Globetrotter…My Top 5 Travel Tips

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If you’ve been following along for awhile then you may remember that my word of 2014 was “GO,” and go my friends I have.  Over the past year I feel like I’ve been away more than I’ve been home and with only one planned trip left in 2014 I’ve begun to look back on my year of adventures.  And while each journey has served a very different purpose with surprising lessons at every turn (that’s a different post for a different day), the one thing I’ve gotten so much better at is packing.  While I’ll never be a “light traveler” (never, ever) I have picked up a few tricks, or rather necessities to make the actual process of traveling easier.  “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all,” Helen Keller.  Truly, MKR

No. 01 - Group items.  I’ve found that organization in all aspects of life makes everything easier, so when I fly I group everything together.  In flight essentials in an easy to see clear pouch, necessary id’s and documents in a travel wallet, all technology in a large portfolio, and chargers wound up and stored together.  Plus keep your laptop and anything else that has to be pulled out for the security line in the outside zip of your carry on, and please people grab your items as they come through the security line and then step out of the way to re-assemble it all so the people behind you don’t have to wait barefoot on the gross airport floor and watch while you put on your belt, hat, shoes., etc., etc.

No. 02 - Invest in jewelry cases.  I used to throw my jewelry in one big makeup bag which resulted in tangled necklaces and sometimes broken pieces.  I’ve finally invested in actual jewelry cases which keep all of my baubles straight plus protects them in transit.  

No. 03. - A travel steamer will change your life.  Not only is a travel steamer a low cost investment but you’ll never have to worry about damaging certain materials with a steamer, perfect for those of us with a lot of silk pieces that wrinkle the second you put them on.

No. 04 - Layer up.  I always get cold on the plane so regardless of the temperature outside I wear a cozy sweater or sweatshirt and bring a travel blanket on longer flights because lets be honest the blankets they give you aren’t keeping anyone warm.

No. 05 - Shoes matter.  Because I never know how far I’ll have to walk or what to really expect when I step off the plane I always bring a pair of foldable travel flats in my purse.  They’re light, take up very little room, plus they’ve saved my feet more times than I can count.  And since we’re talking shoes I always try to wear my heaviest pair or the ones that take up the most room in my suitcase (like boots) on the plane and protect the others with shoe bags, another key investment.

*Photography, Luke Schneider  ||  Location, Soho House Chicago

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One Room Challenge…Week Four

 

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Week four of the One Room Challenge is all about the waiting game.  Waiting for the furniture to arrive.  Waiting for the drapes to be complete.  Waiting for my rugs to be rolled out.  Basically everything has been moved out of my office and nothing has been moved in.  And it’s no ones fault but my own as we all know I’m a procrastinator for life, but lets just say I’m so ready to move out of the kitchen (my interim office) and back into my actual office.   But since it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen till next week at the earliest I thought I’d take this time to plan out my gallery wall.  Truth be told I’m not even sure I’m going to create a full blown gallery wall, but if I do it will look a little something like this.  Simple, a few small pops of color, prints mixed with photos mixed with paintings mixed with memorabilia, and a whole slew of different and interesting frames.  It’s been fun to work with Minted as I’ve always used them for paper, but this was my first time really diving into their art marketplace which is both well curated and well priced.  I’m anxious to see how the pieces work into the design as art always seems to be the most personal tell of the designer themselves.  truly, MKR

 

 

 

...AS PICTURED…Embrace by R Studio, Minted c/o  ||  Calculation by Stephanie Nowotarski, Minted c/o  ||  Too Many Heads by Gail Schechter, Minted c/o  ||  Botanical Study by Kate Wong, Minted c/o  ||  Juju Hat, Waiting On Martha  ||  Rolling Stones Ticket, fromt he night the Mr. and I met  ||  Point of View by R Studio,  Minted c/o  ||  Gestural figures by Becky Nimoy, Minted c/o  ||  Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley, Minted c/o  ||  Over the Shoulder Nude, Inslee

 The Players…Abby M. Interiors  ||  Because It’s Awesome   ||  Bijou & Boheme  ||  Chinoiserie Chic  ||  The Decorista  ||  Design Chic  ||  The Design Daredevil  ||  Design Darling  ||  Design Indulgence  ||  Design Manifest  ||  House of Turquoise  ||  Jana Bek Design  ||  Jill Sorensen  ||  Maddie G. Designs  ||  Mimosa Lane  ||  A Piece of Toast  ||  The Pink Pagoda  ||  Stone Textile  ||  The Zhush  ||  Trademarked by Calling it Home

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

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Recently I attended the launch event celebrating Tory Burch’s new watch line (which is fantastic BTW), and I found myself drawn to the most un-like me bedazzled piece of clothing ever.  It’s not that it wasn’t beautiful, it was, it was just so shiny and I don’t typically do shiny.  But after a glass or two of champagne, and the fact that the Tory Burch friends and family sale was happening (which always justifies unlikely purchases), I thought why not try it on?  And once I tried it on, I couldn’t seem to take it off.  I’ve had it dressed up with THIS skirt, and dressed down more times than I can count with the other piece of clothing on serious rotation, these black jeans.  In all it’s jeweled glory the Wendy Pullover is simply, shockingly versatile.  Ring a ding bling.  Truly, MKR

*Photography, Luke Schneider Photography  ||  Location, Soho House Chicago

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…AS PICTURED…Jacket, Three Floor (old, but I’m obsessed with THIS one)  ||  Top, Tory Burch Wendy Pullover  ||  Shirt, J.Crew (white version last seen HERE)  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim c/o  ||  Shoes, Alexander Wang (old, similar HERE)  ||  Sunnies, Warby Parker Rileys c/o  ||  Bag, Celine  ||  Gold Rings, Gorjana c/o  ||  Topaz Ring, Julie Vos (old, similar HERE)

Dream, Girl: The Documentary

Everyday 550 women are starting a new business.  550!  Women are the fastest growing sector of the economy, we’re literally creating a movement that has been years (decades, centuries actually) in the making.  And I’m so proud to say that I’m part of it.  I’m an entrepreneur, a female entrepreneur.  And while I haven’t liked to get too hung up on the female-male-#girlboss-vs.-#boss debates I will say the fact that only 21% of girls feel they have the confidence to become an actual boss is unacceptable.  

Enter Dream Girl, a documentary currently in production that hopes to shine the light on women leaders and inspire confidence in women of all ages to chase their dreams and follow their own path.  I was lucky enough to be one of the 21% having the support to always dream big from basically birth (thanks mom and dad), but I know now that’s a luxury that many aren’t privy to.  So my Loves, let’s show little (and big) girls what it means to be a leader.  Let’s show them what it means to DREAM BIG.  Truly, MKR

P.S. Big hugs to #ladyboss Jess at Golden Girl for introducing me to this amazing story!

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Maple Glazed Pumpkin Bread Bites

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This time of year I bake pumpkin bread at least a dozen times.  Traditional pumpkin bread, chocolate pumpkin bread, mini pumpkin bread loaves, you name it I’ve baked it.  However, pumpkin bites not so much.  So when I spied this festive cakelet pan from Sur la Table I knew pumpkin bites had to happen.  At first I was worried that the acorn, pumpkin, leaf, and turkey shapes wouldn’t form well, but with a lot of grease in the pan they all came out perfectly on my first try.  And as if these two bite gems weren’t tasty enough on their own I topped them with a warm maple glaze and toasted pecans.  Fall in a bite my Loves, fall in a bite.  Enjoy! Truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

…AS PICTURED…Fall Cakelet Pan, Sur la Table  ||  Baking & Cooling Rack, Sur la Table  ||  Marble Pastry Board (on sale), Sur la Table  ||  Gravy Boat (on sale), Sur la Table  ||  Dipping Dishes, Waiting On Martha

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Bread Bites
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. ...For the Bread (you can also use a bread mix if you don't want to make it from scratch)
  2. 1 (15-16 ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin puree
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 cup vegetable oil
  5. 2/3 cup water
  6. 3 cups white sugar
  7. 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  10. 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  14. 1 teaspoon allspice
  15. ...For the Frosting
  16. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  17. 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  18. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  19. 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  20. 1/2 cup toasted and chopped pecans (I suggest a much finer chop than shown)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease, flour and spray your autumn cakelet pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
  5. Pour batter into the cakelet pans (1/2-3/4 the way full).
  6. Bake for about 18-20 minutes in the oven, insert toothpick to check for doneness (toothpick will come clean when full baked)
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Once removed place them on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet underneath.
  8. While the cakelets are cooling make the glaze. Whisk confectioners' sugar, milk, syrup and maple flavoring until smooth and warm in microwave for 20 seconds, (this is optional but I like my glaze just a tad warm if you plan to eat the cakelets right away)
  9. Pour maple glaze over each cakelet, add nuts if desired, let icing harden (or eat immediately).
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One Room Challenge…Week 3

 

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Last week I talked about procrastination and this week its like the gates are opening and angels are singing as my room begins to come together (dramatic much?!).  And while I can’t share any new pictures I thought you might like to see my design board.  Besides my signature mix of traditional and modern pieces the room is finally becoming more functional for my growing team with the addition of a team table and I’m also softening up the space with a lot less black and a lot more white.  Plus how amazing is my Smythson Blue brush stroke lamp!?  Till next week my Loves!  Truly, MKR

…SHOP THE STORY…Nude Fixing Her Top Knot, Inslee  ||  Point of View Drawing, Minted c/o ||  Hand Painted Brush Stroke Lamp, Jana Bek via Waiting On Martha (also available in these 9 colors)  ||  Strut Blue Dot Table, All Modern c/o  ||  Vernon Panton Chair, All Modern c/o  ||  Jute Rug, Pottery Barn  ||  Wallpaper, Thibaut Tanzania  ||  Knoll Saarinen Table, All Modern c/o  ||  Ghost Chairs, All Modern c/o  ||  Ginger Jars, collected but similar HERE  ||  Tini Table, Oomph c/o  ||  Modloft Bookcase, All Modern c/o

The Players…Abby M. Interiors  ||  Because It’s Awesome   ||  Bijou & Boheme  ||  Chinoiserie Chic  ||  The Decorista  ||  Design Chic  ||  The Design Daredevil  ||  Design Darling  ||  Design Indulgence  ||  Design Manifest  ||  House of Turquoise  ||  Jana Bek Design  ||  Jill Sorensen  ||  Maddie G. Designs  ||  Mimosa Lane  ||  A Piece of Toast  ||  The Pink Pagoda  ||  Stone Textile  ||  The Zhush  ||  Trademarked by Calling it Home

Tales Of The Wild

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I admit it, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging often buying something based on the box it comes in rather than the product itself. So when I discovered Tales of the Wild, (thanks to Rustic White) a natural, organic botanical company located near the edge of the sea on Vancouver Island, B.C. I was immediately smitten.

From perfumes and mists to aromatic teas and natural curiosities for your home Amy and Richard McDowell, the couple behind Tales of the Wild, create each product one at a time by hand in their atelier. Their Philosophy, “We love the pure beauty and myriad qualities of fine essential oils – they have the ability to heal, to uplift, to inspire, and to evoke rich memories and deep emotions instantly. The images they conjure and stories that they tell captivate and move us to continue creating gorgeous, evocative fragrances. To us, each becomes a tale of the wild – an authentic experience of the natural world that rests in the wild heart of every scent.”

Personally I can’t stop using their Rose Body Mist and wearing the Sand & Sea Perfume (which side note is perfect for travel).  And while I could just let the pictures speak for themselves I thought it’d be more fun to team up with Tales of the Wild and giveaway an Aromatic Journey Kit of the winners choosing.  All the details and how to enter are below so good luck Loves and I’m hoping you all (winner or not) take a moment and get lost in the beauty that is Tales of the Wild. Truly, MKR

*Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Red Leaf Studios 

**Giveaway runs until 12:00 am EST Monday, October 20th

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A Signature Style

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Leaving corporate America behind for full time creative entrepreneurship has meant complete freedom when it comes to my daily wardrobe.  So this year it’s been a goal of mine to hone in and define my signature style.  Throwing out what I had to wear for years and what I may like, but isn’t necessarily “me” and staying true to what I feel most comfortable in.  For now that tends to be a more tomboy-esq look, a lot of navys and blacks, slightly ripped denim, long layers, plenty of hats, and a bright pink lip.  And I’m sure like most things in life my signature style will just keep evolving but I must say, there’s something very freeing in letting go of past pieces (no matter how much they cost) that don’t represent who I am, where I’m going, and what I thought I needed to be.  I’d love to know, do you consider yourself to have a signature style?  truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Top, Eileen Fisher c/o (runs large, order size down)  ||  Endless Boyfriend Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim via Bloomingdales c/o (I cannot stop wearing these!)  ||  Scarf, J.Crew  ||  Hat, Sole Society c/o  ||  Booties, Sole Society c/o  ||  Bag, Zac Zac Posen Eartha Flap Bag c/o  ||  Sunnies, Chanel  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Gold Rings, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  White Bracelets, Gold & Gray c/o  ||  Fuel Band, Nike

 

Fall Entertaining With Ballard Designs

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A few months back I was asked by one of my absolute favorite brands, Ballard Designs, to create three distinct holiday looks and I’m thrilled to be sharing the pictures from the first of three with you all today, my harvest dinner.  Inspired by my favorite season fall, and playing off of Mother Nature’s natural beauty I think you’ll find this setting rich, warm, cozy, and the perfect table to gather friends and family around.  Head over to Ballard’s Blog, How To Decorate, to read more about the inspiration plus I’m sharing all of my tips and tricks so you can host a harvest dinner of your very own.  TGIF Loves!  Truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Place Cards & Menu, Yes Ma’am Paper Goods  ||  Rustic Tarts, Alon’s Bakery  ||  Location, Abattoir

The Top Ten Tools Every Baker Should Own

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With the Holidays fast approaching I thought I’d let you peek inside my pantry to see the top ten baking tools I believe every baker should own.  And it was hard to narrow it down to ten, I didn’t even include my beloved Silpat Mats (probably because I’ve talked about them at least a dozen times before on the Blog), so I’d love to hear if I’ve left off one of your baking necessities?  Truly, MKR

No. 01 - Ice Cream Scoops.  Not just for ice cream scoops will allow you to scoop consistent amounts of batter into muffin pans, cupcake pans, and cookie dough so your cookies are of similar shape and size.  Just make sure you get the scoop with a spring loaded wire scraper so it will easily release your batter our dough.

No. 02 - Rolling Pins.  I have so many rolling pins I’m beginning to lose count, but if I could only narrow it down to two I’d have a tapered rolling pin and your standard 12″ wood rolling pin.  

No. 03 - Prep Dishes.  It’s always best to have all of your ingredients measured, chopped, and ready to go in numerous prep dishes so you’re not rushing around the kitchen trying to get the right amount poured in at the right time.  Plus it helps to keep the kitchen on the tidy side.

No. 4 - Bakers Twine.  Twine is an absolute kitchen necessity, I just prefer the striped bakers twine as its perfect for pretty packaging.

No. 5 - Pastry Cutters.  What can I say I like fancy pie crust.  And speaking of pie may I suggest these and this, also baking must haves for me.

No. 6 - Icing Spatula.  I have at least 5 icing spatulas in all different sizes, they really are the end all be all for icing cakes.

No. 7 - Nielsen-Masey Vanilla.  Yes I know it’s expensive, but the taste of your food is always a reflection of how good your ingredients are so always bake with the best.  

No. 8 - Microplane Grater.  One of my kitchens most used tools a microplane grater is perfect for adding cinnamon and nutmeg spice and citrus flakes to any dish.

No. 9 - Cooling Racks.  I’m guilty of not allowing my desserts to properly cool before attempting to ice, or remove from the pan, etc.  I’ve learned my lesson though and now everything is cooled appropriately on racks.

No. 10. - Salt Pig.  Baking is all about getting the precise, exact measurement and a salt shaker just won’t do.  Get a pig or a salt bowl so you can get just the right 1/8 teaspoon when needed.

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Measuring Cups, All Clad  ||  Napkins, Found Vintage (similar HERE)  ||  Rolling Pin, A Sunny Afternoon  ||  Olive Wood Bowl, Sur La Table  ||  Fork & Spoon Dipping Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Icing Spatula, Sur La Table ||  Ice Cream Scoop, Williams Sonoma  ||  Pastry Cutter, Williams Sonoma  ||  Nielsen-Masey Vanilla, Williams Sonoma  ||  Microplane Grater, Williams Sonoma  ||  Bakers Twine, Williams Sonoma  ||  Marble Pastry Board, Sur La Table  ||  Cooling Rack, Sur La Table  ||  Olive Wood Salt Bowl, Williams Sonoma  ||  Pink Salt, Williams Sonoma