12.15.2014

WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR IN 2014?

This past year brought a lot of unforeseen changes, and as the old adage goes, change can be difficult. However, it also brought a plethora of loves into my life I didn't see coming.  Friendships deepened by living on one of the oldest streets in Santa Fe.  Many of which we spent having fun filled nights turned into early morning talks, making any type of smore you could imagine, a lot of laughter, and experiencing a beautiful baby being born. 

In ways of friendships, it also brought a near and dear friend back into the forefront of my life who I missed deeply. Thank you Father Time for allowing us to begin just where we left off.  A friend from the time we met was my long lost sister for which I will never let distance part us again. There was a patient best friend to both of us that never gave up on the dream of us all being together again. I will forever look back on years past and be grateful for her will to let things unfold as they were meant to. Glad the malakas are back on track. 

Then there's the dreams.  The dream of new beginnings, of believing in your capabilities, knowing your self worth, and doing what you thought you could not do only to get to where you want to go.

If you look behind the scenes of your life and dig deep, I'm certain you will find meaningful moments that happened in the year two thousand and fourteen. For me, these are just a few of my favorites. 


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12.09.2014

TASTE.63 | EAT THY BREAD

Do you shy away from the bread basket once it's placed on a dining table?  I admit, I do. I somehow convinced myself years ago that even though they look and smell divine,  they're just wasted calories and I should save room for the meal or heaven forbid, dessert! Even in moderation and always aiming to live a healthy lifestyle, I will not eat bread from the bread basket.  This month, I'm going against my own grain and intend to enjoy breads with butter or olive oil and balsamic to boot.  If you love bread, but also tend not to eat it as well, here is a delightful recipe you must try sent by the lovely blog, Sunday Suppers.  Doesn't is look delish?
RUSTIC GARLIC BREAD


| ingredients |
makes one loaf
one sourdough loaf
two cloves garlic, minced
one stick butter, room temperature
three tablespoons olive oil
five to seven sprigs thyme
two sprigs rosemary
| directions |
preheat the oven to 400°F
combine garlic, butter and olive oil
slice the bread almost all the way down in thick slices
 and brush each slice with the butter mixture
tuck sprigs of thyme and rosemary in between slices
wrap the bread in foil and bake for twenty minutes
serve warm

| enjoy | 
for dinner with loved ones on a chilly winters evening


12.08.2014

WELL HELLO, DECEMBER.


December....8th! Where did you come from and why are you taking 2014 out like a lion? It hit me yesterday while decorating the tree. It seems like I just packed up the same ornaments such a short time ago. Not that a lot didn't transpire this past year, it literally just flew by.  With many ups and downs, I'll take with me all the good moments that I hold dear to my heart, but will also reflect on the lessons learned while I walked down paths that did not work out. Whatever you may takeaway from 2014, and these last few weeks of December, I hope it's love, peace and faith in mankind.


hand made wreath
how to make vanilla sugar
o' christmas tree
braid me for the holiday
free people romp around in free people's coast to coast
brooklyn bridge (just cause)


Have a lovely one.

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11.12.2014

GO RETRO

For the longest time I have wanted a old school rotary phone.  Not for decor, one that actually works. Sounds weird since I haven't had a land line since maybe the late 90s? Enter Austin and ATT U-Verse.  They roped me into a bundle deal that viola!, includes an actual land line.  Perfect timing for the exact phone I've had my eyes on.  Even if I rarely use it, it's a match made in heaven.

If you're looking to add a little retro vibe to your space, be sure to hop on over to Dot&Bo. They carry some pretty rad items I'm certain the mid-centuriest in you will love.


rotary executive table phone 
turntable 
alia sunburst mirror
nomads blanket tune in radio 
modern mix tape


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11.09.2014

MUSIC ON THE MIND

Have you seen the movie Begin Again from the Academy Award writer/director John Carney? If you haven't and you are one in which music connects to your soul and never lets go, you must watch. Starring Mark Ruffalo as Dan, a producer whose lost his way, and Keira Knightley as a gifted artist, I must admit it's the best movie I've watched in a long time.  I didn't want it to end, I wanted more.  So much so that it made me pull out some of my favorite songs whose words have resonated themes of my life.  It made me really want to know if a producer sees what Dan sees when he hears Gretta's music for the first time.  If you have watched it, I'd love to know what you thought of it, if not, definitely add it to your winter list.


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11.04.2014

THE PERFECT GIFT, ANYTIME OF YEAR.

Even though the holidays are just around the corner, these precious Capri Blue Zodiac candles are not solely focused on the gift giving season. I believe that some gifts just fit for the favorite gal pals in your life.  Snatching them up when found is key to saving them for special occasions or perhaps just the surprise pick me up gift that is needed during the ups and downs of life.

These are an online exclusive offering Anthropologie is carrying for a small period of time.  The artisans of Capri Blue honor the transitions of candle-makers from generations past by hand pouring soy wax blends into recycled glass vessels, infused with exotic mountain greens.  All the signs of the zodiac are available but these signs fall near and dear to my friendship heart.  Let's just say, we balance each other out, which over the years has proved to be a wonderful thing.  See your favorite signs here.


WELL HELLO, NOVEMBER.

Eleven down-ish, one to go.  Hard to believe, isn't it?  With a chill in the air (yes, even down south in Austin), it's hard to believe we'll be ringing in 2015 rather soon.  This November, I hope you enjoy whatever the month brings you.  A chance to give thanks with family and friends, brisk evening walks, wisdom gained as another year passes, and the coziness of a warm cup of pumpkin spiced coffee while watching the last of the leaves fall from the trees.


Have a delightful one.


dried apples
grey on grey
dieppa restrepo leon
another year, many memories
menswear grey decor
florals
hello



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