photos by Jared Smith
As most of you all know by now, I’m quite the lover of macarons… and coloring on them. I know, I know, it’s all very adult and professional, but hey, the heart wants what it wants, right? Out of all of the glossary of macs projects and DIY’s I’ve done over the last four years, I’ve never actually sat down and put together a compilation of some of my favorites until now, with our macaron coffee table book!
We made the book through Blurb, and I originally thought it would just be cool to have as a keepsake since we never create tangible versions of the blog photos, but I’m kind of loving the idea of making it available to you all to purchase if you’d like! What do you think, would you all be interested if we offered a macaron book?!
I had no idea that that you could even design and sell your own book until we started creating it with their desktop designer, but you can actually sell your creations either through Blurb, Amazon, Apple Books, or in retailers (clearly we are not that cool yet), which is kind of crazy awesome! I don’t know that we’re skilled enough designers to sell a book in retailers all on our own, but a coffee table book I can do. I also think they’d be perfect for portfolios, family heirloom gifts, etc, so I’m going to share my quick thoughts/tips on what we did wrong, or plan to do differently so you have a heads up!…
photo by Jared Smith
Besides the PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) craze, you know Fall has really arrived once people start busting out the candied apples. I’ve never really understood this Fall/Candied Apple phenomenon myself, but hey, I can get down with just about anything dipped in caramel any time of the year, so I don’t question it. I did, however, take it upon myself to make DIY candied apple macarons for those that prefer not to have the mess of regular caramel apples but still like to blend in when Fall rolls around.
I know what you’re all thinking right now, “Sure, go ahead and pretend to take one for the team when really you just wanted to make something else out of macarons”. In that instance, you’d be correct, but I am at least sharing my DIY fail portion of this with you, too…
photos by Jared Smith
If Halloween brings us nothing else, it’s an excellent excuse to pile anything you could ever dream of into a cocktail and it’s considered acceptable as long as it has a crazy name like “witche’s brew” or “ghoul’s guts” (remember this one?!) to go along with it. Lucky for you, we teamed up with Robin from Double Trouble to bring you four different creepy cocktails that look crazy cool and still taste amazing, too!
First up, The Shrunken Skull. Bet you could never guess where we got that name! I kid, I kid…I do, however, want to clarify that when it comes to tiki cocktails, Robin is a purist. Seriously, the lady know’s what’s up, and this tiki inspired Halloween cocktail is authentic!..
photos by Jared Smith at Montrose Shop
I’m really, really excited to share today’s post with you! I love DIY’s as much as the next gal, but it’s even more fun getting to style an entire space that incorporates my projects (can you spot the DIY elements here?!), and seeing all of the little pieces come together one by one. I have to say, I’m in love with the way this living room makeover we styled for Loloi Rugs turned out!
They asked us to style a space we love featuring their new Anastasia collection as part of a designer competition where you can vote for your favorite room makeover, and the winner will receive a monetary donation to the charity of their choice. For those of you that have been reading the blog for a while, you may know that this is also the perfect chance for me to be able to donate and raise awareness for the Fibro Foundation after losing my sweet cousin Max last year to fibrolameller cancer at the age of 17, so I was excited to get started!
Before we get to the rest of the voting business, I want to share all of the details of the new space with you first!…
photos by Jared Smith
If there is a hobby that I’ve always, always excelled at, that is snacking (you totally thought I was going to say DIY’ing, didn’t you?!). Oh no, snacking is where I really come alive, my friends, but every now and then I like to reinvent the wheel a bit. Not to seem snooty, but I believe I may have just concocted your newest favorite snack thanks to a little food ingenuity, the deliciousness that is The Laughing Cow® spreadable cheeses, and a serious craving for something sweet (but not too sweet) during my most recent Netflix marathon. I present to you: Dessert cheese and crackers.
That’s right, we can all now take a moment of silence to ask ourselves why we’ve never thought of this before. It’s also the perfect dessert to whip together for entertaining since it’s… literally as simple as cheese on crackers. It only gets better when you consider it’s a far more unique option than the usual go-to’s, plus the individual wedges help give your free-spirited late night portion control a second thought!…