Sunday, August 2, 2015

Here & There 8.1

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Happy Sunday! How are you spending your weekend? We went to see Trainwreck on Friday evening, had a wine and cheese on the stoop date last night, and are headed out for a hike this afternoon. The heat has been unreal, I know - heat? In summer? - but really. We've both been taking any and every opportunity to escape it, and we're counting down the days until we head to the ocean for a friend's wedding. Stay cool, friends. Also - can you believe it's AUGUST?

All the hair inspiration you could ask for - in one place

The most perfect vintage summer dress

Are you on PoshMark? I just joined so I can seriously clean things out around here.

Classic cross body bags for fall - I've got my eye on that push lock number

Made this for dinner the other night and it was SO. GOOD.

Have you checked out ModCloth's new namesake line yet? Super cute, especially for an office.

How to repot your houseplants (I need to do this)

How pretty are these boots? I can see them with distressed denim and a tee for now or a big, chunky sweater for later.

How to meditate

My kind of wedding accessory (love this dress to wear with it, too). Just kidding... kind of.

My favorite write up I've worked on to date - such a wonderful soul

Everyone at the office is obsessed with this skirt - so cute!

Who else is excited about the return of clogs this year?

Really want to try this DIY hair repair mask

Really want to try this all natural deodorant. And I'm freshly obsessed with this French face cream

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gluten Free Sour Cherry & Ginger Scones

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The one problem with going on "vacation" to your mom's house? Being wrangled into picking the year's crop of sour cherries at 7am on a Sunday while still in your pajamas. The reward, you know, besides spending quality time with your mom, being the return home with a pound of perfectly red cherries. Tiny, tart, and bright red, sour cherries have a short season at the end of June through beginning of July depending on where you are in the country. They're not as sour as you'd think and lend themselves well to just about everything - sauces, pies, jams, baked goods - but especially sweet things where their tartness has something to play against. The crop this year was impressive and a few days later I made my way home with pot full of them sitting in my passenger's seat and no ideas in my head on how to use them other than straight up eating them, which, you know, I did happily. After some deliberating I landed on scones because I was craving something cake-like but not too sweet... and hence, these gluten-free oat scones were born. Like their brethren the zucchini bread, I recommend eating these warm with plenty of grassfed butter (I like Kerrygold) and an inappropriately large mug of coffee. Because why not.
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Gluten Free Sour Cherry & Ginger Scones

1 cup oat flour (use a coffee grinder to make your own from rolled oats)

1 cup oats

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 + 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

Generous pinch of sea salt

1/3 cup solid coconut oil or chilled grassfed butter

1 egg

2 tbsp almond milk

1 cup pitted sour cherries (read tips below)

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/4 cup almond flour or extra oat flour, for dusting

Tools: Baking sheet, parchment paper, large bowl, small bowl, pastry cutter or fork

Before you do anything, pit the cherries. You can use a cherry pitter, but I've found the fastest, least wasteful, and easiest way is to just squeeze out the pits over a bowl. Place the cherries in the bowl with any juice that may squeeze out and toss the pits in a cup before discarding.

Preheat your oven to 400 F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the oat flour, oats, coconut sugar, baking powder, ginger, and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Use a fork to cut in the solid oil or cold butter until the mixture resembles cornmeal.

Whisk the egg and almond milk together in a small bowl. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the cherries and the grated ginger.

Dust a cutting board with some almond flour or extra oat flour and turn out the dough. Pat the dough into two large hockey pucks and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.

Remove from the oven and, while still warm, carefully cut into sections with a sharp knife. Cool on a wire rack (or eat immediately, I won't blame you if you do). Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Here & There 7.25

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Happy weekend, friends! How are you celebrating? By the time this is up, I'll be back in Philly and sleeping my Sunday away, recouping from a whirlwind trip. The past few days were wild, but so, so good. Hope it's amazing, whatever you do!

Have you checked out Looklist yet? Such an amazing resource for inspiration...

Unique Vintage is having a huge swim sale! Love this cute suit

This vintage '70s gauze jumpsuit is sheer perfection

What a perfect summer getaway

The perfect boots for fall (love that lace-up pair)

It's funny 'cause it's true

Have you checked out the Nordstrom anniversary sale yet? Love this tee-shirt dress, these classic Nikes, these perfect black ankle booties, and this cute swing dress.

Going to an August wedding? Wear this

Are you neurotic? Because I sure am

Cute things for your home - love these geode coasters and this gold cocktail set

How to camp and actually enjoy yourself

Have you checked out the new Alexa Chung x AG collection? So in love with that jumpsuit!

Yum - this looks amazing

Digging this grunge-inspired brand

Do you have a Proustian madeleine? Loved this piece

Such pretty hair accessories - love the crescent moon pin

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Forever & A Day

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Photos from Maine, written in Paris, published in Stockholm. Life is wild. Full explanation of recent events to come. But for now you can follow along on this unexpected adventure on my instagram, I took these a couple weeks back while in Maine for Independence Day, it was a solo trip, really just a chance to hang out with my mom and chill for a bit while also shooting for work. The city had been closing in, as it tends to do, and a long weekend presented the perfect opportunity to get the hell out of there. As I've grown older I've felt my patience for city life waning, funny, because as I kid I wanted nothing more than to escape the wilderness for bustling, brimming, frenetic NYC. HA! These days I'm perfectly content in my mother's garden, or sitting on the bench in the back yard. Give me some grass and a fire pit and I'm happy.

It has honestly been ages since I took my own photos, shameful, I know. Since we moved to more urban areas with people around, I've felt myself relying more and more on Chris to take quick photos while no one is coming. Convenient, yes. Creative? Not always. So it was nice to take a few minutes while picking snowpeas from my mom's garden to play around with the tripod again, experiment a little, and get back to shooting my own stuff. Even if it is relegated to my mom's backyard.

Get the look: FP sandals (more options here) // Free People slip dress // Lack of Color hat (similar) // Vintage jewelry (check out my Etsy faves for more items I love) // FP bra //

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

En Scene

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Let's not pretend this outfit hasn't been worn before, but a good thing is a good thing and in my weakened state (hello, annual summer cold) my mind turned to "hey, maybe getting dressed will make me feel better." It didn't, but I felt cute despite my severe congestion and general crappyness (that's a word, right? Please pretend it is). I love the pairing of this top and skirt, and the addition of black lace-up sandals makes the whole thing feel more complete than my old brown pair, summer perfection.

If there's one thing I'm terrible at (lies, I'm terrible at a lot of things) it's taking care of myself when I'm sick, especially in the summer. My mind is all "it's so nice out! Why do you feel so crappy, body? Let's do stuff!" and my body's all "I hate you." Despite Chris' pleas for me to take a nap, I force myself to stay awake, against better judgement. And yes, I'm that person. I'm that person who drags herself to work with a cold. I know. Not only setting an awful example but eventually having to admit defeat and drag myself back home (this has happened twice this week). So... I need to get better at this. Because it's no way to live. Any tips?

Get the look: Thrifted top (similar) // Madewell skirt // Free People sandals (options here) // Vintage necklace // Vintage bag // Vintage bracelet 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Here & There 7.12

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Happy weekend! It was back to city life this week, a painful adjustment after five quiet, chilled out days up north. After a long morning run, Chris and I hung out around the city today, a much needed day date after several days apart. Tomorrow we're headed up to New Hope/Lambertville with some friends for the day and I'm looking forward to checking out some vintage shops. Have a great weekend!

How gorgeous is this vintage '70s maxi dress? Love the beading!

Such a cute gingham dress for summer - love this cute purse too.

Can't get over the beauty of this vintage turquoise bracelet 

This looks like such a cool exhibit 

New favorite tumblr. THIS

Have you shopped the Nordstrom anniversary sale yet? Love this bag and this freaking dress

You guys... it's the kitchen of the future

Um, the Cosmic Box subscription sounds amazing!

Pretty cross body bags for summer - how pretty are those stamped leather pieces?

Save an extra 40% off J.Crew sale items! Love this cute sweater.

Perfect books for your coffee table

The shoes for fall - loafers forever!

This article was really interesting

All Forever 21 sale is buy one, get one!

Let's all get over the different ways women speak, ok?

Obsessed with these classic bags - love this cream colored one. How pretty is this necklace, too?

Monday, July 6, 2015

In the Green

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I'm surrounded by green this week. the smell, the sound, the sheer taste of it in the air brings back so many memories and invites relaxation. Sweet fern and alfalfa growing by the roadside. Pine trees spreading their limbs to canopy above. The cat slinking through tall grass. The stress leaving my body is a physical sensation, melting from the top of my head and out through my toes. In these moments the thought of living in the city feels absurd, an impossibility. An uncomfortable fact.

get the look: Free People tank // Aero bra // Mexicali Blues pants // Birkenstock sandals // vintage necklace (similar options here)