orla kiely is my fave

October 31, 2011

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I love the pattern explosion going on in the new Orla Kiely store in NYC. The separate rooms remind me of a life-size doll house. For awesome people that is.

images: Orla Kiely on Facebook
via: Charlotte’s Fancy

pattern play is my fave

October 28, 2011

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I love how Hammocks and High Tea plays with pattern. Bold and beautiful.

PS That gold/chevron clutch is reversible. Reversible people!

PSS:
Best of the week (holy amazing gold chair!)
The rainbow zebra will blow you away
Let’s celebrate fall!

Dang, this is cute
The latest in Real Women’s Stories
I’ve only read one baby book so far, can you guess what it is?
Decided, baby Blodgett is getting a herringbone quilt
In case you’re wondering how I’m feeling (pretty freakin’ awesome!)

project runway final shows are my fave

October 27, 2011

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Today I want to talk Project Runway because frankly, it’s fun. Although I kind of feel like the talent and personalities were lacking this season, I of course still loved it because Tim Gunn and Michael Kors were involved and they’re practically family. My favorite episode had to be when they made the outfit for the girlfriends or wives of the client. I had dreams for days afterwards wondering how Ryan would describe my style and it it would have translated well. I clearly lead an exciting life.

Now, let’s move on to the final four.

Anya – Although Anya makes those cool effortless clothes women wish they had the body for, she’s gotten away with murder this season. The judges clearly let her get a free pass because she pulled the “I’ve only been sewing for four months” card and she’s pretty. Her final collection is not even near the quality it needs to be to be considered runway ready. This is Fashion Week people! (say that in MK’s voice and you’ll laugh)

Viktor – Good taste. Good craftsmanship. Somewhat drab personality but I would wear his stuff (especially this look). I think he has the most talent of the group.

Kimberly – I love that Kimberly and Tim Gunn are so tight. She’s done some nice things throughout the season but her work has never fully stood out to me. I think her collection will be solid. I’m just worried about her use of boob windows. Tacky.

Joshua – Drama. He knows how to bring it. And not in a funny Santino sort of way. In a, I’m crying in the bathroom stall about what you said sort of way. When I saw his color palette (just a touch of neon, don’t make this a firework show kid) and the print he chose I had to shield my eyes. He did a good job editing in front of the judges but I’m not sure he can edit down that much for the final show.

Time to put your bets in. Who’s going to win?

images: New York Magazine

PS Is it customary when naming a godparent that you actually ask the person first? If not, after the baby is born I’m sending a note to Tim Gunn alerting him of the news.

I kid.

spotted and hearted

October 26, 2011

My list of things I want clearly got longer this week.

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Forget Coach, I want one of these gorgeous satchels spotted on That Kind of Woman

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A shop that targets my simple lovely paper goods weakness spotted on Creature Comforts

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A peek at Cynthia Rowley’s space and daughters make me love her even more spotted on The Glow

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I still love triangles spotted on Freshly Picked

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Colorful bowtiful belts might be a good bump accessory spotted on Ruffled

crunchy caramel corn is my fave

October 25, 2011

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This is hands down my favorite caramel corn. It’s crunchy like Cracker Jacks without the fake taste. It’s perfect for fall snacking and stays good forever so you can save it for your Christmas tins too.

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Oven Caramel Corn
25 cups popped corn
1 lb nuts
1 c butter
2 c brown sugar
1 tsp salt
½ c white Karo syrup
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda
2 c white baking chips

Boil together: butter, brown sugar, salt and Karo syrup for five minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and baking soda and stir well.

Pour caramel over popcorn and nuts and spread on two large cookie sheets. Bake at 200 for and hour, stirring every 15 minutes. During the last 10 minutes, sprinkle popcorn with white chips (this is the secret). Once melted, stir to combine.

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For simple packaging, adhere fabric to a clothespin with rubber cement then trim the edges off. Run brown paper bags through your printer to label. Fill and seal.

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