Entries from November 2013

friday, i’m in love {travel edition}

November 29, 2013


good morning sweet babies!

how was thanksgiving?

hunkiest and i tough mudder’d our way to northern california, and were up and back in less than 19 hours.


this friday i will be in mad-love with a nap later on.

here is a snippet of some other things i’m digging:


i’m one of those girls who likes to “dress” for her flights.

i love the proper and lovely way people used to attire for traveling in the 60′s & 70′s. i wish it were still the standard rather than the thongs and workout gear you so often see now.

these rag & bone silk pajama pants were the perfect traveling pant yesterday, never wrinkled, and cozier than a bathrobe.

they also saw me through the double rounds at the thanksgiving buffet without ever changing to a “slim-fit.”

and if you’re interested they JUST went on sale. #luckyducks


accompanying my fancy pants was this disco ball of a sweater from joie.

 it folds beautifully in a carry-on and is festive enough for the thanksgiving meal.

softer than a lamb baby, but still studio 54 sassy, it’s the perfect, semi-dressy top for special occasions.


i’m in deep smit with my new transport tote from madewell.

it was my airplane savior.

enormous, and in a color that goes with everything {english saddle} i’m able to throw my laptop, an extra change of clothes, a giant book, and other traveling accoutrements.

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the entire hunger games: “catching fire” soundtrack is track after track, SO good.

i’ll let you know about the movie….tickets have been purchased for the matinée today.

what’s on the docket for your weekend…

see you on the other side of sunday….

p.s. not responsible for any typos, grammar crimes, or general non-connecting chaos in this post; i’m exhausted.

gobble this….

November 28, 2013


amid all the gorging, the irksome family members, and the fact that tonight’s scandal has been shelved for a mutha-effin lady gaga and the muppets special, it’s no wonder that this day of “thanks” sends many into a pill-popping, binge-drinking, self-mutilating clichéd after-school special.

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if this sounds like you, take heed.

be still.

it’s just a day.

 i feel like, during this time of year, we often try to mash, cram, and demand ourselves into happy, evolved, composed people; when really all we want to do is bark like rabid, sweater-vest clad foxes.

i know i am not alone in this feeling, and because of that i find gratitude, thankfulness and peace amongst all the chaos.

happy thanksgiving to you m’loves.

gobble gobble.



safe word: narwhale

November 27, 2013


so last weekend i caught the local, debilitating, holiday virus going around town and throughout the country: the cooking bug.

i was no match against this cheeky bacterium.

everywhere i turned, i was ingesting infectious pinterests boards and blog posts touting their fever-inducing recipes, clad with vogue-magazine worthy photos, styled á la aran goyoaga, and accessorized with prose that would get any rebel on a hunger strike to apron up and starting onion dicing.

armed with my boards, sites, and the most vital ingredient: a cute outfit, i set out to chef my way into a more beautiful, happier, glossy world.

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it didn’t really turn out like i had envisioned.

hunkiest and i decided to make our first turkey dinner together where, in unison, we’d navigate the unknown, spooky territory of food processor and cheese cloth land.

i was his katniss everdeen, he was my peeta; side by side and aligned, fighting for our lives against organ puncturing thermometers and heart attack procuring white flour.

this photo was taken on sunday…i am STILL cleaning up the mess.

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even the beasts knew best to turn their noses up at any scraps fallen from my guillotine cutting board.

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on a more positive note, because of the cooking bug, THIS is my new, beautiful, all-clad roasting pan {FYI: on special at sur la table,} a gift from my beloved husband, showing his appreciation and pride that i was in our kitchen for something other than making coffee……and demands.

it’s so pretty.

i’ve decided even if i never cook again i’m still going to use this pretty pan.

this morning it was my mirror for makeup and hair.


the gravy base was kind of a bust.

taken from this recipe, given to me generously by the culinary goddess, mrs. burns, my friend and biggest cheerleader when it comes to all things domestic; i tried to keep faithful to every single direction given to me.

i’m a rules girl and didn’t want to muck this up.

unfortunately hunkiest had other ideas. according to him and his “thorough” cavity search, we bought the only turkey, in the history of turkeys, that did NOT come with neck, gizzard {ugh THAT word,} and heart.

i think he even started to blame “monsanto” for our defective turkey; even though we bought an organic, hormone and anti-biotic free bird, raised on a cage-less, fence-less farm equipped with a jacuzzi and ping-pong tables, where the turkeys rode ponies in the morning, went to montessori school in the afternoon, and died in their sleep from being too happy.

irritated with my nagging to “fucking LOOK AGAIN!!!” he, with his hands literally up in the air, sassed at me to “make do.”

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i did my best.

but wouldn’t you know it, lo and behold, guess who finds the so-called missing bag of guts the next day as he’s trimming our bird.

i gave him THE bird and blame my gravy’s lack of robustness on his lack of poultry fortitude.


we both agreed my stuffing {not really–again another recipe from mrs. burns,} was delicious.

if you’re a fan of mushrooms, then this IS your new stuffing.


it is my stuffing based solely on the tawny port ingredient.

after this near-death, hunger games experience, the rest of that bottle went downward dog down my throat.

so do you have a favorite, fool-proof, go-to turkey/stuffing/gravy recipe?

gobble gobble m’loves.

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