Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The August/September issue of Garden & Gun features interior designer, Rachel Halvorson. The twenty-six year old newlywed from Nashville got her big break when asked to do some work for country star, Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn. I love the mix of southern charm and country-feel she gives to the home. Most of all... I love this porch swing she designed. Check out her blog, Nest Egg for ideas on design!
Monday, August 30, 2010
A friend of mine sent me pictures of a wedding she went to this summer. I fell in love with these images. The photographer, Collin Hughes did a wonderful job. Matt and Emily's wedding looks beautiful, as does the sweet couple!
To see more images, click here: Collin Hughes Photography
Friday, August 27, 2010
Vogue, Australia 2007
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. I am off on a little backpacking excursion in Aspen. I am so excited! I haven't been backpacking since I was in India a year ago... Hence, the editorial. Hope you enjoy!
Photos via one of my daily reads: pretty. little. world.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Sunday, August 22, 2010
The journey of a thousand miles starts beneath your feet.
Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion, You ruin what was almost ripe. Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course. He remains calm at the end as at the beginning. He has nothing thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non desire; what he learns is to unlearn. He simply reminds people of who they have always been.- Lao Tzu
This photo is from Jane Aldridge's blog, Sea of Shoes. Such cute family photos of her! Thanks for sharing them, Jane! For a past blog post on Jane, click HERE.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Over the weekend I was in Denver, Colorado reuniting with my best friends from college (we all went to the University of Denver). The weather was perfect, the mountains were beautiful and it was great to see the girls!
On Saturday, we woke up early and decided to venture out to the Farmers Market located in Cherry Creek. The booths of fresh vegetables, fruits and breads lined the area. People had their dogs, their kids- everyone was walking around happy and healthy. As we wandered the booths, we came across LOVE GROWN FOODS. My friend, Jane had heard of them, but I never had.
We were greeted by Maddy, one of the creators of LOVE GROWN FOODS. She explained that she also went to the University of Denver and when her and Alex (her business partner) were sitting in the DU library, LOVE GROWN FOODS was born. They built a business plan while studying for finals and the rest is history...
They moved to Aspen (Maddy's hometown) after they graduated and got things cookin'! Literally.
LOVE GROWN FOODS has products that are okay to get hooked on. I bought the Apple and Walnut granola on Saturday and today it's almost gone! Free of chemicals and preservatives, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, processed sugar and hydrogenated oil- LOVE GROWN FOODS is perfect for the health conscious as well as for people who love good food.
Do something good for your body!
Check out LOVE GROWN FOODS by clicking HERE.
Friday, August 6, 2010
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Don't these look yummy? They are vegan peanut butter and jelly cookies! I am definitely not a cook or baker, but every once in a while I find a recipe that looks yummy and sounds like fun.
In theory, the recipe seems simple enough, but we shall see how it goes!
What is your favorite thing to bake?
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies (recipe from The Vegan Table)
1/3 cup of non-dairy butter (such as Earth Balance - easy to find at your local grocer)
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of peanut butter (smooth or chunky - I used smooth)
2 tbsp of non-dairy milk + more if necessary (I used almond - you could use soy, or any other non-dairy milk)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 - 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 to 3 tbsp of jam (I used strawberry)
Pre-heat oven to 375˚F (190C / gas mark 5) and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, peanut butter, milk, and vanilla until creamy.
In a smaller bowl, combine flour and baking soda.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in parts so the flour doesn't kick up everywhere and make a mess. Mix until combined.
Test some cookie dough to see if it will roll easily into a ball with your hands. If it doesn't, add one more teaspoon of non-dairy milk, mix, then try rolling it into a ball again. I had to add an extra teaspoon and a half. Do not add too much at a one time!
Roll the batter in one inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Use your thumb to create a little well in the cookie. This is where you'll be putting the jam. The cookies will crack as you make the well, but just flatten them a little bit and mend the cracks with your fingers. I did this and it worked well for each cookie.
Using a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon or a small spoon fill each well with jam.
Bake for 10 -11 minutes. I had to to bake mine for 11. Then remove from the oven and wait 2 minutes before taking them off the cookie sheet. Make sure you complete this step as this is when they harden up a bit and set there shape.
My batch made about 20 cookies. But if you like larger cookies, I would double the batch for sure. Enjoy!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Yesterday, I went with some girlfriends to a free DEFINE class held at lululemon here in Houston. Upon arrival, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought it would be a simple class of stretching and balance. I was sorely mistaken and by sorely, I mean I have never been so sore after a class in all my life. Henry "Hank" Richardson, took us through a series of exercises, working our arms, legs, butt, and core. Since I'm a runner, I've always thought I was in pretty good shape, but as I sat there perspiring all over my yoga mat, my whole body shaking, I realized that I had never properly defined my center.
I had spent every day running, but I never stood still long enough to become rooted in my own sense of balance.
After this class I realized that perhaps I was missing out on something. At the end of our workout, while we were all lying on our yoga mats, Hank mentioned the importance of finding your own balance. Define your balance. Define your mind. Define yourself.
Hank is teaching classes every Sunday morning starting at 11 a.m. at lululemon throughout the month of August. lululemon is located at 4023 Westheimer Road.
For a class schedule from DEFINE: Body & Mind, click HERE.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
For the past few days I have been in Chicago, visiting friends and hanging out with designer, Marisa Swystun. Marisa had a trunk show in her home on Wednesday and upon walking into the Ukrainian Village condo, my first thought was "Wow." Marisa's boyfriend, Michael Mertz, re-vamped an old garage into one of the most intricate, yet simple spaces I have ever seen. Not one part of the 5,000-square-foot space was left untouched. From the gentleman's room, equipped with a humidor, to the mult-level deck, Mertz's carefully selected details and vision, gives you the feeling that you're walking into a piece of art.
To read the story in Chicago Home Magazine, click HERE.