Summer Totes

Summer bags need to be big, big enough that you can toss in a bottle of sunscreen, a beach towel, and a trashy novel. Preferably they’re also light or bright, we’ve had enough overcast colors by this time of year. They need to be easily slung over a tan shoulder, and just as easily tossed into the sand or grass. Some are fabric, some leather, some straw, but one thing is for certain – by summer’s end they’re all well-loved and worn out.


BDG Awning Tote Bag


Brimfield Tote


Filson Red Label Tote Bag


Harlequin Lady Jane


the quality mending co. tote bag



Ombre 2.0 is sweeping the fashion world lately, and after a few months of having my eyes saturated with heads of blonde ombre hair I started noticing the technique everywhere. Not just in the fashion world. You know, like when you get a new car and start seeing the same make and model everywhere? Exactly like that.


Armén Rotch creates beautifully overwhelming art with steeped tea bags.
(via CMYBacon)


Bob Dinetz oxidized pennies, then arranged them according to hue.
(via Colossal)


Brittany of House That Lars Built created this dyed tablecloth project for Oh Happy Day!



I didn’t discover pesto until my mid-20s, late in life by my estimate. But once I did, whoa, there was no going back. (The same goes for chutney, but that’s another story for another time.) It’s amazing how something so simple could be full of so much flavor, and versatile as all get out. Pesto is one of those things that turns everything it touches to gold. Don’t believe me?

(As always, click on the image to be taken to the recipe.)











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Heath Killen

I had a mini epiphany the other day when I realized several unidentified pieces I’d been in love with were all by the same visual artist. Meet Heath Killen. He’s really well versed in different styles, but there’s definitely a distinct vibe of “Heath” in each piece. I spent a good fifteen minutes pouring through his portfolio and can’t wait to see what comes next.


Kitchen Goods

Between my loves of cooking and paper goods, you’d think I’d have a more organized game plan in the kitchen. Nope. Don’t get me wrong, everything is neatly put in its place. It’s just that once it’s there I’m not always sure what to do with it. If I don’t have a few recipes picked out and a list made when I go to the grocery store I end up coming home with apples and bread and that’s about it. I’ve found that most people are like me and need a little help, and these pieces fit the bill perfectly.


Meal Planning Gift Set from the small object


customized recipe journal from the Rag & Bone Boutique


POSTALCO recipes mini-book from 3939 Shop London
(via sfgirlbybay)


Yellow Vine and Floral recipe cards from GAIT design


Accordion recipe file from The Container Store