Homemade Apple Pie

12.02.2014

There aren't many desserts that are quite as comforting as a warm slice of apple pie a la mode. I was recently invited to a "friendsgiving" and knew that I wanted to bring an apple pie, but I severely underestimated the amount of time and effort that go into pie making (it's been a while since I made one!). I called in reinforcements and had a few girlfriends over to keep me company and help bake- I'm so glad I had help. Cooking and baking are much more enjoyable when you have someone in the kitchen with you.


The dough is the trickiest part of a pie. I was planning on saving time by using a pre-made refrigerated crust, but those crusts are made for a 9 inch pie plate and the pie plate I used is an 11 inch, so I ended up having to make a homemade crust anyway. I used this recipe by Paula Deen!


I was most thankful for help in the kitchen when I started on the lattice crust for the top of the pie. It was so nice to have an extra set of hands to help weave the dough together into the lattice pattern. Pinching the crust on the edge of the pie is one of my favorite parts of making pies!


We used an egg wash on top of the raw dough lattice to make the crust extra shiny after baking. I added a small heart in the middle of the pie because it was baked with so much love ;)


Happy Thanksgiving + Black Friday Deals

11.27.2014

black friday deals,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are having a wonderful time relaxing with friends and family today! I am currently in a turkey and pie coma- so good! Personally, I am not inclined to do Black Friday shopping, but if you are, more power to you! There are some killer sales happening in the retail world this weekend, and I am happy to be able to share some discount codes with you for all of your online shopping desires. On a weekend like this, I would much rather shop online and avoid the crowds of chaos! Good luck, shoppers!

Nordstrom //
Up to 40% off sale items 


Anthropologie //
Black Friday huge sale site wide
Cyber Monday free shipping

Gap // 
Black Friday 50% off site wide 11/27-11/28 with code: BLKFRIDAY

J. Crew //
Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum
11/26-11/30 code: HOLIDAY
Cyber Monday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum 12/01 code: MONDAY

Kate Spade // 
Black Friday 30% off sitewide + free shipping
11/26-11/30 code: DEALME 
Cyber Monday 30% off site wide 12/1 code: OHWOW

Kendra Scott 
Black Friday: 15%off site wide & free shipping with code: BFCM2014 11/26-12/1

Link Love

11.21.2014



Happy weekend! I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week! Here are some fun links from around the interwebs to help you get ready!

You've heard of FOMO (right?) but what about JOMO? This article explains the new acronym and some brilliant weekend habits to start NOW!

The most comprehensive Thanksgiving Etiquette Guide I have ever seen!

Cutest DIY advent calendar.

How to become a morning person- I think I've posted articles like this before, but this one makes it seem so attainable…probably due to the infographic.

Make your own wishbone placecard holders.

Statement Coats

11.20.2014



I have been eyeing the coats in every store I walk into! I have an emerald green statement coat that I have worn for years and I love it, but I want to add another bold coat to my wardrobe. The idea of another brightly colored piece excites me, but I also really love the fox fur hood on that burgundy coat. A good coat is one of those pieces that will stay in your wardrobe for years, so it's important to invest in a quality piece. However, there are deals to be found; most of these coats are under $200!

The time to buy is definitely now, even if you live in an area that is still warm- the best selection is always available early! These seven picks are a few of my favorites and I'm sure at least one of them will be in my closet soon.

Shop this post:
1. Topshop boyfriend coat // 2. yellow dream // 3. black and white //
4. cobalt blue // 5. leopard print wool // 6. pink wool // 7. fox fur hood



Desk Inspiration

11.19.2014


desk accessories
I am that person who has to have a clean workspace before I can accomplish anything. Messy room = messy life! A few days ago, my roommates and I started putting away Halloween decor, brainstorming holiday decorating plans, and realized that we have a ton of storage space that we are not utilizing to its full potential. We have two hall closets in particular that were crammed full of junk- a vacuum that doesn't work, busted volleyballs, empty boxes, and old linens that we don't use. Of course, I decided that I would clean the closets out right at that moment, but couldn't finish everything in one night, so our entry way and living room housed "organized piles" for a couple days before I could complete the project. I got sidetracked by Pinterest (as usual) and found all sorts of ideas for holiday decorating ideas, as well as home organization.
One little closet clean out and the door was opened to: a Pinterest binge, an unnecessary trip to Target, and plans to redecorate and organize my entire house. Well, in all of my "research" I found these cute office supplies that are keeping me inspired to get my space organized, so I can ensure productivity when I'm at my desk! Right?? But seriously, who can work at an ugly desk? Here are a few of my favorite pretty office supplies (or potential Christmas gifts!).

Shop: letter lights // houndstooth USB cable // polka dot journal //
pencil set // screen cleaners // ball point pen // odds and ends tray

Halloween Party Decor

11.03.2014



It's November! I can't believe Halloween is over- I am still on cloud nine from such a fun weekend with friends. On Halloween night, I hosted a house party, complete with over 130 friends, a DJ, and a swarm of bats! I had a lot of compliments on our party decor, so I wanted to share how to replicate this wall. I am a huge proponent of a simple theme repeated throughout a space and using one small design element to make a big impact, in this case: bats.

My roommate cut out templates of different-sized bats and we invited friends over to trace and cut bats out of black construction paper...for hours. With friends helping, it wasn't too bad. After that, we started placing the bats in a pattern across the wall to make it seem like they entered from the bottom corner of the room and swarmed through the room to exit through another corner.



When the lights were off and the dance party was in full-swing, the bats were so fun! They looked like shadows on the wall. Overall, this was an easy project and didn't take much time to execute. 



I'm also a huge fan of spiderweb for Halloween decor. It's inexpensive, easy to use, and makes a big visual impact. We covered our fireplace in spiderweb and added a huge fuzzy spider for a creepy effect.



My friend Jen is an amazing artist and made this Halloween chalking for the party. I am blown away by her creativity. This chalkboard is made out of old bi-fold closet door painted with chalk paint- so simple!



Halloween 2014 was one of my favorite holiday parties at Pagewood to date. Tons of friends, costumes, and dancing the night away is hard to beat. Hope you had a great weekend!
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