I think marble has been an obsession of mine for a while. It all started way back when with this Crate & Barrel French butter keeper. My love for everything marble has grown exponentially since then and if something is rose gold, copper, and/or marble, I must own it. Everything from cutting boards to cheese boards, cheese knives and everything in between. What I don’t have just yet is a really nice marble table which is why there are at least 2 included in this post. Sorry not sorry.
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Home photos dominate my Instagram feed. I’m not sure how many interior and architecture accounts I follow, but there’s always a steady stream of perfect photos to look at. Recently I’ve become obsessed with photos of architecturally modern homes in the snow. It began with this photo and quickly snowballed into a ton of Pinteresting and web browsing.
Being from Arizona I’ve only seen snow about a handful times. I rarely make it up north as an adult anymore, and the last time I did, I was not stoked by it. I do find it visually pleasing especially when paired with modern architecture. The darker paint colors and wood of the homes against the bright white of the snow is stunning. I really love the unique shapes of these homes and their use of glass. I’m not sure it’s entirely ideal given how cold snow and winter are, but it certainly is pretty. There’s just something warm and inviting about the lighting in many of these despite the coldness outside. If I had a winter retreat, I would certainly want it to look like one of these.
I won’t lie. I think I’ve probably baked every chocolate chip cookie recipe claiming to be the “best.” As a teenager I think I made the classic Nestle Tollhouse recipe so often I had it memorized for many years. Sadly as an adult you begin to realize the chocolate chip/dough ratio is so poor no matter how many chocolate chips you add in. More recently my go-to was the NY Times recipe which uses cake flour and bread flour rather than all-purpose flour. But it has a wait time which is often really hard to abide by when it comes to baking. Eating the dough is rather tempting when it’s just sitting there for an extended period of time. Then I moved on to a sea salt chocolate chip recipe I adapted from somewhere else, and made it so much people grew tired of it.
So that brings me to this past December and my constant quest to create the perfect Christmas cookie tin/tray. I went searching for the ideal chocolate chip cookie that was yummy but would provide a sense of timeless comfort for my friends and family. I was alerted to a random Buzzfeed article where they taste tested a variety of recipes created by famous chefs and Kourtney Kardashian (why?). Their winner was Thomas Keller’s Perfect Chocolate Chip cookies, and upon inspection of the ingredients I thought why not give it a shot.
Everyone knows I have a long running obsession with rose gold. I think if its copper, rose gold, or marble I instantly want it. But there’s one shimmery, metallic that everyone can get behind: Gold. I do love gold whether its simple like a sweater or cute like sprinkles on Christmas cookies. Whether it’s being worn or just around the house, gold adds a little bit of excitement to everything. It’s just sparkly but chic and classic at the same time.
When it comes to gold, I’m more about the home decor and home goods than anything else. I am obsessed with these gold mixing bowls from Target, and I’m 100% positive my kitchen needs them ASAP. Sorry current vintage mixing bowls, you’re moment is over. I love this bar cart and flatware because they are just little accents rather than something overwhelming. A gold bar cart stands out as an accent piece in any room. Besides who doesn’t love a good bar cart?
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I’ll admit going to the gym in January is probably my least favorite time of the year. I’m a frequent early morning gym goer and in the winter the sun doesn’t come up until about 7:30. Not to mention it’s really chilly out so I just want to lay in my bed forever. Then there’s the influx of New Years resolution gym joiners. While I’m definitely team “you do you,” I choose one of the least populated times for a reason. I can’t stand when people insist on being right next to me when there’s 33 other empty treadmills in the vicinity. Believe me, you’d feel the same if someone insisted on using the elliptical next to you while talking on the phone every time they used it. Every. Time.
But enough of my complaining. Activewear has been a huge trend for a while now. It’s more commonplace to wear these outfits everywhere from the grocery store to brunch. Speaking of which, can we stop wearing this stuff to brunch? Either way having really stylish activewear to the gym makes it much more fun to go. I’m definitely not a ratty, old clothes at the gym type of person. But lately I’ve felt myself slipping because the holidays did a number on me, and I wasn’t feeling 100% great. I am trying to flip that down and reverse it so I went looking for some fit style inspo. It was not hard to find, and now I might have less of a problem looking good at the gym, but getting out of bed to begin with is a whole different story.
I must admit I’m happy 2017 is just hours from being over. It’s been one of the toughest years I’ve had in a while. It seemed like every time I would take two steps forward I would get shoved 13 steps backward. I wasn’t the only one experiencing this which was a little comforting, but not by much. It’s a bit sad when having your wisdom teeth removed is high up on your list of positive things about the year. Rather than harping on the things about this year I could not change I thought I would just not post anything at all. Even my blog posting began suffering with my existential crisis. Not that blogging truly matters in the larger scheme of things.
I truly considered not even putting together a list of my favorite albums from the past year which is incredibly unlike me. I know everyone and their mother makes their end of the year albums list and there are many more that are far more important than my own, but it was always fun for me to take a look back. This year I just felt super done with the year and just wanted it over with. Well, there’s still a few hours left in the year, but I managed to create the list in the nick of time.
The list is fulled with indie rock and some hip-hop albums that I really enjoyed over the past year. If you read this blog frequently or know me in real life, you wouldn’t be surprised by that at all. This post contains three things: the album list (in no particular order), a sampler playlist featuring gems from the albums on the list, and a link to another (recently updated) playlist featuring plenty more songs from 2017 that were played in fairly heavy rotation. My hope is that you’ll agree with at least some of my choices or that you’ll find something new to listen to you’d hadn’t considered or heard of before.
So enjoy. Have a happy new year, and I’ll catch you on the flip side in 2018.
ALBUMS OF 2017 PLAYLIST | SONGS OF 2017 PLAYLIST
There’s 6 days until Christmas (yikes) which means I will be spending more time in my kitchen than normal. I’m a stress baker (everyone knows this) but I’m also a big Christmas baker. That’s not really a thing, but around Christmas I bake way more than usual. It’s cold and there’s nothing more comforting than warm chocolate chip cookies. I’m also on a constant yearly mission to create the most beautiful (and perfect) cut out sugar cookie ever created by an untrained home baker. Last year I came pretty close, but I think this year I found a tool to make flooding royal icing much easier.
Hey, there’s a reason everyone is comparing me to Reese Witherspoon in those Crate & Barrel holiday commercials. Although even I think owning 37 ramekins might be TOO many ramekins. But I digress, cookies and other yummy baked goods make really good gifts. I bring them to parties and give them to neighbors. They are great to have on hand if people pop by or to undo the awkwardness of surprise gift givers. Why am I making excuses for baking? Baking is delicious, fun, and everyone wins.