Friday Link Love

First of all, how gorgeous is that tea glass? Most glamorous way to drink a hot beverage ever! I am hoping to enjoy some lazy tea sipping on this wonderfully long weekend. Among other things, mind you, but I am really hoping that since we have no travel plans and a whole extra day I can convince myself to really relax and invest a serious chunk of time into doing nothing. I still haven’t been able to shake off the deadline fatigue and it’s been a whole month! (Evidently, I am really feeling the exclamation points today.) I really need to work on this sleep thing, guys. I am 31, and I still can’t manage to keep a “reasonable” bed time. In part, it is because there is that little voice in the back of my mind saying “but if you go to sleep, you’ll have to wake up and go to work,” which is accurate, but much easier to accomplish with a extra hour or two of rest, but I digress. Here are some links to help you kick off your weekend ūüôā

I make it to the beach maybe once a year, but I am really trying to find a way to justify the purchase of this mermaid appropriate pool float.

Also, mer-corgi!!!!

Changing my hair color is something I do regularly, but this lady has turned hair dying into an art form.

This DIY daisy choker is super cute, and I am sort of considering make some for certain gift giving occasions later this year.

The last couple of years have seen me having fewer late nights and a lot more brunches; it’s interesting to see that I’m not the only one¬†who feels this way.

As you all know, I like to bake. Sometimes it’s funky, and sometimes I try a more sophisticated recipe. This Coffee Creme Fraiche Cheesecake¬†makes me want to plan a fancy dinner party then eat cake with my pinky up.

One of the items on my checklist to a better self is establishing a routine that allows for maximum productivity; after reading this, I realize that I also need to make sure that this new me has plenty of self care time as well to keep things balanced.

This glitter ice cube¬†tutorial lead to a bit of an argument, albeit a stupid one, between one of my friends and myself. I think it’s awesome; she thinks it gross. What do you guys think?

I’ve always been a fan of lots of color in home decor, but this feature on black¬†has me thinking that maybe I’ve been wrong all these years.

 

Image from here.


Secret Wood

I’ve never been one to wear a lot of rings. I did try to do the hippy loads of sliver rings thing in college, but that didn’t last very long. I work with my hands a lot, baking, and crafting; heck, in college, I was sewing, drafting, and¬†embellishing things left and right. With my short stubby fingers, rings just felt like they got in the way, and constantly taking them off and putting them back on during¬†a project seemed, frankly, like a waste of time. It’s one of the reasons I have a modest engagement ring and wedding band set, and it still took the better part of a year to get used to them. So when I talk about liking a ring, it’s a pretty big deal; it has to be something special to turn my head. The Secret Wood¬†ring collection did just that. Yes, they are on the bulkier side, but they look like rings from fairy tales long ago or the cat collar necklace bauble from Men in Black. Tiny worlds contained within a simple object.

Incredible, right? My favorites, of course, are the ones with flowers, but I think all of them are something special. Plus, no two are exactly alike, so each ring is a unique piece of art.

Images from here.


Hiker’s Bravado Cookies

Inspired by my success with my last recipe from Sweet & Vicious, I decided to try out another one ASAP. One of the things I am really enjoying about this book is the names of the different things she comes up with. Plus, each recipe has a little blurb about her inspiration and more often than not they are quite hilarious.¬† These Hiker’s Bravado Cookies sounded delicious and appealed to me in spirit since I frequently pray that people will think I am wearing yoga pants because I just came from a work out and not just because they are comfy. I mean, I do have a yoga mat; I’m just not entirely sure where it is right now.

Notes:

  • As you can see, these are not the most attractive cookies; likewise, they are not the cleanest to eat. Expect to end up with pretzel pieces all over; I mean, it looked like a bag pretzels exploded on my counter top by the time I was done. Ultimately, it’s worth it though. These cookies were very good and fairly easy to make. The rolling in the pretzel bits part got a bit messy, but I got rhythm going towards the end.
  • The flavor balance in these cookies is deeply satisfying. You have the richness of the peanut butter, the sweetness from the chocolate chips, a little tart from the dried cranberries, and a nice pop of crunchy salt from the pretzels.
  • The other thing I think is a big selling point for the recipe is how easily it can be made gluten free. Just use GF pretzels and you are good to go. No weird flours or conversions required ūüôā

Friday Link Love

And just like that, May is half over. It’s been a busy month so I know why it feels like it’s flown by, but I am hoping that things slow down and stretch out a bit this summer. I could definitely use a couple of months that can be taken at a more leisurely pace. Especially now that the thermostat is almost always over ninety. It’s the perfect time of year for pasty people, like yours truly, to sleep in and enjoy nice quiet days at home in the lovely air conditioning. I have a couple of minor renovation projects I’d like to get done, so now it’s just deciding if I want to go ahead and get them out of the way or relax now and reno later. All that being said though, I am sort of thinking about continuing the Saturday morning tradition I started when my mom was here. Which is wake up early so Andy can sleep in, take care of the diabetic cat, hit the farmers’ market as soon as it opens, and then reward myself with tea and a pastry at the French patisserie near by.

This DIY Unicorn Shimmer Body Scrub is the perfect way to get your limbs summer ready.

These pressed flower glasses are perfect for sipping colorful beverages all season long.

Lets face it; most people are not as confident as they’d like to be. While it can be a long road, here are some ways to give yourself a quick boost in only 10 minutes.

In need of a sturdy beach bag? This DIY Ikea Rug Bag is durable and very easy to make.

The older you get the harder it can be to make new friends; here are some tips for building lasting friendships with the people you spend the most time with, your coworkers.

These tips aren’t just for aspiring florists, how to actualize¬†your dreams.

Wanting this Jane Austin quote art for my gallery wall.

These Cinnamon Sugar Donuts seem like the perfect weekend indulgence.


Being a Sparkle Princess

I’ve loved fashion for as long as I can remember. I was super prissy growing up and for a while having to wear jeans was a punishment my parents used to keep me in line. One of the saddest things about growing up is losing that sense of playfulness when it comes to what we wear. Largely, our wardrobe decisions are dictated by social media, magazines, movies/TV, and, in my case, what I can wedge my butt into. I’ve gone from tutus and glitter jelly shoes to black tank tops & yoga pants. Sure, I jazz it up from time to time with a flower crown, printed kimono or a pair of glitter sneakers, but largely, my wardrobe is three things: functional, black, and work appropriate. I am currently working on that, but it’s a bit daunting.

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day when I saw this dress. Since the company it came from was tagged, I quickly made my way to their page and felt the kind of giddy princess-y elation I felt as a young child. While Chotronette might be a little out of my price range for day to day items, I can see myself indulging in a dress for a special event someday, and they make these gorgeous creations to measure!


What do you think? Does this brand make you want to play dress up? I might exchange the combat boots for glittery heels, or at least glittery combat boots ūüėČ

 

Images from Chotronette & Rock N Roll Bride.