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Bacon Blanket

Jan
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I’ve tried my fair share of bacon novelties (bacon martini, anyone?) and they usually involve a high risk/high reward sort of deal (like, a bacon martini is pricy, but it may just be the best drink ever*). This little bacon project is very simple to put together, and is sure to please any bacon-loving crowd.

All you need is a rimmed baking sheet, your favorite brand of bacon, and the ability weave raw meat. Bake in a 350 degree oven for around 30 minutes. We were able to successfully transfer the bacon to a plate with two spatulas.

Aside from the cool presentation, the bacon comes out crispy in parts and softer in others, due to the weave. Some people like crispy bacon, and others not so much, so it’s great for parties. The bacon blanket was a hit at my parents’ Christmas Day brunch!

*The drink was so-so.

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Classic Casual

Jan
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Sunglasses: Kate Spade. Scarf: H&M (old, similar here). Coat: Gap (old, similar here). Gloves: J.Crew (old, similar here). Clutch: Natasha Couture. Jeans: J.Crew (old, similar here). Boots: Sam Edelman.

Photos: Krys Lilly

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Open Tabs

Jan
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Do you keep loads of tabs open in your browser? Me too. Here’s what’s been open on my desktop this week:

Who doesn’t love a parade? Or a wedding? Or both?

Wait- Is that Superman?

Yes, I’m about five years late to this, but man, Simon’s Cat is funny.

Eerie photos of an abandoned future.

Fitness mixed with humor, direct from the 1920s.

What do you want to learn here for free?

Who knew there are naming rules in Iceland?

Here’s to a lovely weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting up with friends for a breakfast date, and trying some recipes.

Image: Craig Ferguson

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Pop on Over

Nov
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Maybe this is just a regional thing, but I hadn’t heard of popovers until a few months ago. I couldn’t have even told you what one looked like, so little did I know that it was a picture of a popover that compelled me to check out Nicole Hunn’s cookbook Gluten Free on a Shoestring. For those of you who are new to popovers, they’re the size of a roll, very fluffy, and go just as well with jam as they do with dinner. They are at their very best just out of the oven, which is how I justify eating three in a row. The recipe is pretty easy to pull off, even when you just have a muffin tin, and not a popover pan.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Off Season Shopping

Nov
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Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas is before us, and winter is (unofficially) all around us. Here in the PacNW the temperature is dropping and we always seem to have rain somewhere in the five day forecast. To offset the urge to hitchhike down to Palm Springs and start my career as a cocktail waitress, I indulge in retail therapy like buying boots and sweaters (Shopbop sales, anyone?).

In addition to deals on winter goods, there are currently lots of great summer shoes on deep discounts all over the place. These two beauties were all over the bloggy-sphere last spring, and I nearly pulled the trigger on both of these a number of times, but my fear of paying full price always stopped me. The temptation may just be too great now that some of these shoes are more than 50% off.

Do you make a habit of off-season shopping? I guess the one thing that holds me back is wondering if the style will still be “in” next year. Well, that, and I seem to have the memory of a fruit fly and can’t conceptualize strolling out of the house in shorts once it drops below 70.

Shoes: Loeffler Randall Inge Ankle Wrap Clog, and Swedish Hasbeen Braided Sky High (Both on sale right now!)

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The Secret to a Fancy Dinner at Home

Nov
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First off, let me say that at least 95% of the meals Brian and I eat at home are on the couch. Sometimes we sit on the floor with our plates on the coffee table (which I consider a way of embracing the dining customs of other cultures ♥).

At least once every few months we decide to have a fancy dinner, which is typically either a nice cut of steak with grilled red onions, or “seafood extravaganza” (lobster tails, shrimp, and salmon). I try to replicate the restaurant experience by using cloth napkins and our best dishes, and serving dessert. It wasn’t until we decided one evening to have coffee with our dessert that the meal really reminded each of us of our dinners out at nice restaurants- the waiter always offers coffee with dessert, and we always say yes!

It seems like the time spend sipping coffee after a meal is the perfect way to wrap up your conversation while letting your subconscious know that it’s almost time to get back to the real world (and give you a little caffeine boost to clean up the kitchen).

Do you like to serve coffee (or any hot beverage) after dinner?

Photo: Gretchen Lilly

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Sunny Sunday Morning

Nov
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I’ve made a significant amount of progress on my mini bedroom makeover. I bought the nightstands and pillowcases from West Elm, as well as the art from Ikea. I spontaneously picked up these lamps while I was at Ikea, but then I saved money by “borrowing” the curtains from my mom, and using the solid blue side of my Liberty of London for Target quilt I picked up a few years ago.

I love how symmetrical and bright and new everything is, which motivates me to make the bed and tidy up every morning (I’m not always the best with housekeeping). The bed faces the door, so as I enter the bedroom throughout the day, I get a little rush, like I’m walking into a hotel room, which further motivates me to keep the room looking nice.

The new look for the bedroom also just makes it so much more fun to hang out in there! Our long holiday weekend came to a close yesterday, but we were able to milk a little more leisure time out of it by lounging around all morning in our jammies.

Have you found that a room makeover (large or small) has changed the way you feel about a space? I think we all can have emotional reactions to beautifully photographed rooms, or even seeing a piece of furniture in person; does living in a “new” space change how you feel day to day?

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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Bedroom Makeover on the Cheap(ish)

Oct
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I’m thinking the bedroom is looking a little blah. Maybe adding some bold colors and stripes will brighten in up a bit.

I don’t have a big budget, but I do have a bunch of West Elm gift cards I’ve been collecting with credit card reward points, so I’m thinking I’ll head there for some nightstands and new pillowcases. The foot of the bed would look great with the classic Pendleton Glacier Blanket, and it will keep me warm in the winter, too.  The left wall really needs something- like a giant piece of art, and Ikea has some affordable options. After adding so many other graphic elements, I think my current curtains will look wonky, so I’m looking for some white curtains, or something with the same colors as the blanket and pillowcase.

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Have you ever planned out a room in advance? I tend to just buy things when I see them, but I’m trying to be more mindful of what I bring into the house, for design and budget reasons. I’ll let you know what the end result is!

 

 

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Inspired By: Call The Midwife

Oct
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Have you discovered the new BBC import, Call the Midwife? The series is based on the memoirs of a woman who worked as a nurse and midwife in the early 1950s in London’s East End. You can catch up here.

Young Nurse Jenny and her fellow nurses bicycle to all of their appointments and deliveries wearing the smart uniform of a simple blue dress, a deep red cardigan, matching beret, and a navy trench.

Here’s a fun way to bring this retro style to life today:

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The Peter Pan collar is on trend right now, and really gives this outfit its retro feel. The simple grey dress provides a great basic foundation for the whole look. Purple on the cardigan provides a subtle amount of color (red would just be too much). Tom’s suede wedges are a nod to the durable shoes worn by the nurses, and this Steve Madden coat is an insulated update to the classic trench.

Top Images: BBC/ Neal Street Productions

 

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I Think I’m Happy With the Bar Area!

Oct
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This little bar area in the apartment started out as function rather than form. Behind those canvas panels are boxes and boxes of various wires and other computer things for Brian. The shelves itself is a fairly utility-looking number from Ikea that I picked up off of Craigslist for $20 a few years ago. After “slipcovering” the shelves I figured I’d better jump on the bar cart bandwagon to pretty it up. I added the print last year (West Elm), and the whole thing looked okay, but I knew it could look better. I found this lamp at a local store, The Standard, last week, and it is just what was needed! Now, in a perfect world I would hang the print, but I tried that before, and it came crashing down, and as a result the glass cracked and we spent a good chunk of change getting the frame fixed. I’m just a little shy to hang this piece again.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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