Monthly Archives: November 2015


A Few Favorite Holiday Sales

November 28, 2015

Holiday Sales 2015

Black Friday shopping has been a part of our family’s Thanksgiving traditions for years, but lately, each sale cycle has gotten more & more lackluster. Online shopping seems much more appealing, and with more small businesses using social media and selling online, we can still support small businesses! Here are a few of my favorite holiday sales.

Anna Drescher Holiday Sale
Sorel: 25% select shoe styles
THPSHOP: 20% off with code blackfriday20 *some exclusions apply
Anna Drescher: Minimal, hand crafted necklaces. 30% all orders until Sunday @ midnight
Madewell: 25% off entire purchase
Yield Design:15% off site wide with free shipping

Concrete Geometric Holiday Sale
Home Goods & Gitfs:

Poketo: 20% with code GIVEART20
Concrete Geometric:  Hand made, concrete good. 30% off all orders
Melanie Abrantes: Assorted goods & gift. 15% off with code 15OFF
P.F. Candle Co.: 20% off orders of $50+

Mandi Nelson Holiday Sale
Paper Goods

The House That Lars Built:  20% off until Monday with code THANKS2015
Rifel Paper Co.: 30% off site wide!
Mochi Things: 30% off sitewide, $5 mochi credit if you like their sale post on Facebook
Makr: 20% off with code TAG20
Mandi Nelson: 40% off with code THANKFUL


Gift Guide: For the Cook

November 26, 2015

Gift Guide: For the Cook

Happy Thanksgiving! Short write up today in honor of turkey day. Whether you’re hosting or visiting, these cooking gifts would be perfect now & at Christmas.

1 | Monthly spice box (RawSpiceBar, $6/month). 3 hand-picked, freshly ground blends with each box.
2 | Ceramic citrus juicer (Father Rabbit, $22). Allow for extra shipping time from Auckland.
3 | Oak serving board (belayahvoya, $69)
4 | Copper spoon rest (West Elm, $14)
5 | Cookbook stand (West Elm, $24)
6 | Linen apron (LinenTales, $27). Comes in a range of beautifully saturated colors.
7 | Butter warmer (Noda Horo, $13). Allow for extra shipping time from Japan.
8 | Copper salt dish (Forage & Find Co., $15). Allow for extra shipping time from Australia.


Gift Guide: For the Caffeinated

November 24, 2015

Coffee addict in your life or need a pick me up gift for yourself? Check out ctrl+curate's gift guide for the caffeinated.

Ah, life juice. The instant way to make any morning better. Here are a few gift ideas for the caffeine lover in your life, or for yourself as you make the final push at work or exam week until Thanksgiving.

1 | Coffee subscription (Drift Away Coffee, $12-372). For more options, visit here.
2 | French press pin (The Mayven, $9). Carafe, kettle, press, and cone pins available as well.
3 | Coffee measuring clip (haus london, $5). Ships from UK, allow for extra shipping time.
4 | Copper Bodum French press (West Elm, $60). Matching set.
5 | Winking eye mug & sleepy eye pour over (Martina Thornhill, $n/a).*
6 | Hario pour over kettle (KAUFMANN MERCANTILE, $169). Stainless steel is cheaper here.
7 | Minimal coffee print (LatteDesign, $15-24).
8 | Chemex coffee maker (Gadget Flow, $35).

*Martina is currently working on new designs, but she is open to custom orders.


Piece of Pear Pizza

November 23, 2015

Pear Pizza Recipe | Pear Pizza Recipe |

This week’s recipe is another small bites. Bartlett pears are season favorite, but buying them in a bushel for a 3 person household means finding new ways to use them. This pizza recipe is great as a personal pizza, an appetizer, or even a pizza making station for Thanksgiving.

Using this recipe as a base, other amazing add-ons would be prosciutto, arugula, walnuts, or caramelized onions.

Pear Pizza
1 large, garlic naan
garlic butter
1 Bartlett pear
Gorgonzola (about 2 oz.)
large handful of spinach

Preheat oven to 300. Coat the naan with garlic butter, and arrange on a baking sheet. Pop in the oven for 5 minutes. While the naan is toasting, prepare the pear by slicing it into small wedges. After 5 minutes, take the baking sheet out.

Generously sprinkle the Gorgonzola over the naan. Layer the spinach and pear slices on top to taste. Put your pizza back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve with glasses of white.

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Create - Style

Dot to Dot

November 22, 2015

Memphis Nails Tutorial

I’ve been working on a Memphis Movement project and have squiggles & dots on the brain. This easy mani takes no time at all, but gives your solid coat something extra.

You will need:
Nirvana (Sinful Colors)
Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around (O.P.I)

Paint 2 coats of Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around and allow to completely dry. Gently take some of the Nirvana on the back of a small brush handle, and dot each nail. Take care not to press into the Bossa Nova. A light dab will give you the perfect dot. Seal together with a clear coat.