caught my eye

This weekend we had friends over for football watching-turned movie watching. When we put a movie on for the kids upstairs (mr. peabody), we poured ourselves a glass of wine downstairs and decided to turn on a movie for the grown-ups, too.


None of us knew much about this movie, but the reviews were good and so we went for it. We all loved it.

Here’s the summary: “Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”

The story was great, the acting perfect, the food makes your mouth-water and from what I’ve read, they do a good job depicting the reality of the life in a restaurant kitchen. There is bad language – just to warn you, but you’ll fall in love with the cutie-pie kid and you’ll probably want to make a really yummy grilled cheese after watching the way Chef Carl makes one.

So we loved the movie, but what really caught my eye was the great honeycomb wine rack in the LA restaurant scenes.


It looks like a sculpture and is so graphic against the white marble and stainless steel kitchen. I love the a-symmetry of it and would totally put this in our house. I’d also take the marble and stainless steel.

After a little bit of searching, I came across this look-alike hexagonal wine rack from World Market:


It’s not quite as organic or impressive in shape as the movie’s version, but has that same graphic/geometric appeal. And for $29.99 it makes a great gift or addition to your kitchen/dining room.


There’s inspiration to be found everywhere. When it comes in the form of a really entertaining movie, it’s a double win.

Have you seen Chef? Did you love it?

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six favorite looks for fall


Fall is my favorite. For many reasons – changing leaves, football season, apple crisp – but right at the top is fall fashion. Sweaters. Boots. Jeans. Cozy.

I feel best wearing clothes that cover up this pale skin (shorts are not my favorite) and love dressing in layers. I live in the Seattle area where we have cooler weather (it’s been in the high 60′s this week), with likely drizzling rain on one day and crisp clear skies the next.

Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together six of my favorite looks for fall. And BONUS! most items are recent purchases and not crazy-expensive.  All items that are available are linked to the source

// LOOK ONE //


This sweatshirt dress is so great and everything you would want for a cozy/put-together fall outfit. Pair it with leggings and tall boots, or tights and booties.


sweatshirt dress / leggings / socks / boots (old) / watch (similar) / bracelet

// LOOK TWO //


Because we all need comfy days. I like layering a long tank under this super soft sweatshirt (with a longer back to cover the bum!).


sweatshirt / leggings (marshalls) / tank / shoes



Chunky knit sweaters in warm fall tones are always good to throw on with jeans. Dress it up with heels, or wear with tall boots.


sweater / jeans (similar) / heels / sunglasses


I’ll call this look soccer mom since this is what I wear most saturdays to my kids’ games (with a rain coat or puffy vest, of course).


top / jeans / boots / scarf / sunglasses / watch (similar)


coat-booties copy

So I just bought myself my first pair of booties. And I’m completely sold. I felt weird the first few times wearing them (am I doing it right? What do I wear with them?) but then I just got over it and now I want to wear them everyday. I like them best with skinny jeans rolled up and a loose/longer top. This sweatshirt coat is a new instant favorite.


sweatshirt coat / jeans / booties

// LOOK SIX //


Another outfit with the booties and for a little variety I went with a cotton t-shirt and jacket.


jacket / tshirt / jeans / booties / belt / necklace


So there are six of my favorite looks this fall. Do you have a favorite?

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diy glitter gratitude banner


Here’s a great project for this fall: a glitter gratitude banner. I generally tend towards simple, inexpensive and less-than-one-hour crafts and this fits on each level. Of course you can use the same method to spell out any word or initials – a monogram would be super cute hanging over a bed or use individual letters as gift tags, place cards or party favors this upcoming holiday season. We can all use a little more glitter in our lives.

So let’s begin. Here’s what you’ll need:


spray adhesive / fine glitter (like this) / gratitude template (download below) / string / scissors / hole punch

(not shown, but important: a box to contain spray glue and glitter)

STEP ONE // print template and cut out letters


You can do this a couple of ways … print onto cardstock (I used a silver cardstock to help the glitter blend in if I missed any spots) and cut out. OR print on regular paper, cut out and use as a pattern. Trace onto sturdy, but thin, cardboard and cut out letters.

STEP TWO // spray letter with adhesive glitter-banner-spray-glue

This is where the box comes in. And be sure to spray outside or in a well-ventilated area. Spray glue is stinky! Just a light covering will do.

STEP THREE // generously sprinkle on glitter


Make sure to cover all of the letter.


Let dry for a few minutes.

STEP FOUR // repeat on the back of the letter


This isn’t necessary, but it gives the letter a more finished look.


STEP FIVE // punch two holes in the top


If you are just using for a gift tag, you’ll only need one hole.

STEP SIX // string letters together glitter-banner-string

I used jute rope from the hardware store, but any ribbon will do.

Once you’re letters are all strung together, hang and enjoy!


You are welcome to use this template to create your own gratitude banner. The file is located in The Archive – our library of freebies and downloads. Sign up for free or log in below.


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