cart, like this awesome example:
Instead, I got impatient waiting to find the perfect cart, and I found this little piece at Home Goods at the right price. To complete the bar, I will be stocking up on fun libations, a crystal whiskey decanter, and a set of paper mache antlers to watch over (and make sure there is no cocktail making before 5:00 p.m.)
And a couple close ups…
Now, come on over and make yourself welcome!
Have you heard this term? I was unfamiliar with it until last weekend when a friend told me about it. It stands for “Fear of Missing Out,” and is apparently an epidemic for first year students in B-School. It’s understandable since many students have been in the “real world” for several years and are embarking on a new adventure determined to take full advantage of the experience ... Perhaps, because possibly for the first time, they are funding their education and want to make sure get they get their money’s worth… Perhaps they are worried something AMAZING will happen, and they will only get to hear about it from a firsthand account…Perhaps they saw The Social Network and the repercussions when a member of the group is not physically present…
According to my friend, the FOMO attitude tends to subside as people find their niche and get more settled in, but it got me thinking…should it? As an admitted homebody, I am usually the first person to head home during a night out, and am perfectly happy to be curled up on my own couch with a
book fashion magazine or watching a documentary Bravo (Let’s be honest). So, has this affinity for the comfy, convenient, and 8 hours of solid sleep a night led me to miss out on epic experiences, new relationships, great ideas, etc.? I hate to think so, but the truth hurts…I’ve missed interesting conversations, spontaneous dance parties, even witnessing a car theft during our friend’s holiday after party…
As in all things, there has to be balance, but I think we can also use a little FOMO…
Wowza. I’m in a silly/delirious mood I believe to be caused by the lack of sleep and over consumption of caffeine and sugar today. Here is a glimpse into the the glamorous life of someone who travels for work if you’ve ever wondered:
On a fun note – isn’t this Houston weather fantastic! Makes me want to dress like this instead of my “Airport Casual” outfit which I’m pretty sure is going to be a weekly staple.
Hope you’re having a good start to your week!
…Is 8 years old
…Can do the splits
…Enjoys practicing English
…Likes to swim
…Stands up to boys older than her
…Shares her sandwich and towel
…Has an undeniably contagious sense of energy and a huge heart.
I met her on our Service Day during the Spain Andalucia KWEST trip (S stands for Service). She was so sweet, fun and unbelievably smart. I’m so glad I got to know her, and I hope our paths cross again.
One of my favorite activities was visiting The Alhambra in Granada where we took way too many pictures, and I went over heels for the Moorish influence – especially the tiles that still look beautiful and relevant after hundreds and hundreds of years. They were doing Chevron way before Chevron became cool – I love it. (I realize this sounds kind of superficial, and I don’t mean to downplay the historical and religious significance of this amazing place). But let’s be honest, I was kind of focused on the things that looked really pretty.
Here are some of my favorite pics from one of this gorgeous place!
Lee looking muy guapo in the garden…
Love the color pallette in this picture
I think this would make a beautiful backsplash!
So happy to be there amongst such beauty.