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
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 Girlfor introducing me to this amazing story!
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 TableI 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
...For the Bread (you can also use a bread mix if you don't want to make it from scratch)
1 (15-16 ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
...For the Frosting
2 cups confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons 2% milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/2 cup toasted and chopped pecans (I suggest a much finer chop than shown)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease, flour and spray your autumn cakelet pan.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
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.
Pour batter into the cakelet pans (1/2-3/4 the way full).
Bake for about 18-20 minutes in the oven, insert toothpick to check for doneness (toothpick will come clean when full baked)
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.
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)
Pour maple glaze over each cakelet, add nuts if desired, let icing harden (or eat immediately).
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
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 Kitof 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
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
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
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. 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. 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.
Last week I shared my grand plans for completely re-doing the WOM office. This week I’m sharing a little tendency/habit I have called procrastination. I’m a procrastinator. Always have been, and I’m beginning to accept I probably always will be. I tell myself it’s because I’m juggling so many things or because I’m at my best when the pressure is on, but really those are just things I, and we all, tell ourselves to make the habits we struggle with seem more acceptable.
To be fair I wasn’t sure which room I was going to work on for the ORC and when I finally did decide on my office to say I was already WAY behind the eight ball was an understatement. I quickly gathered my thoughts and first took care of the layout and furniture as I knew it would all have to be specially ordered (sharing this next week). Once that was taken care of I moved on to the “jewelry” of the room, specifically custom drapes for my picture window. Secretly I had been waiting for this moment as there’s nothing more fun to a designer (at least this designer) than fabric choices. For me fabrics pull the room together, if not create the feel of the room all together.
As I headed into the fabric store I knew I wanted to do a neutral drape with a pop of color lining and a tassel to top it all off. The neutral was easy, but the lining was proving to be more difficult and as I waded through the sea of fabrics I was beginning to think this might not be a feasible reality and then I saw it. A glorious mango velvet. It represented orange, my favorite color, but in a much softer way and all of a sudden my color palette and the entire room came together. Only problem, it was back ordered 8 weeks. 8 weeks!? The ORC will be over in 8 weeks! Deflated and a tad sad I headed to the next fabric store. Luckily there was another velvet in almost the exact same mango shade, the only problem it was twice the cost! Twice! And I needed 13 yards of it! But this was my palette, this was my centerpiece, I had to buy the fabric. So buy it I did. Oh and did I mention I have to rush the order with the work room because the standard time frame doesn’t fit into the ORC timeframe. My procrastination rearing it’s ugly head again.
But this my friends is the life of design, and more appropriately the life of a procrastinator. So cheers to embracing all of our habits (both good and bad), to trying to be better everyday, and to spending too much money on drapes that better be fan-freaking-tastic! Truly, MKR
Okay I admit it, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween. I’m a fan just not a huge fan. I like the candy, the kids costumes (I don’t do costumes) and the haunting side of it all, but if I’m being honest it runs a little too close to my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) to get my full attention. However, I do like that Halloween kicks of the holiday season, it does fall during my absolute favorite season fall, and I’ve been known to love a skull motif, so this year I’m trying to get a little more in the spirit. Happy Haunting Loves! Truly, MKR
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