Strawberry, Balsamic, Basil and Brie Grilled Cheese Recipe

Who would have thought to add strawberries into a grilled cheese sandwich? (Clearly someone with better culinary skills than I.) This recipe calls for a delicate but full flavor mix of brie, strawberries, basil, and balsamic vinegar; with what must not only be incredibly tasty, but appetizingly colorful too. Such a lovely dish to try this weekend. You in?

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Christian Dior’s Romantic Fall 2017 Collection

Winter is calling to me already. I think it’s because I’ve been deep in the creative process for my Winter collection and shop rebrand and I’m feeling a true visceral connection to it all. So much so that I’ll be modeling the pieces myself, which I hope doesn’t come off as narcissistic, but truth told I’m so resonant with the aesthetic as it mirrors this stage in my life. Both empowering and light-filled. And simply designed (I’ve craved simplicity). So as I’m preparing wardrobe and location for the photoshoot, I’ve decided to stick to neutral with subtle to no adornment, save for the actual collection pieces. I think that’s why this Christian Dior Fall 2017 line stopped me in my tracks. Gorgeous, tailored perfection, and oh so romantic…all without the pomp and circumstance of too much flashiness. Lovely and calming too, I think… Peep more of this collection over on Vogue!

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Have a Great Weekend!

The past two weeks have been a surge of collaborative projects and Winter collection design and photoshoot prep; I’ve been swamped…and slacking on my blog duty. It’s been a bit of an intermission, I guess. But I can assure you that lots and lots is going on behind the scenes. I’ll catch y’all up soon enough. Until then, enjoy this beautiful shot from The Museum of Ice Cream (!!!) in LA. Cute, huh? Now I’m off for a weekend in LA with people I love, so yay to that! Happy weekend, friends…

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The Hidden World of One Child’s Imagination

In my first career as an art teacher, one of my favorite parts about it (and what I miss the most) was witnessing the creative process that happens when a young child is let loose in an environment of materials.  This of course happens within the confines of an art room, where the materials are readily available and sectioned out for specific intended uses. But the most compelling form of creativity often comes in the form of constructivism outside the classroom…often on the playground, in nature, exploring along walks in the world around them.  It’s why I love the series by photographer Melissa Kaseman where she photographs the contents of her three-year-old son’s pockets as part of what she calls “a taxonomy report of a child’s imagination.” Among the treasures: tiny pieces of paper, a broken glitter pencil, tiny twigs, and dried flowers… See more here!  

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Make / DIY Custom Painted Bowls

I always have, am currently, and will likely always be an ardent fan of cereal. In fact, I’m eating some right now. The only difference between now and when I was, say, eight years old is that the choices I make now have significantly less sugar. But boy do I miss Fruity Pebbles, Cap’n Crunch, and Cookie Crisp (truth told, I’ll splurge on their sugar high once in a blue moon…sooooo good, but then sooooo bad in my nauseous tummy). So when I caught sight of this wonderfully colorful painted bowls DIY, I had to share. I love the true creative variety, the possibilities, with this fun project. Sugar and Cloth did a bang up job on theirs in this post. Go check it out for the how-to!

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