1. A latte from Peetsto go. When you’re a volunteer at your kid’s elementary school, you need caffeine! Lately I’ve been treating myself to a latte on Fridays from my favorite coffee shop. Love!
2. Arbonne makeup primer. A friend introduced me to this a few months ago, and I’m totally hooked. I’m cheating on my other favorite skin primer because Arbonne makeup primer is less expensive, and therefore quickly taking its place. No one pays me to say it, I just love it! Under tinted moisturizer, it makes me feel (and almost look) ten years younger. I now use it every time I leave my house.
Are you like me? Is the first question you ask when you sit down at a restaurant, "What’s your soup of the day?" That’s always my first question, especially when it’s cold outside. I’m a soup lover, a lover of soup. A super soupy lover.
Sunday was our first rain of the season. After my mad dash in my pajamas to drag the outdoor cushions into the garage, I smelled that smell. You know the one: First Rain. That first rain of the season that makes the earth smell so good you wish someone bottled it. There’s got to be a candle somewhere called "First Rain", anyone know where I can get it? In my world, rain goes hand in hand with hearty soup.
There’s this Italian restaurant in my town that makes the best minestrone soup I’ve ever had. When I was a working girl, and felt myself coming down with a sore throat, I would phone in an order of a large minestrone and pick it up on my way home from work. It always brought me back to life and saved me from the impending ailment. In fact, my husband and I joke that this restaurant’s minestrone is so good, it can cure anything. So I set my sights on capturing the same flavor at home, and this quick and easy version certainly tastes just like it.
Personally, what I love about this minestrone is there is no pasta in the recipe. Even with my Italian grandmother’s blood pulsing through my veins, I’ve finally come to terms with the absolute fact that I’d rather skip those mini shell pastas in my minestrone. And I must have rich tomato flavor. And white beans. And hearty fresh squash. And fresh shaved parmesan. And crusty bread. Nuff said.
I like to pop into my local Anthropologie every season, usually for their amazing furniture knobs, but always for the eclectic styling of the store’s display artists.
Apparently, every Anthropologie store has its own Installation Artist that is given a theme from headquarters, but is allowed their own carte blanche interpretation ~ or so the sales clerk told me. I have no idea if this is true, but if it is, it sounds like a dream job. I can only imagine how fun it must be to push the artistic envelope and challenge yourself to ‘style’ outside the box with merchandise as fun as that found at Anthropologie.
Strings of multiples make a huge impact on display, whether it’s falling leaves in the main clothing display room. . .
. . . or paint dipped clothespins in the dressing area.
Embellish a set of basic beads with a fabric flower and you have instant modern style.
This is a favorite. I love the pairing of the elegant wallpaper with the rustic wood crates and pallet.
Hi, I'm Kate from Northern California. I'm a bargain hunter, design lover, and incurable DIYer. I'm on a quest for diamond style on a dime, and I'm out to make my world fabulous, for less, one do-it-yourself project at a time. Learn more.