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Farm & Fable

You guys. I have discovered my new happy place.

Farm and Fable Boston

Farm & Fable is a new[ish] vintage cookbook and kitchenware store in the South End [if you like Anthropologie's home section, you'll never want to leave this shop]. Owner Abby hosted the best little get-together for some Boston Bloggers in the space, and I already can’t wait to get back there.

Vintage Cookbook Kitchen StoreWe made mulled wine + spice sachets and just had the best time. I’m dying to return for one of Abby’s cooking classes or Cookbook Club! This is a Boston gem really not to be missed.

I should mention they carry new cookbooks in addition to vintage ones, so please oh please for the love of all things holy and endangered, buy your cookbooks at a place like this. There are so few independent bookstores left and it hurts my heart to hear you say that you can get it cheaper on Amazon! #shoplocal

[ Farm & Fable ]
[ 251 Shawmut Avenue ]
[ Boston, MA  02118 ]

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Tipsy Tuesday No. 11: Galentine Bar Cart

Valentine's Day Bar Cart

I’m sensing a seasonal project coming on… I loved the look of our bar “cart” all decked out at Christmastime, so I thought I’d try my hand at dolling it up for Valentine’s Day. My male roommate is far from impressed at its glitter-soaked girly-girl state, but how perfect would it be for a little Galentine’s Day party?

Pink Striped Straws

Glitter Garland Letters


The heart garland is from a DIY workshop Kate hosted at West Elm this past weekend– more to come on that!

Felt Heart Garland DIY

Make It a Double Print

Pink Bar Cart

Bar Cart, vintage [similar splurge//similar save] | Glitter Garland, Walmart [similar] | Printed Heart Bowl, West Elm | Pop Fizz Clink Card, Kate Spade | Straws, Paper Source [similar]

What do we think– St. Patrick’s Day next?? Could I serve as a stop on the annual St. Paddy’s pub crawls?


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Anthro Kitchen Favorites

I will be the first to admit that I am a terrible embarrassment to my day job as a cookbook publisher: Not only am I an extremely mediocre cook (and that’s being generous), but I also have the most despicable kitchen! Blame it on my 100-year-old North End apartment and its lack of counter and storage space, but daily, I dream of having a beautiful, light kitchen, with enough room to a) spread out and, well, cook, and b) store and display such beautiful kitchen goodies as these:

Anthropologie Kitchen

[ 1 ] Bistro Canisters, $14-$24
[ 2 ] Jardin de Plantes Spoons, $8-$10
[ 3 ] Farmers Market Basket, $14
[ 4 ] Pedal Power Dishtowel, $22
[ 5 ] 1932 Bergamo Mini Cookware, $48
[ 6 ] Glittering Silverware, $34-$78 (also available in gold!)
[ 7 ] Stripes Abound Apron, $36
[ 8 ] Whale Cutting Board, $98
[ 9 ] Chroma Juice Press, $175

What would you fill your dream kitchen with?


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Tipsy Tuesday No.10: For All the Lovers Out There

The true January temperatures are back this week… meaning the only sort of social drinking I will be doing in the foreseeable future is most likely going to have hot chocolate as a base. This spiked mocha-like drink is the perfect mix of coffee, chocolate, and spirits, and—looking ahead to Valentine’s Day next month—is quite seasonally themed.

Valentine's Day Mugs | West Elm

[ drink this ]

lovers’ hot chocolate from hot chocolate by fred thompson
serves 2

[ ingredients ]
1 ounce creme de cacao
1 ounce amaretto
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
4 tablespoons chocolate ice cream
8 pecan halves, chopped for garnish

[ directions ]
Divide the creme de cacao, amaretto, and coffee between 2 Irish coffee glasses [cheating here!], stirring to blend. Top each with 2 tablespoons of the ice cream and half of the chopped pecans. Serve immediately.

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[ in that ]

[ Pad Printed Mugs, West Elm, $8 each ]


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Gold is the New Black

I just love the idea of working golden hues into nontraditional metallic items… I’m definitely a gold jewelry girl for the most part, but gold-dotted pillow? Gold-dipped flatware? Golden boat shoes? Even better!


[ 1 ] Foil Dot Sweater, LC Lauren Conrad, $27
[ 2 ] Downtown Leather Crossbody, Lilly Pulitzer, $168
[ 3 ] Heart Headband, ban.do, $25
[ 4 ] Le Pavillion iPhone Case, Kate Spade, $40
[ 5 ] Gold-Dipped Flatware, Anthropologie, $38
[ 6 ] Luminous Dots Pillow, Anthropologie, $58
[ 7 ] Mini-Bow Ring, Madewell, $15
[ 8 ] Gold Stained Mug, SHOP by monika, $29
[ 9 ] Metallic Boat Shoe, Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew, $98
[ 10 ] Threshold Gold Dot Jewelry Box, Target, $13

What hue is on your mind for 2014?


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Tipsy Tuesday No. 7: Holiday Bar Cart Style

Christmas Bar Cart Style

My “bar cart”–which may not exactly be a cart at all but gets the job done–had been a great work in progress for a couple months, full of pink + sparkly details, just waiting to make its debut. Until I realized, at least for this time of year, it was better suited to be paired with our mini Christmas tree, twinkle lights, and ingredients to make loads of Peppermint and/or Cinnamon Spiked Hot Chocolate (more on that later!).

Gold Chevron Walls

Chalkboard Frame

Sparkle Monogram Letters

Mini Champagne Bottles


It’ll return to its normal state soon, but for the time being, it’s adding lots of holiday cheer to our apartment!


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West Elm Holiday Favorites

West Elm Gift Guide

Before the madness of the holiday shopping season really set in, I had the pleasure of visiting my local west elm for a preview of their holiday set-up. This store, I tell ya, is doing something right. I could have kept circling it for hours, soaking in the Christmas goodness, and I kept finding idea after idea for gifts! And I have a family that’s hard to shop for, so that’s saying something. Here are some snapshots from their winter wonderland, and a few of my favorite gift ideas!

West Elm Handmade Ornaments

[ Knit Llama Ornament, $4 ]

photo 2

[ Dapper Animal Plates, $8 ]

West Elm Fenway Holiday Preview

[ Owl Ornament, $4 | Glitter Feather, $7 | Felt Candy Ornaments, $4 ]

West Elm Deer Heads

[ Papier-Mache Reindeer Sculptures, $59-169 ]

West Elm Bar Cart

[ Mirror Tray, $89 ]
add a monogram!

photo 5

[ Wooden Cutout Trees, $7-$19 ]

Reindeer Antlers

[ Felt Garland, $15 ]

West Elm Christmas Stockings

[ Velvet Mongolian Stocking, $11 | Felt Snowflake Stocking, $19 ]
monogram these!

living room holiday decor

[ Mercury Pattern Votives, $7 ]

Gold Owl Mugs

Figurative Owl Mug, $8 ]

West Elm Boston

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[ Gift Guide ]

West Elm Gift Guide

Minted for West Elm Vintage Books Print, $49 | Aspca Charity Mug, $10 | Nautical Cosmetic Bags, $14

99 Bottles Growler, $15 | Metal Jewelry Tree, $29 | Frenchie Market Tote Bag, $18

Travel Kit, $19 | Gentleman’s Hardware Travel Kit, $49 | Bamboo Wireless Keyboard, $69

Will you be decorating with–or gift-buying at–a west elm this holiday?

[ west elm fenway ]
[ 160 Brookline Avenue ]
[ Boston, MA 02215 ]

click here for a full list of locations!


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Holiday Cheer at Chestnut Hill’s Anthropologie

chestnut hill anthropologie opening

I know I personally am never the one to get too excited about red cups and holiday decorations the day after Halloween, but there’s something about walking into an Anthropologie this time of year that really makes me want to get in the spirit early!

Alex and I stopped by the new Chestnut Hill Anthropologie last week for a grand opening celebration, and I was so impressed with their stunning new space and how much they’ve already done to make the store look cheery for the holidays!

Anthropologie Christmas Trees

hanging glass baubles

Anthropologie Letter Mugs

Monogrammed Mugs, $8 ]

turquoise and green holiday table decor

Anthropologie Glass Ornaments

[ Ice Orb Ornament, $8 ]

Mint and Black Striped Party Dress

[ Alex and I were obsessed with this darling Starlit Stripes Dress, $248 ]

wooden gift tags; cedar candle

[ Wooden Gift Tags, $14  + Good Nature Tin, $16 ]

Owl Ornament

[ How CUTE?! Who's Fluffy? Ornament, $8 ]

Christmas Sequin Sweater

[ Confetti Striped Pullover, $138 + Sylvan Paisley Scarf, $68 ]

gold holiday decor; gold book pages

[ Q&A a Day Journal, $17 ]

white pearl dress anthropologie

Joyeux Dress, $228 ]

christmas tree candles

[ Jacinta Holiday Candle, $30 ]

Owl Felt Holiday Wreath

[ Felted Owl Wreath, $68 ]

If I could move into an Anthropologie store for the month of December, I’d be content. Will you be doing any holiday decorating or dressing with their current lines?

pssst! Local ladies, find the new Anthropologie here:
Chestnut Hill Square
220 Boylston Street
Newton, Massachusetts


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Tipsy Tuesday No. 5: Entertaining with KSNY

First, thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging words about yesterday’s post. I never thought it would touch that many people, but I’m so grateful to see that it did. You guys are beyond the best xx

With the holidays upon us, I can’t help but have entertaining on my mind. How fun are these Kate Spade pieces? It’s the perfect time to stock up before your guests start arriving!

Kate Spade Entertaining

[ 1 ] Glitter Coasters, $35
[ 2 ] Jules Point Bottle Stopper, $35
[ 3 ] Two of a Kind 2-Piece Bar Set, $50
[ 4 ] Cocktail Napkins, $14
[ 5 ] Two of a Kind “Ours” Decanter, $100
[ 6 ] Wine Tag Set, $16
[ 7 ] Two of a Kind Ice Bucket, $80
[ 8 ] Acrylic Straws, $14
[ 9 ] Say the Word Colored Flutes, $80

I also can’t say I’d hate to receive some of these as stocking stuffers… :) Will you be entertaining much this holiday season, or are you more of the party go-er?


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Tipsy Tuesday No. 4: Target Bar Carts

Winter-Styled Bar Cart

[ Threshold Bar Cart, Target, $130 ]

How excited was I to discover that Target carries bar carts?! As much as I adore Society Social’s designs, these come at a bit prettier price. I especially love this Threshold version [pictured above], with its wood and brass finish, but this solid wood design with a built-in wine rack is also pretty tempting!

Target Bar Cart

[ Bar Cart, Target, $132 ]

Have you splurged on a bar cart yet? Where did you find yours?


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