Week & End


Happy weekend! Are you up to anything exciting? It will be a low-key weekend around here, as it usually takes me a whole week to really get back into the swing of things after returning from Ghana (in fact, my jet lag typically hits me most acutely about six days after I've been home - what's up with that?!). Yoga and City Surf will definitely be in the mix, as will some recipe-testing (likely this salad chock full of summer produce and this fun twist on pasta salad) and maybe some tacos and margaritas for good measure. Lots of reading, too! I'm finally the next in line to pick up Go Set A Watchman at the library. I devoured J. Courtney Sullivan's novels, Commencement and Maine, while traveling to West Africa - highly recommend! Enjoy some links from around the web, and have a great weekend!

Is it just me or does this double-chocolate layer cake look in.sane? Now, to find a good excuse to bake it...

There are several new spots around town that I've been wanting to pop into - Local Press + Brew, Read Between the Lines, Rapscallion, and especially Set & Co., a gorgeous home goods store in Oak Cliff. Korena snapped the photo of the interior of the store shown above - isn't it heavenly? I want one of every item, please.

Allison sent me this article about wellness and I found it really, really interesting and accurate in so many ways. Check it out; I'd love to know what you think.

This home tour gave me some serious decor inspiration. The plants, the styling, the guest bedding, the gallery walls, the subway tiles in the kitchen - I love it all.

For the past couple of years I've been watching as Nicaragua grows as a tourist destination, and this post pushed me over the edge: I'm ready to plan a trip.

Photo by Korena Bolding Sinnett

Floral Crown Workshop


At the end of April, Allison and I spent an evening at a floral crown workshop hosted by one of my favorite local florists, Bows + Arrows (remember when they made this gem for our engagement photos?). Taking a floral crown class had been on my bucket list, so I was supremely excited for our night out. It turned out just as perfectly as we had hoped it would, with the studio full of flowers and treats and champagne and girls ready to learn how to make their masterpieces.

Alicia, one of the owners of the studio, taught us how simple it is to make flower crowns, even if you don't have access to fresh flowers every day. Foraging for pretty greens and buds in your yard or your neighborhood really goes a long way, she said, as long as we narrow down a color scheme, which will help us be consistent. She taught us about which supplies are the most helpful to have on hand (namely floral wire and floral tape), and I bookmarked this helpful tutorial for future crown-making adventures. The tips on this post are so similar to the things we learned in class; I'll definitely be relying on it for future floral crafting sessions!

My favorite part of the class was choosing the florals and greens I would use to make my crown. Every beautiful flower in the studio (yes, every single one) was at our disposal, so it took some time to narrow down a color palette and overall scheme. Peonies are amongst my favorite flowers, so I knew that I had to go with a dark pink version as the focal point of the crown. Everything else just fell into place from there. Alicia definitely helped a lot, but I found myself getting the hang of it towards the end of the evening. I felt like an absolute goddess when I finally placed my creation atop my head and, of course, I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate it in my ensemble on a daily basis.

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This workshop was way too much fun, and it was so wonderful to get to share in it with my dear friend Allison. What a perfect evening!

Week & End


Happy Friday! This has been a wonky week; due to Callie's surgery, I stayed home to play nurse for a few days so it feels like time was simultaneously dragging on and flying by. Tonight we're meeting our dear friends Allison & Taylor for dinner at True Food Kitchen. Allison is due any day now, and we can't wait to meet her sweet girl, Ruby! The photo above is of the gorgeous (and beyond delicious) cake we feasted on at a celebration for Ruby last Saturday - isn't it perfect? Tomorrow we're meeting another set of beloved friends, Korena & Ian, at one of our favorite sushi spots in town. Other than that we'll be snuggling with our pups, reading books in the backyard (I am totally loving Picnic in Provence), and whipping up a treat or two in the kitchen. Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy some links from around the world wide web!

I trend toward minimalism as it is, possibly even obnoxiously so - I tend to get rid of nearly everything, sometimes even before someone is finished using it. Still, this 30-day minimalism challenge piques my interest. What do you think, would you try it?

Madewell + Sézane: the 2015 collaboration is HERE! I want everything, especially this, this, and this.

I loved this post that my friend Briton wrote about moving to Dallas. She just arrived from Boulder last month and she's adjusting to life in Texas. We were introduced by one of my closest friends, Erin, and it's been so much fun spending time together. I loved reading her sentiments on her blog; they reminded me so much of my emotional process when I moved here nearly six years ago. Her wisdom is inspiring!

While at the ranch last weekend, my sister-in-law and I went to Childress Farm to pick fresh peaches (more on that adventure soon!). I watched Ina Garten make fresh peach cake on her show and knew that was exactly how I needed to use my delicious produce.

Does anyone else follow Marnie The Dog on Instagram? She is a 12-year-old Shih Tzu and I'm basically obsessed with every photo (and hilarious caption!) that her owner posts.