macramé

I read an article the other day that told me faux deer heads are out and macramé is in, and I mourned for my gold antlers, but also rejoiced because macramé wall hangings are so darn pretty and I could find a place for one in every room. {side note-my antlers and faux deer head are going nowhere because I’m stubborn and they are pretty and so what if they are “out” :p }

sally-england-macrame sally england-macrame sally england-macrame2 three images above via Sally England 

They aren’t cheap, but they are no joke either. The detail in every wall-hanging is phenomenal. Sally England is one artist I stumbled upon over and over during my Pinterest-macramé-binge. She is so super talented and creates these gorgeous pieces of art that are just so jaw dropping.

macrame wall hanging via himo art

diy-macrame-wall-hanging-118-640x960 DIY Macramé Tutorial via A Pair and a Spare DIY

DIY macrame DIY macramé wall hanging via a beautiful mess

All of the macramé DIY tutorials that are popping up are so inspiring and are extremely tempting to try-minus the fact I have zero skills in that artistic domain, and I would ultimately despise whatever I created. So for now, I’m sticking with drooling over the professional’s work :)

danielledelange via danielle de lange 

easter brunch

In a dream world, I would be sharing a wonderful, beautiful brunch that I whipped up in my kitchen and photographed for you all to enjoy. Alas, half of the kitchen is packed up in preparation for the move.So instead, I’m sharing some drool worthy Easter brunch ideas from around the interwebs.

The Easter Regulars:

overnightcinnrolls-27 overnight cinnamon rolls via averie cooks 

southern_deviled_eggs-291x437 deviled eggs via paula deen 

GoatCheeseQuiche Goat Cheese Quiche with Hashbrown Crust via Cafe Sucre Farine (okay this photo is a bit bizzaro, but omg this recipe is amazing. a friend made it for a work gathering once, and I dreamed about it for weeks. I mean…hashbrown crust…)

cream cheese biscuits southern biscuits via sandy nawrot 

The Nontraditional Route: 

Strawberry-Nutella-Stacked-French-Toast strawberry nutella baked french toast via recipe by photo (I mean….)

peach pie whole peach pie via style me pretty  (I’ve been dying to try this forever! has anyone-other than SMP- ever attempted this recipe?)

honey cloud pancakes honey cloud pancakes via things we make 

Spinach-cups3 egg muffins via simply stacie (these are seriously SO easy and perfect portions for a big gathering) 

Libations:

grapefruit mimosa grapefruit mimosas via the flair exchange 

DLF_AlmondMilk-Shake6-2 mint mocha shake via designlovefest

What are you whipping up for Easter this year?

in a week

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I’m two weeks into the 30 day smoothie challenge, and I’m hooked. It’s such a wonderful boost waking up with a smoothie to start my day. I save my favorite for Fridays-Orange Julius: unsweetened almond milk, 1 banana, 3 oranges, chia seeds, coconut oil, and spinach (makes 2 servings). Yummiest treat!

Chris Wiegand debuted the trailer for The American Blogger. I truly can’t wait to see this film. Some of my favorite ladies are featured, and I know it’s going to be such a special snapshot of a portion of this blog world we live in.

Uber is growing, and this time, they’re looking at the fashion industry.

The H&M Conscious Collection launched Thursday, and from the looks of it is already selling out. I’d do some serious begging for someone to buy me those Embroidered Leather wedges.

One fashion writer’s plea for the return of J.Crew scoop backed swimsuits actually resulted in change-and a cheeky ad from president of J.Crew, Jenna Lyons

ABM spoke to my heart in this post about settling into a new place, high expectations, and when to accept that you will always be decorating

A less offensive alternative to Comic Sans, Comic Neue was developed. Will this help passive aggressive office notes across America?

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and over on SoSo/// I shared my Ghiaradeli chocolate perfect pairing, I rounded up links for gardening for beginners , and I day dreamed about my upcoming office space in the new rental house.

The weather this weekend is going to be in the high 70′s BOTH days. I’m smitten. I’ll be attending my nephew’s birthday party (wild Saturday, I know), and Sunday, the girls and I are having one last dinner as roomies in the townhouse. It actually hit me the other night that I won’t be living with my girlfriends anymore, and I was a bit of a mess about it. I’m very grateful for all the big moves and changes over the next couple months, but there is nothing better than living with your best friends. I’m feeling very grateful for the guest bedroom in the new place. There will be plenty of sleepovers in our future :)

Big weekend plans? Any other favorite links around the interwebs?

dream rental:: office space

Aaaah my office. The room I am most excited to start on once we move in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to design our shared spaces, but it’s wonderful to be able to decorate a room completely reflective of you. I can have girly touches in this room. I can paint the walls bright white without a fight. I can close the door and play The Shins and lay on my cowhide rug because it’s allllll mine. So this is the room I daydream about almost constantly.

rental-office-inspiration Trendenser

I fear an overcrowded office. Well-aware of the future messes that will be contained in that room, I need the rest of the room to have a clean look (ya know, to offset the disasters that will ensue).

Desiree-Spinner-Office-by-Trent-Bailey-Photography-00134 Glitter Guide 

office-pink The Every Girl

office-inspiration  Design Files via Dwell

Function is at the forefront of the design in this room. Pretty, but functional. Styled, but useful.

office-org Domaine Home

Here’s my inspiration boiled down:
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1:: White. A lot of it. And where there isn’t white, I want browns, golds, a bit of blue, and some peeks of pink.

2:: Function. I won’t waste too many shelves on styling because I need them to be filled. Creativity is key here because I need so much to happen in this space (write, photograph, create), that I need to have unique places to keep supplies.

3:: Fun. Unexpected. Fresh. I want a room that is constantly inspiring me, a room that I can spend all day in without being creatively “stuck.”

The first room we need to paint is our bedroom, but I want to dive right into my office as soon as we are even partially settled in. I am honestly so so excited to share the progress and eventual final result.

Here is where I need your help! I need tips, tricks, advice on how to store things functionally but with a nice aesthetic. I’m leaning towards a peg board for some often-used supplies, and I have a file-system for important papers and documents. What I need to figure out is how to store craft supplies, paper products, styling materials, things of that nature. Right now, all of that stuff is in a dresser that is impossible to open and close and I destroy something every time I try and I end up just throwing it all in and shoving it closed with my fingers crossed that I didn’t ruin everything. I’m rambling-but for real-what do you do to hide storage or at the very least-make it look pretty and not cluttered?

 

gardening for beginners round-up

BHG Better Home and Gardens

Apple trees, plum trees, fig trees. Blueberry bushes, passion fruit vine. These things belong to two lists: 1-things that will be at our new house & 2-things I know nothing about (other than how to eat the fruit off of).

thisisbrickandmortar this is brick and mortar

I’m pretty clueless on this whole gardening thing, but the new house has so much already planted and so much room to plant more. I would love to add some tomatoes and herbs and beautiful flowers, yet I have no clue where to even begin.

Floral-PerfectPalette the perfect palette 

Josh, on the other hand, is a pretty experienced gardener from working in his grandad’s garden for years growing up. While I usually let him take over in places he is the expert (ahem, the kitchen), I am actually really excited about learning to garden-getting my hands dirty. I want to move into the house having some basic knowledge, so I collected (what appear to be) some great gardening for beginners resources I’ve found in my search.

Also, I would love to hear your tips/experiences! Am I destined to be a black thumb? Is it be a black thumb or have a black thumb?

Herb Gardening 

Tips on Starting an Indoor Herb Garden

Tips for Growing an Organic Garden

Vegetable Garden for Beginners

Plantagram

5 Easy Veggies for Beginners 

Vegetable Garden Planning

10 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Your First Vegetable Garden

Hoping this round-up is helpful to some other gardening newbies out there. If you’re starting a garden, leave your link below, I’d love to follow along!

the dark chocolate and cheese plate::with a twist

Cheese-Chocolate-Plate.jpg.jpg Dark chocolate and cheese are such a classic pairing, you can find the two at every gathering, big or small. Typically, they are paired with rich red wines and salty table crackers to compliment the taste.

As much as I love love love a good wine, dark chocolate, and cheese pairing, I wanted a twist on the typical spread for a recent dinner party. Something memorable, yet tasty.

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So what’s the perfect pair for dark chocolate? For starters, I selected 72% Twilight Delight  Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Bars. What is it about dark chocolate that makes you think you aren’t eating candy? Whatever it is, Ghirardelli nails it with these bars.

The obvious next choice was cheese. I know Parmesan is wonderful with dark chocolate, and oh my, don’t get me started on Brie, but I wanted a standard cheese that would pair well with my next pick-Salt & Pepper roasted Pistachios. The salt paired perfectly with the cheese, and the pepper with the chocolate.

To round off the spread, I provided a “beer tasting” with a couple different IPAs. These little shot glasses made it easy to try out a few types of beers while pairing with the different bites on the table.

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I’d love to know what you pair your favorite Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate with. Share on Instagram with the hashtag #IntenseDark or share it with the Ghiradelli community! You can even discover the #perfectpairing for you!

This Chocolate pairing is sponsored by Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate, but all thoughts, opinions, and tastebuds are my own.