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take a break this weekend.

22 Oct

it’s been an intense work week for girl, so much so that i wasn’t even expecting to take a break from work. but lo and behold, i’ll be carving out a few hours for some time t0 myself to decompress, destress, de-everything.

i will take this advice!

what are you lovelies up to this weekend?

saturday i’m going to evanston with the boy to meet up with friends at his college reunion! [ah! we are getting old!] and sunday i’m going hunting for my halloween costume. i can’t wait to share!

here’s some fun finds floating around my mind, and the web:

i HATE soggy cereal. looks like i need some obol bowls!

a custom soundtrack to accompany your favorite book? WHAT?

dying to pull the trigger on this kate spade sweater. on sale! LUSTING

a rocking chair for two? don’t mind if i do. i can see many a conversation to be had in this.

the united states of scary things. tis the season.

it’s wellington time!

decorative gourd season!

21 Oct

it’s decorative gourd season!!!

over the past few weeks i’ve been obsessing over every autumnal detail, from pumpkin spiced coffee to capes. when we were at whole foods last weekend i fawned over the gourds display for an enormously long amount of time. this same situation occurred at the local farmers market. BARRELS OF GOURDS!

and so, the seasonal decorating, which will not commence until the end of january has begun. here’s my little pumpkin & gourd centerpiece on the side table in our living room.

hey, whatever makes your day. this most definitely makes mine.

i’m wishing i had a lamp-post to tie some cornstalks to…

…or a front gate on which to hang spooky cobwebs, as spotted in lincoln park.

any decorating tips for this seasonally obsessed girl?

jan’s homemade apple sauce.

17 Oct

no one makes better apple sauce than my mother.

and nothing says fall like walking into a kitchen full of the sweet smell of spiced apples cooking. it was always my favorite treat growing up and a sure sign that autumn was under way. my mom never told us she was going to whip up a batch, it was always the most wonderful surprise we’d stumble upon.

now that i’m on my own and creating some of my own seasonal traditions, i’m taking my first stab at recreating a classic from the autumns of my youth in our (somewhat) adult household.

delightfully, it turns out that jan’s recipe is super low fuss. (though, i’ll admit i called my mom twice during the preparation.)


  • 8-10 apples. (i choose  2-3 varieties)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  1. wash & peel apples.
  2. core apples and slice apples. i quartered each apple and then halved.
  3. combine apples, cinnamon, lemon juice, water, & brown sugar in the crock pot
  4. cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
et voilà!
feeling indulgent?
sprinkle some brown sugar over the top and dunk with light nilla wafers.

a wedding weekend.

24 Sep

this weekend i’m reuniting with some WONDERFUL ladies from college to celebrate a good friend’s wedding back home in Michigan.

{the girls & i back in 2007! house photos in the law quad. yours truly is 3rd from the left}

i am all sorts of crazy excited about the events of the weekend: road trip home, a long weekend, seeing my family, FALL IN THE MITTEN, and seeing girls that i haven’t seen in 3 YEARS (since graduation!).

i cannot believe how inexcusably long it has been since i last danced my hardest with these loves. i’ve been counting down to this weekend & the wedding all month. (kristen, you will be a beautiful bride!)

going with the theme, here are some fun wedding finds, for your perusal:

hand-stitched wedding portraits are so charming & unique

would you ever get married at home? so cozy & vintage-y

how enchanting is this city hall wedding in NYC.

i’m a huge fan of simple wedding rings. lovely & classic gold bands

the perfect light pink nail polish

supermarket flowers for the bouquet. FTW

{ps. CONGRATULATIONS in advance, Kristen & Brian!}

oven baked red potatoes.

18 Aug

irish girl that i am, i love a good potato.

honestly, i’ll eat them any which way. but my favorites are baked potatoes and fries. this recipe marries the two into one delicious savory combination.


  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. basil
  • 3/4 tsp. oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 4-6 small/medium unpeeled red potatoes


preheat oven to 425 degrees

after cleaning, quarter each red potato into wedge size pieces. put aside in a mixing bowl.

combine butter (melted), oil, & spices together in a small bowl. stir well.

pour mixture over the potatoes wedges in the mixing bowl & toss to coat.

use tongs to place each wedge on a baking sheet, skin side down.

bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


VOILA! easy peasy perfectly seasoned potatoes. i like mine all browned and crispy.

if you’re feeling indulgent, sprinkle 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese over the wedges pre-oven baking.

this is my go-to when i’m craving something that feels like a good ol’home cooked meal. a perfect partner for steak!

wise words.

13 Aug

i’m in the process of revamping the art situation in my apartment.

we’re creating a gallery wall above our bed and re-organizing the art layout around the rest of the place. a huge hallway wall is begging for a fresh look. for which thus far, the boy and i have agreed on classic hollywood films posters and perhaps some of his own art(!).

but, i’d also love to pick up some catchy word art.

while perusing, i stumbled upon the fantastically cheery theloveshop on etsy. these prints are just too cute! and in 8×10, they’d fit well on their own as part of the gallery wall, or grouped in a collection together.

i wouldn’t mind seeing these first thing in the morning. especially, the “bonjour” print–both the boy and i are fans of sophisticated gentleman art.

on that note, perhaps the master bathroom! it’s been needing a pick-me-up, and i haven’t done a thing to it since moving in.

a little paint and a collection of fun prints, and voila!

his & hers.

10 Aug

since the boy moved in earlier this year, i’ve caught a homemaking bug.

the easiest place to focus on first was the bedroom, and we’ve made some progress (which i’ll share later). as part of this, i’ve been on a HUNT for monogrammed his & her mugs and a set of coasters for the music studio and master bedroom.

the lovely ms. beth gifted me WONDERFUL monogrammed mugs from anthropologie for my birthday. i’d lusted over these for months, AND LET ME TELL YOU, i think i may have startled her with my excitement.

these are sturdy mugs, which was important to consider given my tendency to swat carelessly at my buzzing alarm clock during multiple snooze extensions. these puppies aren’t budging an inch.

additionally, HOW FREAKING ADORABLE is the design?!

i love the typeface and old time-y feel. they fit so effortlessly into any room.

now that beth has gifted us the perfect mugs, i’m finally puling the trigger on these coasters from the same fabulous store.

handmade by minneapolis potter, kelly brooks in a variety of colors, my favorite are the moody blue set. beautiful bright hues of blue remind me of the geodes i collected as a little girl.

coincidentally, i picked up this geode necklace earlier this summer from anthro. it’s on sale now for 50% off!

my personal style and home style seem to be meeting quite often lately.

so then, we’re one step closer to getting our home together! next step for the bedroom? putting together a gallery wall.

my inspiration comes from the stunning job that Young House Love did on their hallway gallery.

i don’t think we can do as many items in the bedroom, but i really love the mixture of colors and texture. it all works so well!

for the master bedroom wall, i’d like to include trinkets from our relationship (post cards, little notes, travel souvenirs) to bring some variety rather than sticking to photos only.

 time to execute the concept i’ve been toying with since last fall. the mugs and coasters were just the catalyst i need to get started!