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Apr 17, 2014

Information Playlist For National Library Week

Did you know that this is National Library Week? In celebration I’ve created a playlist of songs about information: finding it, not finding it, and being overwhelmed by too much of it. We live in a time when more information is created and consumed than ever before, and no one is more aware of it or more affected by it than your old friend the librarian. It has always been the job of librarians to find, organize, and share good information while weeding out the bad information, a job that grows more daunting all the time.


Apr 15, 2014

5 Secrets For Delish Deviled Eggs

One of my first ever major cooking fails involved deviled eggs. For a BBQ in college, I decided to whip some up at the spur of the moment, thinking, you just boil eggs and mix in some mayo and mustard, how hard can it be? Well, let's just say I underestimated all the things that can go wrong with deviled eggs. Yet, since they are so freaking good, I've never given up trying to achieve deviled egg perfection. I think I've finally gotten there (with a little help from April Bloomfield) and I'm willing to share my secrets with you just in time for Easter. Ready?

Apr 14, 2014

Pack A Bag: New Orleans

New Orleans, or N'Awlins, has been on my mind a lot lately. My Grandparents lived in Louisiana for years, so as a child I spent my summers in the muggy little town of Leesville, which is located about an hour outside of Shreveport. Most summers my family made a point of visiting the colorful city of New Orleans as part of our trip. I quickly became obsessed with the city. My childhood obsession just got stronger when, as a teen, I started reading Anne Rice, who's Vampire Chronicles made the city seem mysterious, deadly, and most importantly, full of hot vampires.

Apr 11, 2014

6 Bridesmaid Dresses You Will Love

This month, Jennifer Lawrence graces the cover of yet another magazine. But it might not be what you think. This time the sassy starlet plays second fiddle as a bridesmaid in her gorgeous friend's wedding party on the cover of Martha Stewart's Real Weddings.

Apr 10, 2014

Show Your Stripes

My warm weather wardrobe for the past few years has relied heavily on stripes. Stripes are great to wear year-round of course, but a striped t-shirt is generally what I reach for when I'm just kicking back, relaxing. Which doesn't necessarily mean they are casual; one of the best things about stripes is that they are easy to dress up or down. I'm a firm believer in taking decorating cues directly from my wardrobe, which means that I'm considering adding some striped elements to my home. Here are a few items that I've got my eye on.

1. Chest from Pier One 2. Bowl from World Market 3. Glasses from Uncommon Goods 4.  Tray from Jonathan Adler 5. Pillow from West Elm 6. Bathmat from Anthropologie 7. Duvet Cover from West Elm  8. Rug from The Land of Nod 9. Placemats from Pier One 10. Chair from West Elm 11. Curtains from Anthropologie 12. Boxes from West Elm  

Apr 9, 2014

New Basic: The Oversized Clutch

The Row

As I posted on Monday, it's the time of year to add a few things to your spring/summer wardrobe and freshen up your warm weather look. Now, I realize that everyone can't afford to go on a shopping spree just because of changing season. With this in mind, I looked over my list of new spring essentials and decided which of them will give you the most bang for your buck.

Apr 8, 2014

Coconut-Apricot Macaroons

Coconut macaroons, the less fussy cousins of the French macaron, are in my mind one of the most underrated desserts around. Toasted coconut is one of my favorite things ever (coconut haters are missing out!), and compared to a lot of desserts these are fairly guilt-free.