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valentine LOVE

February 5, 2015

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 thursday happy to you my pops o’lolli!

i hope your week has been full of sugar and sweet.

do you do valentine’s day?

i’ve never been much of a hardcore fan for all things red and artificially flavored {both in taste + sentiment,} but i’m not one to turn down presents of pink, blush, and the candy-coated.

here are a few valentine’s gifts {you have a little over a week} that are sure to dazzle that one you’re sweet on.

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nothing feels softer, more snuggly, or better on your skin {at least in public} than wildfox clothing. i swear they use newborn kittens in their fleecy, heather-terried sweatshirts. this wildfox cozy is a perfect cover-up for chilly, february days and nights.

i’m also digging this fun kate spade clutch big enough for a cell phone, keys and ID.

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for the gourmand in your life, these le creuset ramekins would bake the prettiest valentine tarts.

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and while we’re on the subject of food, if anyone wants to make me this cake from gimmesomeoven i won’t say “no.”

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who can pass up a pink purse?

valentine’s day or just an early harbinger for spring, this abigale tote from big buddha makes the prettiest accessory for any shoulder.

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this time of year i start moving away from the spicier, darker fragrances of fall + winter; the new diana vreeland perfume, simply divine, has a healthy dose of tuberose and jasmine, but is balanced with a smidge of nutmeg, so it’s still appropriate for the season, and doesn’t have you stinking like a easter basket….yet.

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and finally, if you’re looking for love or secretly admiring someone from afar, this love potion from catbirdnyc might be the answer to your romantic woes.

wishing you a love-filled thursday!

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it’s friday i’m in LOVE!

September 26, 2014

 

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pumpkin-spice tidings to you m’loves.

fall is in the air {albeit by route of my scented candles} and i couldn’t be happier.

these un-airconditioned, sleepless nights are no longer the romantic, nostalgic, and interesting reads on facebook…..i need to SLEEP!!!

the AC guy promises to install next week, and i couldn’t be more excited.

{just in time for the weather to cool down and the fireplace to get crackling again.}

here are a few other items kicking up my boots:

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i cannot contain my love for samantha friedman jacoby

samantha shot photos of me this summer, and it was the easiest, most fun, and anxiety-free photo-session i’ve ever had.

samantha is a mad genius, and made me look one thousand times better than i do in real life.

if you’re ever in need of a southern california photographer, look no further than samantha. you will NOT be disappointed.

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there’s no doubt, fall is a foodie’s favorite time of year {say that five times fast.}

comfort food season is back in full swing, and kitchens teem with aromas of homemade, savory stews, and nutmeg spiced pies.

 as much as i am a sucker for a warm casserole, for me, this time of year is all about the honeycrisp apple.

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juicier than a peach, with the perfect combination of sweet and tart, the honeycrisp apple craze is felt all across the nation, even on twitter.

difficult to grow, and thus unfortunately the most expensive apple in the market, the honeycrisp has a very short season from late august to october.

they are best eaten raw with no accoutrements.

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because you’ve been so honeycrisp-healthy, you can now afford to indulge in my newest obsession: high road craft ice cream.

we discovered high road craft ice cream on our trip to south carolina.

hand crafted in georgia, high road started out as a group of chefs making homemade ice cream for other chefs. it wasn’t long before the demand to buy high road in markets and online grew, and now lucky for me, so will my thighs.

but expanding waistbands aside, this stuff is worth every calorie.

flavors like “bakesale,” “mr.butterpants,” mixed berry buttermilk,” and “brown ale caramel” will turn you into a fan as well.

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one fall ritual i will not be partaking in this year is my consumption of the “pumpkin spice latté”.

a favorite i look forward to every september, my heart is broken after learning about all the crap that actually goes into these autumnal tasty treats.

luckily i found this delicious, non-toxic replacement.

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no big plans for me this weekend other than a couple of standing napping appointments i have with two terrible beasts.

what about you m’loves? pleasae thrill me with tales of table-top shimmies and drunken cab rides home.

until next time, weekend happy to you.

love,

katie

a cherry on top….

July 28, 2014

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lately it’s been the romancing of the cherry around these parts.

suckered in by a farmers’ market sample, i practically bought the stand out of these sweet and sour candies.

most afternoons you can find me at my desk with a bowlful of these summer, baby stone fruits.

of the many benefits cherries offer, one of my favorites is their natural melatonin supply; a hormone that lowers body temperature and makes us sleepy.

i’m not quite sure if it IS the cherries, but our sleep has been very sound {apparently it rained last night.}

as it gets warmer, even during the evening, we try not to go too heavy on our dinner; a cheese plate teeming with cherries has been the go-to meal of late.

oh my gosh!?!? a cherry/goat cheese/honey drizzle is probably the best combo-bite in town right now.

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cherries are also rich in queritrin, an anti-oxidant that not only boosts exercise endurance, but has anti-cancer benefits as well.

some people have reported a decrease in their migraines due to cherries’ anthocyanin and bioflavonoids properties; these compounds mimic aspirin and ibuprofen in the body.

while i {and priscilla} can’t think of anything better than eating them straight off the stem, finger-food style, cherries always make a splash in summer recipes.

i would definitely help myself to seconds {and maybe thirds} of this fresh cherry cobbler.

this cherry salsa, served over grilled fish or bruschetta, is screaming to be served at your next bbq.

and to keep everyone on the dance floor, these cherry mojitos  are just as vital to your summer block party as your playlist.

what are your favorite ways to eat cherries?

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pitting the cherries is as easy as downing that mojito; the gadgets they have make it super simple.

my oxo pitter does a fine job, but how fantastic is this cherry pitter from william sonoma ↑

hurry up, cherry season is almost over and we’ll soon have to break-up until next summer {cue sad lana del rey music.}

monday happy to you m’loves.

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