A Few of My Favorite Things in 2015

I always struggle when explaining just what I do for a living to others. You’d think after 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I’d have nailed down an elevator pitch, but nope. Usually I resort to saying something about the site being a reflection of my aesthetic yadda yadda yadda. That is until a few months ago when I came across this quote by Maira Kalman and it resonated like no other. I feel like this is the absolute perfect way to describe my day to day and if I could use it as the entirety of my bio I would.

 

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I share things I love daily with you, but of course I don’t own all of them. Not even a fraction. One of my favorite posts each year is this one, where I get to share the things I use day in and day out that have stood the test of life. So in my best Oprah voice, herewith are my faaaavorite thiiiiiings for 2015!

 

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1/Artifact Uprising’s Wood Cleat – This sleek reclaimed wood cleat has a magnetic closure system, making it super easy to swap out whatever art/photo/etc you want to display at any given moment.

2/Casper – You’ve surely heard about this startup that’s changing the mattress industry. I got mine back in March and haven’t woken up with a sore back or hips since. I really cannot recommend it enough! (Hit me up if you want a coupon!)

3/Cold Gold – This line of hand-crafted geometric and leather jewelry has become my go-to for daily wear and gifting. It doesn’t hurt that the owner is super sweet either!

4/Neoflam – Cast aluminum cookware that’s non-stick and seamless is perfect for making dinner every night. Because when something is this easy to clean up it’s way less likely to end up sitting in my sink for a week.

5/Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless – I’ve worn this line for years, but they recently released the first Bluetooth headphones in their lineup and I’m completely hooked.

6/Parabo Press Risograph Prints – Really all of their personalized print goods, but especially the pink risographs are amazing. The app is also super easy to use which says a lot in this day and age.

7/Treat Collection – Since trying out this non-toxic line of nail polishes and remover I haven’t used anything else. Great coverage, no odor – what else could be better?

8/Nest – I first plugged my new learning thermostat in this past spring. Not only is it interesting to see it learn your habits, it’s also fantastic seeing the difference in your bills.

9/Canary – Quite simply the easiest all-in-one home security system that’s ever been. You control it all from your phone and there’s zero setup.

10/Frederick’s & Mae Playing Cards – Some of the most eye-catching I’ve ever come across, they even make solitaire that much better!

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Mega Christmas Cookie Roundup

I’ve done it – blocked a day off the week of Christmas to bake my face off. A few years ago I attempted to talk my now 91-year-old Grandma into taking a step back and only making her infamous nutrolls. It didn’t go exactly as planned, so now I simply tell her how many cookie recipes I’m making so she can see the reasoning behind my request/demand. I’ll probably end up baking between five and seven different varieties, but need to narrow the list down from these FIFTY. Help a girl out?

 

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1/Sweet Raspberry + Tahini Sandwich Cookies  2/Slice and Bake Spice Cookies with Citrus Glaze and Sea Salt  3/Old-Fashioned Almond Gingerbread Cookies  4/Almond Butter & Maple Cream Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies  5/Caramel Fluffernutter Chocolate Chip Cookies  6/Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies  7/Coconut, Oatmeal, and Cherry Jam Thumbprints  8/Gingersnaps with Apple Cider Glaze  9/Swig Sugar Cookies  10/Rosemary and Apricot Shortbread Cookies

 

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11/Pumpkin Molasses Cookies  12/Honey Cookies  13/Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies  14/Milano Cookies  15/Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies  16/Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies  17/Cinnamon Roll Cookies  18/Cocoa Cinnamon Sea Salt Cookies  19/Cranberry Bliss Cookies  20/Thin & Crispy Coconut Cookies

 

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21/Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies  22/Salt & Pepper Cocoa Shortbread Cookies  23/Almond Espresso Cookies 24/Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies  25/Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies  26/Thin and Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing  27/Orange Spiced Sugar Cookies  28/Chai Spiced Shortbread  29/Salted Gingersnap Mallomars  30/Clove and Molasses Lace Cookies

 

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31/Malted Chocolate Sandwich Cookies  32/Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Meringues  33/Star Anise Spiced Dark Chocolate Sables  34/Spice Sugar Cookies  35/Spicy Gingerbread Linzer Cookies with Orange White Chocolate Ganache  36/Peppermint Drops  37/Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread  38/Cranberry Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies  39/Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies  40/Colorblock Sugar Cookies

 

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41/Cappuccino Cookies  42/Gummy Bear Cookies  43/Smoky Cardamom Ginger Molasses Cookies  44/Butter Crunch Cookies  45/Caramel Stuffed Soft Gingerbread Cookies  46/Pink Champagne Cookies  47/Jumbo Maple Sugar Cookies  48/Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti  49/Cranberry Almond Cookies  50/Whole Grain Eggnog Cookies

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Christmas Wish List

This is maybe the first year I’ve had a tough time coming up with a Christmas wish list. I’d always heard about reaching that age where you just buy yourself all of the things you want and/or need, but I thought it was probably one of those adulthood myths. (You know what I’m talking about.) But after combing through my Pinterest boards I realized there were a few things on my list after all…

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1/Howell Short Canvas Parka  2/Glass Water Kettle  3/Big Shampoo  4/Signature Flannel Bedding  5/Cowboy Coffee Kettle  6/Decked Out Pink Stone Coasters  7/Ebony Stripe Planter  8/Merengue Merino Wool Blanket  9/Newen Days Opal Ring  10/Metal Framed Round Mirror

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Mega 2016 Planner + Calendar Roundup

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1/Geometry Planner  2/Gold Foil Any-Year Daily Planner  3/Color Pop Planner  4/Life Planner  5/Planner for Creative Passion Makers  6/2016 Planner  7/Weekly/Monthly Planner  8/Arches Weekly Planner  9/DAYZ 2016  10/Kalenderheft 2016

I hope you haven’t chosen your 2016 planner or calendar just yet, because today we’re sharing the best of the best! Twenty planners and sixty calendars right here, right now. The only problem? I want them all!

 

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11/Monthly Planner  12/Aurora Planner  13/Moment Planner (Large)  14/Marble Planner  15/24/7 Planner  16/Day Designer  17/B6 Weekly Planner  18/Wise Words 17-Month Planner  19/Purple Floral Year-Less Planner  20/Weekly Diary (Large)

 

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1/Brush Script Calendar  2/Great Musicians Calendar  3/A Moon a Month for 2016  4/2016 Coffee & Tea  5/2016 XL Wall Calendar  6/2016 Calendar  7/Stendig Calendar  8/2016 Letterpress Stump Calendar  9/2016 Typography Calendar  10/2016 Calendar Linen Tea Towel

 

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11/2016 Desk Calendar  12/2016 Calendar  13/Flora & Fauna 2016 Wall Calendar  14/2016 Moon Calendar  15/2016 Monthly Constellations Calendar  16/CMYK Color Swatch Calendar  17/2016 Fruit of the Month Calendar Kit  18/2016 Cocktails Calendar  19/2016 Calendar Tea Towel  20/2016 Seasonal Beer Pairings Calendar

 

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21/2016 Calendar  22/2016 Classic Cocktails Calendar  23/2016 Birthstone Letterpress Calendar  24/2016 Famous Poets Wall Calendar  25/2016 Desk Calendar  26/2016 MMXVI Letterpress Wall Calendar  27/2016 Marble Desktop Calendar  28/Perpetual Calendar  29/2016 Floral Calendar  30/Wall Calendar

 

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31/2016 Calendar Printable  32/2016 Stitch the Star Calendar Kit  33/2016 Interactions Wall Calendar  34/2016 Gem & Mineral Calendar  35/2016 Seasonal Moon Calendar  36/Frankie 2016 Wall Calendar  37/Amy Rice Art 2016 Calendar  38/Constellations Perpetual Calendar  39/Constellation Wall Calendar  40/Planet Coaster Calendar

 

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41/Flora Calendar 2016  42/Pattern & Post Card 2016 Calendar  43/2016 Wall Calendar  44/Metamorphosis 2016 Calendar  45/2016 Polygons Calendar  46/Botanical Calendar 2016  47/2016 Calendar Download  48/Gold Foil 2016 Calendar  49/2016 Watercolor Calendar  50/2016 Calendar

 

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51/Blush Wall Calendar  52/Edition #2 National Park 2016 Calendar  53/2016 Desk Calendar  54/2016 Mid-Century Modern Calendar  55/Whales 2016 Calendar  56/2016 Moon Calendar  57/2016 Calendar  58/2016 Constellation Calendar  59/2016 Calendar  60/2016 Wall Calendar

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Pop Tarts 10 Ways

There wasn’t a much more exciting breakfast than a Pop Tart when I was a kid. Flaky crust, gooey insides, and plenty of sugary icing layered on top. Sigh. But it turns out you can make your very own Pop Tarts at home and the options are just about endless – sweet, savory, simple, fancy, and everything in between. Here are ten ways that I’d love to try!

 

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Make or Buy: Advent Calendars

Lately I feel like I’m being pulled in about ten different directions, and it’s really become the norm. Aside from needing to work on my work/life balance and learning to say no more often, I’ve also come to value what little free time I have. With that thought in mind and the idealisms of the holidays nearly upon us, I’ve tracked down twelve DIY advent calendars and twelve to buy. Because it’s really all about picking and choosing our battles, right?

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ROW 1: DIY Advent Calendar // Printable Mountain Advent Calendar // Printable Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown    ROW 2: Printable Winter Village Advent Calendar // Last Minute DIY Advent Calendar // Printable Advent Calendar    ROW 3: DIY Paint Dipped Advent Calendar Bottles // DIY Lattice Advent Calendar // DIY Advent Calendar    ROW 4: DIY Geo Advent Calendar // DIY Copper Advent Calendar // DIY Christmas Countdown Candle

 

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ROW 1: 3D Advent Village Calendar // Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar // Advent Calendar Box Set    ROW 2: Advent Calendar Display Box // Advent Calendar Set with 24 Bags // Advent Calendar    ROW 3: Advent Eraser Kit // Candy Countdown // Graphic Advent Calendar with Stickers    ROW 4: Modern Craft Advent Calendar Kit // Scandinavian Advent Calendar // Wooden Activity Advent Calendar

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Page by Page

As we roll closer towards the end of the year I find myself make more and more lists. Gifts I’ve purchased for the holidays, dishes I’ll make for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, projects I hope to complete before December 31st strikes. Lists and notebooks clear some of the clutter from my mind, even if it’s just transferring it to another surface.

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ROW 1: The 3 Ribbons Multi A6 Notebook // 5 x 8″ Ty Williams Fish Notebook    ROW 2: Marble Journal // Anthelion Constellation Journal // Archive Book Series    ROW 3: Perfect Dot Notebook // Watercolor Happy Everything Journal // Leather-Bound Notebook    ROW 4: Hand Painted Sketch Pad // Notes // Swimming Pools Notebook    ROW 5: Large Paper Journal // Ruled Paper 5 x 8″ Notebook // Color Trapecio Notebook

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Lassis 12 Ways

I didn’t experience my first lassi until my late 20s. I was at an arts festival and all of my friends were raving about them, so I thought sure I’ll try that. Life altering – everything delicious that I already loved combined to make the most refreshing drink! It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized lassis came in more flavors than the mango that I had tried that day. Check out these twelve recipes for a change up on the classic!

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Fall Wish List

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1. E Hoops  2. Quilted Baseball Hat  3. Lace Up Knee High Military Boots
4. Openweave Scarf in Scottsdale Plaid

It seems as though summer knew just the right moment to exit stage left this year. Autumn weather showed up this past Saturday, ironically on time considering my friend Andrew hosted an End of Summer party Friday evening. This season I’m focused on comfort – warm knits, flat shoes, and plenty of plaids – and I’m on the lookout for a great trench or anorak to help with layering and a pair of ankle length skinny cords.

 

 

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5. Enforce Bracelet  6. Estelle Watch  7. Fortune Hand Ring  8. Striped Cocoon Cardigan Sweater

 

 

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9. Small Bicolor Bucket Bag  10. Newly High Top Sneakers  11. No 137 Necklace  12. Plaid Dolman Dress

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Brown Bag Bunch

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If summer is all about cotton and linen and lightness, then autumn is surely about the opposite. Heavy canvas, knits, and most definitely leather. Leather bags to be exact. Brown by preference because black just feels very much like winter and I’m not quite ready for that just yet. What will you be toting this fall?

 

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Azeb Getaway Tote // Sea Sack // Giselle Leather Clutch

 

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Bum Bag // Equestrian Leather Tote Bag // Il Bussetto City Bag

 

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Shopping Bag // Tan Saddle Bag // Light Brown Carryall

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