Bringing the Garden Inside...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

These rugs by Angela Adams are so beautiful!

(Source: Angela Adams)


Body Butter DIY

Friday, January 27, 2012

(recipe courtesy of self)
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp Vitamin E oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essential oil
How to Make it:

1. On the  stove, warm the cocoa butter on medium heat in a pan until it becomes liquid.
2. Slowly stir in the coconut oil for about a minute, then turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for 20-30 minutes but don't let it completely set.
3. As soon as it cools, add the Vitamin E oil and vanilla essential oil. Using a whisk or a stick blender, whip the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy. Place it into an air-tight container, so it does't loose it's light texture. Break off a small piece of the cinnamon stick and put it in each container.
4. You're ready for super soft yummy-smelling skin!

(photo source)


Photographer Love: Christina Ricci by Gregory Harris

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Christina Ricci was recently photographed for Australian magazine Oyster. 1960's motorcycle wild child inspired photo shoot by Gregory Harris is so cute!

(Source: FGR)


Photographer Love: Twenty-Seven Names

Friday, January 20, 2012

Twenty-Seven Names is a New Zealand based designer. Here is a selection from their winter 2012 Lookbook.

Happy Friday!


Happy Hour Friday: The Salty Dog

Thursday, January 19, 2012

(Source: one and two)


Strawberry Milk Cupcakes

Monday, January 16, 2012

(recipe adapted from The Kitchn)
Strawberry Milk Cupcakes 
 (makes 12 cupcakes)

3 C flour
1 C sugar
1 Tbl baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 C butter (at room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 1/2 C strawberry milk
  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Insert the liners into a medium cupcake pan.
  • Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and mix together using the mixer's medium speed. Scrape down the sides and add the vanilla extract. Mix until the batter is light fluffy.
  • Slowly, incorporate the eggs one at a time, mix well
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients and the strawberry milk to the batter, mixing well until you have a smooth, uniform batter.
  • Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 min or until the cupcakes are springy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Classic Buttercream Frosting

2 Tbl heavy whipping cream
1/2 butter (at room temperature)
1 Tbl vanilla extract
3 C powdered sugar
  • In a mixer, beat butter, then gradually add cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Mix until the frosting is smooth and holds a stiff peak

*photos courtesy of Evan's Kitchen Ramblings


DIY Energizing Orange Body Scrub

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Here is a fresh and natural scrub that you can easily make. Lot's of scrubs that you buy at the store have petrochemicals and leave my skin feeling suffocated. This one is all natural and organic...enjoy!

Energizing Orange Scrub Recipe
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/3 cup celtic sea salt
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon Vitamin E
30 drops Orange Essential Oil 

recipe & photos courtesy of Deliciously Organized


Happy Hour Friday: Bloody Marys

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Friday! Time for the weekend! Bloody Marys are one of my favorite drinks. There are so many different variations, I can't wait to try them!


source: one, two, three, four and five


Vintage Inspired Prints

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I found Tiny Showcase and immediately fell in love with nearly all of their prints. I find it hard to resist letterpress.


Etsy Favorites: Handwoven Pillows

The beautiful colors and textures of Organic Shine Society's pillows are amazing! It makes me whish I knew how to weave.


Jalapeno Mac and Cheese with Four Cheeses

Monday, January 9, 2012

Mac and cheese is the best comfort food! I like to spice it up with some jalapeno...yum!

based on recipe from From Our House to Yours

1 Tbl salt, plus more to taste
1 lb dried pasta such as macaroni, rigatoni, penne, or ziti
6 Tbl (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
3 fresh jalapenos, de-seeded and diced 
1 Tbl olive oil 
6 C milk
1/2 C all-purpose flour
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 C shredded sharp Cheddar
1 1/2 C shredded mild Cheddar
1 1/2 C shredded Gruyere
1 C freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9 by 13 baking dish and set aside.
  • Stir the 1 Tbl salt into a large pot of rapidly boiling water. Drop the pasta into the water and cook according to the package until al dente. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  •  In a heavy saucepan, cook diced jalapenos in oil until fragrant, about 5 min. Drain any leftover oil and return pot and jalapenos to low heat.
  • add the butter to the pan with jalapenos over low heat and whisk in the flour, and cook, whisking almost constantly, until bubbly and fragrant, approx. 5 min. Remove from heat before it begins to brown.
  •  Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring 6 C milk just to a boil over medium heat. Pour all at once into the butter, flour, and jalapeno mixture and whisk until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Place the pot over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened. Pour over cooked pasta and stir to thoroughly  coat the pasta. Spread the pasta evenly in the greased baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine the cheeses and sprinkle them evenly over the pasta. Lightly dust the top with freshly ground pepper to taste and bake until the cheese melts and the pasta is completed heated, about 25-30 min.

Photo courtesy of From Our House to Yours by Chronicle Books


Wanderlust: The Exchange Hotel in Amsterdam

Saturday, January 7, 2012

These are some of the most amazing hotel rooms I've ever seen! You can see more here.


Photographer Love

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mariell Amelie's work is surreal and alluring. Her work can be found here.

...for Platinum Love Magazine

...inspired by one of my favorite documentaries Grey Gardens


...When I Grow Up


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