Posted April 23, 2014 | 2 Awesome Comments
I didn’t fly for the first time until I was 22 years old and took a weekend trip to Las Vegas with my roommates right before we graduated college. After that, I flew every now and again for work trips and vacations, each time getting more and more anxious as takeoff neared.
I’ve tried magazines and deep breathing and talking with my neighbor, but the only thing that calms me is looking at the clouds and listening to music. I have a special playlist I created of calming music for anxiety that I’ve listened to for years, slowly and carefully adding new songs and albums that are soothing and peaceful. I used to wait anxiously, iPod in hand, for the flight attendant to announce that we’d reached 10,000 feet so that I could finally turn on my iPod and begin to relax, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when the regulations recently changed and I could pop my ear buds in as soon as I found my seat.
Do you have any favorite calming songs or albums? Any music you go back to time and again to relax and unwind?
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Posted April 22, 2014 | Add an Awesome Comment
Ever since my stay at Hotel Havana, I can’t get their amazing breakfast of fresh griddled flour tortillas and blackberry butter off my mind. I tried my hand at homemade flour tortillas and remembered a vanilla honey butter recipe that I’ve had tucked away for years that was the perfect pairing.
Made from just four ingredients that you probably have on hand, vanilla honey butter takes just seconds to whip together and you won’t be able to resist dipping your finger in and taking a taste like it’s frosting.
Vanilla Honey Butter
Makes 1/2 cup — I’ve noted a few specific brands in the ingredients because I think they make all the difference.
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon Wholesome Sweeteners organic raw honey
- 1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla bean paste (I use paste because I like the vanilla flecks, but you can use extract in the same proportions)
Whip all ingredients until smooth. Use liberally on warm tortillas, pancakes, waffles, cornbread, biscuits, and the like.
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Posted April 21, 2014 | 10 Awesome Comments
Midi skirts are a favorite of mine. (Though I may be showing my age by referring to them as “broomstick skirts.”) Hitting anywhere from just below the knee to mid calf, they’re comfortable and easy to wear while still being flirty and feminine and you don’t have to worry about giving anyone a free show.
ASOS floral scuba skirt $75.26
Dorothy Perkins crinkle skirt $39
Halogen pleated midi $79
eShakti poplin skirt $59.95
TopShop bubble jacquard midi skirt $96
River Island polka dot midi $56
River Island coral pleated midi $24
high waisted midi $29.95 (I know this one is polyester but that color!)
Ruche floral midi $54.99
Posted April 18, 2014 | 4 Awesome Comments
It’s time for Worthy of the Week! A collection of some of my favorite stories, recipes, fashions, and random links from around the web this week. Read something fabulous lately? Share your favorite links in the comments!
Worthy of the Week
- I’ve never liked the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign.
- Veruca Salt is touring! Original lineup. First time since 1996.
- Best friends. These two are everything.
- I would move into a Habitat67 apartment in a heartbeat.
- The trailer for Gone Girl gives me hope. As does the movie being scored by Trent Reznor.
- Surprising kids with giant versions of their favorite foods. I am the mac & cheese girl.
- 15 things highly confident people don’t do.
- Pharrell is the best. And Oprah keeps getting more obnoxious. Let the man have a moment!
- I’m trying to weasel my way into a trip to visit a friend in Bozeman, Montana so I was excited to see this city guide from Design Sponge.
- A little bit of modern architecture heaven in rural Indiana.
- As an IU alum, I’m embarrassed for him.
- For you jet-setters, an app to help combat jet lag.
- I’m pretty sure Ollie needs a Poocho Poncho.
- 25 facts about Say Anything. Can you believe that movie is 25 years old!? I mean, the boombox is a dead giveaway, but still.
- Around Austin…
- Central Market invited me to a media preview of their Passport to Italy event which is happening April 30 thru May 13 at all Central Market locations in Texas and it was divine. Meat and cheese and olives and honey for as far as the eye could see. I highly recommend checking out what’s happening at your local Central Market.
- Are you an outlet shopper? I rarely find it necessary to pay full price, so the outlets are the first place I stop when I need just about anything. My local haunt, the Round Rock Premium Outlets, invited me for a day of bargain shopping recently and set me loose with $100. I picked up this Gap dress for only $11, proving once again that outlet shopping is the only way to shop.
- If you’re in Austin, don’t to join me for World Book Night on April 23rd!
- In case you missed it…
Book of the Week
This weekend is supposed to be a bit gloomy, so my big plan is to snatch up some half price Cadbury mini eggs and read The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. I know several of you have recommended it and I enjoyed Me Before You, so it should be an exciting weekend.
What are you reading?
Posted April 16, 2014 | 8 Awesome Comments
Coachella was last weekend. Lollapalooza is quickly approaching. Austin City Limits is on the calendar. And I can think of nothing worse than a music festival.
I know, I know. I’m a Debbie downer. A stick in the mud. A wet rag. But we all know I’m not an outdoor girl if it doesn’t involve drink service, cool water (a pool or ocean, I’m not picky) and a good book. Especially not when it’s 110 degrees and there are thousands of people in attendance.
But let’s pretend for a moment that I am a festival person. This would be my festival fashion pick. Comfy, basic, and by all measures, pretty reserved compared to most of the festival fashion I’ve seen.
You clearly wouldn’t find me moshing. (Is that still a thing the kids do??)
Lucky floppy hat $49.50
Ray-Ban Retro Cats 1000 $140
Old Navy embroidered tank $17
Printed Village antelope scarf $38
Milly Dylan tote $495
GAP boyfriend short $49.95
wood tassel beaded bracelets $26 each
Birkenstock Catania $120