Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 27th

JANUARY 27: "Sun" – I can't wait for this to be a feasible outfit. So tired of cold + gray!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 26th

JANUARY 26: "Landscape" – I can't wait to re-landscape our backyard this spring, and a robust veggie garden is on the list.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 25th

JANUARY 25: "Together" – no better combination than Nutella and graham crackers.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 24th

JANUARY 24: "Stripes"

Recipe: Nutella Cream Pies

Is there really anything better than Nutella? I could truly put it on anything. Crackers, toast, graham crackers...or even on a spoon! Having a jar of it in the house is so completely dangerous, so if you ever want to get rid of it (aka pack it into a delicious, indulgent treat), stop what you're doing and make these cookies. They are absolutely amazing. It only makes 12, so go ahead and double the recipe to serve a group (I did it and it doubles just fine).

I decided to switch up my recipe format to make it easier for you to print and save the recipe. Trust me, you'll thank me later when you're in a Nutella coma ;)

Original recipe found over at Bakingdom.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 23rd

JANUARY 23: "Electric"

My Style View on the style letters

Hey everyone – are you all still frozen solid? Yeah, me too!

My lovely pal Maria was nice enough to feature me on this week's Style Views post over on the style letters! We talked shop about winter layering, holiday parties, and how to wear head-to-toe neutrals (my personal fave). Head on over there for the full interview, and to see her other awesome styling tips for the upcoming spring season!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 22nd

JANUARY 22: "Corner"

Etsy Hearts: Cozy Up

If you haven't noticed, it's called as balls outside. It was 7 degrees when I left for work this morning. WHAT! That being said, I won't be running any errands, leaving the house, or getting out from under the blankets without a fight. Here are some of my favorite Etsy picks to get you through the cold front – how amazing are those bow mittens?!

Stay warm, everyone!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 20th

JANUARY 20: "Something You Saw" - been watching re-runs of The Hills all weekend, and I've seen plenty of these!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 17th

JANUARY 17: "Ready" - the only way I know how much time I have in the morning ;)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 15th

JANUARY 15: "An ordinary moment" – this is usually what I'm thinking about at any given time throughout the day. Most nights I cook for my boyfriend, too. Do you guys struggle with this as well? I think it's harder when you care about being healthy/sustainable/budget-friendly, while trying to keep things interesting. It's just food – it should be fun, not hard, but it is! Why?!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 9th

JANUARY 9: "Paper" - The best treats to come out of a paper cup 

Thinking Spring

 collection: ASOS

Something has been happening since the new year began. Each day upon leaving work, it's gotten lighter and lighter outside (I even saw the sunset the other night!). Temperatures have been warming (although temporarily, I know we have more winter coming) and retailers are clearing out all the leftover Christmas junk to make way for BRIGHT happy things. It's terrible to have it so soon, but I am dying of spring fever! I guess as long as my mind is focused on sunny skies, the current gray winter days won't feel so bad.

Here are some of the brightest images from the Spring '13 runway shows, hopefully this will tide you over until March (or April...or June) as well!

I love how the Kate Spade collection just GOES FOR IT. Head-to-toe yellow? Why not! Are you guys already itching for spring?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 8th

JANUARY 8: "Something beginning with T" - I grew this herb last summer for the first time, not knowing what I would use it for, and ended up loving it. Thyme adds a light, crisp sweetness to dishes and it smells divine. It grew like crazy, so I was able to store some in the freezer for winter use. I also love to add it to chicken, in addition to the foods listed. What is your favorite herb?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 5th

JANUARY 5: "Movement" – I miss summer bike rides.

DIY: Elastic Hair Ties

I was this close to buying a set of hair elastics from Anthropologie a while back, but stopped short after I saw the price tag. $12 for only FIVE? Yikes! I put them back, thinking I could find them cheaper elsewhere, until I found a couple of tutorials online and decided to make them myself.

This was ridiculously easy, and I was able to make about 45 hair ties for only $11 (take that, Anthropologie). So here's what you'll need:

Foldover elastic in 5/8" size - as many yards and whatever colors you'd like. Each yard makes about 4 hair ties. I purchased my elastic here, and they are actually running a New Year's promo thru tomorrow, Jan. 6th at midnight: use code NEWYEAR2013 to save 15% off your entire order.

Sharp scissors

Measure and cut a piece of elastic (flat) to 8.25". If you have thicker hair, add another quarter or half inch. Also something to note: the glitter elastics seem to be less stretchy than the solids, so I added a half inch to those. Otherwise, they wouldn't fit on my wrist!

Tie ends in a knot, leaving about half-inch sized tails, and trim ends together at an angle.

Using a lighter, you'll seal the ends to keep them from fraying. Hold the flame close to the ends, without touching them. You'll see the fibers melt a little, creating a finished edge.

And you're done! This is an easy, mindless thing to do while crushing through episodes of Homeland (obsessed with that show) or whatever you please :) I love these ties because they don't leave a big crease in your hair, and they look cuter on your wrist for those emergency ponytails. Hopefully this saves you a couple bucks, too, because I know I won't ever be buying these!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Daily Doodle: January 4th

JANUARY 4: "The View from Here"

Daily Doodle: January 1st – 3rd

Recently, I've found myself taking less time to sketch and draw for myself. Often there's something more pressing to do, or I'm just creatively drained from projects at work. Sometimes, there's no reason  — or maybe I'd rather bake a batch of cookies ;)

To get me back on track, I've decided to start a daily project inspired by one of those ever-popular Instagram photo-a-day challenges. Instead of shooting photos, I'll be interpreting the prompts with my sketchbook and sharing them here and on my Instagram account. Each post will be marked with the tag #dailydoodlejan (and continuing with each month) to keep the posts easy to follow. 

Here are the illustrations from the last three days. Hope you'll follow along thru the month, and hopefully beyond!

JANUARY 1: "Today" - Stars lyrics that seemed appropriate to start the project

JANUARY 2: "Something New" - The Marc Jacobs for Target pouch that I snagged for $20

JANUARY 3: "Heart" - Full of diamonds

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Holiday Snaps

After having 11 days off for the holidays, I was dreading my alarm all night. I love taking time off at Christmas — there is so much going on, it's here and gone before you know it, and without a little r'n'r time, it just goes too fast. I was able to visit with so many friends and family and was reminded of why I love this time of year (but endless cookies and cocktails don't hurt, either)!

So pardon me, as I relive a little bit of my blissful break:

a new Christmas cookie staple (recipe here)

this glittery snow scene was made by Jim's sister, isn't it awesome?

cheesin' at Matt & Taylor's winter wedding

a lit-up Terminal Tower

stocking up at the market

having some Prosecco on New Year's Eve

 out celebrating at midnight

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and thank you all for following along with me and SS in the last year. Your support, comments, and pins mean so much to me as I grow this little brand and business. Wishing you all the best, most creative year yet!

See more and follow along on Instagram.