The holiday season is sort of on us! Time to start thinking about gifts…and Etsy is one of my favorite spots for that! Maybe one of these items catches your eye for a loved one :)
What a week…
So many ups and downs politically, but I’m just happy the CT governorship went to Ned Lamont (and that Jahana Hayes became the 1st black woman from CT to hold a Congress position, and that Chris Murphy got elected once again!!)
Switching gears - we are finally getting somewhere with the house, but will be spending all weekend continuing with projects.
Enjoy your weekend xo
// An interesting read and listen - “Beto O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women” & “White, Evangelical and Worried About Trump”
// Wow - I could be totally down with this (and it’s beautiful!)…Myro Makes Refillable Deodorant A Breeze
// Great coffee table DIY!
// Curtis just shared with me an awesome travel site - Atlas Obsucra. Check it out!
// I think this is really important, and I’m happy I grew up with a mother who ate this way - What Happened When I Started Intuitive Eating
I’ve been a fan of Baggu for a couple years now - from my 1st little U shaped leather pouch*, to my weekend internship with Blogshop (which liked to use fun brands like Baggu). They always nail the patterns and styling of their products and every season I have to remind my self that I don’t need another reusable bag :) They do make GREAT gifts though, so whenever I’m feeling the itch to buy one of their awesome new patterns, I think of who I can get it for!
* I just have to have a quick fan-girl moment about this little pouch. It is one of my favorite travel pouches! It’s perfect for weekends away - it fits my jewelry, birth control and eye mask - aka the essentials! The suede has really held up and gotten even more beautiful as it’s aged. And I have also given these as gifts a few times and my friends have loved them.
Now onto some of my favorites from the fall/winter 2018 collection!
Happy Friday, friends! I know all I talk about is house stuff now, but dang - I am tired! So much painting, moving, rearranging, cleaning, etc. I am SO excited for some chill time this weekend to tackle some lingering projects. We got to the kitchen last night and it feels amazing to have one room really figured out. I love work, but it’s really getting in the way of my unpacking right now ;) My interests lay in the decorating part of home owning, so I am getting a little impatient, ha. Soon!
// Just a nice little reminder…Must Vs. Can
// Interesting! O'Connor, Rehnquist And A Supreme Marriage Proposal
Welp it happened again, I missed my Friday post! So, happy monday :) I took the day off to do more home stuff - we are almost done with painting and are SO close to being officially moved in - yesssss.
// Oo, I need to try this - The Best Use for Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (It's Not Muffins)
// I’m not over it…Brett Kavanaugh Cannot Have It Both Ways
// GORGEOUS - I need to get to Peru someday!
Hi, friends! I realized that after my Seattle trip, I didn’t post any photos, and I wanted to get better about that! These are just some of the highlights from our vacation to Portugal. You can see more on my instagram (posted photos & highlighted stories), but I wanted to share a little more info here.
We arrived on Tuesday, Sept 11th checked into our airbnb a little early. Which was great - bc it was about 90 degrees the city is HILLY…and our room was in a 5th floor walkup.
Some highlights from Lisbon:
Our neighborhood! We had some amazing meals at: Santa Rita, Prado, Fabrica Lisboa, AO PE DA SE, Cruzes Credo. Some pics below!
The pastel de nata *drool*
The tile *heart eyes*
The National Tile Museum
Sintra (I will do a separate post for this!)
Ginja (a local sour cherry liquor)
The hills! jk jk…lol but it was such a beautiful city that we just dealt with them! AND there are some free and open to the public elevators between hills/neighborhoods that were life savers
National Tile Museum:
I’ll have some Sintra and Tomar photos for you soon! Check back for pt 2 & 3! <3
GUYS. It’s been killing me to keep this secret - but Curtis and I bought a house! And we’re currently, as you read this, closing and starting the moving/painting/making it our own process. *Well, that was on Friday when I forgot to post this in all of the hectic-ness that is home buying* Wild. We really can’t get over that it’s ours, ha. Big things ahead! Obviously big responsibilty as well, but we’re ready.
And in true Christa fashion, my life is also going in a million directions, with a gals trip to Salem this weekend. (Tuesday update - SO much fun! Check out some pics & stories on my instagram) So moving will be put on hold to hang with 2 of my besties while we explore all things witchy!
And because things are crazy, no links this week. I’ll keep ya’ll updated asap! xo
Happy Friday! What a week! I’ve had plans every day after work this week, with 3 of those being work events - including something on campus tomorrow. Sunday is going to be an absolute chill day.
On a yummier note, doesn’t that kimchi friend rice look amazing?! I’m excited to really buckle down and cook again this Fall and Winter. With the cooler weather coming, it will be nice to be back in the kitchen - it was just too damn hot in the summer!
// A Love Letter to the Horniest Woman on TV - Yes Kristen Bell & The Good Place (and my forever older gentleman crush…Ted Danson 😬)
// Amazing - Tiny Desk Concert: Leon Bridges
// I stumbled upon this spotify playlist, and I’m super into it
// This velvet jumpsuit is holiday party goals!!
Happy October! :) I couldn’t resist the skateboarding ghost lol
I’m off to NH with one of my gal pals, Brittany, for a weekend up at the Farm. We’re excited to get out of town and chill a bit. Some of my family will be there and we’re planning on hiking Mt. Monadnock on Saturday and bopping around Peterborough on Sunday.
Hoping the foliage will have started to turn! 🍂
// lol - yes to most of these…21 Things That Almost All White People Are Guilty Of Saying
// Woah – This 90-Year-Old Lady Seduced and Killed Nazis as a Teenager. She recently passed away, and there was this article written about it as well.
// One of my favorite beauty bloggers posted this great 5 min make up tutorial with drug store products - and she’s hilarious haha enjoy :)
Patterns, textures, and colors - oh my! Happy shopping :)
Holy crap it’s almost October! Not upset about it though, fall is my favorite season :)
We started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine in Portugal and are very excited for a chill weekend full of binge watching and lounging.
Have a great weekend xo
// Have you ever heard of the persimmon seed winter prediction test?! A work friend was talking about it and I had to look it up. Weird!
I’m back! We had a wonderful, wonderful trip, but I am happy to be home. We are jumping right into the weekend with a fundraising brunch to benefit The Judy Dworin Performance Project organized my our good friend Brittany, and then heading to Farm Aid (hence the vintage Willie pic :))! SO excited!
Enjoy your weekend xo
// Sad to hear about Mac Miller’s passing - have you seen his Tiny Desk Concert?
// This is fun! Rare Pink Subtropical Bird Seen In Milford And Stratford (as in Connecticut…)
// Woah - have you seen this bridge?
Happy Friday, friends! I'm signing off until the 21st – Curtis and I leave for Portugal on Monday for our 1st wedding anniversary! We are staying in Lisbon for the first 4 days, with a day trip to Sintra, and then we'll be driving into the country for the remaining 4 days. We are SO excited :) You can follow along on my instagram, chrrrista_ct.
See ya'll in a bit! xo
// Speaking of Portugal...Here's Why it Seems Like Everyone is Going to Portugal Right Now. We felt this when we went to Iceland back in 2009, and then Joshua Tree in 2015...travel trendsetters ;) jkjk
// “There’s a war in my brain between having a minimalism and maximalism style. Half of me wants to be Georgia O’Keeffe and wear simple linen dresses all day; and half of me wants to be Iris Apfel and cover myself in patterns and jewelry. I sit somewhere in between" Never has a fashion quote resinated so true for me haha...A Week of Outfits: Marti Esther
// So cute haha - 13 Female Celebrities on How They Spent Their First Big Paychecks
Here we are again - another month flew by!
Happy Friday! Happy 3-day weekend! It's been a crazy week, and I have some fun news to share in a bit! But other than that, just chugging away at the magazine which goes to print next Thursday...then we have the wedding of our dear friends, Emily & Joe, that weekend...and then we leave for Portugal on Monday! Ah! I don't understand how fast time can fly sometimes. Anywho, have a great Labor Day weekend! xo
// Love this idea - Anytime Cookies
// The olive oil! The bottle! The woman behind the brand! And the taste! My friend Lauren wrote this piece, and I got to try a bit of the oil - so amazing!
// Still figuring out how to make this happen someday... A Dreamy 1962 Airstream Trailer Wallpapered with Florals
// Did you guys watch the Sharp Objects finale?! I read the book about 5 years ago and forgot who the killer was...ah! This is a great final episode & show recap from the NY Times, and this is another great one from Vanity Fair -- *spoilers* only read if you've finished watching!
Guys, did you know you can add any photo to any of your personal Spotify playlists?! I found out from another designer friend, and it has been a game changer! I created 2 graphics for my 2 favorite playlists and intend on making many more...
Happy Friday! I took today off because it's move in day at UConn - woof. It's so great to have the kids back on campus, but it's a real shit show of a day getting to and from the office, so I decided to skip out. The best part is I have another friend who is playing hooky and we are going to have a pool day! And as usual, a jam packed weekend of fun ahead :)
Enjoy yours! xo
// YUM - Spicy Their Curry Noodle Soup
// A friend of ours is going to Peru in October and was telling me that she snagged a res at Central, #5 on the Worlds Top 50 Restaurants list! We went to Attica in Melbourne, #32, on our honeymoon and it was outrageous.
// Are you guys MoviePass subscribers? We are and boy has it been a rollercoaster ride! I still think 3 movies a month is a great deal for $10, so I'm not too worried yet. We honestly have seen less than 3 movies a month anyway, so I'm think it will work for us. You can read a bit more about it all here.
// I know this is knit picky...but also amazing! Someday if/when we have a house of our own - I am coming back to this post! 14 Designers Share Their Favorite Shades of White Paint
// I love hot lunches! 10 Fast & Practical Hot Lunch Ideas from The Kitchn
Friday again! I'm off to a fun lake weekend away for a good friend's bachelorette! And the best part is - 80's dance party Saturday night - in full costume :):) Going to be a blast!
// From one of the O.G. bloggers, Oh Joy!, Things I Learned Through My Life Coach That Might Help You, Too... I also clicked on her Why I Got A Life Coach article, and the part that really caught me attention was when asked the difference between a therapist and a life coach she said "in my mind, a therapist helps you with the past and things from the past that might be holding you back, causing anxiety, or whatever other things have happened in your life that may be affecting you...they help you find the root of the problems you are having. Whereas life coaches focus on the present and the future...you now and getting to be where you want to be, how you want to be in the future. They are meant to help you achieve the life that you want for yourself."
// One of my favorite illustration styles - 27 Packaging Designs That Feature Pen & Ink Style Illustrations
// We've been in search of a double hamper, and this one is so cute! We are getting a World Market in Weha :):)
// Just good life advice...5 Signs It's Time to Break Up With Your Doctor
Some items catching my attention these days...