beautiful words

getting aheadsometimes life can feel like you’re trying your best, and you aren’t getting anywhere. i’ve felt like this a lot in the past year — moving to a new city, trying to meet new people, find a career that’s right for me — blah blah blah. but then i realized, its all about the journey. life isn’t going to be easy 100% of the time, i’m going to worry about things and wonder why i haven’t figured it all out yet, and this is just all part of life and things that (i think!) everyone goes through. so, when i saw these words – they resonated with me. i’ve always wanted to blog, but i didn’t want to fail. BUT you can’t fail until you’ve tried right? so here i am! i am trying to get ahead by getting started. happy monday, lovelies!

pretty words via Oh Joy blog.

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beautiful words

wheels on the bus

photo-2every morning, i wait for the bus. i wait and i wait, and i don’t get on one that is overflowing with people. no, instead i choose to continue waiting until one is nice and empty (am i crazy?!). this little ritual of mine usually ends with me taking snapshots of what i’m wearing (or attempts at it). this particular day, it was my favorite steven by steve madden leopard loafers and thrifted bb dakota cape — with a side of iced coffee i may add. these trusty leopard’s are practically a neutral and can be worn with everything and anything — WIN.

wheels on the bus

welcome to the pretty party

riflewhenever i am in stores like anthropologie, i am always drawn to the little odds and ends. the things that make a home special and your own. rifle paper owns it in that department — coming out with beautiful paper products, fun phone covers and many things you didn’t even know you had to have until you struck eyes on it. wouldn’t that recipe box look fab on a counter? or the calendar on your desk or entrance table?

all images and products by rifle paper co.

welcome to the pretty party

do or don’t: baseball caps

hat21i am loving the thought of throwing on a stylish hat in the morning to cover up a bad hair day (week? year?). i’ve been seeing them everywhere and what a great addition for a fall wardrobe. what do you think?

hat by j crew

do or don’t: baseball caps

marathon

scandal

is anyone as infatuated with scandal as i am? last weekend i happened to not have many plans, one thing led to another…and then i watched eight episodes, in other words, the whole first season. everyone kept bugging me to watch and then i finally gave in, BIG TIME. kerry washington plays the most rad character, olivia pope. and let’s just say mr. president isn’t so bad himself. now what am i going to do when i have to wait 7 days for a new episode? maybe get myself a life. HA!

marathon

rainy day roast

finished chickensooooo, it was saturday, and it started absolutely down pouring at around 4:00 pm, so what do i do? throw on my trusty rain boots, grab a (huge) umbrella and trek out into the rain for a chicken. yep, normal. but what else is a girl to do when she wants to cook a dinner that does the work for you? exactly. i’m telling you, this chicken will change your life and it is oh so easy.  here’s how to get this cookin’ in your kitchen..

herbs

roast chicken recipe (serves 3-4)

  • 1 whole free range chicken (3-4 pounds) — insides emptied (your butcher will know!)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of herbs of your liking, chopped (i used thyme, rosemary & sage)
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 onion or shallot, quartered
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • cooking twine

directions

preheat oven to 425 degrees. then you can rinse your chicken with water and pat it dry. once your chicken is ready and your oven is heatin’ on up you can start chopping away your herbs. take the rosemary, sage, and thyme off of their stems and chop them finely all together. next, put the herbs in a bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (see picture below.)

 herbs dry  herbs oil

now, quarter your lemon and shallot and/or onion. stuff those guys into the cavity of the chicken along with some extra sprigs of herbs if you have it. take about 12-16 inches of twine and tie together the legs; this part can be a bit tricky — but it doesn’t have to be pretty!) once the legs are tied, take your herb and oil mixture and brush it onto the chicken. start with the bottom then flip it over and brush the top.

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boom, chickens finished. pop mr. chicken into the oven for 20 minutes. after the 20 minutes is up, simply keep the chicken in the oven but turn it down to 300 degrees for one hour. every 20-30 minutes, baste the chicken (put your brush into the juices from the chicken and brush it back onto it to keep moist).  ta-da…now eat!

rainy day roast

just skimming

beatles

i really like knowing what’s going on in the world, but most days, i am more into reading blogs and refinery29 than the new york times. not necessarily because i’m uninterested, but because i don’t have enough time in the day or patience to read lengthy political articles runs short and by the end i’m thinking “subtitles please.” then, something great happened — a friend told me about a daily newsletter, theSkimm, that simplifies all of the worldly news you should know about into one email waiting in your inbox every weekday morning. cool right? i think so.

(Photo of the beatles reading the sunday mirror)

just skimming