Party Dresses!

November 19, 2009

Yesterday was my 200th post and what better way to celebrate than with a glimpse at some of my fave dresses for the holiday season? This weekend I am working on the decorations for my Thanksgiving/Birthday shindig and I couldn’t be more in the party spirit!!

Horses in art

November 18, 2009

Lately I have been feeling like I want to learn how to horseback ride. I had a chance at a lesson when I was little, but didn’t have the right shoes and so was stuck watching my friend trot around in circles, her hair blowing in the wind. Many years later in California, I went on a trail ride in the woods but its not the same as a real lesson. I have always thought horses were beautiful and incredible creatures and lets face it, equestrian fashion never goes out of style.

Lately it seems that equestrian art is becoming a trend, and I am in awe of these horse puppets for the West End play, “War Horse.” Kind of reminds me of these amazing driftwood sculptures by Heather Jansch.

Headbands

November 13, 2009

twinkle headband

moth love bands

Free people headband

rosebud headband by Heart of Light

I never really fancied myself a headband girl, but my hasty decision to cut blunt bangs awhile back has left me with a chunk of unruly hair that needs taming. Enter the headband. A wonderful way to keep the wispys at bay and achieve that stylish school girl” look at the same time. No longer reserved for the prep set, weve come a long way from the puffy ribbon styles of yore. I prefer the ones with beaded and floral embellishments, they have a sublte tiara effect that appeals to my bohemian side. (pssst.. it is also a quick way to neaten up seriously ratty, dirty hair. A situation I find myself in all too often.)

My Thanksgiving Menu

November 11, 2009

Thought I’d share my Thanksgiving menu because I am getting so excited for Turkey day!

I linked all the recipes if you want to play along at home.  🙂

Spiced nuts

Beet- pickled deviled eggs

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

String Beans with Shallots

Cranberry Relish

Chestnut, Prune and Pancetta Stuffing

Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey

Cream Gravy

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla and Apple Cider Panna Cotta

Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Streusel Topping

Boy we are going to be stuffed! I promise to include pics once the day arrives. I have been a busy little crafting bee!

Tenoversix

November 11, 2009

10 over six

10over6 racing glovesLoeffler Randall

I just discovered this store called TENOVERSIX and immediately found 3 things I want to buy. The coat is so chic and I love anything you can wear in the winter thats not black. Driving gloves have become a new obsession and have me shopping endlessly on leatherglovesonline for the perfect pair. But these just might be it. I love the zipper. The heels from Loeffler Randall

well, as Rachel Zoe says, I die.

1 dress 365 days

November 10, 2009

I have often thought I could go a whole year only wearing dresses. Aside from jeans, I’m not very enthusiastic about pants in general, and dresses are a great way to look put together without much effort. But ONE dress everyday all year? Now that shows commitment. It’s called the Uniform Project and it is about bringing awareness to sustainable fashion and raising money for India’s poorest schools via the Akanksha Foundation.

Aside from being a great cause with an interesting concept, the girl knows how to accessorize!

sept 3rd

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nov 3rd

leaf

tree love

What a gorgeous day today. A found heart leaf at night and the tree from whence it came, by day.

Embroidery hoops

November 7, 2009

chalkboard hoop

Bliss in a Teacup


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Treefox

www.fivetrees.etsy.com

Five Trees via Poppy talk

from theinspiredroom.net

The Inspired Room

Using embroidery hoops for wall decor: quirky, cost effective and oh so hot right now.

I’m kind of impatient when it comes to crafts, so I don’t think actual embroidery is for me. Yesterday I was working on my napkins for Thanksgiving (I’ll share the whole process very soon!) and I was sewing so fast my machine sounded like it was going to take flight. Needless to say my hems are more than sorta crooked, they would make my Home-Ec teacher hang her head in shame. Ah well.

grilled cheese and tomato

If there is a better duo for a chilly afternoon I do not know about it.

I have always cut my “grilleds” into four.  More corners for dipping that way.

Crocheted stones

November 4, 2009

crocheted stones

the measure of autumn

leaves on a garden bench

I recently happened upon Resurrection fern, a lovely nature inspired blog. The crocheted stones boggle my mind. I don’t understand how someone could crochet something so intricate and form fitting that its not removable. Her photos of organized foliage remind me of one of my favorite artists, Andy Goldsworthy. Boy, I need a walk in the woods.

Buy her photos and crafts here.

Found heart: potato

November 4, 2009

this spuds for you

A friend found this at the farmer’s market and sent it to me in the mail. Simply receiving a package that isn’t something I ordered from West Elm is exciting enough, but a found heart? It brightened my day! Thanks M. 

L.A. Burdick Chocolate

November 2, 2009

burdicks

box o choc

One of my favorite chocolate shops is located in Cambridge, MA. It is the kind of place that on a chilly winter day, the smell of hot chocolate wafts out the front door and through the foggy windows you can see people packed in around small european tables eating pastries and sipping tea.

All L.A. Burdick chocolate is homemade in the swiss tradition which basically means they are tiny bonbons of melt in your mouth perfection. So imagine my delight when I heard that this fine establishment opened up on 20th street, a hop, skip and a jump from me! I just had to go and treat myself to a box of chocolates to welcome them to the neighborhood. Im slightly ashamed to admit it didn’t even last 24 hours in my possession. I always save the adorable little mouse for last!


last mouse

Update: I just saw they have turkeys available for thanksgiving! Adorable.

you turkey