Sunday, May 7, 2017

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

With each season I like to do a wardrobe refresh and pick out a couple new pieces to wear on repeat. In the last few years my tastes have become more muted but I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. I like waking up and knowing that I can put on any top/bottom/shoes combination without having to agonize over whether I'm matching or look workplace ready.

This season I've stuck with a grayscale color palette with a little bit of blush. Draped silhouettes in high quality fabrics will make these items wardrobe work horses for years to come.

Here's where to find my summer capsule:

1. Everlane Double Lined Silk Cami
2. Alternative Apparel Cotton Tee
3. Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant
4. Everlane Chunky Knit Sweater
5. Birkenstock Arizona

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Michigan Cherry Old Fashioned

Image via Tending the Table

A few weeks back Dan and I went to visit some friends in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I found myself completely charmed by the town and it's specialty cocktails with cherry flavors. I needed to find the tart cherry ingredient that I had been tasting. So we went into Cherry Republic to track it down.

I ended up leaving with Tart Cherry Concentrate and after some experimentation, I landed on two great cherry cocktails.

Tart Cherry G & T

1.5 oz gin (something smooth to start with like Tanqueray)
.5 oz Tart Cherry concentrate
Lime juice to tastes
Top off with tonic
Garnish with a cherry and slice of lime

Bourbon Soaked Tart

2 oz of bourbon
.5 oz Tart Cherry concentrate
.5 oz Aperol
1 oz sweet vermouth
Dash of black walnut bitters
Dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish with cherry

Monday, January 23, 2017

... In with the New


Image via One King's Lane

After purging our household of clutter, it became clear that there were important things that we were neglecting. Our sofa has taken a beating since Edie (our Great Pyrenees mix puppy) began lounging on it during the day while we are at work. The dining table we bought last year is starting to get scratched and show signs of wear already. We needed coverings for our furniture and fast! I wanted to find some easily washable covers that would are beautiful, hide stains well, and be machine washable. 

I came across many images of Kantha throws on blogs like The Jungalow and I Suwanee. I couldn't decide if the look really fit our home or not. After a couple of days and revisiting the blog posts, I decided to commit to ordering a lot of 5 kantha throws from Amazon. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with five of them, but once they arrived, I got a ton of ideas.

After wrapping our couch in the first throw and using a second as a tablecloth. I quickly added one to the daybed that I like to hang out on in the office. The fourth now sits at the foot of our bed, and the fifth and final serves as a cover for Edie's crate to block out light. I think that it's fair to say that I went all in on the look. So far they are protecting our furniture, hiding stains and looking beautiful and I couldn't be happier!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Out with the Old...

wood and white kitchen:

Image via Domino by Jason Frank Rothenberg

Some people like to make New Year's Resolutions and do Spring Cleaning. I prefer to do New Year's Cleaning and Spring Resolutions. This is mostly due to the climate in Minnesota. Minnesota winters are far too harsh to commit to a new outdoor exercise routine or a diet of more locally grown foods.

For New Year's Cleaning I had some major goals for getting rid of things that we have an excess of or just too little space to store. We received updated versions of many small household appliances for our wedding. Instead of donating or disposing of our old (and honestly, half functional) small appliances, we held onto them. Our kitchen feels much lighter and more functional after sorting through and ridding it of duplicates.

The next area in which we were experiencing some discomforting clutter was the closet. Our closet has a five foot long bar for hanging our clothes on and for two admittedly fashion conscious individuals, this is tough. He tends to hold onto worn shirts in his favorite fits and I tend to hold onto fraying jeans with holes in less than appropriate places. Our closet is much less crowded and it's easier to get dressed after purging those things.