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Thursday, March 3, 2016

5 years ago today year ago I was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I hiked over 200 miles from Georgia to Tennessee. While I would love to go again, I don't think I'll ever have that much time to put life on pause. This year I hope to gear up my new dogs and try a shorter trip with them.

I have so many amazing memories of the places I saw and the people I met on the trail. It's an amazing community of people of all ages and backgrounds. I loved the rare feeling of being cut off from the world and yet feeling so connected to the places and people I passed. Here were some of the highlights.

 Helen, GA which looks like a traditional German fairy tale town. We got in fully soaked, dried off, and hit up men's night at a local bar where 7 hikers including myself did a fabulous karaoke version of Bohemian Rhapsody. I also got to try some awesome German food and Spezi which is half Coke/half Orange.
Hiking off a mountain with the group of hikers I had met in a torrential downpour (the trail was more of an ankle deep mudslide) and discovering our first trail magic. Trail Magic is where people leave coolers of food, beer, drinks at trail heads for starving hikers to find. 
The stuffed french toast at the Fontana Dam Resort. 
Straying from the trail on accident and discovering as it got dark that I was in the middle of a bear sanctuary. This is not really a fond memory but definitely hilarious.
Food is always a hot commodity when backpacking. Cravings were always a topic of conversation as well as food related dreams. I was inspired to create a trail worthy snack with my pantry leftovers. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Let's face it: the devil is in the details. As a seamstress, I often set off with the intention of adding elaborate final touches to my garments only to rush to get to the finish.

ASOS started selling Holy Chic t-shirts by Lulu & Co for $229 which seemed pretty outrageous for a shirt. I couldn't believe they sold out of them. The beadwork didn't seem to elaborate so I set off to create my own DIY alternative to beaded appliqué.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Fashion illustrations are like works of art themselves. When my roommate was tossing out her previous year calendar full of amazing vintage Barbie drawings, I knew I could make good use of them. I paid about $15 on discounted Ikea framed prints and hacked them into an art series of vintage Barbie fashion.

Much to my surprise, these have become the centerpiece of my decor and often what guests (even the guys) gravitate to first. I get a good laugh as they drool over my "expensive" tastes and thought it was about time I let you in on my easiest DIY yet.
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Friday, November 27, 2015

When it comes to baking, I tend to bend the rules a little. My batter is an experiment and I blend ingredients together without measuring to my boyfriend's dismay. Luckily, he's always there to help me record my recipe so that I can share my successes with all of you.

I have noticed that since becoming gluten free, there are way more ingredients needed on hand on a regular basis. It is always important to have a full pantry so no recipe hits a road block. Here is a list of everything I stock on hand so that I'm ready for any baking muse.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Her life was a circus. So she decided to enjoy the ride.

Dress Pattern: Simplicity 3362 (1940). Fabric: novelty animal & cream lace. Earrings: pearls. Boots: Quipid. Nails: CND Vinylux Wildfire.
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Friday, October 16, 2015

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased - Katherine Hepburn
The last few weeks, I have been counting down in anticipation to November 1. I will be saying goodbye to the apartment world and moving into my first rental house. On a whim, Alex and I have decided to sell off all of our furniture and start fresh with a new design. Looking at decor inspiration led me to falling in love with Katherine Hepburn's remodeled estate. I am quite envious of her kitchen.

Katherine Hepburn's tough attitude and witty charm have always intrigued me. Countless times during her career, she took control and redefined her image to become the icon we adore today. Hepburn and I have several similarities - New England born, birthdays one day apart, fashion forward with a tomboy edge and a love for baking.

When Hepburn's brownie recipe resurfaced several months ago, I knew I wanted to try them. The recipe is quite simple and exquisite - the golden age of baking. My instinct used to be to omit nuts but I have a new found love for them now that I'm craving autumn. Our new rental property has a huge walnut tree in the backyard. There will soon be an abundance of brownies and other walnut baked goods.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

As a novice seamstress and an amateur fashionista, I hate recycling outfits. Especially for special occasions. I always want the excuse to make yet another dress that will sit idly in the closet. This past summer I needed two wedding ensembles. One outfit needed to be Victorian circus era (I know, right?!) so I immediately went to the idea board. The other was for a more traditional wedding along the Cape Cod sound.

With only weeks away from both, I realized that my procrastination did not leave enough room for creating two dresses. Instead of adding another skeleton to the closet, I decided to Rent the Runway.
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