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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:37

My Thanksgiving Table by Sara Lowman

Written by Helen

Happy Tuesday!

This year is both my second time and second year in a row celebrating Turkey Day away from home. Last year I ate Thanksgiving dinner with a few friends at the Hard Rock Cafe in Copenhagen (yes, it was as strange as you might imagine), and this year I'll be at a hotel in St. Louis with my mom's side of the family for my grandmother's 90th birthday!

So unless you're like me this year, with merely two days 'til Thanksgiving, it's probably time to figure out how you're going to decorate your table if you haven't already! As always, Sara provides us with fabulous ideas to get our creative and festive juices flowing just in time for the big day.

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday full of food, laughter, and gratitude... regardless of how or where you plan to celebrate!

xox

helen

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My Thanksgiving Table

By Sara Lowman

There’s a lot of time spent at the table on Thanksgiving, so it’s a great place to invest your energy to make friends and family feel like they’re a part of something special. These would be my picks for a warm, earthy and elegant Thanksgiving table.

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1. Beautiful linens. These are the Libeco Home Flanders Napkins. 2. Vintage candlesticks (from Lindley Way). 3. The Emile Henry Artisan Ruffled Pie Dish From Williams-Sonoma 4. I love this Surroyal Tureen so much, I may use it as a gravy boat. 5. Beautiful Amber Hobnail glasses from Sur la Table 6. Make a seasonal centerpiece with a selection of decorative gourds. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:46

Place Cards to be Thankful For

Written by megan kramer

Place Cards to be Thankful For

 By Megan Kramer

For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite parts of the holidays has been setting the table.  It has always been my job, and each year I try to do something special to make a memorable tablescape.  I love when guests are greeted by a beautiful table; I feel like the little personal touches let them know that you are happy to have them, and that they are welcome at your table.  This year I wanted to do something different with the place cards.  I made these leaf cards to go on the wine glasses.  This way, if you are going for a less formal setting, they can act as wine glass markers.  If you want a more formal atmosphere with assigned seating, you can have the glasses set at the table with their place cards attached before your guests arrive.  Along with that, I thought that everyone could use a refresher on how to properly set a table.  I know that even though I have done it countless times, I still forget some of the details and always wind up winging it.  So when I came across this great visual from Be Festive, I thought I would pass it along.  It shows how to set both formal and informal table, so you're covered no matter what!

What you need:             leaf_placecard

  • fresh leaves from the yard
  • card stock
  • scissors
  • crayons
  • glitter paint
  • paint brush
  • a marker- or nail polish

What you do:

Gather leaves from outside.  It's better if they are fresh and not too dried out.  Now remember leaf rubbing when you were a kid?  That's what we're doing.  Unwrap your crayon.  I used an orange crayon and cream colored card stock.  Place your leaf under the card stock.  With the side of your crayon, gently color the card stock over the leaf.  The veins will come up darker and make your place card more realistic.  Now place the leaf on top of the card stock.  Try and line it up with the outline, but it doesn't have to match up perfectly.  Now trace the leaf and cut it out. Next paint the leaf with your glitter paint.  I used orange acrylic, and got it at Michaels.  I used glitter paint as opposed to plain glitter because I liked that it gave it an extra touch of color, and since it would be on a glass, I didn't want the glitter to drop in.  Let it dry and then write your guest's name.  You can use a marker, but I actually used nail polish.  I used a deep wine color (turns out I have more nail polish colors than I have markers...) and I liked the texture the nail polish gave me.  Last, cut a slit where the stem meets the leaf and attach it to a glass. 

 

Photo: Be Festive

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Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Xo,

Megan

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 21:11

Something Blue

Written by megan kramer

Something Blue 


 By Megan Kramer

Oh cobalt blue, how I love you.  I have always been a fan of this jewel toned hue, but this season it seems that everyone else has joined in my adornment.  It's no wonder; cobalt blue is a shade that looks great on so many complexions.  It's been everywhere this season, from tops, to pants, to bags, even... dare I say, eyeshadow?  It's true. When you think of blue eyeshadow, there is an immediate cringe and a flashback to horrible 80's photos that everyone swore they would never do again.  To try an updated blue eye look, follow Maria Menounos's lead.  The key is not to go overboard.  She lined her upper and lower lash line with a bright blue, and then she has blue shadow outlining the outer corner and middle to the end of the crease of the eyelid.  You can achieve this with an angled eyeshadow brush.  Then use a neutral shadow on the rest of the eyelid and blend it into the blue.  Top everything off with black or brown mascara on both top and bottom lashes. That will tone down the blue a bit and bring everything together.  You also want to leave the rest of your makeup very neutral.  That saying about either doing a bold eye or a bold lip, but not both, definitely applies here.  If you do it well, a blue look can really be gorgeous and is sure to make your eyes pop!

 Photo: Realbeauty.com

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Just for a little extra dose of cobalt, here is a cute little bow I made out of felt.  I decided to put it right below a high bun for a kind of retro schoolgirl look.  So cute, right?  I also think that it would be adorable to put on top of a gift... Christmas is coming.   

What you need:             cobalt_bow

  • 2 felt rectangles- 1 about 3" long, the other a strip about 1/4- 1/2" long
  • glue gun
  • bobby pin

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What you do:

Pinch the middle of the larger rectangle and use your glue gun to hold it in place.  Then glue one end of the smaller strip to the back of the bow.  Wrap the strip around the bow, but don't glue the other end yet.  Attach the bobby pin (to the end not glued), then glue the underside of the strip down.  That's it- no sewing!

Xo,

Megan

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 19:52

My New Niece and Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Written by stephania

Happy, happy Thursday! Well this has been some week! On Wednesday morning at 12:10 am my little niece, Miss Riley Madeline Pryor, was born.  

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I am so overwhelmed with happiness for my stepsister, Ruthie, and my wonderful brother in-law, Michael.  I don't think that I could have imagined how extraordinary it truly feels to be this darling baby girl's aunt.  I am already dreaming up afternoons filled with spoiling her with ice cream, carousel rides in DUMBO, and hours spent in the park reading and playing. It all makes you take a step back and really appreciate all of the love and simple goodness that can exist in your life (most especially when you make room for it).  

I feel that this year I have so much to give thanks for and to make things even better my family is coming to Brooklyn this year for the very first time to celebrate Thanksgiving. Plans are still in the works, so right now I'm just gathering a few simple decor ideas that will be easy to throw together last minute.

Enjoy! 

xoxo,

stephania 


The Center Piece

Gather a variety of mini pumpkins, Indian corn, and gourds into a wooden container or a bowl.  Use smaller household items or flower arranging foam to help fill the bottom and create different levels to create a balanced center piece.
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The Place Card

Gather a variety of mini pumpkins, Indian corn, and gourds into a wooden container or a bowl.  Use smaller household items or flower arranging foam to help fill the bottom and create different levels to create a balanced center piece.

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The Lighting

These modern DIY votive candle holders are really easy to make yourself.  Simply gather smaller leaves and paint them with metallic spray paint.  Let the paint dry and use a thin layer of glue to adhere to the glass candle holder.
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Monday, 12 November 2012 21:34

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Written by colleen

I can't believe that next week Thanksgiving will be upon us yet again! For Thursday girls, this holiday is one of our absolute favorites-- a holiday that is solely about food and family, what more could you want from a day? So, over the years we've amassed a nice collection of Thanksgiving-appropriate recipes from our friends and family. Since I'm not a meat-eater, the side dishes have always been my favorite part of Thanksgiving and I think it's very important to pay just as much attention to the supporting dishes as the main star-- the turkey (or tofurkey, in my case.) To help jumpstart your Thanksgiving meal planning, here are some of our favorite recipes for you.

Enjoy!

colleen

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Aunt Patsy's Spread Salad

Cozy Roasted Cauliflower

Pennsylvania Dutch Succotash

Mom's Sweet Potato Casserole

Squash It Out Fritters

 

Soups

Asya's Thanksgiving Butternut Squash Soup

Pumpkin Spice Soup

Down Home Tortellini Soup

Desserts

Great Grammy Alice's Apple Cream Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Apple and Maple Bread Pudding

Figgy Biscotti

 

thanksgiving_drinkDrinks

Mulled Wine

Monday, 12 November 2012 19:46

Cobalt: Feeling (Yves Klein) Blue

Written by lauryn morris

Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors, which is nice for me since Cobalt is the theme here on THURSDAYS this week.  Specifically, I love Yves Klein Blue (International Klein Blue), a blue pigment reminiscent of lapis lazuli which was created by French artist Yves Klein.  This color has had a recent surge in popularity, especially in fashion and home decor, but I believe it's timeless.  It is striking, pure and cheerful, and works well both as a statement color or alongside complimentary hues.  I've found some great inspiration for you below showing  how to incorporate this awesome color into your DIY projects, home decor, events and fashion.

Enjoy,

Lauryn

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French artist, Yves Klein (via)


Cobalt Events/ Tablescapes

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cobalt & kraft paper, and a DIY centerpiee (via The Sweetest Occasion)


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cobalt glass plates and bottles (via 100layercake)


Cobalt Décor

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cobalt as an accent wall at home (via); cobalt blue in the kitchen (via)

 

DIY Cobalt

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give tired shoes a striking update with a little touch of cobalt (DIY via Style & Pepper)

 

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sruce up your garden or patio with a fresh coat of cobalt (DIY cobalt planter via Gardenista)


Cobalt Finds

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beautiful vintage cobalt objects, discovered in the classifieds! Vintage Cathrine Holm Cobalt Teapot (via); Set of 2 Mid-Century Cobalt Blue Decanters (via)


Wednesday, 07 November 2012 21:27

TND: Busy Fall Fun

Written by colleen

Happy happy Thursday! Wow, this week has somehow ended up being much, much busier and crazier than was expected. So I'm extra glad that it's girls' night. I have been craving mac n' cheese like crazy this week (which really isn't very out of the ordinary for me, but still). I've stopped myself several times this week from making boxed mac n' cheese because I wanted to wait and make this amazing version below. We'll serve with a nice mixed green salad and some baked salmon. And for the craft, I've been nabbing all the leaves that haven't turned yet and making the tote bags you see below for Christmas presents.

Enjoy!

colleen

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Dressed Up Mac n' Cheese

What you need:mac_n_cheeseIMG_6052

  • 3 cups elbow pasta, or any other short pasta you prefer
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 2/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cup feta cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

What to do:

Cook pasta according to directions on package. Add milk and flour to a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly with a whisk for six minutes, or until the milk begins to thicken. Add the cheeses and stir for three minutes. Lower heat and simmer for five minutes. Remove cheese mixture from heat and stir in the pasta, butter, salt, and pepper until butter is thoroughly dissolved.

Serves 4-6.


 

 

 

Leaf Printed Totesleaf_tote

What you need:

  • 1 prewashed tote bag
  • Leaves of your choosing
  • Paper towels
  • Rolling pin
  • Fabric paint, color(s)
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron

What to do:

Lay tote bag on a flat surface. We laid our leaves out on our tote bag to plan out our design, but you are welcome to free hand it as well.  Using your paintbrush, paint a very thin layer of paint on the veined side of the first leaf that you will be using.  Press the leaf paint side down onto the tote.  Cover leaf completely with one sheet of paper towel and press down evenly.   Next, carefully remove the paper towel and painted leaf.  Repeat with newly painted leaves and paper towels.

Let the paint dry for about four hours or over night.  Once paint is completely dry, place a spare towel or scrap piece of fabric over the tote.  Iron the bag on low heat.  Throw the bag into the wash and you are ready to roll.

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 21:00

Braised Carrots

Written by stephania

I've always felt a little perplexed as to what to do with carrots. I like them. I like to snack on them. I've heard that they are curiously good with potato chips.  But in terms of doing anything creative with them, I've never felt all that inspired. That is until, of course, I found this recipe for braising them. The natural sweetness in the carrots that we all know and love is paired perfectly with loads of garlic and a few dashes of cumin and (my personal favorite) smoked paprika. I suggest serving these guys with pork chops or perhaps as a side at Thanksgiving dinner.


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adapted from NY Times

What you need:      

  • 3 lbs carrots
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed, toasted and coarsely ground
  • 2 tsp mild red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp paprika, smoked

What you do:

Peel and cut carrots lengthwise and then quarter them.  In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add carrots and turn them over to coat in olive oil.  Add a generous amount of salt.  I would start with a couple of dashes and work from there.  Add garlic and one cup of water.  Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until carrots are just tender.  Remove lid and continue cooking until water has cooked away.  Add cumin, red pepper, and paprika over the top of carrots.  Stir dish around a couple of times.  Serve immediately or reheat at 400° F for 10 minutes.

Serves 4

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Monday, 05 November 2012 16:46

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Written by

Hello hello everybody! Happy election day! I hope that everyone is making sure to get out and vote today. Plus once you get home you can reward yourself for doing your civic duty by baking these delicious cupcakes! I made them last night for my roommates because, lets face it I didnt want to write the paper that I have due this week. My problems with procrastonation aside they loved them! Besides tasting delicious they filled our appartment with the best smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and fall. One of these cupcakes while sitting next to the fire made it the perfect fall night. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and dont forget to get out and vote! 

xo

lucie

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

adapted from Sweetopia

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What you need:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup flour (I used gluten free flour, Cup 4 Cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Icing:

  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you do:

For the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then in a large bowl combine the eggs, pumpkin, sugars, and vegetable oil. Wisk until combined. Next sift together the spices and the flour. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix untill well intergrated. Line your cupcake pan with liners and divide the batter equally, it should make about 12 large cupcakes. Bake for 20 minutes.

For the icing:

In a large bowl whip the butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cream cheese together. Once fully combined slowly add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time (so you can avoid a sugar facial). Frost your delicious treat and enjoy!

 

 

Monday, 05 November 2012 12:29

Our Favorite Things: Colorful Fall

Written by stephania

Happy Monday!

Today we have a compilation of clothing & accessories perfect for any Fall occasion, featuring pieces from J Crew and MadeWell to Rebecca Minkoff & more! Have you all rocked the vote yet? This is the first presidential election in which I'm eligible to vote, so I'm trying to create the "true" experience by casting my vote on the actual election day tomorrow.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

xox

helen

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1. Earrings-Rebecca Minkoff  2. Blazer-JCrew 3. Blouse-Scotch & Soda 4. Bra & Panty-Madewell 5. Bag-Botkier on Shopbop

xo,

Stephania 

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