Monday, November 29, 2010

She was wild and free

Madewell beaded top, Hollister denim shorts, Minnetonka fringed low moccasins, Urban Outfitters beaded necklace, and Forever21 head dress

Friday, November 26, 2010

Acorn Thanksgiving Placecards

Using the acorns we had in our backyard, darling five created these Thanksgiving place cards.  Not only were they affordable, they were very easy to make.  Darling five traced the leaf shapes from actual leaves and fastened the place cards to the acorns with ribbon.  So many things to be thankful for this year.  Happy Thanksgiving. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dare to go Romantic

Vintage dress from Paris, France, J. Crew sweater, Gap Socks, Madewell 1937 clogs, Vintage hair pin from Istanbul, Turkey

Indulging in a little country getaway, the darling six gang took a long walk into the woods that began behind our house.  The windy air made for a dramatic scene but also lifted our spirits.  Ready for anything, darling five spun around in the field until the sun bid farewell.  Sometimes, all it takes is a simple walk in the woods to refresh one's spirit.  It was a welcome change of scenery.

"Meanwhile the world goes on. 
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain 
are moving across the landscapes, 
over the prairies and the deep trees, 
the mountains and the rivers. 
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 
are heading home again. 
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 
the world offers itself to your imagination, 
call to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – 
over and over announcing your place 
in the family of things."  
-Mary Oliver

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Jelly Just Got Jealous

This blissful duo of peanut butter and chocolate is a hands-down winner. Inspired by the Hershey's favorite, Reese's, this homemade treat will hit the spot just as well or even better. Wish you could have a bit more peanut butter or perhaps a thicker chocolate shell? Make your own tweaks to the recipe here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

You have bewitched me body and soul

Anthropologie shirt, Faux fur vest from Old Navy, Forever 21 skirt, Urban Outfitters rings, and Talbots Leopard print heels

Monday, November 15, 2010

J'adore Coffee in the City

When the weather starts to get crisp and chilly, there's nothing better than a warm cup of coffee.  While staying at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan (we highly recommend staying there), darling one and darling two stumbled upon Stumptown Coffee, an amazing little coffee shop in the hotel lobby.  The charming baristas wear fabulous fedoras, vintage suspenders and warm smiles as they make perfect cups of coffee and cappuccino.  And as lovers of all things vintage, the retro vibe and intimate space provide a great atmosphere.   If you're ever in the city, make sure to stop by this winter.  xo. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Banana Bread Galore

Could there be a better coupling with the brisk autumn weather than a delightful and delicious treat to warm your belly? This banana bread recipe from our dear friend Sylvia will absolutely bewitch your taste buds. Thanks to darling four, everyone was feeling rather content with life after filling up on this moist and oh-so-yummy bread.
P.S. Coffee or english breakfast tea goes great with this treat!

Banana Bread Recipe

1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas (crushed)
1 cup nuts (chopped)
2 cups flour (sifted)
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Blend butter and sugar together.  Add the eggs and beat. Then follow with crushed bananas.  Blend in 2 cups of sifted flour, soda, baking powder, salt, and nuts.  Bake in loaf pan for 45 to 60 minutes at 350 and don't forget to grease the pan!

Tip: Use ripe bananas otherwise the bread won't taste much like bananas. Good luck!