Learn to cook from Martha!


I just discovered this amazing How to Cook video collection on Martha Stewart’s website. I love the layout and design of the videos. They’re short, simple, sweet and they cover a range of culinary topics: How to Butterfly, How to Julienne, How to Clean a Mussel, How to Cut a Fennel Bulb… I want to watch the knife skill videos. Doesn’t cutting fast make you feel like such a pro? I need to practice. I also want to try roasting beets. Beets + goat cheese is so delicious! And look at that lobster up there! I’ve never made/bought a lobster. Lobsters make me think of the movie Julie & Julia…”Lobster killlaa!” :) I was so impressed with these videos. Check them out here!

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The queen of all colors.


“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir [French painter, 1841 – 1919]

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via. liv tyler// NYC at night// shoes// words-original YOURS EVER//black leather-source unknown // ring //

“Let us manifest the taste of gentlemen.”



TASTE-OF-GENTLEMENThis is an excerpt from Erick Larson’s, The Devil in the White City (pg. 196). Frederick Law Olmsted was famous for co-designing many famous parks including Central Park. Along with a man named Daniel H. Burnham, Olmsted redeveloped Jackson Park in Chicago transforming it into the fairgrounds for the 1893 World’’s Columbian Exposition. They had a very short amount of time and at this point in the book Olmsted was very ill, so he instructed his right-hand man, Ulrich, to not fear simple decor. “Let us manifest the taste of gentlemen.” Well said.

The painting above is featured in the exhibit called, Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity that just opened in Chicago yesterday. The painting is by James Tissot and it’s called Le Cercle de la rue Royale (The Circle of the Rue Royal). I went to the exhibit with my sister and was blown away. I’ll post more on the exhibit later this week.

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/merəˈtriSHəs/  apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity


91 years old and full of Grace.

circle-friendsI’ve heard it said that you will meet five pivotal people in your life. These people make a deep impression on you, influencing how you live. My friend Grace is one of my five. We met in college…. Continue reading

Artist spotlight// Elena Romanova

octopusIsn’t that gorgeous? I’m not even into octopi/octopuses—will the plural of octopus please stand up? ..Apparently you can say octopuses or octopi. (??) allllll that to say…I love the colors and perspective of this watercolor. Maybe if I had kids I’d put the print in their room/bathroom. Maybe I should buy it now (my husband would say no!) and put it on my desk. : ) I do think it’s one you can look at for a long time. It reminds me of this stunning room. Elena has many other lovely watercolors available in her Etsy shop. I like the giraffe and look at this little dude and his glasses–now that would be a good one to have around. He’d definitely make you smile. For original artwork her prices are incredibly reasonable, $90 for a 13×11! You can find her prints for sale in her Etsy shop, fairysomnia.

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