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5 Awesome Things to Try In March

Happy leap-year! Even though February is technically the shortest month, I always end up feeling like the end is far overdue. And it doesn’t hurt that once today is over, spring will be officially right around the corner. Cheers to warmer weather, the return of skirts, and finally being able to leave my apartment without a coat. As I did last month, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite finds from February. Feb was a month of learning for me –  I began teaching myself how to paint (I made that wreath up there!), and I’ve taken so many exercise classes that I can’t remember a time when my legs weren’t sore in the morning. Consequently, most of my recommendations are variations on that theme. Spring is kiiind of a time of new beginnings, right? Anyway, here are five awesome things I tried in February that I think you’ll love: Intermediate Watercolor on Creativebug – In the past few years, I’ve made a ton of decisions based on things that I’ve always wanted to do but had never…

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DIY Marble Moleskine

DIY Marble Moleskine Bullet Journal

Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly enamored with marble. Marble looks good with everything. When I was little, I used to look up at the green marble paneling in my dad’s office and wonder how a stone could be so beautiful. Marble is, frankly, awesome – it’s a classic and understated way to add some sheen to just about any object you can imagine. My slight obsession with marble culminated the other day when, wouldn’t you know it, I stumbled into an Urban Outfitters and came across a gorgeous, marbled journal. I looked at it covetously for a few seconds before realizing I could totally make that. Even better, I could totally make that using my favorite journal of all time. Win-win, right? So I went home and made myself a little DIY marble moleskine, and let me tell you, this is one of my favorite projects of all time.  Another plus: Moleskines are fantastic – they’re sturdy, fit perfectly in your hand or bag, and are minimalist enough to appeal to pretty much every type of person. Also, the paper quality is phenomenal –…

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Currently Coveting: Beach Days Ahead

swimsuit / sea salt spray / earrings / blanket / sunglasses / bag / sandles / candle / tunic Guess what?? In two short weeks, Team D and I will be headed out for a much-needed vacation in St. Maarten. I can’t tell you how excited I am for my upcoming sojourn in the Caribbean; a week of salt, sun, and sand can only do me a world of good. At this point, I’m so desperately in need of a tan that I practically glow in the dark. I’m trying to keep my packing list as light as possible, so I’m focusing on pieces that can be re-worn and reused without feeling stale. It doesn’t hurt that the unseasonably warm weather here in SF (it’s going to be 72 this week!) has me daydreaming of the sandals and white linen shirts that make up my summer wardrobe. Last week, I realized that I’m a little light in the swimsuit department, so I’ve been sneakily adding just about every J. Crew bikini on the market to my wishlist. How great is that blue…

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5-ingredient dairy-free madeleines

How To Make: 5-Ingredient Dairy-Free Madeleines

One of my goals this year was to improve my vegan and dairy-free baking skills. I have trouble processing regular butter and cream, and I’ve had a lot of success in the past with confections like sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and pumpkin pie (and even little vegan cake doughnuts!). Madeleines, however, are a different story altogether. Being a traditionally French recipe, Madeleines call for no small amount of butter, and I experimented with a few different replacement strategies before finally figuring out how to make these 5-ingredient dairy-free Madeleines. I’ve loved Madeleines since I was a kid. I have a wonderful memory of a rainy day when my mom broke out her special tea set and served me and my sister tea and Madeleines when we got home from school. It’s a really special memory for me – the three of us enjoying our tea and squat little pastries that were kind of like a cake, kind of like a cookie. And who can forget that this is the pastry that inspired Proust to fill seven volumes full of his childhood recollections?…

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