My gorgeous cousin is getting hitched this coming year and I couldn’t be happier! She and her fiance live in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand (he’s a native kiwi) and it’s been such fun to be getting wedding planning updates from afar! This past week, she sent me a link to the amazing Juliette Hogan‘s website. Hogan’s gorgeous dresses (bridesmaids’ and otherwise) have me swooning! Here are a few of my faves.
I am a sucker for dumplings. Any kind of dumpling really, from perogies to shumai, I’m into it. Recently, I decided it was time to try my hand at making some myself ,and boy, am I glad I did. Not only were they relatively easy to make- there’s nothing like a freshly made dumpling to really hit the spot. Here’s what I did.
For the filling mix in a large bowl:
- 1 lb pork(ground raw) *substitute chicken, turkey, or tofu to change it up a bit
- 3 tsp soy sauce
- 3 tsp sesame oil
- dash of chili oil
- 1 tbspn ginger
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 chopped scallions
Put a small spoonful of the mixture on the lower half of store bought wonton wrappers. Fold over and use a little water or egg wash to seal. Make sure there isn’t a lot of air trapped inside your dumpling by gently pressing it out.
Meanwhile to make the sauce mix:
- 1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
- 1/4 cup water
- soy sauce (to taste)
- rice wine vinegar (to taste)
- sesame oil (to taste)
- 1/2 clove garlic (chopped)
- chili oil (to taste)
in a saucepan over low heat until everything is smooth and blended. Make sure to stir often to avoid burning. Adjust water to make your sauce thicker/thinner. (I like to do all of this to taste so have fun experimenting with ratios til you find your perfect blend.)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place dumplings in it. Cook for a minute or so after they rise to the surface of the water. Remove from boiling water with slotted spoon and put into hot peanut sauce. Serve Immediately!
Color can inspire pretty much anything we do, create, and how we live our lives on a daily basis. When we sit down with a client for the first time, one of the first questions we always ask is what color palettes are you most drawn to. Whether they answer vibrant hues, neutrals, romantic colors, etc their answer always helps to shape their design concept and overall aesthetic.
Color inspires how we feel on a daily basis and how we choose to live our lives. From the colors we choose to wear each day or the shades of paint we pick out for our walls. It may seem so simplistic and obvious, but I tend to forget the power of colors in my day to day life and how they can help shape how I feel.
I could get lost for an entire day perusing through Griottes, palette culinaire online. All of the colors throughout the entire blog are captivating and inspiring. I especially love their take on pantones in the first photo!
Tis the season for online shopping or at least that is what the commercial world is leading us to believe right now. Something about how there is less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas than usual. Who knows?! All I know are the holidays are upon us whether we like it or not. Above is a round-up of all items LEIF that I am crushing on right now. From the classic Baggu tote, vibrant napkins for a holiday dinner, metallic change purse to go in my dream bag, a cozy hat to keep my head warm, these amazing brass coasters and finally this fun table runner to brighten up your tablescape. Any of these would make for a great gift this season.
This past Spring we headed down to Savannah with Jen Huang Photography and the ladies of Southern Weddings Magazine to shoot a bridal shower luncheon. It was an insanely beautiful setting and we’re excited to see it in print. Here is a preview of the magazine on stands now. Snag yourself a copy, it’s a really well done magazine jammed packed with gorgeous ideas.
You may remember me ranting on about my latest obsession with the color teal. The good news is you won’t have to listen to me gabbing about how I’d love to be adventurous enough to paint the interior of our apartment with this bold color anymore. After about 50 hours (of 2-3 people painting), 7 gallons of paint, and many roll brushes it is done! It was a huge learning experience and in the end saved us thousands of dollars by doing it ourselves. Below are some of my tips if you’re thinking of painting the interior of your home.
The first big lesson for us was patience. For the first time I painted swatches of many colors and let them just sit for a few weeks. A very adult way to go about painting. People would come over for a business meeting with my husband and wonder, “art project”? Not an art project, but a practice in patience to make sure we chose wisely and didn’t regret our choice in color.
Let’s talk about that annoying little process called priming. We didn’t take the time to prime because we figured we’d be fine painting a dark color over an existing light one. Kind of right and kind of wrong. Mostly wrong because if we had painted a coat of primer it would have made things (like the trim and ceiling) much easier to paint. The hardest part about painting our apartment was by far the trim. I don’t know how professionals do it, but I’d like to find out. Air brush? From far away it looks great but if you ever come visit please don’t look too closely. The best part about finally having a white ceiling and trim is that light reflects much better and brightens the room up.
The last, big lesson we learned was it’s all in the taping. Taping before you paint may be one of the more annoying things to do in life. It’s really time consuming, hard to get just right, and tiring to crouch or climb a ladder over and over again. What I learned however was that taping dictates how your paint job will look in the end. If you tape in a perfectly straight line and take the time to line up each piece of tape then you’re going to have a gorgeous paint job in the end. I think it’s fair to say that taping is the most important step about painting interiors.
If you asked me what my favorite thing is about this color it would be that it looks totally different throughout the stages of the day. At times it looks very green and at night it tends to like dark navy. Juliet said it best, “It’s like the colors of the ocean throughout the day”. Now, we just have to find some more artwork to decorate these gorgeous teal walls!
Winter is creeping up on us in the Northeast a little each day. I’ve picked a few of my favorite remedies and essentials for the dropping temps. My biggest go to is a cozy scarf. You can never have too many scarves!