Wednesday, January 23, 2013

getting off track

after spending most of my mourning pouring over the chanel spring/summer 2013 haute couture show, i realized its been ages since of made a post regarding something like this. it's shows me  how much i have actually strayed from my original format for this blog. i'm not saying thats bad, it's just nice to get back into something that reminds me of the reason i originally started blogging. fashion. 

when i say i'm in luuurrve with this. i mean it! from the striking, heavy handed black, almost winged like eye makeup, to the amazing contrast and combinations of leather, lace and feathers! here are just a few of my favorite looks. 

all images via

i love second dress the most. probably because it seems to be the most 'wearable' in my eyes. thinking of maybe trying out the eye makeup for a fun little shoot!

happy hump day.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

tuesday tunage// minus the bear - into the mirror

currently listening to this song on repeat. after seeing them perform on ' live from daryl's house ' over the weekend i completely became re-addicted. recipe of the week to come later, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

recipe of the week: bread and butter

for our first recipe of the week we decided to do something i know you all can make! bread and butter. i would have to say this is one of the easiest things my husbands makes, but still comes off as something that might take some skill. please continue reading for the recipes.

no knead bread
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
3/4 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

in a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. add water and mix in. cover with plastic wrap and place in cold oven for 12-20 hours. greg says he normally try's to shoot for 20 if he has the time.

remove from oven after resting 20 hours. place dough on a floured board and gently form into ball. over kneading will make the bread too chewy. it is no knead bread after all!

next, place dough in a towel lined bowl. make sure the towel has been lightly dusted with the flour so it won't stick! let rest another 2 hours.

a half hour before the second rest is over, preheat your oven and dutch oven ( which you will be baking in ) at 500 degrees. make sure the dutch oven lid is on. at the end of 2 hours take your dutch oven out and drop the oven temp to 450 degrees. place your dough in the dutch oven. score an " x " on the top with a knife, about 1/4 - 1/2 " deep. ( optional ) bake bread for 30 minutes with the lid on.

remove lid and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. tap the bottom of the bread and it should sound like a drum. this means its done!

1 quart heavy cream
pinch of salt

pour heavy cream into food processor. add a pinch of salt and add lid. blend anywhere from 5-6 minutes.

once butter has mostly formed , take out and place in a strainer. squeeze all the extra liquids out with a spatula or spoon . if you have cheese cloth use this instead. just place inside a square or cloth, twist up and squeeze. we just didn't have any this time around!

last, place finished butter on foil, wrap, and form into a bar shape. now enjoy your tasty treat! you deserve it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


 jacket: zara
sweater: h&m
shirt: hanes/diy
skirt: zara
shoes: h&m

recipe card download

after designing our wedding invitations this past year, i realized i might have a little side business on my hands. this is the first of what i hope to be many free printable's ill be putting on the blog. being a new wife, and terrible cook i thought i needed a little encouragement in the kitchen. what better way, than to make  recipe cards! i received a recipe box for my bridal shower that is still empty... whoops! please use the second image, and print on 8.5x11 card stock for best results. for personal use only. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

weekly wishlist

happy saturday! hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. this week i wanted to start something i hope to keep up! i didn't exactly set new years resolutions for myself this year. i just want to stick to what i say i will. consistent blogging features is one of those things i keep telling myself i want to do. so this along with a few other should slowly but surly be popping up on the blog!

1. 2013 daily journal by frankie magazine. goes in tune with wanting to stay organized and goel oriented this year. having a great place to write it all down always seems to help!
2. apothecary soap set from need supply co. just a little something nice to have out when guest are over. 
3. silk rose print shirt by madwell. perfect for winter/spring transition!
4. outdoors enamel peculator! i've been wanting something like this for camping for ages now.
5.  brown basic cowboy boots from zara. perfect heel height for walking and looking cute at the same time. 
6.  the hobbit for kindle. getting back into reading after getting an ipad for christmas. 
7. pendelton blanket with leather carrier case. great for throwing in the car for impromptu picnics! 
8. lace embroidered dress from topshop. well, just because!

ill be back tomorrow with my first ootd post in what will seem like forever! stay tuned. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

lazy sunday

now that the holidays are over i feel like my husband and i finally have time for a little more lazy time at home. granted, cleaning the house and cooking doesn't exactly fit the criteria of lazy. that's just what we like to do on a sunday to unwind for the work week. i'm currently seated between a very needy cat and dog who keep fighting for my attention, sipping on a glass of wine while my husband finishes up dinner. he's the cook in the house you will soon find out. this coming weekend i'm going to start a weekly cooking feature with him. i can't wait.

today both my husband and I tried using coconut oil in our hair. well, he actually tried it in his beard to be more specific. ;) the results were great. it added a lot of shine and seemed to smooth the texture for both of us. one of my best girlfriends has been telling me to try this for quite some time. i've also been told its great for oil cleansing and soaking your feet in. i think I might have to try all these. i'm slightly obsessed with all thing coconut these days.

how did you spend your saturday?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

our wedding

 this past september i finally got married the man of my dreams. after 18 months of planning, i can actually say it really was everything i hoped for and needed. in all honesty it wasn't the easiest thing we have ever done. after changing plans majorly once, cutting the guest list down, then down and down... we finally came out with a product i think my husband and i can be very proud of. If we could have, we would have invited every soul we knew. in the end the product was a very intimate affair. we were married by one of our best friends while our family and closest friends looked on. 

Sorry for what will be a very image heavy post!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


hello 2013, goodbye 2012.  for me, 2012 was a pretty great year. i got to finally marry the love of my life. we've made a few other changes, some good... some to the contrary. all in all, i would have to say i have at least had more up than downs in what seems like forever. i hope 2013 and expand that feeling even further into the future.  

this next year i hope to accomplish more goals. in 2012 i set what was probably an idiotic amount of goals for myself. most i would have never had time for while planning my wedding. see,  i'm very envious of the woman who seems to be able to get it all done. blogging, child raising, sewing projects, mastor home decorating, gourmet cooking accomplishments that i could never dream of, it's really just not me. at least not me now. we all have room for a little self improvement, right?

i'm sure i've said this a ridiculous amount of times, but i really hope to start blogging more. 
it's something i had hoped to start doing as soon as we were done with the wedding. i just found myself so burnt out on most things blog oriented, i really just needed to stay away. luckily i feel like i have the means, energy, and motivation to finally try a little harder this time. i hope to bring more content, to introduce a few things i haven't tried yet on the blog for the most part. so i hope you guys will stick around and see whats to come. 

stay tuned for a little wedding a new years eve fun!