giveaway: win $100 at olive austin!

today i am very pleased to announce that i’ve teamed up with olive boutique for my latest giveaway! this awesome indie shop is nestled in a little white bungalow in east austin, texas, and is run by photographer, stylist, and photographer laura uhlir. she launched the shop with the aim of sharing her ever growing vintage collection, and passion for smart design. i follow her on instagram, and am constantly falling in love with all of the cool indie designs she stocks in her shop. so much so, that it’s making me want to plan a trip to texas to see what it’s all about! but fear not, even if you’re not headed to the area anytime soon, all of her offerings are also available in the online shop. and today, we’d like to offer you the chance to win a $100 gift card!

to enter: simply visit olive and tell us which item in the shop is your favorite.

the fine print: this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after tuesday, november 18.

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heinui

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there’s just something about vintage workwear that really gets me going. a perfect pair of selvedge denim dungarees, a rugged chambray work shirt. so perfectly nostalgic and staunchly american. if i could find such menswear to fit my body, i would certainly wear more of it in my daily life, but alas, i am not built with the body of a man. and nor do i want to be. so when i laid eyes on this dress by heinui, i knew i had found something good. it’s made of the most amazing japanese chambray, but constructed in a decidedly feminine shape. it’s actually a lot more sophisticated than most of the clothes in my wardrobe, but it’s not delicate or precious in the least.

wearing:
ellis dress courtesy of heinui
rachel comey mars boots
clare v. messenger
the runwell watch courtesy of shinola





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closet cleaning season

the seasons are changing, and i’ve been going through yet another massive closet-cleaning session, getting ready to let go of all those clothes that have just been taking up space in my closet. this time, i’m saying goodbye to a ton of cute party dresses by boutique designers, as well as a good chunk of barely worn high street pieces. unfortunately, while i might be long on clothes, i’m short on time. so for this round, i’ve teamed up with twice to offer you the chance to shop my closet. this week, i’ve been packing up dozens of dresses, separates, shoes, and bags for an upcoming calivintage pop up shop! all of the pieces you see here (and like 80 more pieces) will be up for sale online very soon!

the nice thing about the service is that all you have to do is request a selling kit and then ship off all of your used items to be photographed and listed for sale on the site. from there, you simply wait for a check in the mail. i just don’t have the manpower to list all of this stuff online and then pack and ship that many boxes, so this really is the next best thing. everything will be ready to go soon, so consider this your sneak peek. and i’ll give you guys the heads-up when the pop up shop is open!




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goodnight, day fall 2014

despite the fact that the highs will be reaching near 90 degrees this week (in october!), we have been generally experiencing our first hints at cooler weather. which makes the novelty of bundling up in warm, cozy knits all the more exciting around these parts. last week, we all exclaimed how chilly it was when the morning temperatures dropped to 50 degrees, haha! and i pulled out my sweaters so i could wear them at least during the early hours of the day. so of course, it only seems fitting to share the fall 2014 lookbook from one of my favorite knitwear designers, good night, day. i’ve been following tara lynn online since probably before i even started this blog. and i’ve continued to admire not only her work, but her dedication to hand-crafting beautiful knits with sustainability and fare wages at heart. she knits every piece with fairly traded natural wools from south america. not only that, but in addition to all of the hand-knits you see here, she has published a series of knitting books, so you can try your hand at making your own!

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myrtle fall 2014

the new myrtle fall 2014 look book was just released today, and i think i’m in love. this local la-based shop has an amazing and ever-expanding selection of some of my favorite indie designers, and her look books never disappoint. shot in the historic holmes-shannon house in los angeles by megan mcisaac, the latest collection features pieces by shop favorites dusen dusen, samantha pleet and wrk-shp, and also introduces many new-to-the shop brands like charlotte stone, delfina blada, diarte, j southern studio, loup, and roos vandekerchkhove.

photography by megan mcisaac
modelled by claudia cassina and natalia hawe
styled by whitney bickers
all clothing is available for purchase at myrtle boutique













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giveaway: ricardo medina shoes

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today i’m excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of ricardo medina shoes.  medina has been designing and making shoes in mexico since 1984, starting with the original ‘botines‘ that i’m wearing in this post. his designs are inspired by the indigenous cultures of north america and the pre-hispanic and mediterranean influence from his travels in mexico and southern europe. every shoe is made with natural leather and cut, sewn, stitched, and woven by hand using recycled materials, making each pair unique on its own. and today i’m excited to be able to offer you the chance to win any one pair of shoes from his women’s collection!

to enter: simply visit ricardo medina shoes and tell us which pair of shoes is your favorite in the comment section below.

the fine print: this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after monday, november . the winner will receive their pick of any one pair of shoes available at ricardo medino shoes. all styles are hand made and take approximately 2 – 3 weeks to be made and packaged.




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little lion

my poor little baby was having a rough time teething last night, but he was still a good sport and let us dress him up like a little gentleman lion for halloween. our neighborhood here in redlands takes the festivities very seriously. we live in the downtown historic district, and several main thoroughfares close to traffic to accommodate the over 17,000 trick-or-treaters who flock to the area to get a look at the fantastic halloween decorations and haunted houses lining the streets. that and the candy, of course. it was actually a little too hectic for my taste. we walked down the street to let adam look at all the excitement, but the crowds were so large that we decided to go back home to enjoy the lighter trickle of kids passing by.

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homemade halloween candy

i know i’m diverging a bit from my usual path, but i decided to interrupt your regularly scheduled outfit post for something a little different. i can count the number of times i’ve posted about food on this blog with one hand, which is actually pretty funny considering the fact that i’m a certified pastry chef. that’s right, in another life long ago before i ever had a blog, i went to culinary school and worked as a cake decorator. it was a pretty fun time in my life, but i eventually moved on because i was young and still wanted to try out a few more things before settling on a profession.

fast forward a good many years and i’ve decided to have some fun in the kitchen again. mostly thanks to a great deal of persuasion from my sister, who’s convinced me to share some of our collective culinary prospects here on the blog. she’s been itching to spend more time preparing home cooked meals, and now that adam is getting a little older, i would really like to do the same. it’s a much healthier lifestyle because we tend to be a bit more conscientious about what we buy at the grocery store and put into our own meals than they do at the local burger joint. case in point: i suggested we try making some of our favorite candies for halloween. not exactly the healthiest idea, but once we started perusing recipes online, we pretty much knew that we wanted to try out healthier alternatives. we made almond butter cups with dark chocolate and no added sweeteners, and our own version of almond joy using agave-sweetened coconut flakes.

you’ll have to forgive us while we iron out the kinks, but hopefully these first two recipes will make a little bit of sense!

dark chocolate almond joy (adapted from tasty yummies)

filling

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

topping

  • 10 ounces of dark chocolate
  • almonds

simply toss all of the filling ingredients into a bowl and mix. the original recipe calls for less coconut, but i ended up adding more because my filling turned out too thin. i also ran mine through a quick whirl in the food processor because the coconut i bought was rather chunky. i then set the bowl aside in the refrigerator while i melted the chocolate.

for the chocolate coating, i melted 16 oz. of guittards dark chocolate (i used more than the recipe calls for because i was also making almond butter cups at the same time). i bought little pastilles that are designed for melting, but chocolate chips or a chopped chocolate block will also work. you just melt it in a double-broiler on low.

once the filling is cool, it will be more solid so you can roll it into little balls. i used a tablespoon to measure them out evenly and used my hands to roll them into shape. then simply dip them in the chocolate with a fork and place them on a wire rack so the excess can drip of. top each one with an almond and you’re ready to enjoy!

dark chocolate almond butter cups

filling

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

topping

  • 10 oz dark chocolate
  • sea salt (optional)

i browsed around for healthy almond butter cups and found a lot of recipes that called for a weird ingredients like protein powder or almond meal. i finally came to the conclusion that you really don’t need all of that stuff. so for ours, i simply mixed almond butter with coconut oil. i will tell you now that the brand we used (maranatha) is not my favorite nut butter. if you can, go to your local health foods store and get freshly ground nut butter. i find that texture to be the most pleasing and flavorful. once you mix the filling, it will be a good consistency for spooning into the cups.

set aside the filling at room temperature while you melt the chocolate in a double-broiler. for this step, i placed my paper cups into an appropriately sized baking dish so that they would hold their shape. it’s not necessary, but i think it helps. then simply spoon about a teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cup and use your finger to coat the bottom and sides of the cup evenly. place them in the refrigerator for a few minutes until the chocolate hardens. then spoon in the nut butter mix leaving about 1/8″ of room at the top. place them back into the fridge until the filling is solid, then top them off with more melted chocolate. i finished some of mine with pink sea salt to taste. then back into the fridge until they are ready to serve!





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heinui fall 2014

today we have got to talk about the new heinui fall 2014 collection. you know i love a good hand motif, so of course i went a little nuts over the amazing embroidered details and intricate hand prints. the pretty details were mixed perfectly with workwear inspired pieces in japanese chambray and utilitarian silhouettes. the standout piece for me was a certain pinafore dress made of a black cotton twill with silver embroidered hands, and a few lovely smock dresses constructed around the same theme. but more than anything, i just love the way she was able to take such rugged materials and turn them into perfectly feminine and wearable pieces.

if you aren’t familiar with the brand, heinui was launched just last year by claire pignot, a graduate of the école supérieure des arts appliqués duperré who worked with gaspard yurkievich and peter som before breaking out on her own.

photos courtesy of heinui.













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making necklaces

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i’ve never really had a huge jewelry collection, but since adam was born, i’ve really had to pare down my already sparse collection. most days, i can really only get away with wearing dainty rings that won’t snag on baby blankets. a bit of consolation came in the form of this cute necklace by mama and little, but it really only fueled my desire to find more baby-friendly jewelry that doesn’t look like it was, well, made for babies. i started browsing around online and collecting various baby-friendly beads: food grade silicone beads in subtle colors, unfinished wood beads, break-away clasps, waxed cotton string. and i finally got to experimenting with some designs a couple of weeks ago at a ladies craft night with rubyellen, melissa, and lauren. i made a couple of designs that evening, and then a few more later that night at home. and since then, i’ve become a necklace-making machine! i’ve already ordered more unfinished wood pieces, and am patiently waiting for a shipment of eco-friendly, natural baby paints by natural earth paints so that i can try my hand at painting baby-friendly wood beads and bangles. i’ve even concocted a natural beeswax wood finish to protect the paints once they arrive.

i like the look of them, and adam has been happily teething on them when i hold him in my arms. he does this silly little singing voice while he chomps on them. and i feel good knowing that my jewelry doubles as an awesome baby toy, made with unfinished wood, food-grade silicone, and waxed cotton.

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