musings for september…

musings for september | 2015Can’t believe it’s the last day of August… Tomorrow we’ll be welcoming a new month full of fall possibilities as we say goodby to the carefree days of summer and hello to the structured days of September. It’s time to switch gears and transition to darker lipsticks, hot tea for cooler mornings and of course set aside time for The September Issue to help prepare for that autumn state of mind. This month I’ll be whipping up one last peach dish while they’re still in season, DIY-ing a doormat to help welcome guests, and sharing a few favorite drugstore beauty buys. Stay tuned for what’s to come!

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links and things | surprise red roses from the hubs{surprise red roses form the hubs}

Never have I ever been more excited for the weekend… But at the same time it’s a bit bittersweet since it’s the last one in August and soon we’ll be saying goodbye summer altogether. On the agenda is a couple days spent doing some of our favorite things to soak up these last moments with the season. A trip to the farmers’ market, afternoon coffees, and a sunset hike (if it’s not too crazy hot) are just a few activities I’m looking forward to. What are you up to? Whatever it may be, I hope you have a good one!

links and things | obsessed with metal chairs{obsessed with metal chairs}

links and things | ice cream with sprinkles{ice cream with sprinkles}

Cocktails of New Orleans.

A few date night spots that I’m adding to my list!

The perfect mix of old and new in this French apartment.

What’s the shape of your lipstick?

The perfect way to say goodbye to strawberry season.

DIY : tassel bracelets

DIY | tassel bracelets

Tassels are currently having a major moment in the world of fashion. From shoes to earrings, everything seems to be adorned with this threaded ornament. I’m hopping on this tassel wave too with a fun bracelet. The steps couldn’t be easier and the final look couldn’t be more adorable! Keep reading for the instructions…

DIY | tassel bracelets | supplies

Tassel Bracelets

Supplies

  • 10 mm wooden beads
  • jewelry cord
  • assorted color embroidery thread

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Instructions

  1. Cut jewelry cord to desired length and string beads.
  2. Wrap embroidery string around three fingers about 20 times (or to desired thickness).
  3. Cut a 6 inch piece of embroidery string and place between your fingers and string. Tightly tie a double knot.
  4. With another 6 inch piece of embroidery string, wrap the thread around the entire shape several times beneath the cinch and knot to secure.
  5. Cut bottom end and trim as needed.
  6. In the middle of your stringed beaded bracelet, loop under string from the top of the tassel.
  7. Secure with a knot, trim off excess and tie on wrist for some fun arm candy!

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simple savorings : salad slump

simple savorings | salad slumpAs of lately I’ve hit a dead end with some of my go-to salads. The usual round up of Caesar, watermelon, and Greek just aren’t cutting it these days and I’m finding myself in a salad slump. I’ve spent much time scouring though cookbooks and drooling over everything but leafy greens on Pinterest and still nothing has jumped out at me. Not to mention that our season of the freshest produce, like juicy ripe tomatoes is nearing an end, which clearly doesn’t help my case. Any salad recipes you’d like to share?

with a twist : peachy bourbon smash

with a twist | peachy bourbon smash | 1Last month R and I celebrated our one year moverisary to Austin and I asked him to whip up a couple cocktails for an at home celebration. Little did I know I’d be requesting this new concoction on a weekly basis. Inspired by the season and our newfound love for the South, he whipped up the perfect drink… Peachy Bourbon Smash. The sweetness of drip down your arm ripe Fredricksberg peaches, zesty lime, freshly muddled mint, rich and caramel-y (my new word) bourbon topped with sparkling water for a refreshing finish. If you ask me it’s a southern summer in a glass… drink well done, Hubs! Keep reading for the recipe (which he kindly agreed to share, Thanks R!)…

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Peachy Bourbon Smash

*makes 1

Ingredients

  • 3 peach slices
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 3/4 ounce of peach liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon
  • sparkling water

Instructions

  1. In a low ball glass, muddle together peach slices and mint; set aside.
  2. Juice the lime in a Boston shaker and add peach liqueur, bourbon, and ice; cover and shake well.
  3. Strain into low ball glass with muddled peaches and mint.
  4. Add ice and top with sparkling water; serve immediately.

essential pieces : the white tee

essential pieces | the white tee | 1u-neck tee, shorts,sandals (not shown)}

Welcome to another edition of essential pieces! Today we’re talking about something that should be in everyones closet, the white tee. It’s a wardrobe foundation piece that can easily transition from casual to dressy by pairing it with denim and sneakers or a pencil skirt and heels. And I think we are all pretty much on the hunt for the perfect one… v-neck, crew, scoop, with pocket… the list goes on. For me it’s a combination of v-neck and scoop found in this just right u-neck style by Everlane. Soft and lightweight, this t-shirt is an all year round favorite!

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links and things | after the afternoon rain{after the afternoon rain}

We finally welcomed some much needed rain this week and I’m hoping it will continue on throughout the weekend. Today I’ll be finishing tedious tasks like a trip to the dry cleaners and a bit of cleaning around the house so I can fully dive into weekend mode. I’m looking forward for a little Tex-Mex this evening (which is, if you ask me, a great way to end the week), catching a movie with R and some good old fashioned lounging on the couch these next couple of days. Hope you all have a good one! Keep reading for more links and things…

links and things | quick stop at the candy shop{quick stop at the candy shop}

links and things | weekend mornings and the perfect spot for two{weekend mornings and the perfect spot for two}

United States of Emoji.

Pro tips on how to make the best BLT!

A San Francisco house tour with one of my favorite bloggers.

The cutest gem sidewalk chalk.

Beautiful barn home in the Hudson Valley.