Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello, weekend!

 photo Chocolate Mochi Snack Cake.jpg
{Chocolate Mochi Cake via Food 52}

TGIF, right?! I'm so excited to start the weekend even though it's going to be filled with product photos and carting boxes to storage. Still, spending time with my boyfriend after a hectic week and tackling these things together is better than the daily grind that we face day in and day out. Here's to productivity and togetherness!

Also, here are a few things that have made my week ...

An intriguing cake *see photo above!


A brilliant cover of Hozier's "Take Me to Church"

All 339 books referenced in Gilmore Girls (I've taken the reading challenge!)

A list that justifies my hometown pride

Proof that my business sense was on point back in high school (my bestie and I started a "business" called SeCrEtLy BLue our senior year and sold beaded jewelry JUST like this!)

Enlightening and humorous tips on raising a dog in NYC

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring is in the Air

pink tulips, field of tulips, spring flowers

I can't really begin to tell you how happy I am that our clocks have sprung forward. Winter had me in a slump where I burrowed under a blanket on the couch and hibernated for two months - just me, that blanket and a whole lot of Netflix.

This past Saturday was a game changer. I had reason to venture out because we were celebrating my bestie's son's birthday at a park nearby. The sun was shining, joviality was in the air and then a handful of hours later we changed the time and now the days are a little bit longer. This is bliss!

This feels more like the new year than January 1st did and, even though Spring won't officially start for 11 more days, I'm at the ready with a springtime resolution list. Here's what I'm looking forward to in the coming months ...

  • one hike at least every other week
  • a pier to pier walk along the coast
  • a trip to the Grand Canyon 
  • master a vibrant vegetarian dish
  • go wine tasting with friends
  • challenge my green thumb and get a jasmine plant to thrive

What are you looking forward to this Spring?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy World Nutella Day!

Nutella, stamped spoon, stamped spreader knife, I love Nutella

I adore celebrating the little things in life, so National (fill in the blank) Day and things like World Nutella Day definitely bring a smile to my face!

I bought a massive jar of Nutella right around Christmas and have been enjoying it by the spoonful straight out of the jar and, when feeling a bit more civilized, on lightly toasted bagels. YUM! It's the best way to treat myself after a long day or while I'm binge-watching Gilmore Girls (that's been a thing lately).

And, of course, I have a couple of stamped spoons and a stamped spreader knife to aide me in my snacking ;)

Nutella, stamped spoon, dessert spoon, Nutella spoon

Nutella, stamped spoon, Harry Potter kitchen, Harry Potter food, Harry Potter recipes

Nutella, stamped spoon, stamped knife, engraved spoon, breakfast knife, toast knife, butter knife

How do you eat your Nutella?!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Featured on BuzzFeed

Nickelodeon, Doug cartoon, 90s cartoons, The Beets, Killer Tofu, stamped fork, stamped silverware

As luck would have it, almost as soon as I published yesterday's post I found out that one of my stamped forks was featured in on BuzzFeed! Check out 18 Cool Etsy Products All ’90s Nickelodeon Kids Need Now to see the other awesome goodies included in this '90s throwback list.

P.S. 2 other times I was featured on BuzzFeed:


Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015: Fashionably Late

sparkler, mason jar ideas, wedding decor, 4th of July ideas

Almost all lifestyle blogs begin with a girl and a touch of boredom. I know that when I started Haute Whimsy back in 2008, I was going through a period of transition where I was leaving my job and didn't quite know what I wanted to do with myself. I was all sorts of excited and bored and restless. Writing had always made me happy and blogs felt like the perfect mix of personal journal and magazine - a perfect combo for someone who is trying to find themselves.

From 2008 through 2014 I filled this space with anecdotes, fashion whims, inspirational images, artists that I admired and periods of absence. 2014 was my sparsest blogging year to date and it left me feeling a little empty. Granted, much of my absence was due to starting a small business and that in itself has been extremely fulfilling, but I do miss my time here on Haute Whimsy.

So, while it's still January, I'm going to resolve to make this space a priority in 2015. I think it will make me happy and keep me sane, and hopefully allow me to make those lovely connections which I've come to value over the years.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dreaming in White

clouds, airplane photography, white photos, white pictures, nature photography, sky photography

This has been such a strange and boring Christmas season. I dream of soft things, white things, cozy things, warm things. I'm dreaming of these things ...

Chandelier, white lights, crystal lights, fancy lights,

New York, SOHO, cafe photography, NYC photography, Broadway, Broome St

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tea Tuesdays - Hamburger Grutze

Herbal Tea, green tea set

The rain has been drizzling for hours and all I really want is a cozy pair of socks and a hot cup of tea. Today's choice is none other than the UK Tea Shoppe's German blend, Hamburger Grutze.

Hamburger Grutze is an herbal blend of elderberries, grapes, hibiscus blossoms, blackberries, raspberries, black currant and sour cherry pieces. It's as if delicious berry juice met tea, and it's the perfect way to thaw out on a cold day like this!

*UK Tea Shoppe online special: buy three regular (2oz) bags of loose leaf tea and receive a complimentary bag of Holiday Spice loose leaf tea!