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  • The Drama Unfolds

    This is Katie and Elise.

    This is our attempt at "vintage". We went a little overboard. It's common knowledge that a little vintage goes a long way in your wardrobe, but what about a lot of vintage? *drama drama drama* I mean, why not?

    This cool, little vintage-wonderland exists in a cool, little antique store in an undisclosed location. Top secret.

    But here we can be vintage. We can embrace it and live it and be inspired by it. Go immerse yourself in some vintage for a while and take home the history and stories you feel from those pieces. And maybe a few pieces to add some drama to your life.

  • Vegetarian Forest Creatures

    This is Elise.

    Biscuits. Flakey, delicious and nutritious (one of those adjectives does not belong). Seriously, we're dealing with white flour and butter, it's not nutritious, but they taste like, well white flour and butter, i.e. really good.

    OK ladies and gents preheat that oven to 450 degrees.

    You'll need:

    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup butter (one stick)
    • 3/4 cup milk

    Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure the butter is at least room temp if not just straight out of the fridge. I think it's better cold because it stays in little chunks longer which makes the biscuits flakey and crumbly. Take a fork and chunk up that stick into the dry mix like SO:

    Break up the rest of the butter into little bits with your hands.

    Add the milk bit by bit mixing it in between pours with a large fork. You want the dough to look pretty crumbly like so:

    Next roll out the dough onto a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out lil' friends or use the top of a glass to make circles.

    Throw them onto a cookie sheet and then stick 'em in the ....oven? NO! Don't jump to conclusions. Stick them in the fridge for like.... 5 minutes. Again, this is to keep them flakey and not too dense. You don't want all that butter to melt into the dough too much before you bake them. THEN put them in the oven.

    Bake for no more than 10 minutes. Check and see if they are browning around the edges then pull them out!

    Enjoy with MORE BUTTER!!!!!!

  • Albert Einstein once said...

    "The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library" - Albert Einstein.

    This is Katie.

    And this is The Last Bookstore (located in downtown LA. It's a crazy cool place, go check it out). Ok, not a library, but close enough. In a world that is increasingly bookless, I still just love books. It's sounds funny, but it's probably more nostalgic than anything else. There's something so honest about reading a book and not the screen of your iPhone. Everyone knows your business. You can't hide behind your cool lil' phone case.

    There's also no multitasking with reading. Just you and those pretty white pages. We're going to take a page out of the book of books and enjoy what's right before us. Happy Friday!

  • Wall Make-over Part 1

    This is Elise.

    Confession: this is kind of an older project, but Katie is about to embark on a similar paint-journey, so we're going to cover the topic now. Here we witness the transformative power of paint. Not that you didn't already know that, but that's what so great about painting - it always feels new.

    As I mentioned, Katie is doing something similar to her kitchen, so we'll obviously draw this theme out as long as we can...which is two posts. So here we go!

    I used an über light blue so that it wouldn't be über obvious, but instead be über subtle and beautifül. Use tape to make sure you have (almost) perfect (passable) lines. I also made the point on the arrow/triangle/thing a little higher than center so that it would look more centered after we moved the couch back into position on that wall.

    Tada!

    Taking off the tape was a thrill. As you can see. 

  • Sparkle is Scary

    This is Elise.

    If I could describe my style in movies it would be Indiana Jones meets Breathless meets The Great Gatsby. I wish. I've always wanted to be more Gatsby but I'm so scared of wearing sparkle. I secretly love sparkle, but it's hard to find sparkly items that aren't too tacky or over-the-top.

    Goodwill for the win. I found this little number and it spoke to me on a level sparkle had never spoken before. A voice sweet and subtle, ringing clearly to me from in between a fall leaf appliqué sweater and a suspicious-smelling cardigan. 

    Sparkle and I are now on speaking terms. And it's great. I challenge you to break into that one thing you love, but are scared to try!