Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thanks.


{apple orchard adventures this fall in a Madewell jacket and J.Crew hat}

It's been awhile.

I'm not back for good, but I'd be remiss to skip my favorite post of the year. And with dinner rolls and cranberry sauce (my two favorite Thanksgiving dishes) on the horizon for tomorrow, along with that fireplace-induced nap that I rave about every year, it's time for me to remember all I have to be thankful for. It's been a big year, with lots of changes—lots good, and some on the less-happy side. But I've always been a big fan of keeping perspective, so with no further ado, here's what I'm thankful for this year:

- the best family to surround me—and one that's safe, happy, and healthy to boot (plus a really stellar brother-in-law addition this year).
- the most amazing friends around the globe who are my everything.
- a job where I thrive, that I love, and where I get to spend time around brilliant, creative people every day.
- iced caramel macchiatos.
- "Friends" reruns in syndication, Diet Coke, Essie polish in "Wicked."
- KitchenAid mixers, Taylor Swift CDs, brown leather boots.
- soft scarves, plaid pajamas, down comforters, premium ice cream.
- Maldon sea salt, baseball caps.
- Target, big sunglasses, barre classes.
- a collection of people who stick by me no matter what.
- waffle-knit leggings, an abundance of TV shows to binge-watch on Netflix, moccasin slippers, chocolate-chip cookies.
- aioli, recipes from Momofuku Milk Bar and the Baked boys.
- low-key nights laughing with friends, Adidas leggings, 7 for All Mankind skinny jeans.
- anything sparkly.
- Jif creamy peanut butter, glossy magazines.
- New York, Minneapolis, Washington DC.
- caramel brulee lattes, twinkle lights, "Masterchef Junior," smoothies, summer Fridays.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday.
xo Josie

Thursday, October 2, 2014

hiatus.

{Embracing autumn on a recent day trip to Northfield} 

Taking a brief hiatus to find some inspiration. I'll be back soon!
xo Josie

Friday, September 26, 2014

good enough to eat -- raspberry treats.

 
ATTAINABLE: Yellow Bird Skirted Pullover in Ivory (also in Grey)
www.anthropologie.com; $98
We're in the middle of what I expect will be the final "warm snap" before fall really sets in, and I have to say that I'm still not quite ready. There's just something about shivering all the time that really doesn't appeal to me. That said, this piece does have me craving sweater weather. I love the little cutouts, and the underlay is so pretty -- a great way to get the cropped trend without the anxiety of actually rocking a cropped sweater.

Summer may have come to an end, but it's raspberry season until the first frost (so cross your fingers that we have some time!). We have an abundance of them right now, and while I love nothing more than sitting down with a pint of freshly-picked, just-rinsed berries (I can down one in about five minutes flat), I'm always looking for ways to bake with them while they're in their prime. Below are a few recipes I'm dying to try this year.

Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes 
{These Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes from A Pasty Affair have a summery vibe, but the flavor combo sounds too good to resist}

Raspberry Waffle with Raspberry Vanilla Maple Syrup // take a megabite
{Raspberry Waffles with Raspberry Vanilla Syrup a la Take a Megabite? Yes, please.}

raspberry breakfast bars
{These Raspberry Breakfast Bars from Smitten Kitchen aren't a lot to look at, but they're one of my very favorite recipes.}


lemon raspberry pie crust hearts 
{Joy the Baker's Lemon Raspberry Pie Crust Hearts are officially too cute to resist -- I'm envisioning them in leaf shapes.}

How are YOU using raspberries this year?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie, A Pastry Affair, Take a Megabite, Smitten Kitchen, and Joy the Baker for the photos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

look the book -- current/elliot fall 2014.

 
COVETING: Banana Republic Leather Sleeve Moto Jacket
www.bananarepublic.com; $390
I've spent the last few years building up my outerwear wardrobe -- picking pieces that I'd like to invest in to last several years. And this Banana Republic number is kind of to die for. It's the perfect transitional coat -- the wool bodice will keep you toasty warm, while the leather sleeves provide fantastic contrast, giving visual interest to spare. Perfect for topping fall dresses and tights or jeans and riding boots. 

As much as I bemoan the end of summer, I have to say that fall is probably my favorite season for fashion. And the Current/Elliot Fall 2014 lookbook absolutely kills it. There's just no other way to say it. I'm obsessed with the rustic-meets-urban edge and the got-out-of-bed-looking-like-this vibe. Though I'd hardly describe myself as "Nature Girl," I have to admit that there's an alluring, outdoorsy quality to these photos that I really can't resist. 





 
What are YOUR favorite fall collections this year?
xo Josie
Thanks to Banana Republic and Shopbop for the photos.
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

life lately.

 
ATTAINABLE: Ann Taylor Collared Linen Top
www.anntaylor.com; $59
As I get older, I find myself drawn more and more to Ann Taylor pieces -- everything is so pulled-together and pretty. This basic top is the epitome of that style: I love that it's essentially a tee, just slightly bumped up with a Peter-Pan collar and in a relaxed linen. And I'm kind of obsessed with the shirttail hem -- so chic, and just dressed up enough to pair with skinny trousers for work.

As fall creeps up, I haven't been able to immerse myself fully in the season yet -- but I'm dying for the days when my Instagram feed with be packed with photos of changing leaves and chunky sweaters. Until then, I'm traipsing around the city checking out pretty new shops, practicing my flower-arranging skills, and celebrating the little things (like a one-month wedding anniversary and the intro to fall-nail-color season). Bring it on, autumn.

{Toasting at my favorite cider taproom}

{Dreamy dresses at the Twin Cities' prettiest new bridal shop}

{Practicing arrangements with my favorite flowers}

{Swapping out brights for more seasonally-appropriate nail shades}

{A second location for one of my favorite Mpls stores}

What have YOU been up to lately?

xo Josie
Thanks to Ann Taylor for the photo.

Friday, September 19, 2014

falling for fall.

 
COVETING: Vince Drape Neck Leather Jacket
www.nordstrom.com; $995
Okay, so it's a major splurge. But seriously. How perfect is this drapey Vince jacket? I love the super-soft leather, the scrunchable sleeves, the draped neck... It would be the perfect fall topper and would make for a great inner layer come winter (meaning that keeping your puff jacket on in chilly restaurants would be a thing of the past), and the perfect staple for years to come. Drool.

autumn books
 {via}
Fall officially begins this weekend, and I'm off to make the most of it. That includes spending time with out-of-town friends, cooking a big family dinner (I'm thinking this), maybe finally getting around to seeing this flick (bonus: now at my favorite cheapie theater), and hitting this closeout sale. What are you up to?

xo Josie
Thanks to Nordstrom and Decor & More for the photos.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

obsessed -- c.wonder.

 
COVETING: HD in Paris Lemon Petal Skirt
www.anthropologie.com; $128
When I think about fall hues, lemon yellow doesn't exactly jump to the top of my mind (where mustard, cranberry, chocolate brown, and the like are mainstays for autumn). That said, this HD in Paris skirt is so adorable that I just can't make myself care. I love the contrast leather waistband and the slight sheen on the skirt, and the ruffle is, of course, adorable. Add a navy blazer or a pair of gray tights and boots and introduce a fresh new color to fall.

I have no idea how I went so long without discovering the joy that is C. Wonder, but it's been a gross oversight on my part. Everything that the powerhouse brand puts out, from smoking slippers to skirts to glassware to jewelry, is bright, chic, and just a little bit whimsical, which I love. It's such a well-curated collection of fun pieces, and I'm itching to pack my wardrobe and my home with it all.


www.cwonder.com; $168 
I've fallen head-over-heels for this darling little bootie. I love the tobacco-colored suede and the charming crossover buckles, and the fact that it's a flat is completely perfect -- so practical for everyday. I'd love this with a pair of black tights and a wool skirt, but tuck in a pair of skinny jeans for equally killer effect.
www.cwonder.com; $48 
These charming little tumblers would be the perfect addition to a vintage-inspired bar cart -- the gold harkens back to the heyday of after-work cocktails, but the chevron pattern feels so modern and relevant. I'd pour just about anything into these to serve to guests; I'm completely smitten.
www.cwonder.com; $34
I love bracelets with a bit of pave stone detail, and thin gold cuffs are always winners in my book. This adorable one would remind me of my love for cities every time I glanced at my wrist -- the skyscraper detail is too cute for words and is subtle but still interesting. And at this price, it's a total bargain.
www.cwonder.com; $20
I love trinket trays -- they're perfect for corralling jewelry on a dresser or keys and change on an entry table. This set is so clean -- I love the simple borders -- and the script is super-pretty. And they're totally affordable, meaning not only can you pick up one of each adorable phrase, but they'll make the perfect gifts.
 
What are YOU obsessed with today?
xo Josie
Thanks to Anthropologie and C. Wonder for the photos.