Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Morning Recipe Writing & Homemade Bread

This past Saturday I decided to have a full day of lounging, taking care of myself and quiet time. Okay, not completely quiet but I kept the music happy. However, no tv. Which was a tough challenge, for some reason. My second challenge for the day was limiting my cell phone activity. Last challenge, was making fresh warm homemade bread. From Scratch.

In my past blog, which has since been taken down, I made this recipe quite a bit. I haven't made it in over 2 years so I thought it would not only make me feel at home but also give me something to do than watch Netflix.

It's a long recipe. Not true - it's got a long time laps in it though. Best trick is to start if before or after dinner. This way you can get it ready in the morning when you first wake up! After a few hours, volila! warm Sunday morning bread.

This recipe box has come with me all the way from my first apartment in Seattle. I bought it at a Michaels and different recipe cards through out the years. On of my favorite gifts to give others is a backed good along with a recipe card for it. I always say it's from my kitchen but then write who I actually got it from on the back. Unless it's my card, then the recipe maker goes on the front.

This No Knead Crusty Artisan Bread is coming from a food blogger I've followed for years. The Baker-Chick. She has some pretty incredible recipes that I've used in the past too but this one is by far my favorite. She revamped the recipe from another food blogger, Simply So Good. Worth the read. This blogger teaches you to add different flavors to the mix. One year I made Rosemary bread. My placed smelled like heaven until the next day.

Here's some fun pics from my IG story on my personal account. I LOVE the Autumn emojis.

I got my dutch oven for Christmas a few years back from my parents. Its a simple Rachael Ray orange pot but it does the job, and well! Definitely something I would recommend investing in. They can be a little pricey. Mine is on the lower price level but I found a few nice ones on ebay and that's a great place to check if you're looking for a deal and don't mind nicely used items.

I love mornings where you wake up to warm crusty bread with Earth Balance butter and blackberry jam!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Outfits of the Week

4 outfits from my week

Hello friends! This line up was posted on IG on Oct 3nd... that's how far behind I am in posting but, alas, there is only so much time we all have. These out fits were from the week before when it was still a tiny bit sunny. Since then, it's been chilly and grey in the mornings.

I'm in denial and don't want to wear tights and I plan to postpone as long as humanly possible. Both dresses were bought on Zulily and I can't stop wearing them. They're so easy to throw on and leave. It's great.

I love long necklaces. I should do a post on my collection but you can see a lot of them in my tutorial on how to make a Jewelry Hanger out of a Tree Branch. I use it every day. I love necklaces.

You can definitely tell my moods in the morning based on these outfits. My far right outfit is literally saying "I have to go to work and I woke up late. I already want a nap". Life.

Monday - Stone Cold White Thrift Blazer
Tuesday - Hunter Green & Cowboy Booties
Wednesday - Boyfriend Jeans & Booties
Thursday -Throw-on-and-Go Dress & Superstars

My favorite outfit is with my new hunter green dress. It was super comfortable all day and I'm a little bummed out that I'll have to wear tights under it soon. Again, I'm determined to stick it out for another 2 weeks. Mark my words!

This is a fun post! Note to self - will try to do more montages of the week.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throw-on-and-Go Dress & Superstars

Beige Dress Zulily, Adidas Superstars, Mariners Hat

You know those days - don't play, you know those days - when you're tired because you worked late from home, then couldn't fall asleep then roll out of bed late, put on mascara and run out the door? 

Well, in this case, my "throw-on-and-go" dress came in handy. Along with my Adidas and Mariners cap. Practically saved the day. Naturally (insert eye roll) I grabbed my phone for a few quick pics before catching the bus. 

Literally worn this dress 5 times since I bought it 2 weeks ago. It's the best Saturday dress I own. Throw it on, run your errands. It's insanely warm too! 

Another Zulily purchase, of course. I still need to do a post on my haul. Not to worry, it'll come sooner than later. In the mean time, here are the dets on this outfit of the day!

Oatmeal Dress Zulily, Adidas Superstars, Mariners Hat

Oatmeal Beige Dress Zulily, Superstar Adidas mirror
Beige Dress - Zulily // Shoes - Adidas Superstars // 
Mariners Hat // Necklace - Homemade

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Boyfriend Jeans & Booties

Caslon Boyfriend Jeans, Green Cardigan, Black Booties

Learning to wear my boyfriend jeans all year round is the most comfortable challenge I've ever attempted. This outfit was paired with booties for the first time and I didn't hate it. Seemed strange but tucking my tank in really put the focus on the jeans. Definitely interested in trying these out with a few of my other boots this year. 

As always, I'm wearing my everyday cardigan. So it seems. I've officially worn this in three separate posts (post 1, post 2 and post 3).  I wear it so much more than this. I honestly can't believe I haven't posted it more! 

The back is crocheted and beautiful. It's my favorite part. I'll try and get a better photo next time. 

Green Cardigan, Caslon Boyfriend Jeans and Black Booties
Green Cardigan - Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar) // Black Tank (similar) // 
Caslon Boyfriend Jeans (similar) // Black Booties - The Office (similar) // Necklace - Homemade

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hunter Green & Cowboy Booties

Peplums & Pie Hunter Green Dress Zulily

Tuesdays are for new plans, new dreams and new dresses. You guessed it ... another Zulily find and another keeper. Haven't found an item I don't like yet. A good sign!

This dress is easy to pair with anything. I could wear any shoes. From flats to brown knee-high boots. this day I chose to pair them with my short cowboy boots from Corso Como. I bought them from Gilt a few years ago. I can only find them in black now but they're still super comfortable. They have full cushion on the bedding! My feet never hurt when I wear them for long periods of time.

Peplums & Pie Hunter Green Dress Zulily, Booties Corso Como

My sweater is a quality thrift find. Shocker - I know. Necklace is Stella & Dot. Remaining dets are below:

Peplums & Pie Hunter Green Dress Zulily, Sweater, Cowboy Booties Corso Como
Hunter Green Dress - Zulily // Sweater - Thrift Find (similar) // 
Short Cowboy Booties - Corso Como // Gold Necklace - Stella & Dot, Rebel //
 Gold Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stone Cold White Thrift Blazer

Thrifted White Blazer ASOS, Loafers, Black Skinnies

Playing catch up on outfits. This was super easy to put together. I bought the white blazer at a thrift store. It's in perfect condition, originally ASOS and it was the right price.

Don't know why I look like such a grump in that top photo but alas, that what happens when it's morning and you're not a morning person... at all.

My shoes came from Nordstrom Rack. Though I don't normally show my handbags, this is my work bag that I got as a gift from the Bellevue Fashion Show last year. I still use it almost everyday. It's hard to find a replacement for it.

Happy Monday! Here's the details:

Thrifted White Blazer ASOS, Loafers, Black Skinnies

Thrifted White Blazer ASOS, Loafers, Black Skinnies
 Blazer - Thrifted (ASOS, similar , similar) // Tank - Fred Meyer (of all places!, similar)
 // Black Pants - Express (similar) // Loafers - Circus by Sam Edelman (similar
// Necklace - Gorjana (similar) // Bag - Bellevue Collection (gift) 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chilly Fall Saturday Vibes

This sweater is the ultimate game changer. I'm so obsessed with it, I haven't stopped wearing it since it arrived on my doorstep. I'm anemic, like a lot of other women. It's rare for me to feel my fingers and my toes in the Fall, Winter and first half of Spring. It's a wonder my favorite season is Summer.

This past month I have spent an embarrassing amount on Zulily. I've only ordered from their site once  before. It was for a few holiday gifts last year. However, this sweater is the item that started the crazy haul I went on.

I'll definitely do a post on my experience with this company. It's been an interesting adventure. Most of their merchandise sells out but then comes back within a few weeks later. They have so much product!

Last night I went to bed with the worst migraine. Still undetermined if it was from the long long week or because I forced myself to do laundry. Though, the night could have gone differently, some of my great friends invited me out to the Laser Lemonade show at the Pacific Science Center and to a wine bar downtown. I declined all of them. It was such a week, I needed to go home and take care of myself.

Truth be told, I was finally in bed by 9 o'clock with my head pounding and yelling at me for sleep. Thank goodness I started my laundry right when I got home.

For the first time all week, I slept through the whole night. I got 10 hours, which makes me think I won't be able to sleep tonight but I'm okay with that. I needed that sleep.

My face woke up clear, my body refreshed and ready for a quality stay-at-home weekend. Chores, books, manicure appt and bread making. It'll be the perfect cheap weekend.

Back to my sweater! This sweet a¢e sweater is, of course, sold out but the link is still listed below. It might come back into stock or to your wish list. It's the perfect gift especially for people who are always cold, like yours truly.

I Am Freaking Cold Sweater - Zulily // Black Sweat Pants - Jockey (similarsimilar) // 
Mug - Home Goods (similarsimilarsimilar)// Tea infuser - Amazon

No make-up Saturdays should always be a thing. Waffles should also be a requirement. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lessons in Apple Picking

If you saw my Apply Picking Outfit Post from earlier this week, you know my struggles with apple season in Washington State. You also know the lesson I learned about farms too. Long story short: CALL before you drive out of the city to go apple picking. 

All wasn't lost though. Two gal friends and I got to sample the local Hot Apple Cider, from the Apple shack, and the most delicious corndogs. My friend got a Cider Donut and almost died when she bit into it! She said it was so perfectly cakey because it was fresh out of the fryer. I won't lie, my corndog was the freshest (if that's even possible) I've ever had. It was so good. Considering I haven't eaten a corndog in years. 

After getting our snacks, we checked out a small area of the orchards where we were taunted by apples we weren't allowed to pick. Instead we were able to buy some from their stand, along with corn and squash. It is officially pumpkin season. Everyone was out in the patch picking out the perfect pumpkins. I loved the pink and green tinted ones. I wish I had taken a picture of them.

My friend and I decided to head out to Snohomish once our little adventure was over. Again, it poured while we were there but we stopped in at this adorable restaurant called Christa's Sandwishboard. I got a malbec and bruschetta. SO good. The tomatoes were already sweet but the whole dish was drizzled with a honey vin. It was perfect. Photos are below.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brunch and Wine Tasting Outfit

Pink sweater, black jeans, black boots and brown crossbody

A fun and easy Sunday of brunching with a great gal friend and then meeting another for wine tasting in Woodinville. I really wanted to feel comfortable today, especially since I knew I would be walking up the hill and moving around a lot.

Started the day off at Toulouse Petit. I swear by their brunch but you've got to get there early to get a seat. I try and go at 10 so it's not a crazy wait. They have an amazing french press and if you're going for the first time - get then beignets.

I went for a walk after brunch to digest and to get some exercise. I've been slacking on being active lately. It ended up being a gorgeous day and perfect for a quick walk. I did work on the blog a bit, since I haven't had as much time as of late. It's been fun writing and sharing my adventures and OOTDs.

My end of the day was the best. We drove out to Alexandria Nicole since my friend is a member. I highly recommend. The staff is wonderful and the grounds are lovely. We got pork chops at The Commons and ended on a high note for the remainder of our Sunday. I absolutely love weekends that are completely spontaneous.

Pink sweater, black jeans, black boots and brown crossbody

Pink sweater, black jeans, black boots and brown crossbody
Sweater- Painted Thread // Black Jeans - Caslon // Black Boots - 
Ralph Lauren (similar) // Cognac Crossbody - Kate & Alex

Monday, October 9, 2017

Apple Picking!! 🍎 🍏

What I work apple picking: Thrifted Sweater, Jeans and Brown Boots.

My attempt to go apple picking yesterday was completely unsuccessful. Apparently, in the state of Washington, apple season is over at the beginning of October. Even though the website states the orchard is still open. I can't say I'm surprised. I know better and understand that maintaining a farm and business is far more important than actually keeping up with a website. Especially during pumpkin season! 

We would run into this same issue growing up. I should have gone the old fashioned way and just called. I know, I strange phenomenon to call a business but farmers and farms still run by the old ways. Which is a part of their charm and why I escape to the country side often. 

My outfit was almost perfect except for the downpour we caught while shopping through Snohomish. I definitely left my rain jacket in the car but it was kind of nice to get caught in the rain. We had no where to be and running around a little town reminded me of being a kid.

This outfit is almost identical to one of my older posts from April. I love dressing this thrifted sweater up and down. It's so versatile.

What I work apple picking: Thrifted Sweater, Jeans and Brown Boots.
Please excuse my mess of a kitchen table. Working on finding a nice office space in the apartment. 
What I work apple picking: Thrifted Sweater, Jeans and Brown Boots.
Sweater - Thrift Find! (similar, similar) // Jeans - H&M Ankle Jeans //
Boots - Ralph Lauren (similar)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

How to Make a Jewelry Hanger out of Tree Branches

Do it yourself. DIY. Make your own. What ever you want to call it: I'm about it. 

This craft cost me all of $6 to make. Literally, six bucks. I got lucky. The wood is from a cedar branch from one of my best friend's backyard. Her husband had cut off a ton of branches from their tree and it was going to be used as firewood. Naturally, I asked for a few freebies and they, very kindly, obliged. 

String, gold hooks and the sandpaper where what cost the most. The fact that similar hanger items sell between the $30s to $50s on etsy, I feel like a winner. Not only that but my bedroom is getting a great vibe from it. 

Here's all you need to make this Boho Hanger: 
  • Thin branches
  • Sandpaper
  • Thick twine
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2in hooks (I chose gold)
  • 1 nail
  • 1 hammer
To start, depending on who you are, you might want to wash down your branch. I am one of those people. I love nature. Not in my bedroom. The moment I started sanding I realized I needed to be over the sink, bathtub or covered plastic area. I also realized, I needed to clean my branch first. If you have a garden and a garden hose, consider yourself lucky. I live in the city and have to use the sink.

After washing it down, I did let it sit for a bit before sanding it because I didn't want to sand wet branch. I also did not wear gloves, which I would do in the future just because my hands we all dirty. For those of you sensitive to trees/have allergies, consider wearing gloves. Hives are no ones friend. 

The sanding took the longest amount of time. Primarily because I am a perfectionist and wanted to maintain the look of the branch. I sanded down all of the stubs to be smooth, in case I moved it later and didn't get pricked. I also smoothed the ends of the branch to rid sharp edges.

After came the fun part. Measuring where the hooks should go. This is where the pen and measuring tape came in handy. I did my best to make a line all the way across but I love how the branch is curves and imperfect. Which made some of the hook measurements imperfect. Some are placed a bit forward and others a bit back.

Once you're marked where your hooks will be, push the tip of one of the hook screws into the pen dot. Working with cedar is great because the wood is surprisingly softer than expected. Mine all twisted in pretty easily. When they are all screwed in, make sure the hooks are all facing the exact same way so it's easier to add your jewelry to.

When I got the rope, I thought it would be the perfect thickness to hold a branch. I wanted to make sure the look matched what was in my mind and it turned out to be right. Any thicker and it would have taken over the full look. Any thinner ... and it would have looked like the branch was floating.

All you have to do is tie the rope to either side of your branch. I did use a loop knot to tie it together because I didn't want the rope to slip off of the branch. I also didn't want it to come untied in the middle of the night, fall, and scare the crap out of me.

To hang it up, take your trusty hammer and nail but first measure to see how far it'll hang above your dresser. I wanted mine higher up in case I added a smaller one later for earrings and bracelets. Hammer that nail into the wall, center the rope on the nail, straighten and admire!

What are your favorite "How to's"?

Friday, October 6, 2017

28th Annual Blackberry Festival, Bremerton, WA

banner of the blackberry pie festival in Bremerton WA

After going through my picture on my phone I found all of these terrific photos from a day-getaway last month. I have to share it because the whole reason my friend, H, and I went is for our undying love of one thing: Blackberries.

As you know, I'm an Oregonian. Talk about it all the time (last trip here). I have a lot of memories of being a kid and picking berries and apples at the local farms down the street. Naturally, when I heard there was a Blackberry Festival one thing came to mind - PIE.

If you haven't guessed (consider the title of this blog) I personally believe that pie should be it's own food group. It's healthy! It's got fruit in it! Apologies - 5 year old me flash back.

Bremerton is not a very large town off the sound of Seattle. It's approximately an hour and change for the ferry ride. Ferries are terrific for transportation in the city. Especially to get to the local islands. Very easy, organized and common to commute. We felt as if the entire town of Bremerton was at this festival and it's highly possible we weren't wrong.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What I Wore to Bellevue Fashion Week

Bellevue Fashion Week Outfit

It's that time of year, loves! Fashion week, fashion shows, fall fashion. If there is one thing I get more excited about than traveling, it's a good ol' fashioned fashion show!

This is part one of two post. This is only my outfit post. I will post more details on the actual show. Which, spoilersssss, was amazing.

Since this month has been filled to the brim with events, it's been hard to blog but I'm determined to get this up for you because it's helpful to know what others wear to events. Especially if it's your first fashion show. This is now my 4th, I believe. The first one I was ever a part of, I was back stage and helping style the models.

This year, of course, I was in the audience. I was more than excited to purchase my ticket this year because all of the proceeds went to a non-profit that I might not have donated to without being told about. I'll talk about that in my "part-two" post.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Saturday Morning and Fall Harvest

Commercial All of my Heart in Love Hallmark Channel on TV

Last week was a particularly hard week. It's been a lot of work and, to be frank, I'm exhausted. I only scheduled ONE event on my calendar for the entire week. Which isn't like me at all.

So Saturday, I kept it easy and decided I to sleep in and take care of myself. I slept a full 10 hours. When I finally got up, I put on a "throw-on-and-go" dress, made some toast and sat down for some braindead tv time.

I don't have cable. I've lived in Seattle for 6 years this month and I've never once had cable. This year though, I did get basic channels along with my internet plan. Which means one thing to me: The Hallmark Channel.

That's right - this is a no-judgement-zone, friends. When life gets hard there is ONE thing I love ... and that is hanging out on the couch on Saturday morning and watching the freakin' Hallmark channel. This is probably some deep dark secret stuff I shouldn't be sharing. I don't normally own up to things like this but Saturday was pure perfection and I have to rave about it.

It's "Fall Harvest". Meaning there's apparently a new Fall movie on every Saturday. Every single tv movie is mind dumbing and has an easy story line that always ends happily. What more could you ask for? I don't even mind the commercials!

It also gave me the opportunity to clean my kitchen, organize my winter closet and put away all of the shoes that somehow made it out to the living room. I made tea and ate spaghetti squash. I left the house eventually to walk around my little neighborhood and get a pedicure. It was, honestly, the best mental health day I could have asked for.

Whats your favorite activities for mental health days?