Love this idea from The Paper Mama! Replace grapes for ice cubes!
Love this idea from The Paper Mama! Replace grapes for ice cubes!
Now writing your own cookbook is just a website away! Cookbook Create allows you to turn your favorite recipes into a printed cookbook for yourself or a lucky friend or family member!
Don’t you love it?
There’s just nothing better than sharing a latte with your besties and when you get a talented barista that makes your latte a sip-able work of art, it’s even more special!
Please allow me to brag and tell you that I’ve mastered the ability to stir and sip my latte while keeping the foamy design in tact throughout the entire drinking experience…*curtsy*… so perhaps I’ll share my technique via video soon!
My favorite local spot to grab a latte is Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District. This laid-back restaurant has all of the things that make brunch a favorite part of my weekend…a patio, exceptional lattes, migas, asiago cheese grits and plenty of hipsters and dogs to keep your view interesting. Grab your sunnies and join in the fun!
I’ve recently heard about a barista in Fort Worth that makes fun latte art and I’m ready to make a special trip to try it! These designs are done by Coffee Katie at Caffe di Angeli. It’s interesting that they don’t have anything on their website or FB page about these artistic lattes, but Coffee Katie has quiet a gallery here of her work at the cafe.
How much fun is this grumpy cat?! Coffee Katie, I’m heading west to check out your brew soon!
Where is your favorite place to grab a latte? What would you want to see on your latte? Have you mastered the stir and sip without destroying the design?
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Find location and hours of operation here. Be sure and stop by the Dwell With Dignity table and say hi!
Funds will go to support the upcoming Thrift Studio on April 18th through May 18th.
Shopping and giving at it’s best! Now I’m off to make my grocery list!
I’m so excited that this luncheon will feature my precious friend, Carley Seale, owner of The Gypsy Wagon in Dallas. You’ll love her story about how she grew-up going on adventures to Round Top with her beloved mom and how it influenced her life today. I adore Carley and you will too!
This event will be the third Round Top blogging event and it just keeps getting better! We always look forward to Bud Royer‘s delicious fare with the highlight being Bud’s world-renowned piece of decadent pie for dessert!
I would love to see some of the bloggers that attended the first event at Rachel Ashwell’s beautiful residence and B&B, The Prairie. Let’s have a reunion, lovelies!
As you know, space is limited so please secure your space here quickly! I can’t wait to see you there! Let’s make another memory!!
My third trip to the Design Bloggers Conference was the best! I’m delighted to finally sit down and tell you about my time there this year!
My soul sister, Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth and I kicked off the week with a dining experience we’ll never forget! Having dinner with Adam Japko, founder of the Design Bloggers Conference and writer of WineZag wine blog, is always a treat, but this time it was extra special! We were joined by one of the speakers at the conference, Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie, who happens to be a Certified Sake Professional…a dream dinner companion when you’re headed to LA’s hottest Japanese restaurant, n/naka.
I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat! We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid! A night to remember, for sure!
Find Richard’s review of the night here.
OK…enough about food…I’m suppose to be telling you about the Design Bloggers Conference, right? *focus*
Oh, shoot…One more diversion…
This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’s Bakery building. As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs. Imagine the chatter!
For the next two days we heard from some of the world’s most admired design industry influencers, social media experts, world-reknown bloggers, prominent published designers and editor in cheif’s of some of the nation’s most read magazines. The biggest highlight was seeing my precious friend, Amy, share of her recent success in seeing her chair designs come to fruition through her collaboration with Plexi-Craft. Find out more info about these beautiful chairs here.
Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter! #DBC2013 trended No. 1! Very cool, no?
I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty. There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…
Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…
…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table… Thank you Barbara!
Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin. I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult. She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.
I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation. Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design. Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston. Warning: Could induce goosebumps!
It was a trip to remember. New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…
I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner. What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!
We adore Andrew Joseph
This photo kind-of sums up the week… As we were leaving a fabulous party at the Harbinger showroom in West Hollywood we requested the photography skills of Bethanne Matari, PR Maven at Currey & Company, to get a party pic of Amy, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and this was the result. Complete and utter BLISS!
I’m a bit obsessed with the design of this Giotto block filled with Schmidt Brother knives that are made exclusively for West Elm!
Just in time for the holidays!!
Find it here. Schmidt Brothers 14 pc. milled steel set with Giotto block, $349
Thank you for all of your well wishes after my health scare last week! Those of you that communicate with me keep me going and encourage me to continue to bring you my favorite finds!
At the top of my list of favorite links this week is a list of “must have” beauty products to grab one your new trip to the French Pharmacy…my second favorite place to shop in Paris only to the flea market!
A thank you from Marilyn…
This iPhone cover would look great on a hot guy!
Oh, my! The cutest little linen macaroon shaped trinket box ever! I’ll take a baker’s dozen! At $10 each, these should be found in all stocking on Christmas morning!
Have you planned your Thanksgiving table?
I want a bowl full of these little yarn ball bookmarks! Let’s make some together!
Let sleeping dogs lie on the cutest dog portrait pillows ever!
This sliced applesauce in the slow cooker recipe sounds perfect for a fall weekend!
Happy Friday, ya’ll! Who’s starting to think about holiday cooking? I would love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving tradition or recipe! Let’s share!
Wow! This week flashed by quickly for me! Today I’m headed to Orlando for the weekend for work… Hopefully you won’t be working this weekend! Anyone have any fun plans?
Here’s a few links that I found sharable this week…
Phone cable and tripod in one!
A great pesto recipe!
This modern daybed needs to live in my house!
I heard Frankie’s olive oil is divine! What a great hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season!
Why did I not know about Housing Works?
Oh, how I wish COS was in the states!
Have a great weekend, ya’ll! XO!
I just returned late this afternoon from another fun Round Top adventure!
After a couple of days of treasure hunting, an amazing dinner on a beautiful ranch, girlfriend time in the cottage at night and eating another delicious dinner at Royers Round Top Cafe, I arrived safely back home this afternoon. My travel companion, Dana of Tattered Style, and I ran into a bit of unexpected delay as we suddenly found ourselves sitting still on I-35. After two hours of sitting in an interstate parking lot (seriously…it took us two hours to travel 3 miles!), we decided we deserved a treat from Czech Stop in West, TX. This German town is well-known for this little Czech bakery famous for their kolaches.
If you’ve never had their kolaches, do not miss it the next time you’re traveling South of I-35 from Dallas. You can thank me later….
I look forward to sharing a few of my finds from Round Top soon, but for now…it’s great to be home and back to you!