P.S. A little birdie told me that Curbly is hosting a styling / photography workshop with Gab Cabrera, who is honestly one of the best stylists I know, in October! If you’re in Minnesota, you should totally look into this one. It’s going to be good.
Today is the first official day of fall! And I am bound and determine to embrace this season with all that I have. Whether it’s DIY projects, home inspiration, fashion, etc – I’m going for it! The chips are all in on this one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really, really going to miss summer and all, but it seems about time for some weather that doesn’t feel like I’m literally cooking from the inside out.
That said, I put together a big ol’ list of fall interiors inspiration to get us all (not just me, hopefully) inspired by the new season and in a celebratory state of mind for cooler temperatures and a new seasonal color palette. Let’s do this!
The other week, I shared one of my favorite studio projects to date, for the custom DIY built-ins upstairs and today I’m sharing the other half of that custom build, which is where I keep all 272 (I’m guessing – I didn’t actually count) of my props organized and in one spot.
This part of the build was a little different than the rest because I wanted this side to be more utilitarian – a place where I could see everything at a glance, that doesn’t have the added pressure of feeling like it needs to be styled. Because styling your props while they’re sitting on a shelf unused is some next level crazy. Not saying I actually avoided it…I have to admit I did (semi) style everything in the photos a little bit. But it’s a sickness folks. I couldn’t help myself.
Here’s what this side of the space looked like before, as a reminder…
I love a good half up half down hairdo. And this one is one of my faves right now…it’s a simple half up pony braid that looks effortless but still chic. For all of those times when you want your hair down but also need it out of your face, so it’s not annoying you every five seconds, there’s this two minute hair tutorial.
I’m really making an effort to make simple meals and snacks more frequently at home, aside from ice cream and baked goods, so we’ve been working behind the scenes on some more savory recipes that I really, really love. And today we’re tackling homemade baked potato chips, with all different kinds of potatoes (sweet potatoes, red potatoes, purple potatoes, and yellow too).
What we ended up with is a chip that tastes WAY better than those pre-bagged grocery store snacks (better tasting and healthier). AND they’re insanely easy make. Really, they just take a few minutes to prep and then you toss ’em in the oven to bake.
So, if you’ve been meaning to revamp your afternoon snacks, be sure to give this baked potato chip recipe a whirl. You won’t regret it. Also, if you like dipping sauces, we made two for you to try…a garlic dill sauce and sriracha mayo. Click through for the recipe.
When I was a kid, my favorite days at school were always field trip days. They always felt like some kind of adventure – roller coasters, a petting zoo, the yearly mud walk (my favorite). But as I grew up, those field trips slowly lost their luster, until (eventually) there weren’t any trips during school hours to look forward to. Ah, one of the downgrades to growing up.
A couple of weeks ago, though, I found a crazy cool / strange place that I thought would be perfect for a shoot. Photo shoots are basically the adult version of field trips these days. And I get just as excited about these ‘field trips’ as I did when I was a kid.
So, Amelia and I packed everything up, including the ombre hanging ice chests and spent the day at an intown emu farm. Random? Yes! But also kind of magical? Definitely!
We were there for most of the day and even though we were both complete piles of sweat when we left, we both vowed to go back when the weather cools down again. Until then though, we have plenty of photos to share from our day at the farm…the swans, the giant koi pond, and (of course) a few emus too.
When paired with a rich metal, like gold, copper, or rust, pastels are easily making their way into the fall season. Pastels, I’ll never quit you.
And with that in mind, we put together a fresh nail art tutorial, specifically for fall that mixes those pastels that I will (probably) always love AND gold…DIY gold foil nails for fall. This do-it-yourself nail art is WAY easier than it looks and it’s super glam / unique.