Monday, February 23, 2015

Aubergine Dream

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On a freezing cold Saturday, snow unexpectedly falling from the sky, get dressed up, even if it's just for the grocery store, even if it's just for 20 minutes - long enough to discover the car is dead and you need to walk the 1/2 mile to go buy a new battery and lug it home. In that case, go back inside and throw on some snow boots, a sweater, and a big jacket and admit defeat. You win this one, winter.

Get the look: Free People jacket - similar // Vintage estate collar // old BDG jeans - similar // Vintage/thrifted bag - similar vintage // Vintage boots - similar

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Here & There 2.21

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Happy Saturday! How's your weekend turning out so far? Today has been a day of happy accidents for Chris and I. We originally planned to go snowshoeing up in the Poconos but were turned off by the below freezing temperature and weather advisory, good thing though, because our car wouldn't start. Once we finally got it up and running, the snow had started to fall in Philadelphia, and now we're warm and cozy inside while an altogether unexpected snowstorm falls outside. We'll try for snowshoeing tomorrow - maybe we won't even need to go that far to find enough now!

How stunning is this vintage angel-wing caftan?

Spend 24 hours in Paris with Angela

A good one for a snowy Saturday: 5 things to do with a whole chicken from Bex

If you click on any link, let it be this one: Sleater-Kinney + Bob's Burgers A New Wave. Oh, my heart...

Speaking of third-wave feminists I love, this book is absolutely on my must-read-now list

Is it strange to wish I was here right now?

The prettiest phone case

Cute socks to keep you warm (and some cute shoes to go with 'em)

Perfect, perfect jeans

Who ate these as a kid? Always the best no-bakes

You can buy a town in Connecticut (basically Stars Hollow) for less than a Brooklyn apartment (all you need now is a Luke)

Save 30% off everything at Gap - digging these jeans and this pretty sleep top

Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer. this was a great read.

This dress would be so cute for spring - those little daisy straps!

Mmm... this gluten-free chocolate cake looks incredible!

How to clean your house in 15 minutes

Gorgeous pieces for spring from J.O.A. - love that little jacquard dress!

Have you tried this? I've heard it's amazing for your skin

The perfect coat for March - such a great color!

Yoga is for everyone

This might be the perfect sweatshirt

Mad Men in the '70s looks amazing - Meghan's outfit!

Have you checked out my spring essentials?

This Westminster Dog Show quiz is brilliant

I hate February

This would make a gorgeous wedding dress

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spring Dreaming

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Philly finally has some snow on the ground, and I'm dreaming of sunny days and spring weather. Bare legs, the feeling of jeans and sneakers and a tee and that's it, throwing on a dress and a jacket and being ready in 10 minutes. I don't plan on adding much to my closet for the next season, but the pieces I am planning for are simple, go-with-everything clothes that can easily transition into summer (remember summer?) and later, to fall (let's just forget about fall for right now)... here's what's on my must list:

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1. Free People dress
2. Alexa Chung x AG overalls
3. Mink Pink dress
4. Maison Scotch sweatshirt
5. Wildfox sunnies
6. Street Level bag
7. Vanessa Mooney necklace
8. Jeffrey Campbell lace-up heels
9. Converse sneakers
10. Madewell jeans

Since we moved to Philadelphia, I've been working on streamlining my closet as much as possible. Bags and bags have been brought to Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill, and I've held off on making many purchases for the past few months so that when I do, it's something that will seamlessly fit in with what I already have. Lately I've been seriously digging on ShopBop, I love how the selection is curated and seeing brands mixed and matched gives me a better idea of how each piece will fit the puzzle of my style (plus, free shipping and returns isn't too bad, either). On my list for the next season? Perfectly distressed jeans (to wear with oversized tees and everything else), fitted (but not skinny) overalls (wear 'em now with a dainty top and faux-fur coat), a couple cute dresses (perfect with a leather jacket or shredded denim), and versatile accessories, all in simple hues and classic shapes. Mix and match, toss in some vintage, wear it now, wear it later. however you damn well please. Happy (almost) spring, friends.

What's on your list?

Monday, February 16, 2015

City Stripes

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At the risk of suffering the groans and eyerolls of the entire Northeast... finally, some snow! HA. I'm sure I'd be singing a different tune if I still lived in Beverly (that's just outside of Boston for anyone who hasn't been reading me for very long), but man, we've really been getting the short end of the stick in terms of winters this year. All the freezing cold temperatures with none of the beautiful snow.

Cold weather and anything other than leggings and sweatshirts has been... a struggle lately, and I've officially started counting down the days in anticipation of warmer weather. But, for this freezing cold Valentines Saturday, we bundled up and strolled downtown and through Rittenhouse for some hot coffee and people watching (we even saw a marriage proposal!). It's crazy to think that just a few months ago we lived in this part of town, there are aspects of it that I miss -- the old buildings are gorgeous -- but definitely ones that I don't -- parking. I've been keeping things easy this season, living in jeans and simple colors and patterns. I just haven't been in the mood to deal with tights much this year. I received this top from Choies recently and I can tell it's going to be a staple through the end of winter and into spring. I love the slightly boxy fit and drop sleeves, especially with black jeans and a camo jacket. And a pink lip... because for Valentine's Day you need at least a little hot pink in there.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Here & There 2.14

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Happy Valentine's Day! We rang in the day of love with waffles for breakfast, a stroll around Rittenhouse (and a trip to Buffalo Exchange), hot cocoa as the snow flew, and now we're back in our cozy place, listening to the Dead and making pasta from scratch. No crazy dates, no expensive dinners out, just a chill day together, decompressing from what was a really stressful and weird week. Tomorrow we're going to stay in from the cold - it's supposed to get up to a whopping 18 degrees -- and have a work day, Chris has his vintage store to work on (coming soon!), and I have about a million blog posts that I want to write. Are you celebrating Valentine's Day? Remember to show yourself some love today, too, you deserve it.

Jess Amity is having a big sale, and if I were you, I'd absolutely nab this 1970s patchwork suede cape. Also, this hat is pretty much perfection.

Loved this honest post from Angela (and that gorgeous pic of her)

Sassy magazine lives

The world's most perfect loafer... and their low-budget counterpart

I would happily live here

This book looks great and I can't wait to read this.

Feminist Valentine's Cards

Save 40-50% off all sale styles at J.Crew! Including these awesome Vans.

Love this outfit.

This jacket!

Love this campaign from ModCloth - and seeing my old coworkers looking so gorgeous! This suit is beautiful.

Science doesn't lie

These are some gorgeous shoes

26 pictures that will give you some peace for once in your life

Yum - this raw carrot cake looks so good!

My absolute favorite cookbook - what's yours?

These would be perfect for a spring wedding - whether you're a guest or the bride!

I'd love to add this quilt to our bedroom

A blind date with a professional stunt driver

Save 20% off at Asos! Love this crochet dress

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

3 Ingredient Toasted Coconut Butter (It's Real & It's Amazing)

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Game changer, folks. This stuff is so, so good. And so damn easy to make.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve become kind of obsessed with all things coconut, including coconut butter. Melted and drizzled over fruit, spread on apple slices, added to smoothies… it’s incredible. But I got to thinking that I could probably make it at home, and make it even better. And you know what? I was right. With the addition of vanilla and sea salt, and the added step of toasting the coconut flakes, this recipe takes simple coconut butter and elevates it. Knocks it out of the park. Make a batch, and just try not to put it on everything (I'm eating some now with apples).

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Toasted Coconut Butter with Vanilla
makes about 1.5 cups

3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Tools: Baking sheet, food processor

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First, toast the coconut. To do this, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and evenly spread 2 cups of the coconut on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until the coconut is lightly toasted and golden brown. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
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Place untoasted coconut, toasted coconut, vanilla, and sea salt in the food processor and process for about ten minutes, stopping to scrape down the canister as needed.
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Continue to process the coconut until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a seal-able glass container and allow to cool. Cover and store at room temperature (similar to coconut oil, coconut butter solidifies below 76 degrees).
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Serving suggestions:
Spread on toast or baked goods
Spread on sliced apples and top with honey
Make a parfait with yogurt and fruit
Use in place of nut butter in recipes
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This recipe and a portion of this post was originally published on the BLDG 25 blog as a part of my full time work with Free People

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This is 31

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Last week, on my birthday. Jana was kind enough to take a few pics for me to document the passage of another year. On a day when Philadelphia was expected to get over a foot of snow... but got nothing, the dress code was anything but fancy... or festive for that matter. Just my beat up old boots and reliable basics, but that's just fine. Keep it chill, laid back. Have a cup of coffee (or two), maybe even have it in a bad ass new leather cup sleeve (a birthday gift from a good man).

In other news, who's started dreaming of bare legs, dresses, and sunshine? Because I definitely have.

Get the look: Free People sweater (on sale!) // Aeropostale tank // Madewell jeans // similar boots // Black Sparrow necklace // similar flannel // thrifted belt // self made crystal necklace // target hat