Tuesday, April 23, 2013

d.i.y. macarons

Call it a New Years Resolution or a key item on my bucket list. Call it whatever you want, but just know that somehow, over the last three or four years of my life, I've had a dire need to learn how to make AND perfect french macarons.

I have attempted the process {with friends} but making them on your own is a whole different beast.

Yet what I've discovered over the last few months is how much fun creating things in the kitchen can be. Sure, it's a challenging and tedious process, but I'm no stranger challenges or tedious endeavors.

I never really thought about it before, but the kitchen is much like a canvas. Slight tweaks, trying again, starting over, messing up, getting it right - these are all things that we would all benefit from getting used to. Not only as artists or pastry chefs, but as people living and learning each day of our lives.

Call me crazy how deep this post got, but I've had a lot of time to think this last week! And yes, I have perfected the french macaron. And yes, be on the lookout for an exciting new business venture I'm working on ;).

Monday, April 22, 2013

selfies are embarrassing

What else are you supposed to when there are hexagons on the mirror, and you're waiting for your sister to come out of the dressing room?

I'm sorry I've neglected you, blog. You're my favorite creative outlet. A great escape. I've just gotten my hands dirty in so many different things in the last couple weeks, that it's hard for me to sit and concentrate on any one thing.

Books are overcrowding my nightstand, I've been making stuff in my kitchen (which is this new hobby of mine), I've been enjoying the unpredictable weather - there is no shortage of inspiration, just a shortage of time.

I hope to give you a taste of some of the new things that make me tick, every day this week!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

places to go | Grosse Pointe Florist

{Grosse Pointe Florist} is nestled in between gorgeous homes, in a pretty obscure place in my hometown of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I'm not sure how/why they're allowed to exist smack-dab in the middle of neighborhood, but there they are. It's a perfect stop on the way home from less charming errands like getting gas or going to the bank.

Get your mom, BFF, or girlfriend a bouquet of tulips. Ask for extra ribbon. Trust me.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

featured on | The Cubicle Refugee

I had the best day today. While browsing through {The Cubicle Refugee}, I did a double-take. Then I did a triple-take, because I spotted my own original work on her webpage.

Jen, the curator of Cubicle Refugee, is known for gathering someone of the most original and unique content on Tumblr.

I've been a fan of hers for a very, very long time, {as seen here}. To see my work handpicked by this talented lady was surreal to say the least!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

a bold spring

Wearing pastels in a Michigan thing is tough thing to get away with.

The weather is super unpredictable when it's not freezing, and everyone still wears their black down jackets over everything up until the beginning of May, just in case. Nothing looks more ridiculous than a pastel spring ensemble with a heavy down coat.

That's why I opt for saturated pastels. Bold colors that are a nice change from the neutrals of winter, but don't look out of place in 40 degree weather. Here's what I'm talking about:

^^ All these items are from {Piperlime}. I love that site! ^^

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

keep it tight

Above is my attempt at some handwritten typography. I've always had an itch to write in decoratives fonts.

Whether it be taking notes at my current job or decorating my planner in high school, the highlighters would come out and too much time was spent making a word like "Monday" or "homework" far more visually appealing than the meaning itself.