18 November 2018

My Guide to Pretty Pies

As we head into Thanksgiving week, I figured it's about time to share this post I've been meaning to write since last Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember I've loved to bake, but only recently have I learned to love baking pies. I associate homemade pies with my grandma, who somehow managed to bake at least six pies every Thanksgiving and Christmas, in addition to cooking the rest of the meal. When I was a kid, she used to let me "help" by rolling up all her pie dough scraps into miniature cinnamon roll cookies. Up until a couple years ago, this was the extent of my pie baking expertise.

01 November 2018

November Mood

Can you believe that only two months remain in this year? November is my favorite month of all, so I'm determined to be thoroughly present in the weeks to come. Time passes so quickly when we flit from activity to activity without ever consciously slowing down. When I think of November, what comes to mind visually isn't a specific image, but a warm glow of light. Whether it's the golden hour before an early sunset, fall candles flickering around the house, or the first fireplace fire of the season; that warm and glow-y sort of light and all the cozy vibes that accompany it sure make up for the longer nights.

Similarly, November also summons up all the warm and fuzzy feelings for me emotionally. The Thanksgiving holiday brings family and close friends together around the table, where despite our differences, we feel an inexplicable pull of connection and belonging. It's a season when love and gratitude warm our hearts. Yet it's also important to be mindful of those whose lives lack love and belonging, and those who've experienced loss, as for many, this season emphasizes what's missing. The holiday season presents so many opportunities to bless and give and be light to those who need it. And I think we can all agree that this world could use a lot more kindness!

30 October 2018

Michelle Adams's Ann Arbor Home

Isn't it funny how invested we become in the lives of the people we follow on Instagram? Over the weekend, I was legitimately sad to find out that Michelle Adams, founder and editor of The Maryn, has sold her darling house. She's moved on to a new project, renovating a mid-century modern, but I will selfishly miss seeing photos of this one on my feed.

22 October 2018

Fab Finds Under $50

I'm still trying to recharge after a quick, jam-packed few days in New York last week. We tried our best to fit in as many of our favorite spots as possible and ended up walking thirty miles in the process. (Which was probably a good thing, considering how many of our favorite spots revolve around food and drinks!) And for those of you who asked, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was amazing!

I threw together this post this morning to highlight the Fab Finds Under $50 widget you can find on the ride sidebar of my blog. Every now and then I switch it up with stylish new products I've stumbled upon. Many of the brands I feature are on the pricier side, so this widget is one way I attempt to balance that out. Sometimes little luxuries are just what we need for a little refresh, and they also make great gifts. Highlights of this recent round-up include my favorite face mask and some budget-friendly gold hoop earrings. Have you heard that classic gold hoops are the accessory trend of the season? I've never worn them... maybe it's time!

12 October 2018

Princess Eugenie's Wedding

I just love a royal wedding, don't you? Today Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of the Queen and daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, married Jack Brooksbank. The wedding took place at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same venue where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were married earlier this year. The bride's dress was by British designer Peter Pilotto and she wore a stunning emerald-embellished tiara loaned to her by the Queen. 

My favorite element of the entire wedding was the florals, designed by London-based celebrity florist Rob Van Helden. The seasonal display featured roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, berries, and liquid amber trees in a fall-inspired color palette. Fall is my favorite season, and these florals will go down as some of my all-time favorites. So rich and natural and autumnal- just love, love, love! It was wonderful to see Princess Eugenie have her moment to shine today. (And she really did shine!) Here are my favorite photos from this very beautiful and memorable royal wedding...

10 October 2018

Isle of Skye + Scottish Highlands Tour

The one part of our Scotland trip that I haven't blogged about until now is the time we spent touring the beautiful Highlands and the Isle of Skye. When I was initially planning this trip, I knew I wanted to visit these two areas but wasn't sure about the best way to reach them. Though we've enjoyed many road trips in the U.S., neither my husband nor I really felt comfortable renting a car and driving on the other side of the road for the first time on this trip. We love traveling by train, so that was the first option I considered. Although there are good routes to take around Scotland, I was still left unsure about how we'd get to some of the more remote sites without a car.

Randomly while scanning Pinterest one day, I stumbled across a specific tour of the Highlands and Skye that caught my eye. The itinerary covered every site I hoped to see in just three days, plus it included a scenic ride on The Jacobite, the steam train famously shown crossing over Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Harry Potter films. It was also super convenient for us, round-trip from Edinburgh, and based just a short walk from our hotel. After the last couple group tours we went on, we'd decided they weren't our cup of tea. But since this one seemed like such a perfect fit for what we were looking for this trip, we decided to give it a chance. Looking back, I feel so thankful that we did.