Last weekend I kicked off February with such a fun morning at West Elm Fenway, crafting with some blogger gals at Kate‘s Valentine’s Day DIY Workshop! We made the sweetest little stuffed hearts that could be turned into lavender sachets, pins, necklaces, or garland– as seen on my bar cart.
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.
[ drink this ]
lovers’ hot chocolate from hot chocolate by fred thompson
[ 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 ]
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!
[ Knit Llama Ornament, $4 ]
[ Dapper Animal Plates, $8 ]
[ Papier-Mache Reindeer Sculptures, $59-169 ]
[ Mirror Tray, $89 ]
add a monogram!
[ Wooden Cutout Trees, $7-$19 ]
[ Felt Garland, $15 ]
[ Mercury Pattern Votives, $7 ]
[ Figurative Owl Mug, $8 ]
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[ Gift Guide ]
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!