Friday Favorites 9.20

I love everything about the end of September, and the entirety of October and November. Ugh ok, even December. I’ve mentioned many times before how the “-er” months are my favorite. Sunday marks the first official day of the autumn season, therefore I think it is completely appropriate to jump the gun and talk about how excited I am for this season!

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There is a running joke on the internetz that white girls love fall because it means, especially for 2013, a new iPhone, #PSL popularity, and UGG boots all the time. I totally laughed when I saw this because I love my iPhone but can’t afford the new model, let alone a 5; I have yet to have a PSL…and I tend to patronize local coffee digs (Starbucks is far from me); I wear UGG boots as house shoes because I am not 17 anymore. But I guess you could say I do like the aforementioned things. The following are things I like a little bit more:

1. An autumn color palette. I told myself earlier this week that once October hits I am going to only wear camel, olive, black, and flannel. Box me up and ship me to Portland where I can wear flannel every day! I am hoping that the Yinzers appreciate it as much as I do! I hear it can get pretty cole-daht-dare in the winnertime! <<-Pittsburghese. ImageImage

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2. The PSL, and other warm drinks. I have started drinking warm beverages in the morning with the hope of bringing cool weather juju to Denton. It is supposed to be 57 degrees for the low tomorrow morning! I’d like to think I helped out with this, but most credit is probably due to a hurricane in the gulf, jet streams, and upper weather lows. I made all of that up. Earlier this week, the lovely and creative A Beautiful Mess girls posted a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice syrup! My day was made! I can have PSL’s all the time now and made from the comfort of my own kitchen!!

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3. Seasonal produce. Speaking of pumpkins, I have already begun to seen signs of autumn in my CSA shares! Yesterday I received butternut squash and sweet potatoes! While I am going to miss summer squash and okra, I am very excited to cook more fall tempered dishes! Maybe I will even attempt a sweet potato pie FROM SCRATCH!

4. Layering. One of my favorite things about the turn of the season is layering! I’m not just talking about clothing, though that is my favorite! Once the temperature drops it’s time to turn off the AC, open the windows, and bust out the extra blankets! Who doesn’t love a cozy bed with flannel sheets and multiple quilts?! I really wish my life were an LL Bean catalog sometimes. I also like layering flavors with my fall cooking! Sweet and savory and sugar and spice. These all make for everything nice! Let’s not forget about fashion, especially when you involve the fall color pallet. Layering shades and textures is something I am really looking forward to! Image

I am so excited to share more with you as the leaves begin to change colors. I am planning some really big things, and will hopefully be more frequent with my posting. These weeks have been so busy!

Hope you all have a lovely Friday!

XOXOXO

Friday Favorites 9.13

Oh man. So I have jumped on the uninspired bandwagon, and have really been looking for a drop off point. I want to blame it on my newer, more busy schedule…..BUT I know the real reason is just laziness. On top of all of that, today has been such a weird day! This, I am just going to blame on Friday the 13th.

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So in light of all things spooky and ghoulish, I’m going to begin the premature dialogue of Halloween. Mid September is still a bit early to start taking on holiday season discussion topics, but I don’t really care. I am super stoked for Halloween this year as it marks the real beginning of fall. Yeah yeah yeah, I know the autumnal equinox is next weekend, but ya just don’t feel it in the air in Texas until late October!

My costume this year has been inspired by a dress I found on H&M’s website and an invitation to read tarot cards at an Urban Outfitter’s hosted Halloween party! I am going to be a fortune telling film star from the Silent Era! After doing some research on the internet, I have found a few films that feature this exact character! Check out my inspiration board on Pinterest! Mainly I am just excited for the hair & makeup, stockings, and tarot talk all night long!

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Do you think it’s too early to start putting together your Halloween costumes?

Happy Friday the 13th, y’all!

Friday Favorites 9.06

There must be something in the air, because I’ve spent these last couple of days at home. As much as I’d like to credit a sore throat and fever to a change in the weather, the thermometer says otherwise.

Thursday and Friday were spent snuggling with my dog in bed when I wasn’t curled up on the couch watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I also made a really awesome soup with tons of basil and bok choy (recipe coming soon). These are my favorite things to do when feeling under the weather. Oh yeah, also lots of baths and hot tea as well! Damn I really miss having that clawfoot tub! Hopefully I get to feeling better soon. I was supposed to go to Dallas and do some birthday celebrating…. We shall see!

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Cheers to feeling better! I have so many things I need to get caught up on! Do you guys have any special sick day remedies?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday Favorites 8.30

Finally August is coming to an end. September kicks off with my birthday! As excited as I am to turn a quarter of a century, the upcoming birthday has been quite the stress inducer this week. I am realizing that I am nowhere close to where I thought I’d be, and, I am nowhere close to where I want to be. I plan to spend the next year working diligently to reach these goals. The future excites me! I just need to keep an open mind and not let my creativity stifle. One of my favorites, I always look to this quote for inspiration:

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Looks like Sylvia Plath and I had more in common than an affinity for ovens.

Speaking of ovens, I have started the process of baking my first pie from the Hoosier Mama cookbook!Image

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

XOXOXO

Friday Favorites 8.23

I have a lot of favorite things. Somehow I have managed to conjure up a post every Friday about them! You know, some of my favorites strike up so much….favor…with me that I have begun to collect them! Some people might view it as hoarding, I see it as creating a special collection. Maybe not so much in the library/museum sense, but one that is a permanent placeholder of meaning.

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The following are favorite things I have begun to collect over the last few years.

1. Mason jars!  I remember my dad drinking sweet tea out of masons as a kid. He would also always save the spaghetti sauce jars, not discriminating again jar manufacturer so long as they held large quantities. I guess my dad has passed that down to me. If I was not constantly re-purposing jars and giving them away, you might be able to say I have a slight collecting problem. My new favorites are the heritage blue collection. I have definitely talked about these babies before…

2. Vintage glass. Where it used to be that I was obsessed with Depression glass, the more useful Pyrex has taken over. I will not turn away an amber Anchor Hocking cake stand if you give it to me though! I wish I would have snatched up all of my grandma’s Pyrex when she was giving it away! She did however give me an awesome China set when I graduated with my undergrad. I have also taken a liking to glass insulators. I just think they are very pretty. Vintage glass of all types will continue to be one of my favorite things to collect. Vintage masons, too!Image

3. Postcards. My favorite things to collect are postcards. I actually require the help of friends on this one. Not only am I holding on to pieces of paper, but also the adventures associated with them. They are so much better than key chains, in my opinion! Plus, who doesn’t like getting snail mail? My estate sale bench is filllllllllled with postcards I have collected over the years. Thanks friends & keep ’em coming!

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Do you guys collect anything? I would love to know!

Hope you all have a lovely Friday and a great weekend! I’m going to be building a bed frame….with lots of help from my friend Erin!

Friday Favorites 8.16

Last week, I spent a very sweaty couple of days in my favorite city with my dad and 2 of my 3 sisters. New Orleans, NOLA, the Big Easy, Crescent City, call it what you want, is the land of Creole and crayfish! My favorite place to be..just not during the month of August, haha! Kidding. New Orleans is the home to so many of my favorite things. Things you can’t find anywhere else!

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If you follow me on INSTAGRAM then you probably know alllll about my little Nola getaway. Last week was crazy! The day I got back from the TXSC conference I moved into my new apartment house, went to work for 1 day, then caught a plane. It was so nice to be in “the City that Care Forgot” with the people I love most. Not having to pay for any meals was also swell. Thank God my dad is a foodie! And the food here is the best you will ever have. Seafood and spice and everything nice. Plus poboys. Plus fried chicken. Plus jambalaya. Plus….I could write forever about Nola’s food! Sadly, this time around I didn’t take a shit ton of food pics. I will leave you with my Nola Favorites Top 10 List! instead!

Annie’s Nola Favorites Top 10 List

1. Cemeteries. Fun fact: Did you know that the words cemetery and graveyard are not interchangeable? Graveyards are burial grounds adjacent to a church whereas a cemetery is strictly a resting place. There are churches on pretty much every corner in Nola, but they keep the dead people separate. A few Canal St. cemeteries are in pretty close proximity to churches…So maybe they overlooked the real meaning of the word? Anyway. I love dead people? That sounds weird. Nola falls below sea level so all the dead must be buried above ground in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums, making the city truly unique. I really want to visit the St. Louis #1 on Basin St. in the Treme….but Travel Advisor says no way, Jose! #sketch

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2. The French Quarter: Mainly Decatur and lots of side streets. Le duh! Bourbon St. is a little too crowded for me, but I am not at the age yet where I will complain. My mom hates Bourbon, Nola altogether really. She thinks it stinks! Double le duh! It’s built on a swamp, the city is constantly drunk, and almost everything in the FQ is covered in frat boy piss. And the roaches. I love and prefer Decatur! Last Thanksgiving I stayed at the French Market Inn, a haunted hotel built in the 1700s on Decatur. Centrally located and awesome! So many of the major sights can be seen here as well!

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3. Cafe du Monde. Need I say more? Always busy. Always fresh. Beignets et cafe au lait.

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4. The National World War II Museum. This is probably my dad’s favorite, and a new one of mine! I am obsessed, no OBSESSED with European history. One of my favorite undergrad courses over WW I&II in Europe. This museum is huge! We’re talking 4+ buildings! We got to watch a doc in 4D hosted by Tom Hanks titled Beyond All Boundaries. Very interesting and interactive! Scroll down to see me covering my ears in a German bomb shelter!

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5. Sno Balls. Forget snow cones! We are not in Kansas (or anywhere else in the U.S. that isn’t Nola) anymore! These powdery, icy treats are native to the city and only really open during the summer months. Where Texas has Shiner Beer, Nola has a sno ball to cool you off! Usually a Plum St. kind of gal, I branched out and tried Hansen’s off Tchopitoulas. We went back  3 days in a row!

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6. Oak Street. That street name will forever hold a special place in my heart. I lived on the Denton version for a few years. It’s also home to my favorite bar, creatively named Oak Street Drafthouse haha! The Nola version is just as lovely. Home to a favorite brunch spot, the Oak St. Cafe, as well as a very eclectic consignment shop where the old lady owners still wear pillbox hats and items are always 75-90% off! Hello vintage Pucci for real cheap! It also turns out that we are the long-lost relatives of the Haase’s Shoes store owners!

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7. FREE Citrus. Well I guess not technically, but I always manage to make it home with a few lemons or limes I snagged from a tree in the Garden District! Locally grown and organic!

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8. Hoods. Treme, French Quarter, Garden District, Mid City, Uptown, Marigny, Bywater, New Orleans is divided into so many neighborhoods! My favorites are the Garden District/Uptown and Mid City. We went to rock and bowl, and then promptly discovered how bad my family as a whole is at bowling. I think my highest score was a 23…. Bumpers, please! Oh yeah, New Orleans definitely has it fair share of ‘hoods’ too. Lil Wayne reps the city! Holly Grove what what?

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9. Magazine Street. So yeah I have a thing for streets. Magazine has so many cool shops and restaurants! Definitely one of my favorites!

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10. THE FOOD!!! I saved the best for last! As you read way up there, Nola has the best food. You also know I didn’t take any pictures. I will leave you with one of my favorites: Parkway! In Mid City! I always get the Reuben….but their poboys are the size of my arm!

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Have any of you guys been to New Orleans? If so, what are your favorite places to visit? If not, please let me be your virtual tour guide! I know so much!

Hope you all have a happy Friday and a lovely weekend!

Friday Favorites 7.26

I know I always say this, but I am so happy it is finally Friday! This will be my last weekend to live in the Pearl House. I almost have 3 years of memories packed into boxes. Bitter. Sweet.

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Ah, but my future is so bright I gotta wear shades! Excitement is really starting to take precedence over worry. I feel like that is a good way to live you life, right? Stop and smell the roses. Try not to sweat the little things….though even that is pretty hard to do during the Texas summer. August is the hottest month of the year! Speaking of roses, here are some of my favorite things:

1. Flower Camera Strap from Etsy. I bought a DSLR camera from my little sister the last time I went home figuring I would use it to take pictures for my blog. I have only used it for one post! As I am a sucker for anything floral, grandma chic, and/or relating to ‘shabby chic’, I had to to have this strap. It poses my camera as an accessory as well as a tool! If I had a sewing machine I totally could have made this. I’ll just add that to the list of things for my future craft room.

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I can’t wait to carry it around and snap some cool pics in ATX & NOLA!

2. Vista Print. Speaking of ATX, I head down south in one week’s time! Still not sure if I will make it in time for the happy hour and clothing swap, but I am gonna try my best! I don’t really want to toot my own horn (I guess that is the point of having a personal blog?) but my business cards came in the mail yesterday and THEY ARE SO CUTE! Good idea wearing those glasses, Annie! I will definitely be using Vistaprint in the future!

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3. While we are still remotely on the topic of floral print, I can’t wait to try that Pinteresty DIY project where you apply vintage wall paper to wood and then go over it with sand paper to make it look shabby and distressed. I have some bookshelves that will be guinea pigs once I am settled into the new place. On the back burner for now.

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4. Tilapia Burgers! Once again, browsing Pinterest lead me to a recipe that was no less than amazing. I love black bean and salmon burgers. Why did I never think to make tilapia ones? I always have the frozen version of that fish on hand!  month or so ago, Kate and I made them (with some adjustments to the recipe). Not only were they photogenic, but they were damn tasty.

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I think I should make my version again this weekend. Recipe coming soon? Some of my lady friends + Kate will be in Denton this weekend. Our last Pearl House meal. Again, bittersweet.

So these are a few of my favorite things. I apologize for the lack of frequency in my posts this week. Moving & packing are real bitches! Once I am settled into my new place, my routine will catch up. (Hopefully!)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend & happy Friday!

Friday Favorites 7.19

Thank goodness it is finally Friday! I didn’t think this week would ever end! I am finally getting to see the Katharina Grosse exhibit at the Nasher tonight! But before that I am going to a conference. Librarian shit, wut wut! Here are my favorite things….errr….well, my favorite person.

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I grew up in a family of 6 kids. Actually, I’ll clarify even more: I grew up in a family of 3 sets of twins. Four girls and two boys. You betcha my mother is crazy and my dad….well my dad is quiet. Of course having any number of siblings will constitute sibling rivalry. But out of all of them, I fought with Sarah the least. We shared a room, clothes, a love for Heath Ledger and much more, though we were not even twins!

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I guess you could say, off the record, she is my favorite sister? Naw I love all of them, just in different ways haha. Anyway, Sarah is a blogger. She used to regale the internet with her hilarious nanny diary anecdotes. Those kids were such crazy brats! Then she archived all of her new clothes from when she worked at a cute San Antonio boutique, Anniegogglyn. Now she just blogs about everything. If you like foul mouthed, well dressed, southern humor you should totally read her blog! She makes me laugh. Check out these adorable & punny cards she makes! I would totally hang some of these on my wall of not already in the mail heading to those far away friends!

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Oh yeah, something else that is pretty cool. SIX DEGREES OF BLOGGER SEPARATION! Sarah is in a long distance relationship with a Pennsylvania boy named Joel Blumer. They met as members of my cousin’s wedding party and have practically been together ever since.

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Joel’s sister is a blogger for The Bandwife and she also works for A Beautiful Mess!  Elsie & Emma, It’s like i practically know them, recently had a post about naming cocktails after people. They named one after Joel’s parents Ron and Sheila called The Late Blumer!

Well I thought it was cool.

Sidenote: I forgot to mention in last night’s post how much I love mushrooms. I used to hate them, but now! Oh me oh my! I did eat my first raw mushroom yesterday! Look at these fun guys that were hanging in my front yard this morning.

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Well there you have it. Some of my favorite things: Sisters, blogs, bloggers, cards, and mushrooms!

Hope you all have a great start to your weekend!

Friday Favorites 7.12

Tomorrow morning, my roommate and best friend will be moving out of the Pearl House. Though she will only be an hour down the road, I will miss her dearly. As I get older, friends have come and gone, but the best ones always remain close no matter the literal mileage between our locations. Kate and several of my other close friends are all beginning new chapters in their lives, why not give them something to commemorate the turning of a new, blank page? One could trace the history of housewarming gifts to way back when. From pineapples to bread and wine to baskets and brooms, housewarming gifts symbolize a variety of ideas from health and luck to freedom and security. I want to give my friends something that symbolizes our friendship and our history, but I also want it to serve a purpose.

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I am a huge fan of the DIY movement. I like to exert a little more effort creating something, choosing a gift, and overall cater a selection or purchase to a specific personality. In this week’s Friday Favorites post, I will tell you some of my favorite DIY housewarming gifts. I think special touches are more appreciated.

Plants

I like plants because they serve a decorative and symbolic purpose, representing health and prosperity. Succulents and terrariums seem to be very popular right now. They are also great starters for novice plant owners, though I have known a few ladies to kill a cactus or two or three. Here are some of my plant favorites:

Egg cup or really any kind of cup planters with either succulents or maybe a small herb plant. Using a craft pen, you can customize the ceramic! Also, how cute would vintage teacups or tin cans be as planters?

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Succulent initial gardens are also another cute customized plant gift. You could even get super fancy and spell out an entire word or name!

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If you feel like being even craftier, decorate the pot you are planting in!

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If you are not much a gardener or crafter, I think fresh or dried flowers in a mason jar are nice, too. Or, you could always let them DIY with this kit!

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Kitchen Tools

The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. Combined, my friends have a very wide range of kitchen skills. Also many times when people move, they do not have everything they need. Aren’t roommates great? I think kitchen stuff, from the homemade to handmade, make great gifts! Here are some of my favorites:

Wooden kitchen tools are an inexpensive and very useful gift! If you know your friends’ favorite shades or future kitchen color scheme, try customizing these utensils with paint! Just make sure it is food safe! Try color blocking or a cool print like geometric shapes!

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Kitchen textiles are another inexpensive route. If you are one of those people who can work wonders with a sewing machine or a pair of knitting needles, how about making an apron or some potholders? I’ll just stick with purchasing tea towels or flour sacks and adding color and prints. Tie-dye, dip-dye, and ombre are all popular techniques. Using paint stamps, fabric paint, or embroidery techniques also are other fun methods. The towel is your canvas, and with cute designs like these, your friends wont want to get them dirty!

Here is a tutorial for hand drawn designs! Remeber, the towel is your canvas!

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Besides utensils, infused salts and sugars make perfect gifts for friends who like to cook. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess experimented with infusing sugars. I want to try my hand at infusing salts with dried herbs straight from the garden. Rosemary and lemon salt? Jalapeno and lime? Those all sounds good to me!

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Decor

The fasted and most fun way to personalize a space is by decorating. Giving your friends a piece to hang in the new home not only helps them out  but also gives them something to remember you by whenever they look at it. My friend Rayne gave us a little baby horseshoe for good luck. I think I can honestly say that it is my favorite little piece in our house. It symbolizes luck and friendship though we are several states apart.

Photos are the easiest way to capture and share images. Now there are several apps that allow you to think outside the frame! Instagrams can easily be printed and turned into coasters, magnets, even a clock!

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Can we just take a moment to talk about chalkboard paint? I love it! If I could live in a world of black and white, I’d like chalkboard paint everywhere! Homemade boards or even a framed version with a cool font, I think these are everything they are chalked up to be!

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There you have it- some of my favorite ideas for DIY housewarming gifts. I didn’t even get to talk about my love of pegboard! Soon I will be posting my own tutorials for DIY gifts. Until then you can take a look at my DIY board on Pinterest.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

XOXOXO

Friday Favorites 7.05

I think all of America might be hungover this morning. Or, very very tired at the least. With the 4th of July falling on a Thursday this year, many people had to return to work the next day. On a Friday! A bit torturous, Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty! Thankfully I stopped drinking around 8 PM last night and went to bed around 10. I don’t really care that I missed out on the fireworks this year.

I don’t have a list favorite things for you this Friday. If you want to know what I am really digging at this very moment, I’ll tell ya: ib profen, lots of water, iced coffee, and my memory foam mattress topper. Sadly I will be apart from the last one for the next 8 hours. I thought I would instead share with you some of my photos from my Fourth.

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Hope you all had a fun & happy 4th of July! Can’t wait to share more with you next week.

XOXO

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