Alexa Chung, Klimt & shades of spring

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I had to post one more from @ArtlexaChung because the Klimt painting above is a favorite of mine from the MET. Aren’t these the perfect spring colors?! The bottom two photos are from a trip I took to NYC when my sister was finishing college two years ago. I always take a ton of pictures at the MET. I’m so thankful to be back outside again after a long winter.

Here’s a little Art History on the Klimt painting, Mäda Primavesi, (pictured above) if you’re interested. Did you know the girl was 9 years old when Gustave Klimt painted her?

“Mäda Primavesi was the daughter of the banker and industrialist Otto Primavesi, one of the financial backers of the Wiener Werkstätte, and the actress Eugenia Primavesi (née Butschek), whom Klimt painted in 1913. Young Mäda’s portrait was executed in 1912. A series of preliminary pencil sketches, now in public and private collections, show that as the composition evolved, the artist experimented with alternative poses and background motifs. Ultimately, he selected an open, painterly treatment that contrasts with the highly stylized designs adapted for the backgrounds of his fin-de-siècle portraits. The lighthearted, decorative motifs seem particularly appropriate to a nine-year-old sitter.”

(As you can see HERE, I love Klimt’s work!)

xo

Instagram Inspiration // ArtlexaChung

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Instagram for me is an endless source of inspiration (okay and sometimes a little frustration), but currently I am in LOVE with the GENIUS behind @ArtlexaChung. Combining ART & ALEXA CHUNG = serious genius. Two Spanish sisters, Sisters María and Beatriz Valdovín, are the masterminds behind this incredible combo. They describe their initial idea in an interview stating, “We are both educated on art and it’s easy for us to combine her photos with the well-known masterpieces of Goya or Matisse. Sometimes it’s so easy we have to wonder if Alexa was maybe copying their poses!” They are spot on with their combinations. SO beautiful and perfect, right?!

I’m hoping to get to the Art Institute this weekend! Spring is here to stay, I think! FINALLY!!! xo

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Quick one pot dinner! Baked FAJITAS, 25 minutes

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I threw this together hoping it would work and it did, surprisingly! I usually split up a container of chicken breasts and bake it two different ways to make two meals. I did a honey mustard chicken with half and the other half I wanted to do something spicy for fajitas. We had left over onions and peppers so I cut all of them up. We also had some green verde salsa from Trader Joes and some random hot sauce. I threw everything into a casserole dish (with the chicken sliced in the center) and poured salsa and hot sauce generously over everything. It looked like a mess, but 20-25minutes later and only 1 dirty dish, I was sold! These are the kind of meals that I end up making again and again because we don’t have a dishwasher in our apartment! :) This was so easy and delicious! I would have added some green peppers for a little more color, but I used what we had.  Enjoy!

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Oven baked faijtas:  25 minutes, at 400°

1. Slice 2-3 chicken breasts, lay in center of casserole dish.
2. Thinly slice onions & peppers, surround chicken with veggies
3. Pour salsa (any kind) over chicken and if you like it spicy, add hot sauce too!
4. Bake for 20-25minutes
5. Warm corn tortillas over stovetop the last few minutes that the chicken is cooking. You can also melt a little cheese on the tortillas if you want to! YUM!

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Morning Light // Lately

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Can you believe it’s March already?! The morning light was so lovely this week I had to capture it. I have been cooking and creating, but haven’t gotten around to posting any of it over here. I’m hopefully back in action! :) I love documenting memories/recipes/inspiration here, I just need to do it more often. Here’s a little of life as of late inspired by a blog that I love called, Ann-Marie Loves.

Watching the 68th episode of Blue Bloods on Netflix. I love that it’s set in NYC and is not too graphic. It’s kind of cheesy sometimes, but we keep watching it! :)

Waiting for spring break and warm weather! Middle East here I come!

Trying to make cultured vegetable salsa (I have 12 jars fermenting in my cupboard now, yay!) Do you know the benefits of cultured foods? They are FULL of probiotics. More to come about them, but if you’re interested here’s a helpful article that explains some of the benefits.

Loving that Starbucks now has coconut milk! I don’t drink coffee often, but I got a blonde roast with coconut milk this week (insert emoji heart eyes) :) YUM!

Eyeing this cute top for work from ASOS. You know I love my stripes!

Discovering the most perfect kale chips cook at 300 degrees, not 350. Add a little garlic salt 10 minutes, rotate pan & cook 5 more minutes, broil for 3ish minutes= perfectly crispy!

Practicing calligraphy not nearly as much as I want to, but now that I’ve got this book and all the tools I need, no excuses! Spruced up my desk too, so that helps!

Inspired by a favorite writer, blogger, creative, Austin Kleon. Start something small, don’t break the chain. I’m always into goals and just started a funny, simple one of 100 sit ups a day. :) I’m only like a week in, so we’ll see if I can keep the chain going. That way I feel like even if I don’t make it to the gym I did something (it’s the little things that make me feel accomplished) haha. Now maybe this consistency will transfer over to my blogging…one can hope! :)

Reading too many books at once! Along with the rest of the world, I read this book last month. Grant and I are a few chapters into this book, The Professor and the Madman, about the creation of the Oxford dictionary (it’s good, really!) and I’m loving this book on prayer that I just started last week.

Following this perfectly curated IG account. The best of the best right there. Perfect mix of fashion, quotes and the loveliest inspiration.

Hope you’re having wonderful week!

xo

GIFT GUIDE // FOR THE CREATIVES

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SIX gifts for the CREATIVES in your life under $30! Ok MOST of these are under $30, one is actually $32.95 :)

ONE // $16.99 // Nate Berkus gold shears, I’ve had my eye on these for a while. They’re solid and everything Nate Berkus touches seems to turn to gold anyways. Love his style AND Target does it again with this one.

TWO // $32. 95 (so close) // Moleskin Smart Notebook, this is amazing. Coming out December, “The Moleskine Smart Notebook and companion App, Creative Cloud connected, instantly turn your hand-drawn sketches into fully workable vector files accessible within the Adobe Creative Cloud.” One word: YES

THREE // $15.00 // Thin/fine tipped sharpies, you can never have enough. This pack has 80’s glam colors.

FOUR // $12 // Bon Appetit Subscription, This magazine wins #1 design in my book (it has also won legitimate design awards). The content is great, but to me the design is even better. It’s the gift that keeps giving every month.

FIVE // $18 // Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Grant got me this book for our Anniversary after I had stalked it at all our local libraries. It had a 3 month waiting list! So good >> ” Over 150 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

SIX //  $29 // Vintage Antique Type/Lettering, beautiful letterpress wood printer’s type for collage, stamping, decor, great gift for all typography lovers and perfect stocking stuffers. I think they look neat propped in a bookshelf–a cool XO right here.

Love everything about this cozy holiday season! No snow on the ground right now, but I’m sure it’s coming. THIS cottage makes me hope for a white Christmas! xo

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