Succulent September

I love collecting vintage telephone pole insulators. Although, I hadn’t figured out a cool way to display them until recently. I finally realized it was the perfect little planter for my  favorite little plant,  the succulent.  I think I may use copper and twine to hang them in the house… I’ll let you know… what would you do?

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Gardner Village – Saturday Outing

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Sunday Breakfast

Jen and I met up for breakfast on this snowy Salt Lake Sunday, at The Rose Establishment. I had a hot cup of the daily French Press and it hit the spot. So deliciously perfect. I also had one if their poppy seed scones, sorry I didn’t take a picture – I consumed it so quickly! Jen had one of their whole wheat and spiced apple “Pop-Tarts” and an Americano. It’s always nice to catch up over hot drinks on a cold wintery day. So far, today is great. We’ll keep you posted.

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The Rose Establishment

The Mr. and I took the girls to the Living Planet Aquarium and finished out the day happy.
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Angora Sweater

I’ve had this Angora sweater just sitting in my closet that I had picked up at a thrift store a few years ago.  Every time I clean my closet, you know  “out with the old – in with the new”, I can never seem to part with it.  I’ve only worn it once (just after purchasing it), but I didn’t feel like the style of the sweater fit me quite right.  It’s SOOOO soft, I thought maybe I’d chop it up and make a hat and scarf out of it . . . but I couldn’t bear to.

Then I saw this photo of a Free People Angora Sweater for sale and knew what I needed to do!

I needed to find another sweater and merge the two.  The night before New Year’s Eve I went Thrift Town and found an ugly $2 turtleneck sweater with just the right coloring! I cut off 3 inches of each sleeve and the bottom 3 inches of the torso.  I then cut the peplum off (which I still think is adorable and somewhat sad to see it go!) my Angora Sweater and sewed the turtleneck sleeves and torso pieces directly on.  In less than 2 hours total, I had a whole new sweater!  I wish I had taken photos of the process (very sorry) but I was in such a hurry to get my idea finished!

Free People Angora Cropped Sweater

Free People Angora Cropped Sweater

$3 Thrift Store Find -  Angora Sweater

$3 Thrift Store Find – Angora Sweater

$2 Thrift Store Sweater

$2 Thrift Store Sweater

My Finished Sweater – What do you think?

My version, all finished!

My upcycled Angora sweater, all finished!

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I then wore it on New Year’s Eve!  We were having a little too much fun taking photos of our window reflection – the city lights made great bokeh!

MIYO New Year's Eve

MIYO New Year’s Eve

Salt City Winter Style

It’s FINALLY cold here in SLC.  I’ve not complained about the balmy temperatures, but there was something disconcerting about 50-degree December Days in our four-season city.

With the prolonged fall, I haven’t put much time or thought into my winter wardrobe. In years past, I’ve braved the cold and gone without a quality winter coat, boots, gloves, hats..  we Salt Lake City girls are a tough bunch. But now that the snow is here, I decided to be comfortable this winter — with it’s late start, I’m guessing it’s gonna be a long one.

Salt City Winter

First, I invested in a pair of snow boots. I wanted a pair that was both functional and stylish — an elusive combination. Luckily,  I found a black quilted nylon and brown suede pair from Timberland (just $50 at Marshalls!) These puppies are WARM and the brown-black color combo makes them very versatile — I’ve already worn them to the pilates studio, on a snowy winter walk and to a casual Friday at work. This Lululemon scarf, which can be worn as a cowl, hood, or wrap-around, is also my new best friend.

Also picked up this parka from Warehouse after seeing it in this post from Le Catch (my go-to blog for some outfit inspiration).  I’ve been looking for an army green parka with leather sleeves for a while — the layers and hood make this one perfect.

And what’s winter without a few cozy sweaters? I noticed my closet was severely lacking in all things warm, so I invested in these two ski sweaters — this mohair one from Mango and an Aztec-inspired one like the one pictured above from local boutique Koo De Ker.  I plan to wear both with some black ankle boots and some faux leather skinnies (I picked up these from H&M a while back)

So, I splurged a bit on winter clothes this year — a girl has gotta stay warm, right? How do you stay warm and stylish in cold weather? [J]

Salt Lake City in November

Salt Lake City always has something fantastic going on and we hope to see you around town!  Here’s some awesome happenings:

  • Just in case you had no idea – Nov. 6th is Election Day, please vote!
  • The BOB Project by Brolly Arts until the 30th.  Located at the I-15 underpass on 300 North and 700 west, between the Jackson and Guadaloupe neighborhoods of Salt Lake City.
  • Science Movie Night: Never Cry Wolf,  based on the book by Farley Mowat.  Free Admission at the City Library on the 13th from 7-9pm

    Never Cry Wolf

  • Always a band to fit your own tune… such as Minus the Bear on the 6th, and The Devil Makes Three on the 17th at The Depot , FYI – there is always a great line-up at The State Room like Ben Sollee on the 15th and Sean Hayes (SO excited about this!) on the 16th.

    Sean Hayes - Fri Nov 16

    Sean Hayes @ The State Room – Fri Nov 16

  • Wicked-er is playing at the Desert Star Playhouse thru the 10th, then from Nov. 15th thru Jan. 5th it’s My Big Fat Utah Christmas.  This playhouse always does a great job!  Speaking of plays – The Pioneer Theatre Company is putting on A Christmas Carol starting the 30th.
  • We’re still waiting on an opening date from Trader Joe’s . . . hurry please!  They have the best Pearl Couscous mix and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel bars mmmmm….yum.
  • Life In Color: Salt Lake City, UT – 2012 E.N.D Tour on Sat, November 10th at 8:00 pm in the Great Saltair

There’s something for everyone, so we hope you’ll be out and about in this fantastic November weather while it lasts!

Delicious Multi-Grain Pancakes

Baby, it’s cold outside and the leaves are falling.  It’s beautiful but my herb garden won’t be around for long, so thank goodness for fresh herbs at our local markets these days.  I still think there is more flavor and fragrance when it comes straight from the garden into the kitchen.

Here’s one of my breakfast favorites using mint from my herb garden.  Multi-Grain Pancakes with Mint and Raisins.

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    Multi-Grain Pancakes    
1 C. Multi-Grain Flour
1 1/2 C. Krusteaz Pancake Mixture
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix these dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Add in 1 C. of milk and 1 C. of Water
Whisk mixture together (add milk or water if desired to thin the consistency, I like it the
consistency of cake batter)
Chop 3-4 mint leaves and 1/2 C. of raisins, add to the batter and mix slowly.
Let batter sit for 5 min.

Heat a non-stick pan to medium high, if using a good quality pan – there isn’t a need to put butter down or use a non-stick spray (once the pan is hot, put down a small amount of batter to determine this).

Use 1/8 C. to scoop batter into pan.  Cook on first side until bubbles pop in batter, then flip and cook for one to two minutes on the second side, checking occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn.

I love to serve these with fresh apricot or raspberry jam, but that’s up to you.  Make It Your Own!

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Welcome Autumn

Took these snapshots from the window of my car while driving up to Snowbasin to cover an event for the paper. Chilly, beautiful, vibrant fall.

 

 

 

After a lovely drive out of Ogden canyon, I stopped to work at this cute coffee shop, Kaffe Mercantile. A pumpkin scone and an americano (and a few flying crickets) were my writing companions on the side patio.

 

Happy Fall to All.

Get Your Costume On!

The spooks will be out soon.  One of our neighbors is already lighting up the night with orange and purple lights.  I find myself browsing the web trying to find the perfect costume for Halloween.  I thought I would share some really awesome wigs that I came across in my search for the ultimate costume… hopefully I’ll decide on a costume soon, but these were fun finds!  If anyone has insight to a great costume, let me know!

Woodland Angel Headdress headpiece

Textured Yarn Wig in Sunburst

Demonatrix headdress headpiece

Marie Antoinette butterfly bird cage sail boat headdress headpiece

Crazy Prehistoric Caveman Wig