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Holiday Tradition

Wayne Thiebaud, Untitled, 1963, Ink wash in blue and black

This year my mom & I revamped our usual Christmas cookies recipes, for a whole new selection of delectables, inspired by the recent purchase of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, authored by the talented and eloquent creator of smittenkitchen.com. This year we undertook, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Gooey Cinnamon Squares, Brownie Roll-Out Cookies, and Alex’s Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach. The Smitten Kitchen even took over our Christmas Day meals this year, with Perelman’s genius New York Breakfast Casserole (the most perfect combination of bagel, cream cheese, onion, tomatoes and eggs you could ever imagine) and Bloody Mary’s for breakfast, and Sweet Peas and Shell Alfredo for a decadent Christmas dinner. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, filled with traditions both new and old!

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Good Old Modern

Christmas Cookies, Good Old Modern

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The Art of Giving

Christmas has snuck up as always! The husband and I both took Monday
off this week for some intensive holiday shopping, but there is still plenty
of wrapping and baking left to do before Christmas arrives. We have a
friend’s holiday party tonight, and are ready to get into the holiday spirit!
—Some last minute gift ideas for the artist or art lover in each of us—


The Art of Giving

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Artist Inspired: Matisse

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Henri Matisse was one of the crucial artistic figures of the twentieth century, known for his expressive use of color and range of works in a variety of medium, from paintings and sculpture, to paper cut-out collage. Matisse’s dynamic works make for welcome inspiration—and a reminder not to shy away from allowing a bit of vibrant color, or perhaps some bold pattern, into our own surroundings.

Talisman Kilim / Livia Linen Settee / Indigo Check Tablecloth / Framed Flying Bird / Libations Bar Cart / Switchgrass Square Pillow / Emerald Vase / Natural World Dessert Plate / High Neck Vase / Filigree Hurricane, Large / Filigree Hurricane, Small


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Artist Inspired: Dürer

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Renowned German painter, printmaker and writer, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) is one of the most celebrated artistic figures of the Northern Renaissance. Dürer’s work has immensely contributed to the printmaking medium as an art form, his delicate prints ranging from religious scenes to exacting studies of animals and the human form. Feeling Dürer-inspired as of late—natural touches, animal motifs, and delicate black and white lines.

Madewell pullover sweater / Madewell fitted shirt / J.Crew j crew / Madewell boots / Madewell spike necklace

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After our wedding this weekend, the fiance Andy and I will be jetting off to St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, for a full tropical week at my generous Aunt and Uncle’s condo. I’ve visited St. John many times with my family, but am excited to share the experience with Andy. Over half of the island is made up of National Park, making the island an incredibly tranquil, virtually untouched escape.

Nicolas Poussin (French, Les Andelys 1594-1665 Rome)
Study of a Palm Tree, ca. 1635-40
Pen and brown ink, over traces of black chalk

Rather than concentrating on finishing up wedding day details, as I should be doing right now, I keep leaning toward daydreams of our tropical trip. My current obsession, making sure I’m travel ready, with the hope of avoiding the inevitable scramble for a perfectly prepped carry-on. Let the count down begin…2 days until the big day!

Tory Burch Foxy Printed Brigitte Cosmetic Case / 1 Estee Lauder DayWear BB, my latest addiction, the perfect BB Creme, with SPF 35 and tinted hydration, that feels lightweight and dewy / 2 Garnier Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes, great for freshening up during a long day of travel / 3 Burt’s Bees Balm & Shimmer, you won’t find me without these in my bag / 4 Anthropologie’s Multitude Hair Ties / 5 Sephora Small Detangling Brush, gentle and easily packable / Banana Republic Leather Market Tote / Kate Spade Mikas Pond Travel Wallet  / Kate Spade Say Yes “Mrs” Necklace, mmm adorable / Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, preeeetty much the ideal beach read from what I’ve heard / Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Journal to capture many a memory sure to be made on this trip!

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Lara Harwood
Colourfields (series II) III

I’m a fairly neutral-centered gal when it comes to clothes shopping, and have noticed lately that my drawers are being taken over by gray tee’s and tan sweaters, eek. I still love the comfy neutral go-to pieces in my wardrobe, but will definitely be making a conscious effort to let some pops of color shine through this summer, with Lara Harwood‘s dazzling prints serving as inspiration. Some recent favorites are Anthropologie’s colorful, and oh-so stackable bracelets, and the always incredible range of shades offered by Essie (if I win the lottery, my first purchase will be every shade of Essie nail polish in existence).

comfy V-neck Pocket Tee in Heather Graphite by Madewell / Ankle Stretch toothpick jean in Golden Sunflower by J.Crew / Flower Cluster Post earring via Urban Outfitters / Essie nail polish in Lilacism / Gold-Wound BraceletBrushed Chain Bracelet by Anthropologie / Redinha Sandals by Anthropologie

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