Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday DO: Read Age Inappropriate Literature

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I have discussed the importance of reading on the blog before, and how much I enjoy doing it. It's like a free escape for the mind. A journey through another world. Many times, we read to expand our mind, or try to delve into complicated subjects, thus innocently ignoring simpler words. Have you ever been enthralled by a book only to realize you are, ahem, quite a bit older than the target audience? Don't lie, you still think Charlotte's Web is a classic and want to reread Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the 8th time. In fact, there are a lot of great children's books out there that should not be forgotten because we have become stuffy important adults. So instead of running from children's literature, I have decided to embrace quality stories if I feel the need.

A few weeks ago I learned there was a fourth (and final) sequel to The Giver. I loved Lois Lowry as a kid and would have willingly read Son at age 12, had it been around at age 12. At 27, I was still curious about the conclusion. Before I knew it, I had reserved the book from the library and it was in my hands when I stopped and asked if I should be embarrassed to read a book that was, in fact, intended for kids. Was anyone looking at me weird? Should I hide it? I came up with excuses. After all, The Giver was published when I was a very little girl... I couldn't have read the whole series as a child if I wanted to (which I did).* So, screw it, I brought it home, read it pretty quickly, and have absolutely no regrets because now I know, and I knew that I had to know. And no, I am not embarrassed in the slightest. One should never be ashamed to love a good story, for imagination feeds us and stimulates us to be happier, healthier human beings.

This Friday, find something for kids, and enjoy the simplicity of the writing. Linger over the words, reminisce over an old story, or simply enjoy an artist's illustrations. After all, the great C.S. Lewis once said "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." I couldn't agree with this quote more.

*Also, I was too cheap to pay the $1 fee for not picking up a reserved book

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

That Sweater Weather

Sweater: 5/8 from Saks off Fifth// Shorts: Free People// Leggings: American Apparel// Socks: Free People// Boots: Betsey Johnson// Hat: Anthropologie

Finally, it's cool enough to wear layers and warm enough to not need a coat. I love this weather, so I have really been trying to enjoy it as much as I can before all my cute outfits are bundled underneath a woolly coat. This was an impromptu shoot; my truck was in the shop and my husband had to pick me up from work and we kinda just fell in love with this fence behind my office. For phone photos, I kinda like the ethereal feel that touched us.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Autumn Garland

Crisp autumn air makes paths for adventure, for creativity. Everything is inspiring - the clear skies, the fall drizzles, the crisp leaves, the green leaves still clinging to life. It's like life has become a plethora of sensations, and it makes me want to change up my living space.

Bringing the outdoors in has always been one of my favorite ways to decorate for the seasons. After browsing various DIYs on Pinterest, I finally found the perfect, simple combination: collect fall leaves and string them up. In the past I have always wanted to gather the beautifully red, orange, and yellow leaves, but I never had any idea just what to do with them. This tutorial, however, gave me one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments. I did choose to press the leaves under some heavy books for a few days since I didn't have anything to seal them with. It worked just fine!

What's your favorite way to decorate for fall?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday DO: Eat Something Fresh

Most of the time when we think of fresh, clean eating, we think of running out to the local farmer's market or Whole Foods. While these are both wonderful choices that always give my meals an extra special touch, nothing compares to picking something fresh off the plant from which it came. Not only is eating something within a few hours of picking the best way to get the most nutrients possible, there is something so... clean about eating an apple fresh off the tree or making pesto from basil leaves just pulled from the plant. And the taste! Oh, the taste of freshly picked anything is enough for me to crave returning to an apple orchard soon....

This weekend, I hope to pick more fall apples, or maybe even some pie pumpkins to make something unique and new. What fresh eating options do you have lined up for the weekend?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Peanut Banana French Toast

Few things are as decadent and simple as French toast. It's a prefect way to use leftover bread that has gotten just a little stale, ensuring that nothing goes to waste and everyone has their breakfast craving satiated. I had picked up some Challah bread the day before making this because it was on sale at Fresh Thyme and I immediately knew my husband would be watering at the mouth and the mere thought of Challah bread. Then ideas rushed to me head. For this recipe, I decided to throw on some caramelized bananas which then led to two spoonfuls of peanut butter for the ultimate sweet and salty sensation.

Peanut Butter Banana French Toast


  • 3 bananas chopped into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (or whatever sugar you have)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 slices Challah bread
  • Peanut butter as preferred
  • Maple syrup

With the bananas cut into bite sized chunks, add them to the melted butter in a frying pan. Cook for roughly 5 minutes each side, till the bananas are brown on each side. Remove from pan.

Whisk the eggs, cream, vanilla extract, and nutmeg into a wide bowl, such as a square pan or pasta bowl. Soak the Challah bread for approximately 1 minute each side. Meanwhile, heat the frying pan from the bananas, adding more butter as necessary. Gently fry Challah for 3 minutes each side over medium-low heat or until each side is brown with a light crisp.

When the bread is done, spread a spoonful of peanut butter on each piece and arrange the bananas over the toast. Serve with maple syrup.

What is your favorite decadent breakfast?

Monday, October 13, 2014

9 Perfect Fall Socks

Since we have already addressed that tall socks are a fall staple here and here, I thought it would be nice to share some fabulous, cozy, and beautiful tall socks perfect for chilly mornings and wearing with an over-sized sweater. These are socks that make me want to sit in front of a fire with a cup of tea and gaze into the sky cracking with daylight.

Marled Cable Knee-High Sock, $14

Ribbed Cuff Over the Knee Sock, $14

Opaque Over the Knee Cable Knit Sock, $13

DKNY Colorblock Over the Knee, $20

Greenwich thigh high, $14

Fidler Tall Sock, $28

Lemon Mystic Over the Knee socks, $16

Sock Dreams Diamond Links Over the Knee, $18

Sock Dreams Striped OTK with Ruched Top, $11

Which pair is your favorite? How do you like to wear tall socks in autumn?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday DO: Find Your Go To Outfit

Do you ever have an outfit/type of outfit that you can just count on? The type of outfit you grab when you have overslept, don't know what to wear, or even just feel like having the perfect day? Everyone's choices will be different. For some it is boyfriend jeans, boots, and an easy tee. Other may find black skinnies, a nice fitting top, and infinity scarf to be their go to. Mine is thigh highs/over the knees, a mini dress, and boots. Everything seems better when I grab these three items. I am so very fortunate to have a job that does not care what I wear, so often my personality reflects through my outfits, and even more so, my comfort. Something about these three items makes me feel so feminine and free, that I know I will have a day full of wonderment and inspiration just by wearing them. When I don't know what to wear, my good friends pull me back into femininity and make any day one with adventure.

What about you? What are your go to items?