September 12, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Happy Friday, friends! I’m coming at you live this morning from Buffalo where B had an early morning appointment today. From here we’re heading off to Long Island to visit our good friends for the weekend so by the time we make it home on Sunday we’ll have quite literally criss-crossed across most of New York State. Our weekend plans are basically just to hang out, but we’re contemplating taking the train into the city on Saturday or maybe going out to the beach to camp out for the night. Either way you can follow along on Instagram if you like! These kinds of loosely planned weekend travels are what we live for, but they don’t happen too often for us so when they do we make sure to pack in as much fun as we can. Before I run off for the weekend I’m sharing five super yummy fall desserts I’ve spied this week. What is it about the start of fall that just makes me want to bake all day long? I just can’t get enough. Be sure to scroll down for your weekly dose of Friday Link Love and I’ll see you here on Monday! xoxo
[Plum cake | Apple pie biscuits | Coconut macaroon peaches | Black plum tarts | Carrot cake donuts.]
September 11, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
I know I’m not alone in remembering exactly where I was on this day, September 11th, thirteen years ago. I was eighteen years old. Barely out of high school. I was trying on adulthood for the very first time. And suddenly, every bit of innocence I may have had left was shattered. Every year it continues to be really important to me to take a few moments to remember that day, remember all it meant to those of us here in the United States especially and remember all the ways that life changed after that day. I know we don’t talk a lot here about heavy topics or political matters, and in large part that’s very intentional. I like this space to be the place where we all come to celebrate, to be joyful and to find beauty in each and every day. But today, on the anniversary of the day that changed everything, especially in light of current global tensions, I just wanted to take a quick moment. To pause. To remember. To share my gratitude for the lives lost on both that day and in the many years of war that have followed. To express my appreciation that I’m privileged to live in a world where we can meet here every day in this pretty, happy internet place. To remind myself to love more, hug tighter and to begrudge less. This life we live is precious. This world we live in is complicated. But if we all strive to love and respect one another, if we seek to teach the next generation love and tolerance, I hope we’ll see in our lifetime an era where the world sleeps at night under the umbrella of peace. In the meantime, today I am remembering, and sending my love to each and every one of you.
To all of our fallen heroes and those still fighting for us today, thank you. To everyone lost on that day, to everyone who still feels that loss, my heart is with you.
[Lettering by Carla Paola Torres.]
September 10, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
Guys, I love my coffee. Sometimes iced in summer, always nice and strong, never that sickly sweet pumpkin spice stuff. (Sorry! I’m so sorry. I know so many people are obsessed and I mean no harm, but it’s just not my thing.) Come this time of year I seem to especially love my coffee. As the mornings grow cooler and a bit darker, there is something about that first cup that just sets the whole day up for happiness in my world. Lazily sipping in front of CBS Sunday Morning on the weekend? Yes. That’s my kind of bliss. So here are a few recipes, tricks and all around coffee-loving things I’ve been pinning of late. Here’s to the joy of a good coffee break!
[Row 1: Honestly Yum | Kiran Turan | Row 2: A Beautiful Mess | Click and Blossom | Row 3: Kinfolk | Offbeat + Inspired.]
September 9, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
I want to start today by thanking those of you who have taken the reader survey so far! I’m always so blown away by the sheer number of you who take time out of your busy lives to provide me with your thoughts and input and I want you to know how much I appreciate that feedback. I’ve been carefully reading through all of your responses and will be using it to guide me in the coming months. Again, I love you all. Thanks for being the best blog friends a lady could ask for! Now, onto this week’s color palette. So many of you said you love the weekly dose of color inspiration so we’ll jump right into it ok? This week’s palette is another one of those that for me feels perfect for late summer as we transition into fall, without being all red and orange and yellow up in your face. I think with clean neutral walls (like a pale gray or crisp white) it’d make a gorgeous color palette in a living room or bedroom, too!
[Photos, from top: Sugar Photography via Julep | Hans Mossel for vtwonen via SF Girl By Bay | Anthropologie.]
September 8, 2014 | by Cyd Converse
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a voracious reader. Books were one of my first passions and to this day I love nothing more than losing myself in a good book. I thought it might be fun to check in time to time with what I’ve been recently reading and loving. I tend toward a mix of business-oriented nonfiction and really good modern literature. The occasional so-called chick lit definitely makes the list, but generally I like things a bit deeper. I’m also not really into mysteries or suspense novels, but it’s possible I just haven’t stumbled upon an author that really sucks me in yet in that department. So with that said, here are four books I’ve recently read and absolutely loved. What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions? I’d love to to check out your recommended reads!
#GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso
There’s a lot of buzz about this book right now and, lest you should think it’s just fluff, I’m here to assure you that there’s good reason for all the hype. Penned by the founder of Nasty Gal, this book is loaded with incredible insight on creating a business and a brand, working hard and surpassing all your goals and expectations. Sophia shares her personal rise from girl selling vintage clothes on eBay to high-powered CEO of a $100 million fashion empire. The story is inspiring, the advice is no nonsense and I personally highlighted more passages and quotes from this book than I can even tell you. This is a definite must-read for any would-be female entrepreneur.
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
I actually just read this book for a second time after first reading it in 2012 and I’m glad I took the time. Author Gretchen Rubin shares her own journey toward a happier life and the steps she experimented with along the way to get there. Detailing the process she underwent, everything from cleaning out her closets to making more time for family and enjoying hobbies, Gretchen pairs anecdotes from her personal life with a ton of research into what makes people happy in a way that shows how we can all achieve greater happiness and contentment in our everyday lives. If you’re feeling frazzled, overwhelmed or just kind of ho-hum lately, this is my pick for you!
Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
This is one of those reads I picked up in an airport bookstore assuming it fell into the aforementioned chick lit category, but which actually ended up being surprisingly more complex than I expected. The story centers on a family that on the surface appears to be a pretty average family, and evolves into a study of human emotion, the complexity of relationships and what motivates each of us to do the things we do. It was definitely one of those books that surprised me by being really good, when ultimately I was expecting a light upbeat read and not much more. Definitely worth the read!
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
This book. Guys, I can’t even tell you. I just finished this book over the weekend and blew through it in about two days flat. It gutted me. The story follows a young woman seemingly stuck in an ordinary life and all the ways her world changes when she’s hired as a caretaker for a man who became a quadriplegic following a horrific accident. I went into the first chapters expecting the book to be one thing and by the time I finished the last chapter I was outright sobbing. It has been a long time since a book has gotten to me like this and now I’m really intrigued about the movie, due out next year. Read this book. Trust me. Just be sure to have lots of tissues handy!