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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SPACES // library love

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Grant and I would really love to have a large library in our home someday. We both love books and we already have a pretty big collection. Isn’t this library so dreamy? I tend to like darker spaces that are smaller, more crowded and maybe a little cozier, but there’s something about this room that caught my eye. The tufted chaise lounge, pillow, chair, rug, dark floors and ceiling high bookshelves are gorgeous! I’m currently reading The Catcher in the Rye (recommended by my sisters) and Daily Rituals: How Creatives Work (SO good). I’m notorious for starting a million books and never finishing them. Haha, new years resolution?? :) xo

GREAT GIFTS UNDER $30!

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Love these simple gifts! Most would make good stocking stuffers too. All for UNDER $30! Woo hoo!! xo

ONE // $28 // Madewell Catalina Stacking Rings, simple but I love the way they stack together and the three malachite/emerald stones are lovely!

TWO // $28 // Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle, I have this candle at home and it smells amazing and makes the whole room smell SO good! Perfect thing to light before guests come over.

THREE // $25 // NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm, NARS lip glosses are moisturizing and they last! This shade is light with a little shimmer.

FOUR // $25 // 8.5x11in Baby Giraffe via. The Animal Print Shop, I’ve always loved this giraffe photograph. All of the animals in The Animal Print shop are SO COOL. The bison, giraffe, lion, and all the baby animals are my favorites.

FIVE // $20 // Pendleton Legendary Coffee Mug, all of the Pendleton patterns are so beautiful. This would be perfect for the winter months full of tea or coffee!

SIX // $28 // Pom Tassel Keychain via ASCOT+HART, love these bright pops of color! You have to look at your keys every day and these seem like a lot of fun to have around!

SEVEN // $29 // ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf, beautiful wine color. It should be a rule that all scarfs MUST be oversized! Love this one.

Christmas is in less than 3 weeks! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!
I have another good gift guide (GIFTS UNDER $30)  for the artists in your life coming soon! 

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Marble

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Last summer I got a new phone case and I’m loving the simple, bold, design. I used the same marble image from this mood board earlier in the summer. I’ve made all my phone cases through Case Mate. They’re not any more expensive than a phone case you’d buy in a store and you get to design the case just how you want it! All you have to do is upload an image. I’d definitely recommend it! Xo