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Wednesday
Apr022014

Sites I Love: Food Blogs

Hi Everyone ... so, as you know I am a bit of a foodie.  I am a huge lover all things culinary.  Whether that be eating, cooking, reading about food, collecting cookbooks - you name it / I love it. So - let's get started. 

Up first.... Food52

Creators Amanda & Merrill have cultivated one of my very favorite sites out there.  When they first developed the idea of Food52 (as in we cook 52 weeks a year) they wanted to create a place where people could come together, share their inspirations and TALK ABOUT FOOD.  Since then - the site has grown & evolved into a full scale lifestyle site that doesn't just revolve around food but, food as a lifestyle.  Personally, I think it's a real gem! 

Food52

FoodieCrush ..... I initally discovered FoodieCrush just prior to the release of Heidi's first issue of her amazingly beautiful food magazine of the same name.  Just like Heidi -- I am a HUGE lover (obsessively so) of digital food magazines.  So, the intrigue of a new publication peaked my interest.  And - since that first issue I have been an ENORMOUS fan.  I love the everyday - friendly - and happy attitude towards food.  Not only does Heidi create a beautiful magazine - she runs a lovely food blog & I am constantly amazed at her flow of original content.  I think I pin one of her recipes on a daily basis.  Gorgeous work! 

FoodieCrush

Are you a fan of the decor website Apartment Therapy?  I bet you are.  Cause, really... who isn't?  Well --- TheKitchn is their gorgeous offshoot food blog that is truly hitting it out of the park.  TheKitchn sees themselves as The Kitchn is a daily web magazine devoted to home cooking and kitchen design.  Developed by the same women as Apartment Therapy - you can count on their level of content & quality.  Without a doubt - this site is a HUGE resource and I use it all the time. 

TheKitchn

Not Without Salt is a new one to my regular repertoire. A beautifully photographed food blog - I find the receipes just so appealing.  As her blog states....  "Where would we be without Salt?" ---- James Beard.  How can you not love a site that builds its brand around such a perfect statement.  Check it out --- purely loveliness. 

Not Without Salt

Spoon Fork Bacon.  I owe a great deal to Terri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park.   I don't think I have used another food blog as much as I have SpoonForkBacon. It's a constant source of the most yummy & attractive lookinggoodies. I have ever seen.  There is RARELY a post that I wouldn't scarf down in a heartbreak.  The archive of recipes is vast & scrumptious.  Please --- I beg of you, check out this wonderful site. 

 

**Honorable Metions**

Kitchen Daily: www.kitchendaily.com

SAVEUR: www.saveur.com

Cannelle et Vaille: www.cannellevanille.com

Love and Lemons: www.loveandlemons.com

Smitten Kitchen: smittenkitchen.com

Tasting Table: www.tastingtable.com

 

Sunday
Mar092014

Love List: Things I Am Currently Loving 

Today I thought I would shine a light on a few things that are top of my list these days... better known as a "Love List".  It's been a long time since I put a collection together - so, I thought I would give it a go today. 

{flowers ~ peonies}

{beauty spot ~ lovely displays of beauty supplies.} 

{gatherings ~ huge casual dinner parties with family & friends.}

{blogger books ~ i love when one of my favorite bloggers publishes a book.}

Decorate with Flowers by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor and Sweet Paul Eat Make by Paul Lowe

{beaded boys ~ do I really need a reason?}

So, what are YOU in love with these days? 

Friday
Feb142014

Picture of the Day: Happy Heart Day! 

Source: Avi_Abrams

Monday
Jan202014

So, This Happened..... 

So, last week a pretty big milestone happened for me & this blog.  I hit 40,000 followers on my Pinterest.  I don't know about you - but, that's a pretty big thing for me. I am thrilled that between this blog & that account, I have been able to grow my little place on the internet.  

So, in honor of all 40K of you that follow me & the precious audience that visits this blog I wanted to put together a collection of my all-time favorite pins.  These pins pretty much reflect my style & esthetic.  I hope you enjoy and maybe find something that you don't already have in your own collection.  

** Side Note: the very first image of the camera was the initial "design" idea I had for this blog.  When I was putting together a mood board of things I love & imagery I would want to feature - this image was the first one I ever picked.  I still love it that much!.  

**Side Note: The quote is one of my very favorites and by Albert Camus (The Stranger)  

**Side Note - I have promised myself that I would get a blackbird wrist tattoo before I die.  

**Side Note --- if someone wants to buy me this amazing lake cabin, I would be EVER so grateful.  XO 

**Side Note --- My very large feet will never fit into a pair of Pink Sparkly Christian Louboutins.  So, I have to pin them instead. 

**Side Note - Julia Child is my cooking hero.  I love her more than boeuf bourguignon

Sources: All image can be found via my Pinterest Account.  

Thursday
Jan092014

Style Portrait: Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge 

In honor of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's (Kate to the rest of us) birthday - I wanted to put together a collection of the reasons I think she is a natural style icon.  From casual walks in the woods to the most fancy state affairs, Kate has shown herself to be stylish, modern and sophisticated.  Truthfully, she hasn't put a foot wrong.  

As someone who was a huge fan of Diana, The Princess of Wales and followed her life & style - I have a soft spot in my heart for the royals.  When William & Kate announced their engagement the real frenzy began.  Is there a women on earth more photographed? I don't think so.  And, just as her late mother-in-law each & every style move she makes is photographed & analyzed.  

There aren't many people that can pull off the woods & wellies look as effortlessly as Kate.  

Casual Kate is just as put together as you might see her for a formal occasion.  Including her ability to rock a cowboy hat as she did during the royal couples trip to Canada. 

Kate's style is flawless in her "work wardrobe".  Whether she's visiting charity, royal events or the wedding of friends - Kate has the dress / hat thing down to perfection.  The most amazing things is The Duchess is regularly snapped recycling her favourite looks for public events. And she doesn't care how long it's been since she was last photographed in an ensemble, she's been known to re-wear clothes just days after they were first seen. Thifty Thrifty! 

Bring on the fascinators!

Kate was properly recognised for her ability to rock headwear - trilbys, fascinators, pillboxes, you name it Kate can wear it - by being named as Hat Person of the Year 2012. 

Great sonnets could be written about the lustrous wonder of Kate's hair, but I'm  going to summarise my feelings for this style icon's locks in one word: exquisite. 

We squealed with joy when we got our first glimpse of Kate in her utterly divine Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. It was an image seen by billions and she did us proud. With the dress, Kate wore a Cartier tiara, which she borrowed from the Queen, made by the top jewelers in 1936. Perfection. 

 Nobody does a red-carpet event like The Duchess.  She can rock bright colors, sparkles, lace .... anything! 

"Kate Middleton has been brilliant for British fashion and great for the whole economy. She is a breath of fresh air and has encouraged people to experiment and combine high fashion with high street fashion. There is no one else who has an effect like Kate. It has really brought British fashion to the forefront again. She's a really nice girl as well." - Alice Temperley {renowed British Fashion Designer & favorite of Kate's} 

 

But, at the end of the day --- what's really important is that these two appear to be incredibly happy together.  The addition of Baby George only adds to The Duchesses beauty & style.