weekend wishes

weekend wishes | waffles for fallHappy weekend lovelies! What are all of you up to on this last official weekend of summer? We just got home from an extra early trip to the farmers market and made another stop to the flower shop. I know you’ve probably noticed a plethora of flower pictures on my Instagram feed lately purely for the fact that I’m completely smitten with our local flower shop. Yeah I’m slightly obsessed, so those pictures won’t stop anytime soon! Now I better be off to get all my produce washed and flowers in water. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and keep reading for my favorite links…

This store is a must stop and see in the Big Apple.

Oh the beauty in Paris Mornings

I could certainly use a new pair of flats for the season.

Sometimes it’s all about the fashion out on the street during NYFW.

London… This city will always be special to me since it’s where R proposed.

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with a twist : perfect cup of coffee

with a twist | perfect cup of coffeeIn addition to being a self proclaimed chocolate, ice cream, and pizza connoisseur, I’m also a coffee one as well. Most coffee drinkers would agree that there is nothing like a good cup of coffee, whether it be first thing in the morning to get the day started or an afternoon pick me up. Now I may not be an expert barista on this subject, but perfecting a good cup of coffee is something that I’ve been trying to master for quite sometime. So for the past few months I’ve set my coffee machine aside, and went back to the brewing basics. And along the way I discovered the classic pour-over method is the simplest and best way to make the perfect cup of coffee. Keep reading for more…

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Perfect Cup of Coffee

*makes 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee (I like my coffee a little strong, if you don’t like it as strong use 1 tablespoon of coffee)
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Instructions

  1. Set up your pour-over coffee system with filter. (I love using my Chemex Coffeemaker)
  2. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of coffee grounds into the filter.
  3. Pour a small amount of boiling water over grounds, known as the wetting process, allowing the grounds to bloom.
  4. Then add more water until desired amount is brewed.
  5. Pour into you favorite cup and sip away.

 

 

five favorite dresses…

five favorite dresses | pintura silk shift{Pintura Silk}

Ninety percent of the time you can find me in a good pair of jeans, but that remaining 10% I’m bound to be in a dress. Now that ratio will probably be reversed during the warmer months, but after a late night Anthropologie binge I may be convinced otherwise. So I’m sharing my five favorite dresses for fall that can all be paired with a bootie. What do you think? Any favorites?

five favorite dresses | damson{Damson}

five favorite dresses | windowbox shift{Windowbox}

five favorite dresses | eaves{Eaves}

five favorite dresses |  trompe l'oeil lace shift{Trompe L’oeil Lace}

*This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

bon appétit : roasted butternut squash and carrot soup

bon appetit | butternut squash carrot soupUsually if butternut squash is in season, this salad is on the menu but I wanted to try something different with this fall-harvest squash. And since we are on the cusp of entering soup season, my latest loot of butternut squash from my CSA box, was telling me it was time to get a head start and whip up a batch. So over the weekend, I spent a very rainy Saturday afternoon in the kitchen doing just that. The key to this soup is to roast the squash, alongside carrots, garlic, onions, and thyme to bring out all the flavors. Perfect for a light fall lunch or serve with crunchy toasted bread for dinner. Keep reading for the recipe…

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

*serves about 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup of carrots, peeled, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 white onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash, carrots, onion, thyme and garlic with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, 40 to 50 minutes, tossing them.
  3. Remove thyme sprigs; working in batches, puree vegetables and broth until smooth in a blender.
  4. Transfer soup to a dutch oven or large pot, add cinnamon and ground nutmeg, and heat through.
  5. Season to taste, (garnish with thyme if desired) and serve immediately.

have you heard…

have you heard | OliveBox

Attention all paper lovers… Have you heard of OliveBox? I was recently introduced to this box full of paper goodies, when I received a three month subscription as a birthday gift. Founded by Grace Kang who also runs Pink Olive, OliveBox offers beautiful hand-picked paper & lifestyle products delivered monthly to your door. Each box has a theme and contains paper goodies that can range from a beautiful book to charming cards. It’s the perfect gift for any creative or paper lover, like me! For more info be sure to cheek them out here and don’t miss the darling shop too.have you heard | OliveBox | 2

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*images via OliveBox

up close and personal : the new sofa

up close and personal | the new sofa
If you follow me on Instagram you know that our custom ordered sofa finally arrived! With a few sitting sessions on it over the weekend, I started thinking that there comes a point in life where saving for that new sofa versus the latest fashion piece takes precedence. And as of lately, I’m finding out that I have reached that platform. Don’t get me wrong I still love a great handbag but the thought of splurging on something that I can have some quality R&R time is just more appealing. How about you? Are you all about saving for that latest fashion trend or piece for the home? I’d love to here about it! Have a fabulous Monday!

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | bouquet in brown paperHope your weekend has been full of fun so far! We had a non-stop day of rain yesterday but thankfully it stopped for our evening concert outdoors. And with more rain headed our way today, I’m sure you’ll find me this afternoon soaking up some reading time on our new sofa that arrived Friday. What are all of you up to today? Keep reading for my favorite links…

How adorable is this launch party! I of course will be making a stop at Target to check out the *Wit & Delight collection!

Carmel sauce recipe that’s just in time for apple season.

73 questions

I prefer to bake from scratch, but there is a big exception for the salted chocolate chip cookie mix from not without salt.

Come to find out I’ve been rolling up my sleeves all wrong!

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