11.30.2011

Procrastination

I should definitely be finishing up my paper. And not be coloring in ornaments. It's almost December! which means . . .
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11.28.2011

Clothbound

I am loving these beautiful book cover designs by CB Smith. Wouldn't you just love to have that entire F. Scott Fitzgerald collection?





11.27.2011

Rain = Perfect Day for Baking

We had a mini bakefest going on in the kitchen yesterday. The first thing that went into the oven was Mama Pea's pumpkin molasses cookie dough balls. They were good to eat even before going into the oven! They were a bit sweeter than I'd like, but delicious nonetheless. Soft, chewy cookies perfect for a dreary day.
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11.26.2011

Salted Caramel Macarons

So I've been wanting to make macarons for the longest time, and when Vicki came over for a baking adventure, we decided to just make some. Some googling provided us with this recipe, and after a quick trip to the store, we were ready to get started. While these didn't turn out looking like traditional macarons, they were absolutely delicious. A bit sweet for my taste, but the caramel was absolutely perfect. Props to Vicki and my sister for making it--it was their first time and the caramel turned out great!


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11.25.2011

Artsy Adventure

Earlier this week my friend Maegan and I went to go the Arts Center here in College Station to see a gallery of photos. Before this, I didn't know there was an arts center here! It was a cute place that served as a great backdrop for an impromptu photo shoot.

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11.24.2011

11.23.2011

Paper Goodies

These intricate paper electronics by Zim and Zou are amazing! Look at all the teeny tiny details.

11.22.2011

Ring Day

This past Friday was Ring Day. For anyone who doesn't know what that is, you can read about it here. It's a big deal. I missed my own ring day, so it was fun to go cheer on my friends for theirs.

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11.20.2011

Light Up

I was browsing through West Elm the other day when these sweet lighting fixtures caught my eye. I can't believe I hadn't discovered them until now. The coconut chandelier is my favorite!


11.15.2011

Lettuce Wraps & Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies


I've been wanting to try this lettuce wrap recipe forever. Delicious seasoned tofu and veggies with crunchy Romaine lettuce. There was more chopping for prep that took more time than I'd like, but I'm lazy. Overall, the recipe was so easy to put together; definitely did not disappoint!
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My friend Kelsey reintroduced me to Chocolate Covered Katie's blog recently. I decided on these pumpkin filled chocolate cookies. I didn't do such a good job in shaping the cookies, haha, so these aren't winning anything in the looks department. They are so rich and delicious though! I love the ingredients Katie uses in her recipes, so I will definitely be making more of her desserts!
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11.14.2011

Something Lighter

I've never heard of Charlotte Taylor before today, but I was so excited to find this designer! How fun are the prints and style?

11.13.2011

Nothing Ever Stays the Same

I try to keep this blog fun and lighthearted, (and mostly full of pretty pictures ;) since I am not much of a writer). I kind of want to talk about something more personal today though. What sparked this? I recently applied for an organization, and one of the questions we had to answer was an adversity we had to overcome and what we learned from it. Writing and reliving memories was painful, but actually somewhat therapeutic. For twenty-one years, I have coasted through my relatively simple and relaxed life. I've been so blessed to have had that for so long. Everyone has to deal with unfortunate situations at some point in their life, and mine happened this year. I had written out a very long recap of what happened, but felt that it might be too personal, and I just don't want to share everything right now. Earlier this year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I know breast cancer has a 99% survival rate and she will recover, but it’s still scary. She underwent several tests, a biopsy, and finally surgery to remove the tumor. This coming week, she will start her first of six rounds of chemo. I've been going home almost every weekend because of this, and it's hard to even express how I feel. I don't want to go home because of the sadness I'm expecting to feel when I get there, but I don't want to leave to go back to school on Sundays either. Around the same time my mom had her things going on, my uncle was diagnosed with a liver cancer. We knew it was pretty serious, but I thought surely he would beat it. Well, he ended up passing away a few weeks ago. This was the first time I had someone close to me pass away other than my dog last year, and it was rough. I don't even know how many times I asked myself, is this real? I just couldn't really believe it. For me, it hurt more to see other people's pain, especially my mom's. My dad was able to be a rock for all of us, and one of the things he said that really helped with the coping was that in life, every person has a number for when they will go, we just don’t know when it is. Sometimes you just need to hear the obvious because in moments of grief, it’s easy to forget things like that. I am a huge believer in fate, and always believe that everything happens for a reason, so while it’s been really tough, it’s helped put things into perspective and eased the pain of the situation. I also have a favorite quote that I always look to in order to remind me: “Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me”.  I wrote it out and taped it to my desk as a visual reminder when I first moved into my apartment this semester. It seems like such a little thing, but I look at it more often when things get tough, and it truly helps me be more at ease with everything. I really believe that having faith in something is so important; it gives you direction and something to lean on.  
Have you ever lost someone close to you?
How did you cope with it?

11.09.2011

Perfect Pair

Ever since I came back from Italy with worn down boots, I've been looking for the perfect pair of riding boots. Today, I came across this gorgeous pair of riding boots! Now that the weather is getting cooler, I definitely need to find some soon. It's pretty much the perfect color/style/everything for me. Not so sure about the price tag though. . . any suggestions?

11.08.2011

Speaking of Light

Loving these unique lighting fixtures. I'll take one of each, please!

11.04.2011

Ball of Light

Check out these awesome ceiling lamps! Look closer...can you tell what they're made of? They're teeny tiny furniture! So creative! I love the shapes created by the shadows.





11.02.2011

Typography is Cool

I love typography, and get excited over a cool font. I actually almost did a research project on type! Here are some of my favorite inspiration images and a poster I did on the typeface Baskerville. I wanted take a more playful approach for this “serious” font.


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